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July 25, 1999 | MIMI AVINS
To appreciate one of the unsung virtues of summer in Southern California, just ask anyone who grew up in the Midwest, South or Northeast about the mosquito attacks they suffered when the weather turned warm. This area is as bug-free as they come, which is to say, not completely.
September 23, 2008 | From Times Wire Services
Gap Inc. agreed to buy Athleta Inc. for about $150 million in cash to boost Gap's offerings of women's athletic apparel. Athleta, based in Petaluma, Calif., sells its products through catalogs and on its website. Gap, based in San Francisco, plans to sell the clothing online along with the Old Navy, Banana Republic, Gap and Piperlime brands. Gap shares fell 27 cents to $18.81. The purchase was announced after markets closed.
January 17, 2007
Re "Left out in '08," editorial, Jan. 14 Some of us believe we are getting the best now from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger precisely because the presidency is barred to him. Consider the careful way every declared and potential candidate for the 2008 nomination is shaping his or her thinking on every hot-button issue from Iraq to Social Security reform. Rather than bold initiatives and real vision, presidential potentials are counseled to obscure their thoughts. Leave Schwarzenegger and anyone arriving in the United States before 2010 out of any discussion to change the wording of the Constitution.
January 29, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
Gateway Inc., the third-largest U.S. personal computer maker, hired four executives as it tries to return to profitability after losses in eight of the last nine quarters. William Parker will take on the newly created positions of president and general manager of Gateway's retail stores, the company said. Parker was formerly senior vice president for operations at Banana Republic stores, a division of Gap Inc.
June 23, 2010 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Apparel retailer Gap Inc. on Wednesday unveiled details of its entry into China, announcing plans to open four Gap brand stores this year and launch an e-commerce website. The San Francisco-based company, parent to the Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy brands, said the moves marked the start of a "long-term, multichannel" strategy in the rapidly growing Chinese market. The stores, two in Beijing and two in Shanghai, will feature a full range of Gap adult, GapKids and babyGap products.
June 1, 2001
Am I the only reader who cracked up at the image of Secretary of State Colin Powell finger-waggingly lecturing Kenya's president about "free and fair elections" (May 27)? I had deluded myself that our own banana republic debacle in Florida last fall would at least force the U.S. to think twice before holding ourselves up as the model for the world. A vain hope. Such restraint would require a modicum of self-reflection and capacity for embarrassment on our part, not two of our strong points.
May 4, 1991
Conrad's cartoon showing a gun with a comma for a trigger (in the wording of the Second Amendment) is typical of the insidiousness of your message on gun control (April 28). You would trash the Second Amendment and confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens except for the military and other "proper authorities." Your banal attempt at impartiality is insulting. Some day when the U.S. is just another banana republic, we'll all look back and wish for the good old days when we had the simple liberties we have now. JOHN DARST Calabasas
January 2, 2000 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN
Who will make big news in the business world this year? Who will emerge from relative obscurity to become a major player? To start the new year, Times business reporters selected people from their beats who they believe will be among those to watch in 2000--in Southern California, across the country and around the world. Some are well known, having made big news in previous years. Others are not exactly household names but nevertheless are likely to make a major impact in their fields.
June 2, 2007 | Erin Aubry Kaplan, ERIN AUBRY KAPLAN is a contributing editor to Opinion.
PERFUME IS MY greatest refuge. To be blunt, it keeps the stink of the real world at bay in a way that a million other divertissements can't. Perfume is also forgiving. Unlike fashion, scent doesn't mock a would-be wearer for not being a size 4 or for having a short torso. It's the great social equalizer of luxury items.
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