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SPORTS
December 25, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
In the sports world, the NBA owns Christmas Day, with five games scheduled today. The first game begins at 9 a.m. Pacific time with the Chicago Bulls playing at the Brooklyn Nets and the last game will end about 10 p.m. when the Clippers and Warriors finish in Oakland. In middle of the five games are the Lakers and Miami Heat playing at Staples Center in a 2 p.m. start. The Oklahoma City Thunder visit the New York Knicks at 11:30 a.m. and the Houston Rockets travel across the state to play the San Antonio Spurs at 5 p.m. The Heat-Lakers and Thunder-Knicks games are on ABC while the other three are on ESPN.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jenni Farley, a.k.a. JWoww of "Jersey Shore," is pregnant! Hark the herald sound of the crying mini-juiceheads! The MTV reality TV star and her fiance Roger Mathews are expecting their first child, Farley announced on Christmas Day by posting on Instagram a holiday card featuring an ultrasound image.  "Santa brought me and Roger the best gift of all," she wrote in the post. PHOTOS: The Hollywood baby boom "Happy Holidays from our growing family to yours! Love Jenni, Roger and, arriving July, 2014, baby Mathews," the card says.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2002 | Paul Brownfield
Out with the yuletide, in with the "Yentl": The cable network Turner Classic Movies is airing four Jewish-themed movies today, beginning with "Fiddler on the Roof" at 5 p.m. In a programming block dubbed "A Very Jewish Christmas," TCM will air "Yentl," starring Barbra Streisand at 8:30, "Cast a Giant Shadow," featuring Kirk Douglas, and the original version of "The Jazz Singer," starring Al Jolson.
SPORTS
December 25, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
In the sports world, the NBA owns Christmas Day, with five games scheduled today. The first game begins at 9 a.m. Pacific time with the Chicago Bulls playing at the Brooklyn Nets and the last game will end about 10 p.m. when the Clippers and Warriors finish in Oakland. In middle of the five games are the Lakers and Miami Heat playing at Staples Center in a 2 p.m. start. The Oklahoma City Thunder visit the New York Knicks at 11:30 a.m. and the Houston Rockets travel across the state to play the San Antonio Spurs at 5 p.m. The Heat-Lakers and Thunder-Knicks games are on ABC while the other three are on ESPN.
OPINION
December 25, 2004
The editorial that derides the Catholic League for protesting Hollywood's anti-Christian bigotry ("Merry C-Word," Dec. 20) looks rather foolish in light of a new study by the Parents Television Council. It analyzed 2,344 treatments of religion constituting 2,385 hours of prime-time television and concluded that "anti-Catholic bigotry" was "rampant" on network shows. The editorial says, "Despite its official-sounding name, the Catholic League has no connection with the Catholic Church."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 6, 2000 | DANA PARSONS
Remember the days when you'd call up the electric company this time of year and a friendly recorded voice would offer season's greetings? Here's what I got late Tuesday afternoon from Edison International: "Due to a shortage of generation resources, the California Independent System Operator has declared a Stage 2 emergency, advising the public that power shortages are likely to occur. . . . You can help by turning off all unneeded lighting, equipment and appliances."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 1995 | DON SHIRLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A minor character in the pleasant but innocuous new musical "Happy Holidays" mentions how scary the movie version of "A Christmas Carol" is. The Dickens tale is, of course, the holiday show of choice for many theaters. Pasadena Playhouse officials were probably trying to avoid doing the umpteenth "Christmas Carol" when they commissioned a new holiday musical from Bill Castellino.
FOOD
December 4, 1986 | BONNIE McCULLOUGH, McCullough, based in Colorado, is the author of five books on home management
It is not selfishness that gets us into trouble this time of year; just the opposite, it's our desire to share--to do more, and to take part, that causes us to overdo. Several years ago, at our children's school program, I sat next to a friend who was calmly enjoying the pageant. Wringing my hands, I was anxious to get home to finish a quilt, a doll and a down vest while this woman sat calmly taking pictures and enjoying her children. Leaning over, I asked, "What's your secret?"
NATIONAL
December 18, 2004 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
This year, as Christmas season swung into gear, Pastor Patrick Wooden's followers fanned out to shopping malls across Raleigh to deliver a muscular message of holiday cheer: As Christian shoppers, they would like to be greeted with the phrase "Merry Christmas" -- not a bland "Happy Holidays" -- and stores that failed to do so would risk losing their business. Nearly six weeks later, some citizens in Raleigh are seething over what they see as an attempt to force religion into the public square.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2003 | Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writer
Halfway through the record industry's busiest sales period, Atlanta rap duo OutKast leads the holiday-season pack, maintaining a comfortable lead over its closest rival, "American Idol's" Clay Aiken. At the other end of the crowded field, Limp Bizkit is limping indeed, with several retailers describing it as one of the season's major sales disappointments. The multiplatinum-selling group's "Results May Vary" has sold just under 800,000 copies in the same nine-week period that OutKast has sold 1.
NEWS
December 25, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
I always learn something from the Transportation Security Administration's blog , mostly the staggering number of contraband grenades, handguns and bullets that are confiscated each week during routine airport security screening. Everyone knows (or should know) the 3-1-1 liquids rule , but some cool holiday items I hadn't thought about before turned up as no-nos on the agency's Christmas Traveling Tips 2012. For starters, Christmas crackers, something more commonly found in Britain, are prohibited . I'm not traveling by air this holiday season, but if I were I wouldn't have thought twice about putting a few of these in my hand carry.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Happy holidays from everyone's favorite existentialist cat and YouTube star, Henri, Le Chat Noir. The melancholy feline has released " The Worst Noel ," a new video based loosely on Charles Dickens' novella "A Christmas Carol. "  The video opens with Henri philosophizing that the holidays are "just another excuse for the world to intrude on my solitude. " Annoyed by everything, he retreats to sleep, where he can truly be alone. Meeting Henri, Le Chat Noir (Kudos to filmmaker Will Braden for his artful effects work in this section.
NEWS
December 17, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
Nothing puts people in the mood for Christmas like holiday cookies. Monday morning's #Weekendeats chat on Twitter was full of holiday cheer with bakers sharing recipes for their favorite cookies. Here are the highlights: Beth from the blog Omgyummy shared a post and pictures of cookies she made in tribute to her friend's mother who passed away last October, while Michelle Tomm, aka @WickidLicious2 on Twitter shared a photo of a small sampling of what she makes at Christmas.
NEWS
December 17, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
What says happy holidays like a big ol' slab of fudge? Local chocolate shop John Kelly Chocolates makes "The Slab," three pounds of its signature truffle fudge -- creamy stuff that's a cross between ganache and old-fashioned fudge, coated in a layer of semi-sweet chocolate. There are 17 flavors, including chocolate with walnuts, peanut butter, and semi-sweet chocolate and caramel with Hawaiian red sea salt.  The Slab measure 5-by-11 inches and serves up to 48 people. That is a lot of fudge.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2012
The O.C. rockabilly/punk band Social Distortion aims to bring happy holidays to rockers by playing 24 shows at House of Blues locations in L.A. and Orange County through late January. Singer Mike Ness will growl his way through heart-pounding set after set, accompanied each time by a different opening lineup. House of Blues (various locations). Times and prices vary. http://www.houseofblues.com.
NEWS
December 6, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
With the winter season comes a barrage of fast-food holiday menu items, and this year that includes McDonald's McRib. The burger chain is bringing out the cult-status BBQ boneless-pork-patty sandwich on Dec. 17 for the holidays (the once-a-year special usually shows up for an October-to-November run) in an effort to boost year-end sales.  It's not just the McRib that rears its head this holiday season; Starbucks' pumpkin spice latte is flowing, despite rumors of a shortage. And desserts such as McDonald's McFlurry, Sonic's milkshakes and Burger King sundaes get holiday-ized.
NEWS
December 25, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
I always learn something from the Transportation Security Administration's blog , mostly the staggering number of contraband grenades, handguns and bullets that are confiscated each week during routine airport security screening. Everyone knows (or should know) the 3-1-1 liquids rule , but some cool holiday items I hadn't thought about before turned up as no-nos on the agency's Christmas Traveling Tips 2012. For starters, Christmas crackers, something more commonly found in Britain, are prohibited . I'm not traveling by air this holiday season, but if I were I wouldn't have thought twice about putting a few of these in my hand carry.
NEWS
November 29, 2012 | By Noelle Carter
Can you smell all the holiday cookies? We've been baking all week in the Test Kitchen, testing our Top 10 recipes from this year's L.A. Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off. And, well, we've gone full throttle with the holiday spirit. (Nothing says Happy Holidays like a bunch of Santa hats, and a reindeer, and an elf -- oh, and a pink-flocked Christmas tree.) Over 150 entries were submitted in the L.A. Times Holiday Cookie Bake-Off this year, and more than 2,500 votes were cast by readers.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Movie theaters posted their worst attendance since 1994 last year, but Hollywood is poised for a big comeback - with the help of a secret agent, a sullen vampire and a hairy-footed hobbit. Domestic ticket sales are already up by 3% compared with the same period last year, and a bumper crop of strong films this holiday season - including movies that will appeal to both popular and discerning tastes - could push annual box office receipts above $11 billion for the first time. A strong finish to the year could ease the uncertainty gripping an industry under pressure to cut costs and boost profits, especially as revenue dwindles from once-reliable DVD sales and as more fans turn to video-on-demand and streaming to catch the latest movies.
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