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November 12, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
For the last six months, Jessica Peachman's husband worked overtime at his car mechanic job so he could help send his wife on her dream vacation. The $8,000 that the couple eventually cobbled together wouldn't deliver Peachman to the shores of Fiji, the Eiffel Tower or DisneyWorld. Instead, the money allowed the 25-year-old to fly 7,500 miles from her native Australia to downtown Los Angeles, where this past weekend she and hundreds of others spent four nights sleeping in flimsy tents anxiously awaiting Monday night's world premiere of the fifth and final "Twilight" movie.
October 21, 2012 | By Jean Lenihan
As the outré Euro-style dinner-theater called Teatro ZinZanni parks its vintage 1910 Belgian spiegeltent on the scrubbed architectural grounds of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for the next three months, there's much cooing among the ZinZanni staff about the luxuries of this Costa Mesa locale. "Marble bathrooms," says associate artistic director Reenie Duff. "It's a huge deal. " On a break from retooling scenes for the three-hour vaudeville revue "Love, Dinner & Chaos," ZinZanni Artistic Director Norm Langill and star improvisational comedian Kevin Kent concur about the lush surroundings.
September 1, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK -- The brass padlocks on the signature tent cabins at Curry Village are the first sign that something is amiss as one of the park's last busy weekends of the year gets underway. Then there's the medical masks that Jil Johnson, 50, packed for herself, her 8-year-old son and his friend. The locks bar entrance to the park's 91 signature tent cabins, where park officials believe a deadly outbreak of hantavirus originated in June, sickening four people and killing two. The cabins are now closed indefinitely as officials wait to see if their efforts to close gaps between the cabin walls are enough to keep out virus-carrying deer mice.
August 31, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - The number of hantavirus cases linked to Yosemite National Park rose Thursday as authorities said three more cases of the rare, rodent-borne disease have been confirmed. The California Department of Public Health announced two new cases and confirmed reports of the death of a Pennsylvania man and a non-fatal case involving a Californian, bringing the total number of cases linked to the park to six. Two people - the Pennsylvania man and a California man - have died.
August 30, 2012
On its way to disrupting the Republican National Convention in Florida and several days before it made landfall in Louisiana, Hurricane Isaac narrowly missed delivering another catastrophic blow to Haiti, still recovering from the January 2010 earthquake that left thousands dead and briefly - too briefly - focused international attention on that country's many troubles. Isaac did not claim thousands of lives, as feared, and it quickly moved on to more newsworthy locales. But for those of us who were in Haiti, it offered a stark reminder of how much remains to be done.
August 30, 2012 | Michael Kinsley
In an interview on the eve of his acceptance of the Republican Party's nomination for president, Mitt Romney sought to distance himself from his running mate and criticized those who would, as he put it, "chain us together. " "I mean, who is Paul Ryan?" Romney said, referring to the member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin who is the party's vice presidential nominee. "He's just some congressman who happens to be highly opinionated, as it turns out. But why should that reflect on me, just because I picked him?
August 11, 2012
Re "No more boring white guys," Opinion, Aug. 7 Jonah Goldberg correctly points out that the "GOP needs to deal with America's changing demographics. " However, he ignores the fundamental reason minority groups tend not to support the Republican Party. When you see prominent Republicans and their proxies demonize and vilify people of different races and religions and label them as something "other" than American, any person belonging to a minority group can reach only one conclusion: The GOP's tent is not big enough to welcome the growing minority communities of the United States.
July 27, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Reservations for tent cabins along the High Sierra Trail in Sequoia National Park usually sell out in a few hours when the booking period opens in January. But this year spaces are still available in August and September for the six cabins at 7,800 feet because of a legal wrangle over the use of pack animals that delayed the camp's opening. Bearpaw High Sierra Camp , a park tradition for 80 years, is a treat for guests who hike in 11.5 miles and find beds, hot showers and home-cooked meals awaiting them amid a quiet Sierra meadow.
July 22, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
You've just paid for plane tickets to Pago Pago, so now it's time to make sure you have what I call the stuff of vacations - clothes, luggage, shoes. More often than not, you need at least a few new items. The hunt for new stuff must begin, but where to start? We can't promise we can get stuff for you wholesale, but we can offer tips from experts on where to look for real bargains on vacation-related items. Here are some ideas: - If EBay is your go-to for secondhand stuff, also consider . This site handles returns from major retailers, and its items are 30% to 70% off retail prices, says Tom McElroy, vice president of e-commerce.
July 16, 2012 | By Ben Fritz
At this year's Comic-Con International, Warner Bros.  set up a VIP-only tent so packed with luxury that some of those allowed in said it reminded them more of the Cannes Film Festival than the annual gathering of geek fans. There was little indication outside that there was anything special about the white tent that sprouted up for the first time this year. Located in between the San Diego Convention Center's Hall H, where the most popular panels for movies and TV shows are held, and the "Extra" stage where Warner touted many of its TV shows in an outdoor setting, it was surrounded by shrubbery.
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