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August 24, 2013 | By Alene Dawson
Attaining and maintaining beautiful skin requires more than night creams, Botox cocktails and tutorials on how to use cosmetics. True beauty comes from healthy habits, says Dr. Howard Murad of the namesake skin care line. "To me health and beauty are synonymous. When you're healthy, you're going to be more beautiful," he says. Now he's taking that philosophy beyond the confines of his dermatology practice in El Segundo by offering an immersive weekend health retreat at the Parker Palm Springs in September.
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April 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Greg Louganis, the Olympic diving champion, has put his personalized retreat in Malibu up for sale at $2,999,999. The ocean-view home opens to decks and a custom swimming pool with a diving platform. The Olympic rings insignia is on the bottom of the pool, which has blue tiling. The 3,385 square feet of interiors include living and family rooms, three bedrooms, four bathrooms and a guest house. The master bedroom features a sitting area and a fireplace. There also are fireplaces in the living and family rooms.
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BUSINESS
August 29, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Pasadena Pops conductor Michael Feinstein and his partner, Terrence Flannery, have bought a retreat in Carpinteria for $3.7 million. Set on 27 acres with panoramic ocean and coastline views, the contemporary estate was remodeled in 2012 and includes about 4,000 square feet of living space. Among features are floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors, a library, four bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. There is a swimming pool, a fruit orchard and vegetable gardens. About five acres is devoted to growing avocados.
HOME & GARDEN
March 29, 2014 | By Carren Jao
Fredda Weiss used to tell people visiting her Mandeville Canyon cottage for the first time to watch for the house "that looks like the seven dwarfs live there. " Weiss' 1950s home was warm and inviting - but also a little dark and dated. So after three decades of living in the 2,283-square-foot cottage, Weiss decided to give her storybook home a happy ending. And she had just the architect in mind: Zoltan Pali. "If I was going to do this house, he was going to be my architect," Weiss says.
HOME & GARDEN
August 21, 2010
Tips on creating an affordable tropical retreat In the last 10 years, Bob Ramirez estimates that he has poured about $500,000 into the construction of his home and grounds. Decorating it, however, was far less costly. Here are some of the clever ideas and affordable resources used to create a tropical but family-friendly retreat: FURNITURE Lisa Kline scoured flea markets, garage sales and EBay to find streamlined Midcentury tables and courtroom chairs whose clean lines helped to prevent spaces from feeling too busy.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actress Peri Gilpin of “Frasier” fame and her husband, artist Christian Vincent, have sold their place in Malibu for $4.25 million. Described as a “quintessential Malibu Colony cottage” in the listing, the main house and guest house contain four bedrooms, four bathrooms and 1,783 square foot of living space. The backyard includes a wood-burning fireplace, built-in barbecue and a spa. Gilpin, 52, has appeared this year in the series “Men at Work.” She played Roz Doyle on “Frasier” (1993-2004)
BUSINESS
September 30, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Seymour Cohen, known for his innovations in the movie theater marquee industry, has listed his retreat in Santa Ynez at $1.349 million. The 3,182-square-foot home, built in 1930, sits behind gates on 1.69 acres. Offered fully furnished, the three-bedroom, two-bathroom house features a great room with a beamed ceiling. Also on the equestrian-zoned property, which is dotted with mature oaks, are a furnished guest house, corral and spa. Distinctive L.A. homes draw vacationers In addition to developing an instant marquee process, Cohen invented preview boxes for upcoming attractions to be displayed in theater lobbies and holds several patents.
BUSINESS
August 27, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Actor-director Mario Van Peebles has sold his wooded compound in the Hollywood Hills for $1.225 million. The nearly half-acre rustic retreat includes an early-1960s main house, patio space and a guesthouse. Custom details include stairway handrails made from recycled metals, a double wooden entry door, mosaic tile accents, a glass ceiling in the master bathroom and an outdoor brick barbecue. There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a fireplace and 4,255 square feet of living space.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
A children's bunk room that sleeps 12, maids quarters and a guesthouse mean there's plenty of room for the ski crowd at this three-story retreat on a wooded lot in the San Bernardino Mountains. The lodge-like living room, with soaring ceilings and wooden beams, centers on an oversized stone fireplace. Location: 160 Cedar Ridge Drive, Lake Arrowhead 92352 Asking price: $7.499 million Year built: 1996 House size: Nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 17,000 square feet Lot size: Four acres Features: Paneled office, den with bar, elevator, library, two-island kitchen, breakfast nook, gym, indoor spa and sauna, wine cellar and tasting room, terraces, attached garage space for six vehicles, outdoor kitchen About the area: Last year, 534 single-family homes sold in the 92352 ZIP Code at a median price of $285,000, according to DataQuick.
SCIENCE
May 30, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Long-abandoned 80-year-old aerial photographs found in a Danish basement document the unexpectedly rapid response of Greenland glaciers to changes in average temperatures, researchers have found. The studies show that landlocked glaciers were melting faster in the 1930s than they are now, but that those extending into the ocean are melting faster now, a team headed by climatologist Jason E. Box of Ohio State University and graduate student Anders A. Bjork of the University of Copenhagen in Denmark reported in the journal Nature Geoscience.
TRAVEL
March 22, 2014
Morgan's Rock Hacienda and Ecolodge in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, is the best place I've stayed in Central America. There are 15 exquisite bungalows set in a 4,000-acre jungle. We had the entire beach to ourselves, where we rode horses. The kids also toured the farm where they milked cows and took the eggs from the hen and made a wonderful breakfast (hands-on cooking, where they learned to make tortillas from scratch). We went on beautiful rain-forest hikes and dined at its wonderful restaurant - really had it all in one spot.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Huell Howser's desert retreat in Twentynine Palms has sold, along with an adjacent 71-acre parcel, for $650,000 in an all-cash deal. The proceeds from the sale of the late travelogue host's house benefit an endowed scholarship and Howser archives as Chapman University in Orange. There were multiple offers on the Midcentury Modern home, which has 2,221 square feet of living space and sits on 12 acres. Howser renovated the house after he bought the property more than 15 years ago for $160,000.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
A children's bunk room that sleeps 12, maids quarters and a guesthouse mean there's plenty of room for the ski crowd at this three-story retreat on a wooded lot in the San Bernardino Mountains. The lodge-like living room, with soaring ceilings and wooden beams, centers on an oversized stone fireplace. Location: 160 Cedar Ridge Drive, Lake Arrowhead 92352 Asking price: $7.499 million Year built: 1996 House size: Nine bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, 17,000 square feet Lot size: Four acres Features: Paneled office, den with bar, elevator, library, two-island kitchen, breakfast nook, gym, indoor spa and sauna, wine cellar and tasting room, terraces, attached garage space for six vehicles, outdoor kitchen About the area: Last year, 534 single-family homes sold in the 92352 ZIP Code at a median price of $285,000, according to DataQuick.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By Tony Barboza, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Police quashed a demonstration Wednesday at Inglewood High School after hundreds of students attempted to walk out of their classrooms in protest of school administrators, authorities said. Dozens of officers responded to a disturbance call from the school at 231 S. Grevillea Ave. about 1 p.m., Inglewood Police Lt. Jacqueline Layne said. KCAL-TV Channel 9 reported the students were upset over a news report that the financially troubled Inglewood Unified School District recently sent principals and administrators to a retreat at a luxury hotel in La Jolla at a cost of more than $38,000.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Chris Webber, the retired pro basketball forward turned sports analyst, has listed his Malibu house at $3.995 million. Set behind gates on nearly three-quarters of an acre, the 2,910-square-foot home has 180-degree coastline views from the inside, the deck and the garden. Walls of glass, wood floors and stone counters complement the contemporary interiors. Features include an office/den, a library/study, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. A lap pool, a spa and a sunning area are among outdoor features.
NEWS
February 25, 2014 | By Jay Jones
A Chinese master of medicine-free healing is prompting interest in Kokolulu Farm, a retreat center on the Big Island of Hawaii. Ning Jian Xiong arrived in early February and will be in residency at Kokolulu , near the village of Hawi, through July. Since arriving in early February, Ning's weekend retreats have been sellouts as people seek his knowledge in Zhineng Qigong, a 6,000-year-old Chinese therapy in which healing focuses on exercise, love and energy. “Energy has been the foundation of our program from the very beginning,” said Lew Whitney, the retreat's co-founder.
OPINION
January 27, 2013 | Doyle McManus
A well-organized retreat is said to be one of the most difficult military maneuvers: You're under enemy fire, your troops are likely to be demoralized, and you've got to avoid a rout. That why House Republicans' orderly withdrawal last week from an untenable position was unexpectedly impressive. House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and his conservative members had claimed their high ground, vowing to block an increase in the federal government's debt ceiling unless Democrats accepted deep cuts in spending.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1996
A serene 10-acre retreat, set down like a paradox in the middle of Encino in a well-to-do-neighborhood. The grounds are lush with oaks and pines, roses and birds of paradise, fruit trees and isolated garden paths and duck pond.
WORLD
February 22, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - The most ardent foe of Ukraine's embattled president was freed from prison Saturday and rushed to the capital, where she was greeted by tens of thousands of supporters chanting her name, some so overcome by emotion that they fainted. Events in Kiev and around the country had the feel of a revolution nearing its culmination. Having retreated to his eastern stronghold, President Viktor Yanukovich fulminated in an Internet clip against "Nazis" and "bandits. " He insisted he still was the country's leader and that he would not resign.
BUSINESS
February 17, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Huell Howser's house in Twentynine Palms has come on the market at $395,000. Proceeds from the sale of the late travelogue host's desert retreat will go to Chapman University. The Midcentury Modern home, built in 1953, has 2,221 square feet of living space that Howser renovated after he bought the property more than 15 years ago for $160,000. He infused the interiors with industrial-style minimalist details including concrete kitchen counters and floors, stainless-steel baseboards and a master bath sink made by inverting a vintage streetlight fixture.
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