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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2012 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
Alex Weinschenker was born 23 years ago last month. He was his parents' only child, and he was beautiful. He had a sparkle in his eye and as a small boy in Hancock Park, he loved reading "The Lorax" and "The Phantom Tollbooth," and making three-dimensional cities out of paper and tape. He was so smart, but different. He did not go with the flow. Less than one year into UC Santa Cruz, he declared himself done with formal education. "You're always taking the hard road," said his father, Greg, to which he replied, "No, I'm taking the road less traveled.
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NEWS
February 25, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Picture this -- blue skies, a teal sea, white sand and palm trees swaying in the cool seaside breeze. And in the middle of it all, two giant white tents full of hundreds of people boozing it up and eating until they couldn't breathe. It's the South Beach Food and Wine Festival in a nutshell. Four days of food, wine and Food Network stars. There were too many events to hit them all, but here are the highlights from a festival binge in Miami: The Whole Foods Grand Tasting Village and Mastercard Grand Tasting Tents: These tents acted as the main festival hub where guests could have their favorite Food Network chefs sign cookbooks, or watch a cooking demonstration by Rachael Ray, Alex Guarnaschelli, Curtis Stone and more stars.
NATIONAL
October 14, 2011 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
Several Occupy Wall Street protesters were arrested Friday after they embarked on an impromptu victory march through Lower Manhattan following the cancellation of a plan to clean the privately owned park where they have been camped for 28 days. Protesters had seen the planned cleanup as a ploy to evict them from Zuccotti Park, even though park owner Brookfield Office Properties said it wanted to move people only temporarily so it could scrub the plaza. But it also said that when protesters returned, they no longer could have tents, sleeping bags or tarps.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
Portland Mayor Sam Adams, the first openly gay man to lead a major American city, is no stranger to street protest - he's been in the middle of more than he can count. He's battled for bike lanes, railed against social services funding cuts and led the charge for green buildings. Now, he's the progressive mayor of one of the nation's most progressive cities - and his police force recently stormed in riot gear through a camp full of true believers. "It turned into a brawl over Porta Pottis and crime," Adams said glumly last week at City Hall, not far from where the abandoned parks of Occupy Portland stood empty and forlorn, surrounded by makeshift chain-link fences.
NEWS
May 6, 1989 | From Associated Press
At least 12 people were killed Friday when thunderstorms packing tornadoes, high winds and heavy rain raked the South, trapping some residents inside their destroyed homes and leaving thousands of people without power. Three died when a twister struck Lawndale, N.C., "leveling homes and everything in its path," said Gene Morrison of the Lawndale Rescue Squad. Seventeen people were injured, some seriously, he said. "It's like you took a chain saw and cut down all the trees and leveled all the houses," said Bill Seagle, a member of the Upper Cleveland Rescue Squad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1991
This is in response to Ron Taylor's article "Scouts Out at Catalina" (Times, Aug. 17). Let's see if we can convince the Catalina Island Co. to let the Scouts continue their campsite and select another site for the Cousteau Society. I'm a founding member of the Cousteau Society, and I was a member of BSA Troop No. 1, Santa Monica, and among the first to open Emerald Bay Camp in 1924. We had four WWI tents with eight cots in each tent; cooked over open fires with fire by friction or flint stone.
OPINION
October 11, 2008
Re "Shantytown, U.S.A.," Opinion, Oct. 5 I commend Camilo Jose Vergara for his heartbreaking photographs of homeless encampments. During the Depression, such shantytowns were called Hoovervilles. Will the current versions be called Bushvilles? In today's economic panic, homelessness is bound to rise. Given the lack of shelter beds, perhaps we should set up encampments on vacant land where the homeless could stay safely overnight, in their cars or in tents. This is being done in Santa Barbara.
NEWS
August 17, 2008 | John Curran, The Associated Press
Fourteen-year-old Thula Martin knows exactly what she'll say if her teacher asks the class what they did this summer: "I ran away and joined the circus." She did, sort of: Thula, a ninth-grader from Pahoa, Hawaii, is one of 30 teenagers from around the world spending their summer performing in Circus Smirkus, a youth circus that barnstorms the Northeast each summer, showcasing school-aged acrobats, jugglers and clowns under a one-ring big top. It's not the Greatest Show on Earth, but it may be the youngest.
TRAVEL
August 19, 2007 | By Kimi Yoshino, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
When 6-year-old Ethan Bondick told his mom and dad he wanted to go fly-fishing in Montana, his well-heeled parents were stumped. "We looked at each other and said, 'Oh, god, now what?' " said Gigi Bondick, 37, a "reformed" attorney whose husband works as a private-equity partner in Massachusetts. "We're just not the camping kind of people. We don't pitch tents. We don't cook outdoors. We don't share a bathroom. It's just not going to happen. This is a kid who has never flown anything but first class or stayed anywhere other than a Four Seasons.
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