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Pint-Size Princess Confronts Gaston at Disneyland

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/21/2016, 4:00 AM

Now let's discuss the big debate of the week. We're talking, of course, about Gaston vs. Snow White. Dressed as that particular Disney princess, a 6-year-old girl named Lucy encountered the Beauty and the Beast bully at Disneyland in California this week. Lucy's mom, Katie Pettit, was filming the interaction, but she didn't coax the youngster to give Gaston a piece of her mind. Lucy di...

Modernized, Less Partisan Nixon Library Reopens

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/14/2016, 4:00 AM

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California reopens today following a $15 million overhaul. Previously criticized for a lack of modern technology as well as a partisan approach to chronicling the 37th president's controversial tenure in the Oval Office, the facility has been updated with videos, interactive touch-screen monitors, and a more even-handed, les...

Modernized, Less Partisan Nixon Library Reopens

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/14/2016, 4:00 AM

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California reopens today following a $15 million overhaul. Previously criticized for a lack of modern technology as well as a partisan approach to chronicling the 37th president's controversial tenure in the Oval Office, the facility has been updated with videos, interactive touch-screen monitors, and a more even-handed, les...

Interactive Underwater Artwork Off Southern California Coast

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/15/2016, 4:00 AM

Artist's rendering of an underwater sculpture by Doug Aitken (image: lebasseprojects/Instagram) As part of "Electric Earth," Doug Aitken's exhibit this fall at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the artist has built three enormous "Underwater Pavilions" off the coast of Southern California's Catalina Island. Made of mirror and stone, the kaleidoscopic structures are mo...

Yosemite National Park Expands

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/12/2016, 4:00 AM

Ackerson Meadow (photo: yosemiteconservancy/Instagram) California's Yosemite National Park grew by 400 acres last week—the park's largest expansion in 70 years.  Thanks to a donation of land from private owners, Yosemite now includes Ackerson Meadow, a green expanse surrounded by pine trees and inhabited by wildlife including the endangered great grey owl.  Donors Robin and Na...

Five More States Are About to Consider the Legalization of Marijuana, Creating the Basis for a Large New Industry of Marijuana Tourism

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 09/09/2016, 4:30 PM

(Credit:Vitezslav Valka/FreeImages)        The statistics seem irrefutable that tourism to Colorado has benefited greatly from that state's legalization of the sale and use of marijuana.  In recent surveys, large numbers of visitors have stated that it was pot that most influenced their decision to go there. And those touristic benefits are undoubtedly why Oregon, Washington, Ala...

Airbnb Sues Anaheim Over Short-Term Rental Law

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/04/2016, 12:00 PM

Airbnb has filed a lawsuit against the city of Anaheim, California, over a law that holds the home-sharing site liable when users post listings for illegal short-term rentals. Anaheim—home to Disneyland and Angel Stadium—has seen an explosion of such rentals that cater to travelers seeking cheaper alternatives to hotels. Last month, the City Council voted to tighten regulations, adding fin...

New Dalí Museum Opens in California

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/03/2016, 12:30 PM

A new museum showcasing the work of Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí has opened in Monterey, California.  Housed in the building previously known as the Museum of Monterey, the Dalí17 Museum features a whopping 580 works by the artist, including dreamlike paintings, drawings, lithographs, sculptures, and more. The collection was donated by California real estate mogul Dmitry Piterman. ...

State Parks on Big Sur Coast Closed Due to Wildfire

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/28/2016, 12:30 PM

Due to a huge wildfire that has already destroyed more than 19,000 acres in California, a number of iconic state parks along the Big Sur coast have been closed until further notice. That means that the California Department of Parks and Recreation has barred access to some of the most popular campgrounds and hiking trails in an area noted for its awe-inspiring oceanside scenery. The drive ...

Fans in Uproar Over Closing of Disney's Tower of Terror

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/26/2016, 12:30 PM

The gut-wrenching Tower of Terror elevator drop at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim will let fall its last batch of thrill seekers in early January of next year—and fans are none too pleased.  When Disney announced plans to turn the tower into a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction, reaction on social media was swift and overwhelmingly negative. Many have accused the park of selling ou...

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