May 28, 2013 |
A fish that emits its own light in the darkness of the sea, a creature that oozes slime to fend off predators and a chambered nautilus that can fill its shell with air to rise from the sea floor. These are among the undersea wonders that the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach has put on display as part of its new $1-million deep sea exploration exhibit. The new exhibit, which run through Feb. 1, 2014, includes a lecture series and live video and audio links with scientists exploring the depths of the ocean from ships around the globe.
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May 28, 2013 |
After a loud boom was heard in Disneyland Tuesday afternoon, people were evacuating Toontown after a report of an explosion that appeared to have involved dry ice, authorities said. Sgt. Robert Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department told the Times the dry ice appeared to have been placed in a plastic bottle. Police swarmed Disneyland on Tuesday evening as they were trying to determine the chain of events that led to the explosion of a dry ice "bomb" at Toontown, authorities said.
May 27, 2013 |
GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - On a routine patrol, park ranger Stephanie Sutton spots a looming confrontation between tourist and nature - in this case, the driver of a white SUV and a 500-pound elk. The large female elk lopes along a road shoulder in the woodsy visitors village on the canyon's South Rim. Within moments, Sutton is in the middle of a peculiar hazard known in Grand Canyon National Park as an elk jam. Cars and RVs jam on their brakes, disgorging...
May 25, 2013 |
ATHENS - Costas Papanicolaou is stuffing his souvenir shop with extra merchandise and stringing his store entrance with welcome flags from umpteen countries. He's also slashing his prices by as much as 50%, and in a scheme that bears a whiff of desperation, he's even thinking of throwing a Greek toga on a Chinese employee to help lure Asian tourists. A painful but relatively peaceful year after Greece was beset by grim headlines of political pandemonium and violent protests, tourism experts and the government are expecting a surge in vacationers, and with it a boost to Greece's struggling economy.
May 24, 2013 |
Minutes after arriving by bus at an outlet mall in Cabazon, a dozen or so Chinese tourists hustled out to buy luggage that they planned to stuff with high-end clothes, shoes and bags. But not Guoshing Cui, a Samsung supervisor from Guangzhou. He made a beeline for the Coach store, where he picked out three expensive handbags. He paid more than $800 from a wad of $100 bills. The bags were gifts for family and friends in China, where Coach goods sell for two to three times the price in the U.S. "It's a smart move," he said of his purchases.
May 23, 2013 |
Palm Springs, already in the midst of a long-overdue makeover, is now scrapping an empty downtown shopping mall along once-fashionable Palm Canyon Drive, reopening some closed streets and preparing to showcase the start of its Downtown PS redevelopment. After losing its mid-century luster and enduring decades as a second-tier tourist destination, the desert city of nearly 46,000 is building again. Its target: to attract visitors to Palms Springs' burgeoning night life, art scene and retro-cool culture, supporters say. "There's been a changing of the guard," said commercial real estate broker Mark Spohn of Sperry Van Ness.
May 1, 2013 |
When the doors of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas open to the public today, it will mark the launch of what is expected to be among the top five tourist spots in the Texas city. "It's a beautiful museum on a beautiful campus," Phillip J. Jones, head of the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau , said Tuesday. He said he expects 300,000 to 400,000 travelers will be drawn to the center at Southern Methodist University . But it's not the only new tourism generator in town.
April 23, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - A Nevada state audit of practices by Clark County cab drivers has given new meaning to the term “being taken for a ride” - to the tune of nearly $15 million. Under scrutiny was a practice known here as “long hauling,” in which drivers take an extended route by freeway to the Strip from McCarran International Airport, when local streets could cut both the time and the cost. The practice added an average of $10 to each fare. A report by the legislative auditor, released Monday, found that in 2012 cabbies running up the meter by taking the scenic route to and from the airport cost nearly 1.5 million fares an estimated $14.8 million . Auditors warned the Nevada Taxicab Authority to crack down on the practice, which accounted for 614, or 22.5%, of the 2,730 airport trips that auditors reviewed.
April 21, 2013 |
HONOLULU - He's known as the Woody Guthrie of Hawaiian music, a virtuoso ukulele player who's helped to introduce new generations to music that might otherwise be lost. But on the autumn morning I met up with Eddie Kamae, few people seemed to recognize the octogenarian wearing Levis and a blue work shirt. It was just after 9 a.m., and Eddie was eating a bowl of vanilla ice cream at the Wailana Coffee House in Waikiki. He had risen before sunrise to pray, read the paper and watch the sky lighten from the nearby apartment building where he and his wife, Myrna, have lived for nearly half a century.
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April 20, 2013 |
Historical advocates in San Juan Capistrano argued that the jagged hills of southern Orange County were deep under water when dinosaurs first roamed the Earth. No land-roaming dinosaur - neither a T. rex , stegosaurus nor apatosaurus - would have come through unless lost at sea. Many things have changed since the water washed away: Missionaries built a majestic cathedral, settlers established what would become one of California's oldest neighborhoods and a thick cloud of swallows would flock back to their nests here each spring.