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HEALTH
July 21, 2012 | By Amber Dance, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When it's time to meditate, sit comfortably, focus your attention … and reach for your smartphone? More and more people are doing just that, ifApple's iPhoneApp Store is any indication - a search for "meditation" results in more than 1,000 possible downloads. But isn't the point to unplug? The guidance offered in these apps "allows you just to let go and stop worrying about whether you're doing it right," says Stephan Bodian, a psychotherapist in Tucson and the developer of the Mindfulness Meditation app. "You can just relax and let yourself be led. " Plugging in to a meditation app - having turned off the phone's ringer and other functions, of course - could have a host of benefits.
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NEWS
August 31, 2012 | By Karin Klein
Every year, it seems, the California Legislature can't bring itself to pass meaningful legislation to reduce the number of plastic carryout bags in the state. On year, in fact, the Legislature bowed to the industry and instead of allowing a small fee on the bags, banned cities from imposing fees on them. That's too bad because, as the Times editorial board has pointed out numerous times, a small fee on the bags is the better way to go, as fees in such diverse places as Ireland and IKEA have shown.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2008 | Kathy M. Kristof, Personal Finance
One of the many challenges of sending a child through school now sits in a pile on Joseph Han's desk. Han, a Garden Grove legal assistant, is the father of an honors student at Pacifica High School in Orange County who was accepted at a litany of great universities -- Berkeley, UCLA, Pomona College and UC San Diego, to name a few. Because he applied for financial aid, each university sent Han a page-long "financial aid notification" that explains...
OPINION
April 14, 1991
On April 15th we will all learn the real cost of war. HOWARD B. SCHIFFER Santa Barbara
BUSINESS
December 24, 2010 | David Lazarus
It's a question that shoppers get asked a lot ? by car dealers, electronics salespeople, even at the toy store: Do you want to purchase an extended warranty with that? With Christmas about to pounce, and post-holiday sales around the corner, this is as good a time as any to answer that question. Generally speaking, extended service contracts are major money spinners for retailers; that's why they push them so aggressively. Many people never use them, or forget they have them, or are frustrated to learn that their particular issue isn't covered.
NEWS
January 23, 1991
When a missile is fired, money is spent. In the case of the Patriot, that's $560,000 every time one is launched, the cost of its sophisticated electronics package. Here is a sample of the cost of certain missiles deployed so far in the Persian Gulf War. Tomahawk: $1.35 million Surface-to-surface Anti-ground targets Program cost: $9.8 billion Harpoon: $1.12 million Air-to-surface Anti-ship Program cost: $3.7 billion Patriot: $500,000 Surface-to-air Anti-missile Program cost: $12.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 14, 2010
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