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For eight years, the cougar dodged the man-made hazards that have turned the foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains into a suburban minefield. In the canyons near Rancho Santa Margarita, she hunted for deer within earshot of bulldozers grading a new road and within driving range of a golf course. At night, she roamed between Mission Viejo and Camp Pendleton along an oak-lined ridge, staying clear of the nuclear power plant and Interstate 5.
July 19, 2009 | Mary Engel
My husband, Nolan, and I had pulled in next to a train station to make coffee in our rented Volkswagen Vanagon camper when a wiry, red-haired man ambled over and knocked on our sliding door. It was our first morning in New Zealand, and we assumed he was going to tell us we couldn't park there. Hands in the pockets of his fleece jacket, he smiled apologetically at interrupting our breakfast, and leaned in. "What year is it?" he asked, meaning our bright orange van (a 1982).
May 10, 2009 | Susan Spano
The Italian buffalo is a massive beast with eyes that glow red and a bony rump. Resistant to any change in routine, it is happiest wallowing in mud, lying in the pasture like a pile of old leather shoes and poking its wet nose into a mound of feed. It has nothing in common with Botticelli"s "Primavera" or Donatello's "David." But since the 12th century at least, the brutes have given the world something arguably as good: fresh, pillow-soft, white mozzarella cheese.
January 15, 1997 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nextel Communications Inc., in a first for the wireless industry, said its customers can travel anywhere in the U.S. and use their phones without paying higher "roaming" fees. With Nextel's new digital network, customers can travel in 50 U.S. cities and have their wireless calls and home rates follow them. Previously, Nextel's digital phones worked only in their designated home markets.
September 18, 2002 | David Karp
Here are some sources for pitahaya fruit and plants. White-fleshed varieties are usually called dragon fruit. At Vietnamese stores and nurseries, you might need to ask for thanh long. * Bien Hoa Farm. Dragon fruit plants and fruits. Open weekends, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 275 Stewart Canyon Road, Fallbrook; (760) 728-8768. * Dalat Farm. Dragon fruit plants and fruits, in limited supply. Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 11130 E.
April 5, 1996 | PETER H. KING
He might have eluded the FBI for 18 years. Shaking the U.S. Census Bureau was another matter. In 1990, Joe Youderian came knocking on the cabin door of the reclusive, unkempt man known around this town as "the hermit." There was no answer. Youderian scratched out a note, promising to be back. The next time the determined census-taker dropped by, Ted Kaczynski opened the door. He didn't looked surprised. He didn't look altogether happy, either.
August 28, 1987 | MEG SULLIVAN, Times Staff Writer
Some people bring their work home with them. Ed and Donna Dill do it the other way around--they take their home to work. As project manager and secretary for the first phase of a $150-million development project at California State University, Northridge, they live in a one-bedroom, Komfort trailer just south of the north campus construction site. "We love it," said Ed Dill of the unusual arrangement. "People come by and say, 'Hi, glad to have you here.'
November 16, 2006
Thank you for the coverage of the Griffith Observatory reopening ["Home of the Real Stars," Nov. 2]. The following should be added to the list of movies filmed at the observatory: the cliffhanger serial "The Phantom Empire." It was produced by Mascot Pictures in 1935, right after the observatory was completed. It featured Gene Autry in his first starring role. It was the only western/science fiction serial ever made. The observatory stood in for the underground city of Murania. The observatory's copper roof and Art Deco wall were used for background.
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