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November 22, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Is the Bible a work of fiction or nonfiction? The question spawns genuine confusion. One thing is certain: Calling the Bible a work of fiction is a sure-fire way to rile up believers, particularly as we head into the “war on Christmas” season, when conservative Christians are on the lookout for anything that smacks of religious disrespect. Last week in Simi Valley, a social-media savvy pastor, Caleb Kaltenbach of Discovery Church, was in Costco, looking for a gift for his wife.
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BUSINESS
February 9, 2014 | By Gill Plimmer
When Madonna was on tour in Spain a few years ago, teenage girls turned up at her final performance wearing the very outfit she had worn for her first show. They had bought it from Zara, the Spanish retailer. While most fashion retailers take months to introduce new product lines, Zara's supply chain can design and deliver new clothes to its 1,500 stores in more than 70 countries within days. In her book "The Good Jobs Strategy," published by New Harvest, Zeynep Ton argues that Zara's investment in staff is crucial to this speed, together with its ability to collect information from employees on what is popular.
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OPINION
March 10, 2013
Re "Why Costco backs a wage hike," March 7 Costco has other reasons to support a higher federal minimum wage besides the congratulatory ones mentioned in The Times' article. Increasing the minimum wage would raise the cost of hiring low-wage workers relative to the higher-wage workforce at Costco. This would increase competitors' prices, thereby boosting demand and profits at Costco. Costco is echoing a move by Wal-Mart, which has supported minimum-wage hikes. Because Wal-Mart already pays more than the federal minimum, an increase would raise competitors' costs and Wal-Mart's profits, while demonstrating its compassion for workers at no cost.
NATIONAL
January 29, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. - He has taken to saying he has a pen and a phone that he can use to work around Republicans in Congress, but President Obama also has a jet and a helicopter. He used them both Wednesday as he set off on a two-day traveling sales tour to promote his State of the Union agenda to increase economic mobility for American workers, stopping first at a Costco store in Lanham, Md., just outside the Beltway, and then at a U.S. Steel plant here. "Wherever I can take steps to expand opportunity for more families, regardless of what Congress does, that's what I'm going to do," Obama told steelworkers gathered on a factory floor.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Costco has apologized for labeling Bibles for sale in a Southern California store as "fiction. " Caleb Kaltenbach, pastor of Discovery Church in Simi Valley, saw the Bibles with "fiction" on the price tag and took note. "Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION Hmmmm...," he tweeted. One member of his congregation felt more strongly about it. “I was completely offended. It's wrong, and I believe that the Bible is real ,” Shellie Dungan told KTLA-TV.
BUSINESS
June 4, 2013 | David Lazarus
Sherry Tedeschi is an avid moviegoer, typically hitting a film a week, sometimes two or three. The Beverly Hills resident usually patronizes the AMC Century City 15 multiplex so she can poke around the Westfield mall after the show. She buys packets of discounted AMC tickets at Costco. So it was with more than a little dismay that Tedeschi, 69, learned recently that, beginning July 8, her discounted AMC tickets will be slapped with a $2 "location surcharge. " Such fees are a sneaky way that ticket prices are being jacked up at a time when audiences are shrinking and average costs to catch a flick already are near a record high.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2013 | By David Pierson
Costco extended a recall of rotisserie chicken products Thursday from a South San Francisco store because of an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened at least 317 people nationwide. The recall targets 13,455 units of Kirkland Signature Foster Farms rotisserie chickens and 638 total units of Kirkland Farm rotisserie chicken soup, rotisserie chicken leg quarters and rotisserie chicken salad purchased between Sept. 24 and Oct. 15. This is in addition to a recall announced Saturday targeting nearly 40,000 pounds of rotisserie chicken products sold between Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Costco apologized this week for labeling Bibles at its Simi Valley store as "fiction" after a local pastor brought the apparent snafu to light on Twitter. Caleb Kaltenbach, pastor of Discovery Church, came across the Bibles while shopping for a gift and tweeted the picture Friday with the comment: "Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION Hmmmm... ". That didn't sit well with members of his congregation. “I was completely offended. It's wrong, and I believe that the Bible is real,” Shellie Dungan  told KTLA-TV . Costco initially remained mum after word of the fiction label spread quickly on social media, angering Christians, some of whom threatened to boycott the big box store.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2011
For the soon-to-be Mrs., Kirstie Kelly comes to Costco with couture-inspired bridal gowns at recession-minded prices. This trunk show comes with its own jewel-box salon, changing room and consultant on hand to answer questions. Appointments recommended. Costco, 6100 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys. Thurs.-Sun. (818) 464-1480, http://www.kirstiekelly.com.
NEWS
September 16, 2013
Though Costco tends to be a destination for 30-packs of toilet paper, the beauty department at the members-only warehouse shop has become increasingly alluring. Under the company's Beauty's Most Wanted program, launched in May, some of the most prestigious names in the industry -- legendary hair stylist Orlando Pita, celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff and “green” manicurist to the stars Jenna Hipp -- have quietly launched beauty collections.  Local celebrity dermatologist Jessica Wu, who counts Katherine Heigl and Maria Bello among her clients, is the latest to join Costco's A-list beauty lineup.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2013 | Robin Abcarian
Remember when that Simi Valley pastor caused a minor stir when he tweeted that Costco had labeled the Bible fiction ? And how Fox Nation tried, but just couldn't make the simple error into another faux cause for outrage? Costco said its distributor made the mistake, and vowed never to mislabel the Good Book again, which pretty much put an end to the kerfuffle. But a few days later, I got an email from Jennifer Sjoberg, who shops at the Costco in Fresno. "Personally, I think the Bible is fiction," Sjoberg told me. But she was incensed that the store had the nerve to apply the fiction label to Solomon Northup's memoir “12 Years a Slave,” which she bought for her son who is studying slavery and the Civil War. That literary work, of course, is the true tale of a free black man who was sold into slavery and the inspiration for Steve McQueen's justly lauded new film of the same name.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
Is the Bible a work of fiction or nonfiction? The question spawns genuine confusion. One thing is certain: Calling the Bible a work of fiction is a sure-fire way to rile up believers, particularly as we head into the “war on Christmas” season, when conservative Christians are on the lookout for anything that smacks of religious disrespect. Last week in Simi Valley, a social-media savvy pastor, Caleb Kaltenbach of Discovery Church, was in Costco, looking for a gift for his wife.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Costco has apologized for labeling Bibles for sale in a Southern California store as "fiction. " Caleb Kaltenbach, pastor of Discovery Church in Simi Valley, saw the Bibles with "fiction" on the price tag and took note. "Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION Hmmmm...," he tweeted. One member of his congregation felt more strongly about it. “I was completely offended. It's wrong, and I believe that the Bible is real ,” Shellie Dungan told KTLA-TV.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Costco apologized this week for labeling Bibles at its Simi Valley store as "fiction" after a local pastor brought the apparent snafu to light on Twitter. Caleb Kaltenbach, pastor of Discovery Church, came across the Bibles while shopping for a gift and tweeted the picture Friday with the comment: "Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION Hmmmm... ". That didn't sit well with members of his congregation. “I was completely offended. It's wrong, and I believe that the Bible is real,” Shellie Dungan  told KTLA-TV . Costco initially remained mum after word of the fiction label spread quickly on social media, angering Christians, some of whom threatened to boycott the big box store.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
The cost of saving a city? For San Francisco, the tab for Batkid's heroic day is coming in at $105,000. Nearly 14,500 volunteers and adoring fans with signs turned out for 5-year-old Miles Scott, who has been battling lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old and wanted to spend the day as Batman. The Make-A-Wish Foundation, which planned the festivities, expected a few hundred volunteers to show up. But when thousands more arrived, Mayor Ed Lee's presentation of a chocolate key to the city was amped up with professional staging and big-screen TVs, bumping the cost to more than $105,000, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
BUSINESS
October 17, 2013 | By David Pierson
Costco extended a recall of rotisserie chicken products Thursday from a South San Francisco store because of an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened at least 317 people nationwide. The recall targets 13,455 units of Kirkland Signature Foster Farms rotisserie chickens and 638 total units of Kirkland Farm rotisserie chicken soup, rotisserie chicken leg quarters and rotisserie chicken salad purchased between Sept. 24 and Oct. 15. This is in addition to a recall announced Saturday targeting nearly 40,000 pounds of rotisserie chicken products sold between Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 10, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
OK, so you, me and most of the rest of America didn't win the raffle to meet with President Obama at George Clooney's house Thursday night. Don't despair. Through the magic of the Internet, some thoughtful analysis and some outright guesswork, I can take you there , for free. First, Clooney's house . It's in Studio City. It's about 7,300 square feet. It looks, well, like a lot of houses in Southern California -- that is, sort of like an English cottage, with wood planks stuck into stucco.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK -- For many businesses, opposing minimum wage increases is a no-brainer: Raising the minimum wage increases their expenses. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce steadfastly opposes the proposal, as do many businesses big and small. But on Tuesday a handful of businesses applauded a bill introduced in Congress to raise the minimum wage, and even sent out a news release vocalizing their support for doing so. They included retailer Costco and smaller businesses such as British American Auto Care in Columbia, Md., and Vintage Vinyl in St. Louis, Mo. So what gives?
NEWS
September 16, 2013
Though Costco tends to be a destination for 30-packs of toilet paper, the beauty department at the members-only warehouse shop has become increasingly alluring. Under the company's Beauty's Most Wanted program, launched in May, some of the most prestigious names in the industry -- legendary hair stylist Orlando Pita, celebrity makeup artist Pati Dubroff and “green” manicurist to the stars Jenna Hipp -- have quietly launched beauty collections.  Local celebrity dermatologist Jessica Wu, who counts Katherine Heigl and Maria Bello among her clients, is the latest to join Costco's A-list beauty lineup.
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