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HOME & GARDEN
January 7, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Probably the defining moment over our holidays was when the little guy accidentally ker-plunked his Silly Putty in his sister's bowl of chili, causing a minor international incident. You might've heard her shrieks at your house, no matter where you live. This shrieking was followed by his mother's stern admonition that the little guy wash the Silly Putty thoroughly, lest the dog think it an hors d'oeuvre and we wind up spending Christmas night and $1,200 at the emergency pet clinic, waiting for it to clear his colon.
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HOME & GARDEN
December 22, 2012 | By Diane Hoover
It was our first Christmas together, and I was determined that it would be special. We had booked a hotel room for the holidays on the sand at Pismo Beach. Jim, my new love, had Mark Harmon hair and a Richard Gere smile. He watched BBC News, read (actual) books and regularly finished the Sunday Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle - in pen. He was also a no-nonsense merchant marine, so I was resolved that there would be nothing too frilly about this celebration. I spent the weeks before the holidays scouring thrift shops for inexpensive lights, garland and ornaments - with no emotional baggage - all of which could be discarded when Christmas was done.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 1996
Immanuel Presbyterian Church presents its 26th anniversary season of Music at Immanuel concerts that includes the traditional performance of part one of Handel's "Messiah" on Christmas Eve at 10:30 p.m. The church is located at 3300 Wilshire Blvd. Information: (213) 389-3191, Ext. 103.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2012 | By Jim Puzzanghera
WASHINGTON -- 'Twas the day before Christmas and all across the federal government, workers were enjoying an extra day off after President Obama issued an executive order closing offices Monday and excusing all but postal service employees from duty. The estimated cost for shutting down the government for a day is $100 million. Obama signed the order on Friday closing all federal executive departments and agencies on Christmas Eve and making the day a holiday for their workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1997
Today is Christmas Eve. These schedules will be in effect: * County, state and federal offices will be open, but some may close early. Most city offices will be closed all day, and others will close early. Call for details. * County, state and federal courthouses will be open regular hours. * Libraries: County libraries will close at 5 p.m., and some city libraries will also close early. Call for details. * Most banks and savings and loans will close early.
SPORTS
December 25, 2001 | David Wharton
The holidays took a back-seat to football as USC and Utah spent their Christmas Eve on final preparations for today's Las Vegas Bowl. "We're not in the bah-humbug thing," USC Coach Pete Carroll said. "But Christmas is going to be a little different this year." Both teams had walk-throughs at Sam Boyd Stadium in the afternoon and meetings planned for the evening, so even if players had family in Las Vegas, they had scant free time.
SCIENCE
December 23, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
NASA astronauts will make a second spacewalk in their effort to repair the International Space Station on Tuesday, and you can watch it live, right here. The Christmas Eve spacewalk begins at 4:10 a.m. PST, but if you happen to be up even earlier, NASA's coverage will begin at 3:15 a.m. And late sleepers, take comfort: The spacewalk is scheduled to last about 6 1/2 hours, and you can tune in any time. GRAPHIC: NASA's spacesuit Tuesday's spacewalk is the second to fix a problem with a pump in one of the space station's two external ammonia cooling loops.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2009 | Ari B. Bloomekatz and Hector Becerra
More than 1,500 mourners turned out Friday for the funeral of nine family members killed during a shooting rampage on Christmas Eve. Cardinal Roger Mahony and Covina Police Chief Kim Raney were among those who attended the 10 a.m. Mass at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church in San Dimas. A private funeral service followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Covina.
SCIENCE
December 23, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Bright and early on Dec. 24, NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins will head out of the International Space Station to continue an essential repair to the station's cooling system that began Saturday. But first, they have to make a costume change. The Christmas Eve spacewalk is the second in a series of emergency operations to replace a pump in one of the station's two external ammonia cooling loops. The system is responsible for keeping instruments both inside and outside the station from overheating.
NEWS
December 24, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas
The Obama family settled into their Hawaiian vacation this weekend, with the president making a late arrival thanks to the kerfuffle back in Washington over the payroll tax cut renewal. President Obama spent part of Christmas Eve playing golf with old friends from the islands and White House staff, while the first lady spoke with children who had called into NORAD's special Santa-tracking phone line. The White House released a transcript of the conversations, which show a first lady in classic Christmas story-telling mode.
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