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July 28, 2011
HOPLAND, CALIF. Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition When, where: Aug. 5, Jeriko Estate Winery Highlights: For the 35th year, vintners and experts gather to determine the wine region's best. In addition to the juried tasting competition, there's a farm-to-table dinner featuring the winning vintages. Cost: $75, including the farm-to-table dinner Info: (707) 468-9886, BIG BEAR Big Bear Air Fair When, where : Aug. 6, Big Bear City Airport Highlights: A family-friendly celebration of all things aviation includes up-close inspections of vintage warbirds and a sneak peek at the latest technologies.
March 30, 2014 | By Ronald Neumann and Michael O'Hanlon
Negative early headlines about Afghanistan's April 5 presidential election are easy to imagine. Some candidates are already trying to foster a simplified view among Westerners that they can fail to make the likely second-round runoff only if there is fraud. This is a deliberate attempt to provoke U.S. interference, whatever the facts. A peaceful transition of power to a new president broadly accepted as legitimate by the Afghan people is essential for several reasons: to secure future Afghan stability; to maintain support for Afghanistan in the U.S. Congress; and, above all, to achieve a key strategic goal - that the nation does not again become a base for terrorism against the United States.
September 7, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
View more videos at: . Fried bubblegum isn't exactly as gross as it sounds. It's really pink marshmallows with bubblegum flavor, dipped in batter and fried, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. On Monday, it beat out deep-fried Texas salsa and other deep-fried-somethings to win most creative food entry at the Texas State Fair . (The video above from NBC affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth shows how fried bubblegum is made.) As veteran fair-goers know, the bizarre becomes the mundane when it comes to food.
March 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers lost a game to the San Antonio Spurs, but it wasn't an entirely bad day for them. Kobe Bryant didn't throttle anybody when given the chance. He even showed some sympathy toward Coach Mike D'Antoni several hours before the Lakers lost to the Spurs, 125-109, Wednesday at Staples Center. Bryant was noncommittal when asked whether D'Antoni should return next season - "I don't know," he said on the Dan Patrick Show - but he acknowledged all the losing wasn't necessarily D'Antoni's fault.
September 18, 1989
Don't be fooled by all the fun and games: Fairs are big business in California. According to the Western Fair Assn. in Sacramento, fairs are the state's 47th largest industry and generate more than $60 million worth of sales tax revenue for state and local agencies. In all, 81 fairs are held each year in 54 of the state's 58 counties. (Alpine, Mono, Sierra and Alpine counties are not home to any fairs.) The Los Angeles County fair is by far the largest, attracting about 1.
December 7, 2009 | By Reed Johnson
Mexico's second-biggest city gets major touristic props for its tequila, baroque architecture and mariachi music. The United States' second-biggest city is famous (or infamous) as the world capital of cars, indolent pleasures and the film industry. But in the course of last week's Guadalajara International Book Fair, two metropolises with growing cultural and intellectual ties discovered there was more to each other than Hollywood movies or agave-distilled spirits. The 23-year-old Feria Internacional del Libro, to use the book fair's official title, needs no introduction in most Spanish-speaking parts of the hemisphere.
July 4, 1989 | ROBERT HILBURN, Times Pop Music Critic
County fairs--as much a part of Americana as family picnics and the Fourth of July--have long been characterized by such traditional symbols as cotton candy, pie bake-offs and country music. Think Johnny Cash singing "Daddy Sang Bass" or "Ragged Old Flag." But today's fair-goers are more likely to encounter such '80s images as chocolate-covered strawberries on a stick, a senior citizen physique contest and sultry pop-rock. Picture Sheena Easton singing the racy "Sugar Walls."
November 22, 2009 | By Amina Khan
The 200 judges at the biomedical science fair surveyed the exhibits, pursing their lips. They clutched their clipboards, rating the effectiveness of presentations on topics from DNA extraction to magnetic accelerators. It was a tough crowd -- the judges were fourth-graders from Foster and Carver elementary schools in Compton, and the contestants were professors and researchers from Cal State L.A., Charles Drew and Loma Linda universities. The judges were chaperoned by juniors from the King/Drew Medical Magnet High School.
March 9, 1999
The 51st District Agricultural Assn.'s 1998 San Fernando Valley Fair garnered 11 awards at the recent Western Fairs Assn. Awards Dinner in Ontario. Categories ranged from advertising to cooking competitions and scheduling. Fair officials are now seeking a permanent site for the event, which is scheduled to run June 10-13 at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center, 480 Riverside Drive, Burbank.
February 10, 1996 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Over the protests of some merchants, the city's 15th annual I Love La Habra Fair opened downtown Friday for a three-day run that organizers project will draw more than 15,000. Business owners' objections focused on the fact that La Habra Boulevard is being closed to traffic for the event. "This is terrible," said Jackie Fogel, owner of MacKinnon's Stationery store on the boulevard. "The weekend before Valentine's Day is my busiest weekend, but . . .
March 14, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Looking for a job as a bud-tender? Get in line. A marijuana-industry job fair in Colorado saw a massive turnout Thursday of job seekers who waited in line for information about employment in the expanding industry following the legalization of recreational marijuana use in the state. More than a dozen companies were looking for candidates to fill jobs as bud-tenders (those who work behind the counter and dispense pot), marketers, marijuana trimmers and even accountants. Some prospective candidates came from as far away as California and New Mexico hoping to nab a coveted job. The fair's organizers had expected a turnout of about 700 people, the Denver Post reported . But by some estimates, the number was more like 1,200.  The state is experiencing an economic boom as companies rush to meet growing demand.
March 13, 2014 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON -- Saying it's “just fair” for more Americans to earn overtime pay, President Obama on Thursday directed the Labor Department to come up with new rules to expand the number of workers eligible. Before sitting down to sign a presidential memorandum to “modernize” work rules, Obama told a crowd gathered at the White House that the current standards are no longer adequate. Many workers in the U.S. earn roughly an hourly wage but don't qualify for overtime because they're designated as management.
March 13, 2014 | Meghan Daum
Remember "the Princeton Mom," who made a pariah of herself last year when she exhorted marriage-minded college women not to graduate without securing future husbands along with their diplomas? She's back in the media gestalt. She's back in the way that people often come back after they make such splashes, with a book that didn't need to be written, though you can't really blame them for writing it (when you're an Internet scourge, you might as well take a publisher's money and run). Susan Patton is her name, and the book, "Marry Smart," is essentially a 200-plus page version of a letter, printed in the Princeton student newspaper, that started it all . In it, Patton inveighed against female students who were too busy thinking about their studies and their careers to look for future husbands among their classmates: "You will never again have this concentration of men who are worthy of you," she wrote.
March 12, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
A project that could point the way to a new class of drugs to treat influenza won the top prize Tuesday night at the Intel Science Talent Search, netting 17-year-old Eric S. Chen a cool $100,000. Chen, a senior at Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego, combined chemistry, biology and computer modeling to find compounds capable of blocking an enzyme called endonuclease, which the flu virus needs to spread. Despite taking home the grand prize at the 2013 Google Science Fair and the top individual honor at the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology , Chen said he didn't expect to come in first at the Intel competition . “I had no idea I was going to win,” Chen told his hometown newspaper, the San Diego Union-Tribune, after the awards were announced in Washington, D.C. “If I had placed between fifth and 10th, I would have been incredibly happy.” Chen has worked in the lab of Rommie Amaro , an assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UC San Diego, since the summer of 2012.
March 3, 2014 | By Jasmine Elist
While the location of Graydon Carter's famous Vanity Fair Oscar party changed Sunday for the first time in five years, the abundance of A-list celebrities attending the bash did not. Winners from nearly every category, including Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o and Alfonso Cuarón could be found in high spirits, most clutching tightly onto their Oscars. The exclusive party, in past years held at the Sunset Tower, moved to a parking lot on the south side of West Hollywood's Sunset Plaza, the main tent offering sweeping views of the city from one side and a wall lined with portraits of past Oscar winners on another side.
March 1, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Vanity Fair, in conjunction with Chrysler, saluted writer/director David O. Russell and the cast of his film “American Hustle” on Thursday at Ago Restaurant in West Hollywood. The event was part of the magazine's Campaign Hollywood, a weeklong celebration leading up to Sunday's Academy Awards.  The crowd: Up for 10 Academy Awards, “American Hustle” was well-represented by actors Amy Adams, Robert De Niro, Paul Herman and Elisabeth Rohm, writer Eric Warren Singer and producers Matthew Budman, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon, Charles Roven and Richard Suckle.
March 16, 1996 | ALAN EYERLY
The celebration was as American as apple pie, Japanese rice balls, Mexican tortillas and Swiss chocolate. Fairmont Elementary School's third annual heritage fair Thursday night attracted hundreds of students and their parents to feast on ethnic foods, watch and participate in folk dances from around the globe and celebrate their diversity. "Every year we try to focus on different cultures," Fairmont Principal Kathy Linden said as several young dancers in bright green Korean costumes passed by.
July 8, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Facing huge deficits and far fewer visitors than hoped, the Expo 2000 world's fair in Hanover, Germany, will slash ticket prices and step up advertising while dropping the original goal of selling 40 million tickets, officials said. The five-month world's fair, Germany's first, has attracted only 2.9 million visitors during the first five weeks, spokeswoman Wibke Bruhns said. From the fourth week to the fifth, the number of visitors dropped by 187,000 to 633,000.
February 28, 2014 | By August Brown
Back in 2010, Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig gave a lecture on copyright law. Speaking at a conference for the organization Creative Commons, he used YouTube clips of fans dancing to Phoenix's song " Lisztomania" as an example of proper "fair use" principles. He later uploaded the full lecture, which included the clips, to YouTube.   Liberation Music, the firm that licenses the Phoenix song in Australia and New Zealand, disagreed with Lessig's take. The firm issued a YouTube takedown order , asking that the lecture video be removed, and later threatened their own lawsuit against Lessig.
February 24, 2014 | By Jason Song
Danielle Alberts fell and broke her right ankle in three places in 2012. Alberts, who earns about $9,000 a year, went to the hospital and was charged nearly $4,000 for a shot and some pain medication. Alberts did not have health insurance. She refused a cast because it would have cost $500 more and she didn't have the money from her jobs as a security guard and caregiver. The ankle healed poorly, leaving her with a limp, and she wears a brace to keep the swelling down. So when the 25-year-old Los Angeles Trade Technical College student received insurance under Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange for the public, she began searching for a doctor who could help her walk normally.
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