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Dr. Antonio De la Cruz, a renowned neurotologist at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles who performed cochlear implant surgery on conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, has died. He was 65. De la Cruz, who also was the director of education...
De facto, interim or congressionally installed -- no matter the qualifier -- Roberto Micheletti is not the president of Honduras. Manuel Zelaya is, and like him or not, the man who was ousted in a military-civilian coup on June 28 should be returned to...
Times Staff WriterBill Clinton slept here. He shopped a few blocks away. He had dinner around the corner and down the street. Everywhere I turned, it seemed, I saw fading photos of the former president smiling into the camera as he shook hands with a beaming proprietor. I...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterWhat's the catch to using debit and credit cards in foreign countries? Credit cards usually pencil out several percentage points better than trading cash or travelers' checks. But keep in mind that when you use your card abroad -- either credit or...
For tourist information on selected foreign destinations, contact the government offices below. For information about a country not listed, call the United Nations at (212) 963-1234, dial 0 and ask for the number of the country's U.N. mission or...
Special to The TimesSan Lucas Island, Costa Rica "If you don't have anything to do," says the graffiti scratched into the cellblock wall, "don't come here to do it." That would have been excellent advice from 1883 to 1989, when this penitentiary on San Lucas Island was...
Tags: Prisons, Wildlife, Gardens and Parks, National Parks, Family
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterVisit a volcano, hike through a cloud forest and stretch out on a sandy beach during a weeklong do-it-yourself driving tour of Costa Rica. The deal: The land-only package is $540 per person, double occupancy, and includes rental of a four-wheel-drive...
CENTRAL AMERICA Slide showMort Loveman will give an illustrated presentation on Costa Rica titled "Energy for the Soul." Where, when: Roxbury Park Community Center, 471 S. Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills, 1 p.m. Wednesday. Admission: Free. Info: (310)...
Tags: Movies, Roxbury, Entertainment, Travel, Trips and Vacations
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIf you'd like to get away for spring break and haven't yet booked your trip, don't panic. Thanks to the travel downturn, you may pay no more than students who booked months ago. You may even pay less. Unlike past years, when three- or four-night packages...
Times Staff WriterDagmar Tomlinson is the grandma you wish you had or hope you will be. At 85, the retired legal secretary from Pacific Palisades has given 12 of her 15 grandchildren a rare eighth-grade graduation gift: a trip with her anywhere in the world they choose....
Tags: Rentals, Children, Family, Death, Condos and Houses
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterMeet the new Willy Wonka: Timothy Childs is a former space shuttle technologist who's building a 29,000-square-foot chocolate factory on prime waterfront property in the Embarcadero. He stands in the factory's laboratory inspecting a sample of split-...
Special to The TimesFive inches. In the mountain-biking world, where the probability of enjoying a breathtaking descent is often measured by the distance your bike's wheels can compress, or "travel," when they hit a big rock, 5 inches of travel is way better than 3 or 4....
Tags: Travel, Trips and Vacations, Climbing
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