| Feb 16, 2010
| 8:12 PM
Betty L. Mabee, a dedicated philanthropist who with her husband, John, built one of California's leading Thoroughbred breeding farms in the hills of Ramona, died Monday. She was 88.
Mabee died at her Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., home after an extended...
| Nov 21, 2008
Walter W. Hoffman, the son of a Ventura County founding family who was instrumental in getting the present Museum of Ventura County built, died Nov. 13 at his Camarillo home, his family said. The cause of death was not disclosed. He was 86.
| Mar 26, 2009
Frank Bogert, the crusty ex-cowboy and longtime mayor of Palm Springs who helped turn the desert outpost into a glamorous destination for celebrities and tourists, died at his home Sunday after a brief hospitalization, according to city officials. He...
| Jul 13, 2009
Joe Bowman, a nationally known Texas sharpshooter who could blast an aspirin to powder at 30 paces and split a playing card edgewise at 20, has died. He was 84.
He had been in Albuquerque, where he had staged a fast-draw and sharpshooting exhibition...
| Nov 12, 2009
John J. O'Connor III, a lawyer who went to Washington in a historic role, as the husband of the first female U.S. Supreme Court justice, has died. He was 79.
O'Connor died Wednesday in Phoenix of complications arising from Alzheimer's disease, the...
| Sep 24, 2009
Joanne Jordan, one of the top spokesmodels on television in the 1950s who was best known for touting "long-lasting" Hazel Bishop lipstick during commercial breaks on "This Is Your Life," has died. She was 88.
Jordan, who also was an actress and TV host,...
| Apr 22, 2009
Tune the television to so many rapid-fire cooking shows today, and it seems eventually you're bound to witness some kind of shouting match. It's enough to make the stomach nostalgic for the kinder, simpler days of Marian Manners and Prudence Penny, the...
| Aug 8, 2007
In the maybe-not-such-strange-bedfellows sweepstakes, wine shops that are also wine bars with food are lately the darlings of city redevelopment folks all over Southern California. And it's hard to argue with the sense that they're just the thing to...
| Jan 16, 2008
MEYER LEMONS are so readily available now you can even find them in grocery stores. But back in the day (say, 20 years ago) they were as scarce -- and as sought after -- as Persian mulberries. If you wanted some, you practically had to either have a...
| Feb 25, 2009
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 1960s, my brother and I knew just what to do with kumquats from the potted tree on the patio: We tossed them at each other. Like most Californians, we never ate them.
Kumquats do present a challenge for the uninitiated....
| Nov 7, 2007
WATCH as prime, aged meats -- steaks from the Midwest, Wagyu beef from Australia, true Kobe from Japan, Colorado lamb chops -- sizzle over an olivewood and charcoal fire. A waiter trots by with someone's "tomahawk," a 23-ounce dry-aged Nebraska rib-eye...