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In a basement at Old Mission Santa Barbara, a filing cabinet is thick with claims of miracles that didn't make the grade. A man falls off his horse and, thanks to Junipero Serra, he gets up unscathed. A woman visits Serra's tomb in Carmel and something...
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 TimesSarah Vowell is an intellectual melting pot. Her cleverness is gorgeously American: She collects facts and stores them like a nervous chipmunk, digesting them only for the sake of argument. Her curiosity is fueled by indignation. She insists, like a...
First, we had the "stroke belt," a swath of the American South characterized by those with unmanaged high blood pressure and a sedentary lifestyle. Then, we got the "obesity belt," a portion of Southern geography inhabited by a number of folks with...
After the quake, it took 45 minutes for the tsunami to reach the coast of Japan — 45 minutes of knowing, of waiting, of bracing. When it came, they were all glued to their televisions — a Jesuit priest in New York, an engineering professor in...
Tags: Tsunamis, Japan, Abusive Behavior, Engineering, Social Issues
Los Angeles TimesWhen it comes to the crime-based fiction that long has played such an important role in the literary life of Los Angeles, we're living through what amounts to a golden age. The dark ecstasies of James Ellroy, Michael Connelly's artful probing of the...
Two-time Oscar-nominated actress Natalie Portman slept here. So did pop sensation Joe Jonas. Just not at the same time. A quintessentially Hollywood vibe blends with echoes of Roaring '20s elegance in this well-preserved Spanish Colonial Revival home....
Tags: Joe Jonas, Natalie Portman, Jim Henson, Rentals, Minority Groups
Special to the Los Angeles TimesI've never met an American who didn't have a soft spot in his heart for Thomas Jefferson and Monticello, his home and plantation in Charlottesville. After his term as president expired in 1809, Jefferson lived full time at Monticello. The house, which...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesIts deep-throated engines temporarily squelched, the Thunderbird idles in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe, a few hundred yards offshore from Crystal Bay, Nev. A rubber dinghy sidles up to the elegant 55-foot speedboat. Terry Clapham, one of the...
A place of sweeping beauty and cultural diversity, Arizona is a haven of enlightenment for artists and aficionados alike. Take a long weekend and see what inspires you. Scottsdale Visit Scottsdale for Old West charm and Native American craftsmanship....
Tags: Human Interest, Arts and Culture, Mining, Arts, Minority Groups
Breakaway from holiday stress and embark on a getaway you and your friends will never forget. Rest, relax and enjoy the view, because Arizona is where memories are made. Rest assured You were looking for rejuvenation and the Grand Canyon State is...
Everyone thought the tall, strange white man was some kind of genius. But to teenage Ernestine De Soto he was a giant pain in the neck, a nosy, "Ichabod Crane-like" character who drew her mother's attention from its rightful place -- on her. John Peabody...
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