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May 30, 2009 | Andrea Chang
Among heaps of antiques, collectibles and vintage clothing, frugal shoppers are rediscovering a recession-friendly place where prices are low and haggling is welcome. In growing numbers since the recession began 18 months ago, they are heading to one of about 135 flea markets and swap meets in California, including those at the Rose Bowl and in Long Beach and San Bernardino.
May 10, 2009 | Diane C. Lade
Federal environmental regulators are warning pet owners and veterinarians to closely follow instructions and monitor pets if they use several popular flea and tick treatments, lest the animals have a serious reaction. The Environmental Protection Agency last year received 44,000 complaints about "spot-on" pest prevention products -- liquid pesticides, usually packaged in small tubes, that are squeezed onto a dog or cat's fur and rubbed into the skin. The reactions included mild skin irritation, seizures and even death, the EPA said.
January 12, 2009 | Roy M. Wallack, Wallack is a freelance fitness writer and the author of "Run for Life: The Injury-Free, Anti-Aging, Super-Fitness Plan to Keep You Running to 100."
If you're always worrying that there aren't enough hours in the day to safely complete your workout or human-powered commute to work, lighten up. A number of innovative new sports lights for biking, hiking and trail-running can help you stretch out the short days of winter and go deep into the night in summer. -- Roy M. Wallack Go Motion Sternum light This light for trail-runners and hikers attaches to the front straps of a backpack, casting a chest-high beam.
January 3, 2009 | Barbara Thornburg
With their restored 1918 loft and their 1946 Chevy pickup, the thrift-shop chairs they sit on and the vintage clothes they wear, fashion designer Elizabeth Kramer and real estate agent Robert Heller celebrate giving old things new life. Entering the couple's Vignes Street loft in downtown L.A., you feel as if you have wandered into a prop house filled with treasures from a bygone era. The 3,000-square-foot open-plan space, with its low-slung arches and concrete floor, was once a bakery.
November 8, 2008 | Geraldine Baum, Baum is a Times staff writer.
Her fingers ran over the smooth red buttons with flecks of gold and the wavy sea-green buttons and the black buttons with ridges that made them look like miniature fans. Yoshini Kondo admired them all -- buttons sewn in lots of 12 on yellowing cards, buttons in every color and size, buttons in Bakelite, casein, ceramic, shell, wood, even silk thread. But did she need old buttons in her life?
September 25, 2008 | Margaret Wappler, Times Staff Writer
IN YEARS past, the Silverlake Conservatory of Music's annual Hullabaloo benefit concert has featured Patti Smith, Eddie Vedder and a little local act known as the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But this year, the Peppers' Flea, the conservatory's co-founder and resident rock star, decided to forgo the glitz and glamour -- if tube socks and flannel count as such.
September 7, 2008 | Janet Portman,, Inman news
Question: I live in a flea-infested apartment. I do not own a pet. The fleas come from rodents inside the walls. The property manager will not fix the problem. What can I do? Answer: In California, the law requires that landlords offer and maintain rental housing that is fit and habitable -- and this means free of vermin such as fleas. When the infestation is traceable to the tenant, the tenant pays for the extermination, but if the tenant is not to blame, the landlord pays. Tenants have various options when landlords won't step up. You can complain to your local or state housing or health department.
January 23, 2008 | David Haldane
A flurry of typhus infections since the beginning of the year has prompted health officials to warn residents to stay away from fleas, which spread the disease. "The key is controlling them around your house," said Howard Sutter, a spokesman for the Orange County Health Care Agency. Since Jan. 1, he said, six cases have been reported involving four adults and two children in Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Placentia. Typhus is marked by fever, headache, muscle aches and rash.
December 6, 2007 | Enid Portuguez
Every second Sunday of the month, bargain hunters and antiques collectors gather in Pasadena for the mother of all flea markets. With more than 2,500 vendors, it's easy to get lost in the sea of vintage lamps and Levis, so first-timers may want to find a seasoned shopper to show you around (in my case: thanks, Geoff Clark!). Heading there this weekend? Set a budget, wear comfortable shoes and get there early -- you'll pay a higher entrance fee ($20 between 5 and 7 a.m. versus $8 after 9 a.m.
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