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May 1, 1994 | KILEY ARMSTRONG, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It was a touching moment--Anastasia Somoza, looking up from her wheelchair at the White House to plead that her more severely disabled twin, Alba, be allowed to attend regular school. President Clinton's eyes filled with tears. And her wish, expressed at a town meeting last year, was soon granted. But this fairy tale and its 10-year-old heroines have not found a happy ending. Alba's parents contend she was "dumped" into the regular classroom without the help she needs to succeed.
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January 15, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
A bevy of beauties turned out Tuesday night to toast Tory Burch and her new flagship store on Rodeo Drive. Jessica Alba, Emilia Clarke, Jaime King, Hailee Steinfeld, Kiernan Shipka, Isla Fisher, Emmy Rossum, Brooklyn Decker and many more came dressed in their best Tory, including resort-ready print dresses, lace sheaths and metallic sandals. "T is T," said Jones, the "Parks and Recreation" actress, "meaning Tory is timeless. " "New Girl" actress Hannah Simone agreed. "I grew up in Cyprus, and her clothes are so effortless, they remind me of home -- a very stylish home.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1999 | NANCY TREJOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who was threatening Los Angeles Police Department officers with a metal rod that looked like a weapon was fatally shot early Tuesday by one of the officers, police said. Gus Henry Woods, 56, was pronounced dead at 3:01 a.m., a spokesman for the coroner's office said. Woods was shot once in the chest by Officer Wayne Cespedes, 32, and died at a local hospital, said Lt. Anthony Alba, an LAPD spokesman. Officers from the LAPD's West Valley Division were sent about 1:45 a.m.
FOOD
December 14, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
An easygoing Piemontese red from the underappreciated Dolcetto grape, which is sort of the younger cousin of Nebbiolo. Bright and polished, the 2012 Elio Grasso Dolcetto d'Alba tastes like sweet fresh cherries and plums. It's a really pretty wine, with a minerality that gives it depth. Delicious with a salumi and cheese plate, or with crostini topped with chicken livers or beans. I love it with grilled sausages too, and pasta with meat sauce. Region: Piedmont Price: $15 to $19 Style: Bright and polished What it goes with: Salumi, cheese, crostini, grilled sausages, pasta with meat sauce Where to find it: Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa, (949)
BUSINESS
March 22, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Aluminum producer Alcoa Inc. is under criminal investigation by the U.S. Justice Department over allegations the company bribed officials in Bahrain in an effort to obtain business. The U.S. submitted papers Thursday in federal court in Pittsburgh requesting permission to participate in a lawsuit filed there by the government of Bahrain containing similar allegations against New York-based Alcoa. Aluminum Bahrain, or Alba, sued Alcoa on Feb. 27, claiming the company bribed unidentified Bahraini government officials and overcharged over a period of 15 years for alumina, an ingredient used to make aluminum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 1999 | KURT STREETER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police arrested a 22-year-old man shortly after a carjacking and brutal attack on a couple in Sherman Oaks, the second such incident to occur on the same block in as many months. Joseph Navar Downey was being held in the Monday night assault of a man and a woman that began in a parking lot on a block crowded with restaurants and other businesses, police said. The incident began around 9:30 p.m.
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August 27, 2008 | STEVE LOPEZ
Alba had a smile on her face last week when I arrived at the Los Angeles nursing home where she hustles through long, hard shifts night after night. Hard to believe she'd be in high spirits after changing the diaper of an elderly woman, but she had one thing going for her: She hadn't yet heard about the financial shenanigans of her union president. If you've missed the ongoing stories by The Times' Paul Pringle, you've missed some doozies. While Alba and thousands of other workers have been schlepping bedpans for $9 or $10 an hour, Tyrone Freeman, head of the United Long-Term Care Workers local of the Service Employees International Union, has been living the high life thanks to the union dues of his struggling members.
NEWS
March 10, 1998 | MARY BETH SHERIDAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the predawn darkness, the floodlit cathedral looms like a snow-covered mountain over this poor neighborhood. Inside, 15,000 faithful have been waiting for two hours, but they show no sign of fatigue. They are expecting their Moses. Suddenly, a pudgy preacher in a brown suit strides up the marble stairs to the altar, a golden tree trunk. Thousands of worshipers break into chest-heaving sobs. Others furiously wave white handkerchiefs and cry "Glory to Christ!" Samuel Joaquin has arrived.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2006 | From Associated Press
Jessica Alba is demanding that Playboy pull its March issue, saying she didn't agree to be on the cover and that the image may mislead readers into thinking she appears nude or partially nude in the magazine. The cover shows the 24-year-old actress in a bikini, next to the headline "25 Sexiest Celebrities." Besides demanding that Playboy stop distributing the March issue, Alba is asking for a "monetary settlement" for damage to her reputation and career.
BUSINESS
January 18, 2012 | By David Lazarus
Here's your wind-beneath-my-wings Wednesday roundup of consumer news from around the Web: --You know Jessica Alba the movie star. But what about Jessica Alba the Internet entrepreneur? After giving birth to a new baby, Alba has launched an e-commerce company at Honest.com (named after her 3-year-old daughter Honor) to sell eco-friendly and toxic-free baby products and household items for a monthly subscription. She says the idea was born after she learned that toxic chemicals are in widely used, everyday products.
BUSINESS
November 5, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Toms, the Los Angeles company known for donating a pair of shoes for each set it sells, has a new do-gooder initiative: an e-commerce hub dedicated to socially conscious goods. The marketplace, which launched Tuesday on Toms' website just in time for the holidays, features more than 200 products from 30 companies and charities. Consumers can search the site by cause, region and brand, perusing descriptions and videos explaining each group's mission. There are some big names attached.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jessica Alba wore double corsets to achieve her signature toned body after her two pregnancies. So, basically, she would have fit right in in Victorian-era England. It turns out the secret to concealing the visible changes a woman's body undergoes during childbearing is wearing two girdles. "It was brutal; it's not for everyone," the 31-year-old told Net-A-Porter's digital magazine. "I wore a double corset day and night for three months. It was sweaty, but worth it. " PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities Celebrities including Brooke Burke-Charvet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kourtney Kardashian and Jennifer Garner reportedly used the tummy-tucking method too. "The concept behind abdominal binders is very common after surgery and after the delivery of a baby to help support abdominal muscles, help with posture and reduce the feeling of bloating," said Dr. Jennifer Ashton, senior medical contributor for ABC News.
NEWS
March 6, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Actress Jessica Alba made the rounds at Paris Fashion Week sitting front row at Stella McCartney, Shiatzy Chen and Valentino. For the most part, Alba wore variations of black and white pieces with a plain white top and black slacks at Valentino, a black suit and white oxford shirt at McCartney and a coat so darkly gray it looked black at Chen.  Alba's black and white color scheme was representative of a bigger trend fashion critic Booth Moore...
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February 18, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
Cloudy day, just a little damp. Of course, I had to make pasta fagioli for lunch. This time, I opted not to puree the beans, so I had a wonderful broth studded with pancetta, fat brown beans, and bits of carrot, celery and tomato. For the pasta, I used some Rustichella d'Abruzzo dried fettucine I had in the pantry, broken into short lengths. Garnished with freshly ground black pepper, a swirl of Tuscan olive oil and a sparse grating of Parmigiano, a bowl of pasta fagioli makes a wonderful lunch with a glass of Barbera.
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February 15, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Alicia Keys made a surpise appearance Wednesday at the opening celebration for Tommy Hilfiger's new West Coast flagship store at the corner of Robertson and Beverly boulevards in West Hollywood. Guests at the opening included Katy Perry, Jessica Alba, Julianna Hough, Drew Barrymore, Estelle, Cash Warren, Kate Capshaw, Kathy Hilton, Neil Patrick Harris and Olivia Munn. [Racked LA] And not so far away more stars celebrated Topshop's L.A. opening, too. [WWD] Fashion designer John Galliano famously got in trouble -- and lost his job at Christian Dior -- for some anti-Semitic bar rants.
BUSINESS
February 9, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Lawyer-turned-serial-entrepreneur Brian Lee, 41, is pulling double duty as the chief executive of two celebrity-backed e-commerce websites: ShoeDazzle, co-founded with Kim Kardashian, and Honest Co., co-founded with Jessica Alba. The companies are headquartered in Santa Monica and offer customers monthly subscription plans in addition to typical a la carte shopping for shoes and baby products, respectively. ShoeDazzle has more than 15 million registered users and last year posted $100 million in revenue, up 80% from 2011; it has raised $66 million from investors including venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz.
FOOD
February 6, 2002 | JILL HUNTING, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
This year, skip the master gardening class about how to keep whiteflies out of your orange trees. Forget the annual pilgrimage to the nursery for zucchini starts. Plant your own truffle trees and grow something your friends will actually want. That's what I've done, with the help of a truffle grower, Mother Nature and all the patience I can muster. The most prized truffle varieties are the white truffle of Alba, Italy (Tuber magnatum pico), and the Perigord black truffle (Tuber melanosporum).
FOOD
September 29, 2004 | S. Irene Virbila
Keep those big Barolos you've been waiting all summer to drink under wraps for later in the fall. Right now is the time for an interesting easygoing red, like Dolcetto d'Alba. The 2003 from Enrico Scavino (his label reads Paolo Scavino, his father) is a beautiful mouthful. Deep crimson with loads of sweet fruit and a whiff of raspberry and white pepper in the nose, this is a wine the Piedmontese drink with pasta, carne cruda (raw hand-chopped veal) or a little salame.
FOOD
February 2, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
This is not your rustic Barbera but a wonderfully elegant example from the renowned Barbaresco producer Giovanni Pasquero-Elia. A gorgeous ruby red, the 2010 Paitin Barbera "Serra" is soft and silky in texture, intense and so fresh with flavors of cherries, blueberries, mint and spice. The Barbera shines with a platter of salumi and with hearty pasta dishes. Pour it with vegetarian dishes, pizza and grilled meats too. And while you're shopping, keep an eye out for his other bottling "Campolive.
NEWS
January 22, 2013 | By Ellen Olivier
Considering that the snow continued in Paris on Monday, the Dior collection came as a welcome preview of spring-summer 2013. Like Dorothy going from gray Kansas to Technicolor Munchkinland, guests slogged through the Jardin des Tuileries, layered in slush, to find themselves inside a tree-filled pavilion alive with greenery. Under the circumstances, traveling to Paris may have delayed some, but for Danielle Steel, getting to the couture shows presented no problem. "I live in Paris," said the former San Francisco resident, arguably among the most popular authors alive today.
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