| Nov 4, 2013
| 4:59 PM
The public relations director of Newport Beach's tourism bureau was fired Monday in the wake of a kerfuffle surrounding a tweet he sent from the agency's Twitter account.
The tweet — which Visit Newport Beach Inc.'s chief executive Gary Sherwin...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 10:17 AM
Like the college experience itself, spring break has evolved.
It started with the innocent notions of Connie Francis in the 1960 film "Where the Boys Are," accelerated into the hedonistic MTV-fueled excesses of the early 1990s and down-shifted into...
| Oct 1, 2012
| 1:03 PM
There's more to a beach vacation than sand and surf.
Distilled to those basic elements, every Florida beach getaway might seem the same. Yet there are also infinite variables that imprint distinct personalities to stretches of the state's 1,250 miles...
| Mar 24, 2013
MÉRIDA, Mexico — Until this winter, Mérida had just been a busy city I passed through on my way to the ancient Mayan ruins.
Then, in mid-December, I made it my destination.
I pretty much had to: I'd been hearing the city's name all fall, from...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 6:59 AM
No one can explain exactly why what happens happens, that a child locked away in the grip of autism and a family hardened by years of accommodating the disorder are suddenly, for a few hours, free.
The moment when the child, aided by a Surfers for...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 5:23 PM
Pompano Beach hotelier Elaine Fitzgerald isn't resting on the laurels of her award-winning small inns.
In the competitive hotel industry, where large and small hotels constantly vie for consumers' travel and vacation dollars, Fitzgerald is always...
| May 29, 2013
| 7:25 PM
This year's Christmas party hop will be "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and the theme for the 105th Annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.
The event committee recently held a public contest for theme suggestions and received 160 submissions....
| Nov 29, 2012
| 9:22 AM
Huntington Beach is offering holiday shoppers two hours of free parking at the Main Promenade Parking Structure until Jan. 1.
The City Council passed the matter unanimously, 7-0, as part of the consent calendar at the Nov. 19 meeting. The city projects...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 8:13 PM
It was a very surprising answer to a common question, at least for singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson.
When asked Thursday during a phone interview how life has been treating him, he responded: "Everything is really good. I have no complaints at all...
| Feb 12, 2011
Is it too early to plan for spring break?
Well, spring baseball will be starting in a few weeks and Pensacola is already touting its options.
This quickie overview is just a sample of the spring break ideas from all parts of Florida that are starting to...
| Feb 19, 2011
Daytona Beach, of course, is all about speed.
That's obviously the case Sunday, when the flag drops on the Daytona 500.
Don't look around for me. As a longtime visitor to Daytona Beach, the last time I ventured anywhere near the Daytona International...
| Nov 20, 2010
Viktoria Telek won Wilhelmina Models' 2009 Hot Body Model Search, which awarded her with a five-year contract. She entered at an open casting call at a Vitamin Shoppe in Miami and competed against thousands nationwide. Since then, she has appeared in...