| Dec 18, 2011
Phileas Fogg went around the world in 80 days. I did it in 23. And I bet I visited more amazing sites than he — India's Taj Mahal, Easter Island, Tibet, Cambodia's Angkor Wat, the African plains, to name a few — all without having to endure...
| Jul 29, 2007
It was an affair between Laura Foreman, a New York Times reporter, and Henry J. "Buddy" Cianfrani, a Pennsylvania state senator, that prompted A.M. Rosenthal, executive editor of the Times, to utter his...
| Jan 5, 2009
Billy, the lone elephant at the Los Angeles Zoo, has an anniversary this week. On Wednesday, he will have spent 20 years in his half-acre enclosure. It's up to the City Council to see that this is his last.
I have spent 50 years of my life working with...
| Apr 22, 2009
"I've seen a chef at Mr. Chow make these," said my friend the Beverly Hills gourmand, as we hovered over bowls of la mian, the hand-pulled noodles at Kam Hong Garden in Monterey Park.
The noodles' squiggly, uneven texture cradles little rivulets of meaty...
| Dec 9, 2008
Stand behind the curtain of bamboo just outside the paddock of the last, lone elephant at the Los Angeles Zoo and you'll hear the daylong drumbeat of running feet.
Boys and girls yell "elefante!" and cry out "grandotote," which is Spanish for "huge."...
| Dec 15, 2008
In his Dec. 9 column, "Zoos without elephants would be a loss for the children of L.A.,” Hector Tobar protests the possibility that Billy, a 23-year-old Malaysian elephant held captive at the Los Angeles Zoo for nearly two decades, might go to a...
| Jan 9, 2009
I traveled to the Los Angeles Zoo last week to observe Billy the Asian elephant and explore the Pachyderm Forest -- a state-of-the-art habitat being built for Billy and other endangered Asian elephants. I wanted to see for myself the project that had...
| Jan 28, 2009
FOR THE RECORD:
Letters: A Jan. 28 letter about "smart power" was published with a misspelled signature, Martin Laudal. The letter was written by Martin Maudal. —
Re “ Obama sets...
| Jan 24, 2009
What's a trip to the zoo without a glimpse of an elephant? Increasingly common.
Acknowledging that traditional elephant exhibits are inadequate to the point of cruelty -- small, spare, with foot-punishing floors -- zoos have chosen divergent directions....
| Aug 15, 2008
The tiny skeletal hand jutted from the sand as if beckoning the living to the long dead.
For thousands of years, it had waved unheeded in the most desolate section of the Sahara, surrounded by the bones of hippos, giraffes and other creatures typically...
| Feb 15, 2009
The South African safari has long been popular with high-end travelers. But recently other southern African countries, including Botswana, Zambia and Namibia, have built ultra-luxe safari camps and lodges that compete with the world's best. I had...