ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

Mel Haber's funeral services announced

Mel Haber's funeral services announced

Funeral services for Mel Haber, owner of the Ingleside Inn and Melvyn's Restaurant in Palm Springs, have been set for Thursday, November 3. Haber died Tuesday morning after a battle with lung cancer, just one day after turning 80.

The services will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Temple Isaiah, 332 W. Alejo Road, Palm Springs. From the temple, a procession will go past his restaurant and inn, 200 W. Ramon Road, Palm Springs. The procession will continue to Desert Memorial Park, 31-705 Da Vall Drive, Cathedral City, where Haber will be laid to rest.

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Paul McCartney surprise concert sold out for Pappy & Harriet’s tonight

Paul McCartney surprise concert sold out for Pappy & Harriet’s tonight