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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
By around 6 on Friday evening, it became clear that neither the Obama nor the Xi motorcades would be passing by the hundreds of demonstrators near the Sunnylands estate who had waited for hours in 110-degree heat. President Obama and China's Xi Jinping would not see the signs protesting China's treatment of Vietnamese fishermen or the pleas for justice from Falun Gong followers. They would not see the man who wore fake chains and had “Free Tibet” inked in Chinese characters on his bare torso.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2013 | By Cindy Chang
RANCHO MIRAGE - Protesters gathered Friday afternoon near the Sunnylands estate, hours before President Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping are expected to arrive for an informal summit. The Falun Gong spiritual movement, which has been banned by the Chinese government, had a large contingent at Xi's hotel Thursday and was just beginning to amass shortly after noon at the corner of Bob Hope and Gerald Ford drives in Rancho Mirage. "Bring Jiang to Justice," one banner read -- a reference to former Chinese president Jiang Zemin, who spearheaded government crackdowns against the group.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum and Joseph Serna
President Obama was cheered by residents along surface streets as his motorcade moved through the Santa Monica area on his way to a fundraiser Friday, shortly after arriving at LAX. Obama's plane landed shortly before 11 a.m. and the president flew by helicopter to Santa Monica Airport, where he was greeted on the tarmac by the outgoing and incoming mayors of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa and Eric Garcetti. Garcetti, who takes office July 1, is riding with the president to a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at the Santa Monica home of entertainment executive Peter Chernin.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Authorities are urging Los Angeles drivers to avoid certain areas of the city during President Obama's visit here Friday. Obama will be attending a late-morning, early afternoon fund-raiser Friday at the Santa Monica home of Hollywood executive Peter Chernin, according to CBSLA. From there, the president is expected to travel to Rancho Mirage for a two-day summit with China's new president, Xi Jinping. The Los Angeles Police Department, working with the U.S. Secret Service, is asking motorists to help prevent traffic jams by staying away from the following areas between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. and again from 1 to 3 p.m.: Centinela Avenue and West Olympic Boulevard West Olympic Boulevard and Cloverfield Boulevard 26th Street and San Vicente Boulevard ALSO: Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington killed in car crash Funeral services Sunday for two sisters killed in fiery O.C. crash AEG exec: 'You needed a scorecard' to track Jackson's entourage   jean.merl@latimes.com Twitter: @jeanmerl
WORLD
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.
SPORTS
May 17, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Ken Venturi, a San Francisco native and the 1964 U.S. Open golf champion, has died. He was 82. Matt Venturi says his father died Friday afternoon at a hospital in Rancho Mirage, Calif., after a two-month battle with a spinal infection, pneumonia and an intestinal infection. Venturi is best known for his only major victory when he battled oppressive heat and humidity to win the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., by shooting 66-70 on the final day. He also was runner-up in the 1956 and 1960 Masters.
SPORTS
April 8, 2013 | By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times
Inbee Park essentially won the Kraft Nabisco Championship on Sunday on her first hole at the Mission Hills Country Club course in Rancho Mirage. Park, from South Korea, made a resolute birdie while Azusa's Lizette Salas, 23, who had started the day in second place and three shots behind Park, hit a nervous drive in the rough and made a double bogey while her playing partner, Park, watched without outward expression. But inwardly Park must have been giving herself a high-five.
SPORTS
April 7, 2013 | By Diane Pucin, Los Angeles Times
Inbee Park seemed unflappable Saturday. The breeze picked up, but Park's shots stayed in the middle of the fairway. The 24-year-old South Korean played alongside her closest competitor, Lizette Salas, and increased her lead even as the pro-Salas gallery cheered loudly for an almost-hometown girl. Park, who won the U.S. Open in 2008 for her only major title, shot a second consecutive five-under-par 67 and, with a three-day total of 12-under 204, has a three-shot lead over Salas after three rounds of the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage.
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