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December 21, 2004 | Julia Butterfly Hill, Hill is the author of "The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman, and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods."
There are moments in life when we are brought to the very edge of what it means to be alive. And it seems in those moments, one simple choice could send us over that edge into death. It is also in this place where we are most aware of what it means to be alive -- truly, deeply, powerfully alive. For me, one such moment came in the El Nino winter of 1997-98.
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August 10, 2013 | Roy Wallack, Gear
It seems like nothing's really changed about camping in the last 100 years. You start a fire, sit around it, tell stories and make s'mores, then crawl into your sleeping bag ... and check your email. So a few things might have changed. But the good news is that innovative designs have made each of the aforementioned a little easier, more comfortable and more convenient. Pass the marshmallows. Sleep (not so) tight Nemo Nocturne 30 Down sleeping bag: A 30-degree sleeping bag sized wider in the knee area than normal lightweight down bags to allow more natural and comfortable knee bends while sleeping.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 1994 | FRED ALVAREZ
At first, it seemed that Mary Ann Decaen might need help loading the sleeping bags into her station wagon. She did not. She had done it before. Using both hands Wednesday morning, she flung one bag after another into the rear of her car until it was full. "We appreciate this every year," said Decaen, community services coordinator for Catholic Charities in Ventura. "We look forward to it almost as much as our clients."
NEWS
August 9, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Restaurant Critic
If you're someone who tends to obsess about pizza 24 hours a day, here's the sleeping bag for you. Put in some zzzs wrapped in a hand-sewn sleeping bag shaped like a slice of pizza. Textile artist Brook Abboud developed the piece in her work towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. It's true to the original enough that it comes embellished with two mushroom, two olive and one broccoli pillow. If your fave pie requires other ingredients, contact Abboud through her Etsy shop, B Fiber and Craft Emporium . An anchovy, perhaps?
NEWS
August 9, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila, Restaurant Critic
If you're someone who tends to obsess about pizza 24 hours a day, here's the sleeping bag for you. Put in some zzzs wrapped in a hand-sewn sleeping bag shaped like a slice of pizza. Textile artist Brook Abboud developed the piece in her work towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers and Material Studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. It's true to the original enough that it comes embellished with two mushroom, two olive and one broccoli pillow. If your fave pie requires other ingredients, contact Abboud through her Etsy shop, B Fiber and Craft Emporium . An anchovy, perhaps?
NEWS
July 19, 1998 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was supposed to be a brief stop at the Primadonna casino, 43 miles south of Las Vegas, but one poker game led to another. By 3 a.m. May 25, 1997, Jeremy Strohmeyer and David Cash were tired of hanging around the arcade, waiting for David's dad. Bored, the two 18-year-olds decided to urinate on two coin-operated games. David chose Big Bertha, whose polka-dot dress flared when players hurled balls into her gaping red mouth. Jeremy selected a helicopter game. Then a wall socket.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1993 | GREG HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A woman was found strangled in a sleeping bag Wednesday, and her boyfriend was arrested after leading their apartment manager to the body, police said. Jainn-Ren, 30, "met the manager at the bottom of a staircase in the morning and said, 'I think I made a mistake. I think I killed my girlfriend,' " Detective Sgt. Danny Becerra said.
TRAVEL
May 6, 1990
Because room occupancy in Singapore has been averaging more than 90% in recent months, making it difficult for travelers without reservations to find a place to stay, Singapore Airlines and Qantas have devised plans to issue sleeping bags to passengers stranded at Changi Airport.
NEWS
March 16, 2004 | Julie Sheer, Times Staff Writer
You might not care exactly what critter's feathers are inside your sleeping bag, but that detail can mean the difference between a cozy night's sleep and waking up with frozen toes. That's if you choose to go the feather route. Solving the down versus synthetic-fill dilemma depends on where and when the bag will be used -- and, of course, if you are allergic to the plumes. Down is superior for its warmth, light weight and longevity.
NEWS
April 25, 1995 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
The California Supreme Court on Monday upheld a sweeping Santa Ana homeless ordinance, ruling that cities may prosecute people for using a sleeping bag or blanket on public property. On a 6-1 vote, the court held that Santa Ana's 1992 law, one of the toughest in the nation, does not violate the constitutional rights of the homeless. The ruling overturns a lower court decision that the law posed cruel and unusual punishment.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2011 | By Dan Hinkel
Near midnight, once the thumping drums had finally fallen silent and a policeman slumped in a chair with a novel, 19-year-old Damon Terrell padded down the Wisconsin Capitol's stone steps in sweat pants and socks, clutching a toothbrush. Protesters of a proposal that would defang public employee unions have called the Capitol the "people's house," and at night the label feels especially apt. Terrell, who said he has slept in the Capitol almost every night of the last two weeks, looked as if he were headed off to his bedroom at home.
SPORTS
February 25, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Kids in sleeping bags camped out to buy tickets for a San Diego State basketball game? They must have been filming "Anchorman II. " Watching action-news reporters doing stand-ups outside Viejas Arena on Thursday seemed a nuttier premise than Ron Burgundy chasing the panda story. But it was no joke. Students started camping Tuesday for Saturday's home showdown against Brigham Young, by far the biggest game in program history. Sabrina Garcia, a freshman psychology major from Brea, sat on a sidewalk midday Thursday wondering if her parents would be proud.
WORLD
March 17, 2009 | Laura King
Thousands of U.S. and other Western troops in the south of Afghanistan do battle daily with a foe far more ubiquitous than Taliban insurgents: dust. Chalky and powdery, it fouls engines and electronic gear. It seeps through the seams of clothing and sleeping bags. It cakes dry lips, stains sweaty faces and coats the interiors of tents and armored vehicles. Food and water take on a gritty tang.
NEWS
June 21, 2005 | Daniel Duane; Leslie Carlson; Darrell Kunitomi; Julie Sheer; Mary Forgione; Susan Dworski; Hugo Martin; Emmett Berg; Bill Sheehan; Jerry Schad; Ann Japenga
1. The big high Tioga Lake, Inyo National Forest For some, the phrase "east side of the Sierra" conjures almost everything we love about the mountains -- the wild open spaces along lonely Highway 395, the empty high-desert valleys and the big, big views.
NEWS
December 21, 2004 | Julia Butterfly Hill, Hill is the author of "The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman, and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods."
There are moments in life when we are brought to the very edge of what it means to be alive. And it seems in those moments, one simple choice could send us over that edge into death. It is also in this place where we are most aware of what it means to be alive -- truly, deeply, powerfully alive. For me, one such moment came in the El Nino winter of 1997-98.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2004 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
More than 300 homeless people in Santa Ana on Sunday were fed egg rolls, rice and coffee, then given new sleeping bags.The gesture, in its 10th year, was organized by Khoi Vu, the editor of Ngay Mai magazine, a free Vietnamese-language publication distributed in Little Saigon. "We did this because the Vietnamese refugee community has received a lot of good things from the United States," he said. Vu has helped feed hundreds of homeless people in Cypress, Garden Grove and Santa Ana.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2001 | TIMOTHY HUGHES and HOLLY J. WOLC0TT, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Three teenagers were charged with murder Wednesday in connection with the stoning and beating death of a 58-year-old homeless man as he slept in a Ventura River encampment. As a dozen family members and friends of the defendants looked on, the 18-year-old youths were also charged in Ventura County Superior Court with robbing the victim, James Richard Clark. The three are eligible for the death penalty.
HEALTH
August 10, 2013 | Roy Wallack, Gear
It seems like nothing's really changed about camping in the last 100 years. You start a fire, sit around it, tell stories and make s'mores, then crawl into your sleeping bag ... and check your email. So a few things might have changed. But the good news is that innovative designs have made each of the aforementioned a little easier, more comfortable and more convenient. Pass the marshmallows. Sleep (not so) tight Nemo Nocturne 30 Down sleeping bag: A 30-degree sleeping bag sized wider in the knee area than normal lightweight down bags to allow more natural and comfortable knee bends while sleeping.
NEWS
March 16, 2004 | Julie Sheer, Times Staff Writer
You might not care exactly what critter's feathers are inside your sleeping bag, but that detail can mean the difference between a cozy night's sleep and waking up with frozen toes. That's if you choose to go the feather route. Solving the down versus synthetic-fill dilemma depends on where and when the bag will be used -- and, of course, if you are allergic to the plumes. Down is superior for its warmth, light weight and longevity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2002 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
An Oak View teenager was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery Wednesday after a jury found that he deliberately beat and kicked a homeless man to death last year, after stealing the transient's few possessions. After four days of deliberation, jurors rejected defense arguments that 19-year-old Robert Coffman never intended to kill homeless Army veteran James Clark, 58, when he and three other teenagers assaulted the man as he lay in a sleeping bag near the beach in Ventura.
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