CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2009 |
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 21, 2012 |
Last summer snow globes got a reprieve when the Transportation Security Administration relaxed the rule that banned the water-filled tchotchkes from carry-on luggage. But in the clear-eyed cold of winter, it's small comfort -- very small comfort -- as the holiday season approaches. Snow Globe Central of Denver points out the TSA allows only snow globes that appear to "contain less than 3.4 ounces (approximately tennis ball size.)" But the most popular snow globes are bigger, and carry much more liquid.
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 kcet.org. Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave. 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Thurs.
HOME & GARDEN
November 20, 2010 |
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.
October 30, 2012 |
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.
January 7, 2013 |
Despite a presidential election, "fiscal cliff" debates and Hurricane Sandy, retailers bumped up their holiday hiring to the highest level in six years, according to a report. Retailers hired 728,000 new workers in the last three months of the year, up 10.3% compared with the same period last year, according to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. That was the highest year-end bump in the retail sector since 2006. Most of that hiring occurred in October and November, when employers added 640,000 to their payrolls.
October 16, 2012 |
Amazon.com, the online retailer that has many brick-and-mortar companies on the defensive, said it will hire more than 50,000 seasonal employees nationwide for the holiday shopping season. That's more than double the 20,000 full-time workers that Amazon usually has manning its 40 fulfillment centers around the U.S. But with a surge of Christmas orders expected in the next few months, the hiring push is a necessary step, said Dave Clark, vice president of global customer fulfillment for Amazon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2012 |
Los Angeles officials are warning that anyone discharging a firearm into the air to celebrate the new year not only risks killing someone but could also face a lengthy prison sentence. "Firing into the air weapons in celebration puts innocent lives at risk," Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said last week. "Nothing ruins the holiday season like an errant bullet coming down and killing an innocent. " Villaraigosa said the misuse of firearms is on everyone's mind in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting that left six adults and 20 children dead.
February 20, 2012 |
In honor of Presidents Day, let's take a look at how much vacation and holiday time Americans enjoy -- or not. The typical European country (along with Australia and New Zealand) requires that workers get at least 20 days of paid leave annually. In France, that number's a whopping 30 days. In the U.S., we're guaranteed all of zero days of paid leave. Europeans, Australians and New Zealanders are also guaranteed a certain number of paid holidays each year, as many as 13 days in some cases.
December 23, 2011 |
Holiday shipments are up this year as delivery outfits including UPS, FedEx and the U.S. Postal Service scramble to get packages and cards delivered during their busiest week of the year. Thursday was the busiest day of 2011 for the brown-suited elves at United Parcel Service Inc., who delivered nearly 26 million items. That's roughly 300 deliveries a second, up 60% from the parcel shipping company's normal daily average. The company will handle an estimated 120 million shipments during the week before Christmas, up from the 113 million sent this time last year.