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NEWS
March 1, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
In an accident at a Chivas Brothers bottling plant in Dumbarton, Scotland, workers flushed thousands of gallons of Scotch whiskey down the drain, the smell of it so strong that sewage workers reported the incident, the BBC reports . Workers who had intended to drain waste water unintentionally dumped the Scotch instead. The Epoch Times says it was 6,000 gallons of "high-quality, top-dollar Scotch. " The spirit was released to the local water treatment plant. In a statement Chivas Brothers said that the Tuesday accident at the plant, which employs 600 workers, is under investigation.
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BUSINESS
February 5, 2013 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Average California gasoline prices jumped 23 cents in the last week, passing $4 a gallon in Los Angeles, fuel surveys show. This surge follows a year in which the nation's motorists spent a greater percentage of their annual income on gasoline than at any time in the last three decades, the Energy Department said. Gasoline expenditures were higher despite a sharp improvement in automobile fuel economy, according to a separate report. The average cost for a gallon of regular gasoline in California jumped to $3.914 on Monday, up 23.4 cents from a week earlier, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report.
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Dig out your derby, find your fedora and put on your porkpie -- Tuesday is National Hat Day! In honor of the headgear holiday, the folks at Yahoo have provided us with some hat-related search intel, including that Stetson was the top-searched hat brand on Yahoo in the last year (New Era was No. 2), and that the top-searched hat-related term of the past month was, thanks to the recently ended lockout, "NHL snapback. " In other National Hat Day related news, (and really, how often do you hear that?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2013 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A group of friends gathered in Roman Weiser's Newhall garage one September day in 2005. They had with them crushed grapes from Paso Robles, compressed in an oak barrel. They added yeast. And then they waited, periodically monitoring the barrel's contents, straining it of pulp and sediment. A year later, the friends - most of them amateur vintners - had produced a barrel of wine. "Our hopes were not really to create outstanding wine," said Weiser, 51, a graphic designer in the advertising industry.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2013 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Californians had a bad year at the pump in 2012, averaging a record $4.028 for a gallon of regular gasoline, according to AAA. That shattered the previous record, set in 2011, by 21.3 cents a gallon. The jump was so big that it surprised even people who review fuel prices on a daily basis. "I can remember when the California average for the year in 2008 was $3.525 and we thought we would never see it go that high again," said Marie Montgomery, spokeswoman for the Automobile Club of Southern California.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2013 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Record gasoline prices in 2012 and calls for investigation of California's fuel markets have brought into focus a persistent peculiarity of the state's service station world: the wild swings in price any brand has from one location to the next. Known in the industry as zone pricing, the controversial practice was apparent one afternoon when Culver City resident Michael Denis, on a jaunt to downtown Los Angeles, stopped at a Chevron station to feed his Fiat 500 some gasoline at $4.69 a gallon.
OPINION
December 26, 2012 | By Matthew King
I told myself I had only come to look at the surf, but who was I kidding? Powerful head-high waves reeled off the rock jetty that marks the northern end of Manhattan Beach's El Porto surf break. A light but steady drizzle had fallen hours earlier; now an offshore breeze groomed the sea like corduroy. In my car, perched along the bluff, I gazed longingly at the half a dozen surfers circling in the lineup, all jockeying to latch onto a feathering wave. Wave riders in L.A. welcome winter storms, which open a narrow window of good surf created by strong swells, favorable winds and new sandbars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2012 | By Ashley Powers, Los Angeles Times
If there's anything Tinseltown excels at, it's turning a ho-hum event into a made-for-TV spectacle. Witness the fanfare that unfolds each time the Hollywood sign gets a fresh coat of paint. It's not written off as routine maintenance. No, it's a civic event. A media scrum gathers. Elected officials gush. Someone cracks jokes about face-lifts. (In 1995, nipped-and-tucked actress Phyllis Diller did the honors.) PHOTOS: Hollywood sign history So it was on Tuesday, when reporters were whisked to just below the nearly 90-year-old sign, one of the few landmarks in the crazy quilt of neighborhoods that is Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2012 | By Ronald D. White
How bad was California's record gasoline price spike last month? So bad that even after falling by 89.9 cents a gallon from the record $4.671 set on Oct. 9, the state's average is still at a record level one day before the start of the long Thanksgiving weekend. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California is $3.772, down an additional 6.9 cents a gallon since last week, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report. That's still higher than the old record for today: $3.764, set last year.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Gasoline prices are headed lower and might even drop below their average a year ago by early next week, analysts said. In California, the average price for regular gas Monday was $3.996 a gallon, 17.3 cents less than a week earlier, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey. It was the first time that the California average has been less than $4 a gallon since Aug. 6, when it was $3.868. Barring any new refinery or petroleum pipeline problems, drivers in most parts of the U.S. can expect prices to inch lower, experts said.
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