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Reading the stories Steven Gilbar has collected in "LA Shorts," you sense that the sexiest boundaries Angelenos cross are property lines. Borders, both real and metaphorical, run like an electric fence through the streets and suburbs of Los Angeles, separating neighborhood from neighborhood, neighbor from neighbor. Realtors hold the keys to self-reinvention--and sometimes, to their clients' bedrooms (Tom McNeal's "Winter in Los Angeles"). Like the house in the D.H.
April 12, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
While the main body of the Coachella Music and Arts Festival lies on the Empire Polo Field, a connected, but far-flung grouping of parties act as a titillating extension of the main event. In order to get your party on in the most organized and extensive way possible this weekend, here's a rundown of some of the best shindigs in the desert. If all goes well your dance card will be packed four days straight. Note: Locations are often kept secret until you RSVP, and getting an invite often depends on who you know - just like back home.
December 16, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
It already seems that 2014 is shaping up as a great year for water park fans around the world, as a number of new parks teeming with body slides, wave pools and lazy rivers are planned for the United States, Europe and Asia. Photos: Best new water parks for 2014 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at domestic and international water parks. As is often the case, some projects may get delayed and new ones announced. Since it is still early, I'll update my top 14 over the coming months as new projects are announced.
April 2, 2011
The five-day "Jungle Love" package includes activities such as a zip-line canopy tour in the rain forest, guided nature hikes, visits to Maya archaeological and petroglyph sites and an inner-tube float down the Macal River. Dates: Available through May 15 Price: $1,999 for two, including all accommodations, meals and ground transit, including airport transfers, all applicable taxes and service charges and all activities listed above. Airfare not included. Info: Mariposa Jungle Lodge , Cayo, Belize; (304)
May 14, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare but potentially deadly disease that ravages the body's tissues and causes them to die off, earning it the fiendish nickname "flesh-eating bacteria. " A Georgia college student, Aimee Copeland, 24, is currently fighting the disease from her hospital bed near Atlanta. She contracted necrotizing fasciitis after falling from a homemade zip line ride during what was supposed to be a day of fun in the sun on May 1. The fall left a gash in her left calf, believed to have been the entry point for the necrotizing fasciitis.
July 5, 2009 | Louis Sahagun and Roger Vincent
Eight decades ago, William Wrigley Jr. added amenities to the tiny harbor community of Avalon that transformed Catalina Island into a storied getaway for movie stars and the early power brokers of Los Angeles: steamships, hotels and a landmark "casino" building featuring a theater and a ballroom. In the 1960s, development slowed as big spenders and tourists gravitated toward newer resorts -- Disneyland, Palm Springs, Lake Arrowhead -- blossoming on the mainland.
November 9, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Snow updates, as another storm approaches: Mountain High has been open since Saturday, Bear Mountain opens today (Wednesday) and Mammoth and Snow Summit open Thursday. More important than the early snow? Consistently cool temps that allow for overnight snow making. Mammoth is reporting a 45-inch base at the Main Lodge.... Speaking of “skiing,” nice to see Matt Lauer's travel series return , with Namibia on Monday, followed by Madrid on Tuesday.
June 3, 2007 | Mary E. Forgione; Rosemary McClure; Hugo Martin
40 years later, discounts rock In June 1967, the Summer of Love took hold in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, where hippies gathered to experience a peace-and-love vibe. This month, 16 hotels in the city, including the Clift, the Fairmont and the Grand Hyatt, mark the 40th anniversary of the counterculture groove-in by offering a special rate of three nights for the price of two. The offer is good through June and open only to California residents (based on availability and subject to change).
August 29, 2013 | By Brian E. Clark
Ski season is only a few months away, so Mountain High, Southern California's closest winter resort, will celebrate with its annual season-pass kickoff party on Saturday at Fiesta Village in Colton at 1405 E. Washington St.    The festivities - all free to new and current season-pass holders - include rounds of miniature golf, go-kart rides, water slides and laser tag. There are free batting cages, amusement rides, a skate competition, a...
October 13, 2010 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times Assistant Travel Editor
"This is a ship for adults who want to be adults," Carolyn Spencer Brown, editor in chief of Cruise Critic , a consumer information website, said Wednesday of the Cunard Line's latest passenger vessel, the Queen Elizabeth. In a telephone interview after attending Monday's naming ceremony in Southampton, England, Spencer Brown gave her take on the ship's pluses and minuses. And more important: Who should cruise on the Queen Elizabeth? "People who are young at heart but don’t need to zip line after every dinner would find this ship appealing," she said.
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