| Jun 20, 2009
Minutes after the gates to the San Diego County Fair swung open last weekend, Rick Smith ran toward the carnival rides, trying to keep up with his two sons, 7 and 10.
With one of the worst recessions in a generation, were the Smiths going to spend less?...
| 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....
| Jan 5, 2010
Eric Hamburg bought a house in this valley of wrinkled mountains and sugar-soft sand to escape life in Los Angeles and drink in the empty solitude only the desert can provide.
"I loved the peace and quiet. I loved the tremendous sky. I loved the heat...
| Jan 10, 2010
Three-hundred and forty-five driving miles north of Los Angeles, 72 miles south of San Francisco and many leagues to the left of Middle America, Santa Cruz calls out to newcomers like a lazy mermaid atop Monterey Bay. With tie-dyed scales.
| Feb 6, 2010
It was a Sunday afternoon in 1974 when a black-suited Claretian missionary known as Father Pat walked into the monthly meeting of the Long Beach Cactus Club looking to make a deal.
Turn the sunny dirt patch next to his home at Dominguez Rancho Adobe into...
| 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...
| 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...
| Jan 22, 1989
XAPURI, Brazil -- Francisco Mendes, 44, grew up in the forest and spent most of his life plying its shaded paths, gathering natural latex and Brazil nuts to earn a meager living.
Like thousands of other rubber tappers in the Amazon basin, Mendes loved...
| Sep 8, 1989
BOGOTA, Colombia -- It is an easy picture to paint: Colombia, a country with billions of dollars in cocaine wealth; massive, opulently furnished houses; huge cattle ranches; overdressed men and women draped in gold and emeralds; everyone driving a...