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WORLD
January 13, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli and Batsheva Sobelman
SYCAMORE RANCH, Israel -- After an official state funeral featuring international dignitaries and flowery eulogies, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was buried with military honors Monday at his family ranch in southern Israel. In keeping with army protocol, the coffin of the controversial military and political leader was carried by eight Israeli generals, who lowered it into the ground beside the modest flowerbed and headstone marking the grave of his second wife on a small hill offering a panoramic view of the southern Negev area.
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WORLD
January 13, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Michael Memoli
SYCAMORE RANCH, Israel - On a day marked by military protocol, somber ceremony and informal reflection, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon was remembered Monday as a "practical and pragmatic man," a "bulldozer" who helped shape his nation even as he earned a reputation for ruthlessness from its enemies. Sharon, who died Saturday at 85 after years in a stroke-induced coma, was hailed by world leaders in a public memorial service in Jerusalem before taking a last journey to his family's ranch in southern Israel, where he was laid to rest beside his second wife in a burial that combined military pomp with traditional Jewish ritual.
SCIENCE
January 11, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The California Coastal Commission has approved development of the first shellfish ranch in federal waters, a 100-acre underwater plot for cultivating and harvesting about 2.6 million pounds of Mediterranean mussels a year. “It's quite an achievement and I'm pretty happy about it,” Philip Cruver, president and director of Catalina Sea Ranch, said about the commission's unanimous vote Wednesday. “But I always knew it would happen because of the demand.” Catalina Sea Ranch's business strategy is in line with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's aim to create jobs, provide highly nutritional food and improve the marine environment by putting more shellfish back in U.S. waters.
BUSINESS
January 6, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon has sold her Libbey Ranch in Ojai, The Times has confirmed. The sales price of the second home was $4,983,500, according to the Multiple Listing Service. Designed by architect Wallace Neff, who was known for developing a “California”-style of home, Witherspoon's ranch was originally built in 1923 as stables for glassware titan Edward Libbey. Details include turrets, original stonework and arched windows and alcoves. The two-story main house features beamed ceilings, an over-sized fireplace in the two-story living room, a library loft with a fireplace, four bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Michael Corenblith is grateful for the rolling hills of Simi Valley. The production designer on Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks" relied heavily on the 10,000-acre Big Sky Ranch in the Ventura County city to help re-create the childhood home of P.L. Travers, the "Mary Poppins" novelist at the center of the film. The just-released movie starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson tells the story of Walt Disney's relationship with Travers and flashbacks on her tough childhood growing up in the Australian outback.  ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll Disney had considered filming part of the movie in Australia, but ultimately decided to shoot virtually all the movie in Los Angeles (except for one day in London)
SPORTS
December 10, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 John Jenkins, a 6-foot-3 senior guard at Tesoro, averaged 28.5 points in four games last week in the Buena Park tournament, making the all-tourney team. Tesoro lost to La Mirada in the final. Ryne Williams, a 6-10 senior center at West Ranch, had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks in a win over Harvard-Westlake last week in the Santa Monica tournament. He gets to face Village Christian on Friday. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2013 | By Susan King
Though it's been nearly half a century since she played the winsome Jane Banks in the 1964 classic "Mary Poppins," Karen Dotrice still refers to Walt Disney as Uncle Walt. "He went out of his way to be solicitous," Dotrice, 58, said at her Brentwood home. "He brought my mother and my sisters over from England for the duration of the shoot and put us up in a beautiful house somewhere in the canyons that had an indoor heated swimming pool, which was a kick in the pants. " But it wasn't until she saw "Saving Mr. Banks," which opens Friday, that she understood why Disney was so kind to her. The film revolves around the efforts of Disney (Tom Hanks)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Rex Ranch in Arizona is poised to become an ambitious artists' retreat, if a Sundance Institute executive can come up with the money to buy the 50-acre former dude ranch by the middle of December. Located on a pristine patch of land with breathtaking scenery in the Sonoran Desert in the small town of Amado, about 30 miles south of Tucson, Rex Ranch was built in 1880 and later served as a resort before being abandoned. The property, which features 35 attractive rose-colored adobe buildings, was originally for sale for $2 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
Horticulturists recently announced that they had successfully cloned a genetic replica of an ailing 130-year-old giant sequoia planted by conservationist John Muir in the 1880s on his ranch in Martinez, Calif. And many more are apparently on the way, they say. If all goes according to plan, the first clone nurtured in a Michigan laboratory will be shipped within a year to California for planting at Muir's homestead, which is a national historic site about 35 miles northeast of San Francisco, said David Milarch, cofounder of the nonprofit Archangel Ancient Tree Archive.
SPORTS
October 23, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Punishment has been announced as the result of the brawl between Diamond Bar and Diamond Ranch last week that resulted in the game being halted with a little more than three minutes left. Diamond Bar has decided to forfeit a scheduled game against Rowland on Nov. 1 because of lack of players following suspensions, according to a news release from the Southern Section. Diamond Bar had four players ejected from the game at the time. An additional five players were ejected following review of video for fighting.
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