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May 8, 2011 | By Alene Dawson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Whether perusing the beauty and personal care products at Target or Whole Foods or shopping online at Sephora, consumers are increasingly encountering the phrase "paraben-free. " What exactly does paraben-free mean, and why might it matter? We take a closer look — including sussing out pretty makeup products that are paraben-free. What are parabens? Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in cosmetics and personal care products such as soap, moisturizers, shaving cream and underarm deodorant, according to the Food and Drug Administration.
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SPORTS
July 14, 1992 | FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Kyle Abbott couldn't wait for tonight's All-Star game. Not that the Philadelphia Phillie rookie left-hander will play in it. Heck, he probably won't even watch it on television or listen to it on the radio. Nope. What Abbott wants out of this three-day break in the major league schedule is to catch a break himself, a brief respite from the miserable season he has endured thus far. Abbott, once a top prospect in the Angels' organization, is living a pitcher's nightmare.
SPORTS
February 25, 1998 | ERIC SONDHEIMER
From the time they were old enough to chew bubble gum, Matt Fisher, Matt Cassel and Conor Jackson have been called baseball wonders. Every step of the way, from T-ball through senior league, they've stood out as all-stars. In youth drafts, they were certain No. 1 picks. If only they had agent Dennis Gilbert to negotiate their pizza deals. Time has flown by. They're now sophomores in high school, Fisher and Cassel at Chatsworth, Jackson at El Camino Real.
BUSINESS
August 18, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
I'm no Type A personality, but I can say that there are few things worse than living with a terrible roommate. One of those is having to find a new roommate, fast. But finding a compatible roommate can be a long, hard quest. To help ease that burden, we scoured the Internet for roommate-finding apps and websites. Here are some of the best we found. Roommates: Finding the perfect roommate is comparable to finding a significant other. That's why the Roommates app by ApartmentList, a rental real estate search engine start-up, took a few pointers from online dating services that sync to the user's Facebook account to build a profile and pre-screen potential dates -- or, in this case, roommates.
TRAVEL
June 26, 2011 | By Laura Randall, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Call it the accidental road trip. Looking for a less monotonous route home from Northern California last summer, my family and I took California 99 south from Sacramento to Bakersfield and picked up Interstate 5 from there. It took a little longer, but the four-lane road's calming landscape and quirky attractions left us pleasantly surprised and prolonged our vacation buzz. California 99 is easy to overlook as a route to San Francisco and points north. It's not as scenic as the coastal highway or as fast as Interstate 5, and it has more than its share of cows and dirt pastures.
SPORTS
September 25, 1991 | STEVE ANDERSEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Los Alamitos officials have proposed 1992 racing dates that would shorten the current quarter horse meeting but provide quarter horse racing at Hollywood Park for the first time since 1987. The proposal was presented Monday to a California Horse Racing Board Committee. It asks for 32 weeks of quarter horse racing, 43 weeks of harness racing and three weeks of thoroughbred and quarter horse fair racing. Under the plan, quarter horse racing would end at Los Alamitos on Jan. 18 instead of Feb. 8.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1985 | United Press International
Luella Wolfe enthusiastically leaned forward in her wheelchair, spreading out a series of paintings depicting colorful scenes of Yosemite National Park and Oregon's Mt. Hood. "First I do the mountains, then the sky, then I add flowers," said Wolfe of her successful formula for creating and selling landscapes at 102.
TRAVEL
September 17, 1995 | SHIRLEY SLATER and HARRY BASCH
This fall it's possible, if you or your travel agent are creative, to book some Carnival cruises at a rate of about four-passengers-for-one. Or, on Holiday's midweek Los Angeles-to-Ensenada run, pay $299 per person for two berths in one cabin, and have two more share the cabin free. Or pay as low as $524 per person on Princess Cruises' two-for-one, seven-night Caribbean voyage. Why so cheap?
BUSINESS
May 17, 1992 | TED JOHNSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For many Orange County executives, 1991 was a year when their pay packages came under greater shareholder scrutiny and corporate boards were cautious in handing out cash bonuses and perks. It mirrored a trend statewide of keeping executive compensation in line with a company's financial performance. Of the top 100 county executives on the list of publicly traded companies, one-third of the officers saw their cash compensation remain unchanged or had it reduced.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1997 | Scott Harris
Months before the murder of little JonBenet Ramsey found its way to the evening news and the cover of Newsweek, a Santa Clarita woman, Marie Sprague, was troubled by the sight of children wearing cosmetics. As the proprietor of a pageant company called California's Cutest Kids, she had seen plenty. "To see girls who are 3 and 4 and 5 years old with all that heavy makeup, well, I just think little girls should look like little girls."
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