February 15, 2012 |
Tickets are now on sale for the 9th Annual California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara, July 19-21. Call (800) 797-7753 .... San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay is now home to some giant Pacific octopuses . Through Feb. 26, it will honor the new residents with octopus talks and other octopus-related activities. For details, click here .... Checking out the cherry blossoms this spring? The Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington is offering a $190-per-night package March 22-April 22, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the gift of the 3,000 trees from Japan.
January 24, 2014 |
Old Man Marley's house from “Home Alone” has come on the market in Winnetka, Ill., at $3.1 million. The wood-shingled behemoth, with 6,863 square feet of living space, sits on about three-quarters of a snow-covered acre. Should one be pining for winter scenes, the listing should serve to transport, without actual sub-zero temperatures spoiling the effect. A billiards room provides a spot to while away the bitter months. The bay windowed breakfast room is lovely but brrrr - there are no curtains in the listing photo.
October 19, 2011 |
How can a bridge built in 1831 be turning 40? It's a bit of a trick question. The bridge is London Bridge on this side of the pond, and the 40th hoopla marks the year it was brought from England and carefully re-created in the Arizona desert. If you've never seen it, now might be a good time to take a gander. The waterfront London Bridge Resort in Lake Havasu City marks the landmark's 40th year with rooms starting at $80 a night. The deal: The 40 for 40 London Bridge Anniversary Special starts at $40 per person (based on double occupancy)
July 11, 2013 |
If you've been longing to try some luxury beauty products but were put off by the price tag, now might be the time to fill your makeup bag. Nordstrom's 2013 beauty anniversary event got underway on Wednesday, offering more than 100 fragrance, cosmetic, skin care and men's grooming products, exclusive and limited-edition items, at favorable prices. Consider, for instance, Kiehl's Creme de Corps Value set, worth $107, marked $75. Or a La Prairie Age Defense Set, a $403 value, priced at $280 and an exclusive-to-Nordstrom Jimmie Choo Flash eau de parfum set for $98. Other premium brands include Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Dior, Kate Somerville, Philosophy and many more.
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June 10, 1993
Re "Surrogate Has No Rights to Child, Court Says," May 21: How creative of the California Supreme Court for giving a shot to the ailing California economy. Legalizing surrogacy produces a new cottage industry: growing babies for sale. The fact that the California Assn. of Adoption Agencies and the California State Legislative Task Force to Study Surrogacy concluded that surrogacy was not in the best interest of children didn't seem to carry much weight. When the economy needs a boost, the best interest of the economy will prevail.
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February 1, 2012 |
The sale of the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has been delayed, in part because of a purported 99-year lease brought to the court's attention days before the sale was to be finalized. On Jan. 25, lawyers in the case received a letter detailing an agreement that entitles the Crystal Cathedral congregation to the long-term lease for $1 per year. The diocese, which said it "has serious doubts regarding the alleged lease's existence," demanded signed copies of the lease by Jan. 27. The Crystal Cathedral was unable to produce any documentation.
October 6, 2011 |
Actor Ethan Suplee has listed a Studio City house for sale at $2,295,000. Formerly Jane Fonda's residence, according to listing details, the country English-style home of 3,787 square feet was built in the early 1950s. It sits on nearly an acre of wooded grounds with a detached office/guesthouse, a gym and a swimming pool. There are three fireplaces, seven bedrooms and three bathrooms. Suplee, 35, appeared in the action-adventure film "Unstoppable" (2010) and starred in "My Name Is Earl" (2005-09)
January 27, 2014 |
An astonishing article in the latest issue of Science (purchase required) documents how America's scientific patrimony--specifically, its fossil record--has come under the control of commercial interests. They're now marketing what are often scientifically significant finds to the highest bidder, often for use as home and office decor. The website of one firm cited by author Heather Pringle, Tucson-based GeoDecor , lists an inventory of fossil fish, "dinosauria," mammals, and plants. The article quotes one commercial fossil hawker as defending his business on traditional American cash-on-the-barrelhead terms: "If they don't like the free enterprise system," he says of the museums and researchers fuming about the trade in prehistoric artifacts, "don't participate in it, but don't demonize those that do. " Large fossils can go for millions of dollars.
November 18, 2010 |
California delayed by one day its sale of $10 billion in short-term notes to update disclosures to buyers of the debt. Treasurer Bill Lockyer said he was forced to amend the offering's disclosure documents because of a lawsuit filed Tuesday challenging the state's plans to sell and lease back 11 office properties. Failure to complete the real estate transaction would widen the state's projected budget gap, a possibility that investors might want to know about. The change in disclosure means that individual investors who placed orders Monday and Tuesday for $5.89 billion of the notes must reconfirm they want them.
October 23, 2012 |
Luxury cruise line Cunard launched a one-week sale Monday that offers a nice upgrade on selected 2013 trips: a cabin with balcony for the price of an ocean-view room. And some spending money is thrown in too in the form of on-board credit. One example: The classic transatlantic crossing from England to New York in spring aboard the Queen Mary 2 starts at $1,345 per person. The deal: The Cunard sale applies to transatlantic crossings as well as cruises to the Baltic, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Iceland and other destinations.