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Confederate monument removed from Hollywood Forever Cemetery overnight

By Brenda Gazzar|

Solomon Islands, in the South Pacific, remain a monument to World War II and JFK

This year, as America celebrates the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth, I find myself on an itty-bitty palm-shrouded uninhabited island in the far-far-flung South Pacific, with a huge lump in my throat. I’ve heard the la...

By Norma Meyer meyer.norma@yahoo.com|

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  • Wildlife

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    DO NOT FEED THE BEARS! DO NOT FEED THE DEER! How many such signs have you seen in every national park you ever visited? One is warned everywhere, it seems, about feeding wild animals, unless it’s birds, of all kinds. Almost every yard here in Manhattan Beach has a bird feeder hanging from a porch or tree. Mine didn’t hang long enough because the clever squirrels can reach anything, no matter how far they have to climb, or stretch, or jump — which took...

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  • Museums

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  • Business

    Could the future of Pomona’s Fairplex involve horses, cars and job opportunities?

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  • Amusement and theme parks

    Will theme parks announce new rides on Aug. 16, National Roller Coaster Day?

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    By Robert Niles themeparkinsider@gmail.com @ThemePark on Twitter|

  • Science museums

    Here’s the newest baby penguin at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach

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  • Amusement and theme parks

    Downtown Disney parking rates going up next week

    ANAHEIM >> The Disneyland Resort is making a big change in the parking policy for its Downtown Disney parking lot. Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017, the new policy will provide two hours of free parking, but only if a $20 minimum purchase is made and validation received from any Downtown Disney location. This includes any quick-service restaurants and kiosks, according to a post on the Disney...

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  • Entertainment

    Universal Studios debuts all-new R.I.P. Tour for Halloween Horror Nights

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  • Art museums

    Huntington’s famous ‘Blue Boy’ needs work, and it’s coming off the wall

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  • Amusement and theme parks

    Should local theme parks like Disneyland add more attractions for the 2028 Olympics?

    The announcement that the Los Angeles metropolitan area will host the 2028 Summer Olympic Games raises an interesting dilemma for the region’s tourist attractions. In 1984, the last time they were here, Disneyland experienced some of the smallest summer time crowds in its history then, as many locals left town. So, do you scale up for the summer of 2028 in the hope of attracting a larger share of the tourists who will come to Southern California for the games? Or do you...

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