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July 12, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Scientists are fighting to protect the hundreds of bananas and plantains people eat around the world from a blizzard of pests: insects, fungi, worms, bacteria and viruses. They're using old methods and new ones in their fight, as noted in our news story on the successful sequencing of the banana genome by French scientists. In Uganda, for example, scientists have been using conventional breeding, crossing fertile wild bananas to local bananas that are eaten. They're trying to develop resistances to banana blights such as black leaf streak disease, a.k.a.
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NEWS
April 17, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Even princes can be less than tactful. Prince William and the former Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrived in Sydney, Australia, on Wednesday, Day 10 of their tour to New Zealand and Australia.  Kate wore a yellow dress with white modular details designed by Roksanda Ilincic to attend a reception. The duchess said her husband opined that the dress made her look like a banana. [Marie Claire] Solange Knowles was the DJ at a party Tuesday night celebrating Jimmy Choo's new-concept boutique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.
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FOOD
February 7, 1985
When you bring home a bunch of bananas, you'll want to store them properly so they will stay fresh for a long time. Green-tip bananas will reach their peak of ripeness if you take them out of the plastic produce bag and keep them at room temperature. This enables them to continue the ripening process and in just a few days they will be tender enough for eating. To store bananas for longer time, keep in refrigerator.
NEWS
April 15, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic

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It's the beginning of a new era for mall mega-brand Banana Republic . It was announced today that the brand's new creative director will be Marissa Webb , a veteran of J. Crew, who has her own casual contemporary label that is sold in stores such as Barneys New York. Webb replaces Simon Kneen, who was with Banana Republic from 2009 to December 2013, during which time the core collections became increasingly dull, and the brand lost ground to J. Crew, H&M and other specialty retailers.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 1998
Kenneth Turan is mistaken when he implies that "Antz" is the first film to bring together Woody Allen and Sylvester Stallone ("Life Down Under," Oct. 2). That distinction goes to Allen's 1971 film, "Bananas." Allen cast the then-unknown Stallone in a bit part as a subway terrorist. WILLIAM POUNDSTONE Los Angeles
BUSINESS
September 29, 1997 | Reuters
Britain's Labor government may help launch a boycott of Central American bananas to protest working conditions on the region's plantations, a spokeswoman said. The boycott could help Caribbean growers who fear a loss of sales to Britain because of a World Trade Organization rule forcing the European Union to import cheaper bananas from Central America. International Development Minister George Foulkes is to announce a plan today to promote a "fair trade" label on Caribbean bananas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1994
What's this about parks not being welcome in Dana Point ("Parks Have Worn Out Their Welcome," Jan. 25)? Where have I been hiding out lately? I knew it was bad news when we lost our Park and Recreation Commission. If a park is a haven for crime and violence as Councilman Mike Eggers contends, let's do something about it, Mike! Brighter lights, more police surveillance. As far as attracting "undesirable elements," a member of our Planning Commission, Carlos Olvera, thinks it's partly the NIMBY (not-in-my-back-yard)
NEWS
June 21, 2005
Regarding "Curse of the Forbidden Fruit" [June 14], about the superstition against bananas on sportfishing boats, not so on the yachts the late skipper Gene Grimes piloted over many years here and off Baja. He seldom, if ever, went fishing without a bowl of bananas on the galley table. His record of catching and releasing more than 70 broadbill swordfish in these waters likely will never be matched. Bill Beebe Mar Vista
NEWS
June 13, 1991 | MAURA DOLAN, TIMES ENVIRONMENTAL WRITER
Banana importers agreed to undertake an unprecedented monitoring program last week after unusually high pesticide residues in some tested fruit prompted California heath officials to consider issuing a health advisory for small children, state and federal officials said Wednesday. In addition to pledging to monitor every shipment of bananas entering the United States over the next 90 days, the industry will discontinue using the pesticide aldicarb on bananas.
BUSINESS
December 20, 2001 | Associated Press
European Union agriculture ministers adopted regulations for a new banana-import system, formally marking an end to a long-running dispute with the United States and Ecuador. The new system "signals not only the end of the banana dispute but will result in the lifting of some $200 million worth of U.S. sanctions," said EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2014 | Bloomberg News
Chiquita Brands International Inc. agreed to buy Ireland's Fyffes for $559 million to create the world's biggest banana supplier. The combined company will be called ChiquitaFyffes, the companies said Monday. The all-stock deal brings together two of the world's oldest fruit importers, who between them have operations spanning the Americas, Europe and Asia. Chiquita Chief Executive Ed Lonergan, who will become chairman of ChiquitaFyffes, has sought to reshape his company, based in Charlotte, N.C., as a high-volume seller of bananas and salads while winding down and abandoning other product lines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2013 | By Alicia Banks, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
Banana Sam, a squirrel monkey who made headlines around the world in 2011 when he was kidnapped from the San Francisco Zoo, died at the age of 19 this week from complications related to heart disease, zoo officials said.  Banana Sam gained international fame after vandals cut two holes in the mesh of his enclosure at the zoo Dec. 30, 2011 and took off with the animal. A $5,000 reward was offered for his return. He was found two days later "shaking, hungry and cold" in a neighborhood near the zoo, officials said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Banana Sam -- the pint-sized squirrel monkey who gained worldwide fame after intruders plucked him from his San Francisco Zoo exhibit -- has died at 19, officials announced Friday. The 2-pound squirrel monkey was 17 years old when he was snatched overnight Dec. 30, 2011, by vandals who cut two holes into the mesh of the squirrel monkey exhibit. The disappearance of the 1-foot tall monkey transfixed San Francisco, especially after someone started a Twitter profile during the rush to track him down.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Rolling Stone Mick Jagger helped his girlfriend L'Wren Scott celebrate her holiday collection with Banana Republic at a launch party Tuesday night at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. [Examiner] Adam Levine, named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive," expects to take a lot of ribbing from his Maroon 5 bandmates. [People] Pippa Middleton tried out the sheer-gown trend that's becoming ubiquitous on runways, wearing a semi-sheer black embroidered dress to the Sugarplum Ball in London on Wednesday.
NEWS
November 21, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt
L'Wren Scott counts First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman and Madonna among the fans of her sophisticated, sharply-tailored dresses.  And now the designer is rolling her aesthetic out to the masses with the limited-edition Banana Republic L'Wren Scott Collection. On Tuesday, Scott and Krista Smith, West Coast editor of Vanity Fair magazine, co-hosted a party at the Chateau Marmont to celebrate the collaboration, along with guests who included Scott's Rolling Stone boyfriend Mick Jagger, singer Ke$ha and actresses Christina Hendricks, Jessica Pare and Rashida Jones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2013 | David Colker, Los Angeles Times
"Banana" George Blair loved yellow. When he water-skied barefoot, which he did into his 80s in theme park shows, he wore a yellow wetsuit and was towed by a yellow boat. But it didn't stop there. "Banana" George, who drove a yellow Lincoln and lived in a yellow house in central Florida, also had yellow cowboy boots, watches, sunglasses and wallets. People may have thought he was just clowning around, but Blair laughed all the way to the bank - and when he went there, it was in a yellow business suit.
BUSINESS
March 18, 2000 | Associated Press
Ecuador has received the go-ahead from the World Trade Organization to impose $201.6 million in annual sanctions against the European Union in their long-running banana dispute, diplomatic sources said. The South American nation had requested permission to impose sanctions of $450 million. Ecuador, the world's largest producer of bananas, pushed last year to impose the sanctions after a WTO ruling that the EU banana import policy discriminates against Latin American producers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld
You be a slice of bacon. I'll be a banana. We'll ask some friends to come along. One can be peanut butter. One can be jelly. Or maybe that's too much food? Maybe someone we know has a lion suit? Why should we let the tourists win all the grand-prize cars? The luxury trips to Aruba? The Sea-Doos? The patio furniture? Let's dress up and head to Hollywood. Let's fight for our piece of the pie. With summer on its way out, this is prime time for us locals. Tourists are scarce, but still - four days a week - "Let's Make a Deal" needs an audience.
SPORTS
August 13, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
A San Francisco Giants fan has claimed responsibility for throwing a banana on the field during Sunday's game against Baltimore. But 42-year-old Alexander Poulides told the San Jose Mercury News that the action wasn't racially motivated nor was it directed toward Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, as many had been speculating since the African American player tweeted about the incident after the 10-2 Baltimore victory. "I'm embarrassed and shocked by the outcome," Poulides said.
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