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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Dolores Hope , who throughout her 69-year marriage to comedian Bob Hope oversaw their charitable giving and played a key role in establishing the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, has died. She was 102. Hope died Monday at her Toluca Lake home of natural causes, publicist Harlan Boll said. In the late 1960s, the Hopes donated 80 acres of land near their future Palm Springs estate for the medical center, which opened in 1971. PHOTOS: Dolores Hope | 1909 - 2011 They became "the driving forces behind the creation and long-term growth" of the medical facility, the center said on its website.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 2011 | By Marlene Cimons, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Former First Lady Betty Ford, who captivated the nation with her unabashed candor and forthright discussion of her personal battles with breast cancer, prescription drug addiction and alcoholism, has died. She was 93. Ford died Friday at the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, according to Barbara Lewandrowski, a family representative. The cause was not given. As wife of Gerald R. Ford, the 38th president of the United States and the only person to hold that office without first being elected vice president or president, she spent a brief, yet remarkable time as the nation's first lady.
HOME & GARDEN
April 9, 2011 | By Jeffrey Head, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Whether housing for seniors has been built for independent or assisted living, the architecture seldom varies from the traditional. Few are modern in their aesthetics, and communities built to give residents comfort through familiar environs — to surround them with design they have lived with throughout their lives — may simply perpetuate existing models of retirement living and not consider the range of wants and needs of an aging but active population....
SPORTS
April 3, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Stacy Lewis made a 15-foot putt for par on the 17th hole, a shot that took a hard left turn as it slowed. It was as if a GPS voice in Lewis' head told her ball, "Left turn in two feet. " When the ball dropped, Lewis bent over. Her head was down; her shaking hands were on her legs. Lewis didn't look up until Yani Tseng finished that same par-three 17th hole with a dispiriting bogey. Lewis, a 26-year-old who had never won a professional tournament, now has a big one. With a final round of three-under-par 69, Lewis finished the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage with a 13-under 72-hole total of 275 and a three-shot win over Tseng, the defending champion.
SPORTS
March 31, 2011 | By Diane Pucin
Easy. That's how Brittany Lincicome described her six-under-par 66 Thursday in the first round of the $2-million Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage. Stacy Lewis described her afternoon of golf a little differently. Lewis actually made a bogey in the 100-degree heat and had to step up and make a six-foot putt to save that bogey. But then came a stretch of three straight birdies and so, like Lincicome, Lewis also shot a 66. That puts the sometime roommates and frequent dinner companions together in the lead after the first round of the LPGA's first major of the season.
HOME & GARDEN
December 6, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Dreaming of a "White Christmas"? Bing Crosby's former home in Rancho Mirage has come on the market at $3,495,000. The sprawling 6,700-square-foot estate sits on more than an acre in the Thunderbird Heights neighborhood with a hillside backdrop. Asian influences start with the foyer's 10-foot front door. The décor also incorporates midcentury film posters (in the studio screening room) and other Hollywood memorabilia and photographs. The single-story house, built in 1957, opens to an outdoor swimming pool and spa with adjacent fireplaces and a putting green.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2010 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Tom Bosley, a Tony Award-winning actor who was best known for playing Howard Cunningham, the amiable father on the hit TV series "Happy Days," has died. He was 83. Bosley died early Tuesday at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage after a brief battle with lung cancer, said Grey Munford, a CBS representative. In an acting career that began on stage in Chicago in the late 1940s, Bosley won a Tony Award for best featured actor in 1960 for his breakthrough role as New York City's legendary Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in the long-running Broadway musical "Fiorello!"
BUSINESS
June 20, 2010
Location: 42765 Dunes View Road, Rancho Mirage 92270 Asking price: $75 million Size: Main residence has four bedrooms, six bathrooms and two half-baths in about 18,430 square feet. Additional features: In-home theater, breakfast room, pool area with resort pool, water slide, children's pool, hot tub, children's play area with a circus carousel, outdoor party grotto with raised stage, commercial laundry area by pool, six-car garage. Around the neighborhood: Through the first quarter, 100 single-family homes sold in the 92270 ZIP Code, according to MDA Data Quick, at a median sale price of $500,000.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2010 | By Dinah Eng
A golfer's personal paradise can be found at Porcupine Creek, a 249-acre estate in Rancho Mirage that features a Mediterranean-inspired villa, four casitas, four guesthouses and a private 19-hole golf course, with that extra hole available for playoff games. "It has its own driving range, clubhouse, lakes and sweeping panoramas of the mountains and valley floors," says Barbara Duskin of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie's Great Estates, in Beverly Hills. Gates open to a long, meandering drive past landscaped gardens and brooks to the front entrance, where a covered stone walkway leads to the house.
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