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June 6, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Here's something to meditate on: a travel alarm clock that wakes you with a chime instead of a beep. The Digital Zen Alarm Clock (from $109.95), which runs on two AA batteries or with an AC adapter, can be used as a standard alarm clock or set to chime at selected intervals, on the hour, or as a countdown timer or meditation timer. Available in a choice of hardwoods. Info: Now & Zen , (800) 779-6383.
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OPINION
March 13, 2014
Re "Harris calls truancy a 'crisis,'" March 11 Truancy is one of those easy metrics to monitor, if not control. Harder is providing the kind of education that makes students - wait for it, wait for it - want to go to class. Large school-system bureaucracies lack the administrative agility and wisdom to challenge the assumption that it's normal for kids to hate school. "But at least we can force them to come to school" is the lazy response. The problem isn't that kids fail to attend; it is that our schools fail to give them a reason to attend that makes sense to them.
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HEALTH
May 12, 2012 | By Karen Ravn, Special to the Los Angeles Times
You absolutely have, have, have to get up at 6 a.m. - for a meeting at work, a flight to Paris, a casting call for your dog to be in a Fido's Faves commercial. But you worry. You don't trust yourself. You've snored through alarms before. Fear not. There are gadgeteers out there who've got your back. Some examples: Math Alarm Clock: An Android app that plays music you've chosen to wake up to. That might sound a tad sleep-through-able for a hard-core zzz-ster, except that it plays and plays and plays the music until you come up with the right answer to a math problem.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Oscar Mayer has created an iPhone dongle that functions as an alarm clock by producing the smell of bacon in the morning. But to get one, users will have to enter a contest. The meat company this week began promoting its Wake Up & Smell the Bacon iPhone app. On its own, the alarm clock app works by making sizzling sounds like the ones you hear when cooking bacon.  PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy But users who win one of the bacon-smell inducing iPhone dongles will be able to use the app to wake up to both the sound and smell of bacon.
NEWS
February 21, 1990 | LYNN SIMROSS
Hearing-impaired people--an estimated 22 million in the United States--may want to consider Shake Awake, a new vibrating alarm clock that is placed under the pillow and pulsates to wake you. The compact clock--3 inches wide, 2 1/2 inches high and 1 1/4 in depth--has a half-inch digital time display, standard alarm and time set buttons and a snooze feature. It also has a light button to illuminate the digital display. Shake Awake, which is manufactured by F.O.B. Products Inc.
NEWS
December 3, 1998 | CONNIE KOENENN
Everybody knows an alarm clock is supposed to wake you up--here is one that will also put you to sleep. Westclox describes its new Dreamscape as both alarm clock and sleep machine that "transports consumers to another place with soothing, natural sounds." To do that, it offers three themes: * "Country" features the sound of crickets chirping to fall asleep and a rooster's crow to awaken. * "Seaside" relaxes with the sound of rolling ocean waves and wakes with a distant, sonorous foghorn.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 1992 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER CRITIC
The actors who have banded together under the name Alarm Clock hope to prepare readings of all 202 short stories by Anton Chekhov. They have chosen their quizzical appellation as a tribute to the journal of the same name that was among the first to publish Chekhov's work. They kick off this ambitious project at 10 tonight on KCRW-FM's (89.9) "Evening Playhouse" with three tales: "The Inadvertence," "Enemies" and "The Chorus Girl."
TRAVEL
August 10, 1997
Here's a wake-up call for the security conscious: You can now tote an alarm clock and a motion detector in one tiny package, 7 inches by 2 1/4 inches by 1 inch. Westclox's new SleepSafe Motion Detector with Alarm Clock separates into two plastic units. One is a digital alarm clock with a snooze button that you can keep bedside. The other is the detector, which uses infrared rays to sense motion at a door or window up to 15 or so feet away, then issues a piercing alarm if anyone tries to enter.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Oscar Mayer has created an iPhone dongle that functions as an alarm clock by producing the smell of bacon in the morning. But to get one, users will have to enter a contest. The meat company this week began promoting its Wake Up & Smell the Bacon iPhone app. On its own, the alarm clock app works by making sizzling sounds like the ones you hear when cooking bacon.  PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy But users who win one of the bacon-smell inducing iPhone dongles will be able to use the app to wake up to both the sound and smell of bacon.
TRAVEL
January 6, 2002 | JUDI DASH
Whether you are playing cards, reading, listening to music or simply waking up, the following new products make the process a little more entertaining. Items may be available in area stores. Prices do not include shipping. Chime time: In these stressful times, it's nice to have an alarm clock that is a little less alarming. The Travel Zen Alarm Clock wakes you not with a buzzer or even music but with a series of soft bell-like chimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A bomb squad called in to investigate a loud ticking sound emanating from a U.S. Postal Service mailbox in Westlake did not find any explosives Monday, instead finding a more obvious explanation -- a clock. Authorities were called just before 7 a.m. by a pedestrian who walked by the mailbox near the intersection of James M. Wood Boulevard and Blaine Street and heard a loud ticking noise, said Los Angeles Police Lt. Orlando Chandler. When a bomb squad responded to the mailbox to investigate, it "turned out to be an alarm clock," Chandler said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
In high school, my bedroom wall served mainly as a canvas for displaying '90s teen heartthrobs. And somewhere between Devon Sawa and Ryan Phillippe, Paul Walker had his place. He was certainly more than deserving of a spot with those periwinkle eyes, that chiseled jaw and just the vaguest suggestion of facial hair. He was the epitome of a California surfer bro -- a specimen not easily found in the Massachusetts suburb where I grew up. But I still had his poster -- a 1999 Teen magazine cover, to be precise, boasting “He's All That (AND MORE!
TRAVEL
September 8, 2013 | By Avital Andrews
VACAVILLE, Calif. - A few months ago, I found out that my life was about to get louder. Seeing the word "pregnant" appear on a stick can quickly change how you look at - and hear - things. With quiet and solitude about to become rare commodities, it seemed like a good time to head to Silent Stay, a monastic retreat atop a Vacaville hill about 30 miles east of Napa. The idea, basically, is to shut up while you center yourself. The concept intrigued me, so I booked the three-night minimum stay.
BUSINESS
July 28, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
Whether it's a life - size hologram or a smart garden, the latest start-ups and creative visionaries are placing their projects on Kickstarter to raise money. The online funding platform enables ordinary people to financially back projects through crowd sourcing.  Project creators set a funding goal and deadline, and if people like it, they can pledge money to make it happen. Many people pledge funds because they're inspired by new ideas. Others seek the rewards - a copy of what's being made, a limited-edition item or a custom experience related to the project.
SCIENCE
May 4, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Pull out the reclining lawn chairs and get yourself to the darkest area you can find: The Eta Aquarid meteor shower is peaking this weekend, and if you get lucky, you can catch up to 30 "shooting stars" per hour. You may also want to set your alarm clock: Sky watchers say the best time to catch the light show is in the hour or two just before dawn on Sunday. Here in Southern California that means you'll want to start your meteor hunting around 4 a.m. The Eta Aquarid meteor shower occurs each year in late April or early May when the Earth passes through a stream of dust and debris left in the wake of Halley's Comet.
SPORTS
April 4, 2013 | By Chris Kudialis
Born in Hawthorne and raised in Carson, Darius Morris spent his childhood cheering for the Lakers - largely because of his his admiration for Kobe Bryant. Morris is less than four years removed from his playing days at Windward School, and now his childhood idol is not only a teammate, but a mentor and friend. In 2009, Morris led Windward to its first state championship in his senior season. Then his basketball career took an unexpected turn toward a bottom-dwelling college program 2,250 miles away.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
In high school, my bedroom wall served mainly as a canvas for displaying '90s teen heartthrobs. And somewhere between Devon Sawa and Ryan Phillippe, Paul Walker had his place. He was certainly more than deserving of a spot with those periwinkle eyes, that chiseled jaw and just the vaguest suggestion of facial hair. He was the epitome of a California surfer bro -- a specimen not easily found in the Massachusetts suburb where I grew up. But I still had his poster -- a 1999 Teen magazine cover, to be precise, boasting “He's All That (AND MORE!
TRAVEL
April 15, 2007 | Rosemary McClure and Jane Engle
Time is of the essence, especially when ignoring it means you'll miss a plane or a chance to seal a business deal. Hotel alarm clocks are not always easy to set, and you know what can happen when you rely on a wake-up call. Cellphones have alarms -- but batteries die at the worst times. So travel clocks are still vital. --- THE SOFT TOUCH First look: Sharper Image's Travel Sound Soother 20 (SI601TNM) was a hit with the Travel staff.
NEWS
November 3, 2012 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
Here's another reason to celebrate as you look ahead to Saturday night and the rest of your weekend: Daylight saving time ends. That's right, you get an extra hour of shut-eye this weekend. Technically, the change occurs at 2 a.m. Sunday. But if you're like the rest of us, you'll push the clocks back one hour before you go to sleep Saturday night. (Remember: "Spring forward, fall back. ") The switcheroo began as part of the nation's efforts to save energy, although some critics say it's a hassle that doesn't end up saving that much power.
TRAVEL
May 29, 2012 | By Avital Andrews, Special to the Los Angeles Times
San Francisco - Many California hotels strive for the today-meets-yesterday look. But the newly opened Inn at the Presidio gets a historical leg up: Its Georgian Revival structure has stood since 1903, having served as officers' quarters until the Presidio was decommissioned as an Army post in 1994. Last year, the Presidio Trust, a federal agency, scraped out the building's insides, replacing them with a modern 22-room inn trying hard at charm. And succeeding, for the most part, based on my stay earlier this month.
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