CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 |
North Korea should "recognize the dangerous steps it has been taking" in detaining an American citizen and restarting its nuclear reactors, Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday. “I think this is obviously one of those moments where North Korea needs to figure out where it's heading and recognize that the United States of America is not engaging in belligerent and threatening behavior,” Kerry told NBC News. Last month, an 85-year-old tourist from Palo Alto was buckled in his seat on a plane preparing to depart Pyongyang, North Korea, when a flight attendant pointed him out to two men in uniform.
November 20, 2013 |
BEIJING - An 85-year-old tourist from Palo Alto was buckled in his seat last month on a plane preparing to depart Pyongyang, North Korea, when a flight attendant pointed him out to two men in uniform. They promptly escorted him off the plane. The man, Merrill Newman, a retired financial executive and Korean War veteran, has not been heard from since. Newman was seized Oct. 26 at Pyongyang's Sunan International Airport, but the case was initially kept secret at the urging of his family.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 |
When reporters for national magazines and tourists from around the world recently began showing up on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, veteran shopkeepers saw the attention as validation that they had turned the once-desolate stretch into a hip strip. Now, however, that pride over what GQ magazine called "the Coolest Block in America" has turned to anxiety for some longtime merchants and residents who say Abbot Kinney is getting too posh for its pants. The arty, indie fare that used to dominate the boulevard is being replaced by $1,400 handbags and $600 boots from Italy.
October 20, 2013 |
HONOLULU - The giant sandbox known as Waikiki Beach, a sunny two-mile-long strip of paradise, welcomes 4.5 million tourists annually. There's only one problem: The sand that makes the beach famous has been slipping into the sea for years, leaving an ever-shrinking shore with vacationers crowded beach mat to beach mat at water's edge. The last few times I visited, I steered clear of the beach because it didn't seem like much fun. Too many people, too little space. So it pleased me to learn about a beach-widening plan that revolved around pumping sand from a couple of spots offshore to the beach.
October 12, 2013
Living in the shadow of an iconic landmark that evokes the glamour of a bygone era must be a dream, right? Not if you ask those who live near the Hollywood sign. The Times' article Wednesday on the latest salvo by residents in their struggle with tourists who crowd their narrow hillside streets drew reactions from readers ranging from serious to satirical. Most (eight of the 13 letters we received) had little sympathy for the complaining Beachwood Canyon and Hollywoodland dwellers.
October 11, 2013 |
LAKE TAHOE - Under a golden canopy of quaking aspen, red Kokanee salmon swim up Taylor Creek on the south edge of Lake Tahoe to spawn just as their larger cousins do in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. In their wake come black bears, merganser ducks and other predators seeking to feed on the passing horde, which is estimated at up to 50,000. At times, it seems as if you could almost walk across the 2-mile-long creek on the backs of the colorful fish. Yet this annual October ritual of nature remains one of Lake Tahoe's better kept secrets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 |
An influx of tourists clogging narrow, curving hillside streets for the perfect view of the Hollywood sign is irritating local residents who say the traffic is creating safety issues. The once-sleepy Hollywood tour bus business has become increasingly competitive . Just a few years ago there were only a few operators offering Hollywood sign viewing tours. Now, there are more than 40 tour companies running buses and vans in and out of the canyon. In response, fliers and signs have started to crop up in the neighborhoods most affected by the traffic.
October 6, 2013 |
APELDOORN, NETHERLANDS - Dozens of black-and-yellow squirrel monkeys scampered around us, some running above on high ropes, others swooping in close to us as we walked. This was one of the many delights of the Apenheul, a primate park in rural Netherlands where monkeys, apes and lemurs are allowed to run free. The squirrel monkeys hopped easily onto the arms and shoulders of park visitors, who snapped pictures of the spectacle with cameras and phones. Our daughters, ages 4 and 8, squealed.
October 3, 2013 |
State parks and towns adjacent to Yosemite National Park have a message for Californians: We're open for business. The government shutdown of national parks, forests, memorials and monuments that began Tuesday inadvertently has driven folks away from outdoor areas unaffected by the federal action. "Most people don't know the difference between a national park and a state park," John Koeberer, chief executive of California Parks Co., which operates concessions in national and state parks, said in a statement Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 |
JOSHUA TREE, Calif. - In the high desert of California, they came for the cactuses and the contorted monzogranite formations, for the open space, for all the reasons so many have come before - to explore; to get married; simply to think. But Joshua Tree National Park was closed Tuesday, indefinitely, so they gathered instead at a nearby cafe, to complain about their government. "The government doesn't seem to care," said Rosie Rivera, manager of the Park Rock Cafe. "It's us, the people down here, who have to pay for their disagreements.