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October 30, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES Saturday Night Live This prime-time outing features a compilation of Halloween-themed sketches. 8 p.m. NBC The Returned The dearly departed mysteriously reappear as if nothing had happened to them in this supernatural French import. 9 p.m. Sundance Ghost Adventures Transylvania, home of the fictional Count Dracula and the historical Vlad the Impaler, is the next stop for this spook-seeking series.
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October 31, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before waiting for the Great Pumpkin.  The Skinny: My Miley Cyrus costume didn't arrive in time so I guess I'll just have to stay home this Halloween and watch "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" unless one of my loyal readers has a good idea for me. Today's roundup includes an FBI sting on a California politician accused of taking contributions to push film tax credit legislation. Also, ABC has sold all the commercial inventory for the Oscars and Time Warner Cable took it on the chin during its fight with CBS. Daily Dose: NBCUniversal is sparing no platform from promoting the Breeder's Cup, which airs on NBC this Saturday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1995
He's big, he's orange and he wears a silly grin, but this year Unocal's giant pumpkin has a serious message. As they do every year, workers at the Unocal Los Angeles Refinery in Wilmington have given a 3.3-million-gallon storage tank a fresh coat of orange paint and jack-o-lantern facial features. Then the refinery invites the public for candy. Smilin' Jack, as the refinery dubs its pumpkin impersonator, is the world's largest jack-o-lantern, according to Unocal.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES Saturday Night Live This prime-time outing features a compilation of Halloween-themed sketches. 8 p.m. NBC The Returned The dearly departed mysteriously reappear as if nothing had happened to them in this supernatural French import. 9 p.m. Sundance Ghost Adventures Transylvania, home of the fictional Count Dracula and the historical Vlad the Impaler, is the next stop for this spook-seeking series.
NEWS
October 9, 1988 | From Times Wires Services
Linus, the Peanuts comic strip character, should go to this Welsh city for his annual Halloween hunt for the "Great Pumpkin." There he will find Penelope, a mammoth orange-colored gourd weighing 375 pounds and measuring 10 feet in circumference that won first prize in the British Giant Vegetable Championships on Friday. It took seven men to lift it onto the scale. How did Penelope get that big?
HOME & GARDEN
October 28, 2004 | Lili Singer, Special to The Times
Believe it or not, at 685 pounds, Jim Kern's giant pumpkin is a mere pipsqueak. On Oct. 2, a world record-breaking cucurbit, grown by Alan Eaton of Ontario, Canada, weighed in at a whopping 1,446 pounds, and last year's Oregon-grown winner tipped the scales at 1,385. That's a lot of pumpkin. What's the trick to growing these marvels? The secret, Kern says, is in the seed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1997
The Great Pumpkin is alive and well in Wilmington. Continuing a 46-year tradition, workers got out their brushes this week at the Tosco refinery and painted a 3-million-gallon storage tank to look like a huge pumpkin. It took 100 gallons of orange paint, 10 gallons of black paint and three gallons of white paint to accomplish the three-day job, Tosco spokeswoman Agnes Sibal said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2000 | JENIFER RAGLAND, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To the untrained eye, they all could have looked the same: orange, plump, bumpy. But 7-year-old Brandi Beck could tell almost instantly a good pumpkin from a bad one as she searched row after row at the Tierra Rejada Family Farm's Fall Harvest Festival on Saturday. The Simi Valley resident, along with her aunt Mary Diegel, came across dozens of potential candidates. Some were too small, others too oblong. Some lacked the necessary stem, and still others were scarred with dirt marks or gouges.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 17, 1993 | KEVIN THOMAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Francesca Archibugi's "The Great Pumpkin" (at the AMC Century 14 daily at 10 a.m. only for one week), Italy's official entry in the Oscars, is a lovely, low-key study of a dedicated doctor (Sergio Castellitto) and his troubled 12-year-old patient (Alessia Fugardi). We've seen such stories countless times before, but Archibugi brings to its telling a consistent freshness.
NEWS
October 16, 1991 | BARBARA MAYER, Associated Press SPECIAL FEATURES
It's time to decorate for Halloween, so Beverly Simons is planning a trip with the kids to the you-pick-em pumpkin patch not far from her weekend house near Pawling, N.Y. "Pumpkins are so cheap, and they make a great decoration," says Simons, a public relations director in New York City. She and her husband, Gordon Conley, like to go all-out at Halloween for family and friends. When they give parties, costumes are optional but decorations are a must.
NEWS
October 31, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Pumpkins are rock stars at this time of year, not just for Halloween but for Thanksgiving too. But how many pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pies can one consume? Here are some other ways to get a pumpkin fix,  near and far. The shortest trip (if you're in L.A.) is to the Lexington Social House at 1718 Vine St., Hollywood, for a Great Pumpkin. This isn't a screening of the Charlie Brown classic but a bright orange cocktail with vodka, pumpkin syrup, Baileys and cream that costs $14. And there are plenty of choices for those who want calorie-free experiences.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 23, 2011
SUNDAY In "Masterpiece Mystery! Case Histories" Jason Isaacs (below) plays an ex-cop working as a private detective in Scotland, who struggles with personal demons, a complicated relationship with his former police partner, an ex-wife, their adorable daughter, and, in this episode, a crime novelist caught up in a road rage incident. (KOCE, 9 p.m.) First comes love, then comes marriage … then another marriage, then another, and so on and so forth. Call it polygamy, call it plural marriage, call it "Big Love," it's just the latest taboo topic explored on a new "Our America With Lisa Ling.
BUSINESS
September 29, 2010 | By Emily Bryson York
Heavy rains in the Midwest dented the pumpkin harvest last year, causing many pie lovers to hoard or ration the canned holiday staple as the supply started to run out around Thanksgiving. Food giant Nestle, which sells about 85% of the nation's canned pumpkin pie filling under its Libby's brand, said that wouldn't be a problem this year. "We're in much better shape than this time last year," Nestle spokeswoman Roz O'Hearn said. "We're more than one-third of the way through harvest and not experiencing the heavy, drenching rains" that damaged last year's crop.
BUSINESS
October 10, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
Pumpkin pie lovers be warned: You may not find your favorite can of pie filling at the supermarket. There's a national shortage of canned pumpkin and pie filling, a result of poor weather that reduced last year's crop. Shoppers report finding bare shelves, and the supermarkets say they have been put on an "allocation," or quota, system by Libby's, a division of food giant Nestle that controls more than 80% of the canned pumpkin market. Libby's typically uses surpluses from the previous year to stock store shelves during September and October, when the annual pumpkin harvest gets underway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2007 | Sandy Banks
The air smelled like ash instead of roasted corn. The miniature train hauling families around Lombardi Ranch on Friday passed singed scarecrows and the scorched carcass of its popular antique firetruck. There was no cornfield maze, no petting zoo, no snack stand, no stage for the Country Music Allstars' concert. But visitors to the Saugus ranch this weekend -- for a Halloween festival that almost wasn't -- will likely be counting their blessings, not their losses.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2007 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
ONLY half of the band's original members are in the reconstituted Smashing Pumpkins, and the group's new album doesn't sound a lot like its old ones, but a capacity crowd got the full-spectrum Pumpkins experience -- challenging, indulgent, celestial, meandering -- at the Fillmore Auditorium here, where the predominant alt-rock band of the 1990s played its first West Coast concert since 2000 on Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 1998
In the heart of Orange County, along the popular Bolsa Avenue strip, most signs are only printed in Vietnamese, and almost all of the 200,000 Vietnamese residents come together to share in their community. Calendar Live! discovers what is popularly called Little Saigon and takes a culinary tour of Vietnamese restaurants and Pho noodle shops that are serving food the way they did in the Old Country far across the Pacific.
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