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March 24, 1989
A 20-year-old San Diego man died Thursday morning from injuries he suffered in a high-speed auto accident in Indian Wells earlier this week. The Riverside County coroner's office said Sean E. Kelly died just after midnight at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage from blunt trauma to the head and injuries to the brain stem. Kelly is the second to die from the accident, which occurred shortly before noon Tuesday on California 111.
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April 11, 2014 | By Trishna Patel
Michaeleen Gallagher captured this image of two nestling hummingbirds at the  Sunnyland Gardens in Rancho Mirage. The garden is a 9-acre, arid yet colorful landscape on the grounds of the Annenberg Retreat by Sunnylands . It's a peaceful sanctuary often used as a backdrop for meetings among national and global political leaders, most recently by President Obama and King Abdullah II of Jordan in February .  Perhaps these baby...
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TRAVEL
June 7, 2013 | By Christopher Smith
President Obama and China's President Xi Jinping will meet this weekend at Sunnylands, the 200-acre Annenberg estate in Rancho Mirage. It has hosted five decades of political and Hollywood luminaries behind its pink walls. It opened to the public in March 2012. Consider this 20,000-square-foot dwelling, set in a far-as-the-eye-can-see expanse of golf course green, as a latter-day incarnation of the Gilded Age mansions of Newport, R.I. Inside the house, digital reproductions of the Annenbergs' $1-billion-plus Impressionist art collection compete for space on the few walls not made of glass.
SPORTS
April 6, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Lexi Thompson, seeking her first LPGA major title, took a five-shot lead midway through Sunday's final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Thompson, a 19-year-old Floridian, made four birdies on the front nine at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage to reach 14 under par for the tournament. Michelle Wie, who started the day tied with Thompson for the lead, and Se Ri Pak of South Korea were tied for second place at nine under. Wie, also seeking her first major and first LPGA Tour win of any kind since 2010, birdied the second hole but couldn't maintain the momentum.
NEWS
April 19, 1987
A tough ordinance banning smoking in the work place and most public places has won the City Council's preliminary approval in Rancho Mirage. The proposed law, which still must be voted on a second time April 30, allows smoking only in residences, private offices, private hospital rooms, psychiatric facilities, bars and tobacco stores in the desert resort community. Under the ordinance's terms, employers are not permitted to set aside special areas for their employees who smoke.
REAL ESTATE
May 18, 1986
Rancho Las Palmas Office Park, 42-600 to 42-900 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, has been sold by Hahn Devcorp, a subsidiary of Ernest W. Hahn Inc., to S. B. D. Associates of Tustin for more than $3 million. The park consists of four one-story office buildings containing about 10,000 square feet on 4.9 acres of land. All parties to the sale were represented by Coldwell Banker Commercial Real Estate Services.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2006 | From a Times staff writer
A Riverside County sheriff's deputy was charged with two felony counts of driving under the influence stemming from a Sept. 24 three-vehicle collision in Rancho Mirage that left a man injured, the Riverside County district attorney's office said Monday. Sgt. Richard Kamstra, 46, was not on duty at the time. He also was charged with a special allegation of causing great bodily harm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
The former chief financial officer for the Los Angeles chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals pleaded no contest Thursday to grand theft and filing a false income tax return, a tax board official said. Kenneth R. Brookwell, 63, of Rancho Mirage was arrested April 8 and charged with failing to report more than $730,000 in embezzled income during three years starting in 1999, said Barry Gilbert, a spokesman for the state Franchise Tax Board.
NEWS
June 5, 1992
Two homes, eight vehicles and 60 date palms were destroyed, a third house was damaged and three firefighters sustained minor injuries when a wind-whipped brush fire swept through a small desert community on the outskirts of Rancho Mirage on Thursday evening. "We have a line around it that will hold now, if we're lucky," JoAnn Kay, a California Department of Forestry and Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman, said shortly before nightfall. "We're calling it shaky containment."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1987 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, Times Staff Writer
A compromise anti-smoking ordinance adopted by the City Council here failed Friday to placate restaurant owners, but a tobacco company withdrew its threat to move a golf tournament it sponsors to a neighboring resort. Barraged by complaints from restaurateurs and other merchants, the council voted 4 to 1 late Thursday to amend an ordinance that would have banned smoking in offices, public buildings, restaurants and hotels, except in private rooms and bars.
SPORTS
April 6, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Nineteen-year-old Lexi Thompson won the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Sunday by three shots over Michelle Wie. Thompson shot a four-under 68 to finish 14 under par (274) for the event at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. Wie shot a one-under 71 in the final round of the LPGA's first major championship of the season and 11 under par overall. It was Thompson's first victory in a major and her fourth LPGA Tour victory. Thompson and Wie started the day as co-leaders, but Thompson quickly took charge with a 10-foot birdie putt on the first hole and never looked back.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Michelle Wie is among the best-known figures in American golf, yet she has never won an LPGA Tour event in the United States. The former teenage phenom does have two LPGA victories but they came in Mexico (in 2009) and Canada (2010). Now the 24-year-old Wie, playing some of her best golf in years, is in position to win the Kraft Nabisco Championship in Rancho Mirage, one of the LPGA's major events. Wie and 19-year-old Lexi Thompson will enter Sunday's final round as the tournament's co-leaders at 10-under-par 206. "I'm really excited that I have a good chance," Wie said.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Michelle Wie and Se Ri Pak were the co-leaders Saturday midway through the third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship, the LPGA's first major event of the season. Wie and Pak, an LPGA Hall of Famer, were tied at nine under par amid postcard-perfect conditions at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. Neither golfer has won the Kraft Nabisco Championship, but the 36-year-old Pak has won five other LPGA majors. Lexi Thompson was one shot back at eight under after missing several short putts to make birdies.
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
To hear Shanshan Feng tell it, the Chinese golfer had the good fortune to be paired with Amy Alcott in Thursday's opening round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Alcott, 58, is the LPGA Hall of Famer who won the Kraft Nabisco Championship, one of the LPGA's five major events, three times, in 1983, '88 and '91. So Feng said she asked Alcott on the first hole, "Can you tell me the secrets about winning here?" Feng declined to reveal Alcott's answers, but whatever she said helped Feng earn the tournament's first-round lead with a six-under-par 66 at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.
SPORTS
April 3, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
Shanshan Feng of China shot a six-under 66 to lead Thursday's first round of the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship, but an Arcadia teenager nearly stole Feng's thunder. Angel Yin, a 15-year-old amateur and freshman at Arcadia High, fired a four-under 68 and was in second place with most of the 111-player field finished for the day at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. Feng, 24, is looking for her first victory at the Kraft Nabisco Championship, which is one of the LPGA's five major tournaments.
SPORTS
December 7, 1986 | LISA DILLMAN
After having spent six years based in south Florida, the Lynda Carter/Maybelline Tennis Challenge packed up and moved to Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage in 1986. Now--after just two days in Southern California--Carter and company officials probably feel like moving back. Why? Well, the traditional good weather of the area has staged a disappearing act the last two days. Friday was passable--both matches were completed--but not great.
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