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Los Angeles TimesThe Coen brothers' "True Grit," which plays out over rural Arkansas and the Indian Territory of the 1870s, is the duo's highest-grossing film to date, and last week it became the second-most-nominated movie in this year's Oscar race. Earlier in January,...
Water The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power and Civilization Steven Solomon Harper: 596 pp., $27.99 It's not news to residents of Southern California that the management of water resources has far-reaching economic and political ramifications, but...
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Reporting from FresnoThe last of the fragrant fruit blossoms is gone, their pink-and-white petals scattered across the orchards that nestle among the verdant foothills of the High Sierra. By month's end — the first strawberries will be ready for picking. The...
Los Angeles Times staff writerSouth of Los Angeles and north of San Diego lies an intermittently magical 789-square-mile realm where freeways hum and Disneyland flourishes, where immigrants remake old communities as new ones ripple across the hills. Many outsiders treat this place...
When Neal and Amy Knoll Fraser move their restaurant Grace downtown to the rectory of St. Vibiana's later this year, diners will be hard-pressed to miss the earth-to-table connection. Fraser intends to plant a garden — and not just a few containers...
Reporting From Philo, Calif.Until recently, the closest thing I'd come to a cooking class was watching the demo station at Trader Joe's. After seeing "Julie & Julia," I felt inspired to get in touch with my inner Julia Child. But who has the time and money to fly to Paris and...
Dick King-Smith, an internationally popular British children's author whose best-known book, the amusing and inspiring story of a sheep-herding pig who talks, was turned into the hit 1995 movie "Babe," has died. He was 88. King-Smith died in his sleep...
Kate Koyama moved to Los Angeles from Hardin, Mont., to work in film production, but then a year ago a new dream started to take shape: selling Native American fry bread tacos. She already had her own family recipe, passed down from her Aunt Bernice Cook,...
Special to the Los Angeles Times"Everybody knows Kent," Charles Dickens wrote in "The Pickwick Papers," "apples, cherries, hops and women." Almost 175 years after publication of "Papers," Kent, just 50 miles south of London, is still known as the garden of England and the larder of...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterKnott's Berry Farm has reopened a roller coaster involved in an accident that injured 10 riders after making adjustments to the ride following an initial state investigation, officials of the Buena Park theme park said. The Pony Express launch-style...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterKnott's Berry Farm has chosen a new location for its 2011 swing tower, pushing back the debut of the $5-million thrill ride to mid-summer while at the same time preserving one of the park's aging landmarks. The 301-foot-tall WindSeeker spinning swing...
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Wendell "Bud" Hurlbut, who helped turn Knott's Berry Farm into a modern amusement park by designing and building two of its signature attractions, the Calico Mine Ride and the Timber Mountain Log Ride, has died. He was 92. Hurlbut died Jan. 5 at his home...
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