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September 21, 2012 | By Pat Benson
Everything bicycle, from components to frames to accessories, was on display at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas this week. Assistant business editor David Colker gives an inside look at the show, which featured the products of 750 companies from around the world. Among the trends he reports on as the show wrapped up Friday: electric bicycles and electronic shifting.   ALSO Handmade bicycle industry is on a roll Renegade bike race in L.A. tunnel goes mainstream In L.A., slow and steady is the pace for Flying Pigeon bicycle
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NEWS
September 15, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel
If we needed any more evidence that the world is going to heck in a handbasket, it would of course be the recent episode of "Toddlers and Tiaras," the reality show about kid beauty pageants, in which 4-year-old Destiny “smoked” a candy cigarette as she aped a song from the movie “Grease.” Outrage ensued. It's the controversy that won't go away: Now we have an interview this week in which Destiny's mom was taken to task by HLN TV's Nancy Grace for allowing her child to pretend-smoke.
NEWS
September 10, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Janet Jackson, Jason Biggs and more celebrities stepped out for the grand opening of Dylan's Candy Bar at the Original Farmers Market on Saturday. Owner Dylan Lauren , daughter of designer Ralph Lauren, brought her New York City-based candy institution to Los Angeles, transforming what used to be a Bath & Body Works into a colorful candy wonderland.  The opening was a veritable free-for-all for candy lovers. Children and adults stuffed tins with chocolate gummi bears, rainbow sour belts and jelly beans in every imaginable color.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Dylan's Candy Bar, a New York sweets-selling institution, celebrated its Los Angeles expansion on Saturday with a celebrity opening at shopping destination the Original Farmers Market. Janet Jackson, Marcia Cross, Blair Underwood, Mario Lopez and other family-friendly stars packed the colorful space and cheered on its proprietor, Ralph Lauren's stylish and, clearly, candy-loving daughter Dylan. "We've been trying to open here for years," Lauren told the Ministry of the storefront, "and it's right for the entertainment industry because we film a lot of the things out of the store.
NATIONAL
September 7, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The first Christmas news release of the year has crossed our desks here at Nation Now -- and it was almost enough to make us reach for the Halloween candy already clogging the supermarket aisles and have a good cry. The Outlets at Anthem , which bills itself as an upscale factory outlet in Phoenix, announced that it's kicking off the nation's holiday season by hosting America's tallest fresh-cut Christmas tree, soaring to 110 feet. The kicker? The unveiling will take place Oct. 25. That's almost a week before Halloween.
HOME & GARDEN
September 5, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
When single-dose laundry detergents entered the market earlier this year, they were hailed for their efficiency. Not only do they use less water and less packaging than traditional detergents but they also are more convenient for consumers, who can drop a soap capsule into the washer -- no measuring or pouring needed. But products such as Tide Pods, All Mighty Pacs and Purex UltraPacks now are being blamed for hundreds of calls to poison-control centers, which report that children are mistaking the small, brightly colored capsules for candy.
IMAGE
September 2, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Skyfall When Daniel Craig returns to the big screen as James Bond this November, Omega will be returning as his wristwatch of choice. In celebration, the brand has created a limited-edition (5,007 pieces) version of the Seamaster Planet Ocean watch that will appear on-screen. Although it doesn't include a wire garrote, Geiger counter or laser-beam cutting tool (functions found in various Bond watches of the past), it is water-resistant to 2,000 feet, has a green-lighted minute hand and diving bezel dot and a 007 logo at the 7 o'clock position.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Before Charles N. Huggins began working at See's Candies in 1951 as a manager in the company's packing department in San Francisco, his favorite candies were black licorice and, thanks to his World War II service as a paratrooper, Hershey's chocolate. But as Huggins' sweet tooth remained a constant during his rise up the ladder to become the candy company's president and chief executive in 1972, his taste clearly underwent a See's-influenced evolution. And like a kid in a candy store, he had no trouble reciting his favorites in a 1998 San Diego Union-Tribune interview: "Butter Creams, Pecan Buds, Candied Ginger, Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Lollypops, Chocolate Nut Fudge, Victoria Toffee and Polar Bear Paws.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
The worst drought in decades has destroyed more than half the U.S. corn crop, pushing prices to record levels and squeezing livestock owners as they struggle to feed their herds. To cope, one Kentucky cattle farmer has turned to a child-tested way to fatten his 1,400 cows: candy. "It's so hard to make any money when corn is eight or nine dollars a bushel," said Nick Smith, co-owner of United Livestock Commodities in Mayfield, Ky. The chocolate and other sweet stuff was rejected by retailers.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez
The worst drought in modern history has destroyed more than half the nation's corn crop, pushing prices to record levels. Livestock producers across the country are feeling the pinch as they struggle to feed their herds. To cope, one Kentucky cattle farmer has begun feeding candy to his 1,400 cows. "It's so hard to make any money when corn is eight or nine dollars a bushel," said Nick Smith, co-owner of United Livestock Commodities in Mayfield, Ky. The candy, which has been rejected from retail sale, makes up from 5% to 8% of the  cattle's feed ration, Smith said.
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