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December 17, 2009
Twitterheads and boozehounds join forces for an extra-special excursion down the Sunset Strip at " Strip for the Holidays ," with seasonally themed stops at the Standard, the Comedy Store, the Viper Room and the Roxy. If you have any holiday shopping to do at the Hustler Store, that's an option too. The Standard, 8300 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 6:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fri. Free. Info on Twitter at @standardhwood.
April 21, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israeli warplanes struck several sites in the Gaza Strip on Monday following a barrage of rockets launched at southern Israel from the seaside enclave earlier in the day, a military spokesman said. According to an army statement, seven rockets were fired from Gaza early Monday, in addition to an anti-tank missile fired at an Israeli patrol. One rocket caused damage to civilian infrastructure in the Israeli town of Sderot but no injuries were reported. In response, Israel's air force targeted three sites in Gaza.
December 14, 2011
Holidays in Heck P.J. O'Rourke Atlantic Monthly Press: 288 pp., $23
March 5, 2014 | David E. Hayes-Bautista
Thanks to a recent ruling from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, high school students in the Morgan Hill Unified School District south of San Jose won't be allowed to wear American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. That's too bad. The flags of both the United States and Mexico belong in any celebration of Cinco de Mayo, because it is, at its heart, a Mexican American holiday. The ban was instituted a year after hostilities broke out at Live Oak High School during a Cinco de Mayo celebration.
November 25, 2010
Just when you thought it was Thanksgiving, surprise, it's Christmas! The Hollywood Christmas Parade is here to remind you that the holidays are in full swing and the new year is right around the corner. A tradition for more than 80 years, the festive spectacle will be hosted by Erik Estrada and Laura McKenzie and telecast on the Hallmark Channel. The parade begins on Hollywood Boulevard at Orange and sweeps down Vine to Sunset before returning to Orange. 6 p.m. Sun. Free. http://www.
December 5, 2010 | By Alice Short, Los Angeles Times
This time of year the outpouring of flash and sparkle is unavoidable; basic black velvet and silk, inevitable. We are encouraged to dress up with silver in the form of bugle beads or bangles that flash at the wrist. And gold? Don't get us started with the gold. Gold chains. Gold mini-dresses covered with golden sequins. Golden flats. Golden clutches. Gold jewelry, real or otherwise. When we step onto a busy street or enter a hotel ballroom or walk into a private party of even a modest scale, we are likely to encounter a parade of fashions seen only in the last few weeks of the year.
October 30, 2011
1.India The U.S. State Department has urged travelers to be vigilant during the Indian holidays, which are October through January. The State Department said there are "increased indications that terrorists are planning attacks. " 2.Japan U.S. citizens should not get closer than 12 miles to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which melted down after an earthquake and tsunami in March. Travelers should also stay away from "the area northwest of the plant that the government of Japan has designated as the 'Deliberate Evacuation Area.'" 3.Colombia Elections this Sunday may be related to a recent increase in violence.
December 5, 2010
Emily Dickinson's Homestead Limited edition print available from, $20 Michael Fusco and Emma Straub have designed a great set of prints of writer's homes. Also available: the houses of Edward Gorey, Edgar Allan Poe and Flannery O'Connor. Glamour From the Ground Up Ed Fox Taschen, $17.99 Hardcover/DVD edition This native Angeleno's sensual celebration of the female foot comes with ingenious packaging: a reversible jacket for incognito perusing.
May 6, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Better make time for a pedicure on Tuesday - Wednesday is National No Socks Day. That's right. A day to free your feet from their confines. And I think wearing sandals is a better alternative than going barefoot -- dangerous -- or wearing regular shoes without hosiery -- sticky and uncomfortable. National No Socks Day was created by Tom and Ruth Roy, who've come up with numerous holidays over the years that are legit enough to be included some years in Chase's Calendar of Events, which writer Richard E. Meyer called “the nation's annual bible of extraordinary occasions” in a Los Angeles Times story about the Roys in 1996.
June 4, 1999
It is pretty sad. I am going to venture out and say that a large number of kids and teens don't even know the significance, much less the meaning, of Memorial Day, Labor Day or Veterans Day. They just consider them as national holidays that give them time off from school and spend the day at the beach or some other popular hangout spot. More time should be allotted during school to inform students about the meaning behind these fun-filled holidays. JOHN W. LEE North Hills
March 3, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Aaron Holiday, a junior guard at North Hollywood Campbell Hall who's the younger brother of former UCLA and NBA guard Jrue Holiday, has committed to UCLA, his mother, Toya, said Monday. Holiday averaged more than 30 points a game this season for the Vikings, who lost in the Southern Section Division 4A semifinals last week. In his last three playoff games, Holiday scored 36, 39 and 42 points. His sister, Lauren, plays for UCLA's women's team. His commitment is a triumph for new Coach Steve Alford, who had to re-recruit the family after Jrue's experience under former Coach Ben Howland.
March 2, 2014 | By Mery Mogollon and Chris Kraul
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Tens of thousands of students and other opponents of the Venezuelan government filled the streets of the capital Sunday, putting a damper on President Nicolas Maduro's hopes that a mandated holiday might bring a respite to weeks of protests. The march originated at four points near universities in Caracas that have been opposition hotbeds and converged on the Chacaito barrio where opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was arrested Feb. 18 for alleged incitement to violence.
February 26, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith thinks the opening day of the major league baseball season should be a national holiday. And he's taking his idea straight to the top -- if he can get the 100,000 petition signatures required for a review by the Obama administration. Smith has teamed with Budweiser for the campaign. So far the website set up for the campaign has collected more than 21,000 online signatures. “There are 22 million people who have, some point in time, played hooky from work or school, so it's already an unofficial holiday,” Smith said . “We're just trying to make it an official holiday by getting those 100,000 signatures so I can march them up to the front of the White House.” Anheuser-Busch InBev pointed to a survey of 1,004 Americans 21 or older, saying 10% of them indicated they had skipped work on first day of the MLB season.
February 26, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
The massive theft of Target Corp. customer data contributed to a huge drop in fourth-quarter profit as the retailer scrambled to win back the trust of consumers and shore up its hobbled payments system. The Minneapolis-based chain reported that profit was nearly halved from a year earlier to $520 million and revenue slid 5% to $21.5 billion. Target also racked up $61 million in expenses related to the hack, though it expects all but $17 million of that to be covered by insurance.
February 22, 2014 | By James Barragan
Lauren Holiday sits pensively, hands clasped in her lap, a UCLA basketball practice jersey folded around her. Rocking slightly, she leans forward in her chair as she struggles to remember the incidents that changed her life. She had been asked about the series of head injuries she has endured in her two seasons as a college basketball player: How many were there? When did they happen? And how? "To be honest, I don't really remember," she says quietly from time to time. And then: "My memory is really bad now because of them.
February 20, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Janet and her husband have a vacation timeshare, which they like. What they don't like are the annual dues, which have risen to $3,500. Janet wants to know: If they stop making payments, can the timeshare company place a lien on their home? ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions It seems like lots of people find themselves in a similar position. They sign up for a timeshare thinking it will save money on vacations, and then discover that they're locked in to a system they don't like or are paying far more money than they originally thought.
November 5, 2012 | By Shan Li
PayPal is joining the holiday scramble by offering to match prices on any items bought using the online payment service, joining retailers such as Best Buy Co. and Target Corp., which are extending similar promotions to lure shoppers. Through Dec. 31, shoppers who make a purchase using PayPal and then find the same product advertised for a lower price elsewhere within 30 days can be reimbursed for the difference (up to $250 per item and $1,000 in total through the entire promotion)
February 17, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before remembering to record Jimmy Fallon tonight. The Skinny: I'm three episodes into "House of Cards. " Unlike other folks, I'm perfectly happy taking my time to get through it. Now if I had the rest of HBO's "True Detective" available to me it'd be another story. Today is a holiday for a lot of you so we'll make this fast. Our roundup includes a look at the holiday box office weekend. Also, more deep thoughts on Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable.
February 16, 2014 | By Greg Braxton
"The Lego Movie" outplayed four high-profile newcomers over the Presidents Day weekend to wind up on top of the box office for the second consecutive week with a dominating $48.8 million, according to three-day estimates by Rentrak. The 3-D animated adventure has collected nearly $130 million in two weeks. With Valentine's Day kicking off the weekend, the box office was especially robust, resulting in the third-best Presidents Day weekend of all time with $177 million. PHOTOS: Images from 'The Lego Movie' Moviegoers showed much love for two new remakes.
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