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By Mary Ellen Bowman | March 9, 2008
It’s time to begin planning for nature hikes, camping outings or just enjoying the fabulous great outdoors that Southern California has in abundance. Whether you are hitting the mountains with backpacks and rugged footwear or favor long, solitary walks in the park, it’s best to equip yourself with the right gear. Read up now and get ready to take advantage of the changing season and daylight saving time’s extended sunshine to revel in the natural beauty all around us.   “Hiking and Backpacking: Outdoor Adventures,” edited by Marni Goldenberg and Bruce Martin: The Wilderness Education Association thinks the best way to maintain fitness and appreciate the outdoor experience is to organize and plan for survival situations before hitting the trail.
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NEWS
October 24, 2004
Deirdre Newman On Richard "Dick" Carroll's campaign brochure is the phrase "Let's Roll," emblazoned in the public consciousness by the brave airline passengers who thwarted the terrorists on one of the planes hijacked on Sept. 11. The City Council candidate is using the phrase on his brochure because he admires the heroism and patriotism of the battle cry. "I have a great admiration for heroes -- we don't have many," he said. "That's why I joined the Marines.
NEWS
February 23, 2005
Andrew Edwards More rain pounded Newport-Mesa on Tuesday, followed by blue skies and sunshine -- until the next big burst of showers. "It's a pretty strong, cold, unstable storm," National Weather Service forecaster Dan Whitlow said. On land, sporadic downpours drenched the area, while over the Pacific, a waterspout touched down about 2 p.m. Tuesday some 10 miles offshore from Newport Beach, Whitlow said. Waterspouts are tornados that form over water, and the National Weather Service announced a tornado watch along the California coast from San Mateo Point to the Mexican border from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.
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By Pat Neisser | July 14, 2005
The sleek, red trolley pulled up to the platform just as I retrieved my round-trip ticket from the automatic ticket machine. I had walked a few yards from the elegant Westgate Hotel, where I had stayed the night, to the platform. Grabbing a seat, I spent the next 40 minutes enjoying the passing scene. The new Padres stadium, PetCo Park, was a knockout. What fun it was riding a trolley to the Mexican border, instead of grinding my way down the 5 Freeway to a parking lot near the border.
NEWS
By JOSEPH N. BELL | April 27, 2006
What wonderful irony. George Bush is at the nadir of his presidency. By almost every polling yardstick, he has hit record lows. The once solid underpinning of his support from the political and religious right is being splintered by the morass in Iraq and the corruption at home. Members of his own party are avoiding photo ops with him. The tiny margin by which he won elections has long since been swallowed up by doubt. And to rub salt in the political wound, Neil Young has just released an album calling for Bush's impeachment, and a Seymour Hersh article in the current issue of the New Yorker lays bare some shattering plans in Washington for Iran that reprise the build-up for Iraq.
FEATURES
By Ana Facio Contreras | October 7, 2006
Ken Schwarz of Corona del Mar began his 2,663-mile hike seven years ago with a single step on the U.S.-Mexican border. The 59-year-old dentist wanted to complete the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada before his 60th birthday. Last weekend, he did. "It's a wonderful experience. You don't have to do it all at once — you can do it in parts," said Schwarz, who has climbed in the Swiss Alps. "It's a sport that you can do at any age, if your joints are good." The trail, which stretches through California, Oregon and Washington, is traveled by many avid hikers.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Tom Ragan, tom.ragan@latimes.com | October 21, 2010
Nearly 50 artists from around California will show off their artwork at a special exhibit that begins at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Orange County Museum of Art near Fashion Island. "2010 California Biennial" curator Sarah Bancroft said she hopes to give museumgoers an accurate overview of what's being produced in the contemporary art circles across the Golden State — not always an easy task. Bancroft traversed the state for more than a year in search of some of the finer artists up and down California's coast, eventually whittling them down to a pool of 300, then 150, then the final 45. Many of them are from San Diego and San Francisco, with few in points in between.
NEWS
By Mike Whitehead | January 17, 2014
Ahoy! Are you planning to cruise your boat south of the border to Ensenada or Cabo San Lucas for an adventure and warmer weather before the hurricane season begins this year? Then I highly recommend that you do not cross the U.S.-Mexican border without the proper paperwork aboard your vessel or prepare to potentially have your boat impounded by the Mexican Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT). Many American and Canadian boaters who cruise into Mexican waters are not aware of the SAT, which is similar to the IRS. Additionally, many boaters do not know or understand the specific fees and exact paperwork that must be carried aboard any visiting vessel while in Mexico.
NEWS
April 28, 2000
Andrew Glazer o7 In March, Costa Mesa resident Tony DiLorenzo went public with his plan to hike 2,600 miles up the West Coast. Impressive, since the 26-year-old's four-and-a-half-month solo journey will take him through scalding deserts and towering snowcapped mountains, from the Mexican border to British Columbia. But more impressive is the clear reason behind his journey: His little brother, Paul. Paul DiLorenzo, a sophomore at UC Riverside, was born with thalassemia, a rare, and potentially fatal blood disease.
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By Mona Shadia | January 6, 2010
Maria Piedad Hernandez is not your typical community volunteer. This undocumented immigrant from Mexico has been volunteering for Mika Community Development Corporation for the past two years. She sells tamales for a living but volunteers much of her time at the Costa Mesa nonprofit, by sweeping streets in the neighborhood and serving food during Mika’s holiday charity drives. The nonprofit’s mission is to build up leaders from low-income communities by organizing neighborhood action committees, and helping them set goals and working together to achieving them.
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