A tribute to Huell Howser, celebrator of California and a local public television fixture since the 1980s, drew more than 500 friends and admirers Tuesday to Griffith Observatory. The speakers included City Councilman Tom LaBonge, who organized the event. Howser died Jan. 6.
Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger Mary Forgione likes to hit the dirt when she's on vacation. An avid hiker and runner, Mary likes speed-touring cities on foot and sightseeing by running marathons.