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September 7, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times
In response to the recent outbreak, Yosemite is distributing hantavirus information to every visitor. Since HPS was first identified in 1993, there have been approximately 60 cases in California and 602 cases nationally, the park says. Nationwide, approximately 20% of mice carry hantavirus.. . . . Bermuda is on a tropical storm watch as Hurricane Leslie hovers to the south-southeast. Little motion or change in strength is expected until sometime Friday . . . . A hoax tip called in to airport police was being blamed Thursday when a Dallas-bound flight out of Philadelphia was recalled by authorities and a passenger removed.
November 18, 2012
CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY AND AUSTRIA Slide show Roberta Kritzia will speak about her travels to Prague, Budapest and Vienna. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Monday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. SNOWSHOEING Workshop Experts will offer tips on snowshoeing basics, gear and where to go to get started. When, where: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Tustin, 2962 El Camino Real. Admission, info : Free.
March 20, 2011
Can't decide whether you can afford a trip abroad? Here's a site that creates a clearer picture of what costs might lie ahead. Name: What it does: Offers a snapshot of costs for accommodations, transportation, attractions, food and drink in more than 100 cities in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Europe, North America, South America, Central America and Australia/Pacific. What's hot: You might think the site is just for budget travelers, but there are also average hotel prices listed for four- and five-star hotels, when applicable.
May 22, 2011
American Eden From Monticello to Central Park to Our Backyards: What Our Gardens Tell Us About Who We Are Wade Graham Harper: $35 How the American identity and its contradictions — democratic ideals and aristocratic pretensions — are reflected in our gardens, from Jefferson's Monticello to Martha Stewart's Turkey Hill. (now available) Among Giants A Life With Whales Charles "Flip" Nicklin University of Chicago Press: $40 The gentle beasts in the depths of the ocean receive their fair share in this visually stunning tribute.
November 17, 1993
U.S. business travelers circle the globe as they check in with clients and subsidiaries or home office.
December 19, 2010 | By Leon Logothetis, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As parents struggle to find just the right gift for their children this holiday season, let me make a suggestion: I'd give the gift of independence. In this age of "helicopter parenting" ? our unceasing hovering over our children ? it's not always easy to instill in them the joy of independence and its corollary, self-reliance. Do we really want them to leave us behind and embark on some other journey, separate from our care? Yes. I'm not suggesting dropping a teenager in the middle of the Gobi Desert and wishing him good luck (more on that in a minute)
August 14, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Pitch of the week (and it's only Tuesday): “The team at Trippy , the social travel site and app, created a 'Fifty Shades of Grey' travel board and I thought you might be interested in checking it out.” The board features locations included in the popular book “as well as some ideas for where a real-life Christian and Ana might visit. “ Click here for details   . . . . The next Olympics will be in Sochi, on the Black Sea in eastern Russia,  in 2014. For ticket information, click here  . . . . Bad news for late-summer car trips: The national average for a gallon of gas at the pump has climbed to $3.67, a rise of 34 cents since July 1. An increase in crude oil prices and problems with refineries and pipelines in the West Coast and Midwest, including a fire in California, are mostly to blame . . . . The Nevada Wild Fest, with over 35 large format carnival rides and the  world's largest sling-shot,  heads to the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Oct. 25-28 . . . . LAX has announced nature-themed exhibitions by Southern California artists in Terminal 1 , near baggage claim and near Gate 1 . . . . The Port of Hueneme holds its inaugural Banana Festival Sept 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 105 E. Port Hueneme Road.
February 21, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The Port of Long Beach spent tens of thousands of dollars subsidizing the travel of spouses who accompanied harbor commissioners and staff on trips to Tokyo, Paris and Montreal despite city restrictions that ban such reimbursements, a city audit shows. The audit, which targeted five of the most expensive trips in the last two years, found that commissioners were able to get around restrictions by booking "companion tickets," which billed the spouse's flight as "free" but actually built in the costs, sometimes more than doubling the original fare.
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