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May 3, 2007 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
A Connecticut man pleaded guilty Wednesday to producing child pornography four years ago when he lived in Rancho Mirage, federal officials said. Craig A. Middlemass, 58, of Portland, Conn., faces a minimum of 22 years in federal prison when he is sentenced July 20 in U.S. District Court in New Haven, Conn., said Tom Carson, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office. He also could be fined $250,000.
For the second time in six months, a financially troubled local Ritz-Carlton resort hotel--this time in Rancho Mirage--has been taken over by new owners as the previous owners struggle to rid themselves of debt problems. The 240-room Ritz-Carlton Rancho Mirage was built seven years ago on 24 acres in Riverside County and has become a popular destination for Southern California's rich and famous. It was taken over last week by Olympus Real Estate Corp.
The largest herd of bighorn sheep in the Rancho Mirage desert highlands may perch not above some rocky point but on the city's supply of stationery, which features a stylized ram. Chosen by Rancho Mirage as its official symbol nearly three decades ago, the bighorn's fortunes have faltered as the city's population swelled. Struck by cars, drowned in swimming pools, poisoned by pesticides and exotic plants, the animal's plight puts it on the federal endangered species list.
The city of Rancho Mirage plans a $50-million shopping and entertainment development on a 25-acre site at the northwest corner of Bob Hope Drive and Highway 111, city officials announced. The city and its redevelopment agency have signed an agreement to negotiate with Los Angeles-based developer J.H. Snyder Co. Barry Foster, economic development director for Rancho Mirage, said the city envisions the vacant site becoming a town center, with an Edwards Theatres Circuit Inc.
November 21, 1993 | Michael Moreau, Michael Moreau is a Times staff writer
When sheriff's deputies arrived at the Rancho Mirage home of Bob and Andrea Sand in the early morning of May 14, 1981, they found Bob dead in a pool of blood. He had been stabbed more than 20 times. Andrea said she had been asleep in the guest bedroom when she heard noises from the master bedroom and went in to check on her husband. She said she saw figures running out of the bedroom and into the night. Investigators weren't comfortable with her story.
June 7, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Even when it was just an architectural glimmer in the eye of Walter and Leonore Annenberg, the desert estate where President Barack Obama will greet Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday was never in danger of being confused with a mere vacation house. Designed by the prolific Los Angeles architect A. Quincy Jones and the decorator William Haines and finished in 1966, Sunnylands was inspired by Maya ruins even as it accommodated elements of Midcentury Modernism and the Annenbergs' own Asian antiquities and lacquered furniture.
December 13, 2009 | By Lance Pugmire
Timothy Bradley was fighting on a premium cable network in a luxurious though smaller-scale casino, but the world junior-welterweight champion from Palm Springs showed Saturday he's worthy of moving to the next level. Bradley, displaying superb fitness along with punching speed and strength advantages, dominated Lamont Peterson of Washington, D.C., to retain his World Boxing Organization belt by unanimous decision at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. Judges Fritz Werner (120-107)
September 27, 2007 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
RANCHO MIRAGE -- Their friends were gone, yet they spoke of them as if they were just down the hall or perhaps running late for class. Maybe it was out of habit or maybe they just didn't want to let go. "I have been at this school since I was in kindergarten, so losing three people who were the life of the school is like losing a part of yourself," said 17-year-old Rachel Gottlieb.
June 4, 2013 | By Christi Parsons and Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - Two years ago, President Obama hosted China's president, Hu Jintao, in a fastidiously choreographed White House summit involving an honor guard, a state dinner and a 21-gun salute. In meetings, officials spent more time reading from scripts than discussing touchy topics of mutual concern. The ceremonial trappings will be gone when Obama hosts China's new president, Xi Jinping, at a "shirt-sleeves" summit Friday and Saturday at Sunnylands, a 200-acre desert retreat in Rancho Mirage with a pedigree so laid back that it flanks a golf course at the intersection of Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope drives.
April 1, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
A perplexing flubbed tap-in putt on the 18th hole from I.K. Kim jumbled the emotions of players and fans alike Sunday at the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. Instead of having a triumphant day, Kim's miss on the 72nd hole of play put her into a playoff with fellow South Korean Sun Young Yoo. And it was the 25-year-old Yoo, who came from behind most of the day, who knocked in an 18-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole, the par-five 18th, to win her first major.
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