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Top 5 Haunted Hotels

Hipmunk | Posted 10.21.2014 | Travel
Hipmunk

If you'd prefer a "trick" rather than a "treat" this Halloween, consider a weekend getaway to a haunted hotel. A quick Google search will reveal that almost every region has one, so pack your bags and head to one nearby for a weekend of ghost hunting.

Spirits Take the Helm at Queen Mary's Dark Harbor 2014, Blurring Boundaries Between Haunted Fantasies and Reality

Annabel Osberg | Posted 10.08.2014 | Los Angeles
Annabel Osberg

On October 2, the Queen Mary opened its 2014 season of Dark Harbor, debuting intriguing additions to the already thrilling Halloween event. While it ...

A Queen Turns 80 and Prepares for Reinvention

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 09.28.2014 | Los Angeles
Charles Karel Bouley

As she turns 80, there she sits, a defiant reminder of a times past; a luxurious venue for times present and through several reinventions currently underway will be a part of the Long Beach skyline in times future.

After Oregon Rejects Coal Export Plan, Long Beach Votes to Export Coal and PetKoch

Steve Horn | Posted 10.21.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogJust a day after the Oregon Department of State Lands shot down a proposal to export 8.8 million tons per year of coa...

The Perils of Biking in Manhattan... and L.A.

Jack Skelley | Posted 10.04.2014 | Los Angeles
Jack Skelley

Biking in Manhattan is a contact sport. It includes confronting cabbies and dodging pedestrians (who in welcome ways have a supremacy of the street). It demands nano-second reflexes, a sense of daring and nerves stronger than your bike frame.

Long Beach Dining: Two New Places, One Obvious Choice

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 09.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Charles Karel Bouley

While I maintain the food at the Federal is good, some of it great even, I have grown partial to Chef Katherine Humphus creations at Bo-Beau.

Have a $50,000 Wedding on a $3,000 Budget: 8 Great Secrets to a Hip and Affordable Wedding

Shannah L. Compton | Posted 09.10.2014 | Weddings
Shannah L. Compton

Does the sound of a "budget" wedding make you cringe? For me, it conjures up images of dollies, chocolate covered almonds, bubbles, and food that should be used as doorstops instead of being consumed by humans.

Unsettled: Portraits by Peter Zokosky at Koplin Del Rio Gallery, Los Angeles

John Seed | Posted 09.08.2014 | Arts
John Seed

All of the portraits feel just a little bit "off," which is exactly what Zokosky is aiming for. Come to think of it, was painting rays ever mainstream?

Rapper Warren G: 'Anybody Can Put Out a Rap Record Now'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 08.17.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Warren G has seen plenty of changes in the music industry -- especially as relates to rap and hip hop. While much of this evolution is unquestionably positive, the rapper says not all has been for the better.

Teavolution USA: Tea Becomes a Green Economy in U.S. (VIDEO)

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 08.16.2014 | Business
Charles Karel Bouley

It is odd that for a country that started with descendants from Europe that we shunned tea for many years. But that is changing, and besides, tea was being served here in North America and what would become New York even before London.

Ballot Confusion in Long Beach Could Affect Mayor's Race

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 06.03.2014 | Los Angeles
Charles Karel Bouley

The last thing any race needs is major confusion amongst the voters and poll workers about a second ballot.

Long Beach Kicks Off Season of Pride 2014 - May 17, 18

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 07.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Charles Karel Bouley

On the morning of June 28, 1969, a raid was tried at the Stonewall Inn. It wasn't a gay bar -- there were none. It was owned by the mafia, and was a place for all outcasts, including drag queens, butch lesbians, feminine boys and male prostitutes.

Can Long Island Be Saved? Part II

Marshall Brown | Posted 07.13.2014 | New York
Marshall Brown

The first of four public meetings scheduled this month on Long Island's water quality crisis was held Monday, May 12, 12-4 p.m. in the Nassau County L...

No More Mother's Day for Me: I Remember Mom

Howard Barbanel | Posted 07.09.2014 | Fifty
Howard Barbanel

During the past two years of her life Mom faded out in a fog of dementia exacerbated by a series of mini-strokes which robbed her of her memory, much of her personality and her ability to live life in any kind of vital way. My mother was the personification of vitality, so to have had that taken away was a cruel punishment.

For the Man Who Jumped Into the Sea to Save a Dying Whale

Sourav Roy | Posted 06.21.2014 | Green
Sourav Roy

Michael's jump into the Sea of Cortez to save Valentina was symbolic of his frustration at the current situation that these majestic animals face, his way of appealing to all of us to do our bit and speak up for the whales to our appropriate agencies and governments.

L.A.Drivers: Slow the Eff Down!

Jack Skelley | Posted 06.17.2014 | Los Angeles
Jack Skelley

Starting on September 16, of this year, California drivers must keep their cars at least three feet away from bikes they pass on the street. The law is bound to increase the friction between bikes and cars.

Grand Prix Long Beach: 40 Years Strong with Celebs, Thrills and Upsets (VIDEOS)

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 06.13.2014 | Los Angeles
Charles Karel Bouley

The 40th Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach has roared to a close with a spectacular finish as Mike Conway takes the checkered flag for his second victory on the streets of Long Beach.

The American Left Radio Could Use a Right Hook (VIDEO)

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 06.04.2014 | Media
Charles Karel Bouley

Hook doesn't have to worry ever again; his future success is almost assured. He has a loyal fan base which is growing, not shrinking.

Let's Stop Being #SurplusGiraffe

Charles Karel Bouley | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Charles Karel Bouley

Don't many of us feel like Marius, the #SurplusGiraffe? How many of us feel that someone in our life, some bank or boss, some Congress person or Senator can end our lives as we know them, and feed it to not the lions but the wolves of Wall St.?

How the Disaster of a Small Italian Town Helped a New Yorker See Through Sandy

Sara Lieberman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Sara Lieberman

The midday sun shone as workers in Levi's and orange hardhats laid panels of wood to erect a new boardwalk, eager to replace the one washed ashore by the Atlantic it had been in front of just nine months earlier.

You Can Never Have Too Many Flashlights: (And Other Life Lessons from Hurricane Sandy)

Laurie Nadel | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Laurie Nadel

While the media will celebrate the feel-good stories of the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, it does not mean that the healing process if over. Healing after Hurricane Katrina is a process that is still going on six years later.

Unexpected Inspirations

Phil Shepherd | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style
Phil Shepherd

The priceless touch from fingertips belonging to my beloved's hands... Witnessing the result of the manipulation of molten precious metal into handcra...

7 Frightening Halloween Festivals

U.S. News Travel | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
U.S. News Travel

From coffin racing in Manitou Springs, Colo., to a witch-themed ball in Salem, Mass., U.S. News Travel found seven of the spookiest Halloween festivities happening around the USA.

AGENDA: Key Snaps From The LBC!

Marlon Regis | Posted 09.29.2013 | Style
Marlon Regis

ts expansiveness, acute organization and the enthusiasm from the buyers, booth & brand reps and all those invited to attend, was nothing short of overwhelming.

How I Ended Up in a Sober Living House In Long Beach

Te-Erika Patterson | Posted 07.14.2013 | Los Angeles
Te-Erika Patterson

I am excited to share with everyone why Long Beach is a prime example of big city living with a small community vibe that I didn't find anywhere else in Los Angeles.