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By Mike Reicher, mike.reicher@latimes.com | July 11, 2011
Capitalizing on someone's misfortune is not usually good business. But what if a catastrophe is forecast far in advance? Travel marketing executives in Newport Beach have seized on the looming San Diego (405) Freeway shutdown this weekend . They've created package deals and launched an advertising blitz to lure Angelenos to Newport's "tranquil" hotels and resorts. As the leisure travel market continues to rebound, hoteliers are looking to fill rooms that might otherwise be taken, especially on a summer weekend.
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SPORTS
By David Carrillo Peñaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com | July 7, 2011
The Balboa Bay Volleyball Club Quiksilver under-16 boys' team almost lost out on a chance to win its first tournament of the year because of a cancelled flight. Of all the tournaments to miss, Kevin Rakestraw couldn't believe it might be the biggest one in the country. Joey Martino was just as stunned because he said the team worked eight months for this opportunity. The path to the top of the open division at the USA Volleyball Junior National Championships turned out to be far from smooth for Balboa Bay. Kent Kawaguchi believes the obstacles Balboa Bay went through to get to the tournament helped it prevail.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | June 10, 2011
One of the world's top ballet companies will stop at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts next week. But they're not Russian; they're not even European. They hail from Havana, Cuba. The Cuban National Ballet's production of "The Magic of Dance" will feature the most beloved excerpts from 19th century ballets like "Swan Lake," "Don Quixote," "The Sleeping Beauty," "Coppélia" and "Giselle. " Following its engagement in Orange County, the company will move to Los Angeles to perform "Don Quixote" in its entirety from June 23 to 26. The company was founded in 1948 by renowned ballerina and choreographer Alicia Alonso, and has quickly risen to global prominence.
NEWS
By Bill Steigerwald | May 3, 2011
Gail Steinbeck's Mailbag entry is full of too many mistakes, wild assumptions and misrepresentations about me, my motives and my research/reporting habits to address all of them here ("Mailbag: Steinbeck's daughter-in-law says 'Travel' is true," April 30). But before she decided to accuse me of being a lousy journalist and some creepy sort of publicity hound who set out to debunk "Travels with Charley" to make a name for myself, she should have done a little more research. Here's what I wrote in my Reason article: "My initial motives for digging into Travels With Charley were totally innocent.
NEWS
April 29, 2011
Any educated scholar who has studied that journey knows that Bill Steigerwald simply hasn't enough facts to "debunk" that journey ("Sorry, Charley, Was Steinbeck's 'Travels with Charley' a fraud?" Reason magazine, April 2011"). For some reason the press continues to give this guy way too much ink ("Letters From The Editor: Somewhat let down by a boyhood hero," Daily Pilot, April 17). As far as I'm concerned, and I know mountains about that journey, the author of that Reason article is just another individual who wants to build a career on rumor and innuendo.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John Depko and Susanne Perez | April 7, 2011
The premise of "Groundhog Day" enters the "Twilight Zone" in "Source Code. " It's a riveting sci-fi thriller with an interesting twist on time travel. Imagine you wake up occupying someone else's body. You're thousands of miles away from where you last were. You are on a train speeding to an unknown city. As you try to make sense of what has happened to you, the train explodes in a huge fireball and you are killed. But you instantly wake up from sudden death. You are now in a locked capsule with a video feed from military officers.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | March 31, 2011
A fish, an inchworm and mouse beloved by generations of children will come to life this weekend and enchant audiences at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will bring three Caldecott Honor children's books by Leo Lionni to life using innovative puppetry and lighting techniques: "Swimmy," the story of a fish who shows his friends how to overcome danger; "Frederick," the mouse who spends harvest time gathering words and colors instead of seeds and nuts; and "Inch by Inch," which tells of an inchworm who can measure anything.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | February 23, 2011
The Orange County Sheriff-Coroner has identified the bicyclist who was killed Monday night in a car crash on San Joaquin Hills Road in Newport Coast. Amine Britel, 41, was killed when he was hit by a car as he rode eastbound on San Joaquin Hills Road between Spyglass Hill Road and Newport Ridge Drive West about 6 p.m. Britel, a Moroccan immigrant, led an accomplished life both academically and athletically, according to a report on wafin.com , a website dedicated to connecting Moroccan Americans.
NEWS
By Peter Buffa | February 12, 2011
Are you a musher? I'm not. No, mushers are not people who play with their food. Mushers are those hearty souls who stand on the back of a snow sled in strong wind at minus-yikes degrees and somehow convince a team of really buff dogs to pull a heavy sled through the snow for hours on end. It's an acquired skill. Rancy Reyes is definitely a musher. As reported this week in this very publication, Rancy and his team of six Siberian huskies have been training hard, getting ready for the "American Dog Derby," an annual dog sledding race that's been run in Ashton, Idaho, since 1917.
NEWS
By Bradley Zint, bradley.zint@latimes.com | January 25, 2011
COSTA MESA — There was buried treasure in the backyard just waiting to be dug up. And the family knew it. So one day the granddaughter decided to excavate what her grandmother, an escapee from an oppressive Russian tsarist rule, put in the dirt years ago. Turns out it was $57,000 worth of Russian gold rubles. That's just one story Colleen Rivera likes to tell. Witnessing such impressive finds is part of her job as a field manager for the Ohio Valley Gold & Silver Refinery's traveling roadshow.
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