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August 1, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
Those who want to rub elbows with royalty -- and can't make the jauntĀ  across the pond -- should head this month to the kingdom of Big Bear and its Renaissance Faire. New this year is the Tea Pavilion, where visitors can enjoy a cuppa and a special treat with Queen Elizabeth I. They will learn about the Renaissance from the queen herself and her special "guests," which may include Queen Victoria and the Queen of the Gypsies. Sir John Smythe of the queen's royal court is hosting a similar gathering called the Warrior's Table, where guests can mingle with the Knights of Mayhem, pirates and more.
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TRAVEL
January 11, 2014
In October, we took a 16-day guided tour of the UNESCO sites in Morocco with Around Morocco Tours. Lahcen Boujouija provided door-to-door service, knowledgeable guides for big cities, and never let a question go unanswered. He guided us to restaurants where we felt as if we were getting royal treatment. The people were welcoming everywhere. The Atlas Mountains were breathtaking, and the monkeys entertaining. The hotels even on the edge of the desert were top-notch. Tour prices vary depending on days of travel.
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SPORTS
May 15, 2004
If I were the king of California: The Sacramento Kings' (insert player here) would actually believe he committed a foul. Barry Bonds would take a strike and nod in agreement. Shaq would make a free throw and not get a standing ovation. And the L.A. Kings would lead the NHL in anything other than "man games lost to injury." Craig Evans Hermosa Beach
NEWS
August 1, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
Those who want to rub elbows with royalty -- and can't make the jauntĀ  across the pond -- should head this month to the kingdom of Big Bear and its Renaissance Faire. New this year is the Tea Pavilion, where visitors can enjoy a cuppa and a special treat with Queen Elizabeth I. They will learn about the Renaissance from the queen herself and her special "guests," which may include Queen Victoria and the Queen of the Gypsies. Sir John Smythe of the queen's royal court is hosting a similar gathering called the Warrior's Table, where guests can mingle with the Knights of Mayhem, pirates and more.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2010 | By Maria Elena Fernandez >>>
Drag queens sashay down the runway, lip-syncing to RuPaul's "Main Event," escorted by their drag mothers. The mother-daughter fashion show has begun, and immediately we realize: we've never seen anything like this on TV. The mamas are only mommies for a day -- older gay men plucked out of their quiet lives to be transformed into drag queens as part of a reality show challenge. They've never worn heels, makeup or dresses. And a test it is. Heels prove a giant obstacle for a couple of "mothers" who have trouble walking in their own shoes because of disabilities.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2010
SERIES Biography Remembers: The late John Forsythe ("Dynasty") is profiled (noon Biography). Peep Show: The imported Britcom returns with new episodes (6, 9 and 11 p.m. BBC America), followed by the season premiere of "That Mitchell and Webb Look" (6:30, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m.). American Idol: Pop music's Rihanna performs on the talent competition's results show (9 p.m. Fox). Shear Genius: A winner is crowned on the season finale of the hair-styling competition (10 p.m. Bravo)
SPORTS
March 23, 2000 | MIKE BRESNAHAN
Sanderson Bogea often catches himself scanning the Royal High campus. He sees kids with dyed hair, wearing baggy jeans and singing praises to the rock group Blink 182. That's when he realizes he's not in Brazil anymore. Bogea, a foreign-exchange student from Sao Felix Do Araguaia, population 12,000, is attending Royal for a year to learn English. He'll use it to help translate for American physicians who travel to Brazil. Bogea, whose native language is Portuguese, was brought to the U.S.
SPORTS
December 3, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers didn't seem quite like the Lakers for the better part of a week, but it could always be worse. They could be the Sacramento Kings. If the Lakers played the Kings every game, they'd be in serious pursuit of the Chicago Bulls' record-setting 72-10 mark come April, but, back in reality, they were thrilled to face Sacramento simply to get a victory. Kobe Bryant had 22 points, Pau Gasol played well enough on one good leg, and the Lakers easily ended their first four-game losing streak since April 2007 by thumping the Kings, 113-80, Friday at Staples Center.
NEWS
July 23, 1996 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They have been treated like little princesses, sequestered in comfort far from the madding crowds inside the Olympic village and whisked from living quarters to "top-secret" training center to the Georgia Dome via private, air-conditioned shuttle bus. The rival Romanians furrow their brows as they sweat inside the bus that schleps them to practice and grumble, "Why the special treatment?"
BUSINESS
March 22, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn and Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - As HBO adapts its television empire to the digital age, it's rolling out the red carpet to Silicon Valley. The pay TV network put on showy "Game of Thrones" season premiere parties this week in Silicon Valley and Seattle, ground zero for the revolution underway in television viewing habits. Digerati turned out by the hundreds to immerse themselves in the fantasy realm of Westeros, some wearing Twitter logo T-shirts, others Google Glass, the Internet giant's yet-to-be-released futuristic eyewear.
SPORTS
November 13, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Tuesday's Google+ Hangout featured a discussion of MMA with Times boxing/MMA writer Lance Pugmire, focusing on this weekend's pay-per-view match between Georges St-Pierre and Carlos Condit for the UFC welterweight title. The big question, who will win the fight? According to Pugmire, St-Pierre. You will have to watch the video to see why! Plus, who would win a grudge match between TJ Simers and Bill Plaschke? St-Pierre is coming off a 19-month layoff after surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.
SPORTS
June 15, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Hopefully that doesn't apply to the Stanley Cup. Members of the Kings celebrated their NHL championship at the TAO nightclub in the Venetian Las Vegas Resort and Casino on Thursday night. And it was quite the show. After being introduced by a little person dressed as a king on his throne, the Kings players each took turns drinking champagne out of the Stanley Cup as music blared and partygoers cheered. Kings in attendance were Trevor Lewis, Jeff Carter, Jarrett Stoll, Brad Richardson, Drew Doughty, Mike Richards, Alec Martinez and Jordan Nolan.
SPORTS
August 29, 2011 | By Michael Sciacca
The Ocean View Little League team received the red-carpet treatment upon its return to Huntington Beach on Monday night. Arriving to chants of "OV," and, "USA," the players were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd that came out to support the 2011 Little League World Series champions. The players showed their poise as they stood before the gathering, a fireworks display illuminating the backdrop of the team as it stood in front of the league's playing fields at Murdy Park. Ocean View completed a two-month postseason run on Sunday by defeating defending champion Japan, 2-1, at South Williamsport, Pa., to become the first Little League team from Orange County to win the title.
TRAVEL
April 3, 2011 | Jay Jones
Her Majesty the Queen apparently is a fan of the charming Fairmont Empress hotel in Victoria, Canada. Named after Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother and empress of India, Queen Elizabeth II has visited the regal British Columbia landmark six times during her nearly 60-year reign. In her honor, the hotel has a set of fine china created exclusively for use during royal visits. That exclusivity, however, is about to disappear. For three evenings, April 29 and 30, and May 1, commoners will be able to dine on the posh china in the Empress Room.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2011 | By Richard Verrier, Los Angeles Times
"The King's Speech" is poised to be crowned with several Oscars on Sunday, Hollywood's biggest night of the year. But the small, independent movie, which has been both a critical and commercial hit with more than $200 million in worldwide ticket sales, hardly received the royal treatment when it was filmed in Britain. Starring Oscar nominees Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter, the picture tells the story of King George VI's triumph over a debilitating stutter.
SPORTS
December 3, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers didn't seem quite like the Lakers for the better part of a week, but it could always be worse. They could be the Sacramento Kings. If the Lakers played the Kings every game, they'd be in serious pursuit of the Chicago Bulls' record-setting 72-10 mark come April, but, back in reality, they were thrilled to face Sacramento simply to get a victory. Kobe Bryant had 22 points, Pau Gasol played well enough on one good leg, and the Lakers easily ended their first four-game losing streak since April 2007 by thumping the Kings, 113-80, Friday at Staples Center.
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