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October 19, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The National Park Service will waive admission fees on 17 days in 2012 . Among the free dates will be Jan. 14-16 ( Martin Luther King Jr. weekend), April 21- 29 (National Park Week) and June 9 (Get Outdoors Day). For more info, click here . . . . Dublin-based budget airline Ryanair has announced plans to cut down to just one toilet per aircraft , which would allow the addition of six more seats. Ryanair has not announced a date to implement the plan . . . . The Balboa Bay Club & Resort hosts " The Music & Stories of Frank Sinatra & Nat King Cole" on Sunday, Nov. 20, in the Commodore Room . . . . Roast magazine has named Bird Rock Coffee Roasters in La Jolla the  Micro Roaster of the Year . . . . Think the holidays are coming fast?
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BUSINESS
November 20, 2013 | By Wailin Wong
CHICAGO - Groupon is giving away stuff now. The Chicago-based company, which is trying to reshape itself into a sprawling e-commerce marketplace, has started offering national brand promotion codes and coupons that do not require an upfront purchase. Groupon calls the category "Freebies" and said more than 5,500 brands, including Best Buy, Nordstrom and Sephora, are participating. Freebies is available just in the U.S. for now, though the company expects to roll out the category internationally next year.
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BUSINESS
November 20, 2013 | By Wailin Wong
CHICAGO - Groupon is giving away stuff now. The Chicago-based company, which is trying to reshape itself into a sprawling e-commerce marketplace, has started offering national brand promotion codes and coupons that do not require an upfront purchase. Groupon calls the category "Freebies" and said more than 5,500 brands, including Best Buy, Nordstrom and Sephora, are participating. Freebies is available just in the U.S. for now, though the company expects to roll out the category internationally next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A former parking control officer said he was fired from the Newport Beach Police Department for reporting that senior officers were receiving free suites, spa days and alcohol from a high-end hotel in exchange for favors, according to a federal lawsuit. In his suit, Zachary McEligot alleged that the Island Hotel in Newport Center would give officers freebies worth thousands of dollars in exchange for easing the license process for massage therapists and turning a blind eye to parking violations.
OPINION
October 19, 2002
Re "Paying a Price for Freebies," Oct. 12: "A band of reform-minded chiefs is trying to banish these benefits." Surely they jest! Don't these police chiefs have enough serious crime to worry about without harassing their officers about free or discounted food offered by grateful citizens? The men and women who put their lives on the line for us every day deserve more than free cups of coffee, doughnuts or discounted chicken dinners. Are these officers so highly paid that we should begrudge them these freebies?
NEWS
July 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Little things can make you feel more comfortable when you're on the road, but what exactly are those things? DoubleTree by Hilton thinks it knows. The hotel brand launched a marketing campaign called the Little Things Project in January to go to 50 cities to push the brand and dispense "little things" to anyone who shows up at its tent. Next stop: the Santa Monica Pier from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday (as in today). Visitors can pick up freebies such as wristbands for rides on the pier, discounts at local attractions and one of the hotel's signature chocolate chip cookies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 1992
So Anaheim City Councilman William D. Ehrle thinks that accepting free Disneyland and game tickets, parking and who knows what else is an extension of his duties as an elected official ("Officials Were Warned About Gift Limits in Anaheim," April 4). Well, after I finished laughing, I figured what the heck. Put me on the list for all of these freebies. I'll look on them as an extension of my duties as a voter and taxpayer in the city of Anaheim. By the way, does Jackie Autry know she's giving out all these free passes?
NEWS
April 7, 2000 | BOOTH MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If I had a dollar for every dot-com at Spring Internet World 2000 the other day, I'd be a gajillionaire. Internet World is a three-day event at the Los Angeles Convention Center where Net companies can show off their latest software, hardware, browsers and silly freebies. What is it about trade-show freebies that is so alluring anyway? A neon pink yardstick was the object of my freebie lust at Internet World.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 1997
This is Washington's revised ending for the "Star-Spangled Banner": "O'er the land of the freebies, and the home of the knaves." ANNE ASADORIAN Yorba Linda
NEWS
July 11, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The O.C. Fair in Costa Mesa starts Friday with an offer of free admission and free parking for visitors who come during a one-hour period on opening day. It's a good way to sample the fair -- and save money too. The deal: The O.C. Fair will run through Aug. 14 from noon to midnight Wednesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to midnight Saturdays and Sundays. Arrive between noon and 1 p.m. on opening day and receive free admission and free parking. The savings can add up, depending on how many people you bring.
BUSINESS
September 27, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Sunday is National Coffee Day, which means purveyors of joe around the country are offering scads of deals and discounts on what is arguably America's favorite drink. But first, some background on the beverage. Nearly 85% of American adults drink it, according to the National Coffee Assn. Friday is the most popular day for coffee in the U.S., according to Foursquare. The location-based social networking app found that 8 a.m. is the busiest time to get a caffeine buzz during the week.
NEWS
September 24, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you happen to be in Las Vegas on Oct. 5, why not step away from the tables and take in a bit of culture? The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art inside the Bellagio Las Vegas offers free admission to the exhibit "Warhol Out West" for one day only. The deal: The offer is made in honor of Museum Day 2013, which nationwide is Saturday. The Bellagio Gallery will offer the free admission a week later for visitors who sign up in advance at the gallery's website . After signing up, you must bring in a voucher form (from the website)
NEWS
August 19, 2013 | By Terry Gardner
On Oct. 12, West Inn & Suites will serve up spaetzle and strudel and other temptations at its fourth annual OktoberWest Food, Wine and Beer event, which also offers a good room rate, tickets to the event and other freebies. The Deal: West Inn & Suites' OktoberWest package (the festival is 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Oct 12) allows guests to nosh, guzzle and sleep. The deal includes: A room rate from $219 a night for stays on Oct. 12 and/or 13; Two tickets to OktoberWest on Oct. 12 ($70 value)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2013 | By Katherine Tulich
Though the annual array of summer tours and festivals may be enticing, the shows can also empty your pockets. It's good to know L.A. offers plenty of cheap alternatives for great music over the next few months. This weekend's 12-hour marathon of 150 artists at Make Music Pasadena carries only a $5 suggested donation, and that's just the beginning of many free offerings that keep your wallet fat and brighten your summer nights. KCRW kicks off its all-ages Summer Nights concert series on June 8 at One Colorado in Old Pasadena with synth-pop local band, Hot as Sun. The station continues its music program at the Hammer Museum courtyard later in the month with electro-soul duo AM and Shawn Lee (June 27)
BUSINESS
September 28, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Get ready for a full weekend buzz - National Coffee Day is Saturday and there are freebies and bargains aplenty. Coffee consumption is up 7% from 2011, according to a report from the National Coffee Assn. Researchers this year found that java drinkers who average several cups per day have the lowest risk of death  during the study. Another study this month found evidence that the brew can reduce physical pain . To help deliver a caffeine boost, several coffee companies are offering up drinks cheap or gratis through Saturday.
NEWS
July 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Little things can make you feel more comfortable when you're on the road, but what exactly are those things? DoubleTree by Hilton thinks it knows. The hotel brand launched a marketing campaign called the Little Things Project in January to go to 50 cities to push the brand and dispense "little things" to anyone who shows up at its tent. Next stop: the Santa Monica Pier from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday (as in today). Visitors can pick up freebies such as wristbands for rides on the pier, discounts at local attractions and one of the hotel's signature chocolate chip cookies.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2008 | Mike Boehm
The J. Paul Getty Museum drew 1,265,000 people in 2007, ranking it 30th in worldwide art museum attendance and seventh in the United States, according to an annual survey by the Art Newspaper. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art -- which charges for admission, unlike the gratis Getty -- drew 667,200, good for 54th worldwide and 16th nationally. Excluding the Getty's freebies, the top-drawing L.A. show was "Magritte and Contemporary Art: The Treachery of Images," attracting 1,542 a day to LACMA.
NEWS
August 19, 2013 | By Terry Gardner
On Oct. 12, West Inn & Suites will serve up spaetzle and strudel and other temptations at its fourth annual OktoberWest Food, Wine and Beer event, which also offers a good room rate, tickets to the event and other freebies. The Deal: West Inn & Suites' OktoberWest package (the festival is 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Oct 12) allows guests to nosh, guzzle and sleep. The deal includes: A room rate from $219 a night for stays on Oct. 12 and/or 13; Two tickets to OktoberWest on Oct. 12 ($70 value)
BUSINESS
May 11, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
You're always telling your mother you owe her. Now, the American Coalition for Labor Reparations has a worksheet you can use to calculate exactly how much back pay Mom deserves. Here's the logic: “Every laborer deserves a wage. Your mother went into labor for you and has never been repaid.” We should mention that the coalition doesn't exist for most of the year - it's a gag dreamed up by ad agency Mother New York. There's even a faux PSA video featuring a crew of mothers - some describing pretty graphic scenarios.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2012 | By Shan Li
After turning dates like Mother's Day into consumer bonanzas and elevating Black Friday into a bona fide holiday, retailers have recently embraced Earth Day as yet another reason to shop. But Earth Day, founded by in 1970 by Gaylord Nelson, a former Wisconsin governor and senator, has a save-the-planet ethos that doesn't jibe well with the shop-till-you drop ads marking traditional holidays like Christmas. So some retailers are giving away eco-friendly items instead. Below is a list of some April 22 freebies and deals culled by dealnews.com: 1. Target Corp.
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