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August 23, 2004 |
Is your car vegan? Actor Michael Bell's is. The 66-year-old Encino resident doesn't eat or wear animal products, and his hybrid car doesn't have a stitch of leather in it. If it had, Bell said, he wouldn't have bought the car, a 2001 Toyota Prius, despite its impeccable green credentials. In raw numbers, vegans such as Bell are so few that they barely register on surveys of consumer habits.
December 11, 1999 |
Long-suffering fans of Beanie Babies stuffed animals were grieving for real Friday. Beanie maker Ty Inc. announced on its Web site that it will cease production of the toys Dec. 31. The company had said previously that the Beanies would be "retired." "There will be no new ones as of Dec. 31," said Ty spokeswoman Anne Nickels. "They will all retire." That seemed to seal the fate of the toys, a demise that some industry watchers and hand-wringing collectors had not expected.
July 19, 1999 |
Production of both animated features and television series in the U.S. has reached record levels, but that output is still dwarfed by the staggering volume of work turned out by Japanese studios. Americans' growing hunger for Japanese animation, usually referred to as anime (AH-nee-may), was evident over the weekend at the Anime Expo in Anaheim.
February 3, 1999 |
Steven Kirsch has practiced dentistry in Lake Forest for the last dozen years. About 18 months ago, he and his wife decided to start a home-based business for supplemental income. They chose to operate their pet business over the Internet. From selecting a Web site designer to marketing his virtual business, Kirsch has already learned a bundle about e-commerce. He was interviewed by freelance writer Karen E. Klein.
November 5, 1998 |
When Deborah Madison's "Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone" soared up the bestseller charts, I thought it might promote interest in our better vegetarian restaurants. To judge by the sparse crowd at Veggie World, however, this hasn't happened. Admittedly, Veggie World is handicapped by a misleading name.
October 3, 1997 |
Velvet-antlered reindeer are tethered outside the nomads' tents, trampling whitish moss underfoot and barking softly as the full moon rises. There's snow in the air. The autumn temperature is well below freezing in the austerely beautiful hills of the Russian Far North. And when the old men of the Evenki people go to sleep in the reindeer-herding uplands of their forefathers, they say they listen to the earth beneath them snoring.