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NEWS
December 19, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Every year on Dec. 21, Vancouver, Canada explodes with light during the Winter Solstice Lantern Festival . Lantern labyrinths and light-centric processions with drummers are set to take place around the city Wednesday evening. For those who want a front-row seat, check out this holiday special at the Opus Hotel that starts around $125 a night. The deal: Opus Celebrates the Season features low rates at the 96-room boutique hotel in Yaletown, which gets high marks on TripAdvisor . To find the deal, go to the website and click on "special offers" or call.
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NEWS
December 20, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
One librarian, two helpers and 348 old books equals one huge holiday book tree. Usually those elements would add up to books stacked neatly on a shelf, but campus librarian Erin Fisher and others instead constructed a 9½-foot green "tree" in the atrium at the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno . The tree, made from pre-1950 National Union Catalog reference books with evergreen covers, grew from 10 books placed...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
Fourteen years after writer-director Malcolm D. Lee's romantic comedy "The Best Man" hit theaters, the filmmaker and his ensemble cast are back with a sequel, "The Best Man Holiday. " As is often the case when old friends reunite, it doesn't take long for past grudges and attractions to bubble back up. According to reviews, the cast, led by Taye Diggs and Morris Chestnut, proves to be very pleasant company, but Lee's overstuffed script drags the movie down. The Times' Betsy Sharkey writes , "Be ready to reach for a tissue, say 'amen' and sigh more than a few times, for the film has all the chaos and clutter of a big holiday gathering.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Wal-Mart is testing same-day delivery in certain markets, including parts of California, in a bid to nab more retail customers during the high-stakes holiday season. The discount uber-chain said Tuesday that its beta version of the Walmart To Go delivery program is already in operation in northern Virginia, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. The company will roll out the test in San Francisco and San Jose later this month or in early November. Customers in the current markets will pay $10 for each delivery, which can include an unlimited number of general merchandise items, with no minimum purchase requirement.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2009 | By Alana Semuels
The holiday season is upon us. Time for eggnog, caroling -- and worries about what to buy the boss. Today Alana answers your questions about gift giving and receiving. Dear Alana: I have been working in an office for a little more than a year now. Last year I did not exchange any gifts with co-workers because I was new. However, now that I have been here over a year, who am I supposed to give a card or gift to? What is appropriate? Oscar in El Monte Dear Oscar: It's a tough question.
NEWS
November 28, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
There are few winter sweets I like better than panforte. It's a Tuscan confection, dense and chewy, almost more like candy than cake. The mingled flavors of citrus zest, toasted nuts and cocoa as well as warm spices like cinnamon, allspice and clove seem almost medieval in their complexity. It's the kind of sweet you eat by the thin wedge - but that small piece (with a good short espresso) is enough to haunt you for days. The only problem with panforte is it's such a pain to make.
NEWS
November 21, 2012 | By Morgan Little
There are plenty of thanks to go around in Washington: Democrats particularly have gratitude reserved for President Obama's ground game, Election Day turnout and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's late embrace of the president . And of course, there are the necessary thanks to be sent out to supporters. Despite the “disappointing” results of the presidential election, Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) remains “thankful that I live in a country where we have the right to choose our leaders and to speak our minds.” “This is still the country founded on the belief that every man and woman has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
The bad news: If you haven't yet booked your Thanksgiving flight, the best fares are gone. The good news: There are some secrets for getting the most for your money. Cheapair.com frequently sifts its database for prime booking windows, and has released some tips for holiday travelers looking for the best times to lock in their flights. Most of the time, CEO Jeff Klee says, that booking sweet spot is seven weeks in advance of your trip. His company's studies have found that booking too early can be as expensive as booking too late.
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