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TRAVEL
February 20, 2011
The birch branch and sauna story ["Wash, Flog, Relax" by Mary Ellen Monahan, Feb. 13] reminded me of the time 30 years ago when I traveled on the Trans-Siberian Railway. It was a magnificent experience but left me feeling grimy, so after hotel check-in at Irkutsk, I headed for the sauna. After 30 minutes it didn't seem to do anything except leave me gasping for cool air. At that moment two naked Russians came in carrying branches and started beating my shoulders and legs. I was completely dumbfounded but did not want to appear to object to their customs.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2012 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Robert Kim took his family to Wi Spa last Friday night so his wife could revisit the public bath culture she grew up with in Korea. Besides, his two sons, the older one anyway, love the children's playroom, equipped with video games, foosball and a slide. The Kims (the last name, he joked, of half the families in the cavernous jimjilbang ) ran into another father he knew from the Korean-English dual language school their kids attend in Porter Ranch. (More on the jimjilbang later.)
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NEWS
September 16, 1985
One man was electrocuted, another was seriously injured and five more people received minor jolts from live wires at a West Covina condominium sauna, police said. Officer Paul LaCommare said one man apparently made contact with a live wire as he entered a sauna in the complex at 2222 Calle Parral. Walter Deese, 42, received a high voltage charge and died a short time later at Queen of the Valley Hospital. A friend, Ozzie Martinez, 30, was shocked when he tried to aid the victim.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Kelly Ripa co-host Michael Strahan has been busy on the real estate front this year. The Fox football analyst and his fiancee, television personality Nicole Murphy, bought a home in Bel-Air, sold one in Hermosa Beach and have another on the market in the beach city. The gated Bel-Air estate they purchased for $7.9 million centers on a 1926 Mediterranean with a courtyard entry. Among features are walls of glass, a screening room with a bar, a gym, a sauna, five bedrooms and 61/2 bathrooms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1987 | PERRY C. RIDDLE
Abraham Lenkawicki was raised by his grandmother in Warsaw, lived in Siberia for a year during World War II and went to Israel after the war. He moved to Brooklyn in 1972 and to California in 1976. Lenkawicki, 72, is semi-retired and a college student. He and his wife, Sabina, live in Burbank. I grew up in Warsaw in a Jewish family. I was orphaned at 10. My grandma raised me to be a good man. Old people were a big part of life in Europe. We've lost that here in the United States.
NEWS
December 26, 1987 | BENGT LJUNG, United Press International
The issues in the Finnish presidential campaign may be dead as a doorknob, but that has not kept its participants from sweating out their strategies in the sauna. In the seclusion of Finland's revered sauna, otherwise tight-lipped politicians open up, discuss and strike deals that Parliament has often only to ratify. It is the premier Finnish political institution, helping forge a strong national consensus in a country whose 4.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
The coolest place in Hollywood is a sauna inside the health center at El Centro and Selma that's been around since the mid-1980s. I was reminded of this the other day after a conversation with a Guatemalan maintenance man named Romulo and a retired auto mechanic from Ecuador named Victor. We sat sweating together as they discussed Victor's house in Ecuador. He wanted to sell it but couldn't. The idea pained Victor, as he'd bought the house hoping his kids might want to experience his home country.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Two and a Half Men" star Ashton Kutcher has bought a home in the heart of the Hollywood Hills for an undisclosed amount. The house had most recently been listed at $10.8 million. The modern-style house, completed in 2007, has views of the Hollywood Reservoir and the Hollywood sign. Kutcher had been leasing the property when reports surfaced that Justin Bieber had toured the house and might be an interested buyer. The three-story home has five bedrooms, eight bathrooms and nearly 9,400 square feet of living space, according to the listing.
IMAGE
May 9, 2010 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Let's face it. When it comes to a spa visit, men frequently get the short end of the loofah. No amount of salt crystals and elbow grease can scrub away the fact that the spa experience is predominantly tailored to pamper, knead, wax and unwind women. But there are some local places where guys can comfortably cool their calloused heels, seek out some steam and solitude, and kick back for a few hours without feeling like a square peg in a round hole. Here are a few worth exploration: Beverly Hot Springs If the possibilities emanating from naturally heated, mineral-rich waters bubbling up from 2,200 feet below the surface of Los Angeles, a bubbling man-made rock waterfall and the warming sun streaming through a skylight into a hushed grotto just off Beverly Boulevard in East Hollywood don't nudge you toward Nirvana, you'll probably never get there.
IMAGE
May 9, 2010 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
Though it straddles the busy Santa Monica corner of 4th Street and Broadway, it's easy to miss the nondescript, off-white Arcona Studio spa. The building bears little signage and the storefront is dedicated to selling the organic and plant-based skin-care products for which Arcona is known and that are arguably the strength of the business. Nabbing an appointment was easy and far less painful than an enzyme mask. Calling on a Friday, I was able to book something for the next day with my choice of afternoon time slots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2012 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
The coolest place in Hollywood is a sauna inside the health center at El Centro and Selma that's been around since the mid-1980s. I was reminded of this the other day after a conversation with a Guatemalan maintenance man named Romulo and a retired auto mechanic from Ecuador named Victor. We sat sweating together as they discussed Victor's house in Ecuador. He wanted to sell it but couldn't. The idea pained Victor, as he'd bought the house hoping his kids might want to experience his home country.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Two and a Half Men" star Ashton Kutcher has bought a home in the heart of the Hollywood Hills for an undisclosed amount. The house had most recently been listed at $10.8 million. The modern-style house, completed in 2007, has views of the Hollywood Reservoir and the Hollywood sign. Kutcher had been leasing the property when reports surfaced that Justin Bieber had toured the house and might be an interested buyer. The three-story home has five bedrooms, eight bathrooms and nearly 9,400 square feet of living space, according to the listing.
TRAVEL
February 20, 2011
The birch branch and sauna story ["Wash, Flog, Relax" by Mary Ellen Monahan, Feb. 13] reminded me of the time 30 years ago when I traveled on the Trans-Siberian Railway. It was a magnificent experience but left me feeling grimy, so after hotel check-in at Irkutsk, I headed for the sauna. After 30 minutes it didn't seem to do anything except leave me gasping for cool air. At that moment two naked Russians came in carrying branches and started beating my shoulders and legs. I was completely dumbfounded but did not want to appear to object to their customs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2010 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
Hot weather continued to scorch Southern California on Friday, with firefighters battling brush fires, businesses reporting runs on cold treats and air conditioners and everyone bracing for a few more days of sauna-like weather. Firefighters were able to contain or gain ground on three large fires caused by lightning strikes earlier in the week in Riverside County, even as temperatures crested above 105 degrees there. And in Los Angeles County, where lightning sparked 11 small fires Thursday in the Antelope Valley, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Don Kunitomi said all were contained.
IMAGE
May 9, 2010 | By Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times
Though it straddles the busy Santa Monica corner of 4th Street and Broadway, it's easy to miss the nondescript, off-white Arcona Studio spa. The building bears little signage and the storefront is dedicated to selling the organic and plant-based skin-care products for which Arcona is known and that are arguably the strength of the business. Nabbing an appointment was easy and far less painful than an enzyme mask. Calling on a Friday, I was able to book something for the next day with my choice of afternoon time slots.
IMAGE
May 9, 2010 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Let's face it. When it comes to a spa visit, men frequently get the short end of the loofah. No amount of salt crystals and elbow grease can scrub away the fact that the spa experience is predominantly tailored to pamper, knead, wax and unwind women. But there are some local places where guys can comfortably cool their calloused heels, seek out some steam and solitude, and kick back for a few hours without feeling like a square peg in a round hole. Here are a few worth exploration: Beverly Hot Springs If the possibilities emanating from naturally heated, mineral-rich waters bubbling up from 2,200 feet below the surface of Los Angeles, a bubbling man-made rock waterfall and the warming sun streaming through a skylight into a hushed grotto just off Beverly Boulevard in East Hollywood don't nudge you toward Nirvana, you'll probably never get there.
NEWS
September 13, 1987
A landmark and celebrity watering hole, Alan Ladd's Spanish Inn in Palm Springs, has been sold for just under $2 million, according to local real estate brokers. The late film star's widow, Sue Carol Ladd, purchased the Barcelona-style 34-room hotel in 1978 and named it after her late husband. In its early years, the inn on North Indian Avenue was a favorite getaway spot for such stars as Lana Turner, Tyrone Power, Esther Williams and opera diva Amelita Galli-Curci.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1986 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC
Karla Klarin's high-relief paintings have taken a slow, sure ride from the grubby industrial center of Los Angeles to the suburbs. They have also, at times, moved from forbiding exteriors to comforting interiors and made room for an occasional person. With her current show, Klarin affirms her growing maturity and emotional range, now encompassing the figure, still life and landscape--both urban and rural.
NEWS
November 12, 2009 | Reuters
Manjit Singh, a 59-year-old security consultant from Leicester, England known as the "Ironman," on Thursday pulled a double-decker bus weighing more than eight metric tons over a distance of 21.2 meters with his hair. The new record was set in central London to coincide with the fifth annual Guinness World Records Day, which organizers said prompted thousands of people around the world to set some bizarre benchmarks of their own. For Singh, his latest achievement makes up for the disappointment of 2007, when he failed to break the record for the furthest distance to pull a double-decker bus with the ears.
HEALTH
January 28, 2008 | Chris Woolston, Special to The Times
The products: We all carry the residue of modern living deep within our bodies. We get mercury from fish, pesticides from apples and polyvinyl chlorides from that "new-car smell." A 2005 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study of more than 2,000 people across the country found traces of more than 60 toxic compounds, including such nasty stuff as dioxins and uranium, in the blood and urine of participants.
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