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Karl Kahler
Works at Tico Times
Attended University of Southern California
Lives in San José, Costa Rica
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I am, therefore I blog. Here are my first three posts from Costa Rica at Tico Trails, wherein I explore the cuisine, crocodiles and tree-climbing in Central America.
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Google+, long time no see! Unlike Hillary, I have an announcement that wasn't already known to the entire world. I have a new blog! "Tico Trails," hosted by my brother's travel agency Tico Tour and Travel, will be my Costa Rica journal, recording the twists and turns of my voyages to every corner of this country. Hope you like it!
A death in the family, and a new start in life  My father died last summer at age 79 of…
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The second-last Wire! The politics of U.S.-Cuba opening, Sony hack fallout, Putin's bears, fangs and claws, and wearable tech we really didn't need. Happy Thursday. 
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6 dead in Philadelphia rampage, 3 dead in hostage standoff in Sydney. Sandy Hook families are suing the rifle maker, China exonerates a man 18 years after executing him, and world press get burned on "Pope says pets going to heaven" story, which turns out to be totally untrue. Happy Monday.
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CIA plays D, U.S. infiltrated Cuban hip-hop, yo; Hong Kong protest camp raided, U.S. must pass spending bill, and the humble potato finally gets some respect. Happy Thursday.  
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Apparently Yemen knew about a hostage's imminent release, but the U.S. didn't, and it cost him his life. U.S. and NATO end combat mission in Afghanistan, New Delhi bans Uber after rape report, and viewers find "Eaten Alive" a big, dumb waste of two hours. Happy Monday. 
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Cerro Chato, "Flat-Top Hill," a dormant volcano in Costa Rica next to Volcán Arenal, is a challenging but doable uphill hike that I would recommend to anyone.  
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The last Wire! FBI blames North Korea for the hacking of Sony, Pakistan executes 2 and kills 77 militants in battle, 8 Australian children are killed in a family massacre, Facebook snub leads to slap leads to arrest, and "The Wire" retires. It's been a great pleasure! Thank you for reading! 
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Taliban school massacre in Pakistan kills 141 people, most of them children. Man who killed 6 people in the Philadelphia suburbs was just found dead (I need to update the column), Jeb Bush all but announces he's running for president and Korean Air faces sanctions in nut rage case. Happy Tuesday in the waning days of the Wire. 
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Dogs go to heaven after all, pope says! Senate takes up $1.1 trillion spending bill, Korean Air father and daughter apologize in 'nut rage' case, man convicted of robbing woman who collapsed with brain aneurysm at Taco Bell, and Arkansas girl, 11, hails a taxi ride to Florida to see a boy. Happy Friday!
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CIA officials deny claims in torture report as U.N. officials call for their prosecution. Malala accepts the Nobel Peace Prize, and to promote values an official Thai government film uses ... Adolf Hitler. Happy Wednesday. 
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Orion goes where no capsule has gone before (since 1972), Ashton Carter is nominated for defense secretary, Rolling Stone backs away from UVA gang rape story, and Frank and Louie the two-faced cat has died. Happy Friday. 
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205 people
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186 people
Anne Vasquez's profile photo
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Ken McLaughlin's profile photo
Tramayne Dmarteh's profile photo
Mylavarapu Venkatanarayana's profile photo
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Occupation
Travel editor at the Tico Times in Costa Rica
Skills
Writing, editing, graphics, design, karaoke
Employment
  • Tico Times
    Travel editor, 2015 - present
  • San Jose Mercury News
    National/graphics editor, 1989 - 2014
  • Los Angeles Times
    Clerk/reporting intern, 1987 - 1989
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Currently
San José, Costa Rica
Previously
Los Gatos, California - Los Angeles, California - New Knoxville, Ohio - Emporia, Kansas - Fayetteville, Arkansas - Phoenix, Arizona - Yuma, Arizona - Shrewsbury, Massachusetts - Cochabamba, Bolivia - Leachville, Arkansas - Kodiak, Alaska - Lonoke, Arkansas - Torreón, Mexico - Durango, Mexico - Stewart, British Columbia -
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Tico Times travel editor, international man of mystery and rogue agent
Introduction
I'm the travel editor of the Tico Times in Costa Rica, the former national editor and graphics wrangler of the San Jose Mercury News in California, an obsessive and undiscourageable writer, a tireless vagabond and, according to a court-certified U.S. psychologist, a "happy-go-lucky" fellow with no diagnosable mental disorders. Motto: "If I could be anybody else in the world, I would refuse."
Bragging rights
Graduated summa cum laude in journalism and history from the University of Southern California. Author of "The Cult That Snapped," the definitive exposé of The Way International. Proud father of two sons, a lawyer and an actor, who will always be my greatest accomplishments.
Education
  • University of Southern California
    Journalism & history, 1986 - 1989
  • University of Arkansas
    Undeclared, 1981 - 1981
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Gender
Male
Looking for
Friends
Birthday
June 13, 1963
Relationship
Single
Other names
Formerly known as Carl Collar