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April 10, 2009 | David Kelly
Investigators said Thursday they have interviewed two victims injured Tuesday during a shooting rampage at a Korean religious retreat near Temecula but have not yet established a motive for the violence that left one dead and four injured, including the gunman. Riverside County Sheriff's spokesman Dennis Gutierrez said deputies interviewed Joseph Kim, 69, and his wife, Julina, 65, who both suffered "significant facial trauma" during a violent struggle with John Chong, the retreat's handyman, who is accused of attacking them shortly after shooting two other people at the Kkottongnae site.
February 21, 2010
CALIFORNIA Hilly haven The 19th century hunting retreat up in the hills north of Healdsburg offers stunning views, luxurious lodge rooms and cottages, sumptuous breakfasts, and extremely kind and accommodating innkeepers. Old Crocker Inn, 1126 Old Crocker Inn Road, Cloverdale; (800) 716-2007, Doubles from $130. Dawn Seltzer Glendale
February 23, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
A Palm Springs estate built in 1977 for Oscar-winning actor William Holden has come on the market at $5.5 million. Sitting on 2.5 acres in the gated Southridge neighborhood, the 8,000-square-foot desert retreat has mountain and city light views, custom-carved double entry doors, high ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and a master bedroom suite with dual fireplaces, a 36-foot-long walk-in closet, a TV area, a sunken terrazzo spa tub and an...
September 4, 2011 | By Anne Hurley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Betty MacDonald Farm is still everything its first owner described in her memoir "Onions in the Stew": a beautiful retreat with a breathtaking view of Puget Sound, lush fruit trees and bald eagles nesting just outside the windows. The farm in the 1940s and '50s was the ideal spot for MacDonald to raise two daughters while cranking out bestselling books that detailed, with a contemporary comedic sense, every step, and misstep, that led her here. Happily for the legion of MacDonald fans - and for nature lovers visiting nearby Seattle - the farm and its grounds are largely as she and her second husband, Don, left it when they moved to Carmel in the 1950s.
April 7, 2009 | Roger Vincent
Shamed by images of wealthy corporateers cavorting at the expense of ordinary people, U.S. companies canceled an estimated $1 billion worth of conferences in the first two months of this year and trimmed back on others. Hoteliers are calling it "the AIG effect," after the insurance company that took a public drubbing for spending freely on corporate perks despite its financial turmoil.
February 28, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Tassajara Mountain Zen Center lies at the end of a 14-mile drive down a dirt track near a Central California town few people know  (Jamesburg). And that's the point: The remote inland setting in the Santa Lucia Mountains about 25 miles south of Big Sur provides an ideal  place to shut out the daily grind and unplug. When monks aren't being trained at the center, which was founded in 1967, Tassajara opens its doors each year to vacationers and guests. Last year 5,200 people came to engage in a retreat, meditate, do yoga, go hiking in the surrounding Ventana Wilderness, dip in the nearby hot springs, eat at the center's  vegetarian kitchen and reconnect with nature and themselves.
February 7, 1988
"thirtysomething" is too realistic! At times, while watching a certain situation in the series, my wife would turn to me and give me an understanding smile. And at other times, reminded of our own situation at home, she would glare at me, forcing me to retreat to the kitchen for a convenient snack! Henry Sakaida, Temple City
June 11, 1988
Isn't it about time the Singing Cowboy instructed his Anaheim Stadium organist to start playing "Retreat" instead of "Charge?" LEAH WILSON San Pedro
June 15, 1985
I can't help but believe that the voters of Los Angeles made the correct choice on Proposition 1. It became particularly evident when one reads comments from Chief Daryl F. Gates, which were phoned in from the "retreat for high ranking officers of the Police Department" in Oxnard. I'll just bet, even without looking, who paid for this retreat. What a good and useful way to spend tax money. HARVEY PULLIAM-KRAGER South Pasadena
September 18, 1988
Our Neighborhood Watch Program and our October, 1987, earthquake have made us aware of change. Ordinarily, we are not involved with "causes," but there are issues in our city that have activated our written response. The City Council's $5,000 retreat in Temecula raises many questions ("Whittier Mayor Calls Council Retreat Proper," Times, Aug. 11). Aside from the financial and logistical quandaries of this official session, why were 10 local land developers reported in attendance, and no residents of the areas to be developed?
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