| Oct 5, 2013
| 4:27 PM
This is the second in a series of articles examining the experiences of local fighters and coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter,” whether in past seasons or the current. The current season, “The Ultimate Fighter 18,” airs Wednesdays on...
| Oct 9, 2013
| 2:13 PM
Un lunes temprano por la mañana llega Betsy Casañas, de 61 años, a recibir la última de su primera serie de 12 quimioterapias al Memorial Breast Cancer Center, en Hollywood.
"Pero mira qué hermosa has venido", le decía la enfermera Inés Rodríguez a...
| Oct 12, 2013
| 11:27 PM
NORTHRIDGE — Paula Weishoff and Don Mattingly could share notes these days.
Both the UC Irvine women's volleyball coach and the Los Angeles Dodgers manager are well-versed on the virtues of defending the opponent, while also struggling to score...
| Nov 11, 2012
QUITO, Ecuador — "Not long ago, we wouldn't think of coming to this area," Dominic Hamilton tells me as we stand on a street corner in Quito's historic area at 1 a.m. "It was horribly seedy. And dangerous."
Hamilton is a Brit who, after having...
| Feb 16, 2013
| 7:37 PM
When Barnaby Conrad was nearly killed in a 1958 bullfight, his celebrity pals were buzzing about it at Sardi's in New York.
"Did you hear about poor Barnaby?" Eva Gabor asked Noel Coward in her thick Hungarian accent. "He was terribly gored in Spain."...
| Apr 13, 2013
| 6:45 PM
When Patricia McCormick realized she didn't have a future in music, she chose a career as filled with drama, passion and death as any of the operas she longed to sing.
She became a matadora, breaking long-standing barriers against women and Americans in...
| Nov 11, 2012
THE BEST WAY TO QUITO, ECUADOR
From LAX, connecting service (change of plane) to Quito is offered on TACA, United, Delta, COPA, United and LACSA. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $899, including taxes and fees.
To call the numbers...
| Jul 14, 2013
MONELLS, Spain — Almost every year since 1996, I have organized a week-long, early summer bicycle tour in a foreign country for a group of friends. So far we've biked in 10 countries from New Zealand to Italy, including three tours in France.
| Dec 3, 2012
| 4:00 AM
Time once again for "The Amazing Race," or as I called it last week, The Dream Crushing, Boyfriend Eliminating Hour of Depression.
I've got something that will perk you up this week: Spain! Barcelona! Beaches! It's a magical place where even the demons...
| Apr 25, 2013
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If your Spanish is rusty, yes, that title translates to “Snow White.”
Yet even if you raise your hand when someone asks, “Who’s tired of the recent wave of reimagined fairy tales?”—I raise both of...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 3:47 PM
If you read a synopsis of "Ivanhoe," you might think it's filled with exciting episodes, so how could it be so excruciatingly boring for an adolescent? Then came the real torture, an assignment to read a dolorous soap opera called "Silas Marner."