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October 9, 2011 | By Henry Mance
Ketchup does not need to be kept in the fridge, apples sold in supermarkets may have been picked a year ago and there is no proof that hand gel can protect us from swine flu. If we act as if the reverse is true, it is because big consumer brands have bombarded our subconscious — and won. That is the argument of Martin Lindstrom in his latest book, "Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy," published by...
September 23, 2011
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August 28, 2011 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
In yet another sign of hard times, officials are looking to a contest sponsored by Coca-Cola for funds to keep a popular coastal park open. Without $500,000 to replace an aging sewer line, McGrath State Beach, a camping spot just down the coast from Ventura Harbor, will shut down after Labor Day . With less than two weeks left and no check in hand, local and state officials on Friday urged people to head for ...
August 20, 2011
Care for a Coke with that tree? In the absence of revenue and the political will to keep all of California's 278 state parks open, 70 are scheduled to close. Cutbacks in maintenance and basic services should be expected at most of the rest. One partial solution, according to the Department of Parks and Recreation, is to allow some corporate logos in the parks as well as limited private management agreements. And though these options might conjure up a mountain range's worth of slippery slopes, they're better than the alternative.
July 2, 2011 | By George Diaz
After a relatively caution-free evening, the scramble to win forced two green-white checkered finishes. The most dramatic was a 15-car pileup, wreckage brought on by restrictor-plate madness. David Ragan, driving a Ford, became a first-time Sprint Cup winner, as he avoided the crunch of bumper cars at the end. Matt Kenseth finished second, followed by Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne. "This is fun, what better place to do it than Daytona?" Ragan said. "We've been so close so many times.
January 29, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
February is “American Heart Month,” and our e-mail inboxes are filling up with information about all sorts of cardiovascular-related events, including a celebrity-studded game of Capture the Flag at UCLA. Apparently, actress Jennifer Love Hewitt, singer Natasha Bedingfield, actor Ryan Kwanten and others will serve as captains of CTF teams that will compete for money to fund heart research at UCLA and UC Davis. CTF games will also be played in Washington, D.C., Chicago and Boston, according to a news release.
November 10, 2010
An almost 7-foot-tall Andy Warhol painting of a glass Coca-Cola bottle sold for $35.4 million Tuesday at Sotheby's in New York. Only a day earlier, rival auction house Phillips de Pury & Co. sold a 1962 Warhol, with repeating grainy images of Elizabeth Taylor, for $63 million. The Coke painting was also created in 1962. The seller, curator and artist Elizabeth Richebourg Rea, acquired the piece for $143,000 at Christie's in 1983. ?Bloomberg News Group: Profanity increases on TV The Parents Television Council, a children's advocacy group, reported Tuesday that it had found an almost 70% jump in profanity on the major broadcast TV networks in the last five years.
October 31, 2010 | By Andrew Leckey
Question: How will changes at Coca-Cola Co. affect my stock? Answer: Coca-Cola has been ranked the most valuable brand worldwide for the last 11 years by Interbrand, the global branding firm. The world's largest maker of soft drinks, the company sells more than 3,300 products in more than 200 countries. Almost three-fourths of its revenue is generated outside the U.S. For example, the company recently predicted its sales in Peru would hit $1 billion within five years.
October 9, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
Imagine for a moment what it must be like to be Deepak Chopra's son. You're lounging around with Dad, the two of you in modern white overstuffed chairs, dressed nearly identically in collarless black jackets, jeans and T-shirts. You're supposed to be having a conversation, some everyday give-and-take; you're supposed to be talking about dogs, as a matter of fact. But then somebody asks your father yet another Big Question ? so, Deepak, what, really, should we know about human consciousness?
June 22, 2010 | By Rasbert Turner and Chris Kraul, Special to The Times
Ending a monthlong search that cost 76 people their lives, Jamaican authorities on Tuesday captured Christopher "Dudus" Coke, 42, an alleged trafficker in guns and drugs who is also wanted in the United States. Acting on a tip, police captured Coke in St. Catherine Parish on the outskirts of Kingston. He was dressed like a woman and wearing a wig, police said. Coke was in the company of the Rev. Al Miller, who earlier had mediated the surrender of Coke's brother Leighton to police.
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