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January 11, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Nearly two months after they began a controversial new investigation into Natalie Wood's death while sailing off Santa Catalina Island in 1981, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department detectives have found no evidence to suggest that the cause was anything but accidental. Although the case has not been closed, a top Sheriff's Department official said it's highly unlikely any new ground will be broken on how the actress died. "At this point, it is an accidental death," said William McSweeney, the sheriff's chief of detectives.
December 15, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
For everyone who craves something new to do on New Year's Eve, think about this: a 45-mph zip-line ride in the dark. A new Night Zip Line Eco-Tour starts Friday on Santa Catalina Island . The course is the same as the daytime thrill ride -- start at Hog's Back gate in the hills above Avalon and fly down five zip lines through Descanso Canyon -- but the night adds an edgy vibe. Santa Catalina Island Co., which started the tours in 2010, will offer night zip-line rides at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays for $113 per person, including fees.
September 6, 2011 | By Charles Fleming, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Nobody walks in L.A.? Ridiculous! This is one in a series of articles exploring the many opportunities for walking in (and around) a major city. RANCHO PALOS VERDES, DEL CERRO PARK Distance: 4 miles Duration: 1½ to 2 hours Difficulty: 3 Transportation: Drive south on Crenshaw Boulevard to Park Place or take the Palos Verdes Peninsula Transit Authority bus Route 225 Notes: ...
August 19, 2011 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
An 18-foot, bright-yellow submarine drone is being tested off the coast of Santa Catalina Island for possible use by the U.S. military to stalk enemy waters, patrol local harbors for national security threats and scour ocean floors to detect environmental hazards. Although robotic aircraft already play a critical role in modern warfare, taking out insurgents with missile strikes in the skies above Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, the same robotic revolution hasn't taken place in the world's oceans.
June 22, 2011 | By Benoit Lebourgeois, Special to the Los Angeles Times
If you would like to be under the sea, perhaps in an octopus' garden, head to Sea Trek, Santa Catalina Island's newest attraction. No yellow submarine required. Intrepid wanderers need only don a wetsuit and a diving helmet before walking off the beach of the Southern California resort island onto the ocean floor. The guided excursion meanders among forests of kelp, where schools of anchovies, mackerels and other underwater denizens lurk. The brightly colored garibaldi, California's state marine fish, frequents the waters off the coast of Catalina.
June 7, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Zsa Zsa Gabor's longtime Bel-Air estate is listed for sale at $15 million. The French Regency-style mansion sits on a 1-acre gated promontory with views of downtown Los Angeles, Santa Catalina Island and the ocean. The 28-room home, built in 1955, features a formal sitting room with an antique French fireplace, an oversized dining room with city views, a butler's pantry off the kitchen and staff quarters. There are four bedrooms, five bathrooms and a half-bath in the house's 6,393 square feet.
May 16, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Here's a birthday gift that takes you somewhere -- for free. The Catalina Express ferry service is marking its 30th year by offering a free pass for a round-trip ride to Southern California 's Santa Catalina Island to customers on their birthdays. The deal : To get this deal, start by registering online. You will then receive an e-mail confirmation for a free birthday pass . Once you get the pass, you can make boat reservations leaving from San Pedro, Long Beach or Dana Point on the mainland and arriving at Avalon or Two Harbors on the island.  You must begin travel on your actual birthday; you can stay as long as you like, up to 30 days.
December 18, 2010 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Alison Wrigley Rusack stepped off the porch of an old house on a private ranch on the rugged southwestern edge of Santa Catalina Island, where her clan once raised Arabian horses. Under sunny skies, she cast an appraising eye at the surrounding peaks, lush ravines and aging structures of El Rancho Escondido. It was a favorite family gathering place, passed down by her great-grandfather, chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr., who bought Santa Catalina Island Co. ? which owns all the developable land on the island ?
December 10, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
TV director Michael Caffey has listed an island off Santa Catalina Island for sale at $875,000. White Rock Island, also known as Bird Rock, sits on the north side of Catalina about 1,500 feet off the mainland side of Isthmus Cove. The popular dive site is home to a variety of birds and has been used as a location for film shoots. The 1.3-acre island has been privately owned since the 1920s. Plans for the site have included a casino and a yacht club, but none ever came to fruition.
November 28, 2010 | By Darrell Satzman
A stately Queen Anne home on Santa Catalina Island known as Holly Hill House has a 120-year history as colorful as its signature cupola. In addition to the towering red-and-green-striped dome, the three-story home is distinguished by steep gables, quirky interior spaces, antique furnishings that are included in the purchase and multiple porches. It was built by Peter Gano, a transplanted Ohioan and civil engineer who had helped develop the water systems for Pasadena and Altadena.
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