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September 23, 2002 | MIKE ANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Forget about what's in the secret sauce that has enticed beach bums for generations. Perhaps the most important ingredient in making a success of selling hot dogs, hamburgers and soft ice cream on the Huntington Beach boardwalk is knowing when not to try. For Jack Clapp, that time of year is nearing--the off season when the coastal fog lingers past noon, the ocean serves up a nippy breeze and the beach is so empty you could land a jumbo jet on it.
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BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
HDOS Enterprises, owner of the employee-owned Hot Dog on a Stick snack shacks ubiquitous in malls, filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, citing expensive lease costs among the factors. In its Chapter 11 filing, Hot Dog on a Stick said its total debt was $1 million to as much as $10 million. The court filing also shows the company estimated its assets between $10 million and $50 million. "Like many mall-based businesses, HDOS signed some very expensive leases during the booming economy of the mid-2000s," Dan Smith, the company's chief executive, said in a statement.
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BUSINESS
February 1, 2009 | Michelle Maltais
4 So, a man and a woman walk into a theater with a budget of $25. . . . That was the opening of the evening my pal Jevon and I had planned for an informal night of cheap laughs. We had intended to hit the Second City improv, but we walked into the wrong theater on Hollywood Boulevard. We unwittingly stumbled into comedic relationship therapy at iO West -- a date that killed two birds with $10 each.
SPORTS
January 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 First-year Loyola Coach Mike Cordero is holding his first annual Tri-Tip World Series. His players will be facing off in intrasquad games Tuesday and Wednesday, with the winner in the best two-out-of-three games series getting to dine on Cordero's "famous" tri-tip and the losers getting hot dogs in a barbecue on Wednesday. There could be team dissension brewing, with barbecue sauce being thrown and barbecue sauce on curveballs if that's what it takes to win the tri-tip. Photos to come.
FOOD
November 10, 2011
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2010 | By Mark Sachs
The sport of golf is always looking for the next big thing (perhaps never so desperately as right now), and many believe L.A. native Anthony Kim could fill that role. The 24-year-old has shown glimmers of greatness since turning pro in 2006, and he'll get to burnish his course cred in the Northern Trust Open, Monday through Sunday at the Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. (For tickets, go to: northerntrustopen.com) Kim lives in Dallas, but he still spends lots of time visiting friends and family in the Southland.
SPORTS
September 8, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
The singing hot dog vendor at Comerica Park in Detroit has lost his job. That'd be Charley Marcuse, also known as "The Singing Hot Dog Man. " This would seem to be a bad thing, but you can be the judge via the video above. There reportedly have been complaints he is too loud. Marcuse, who also works at a men's store in Birmingham, Mich., sells Charley's Ballpark Mustard as well. But as of Friday, the food contractor Sportservice has cut ties with Marcuse, who took to Twitter to let fans know.
NEWS
July 3, 2003 | Charles Perry
Serving up a starry selection When people think hot dogs in this town, they think Pink's. And with its 21 varieties, this Hollywood stand has something for everybody, as you can tell from the line stretching down the block. If you're feeling adventurous, try the new Ozzy Osbourne dog, topped with onions, guacamole, tomatoes and several cheeses. The Martha Stewart includes sauerkraut, bacon and sour cream. Pink's sells only steamed all-beef hot dogs. (Classic steamed dog, 7-inch, $2.
SPORTS
January 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 First-year Loyola Coach Mike Cordero is holding his first annual Tri-Tip World Series. His players will be facing off in intrasquad games Tuesday and Wednesday, with the winner in the best two-out-of-three games series getting to dine on Cordero's "famous" tri-tip and the losers getting hot dogs in a barbecue on Wednesday. There could be team dissension brewing, with barbecue sauce being thrown and barbecue sauce on curveballs if that's what it takes to win the tri-tip. Photos to come.
NEWS
September 8, 2012 | By Maeve Reston
RICHMOND, Va. - Mitt Romney headed once again to heart of NASCAR country Saturday looking to connect with race fans. At the Richmond International Raceway he was supposed to have a bit (but important) part in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - starting the race with the classic call, "Drivers, start your engines. " Instead, for the second time this year, the Republican nominee got stuck with a rain delay. But he made the best of it, spending several hours passing out hot dogs, posing for pictures with drivers and shaking hands.
NEWS
January 2, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Skating at an Alpine lodge. Playing beer pong around the clock. Shopping for the most-blogged-about gifts. Such dreams can now come true along Las Vegas Boulevard. Through Jan. 20, Caesars Palace is creating a winter wonderland at its Caesars Chalet . Overlooking the Strip, the chalet features an outdoor ice-skating rink, falling snow and hot drinks, with and without alcohol. Skating sessions are available 11 a.m.-12:30 a.m. The half-hour sessions cost $11, and skate rental is available for $5. Just across the Strip, the first properties at the Linq have opened.
NEWS
November 1, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
A Kansas man was smacked in the eye by a hot dog at a Royals baseball game, and his lawsuit has gone all the way to the state Supreme Court. Good thing it wasn't a baseball -- for more than the obvious reasons.  If it's a foul ball or a broken bat, the "baseball rule" dictates that the team is protected from having to pay out, as the Associated Press explains. The fan is assuming that risk when he enters the stadium.  The waiver of liability...
SPORTS
September 8, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
The singing hot dog vendor at Comerica Park in Detroit has lost his job. That'd be Charley Marcuse, also known as "The Singing Hot Dog Man. " This would seem to be a bad thing, but you can be the judge via the video above. There reportedly have been complaints he is too loud. Marcuse, who also works at a men's store in Birmingham, Mich., sells Charley's Ballpark Mustard as well. But as of Friday, the food contractor Sportservice has cut ties with Marcuse, who took to Twitter to let fans know.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
The Fig & Olive restaurant chain drips with foodie cred. The eateries, which started in Manhattan, feature fancy olive oils and celebrity sightings. An average diner's check easily breaches $50. The Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is the antithesis of quick-stop mall chow. But come November, a Fig & Olive will open in a 12,000-square-foot space at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, beating out 50 others for the prime spot away from the main shopping plaza. There will be ocean views, a garden with a fireplace, wine shelves and a white room inspired by the Cote d'Azur.
SCIENCE
July 29, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Every day, 34 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for choking on food, and the food they're most likely to be choking on is candy, according to a new study. Hard candy accounted for 15.5% of the nonfatal choking incidents documented in a report published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, making it the food item most frequently cited. No. 2 was “other candy,” which caused an additional 12.8% of choking incidents requiring serious medical attention. By the time kids were 4 years old, a whopping 55.2% of choking incidents involved some kind of candy.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Life is a series of domino effects. For "Breaking Bad's" Walter White, the road to becoming ruthless, drug-dealing Heisenberg goes back way before the troubles that come to light in 2008's pilot episode.  It all started with a dashed dream. "The turning point was July 4, 1978 in Coney Island, N.Y., when [Walt] actually entered a Nathan's hot-dog eating contest and consumed 38½ hot dogs and seriously considered entering the professional eating circuit before he became a chemist," joked his maker, Bryan Cranston.
OPINION
July 4, 2013 | By Bruce Kraig
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, about 7 billion hot dogs will be consumed in the United States. On the Fourth of July alone, 150 million will be gobbled by Americans celebrating the birth of the nation. Not that the Founding Fathers polished off batches of them after putting the final touches on the Declaration of Independence. Hot dogs as we know them today did not exist until nearly 100 years later. But they really are an American creation, and in a way the product of social and economic forces that the founders unleashed, wittingly or otherwise.
SPORTS
July 4, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Joey Chestnut, the California king of eating contests, has won the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest for an unprecedented seventh year in a row by finishing off a record 69 wieners and buns in 10 minutes on Thursday at Coney Island, N.Y. The 29-year-old from San Jose had set the record with 68 hot dogs in 2009 and tied it last year. You can see his technique in ESPN's Sports Science video above. Chestnut eclipsed the record of six victories by former rival Takeru Kobayashi.
OPINION
July 4, 2013 | By Bruce Kraig
Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, about 7 billion hot dogs will be consumed in the United States. On the Fourth of July alone, 150 million will be gobbled by Americans celebrating the birth of the nation. Not that the Founding Fathers polished off batches of them after putting the final touches on the Declaration of Independence. Hot dogs as we know them today did not exist until nearly 100 years later. But they really are an American creation, and in a way the product of social and economic forces that the founders unleashed, wittingly or otherwise.
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