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September 5, 2009 | Richard Fausset
Happy 2nd Amendment Weekend Holiday, everyone! An observance of that name is underway this weekend in Louisiana, thanks to a law signed by Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal in July. It decrees that each year, on the first Friday through Sunday in September, shoppers in the Bayou State shall be exempt from paying state or local taxes on firearms, ammunition or hunting supplies. The law was sponsored by state Sen. Robert Marionneaux Jr., who said in a statement that it will "save families money, boost retailers sales, and help our economy in this worldwide recession where every little bit helps."
January 14, 2010 | By Alejandro Lazo
Foreclosure activity in California took a steep dive in December, a report shows, but the decline had more to do with holiday forbearance than economic improvement. Notices of default dropped 17.5% compared with November, according to the report by The number of homes seized by lenders dropped 12%, and the number of homes sold to third parties declined 28.9%. The drop in foreclosures appears to reflect an easing in activity by banks and other lenders hoping to avoid delivering disheartening news to troubled buyers and shutting people out of their homes during the holiday season, the website said.
December 7, 2009 | By Duke Helfand
As the calendar goes, December tends to be a winning month for God. Christians celebrate the birth of Christ. Jews mark the story of Hanukkah. Muslims this year will observe the start of Al-Hijra, the Islamic New Year. And the American Humanist Assn. has decided to join the festivities with an alternative celebration in mind. The group, consisting of atheists and others who say they embrace reason over religion, has launched a national godless holiday campaign, with ads appearing inside or on 250 buses in five U.S. cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco starting today.
November 20, 2010 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los AngelesTimes
My fiancé tossed out the remark as a compliment to my mom, but she didn't take it that way: "I sure miss your pecan pie," he said to her as our Thanksgiving dinner drew to a close. "I'm sorry," my mother answered, her eyes welling with tears. Mom had always prided herself on her baking prowess: pastries, from-scratch birthday cakes, doughnuts. At Christmas, she'd bake 15 kinds of cookies; at Easter, she'd make chocolate-dipped candies; at Thanksgiving, at least three pies were on the table: pecan, mincemeat and pumpkin.
December 24, 2009
A wealth of holiday music and dance awaits the public during the 50th Annual L.A. County Holiday Celebration , a six-hour extravaganza featuring both contemporary and traditional performances. More than 40 groups reflecting L.A.'s diverse cultural landscape have been selected to present music as diverse as hip-hop and handbells. The show is free (even parking) and will be broadcast live in HD on KCET, on the radio at 90.7 KPFK, and on the Web at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave. 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
December 17, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Peyton Manning surely is discovering the perks of being named Sports Illustrated's sportsman of the year. Not the least of which seems to be getting your own tribute song and video performed by none other than Bootsy Collins. No joke! Sports Illustrated For Kids has released a music video of Bootzilla singing a funky (of course) homage to the Denver Broncos quarterback set to the tune of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. " Titled "Peyton Manning's Passing Your Way," Collins dedicates the jam to NFL defensive backs.
February 5, 1992
Each holiday season the Children's Services Auxiliary and Child Abuse and Neglect (CAAN) sponsor Giving Trees at three major county shopping malls. Both CAAN and the Children's Services Auxiliary provide services and support to children who are the victims of physical abuse, neglect, sexual molestation and family dysfunction. This year, in spite of the downturn in our economy, the public responded generously to brighten the holidays for more than 800 children. The holiday spirit was alive and well in Ventura County, and will linger all year long in the memories of our children.
December 4, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Dress for Success is offering a great shopping opportunity with its third annual pop-up shop. The shop, designed by Lisa Adams of L.A. Closet Design, is offering discounts of 50% to 70% on new and vintage clothing from more than 100 brands including Cynthia Rowley, Catherine Malandrino, Henri Bendel, David Meister, LAMB, AG Jeans, Nanette Lapore.  and Stuart Weitzman. The shop also features an eco-designer showcase including items such as shoes by Coclico, vegan handbags by Urban Expressions and necklaces made by indigenous Peruvian artisans.
December 12, 1993
I want to write about the holiday season, the "lost holiday," because this holiday I will be lost. And for many more to come. Last August my fiance was killed by a drunk driver. During the holidays people tend to drink, act irresponsible and drive. I want to help put a stop to it. I would never want anyone to experience the death of a loved one. It is devastating. Words cannot describe the pain. So, I am asking everyone during the holidays and every other time of the year: Please don't drink and drive.
October 30, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
JW Marriott Resorts have a little something extra for holiday visitors: a $100 credit to spend during their stay. The deal is good at resorts in Tucson, Orlando, Fla., San Antonio and other venues and lasts until the end of January. The deal: The offer, called the Holiday $100 Resort Credit, doesn't go live until Nov. 1 and requires a two-night minimum stay. Extra days score an additional $50 resort credit that can be used for dining, a round of golf or on spa treatments. I like this deal because it's good at resorts in the West, including three in Arizona, one in Las Vegas and another in Palm Desert, Calif.
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