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December 5, 2012 | By Susan Denley
Old Navy plans to make it snow Saturday in the center courtyard at Hollywood & Highland , 6801 Hollywood Blvd., in Los Angeles. Youngsters and the young at heart will be able to sled down “Mount Old Navy” from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. while a DJ plays tunes. Those too young for sledding will have an area for making snow angels. Starting at 3 p.m., the retailer will give away free fleece scarves (while supplies last). And after the sledding, Old Navy is sponsoring an outdoor showing of “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation,” with free Starbucks hot chocolate and popcorn, from 5 to 7 p.m. Malibu County Mart also has some special holiday events planned for Saturdays this month.
January 30, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
The Supreme Court and the Obama administration, already headed for a face-off in March over the constitutionality of the healthcare law, appear to be on another collision course over whether church-run schools, universities, hospitals and charities must provide free contraceptives to their students and employees. The dispute stems from one of the more popular parts of the new healthcare law: its requirement that all health plans provide “preventive services” for free. That category includes vaccines and such routine screenings as cholesterol checkups and mammograms.
January 2, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
It's winter, so let the snow play begin. The ski-in, ski-out Resort at Squaw Creek at Lake Tahoe offers a family package starting at $299 a night that adds skiing, skating and sledding to room amenities. The deal: The offer is good for a room that accommodates two adults and two children 12 and younger.  Included in the package are free ice skating and skate rentals, free sledding and one free child's lift ticket (12 and younger) for Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. The deal requires a two-night minimum stay; prices start at $299 a night midweek and $349 a night on weekends.
December 23, 2011 | By Sara Lessley
”So, where can we sled?” We all ask that question. We're visiting this winter wonderland at Mammoth, we have the sleds or the saucers, and we envision ourselves (OK, our kids) flying down the hills just like those movie scenes -- but where do we go? Well, there's the corner of Minaret and Old Mammoth roads, that spot behind the buildings, where families take their saucers  ... or various meadows  off Highway 395  where hardy souls tromp up the hills with their plastic toboggans ... or there was the on-again , off-again Sledz.
February 24, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
The designer of the crash-plagued Whistler Sliding Center track said there was never any pressure from Olympic organizers to make the circuit as fast as possible. "No, not at all, in no shape or form," veteran track designer Ugo Gurgel said Tuesday. Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed when his sled flew off the track at speeds nearing 90 mph during a training run just hours before the Olympic flame was ignited. After an investigation by local authorities, officials of the Vancouver Organizing Committee and International Luge Federation blamed the fatal crash on human error.
February 16, 2010 | Staff And Wire Reports
The father of the Georgian luger killed at the Olympics said Monday that his son worried the track was too dangerous, but insisted on competing because he had come to the Games to try to win. "He told me: 'I will either win or die,' " David Kumaritashvili said. "But that was youthful bravado; he couldn't be seriously talking about death." The father, in an interview at his home on the snow-covered slopes of Georgia's top ski resort, said he had spoken to his son, Nodar , shortly before the fatal training run Friday.
February 13, 2010 | By Candus Thomson
Just hours before the caldron was lighted to mark the start of these Winter Olympics, a young athlete's life was snuffed out in a horrific crash on the world's fastest luge track. On a morning training run under the first blue sky in days, Nodar Kumaritashvili, 21, of the Republic of Georgia lost control of his sled at about 80 mph as he came out of the final curve -- nicknamed Thunderbird -- and approached the finish line. He catapulted over the outer lip of the track and slammed into an unpadded roof support post.
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