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December 14, 2012 | By Mary Forgione
Napa fans, give yourself a gift this year. Before or after the holidays, consider this getaway from Milliken Creek Inn & Spa : $199 for a midweek package that comes with a $50 spa credit and a few gift bags. And who couldn't use a little post-holiday pampering come January? The deal: The Scents of the Season Holiday Package comes with nice extras, but it's the room price that's really a delight. It includes a $50 spa credit, a gift bag of L'Occitane sample-size skin-care products, a tea and spice gift, breakfast for two, passes to the Synergy Wellness and Fitness Center in Napa, wine and cheese reception in the evening and a nightcap too. When: The offer is good Sundays through Thursdays until Jan. 31. Tested: I found availability for the package on Dec. 16 and 17, Jan. 6 and 13 as well as other random dates.
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.)
December 10, 2012 | By Anne Harnagel, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The CopperWynd Resort & Club , in the McDowell Mountains east of Scottsdale, Ariz., is celebrating the holiday season with an $119-a-night deal, a discount of 32% off its regular room rate. The deal: The intimate CopperWynd has 32 rooms and dramatic views of the Sonoran Desert and Four Peaks. It offers a quieter alternative to the holiday hubbub at other resorts, but for those who do need some activity, there are two swimming pools, nine tennis courts and a fitness center, as well as access to area golf courses SunRidge Canyon Golf Club , the Golf Club at Eagle Mountain and We-Ko-Pa Golf Club . Its full-service spa features body treatments incorporating area gemstones such as amethysts and turquoise.
November 25, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
The Pierpont Inn & Spa, a century-old Ventura hotel that once served as a getaway for L.A.'s upper crust, has sold for $6.5 million. The 77-room Arts and Crafts style hotel was built in 1910 by Josephine Pierpont and is the oldest hostelry in Ventura County. A 1916 story in The Times called it “an inn of the highest class” and praised its views of the Channel Islands. The hotel at 550 Sanjon Road was purchased from a private investor, said real estate broker Kent R. Williams of Marcus & Millichap.
November 6, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Albert Brooks has sold the former Merv Griffin estate for $6.275 million. The 2-acre-plus property had been priced at $6.995 million. The listing says the property is in upper Bel-Air, although the Los Angeles Times Mapping Database considers the location to be Sherman Oaks. The 5,100-square-foot single-story house sits off a circular motor court. Features include wood-paneled ceilings, expanses of windows, four bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms. There is a tennis court, an infinity pool with a spa and mature landscaping.
November 2, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The Holmby Hills mansion where Michael Jackson lived at the time of his death in 2009 has sold for $18.1 million. The property, recently priced at $23.9 million, had been for sale for as much as $38.5 million before the pop icon took up residency. The buyer is Steven Mayer, a senior managing director for Cerberus Capital Management, according to several media reports. The sellers are Roxanne Guez and her husband, Hubert, chief executive of clothing manufacturer Ed Hardy. The French chateau, designed by Richard Landry and built in 2002, features a theater, a wine cellar with a tasting room, an elevator and a gym with a spa. There is a guesthouse with stained-glass doors near the swimming pool for a total of seven bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and nearly 17,200 square feet of living space.
October 23, 2012 | By Carlos Sadovi, Ryan Haggerty and Matt Pearce
BROOKFIELD, Wis. - Zina Haughton wasn't supposed to see or hear from her husband for four years. But when he walked into her workplace with a weapon, she gave her life trying to save others, a witness says. Radcliffe Haughton, a 45-year-old former Marine, had slashed his wife's tires and fought with her in their Brown Deer, Wis., home, court records say. According to a petition for a restraining order she filed in Milwaukee County on Oct. 8, he had threatened to throw acid in her face, douse her with gasoline and set her on fire.
October 22, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Zina Haughton wasn't supposed to see or hear from her husband again for four years. He had slashed her tires and fought with her in their Brown Deer, Wisc., home, court records stated. And according to a petition for a restraining order  she filed in Milwaukee County in early October, he had threatened to throw acid in her face and set her on fire with gasoline. “He said he would kill me if I left him or ever contacted the police,” Haughton, 42, said in court papers.
October 22, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
One woman remained in critical condition on Monday morning after a gunman opened fire in a Wisconsin spa, killing three and wounding four in the second mass shooting in the state this year. Of the four women injured in the shooting spree, three were listed in satisfactory condition but one remained in critical condition, according to a statement from Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. The hospital gave no identifications, but officials said the wounded ranged in age from 22 to 40. The suspected gunman, Radcliffe Franklin Haughton, 45, turned his gun on himself after opening fire Sunday inside the spa in Brookfield, a middle- to upper-class suburb of Milwaukee.
October 21, 2012 | By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times
The signs of trouble around Radcliffe Haughton had been mounting. On Oct. 4, police investigated the 45-year-old from Brown Deer, Wis., on suspicion of slashing his wife's tires in the parking lot where she worked at the Azana Salon and Spa in the Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield. Police arrested Haughton, and his wife secured a temporary restraining order against him a few days later. Then, last Thursday, a court slapped Haughton with a four-year restraining order. Brookfield Police Chief Dan Tushaus said Haughton returned to his wife's workplace Sunday morning with a gun and opened fire.
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