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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
A lost sea lion pup nicknamed Hoppie found at a Central Valley orchard about 100 miles from the ocean is recovering at a marine mammal center in Sausalito after its inland adventure. The confused animal was discovered last month at Mape's Ranch near Modesto, where workers contacted wildlife officials, the Fresno Bee reported. A volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito eventually coaxed the lost sea lion into a wire cage, where it promptly fell asleep, KTVU-TV reported.
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NEWS
May 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
If you can't decide between a European tour and a transatlantic cruise this year, YMT Vacations offers a fall trip that combines both. It starts with four days in Amsterdam touring the canals, the Skinny Bridge and a diamond factory.  From there it's on to the German cities of Bremen and Hamburg, before hopping a ferry to Denmark. After seeing the Little Mermaid and other landmarks in Copenhagen, the 14-day transatlantic cruise on the Norwegian Sun begins. Ports of call include Lisbon and Funchal, Madeira, before arrival in Miami.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The county Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 1 Tuesday to oppose any attempt by the state Legislature to "eliminate or restrict the use of orcas at SeaWorld . " A legislative committee last week delayed a vote on a bill that would end orca shows at SeaWorld San Diego. The bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), was sent out for "interim study," an ill-defined process that could last 18 months. The county board alerted the chief administrative officer to be ready to oppose any attempt to reintroduce the Bloom bill or any other bill to curtail the killer whale shows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2011 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Coast Guard is searching for a man who was washed out to sea about 10 a.m. Friday off the coast of Crescent City, just south of the Oregon border. The man was taking photographs of the waves when he and two other men were swept up in the current, said Coast Guard Lt. Todd Vorenkamp. The two others were able to swim to safety, but the third was not. Photos: Scenes from the earthquake The Coast Guard is using boats and aircraft to search for the victim, Vorenkamp said.
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Anne Harnagel
Art lovers and aficionados of all things nautical will find much to appreciate in this August cruise along the coast of Maine. Artists Winslow Homer, Thomas Cole and the Wyeths all were inspired by its beauty, which Smithsonian Journeys showcases in a seven-night cruise to some of the state's most picturesque ports, including Bar Harbor, Castine, Camden, Boothbay Harbor and Bath. Museum visits include tours of the Portland Museum of Art and its works by Homer and Frederic Church, the Penobscot Marine Museum , the Farnsworth Art Museum and its Wyeth Center and the Maine Maritime Museum.
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August 6, 2009
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2009
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2011 | By Robert Abele
Mental illness as depicted in the German road trip comedy/drama "Vincent Wants to Sea" is somewhere between a terrible affliction and a terribly funny affectation, depending on the manipulative needs of a hackneyed script. First there's twentysomething Tourette sufferer Vincent (Florian David Fitz, also the screenwriter), institutionalized by his insensitive politician dad (Heino Ferch) after his caretaker mother dies. Escaping the hospital via stolen car on a quest to throw mom's ashes into the ocean, he's joined by germphobic OCD patient Alex (Johannes Allmeyer)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The sick baby rescued from a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles at sea is in stable condition aboard the frigate Vandegrift, which is set to return to its home port here Wednesday, officials announced Monday afternoon. The 1-year-old girl was suffering from a high fever and a severe rash when her parents made a distress call Thursday to the Coast Guard. By Thursday night, four men from the California Air National Guard trained as paramedics had parachuted into the ocean and were aboard the sailboat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SeaWorld lost a major round Friday in its legal fight to put its trainers back into the water with killer whales during the parks' marquee orca shows. By 2-1, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., rejected an appeal by SeaWorld of a citation issued in 2012 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after its investigation into the 2010 drowning death of a trainer at the SeaWorld park in Orlando, Fla. In court documents, SeaWorld had argued that proximity of the trainers to the killer whales was central to the appeal of the orca shows and without that proximity the shows would lose popularity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - Under persistent questioning from reporters, the executive officer of the Navy ship that rescued a family off its disabled sailboat 1,000 miles off Mexico said he would not have brought his own children on a similar trip. "For one thing, I don't own a sailboat," said Lt. Cmdr. Daryl Robbin, a 26-year U.S. Navy veteran. "For another, I know how big the ocean is. " Robbin was addressing reporters Wednesday after the arrival of the guided-missile frigate Vandegrift.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - The Kaufmans are again defending their decision to attempt a round-the-world sailing venture with their two young children - a voyage that ended with the family being rescued hundreds of miles at sea when 1-year-old Lyra became sick. In Twitter messages Thursday, Charlotte Kaufman and her husband, Eric, said they "have been happy with the maritime life we have been able to share with our daughters.  ... Children have been sailing on boats for a long time and the modern cruising family dates back several decades.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Tony Perry, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
SAN DIEGO -- The sick baby whose rescue at sea required the assistance of the Coast Guard, Navy, and Air National Guard is set to return to San Diego on Wednesday aboard the Navy ship Vandegrift. The girl's condition has stabilized, officials said. Eric and Charlotte Kaufman and their two daughters will disembark when the ship docks at Naval Air Station North Island to take on ordnance for an upcoming deployment. RELATED: Parents of sick 1-year-old defend sailing trip after Navy rescue [Updated, 9:05 a.m. April 9: The ship will then sail across San Diego Bay to its home port at the 32 nd Street Naval Station, where dozens of journalists will await.
NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Jay Jones
A landmark West Maui restaurant known for its legendary view is celebrating its 50 th anniversary with dining specials that will continue throughout 2014. The Sea House , which is beachside on crescent-shaped Napili Bay, opened in December 1963. To celebrate, the dinner menu features a mixed grill for $19.63. It includes coconut and porter-braised short rib, bacon-wrapped scallop and herb-grilled prawn, accompanied by Molokai mashed potatoes and sauteed asparagus and sweet peppers.
OPINION
April 8, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The lives of captive killer whales are nothing like those of their wild counterparts. Instead of roaming for miles every day in close-knit family groups, captive whales perform for audiences in tanks that, though roomier than those of early marine parks, are far too small for such large ocean predators. In the wild, killer whales have not been known to kill humans or one another. The same cannot be said for the whales in amusement parks around the world, even though they represent only about a tenth of a percent of the numbers in the wild.
NEWS
January 22, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Surf and stand-up paddling (or SUP) fans can test their mettle against an international field of competitors when the fourth-annual Punta Sayulita Surf Classic kicks off March 8-10 in Mexico 's Riviera Nayarit. The weekend event, which raises funds for conservation and educational projects, features longboard and stand-up paddle surfing contests, plus SUP elite and distance races. A surfing clinic also is scheduled for special needs and underprivileged children. “This year's field is stacked with talent," said Kevin Roberts, the event director.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2009 | STEVE LOPEZ
If you had seen Tatiana Reyes in the water at Zuma Beach last week, gliding smoothly toward the shore, you couldn't have guessed she was nearly killed in a crippling explosion while serving in Iraq. She looked like she could have been one of the surfing instructors. If you had seen a smiling Richard Pineda stand up cleanly on wave after wave, with confidence and uncanny balance, you couldn't have imagined he needs a GPS device to remember how to get back home after an outing. The concept sounds counterintuitive at first: You take veterans recovering from brain trauma and other injuries suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan and, for therapy, you put them on surfboards for the first time in their lives, lead them into the chilly, crashing surf and wish them luck.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The sick baby rescued from a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles at sea is in stable condition aboard the frigate Vandegrift, which is set to return to its home port here Wednesday, officials announced Monday afternoon. The 1-year-old girl was suffering from a high fever and a severe rash when her parents made a distress call Thursday to the Coast Guard. By Thursday night, four men from the California Air National Guard trained as paramedics had parachuted into the ocean and were aboard the sailboat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2014 | By Tony Perry, This post has been updated. See below for details.
[Updated 9 a.m. PDT: A sick 1-year-old baby aboard a crippled sailboat hundreds of miles at sea off the Mexican coast was transferred to a Navy ship early Sunday, officials said. The frigate Vandegrift arrived on scene around midnight but the transfer of the child was delayed until daylight Sunday morning for safety reasons. ] The Vandegrift has two Navy corpsmen aboard, officials said. Also, four rescue specialists from the California Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing had been with the child aboard the family's sailboat since late Thursday.
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