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October 2, 2011 | By Lew Sichelman
Would you pay $51 to get a $1,699 stainless-steel refrigerator when you buy a house from a major builder in Tampa, Fla.? How about paying $30 to receive $1,000 cash back at closing when you purchase a home through Prudential Carolina Sun Real Estate in Charleston, S.C.? Or $48 for $1,200 toward the design and installation of solar panels in Metairie, La.? All of these are real-life examples of group coupons offered through HouseTipper, a collective buying platform aimed at the housing and home-and-garden sectors.
July 22, 1994 | SUSAN HEEGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Susan Heeger writes regularly about gardening for The Times.
Summer in the San Fernando Valley might be ideal for pool hopping, mall crawling or frying an egg on the sidewalk, but it's murder on the average fuchsia. As the mercury ticks past 90 and the Santa Anas start ripping, local gardens can literally dry up and blow away if nobody's watching. Hot-weather garden vigilance often means more watering and more mulching, as well as introducing shade where it's needed to cool things down.
February 8, 2006 | Tim Rutten, Times Staff Writer
WHEN the generic description "police procedural" attaches itself to a novel, Sweden is hardly the location that comes immediately to mind. This after all is the country whose authorities still haven't really figured out who gunned down then-Prime Minister Olof Palme and his wife as they walked home from a movie on a wintry Saturday night in 1986.
It took a terrorist's bomb to introduce America to the Oklahoma City Fire Department, an unsung force that has galvanized the nation with unflinching courage and down-home charm. But here in Oklahoma's capital, where a special sales tax generates $20 million a year for fire services, nobody is surprised that the men and women of the OCFD have emerged from the rubble as heroic figures in the public eye.
October 25, 2010 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Fantasy often mixes with reality in the work life of Deputy Sheriff Robert Hamilton of Humboldt County, the center of California's marijuana outback. It happened again a few months ago in the isolated coastal resort of Shelter Cove, where Hamilton lives and patrols. The deputy came upon nine young men tending a marijuana plantation. They said they'd come from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington and Ohio. They'd rented a few apartments, then bought a half-acre of hillside.
November 16, 2008 | Christopher Reynolds, Reynolds is a Times staff writer.
I arrived in eerie, old Mineral de Pozos in the middle of a half-sunny afternoon, with cotton-candy cloud shadows creeping all over the adobe rubble, the reclaimed ruins, the cactus thickets and the little-trod cobblestone streets. Never heard of the place, a hotel clerk had said in Spanish as I prepared to make the 50-mile trip here from Queretaro. Another clerk piped up, I have. It's small. Very small, said a taxi driver.
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