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August 30, 2009 | Charlotte Allen and Charlotte Allen is the author of "The Human Christ: The Search for the Historical Jesus" and a contributing editor to the Minding the Campus website of the Manhattan Institute.
Just in time for the worst economic downturn since the Depression, here comes a new crop of social critics to inform us that we're actually spending too little for the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the furniture we sit on and the gasoline that runs our automobiles. Never mind that U.S. job losses these days range from 200,000 to 500,000 a month, that foreclosures are up 32% over this time last year and that people are re-learning how to clip newspaper coupons so as to save at the supermarket.
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BUSINESS
August 27, 2009 | Tiffany Hsu
Six companies are recalling millions of window coverings after the strangulation deaths of three children on product cords, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday. Two deaths were attributed to products from Lewis Hyman Inc. of Carson. The company recalled 4.2 million roll-up blinds with plastic slats, sold nationwide from 1999 through 2003 for $6 to $20, and 600,000 Woolrich Roman shades, which sold at Target from 2006 through 2008 for $25 to $43. One death was attributed to a product by Vertical Land Inc. of Panama City Beach, Fla., which recalled thousands of blinds and shades that sold at its Florida stores from 1992 to 2006 for $60 to $200.
BUSINESS
August 25, 2009 | David Pierson
With no plans one Saturday, Zhang Xin told his wife, son and mother to wear something smart and hop in the family sedan. He could have taken them to the Forbidden City or the Great Wall, but he decided on another popular destination -- IKEA. Riding an escalator past a man lying on a display bed with a book opened on his belly, the clan sauntered into the crush of visitors squeezing onto the showroom path, bumping elbows and nicking ankles with their yellow shopping trolleys. Zhang said the family needed a respite from the smog and a reliable lunch.
BUSINESS
May 12, 2009 | Corina Knoll
Forget that you're standing behind a giant green dumpster in a driveway cluttered with dusty relics of someone's past. Forget the musty smell, the awkward silence. Now stare down that shabby $5 metal cabinet. Do you see trash? Treasure? If you're Alexis Hadjopulos or Tom Whitman, you see an industrial vintage piece worth well over its garage-sale price tag. Which is why that metal cabinet is now pictured on their online furniture store, ThisIsNotIkea.com.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 19, 2008 | Mark Sachs
Her performances take her to big stages around the world, but when Sarah Brightman has downtime, she likes it to be right here in L.A. The singer's globe-trotting Symphony tour hits the Honda Center in Anaheim tonight and the Forum in Inglewood on Saturday before winding things up in Arizona on Sunday. Brightman, who just released her first holiday album, "A Winter Symphony," said Southern California is her place to relax after the tour.
BUSINESS
December 14, 2008 | times wire services
Home furnishing company Ikea agreed to pay a $500,000 fine for being slow to report defective outdoor candles, the government said. In May 2006, Ikea recalled 133,000 packages of outdoor candles in the United States. The company had received at least 32 reports of problems with the candles worldwide, including 12 reports of injuries. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Ikea didn't promptly report the problems as the law requires. In the settlement, Ikea denied that it knowingly broke the law.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2007
Nipper was barely toddling when I learned that kiddie thrills don't come at expensive theme parks. Looking to buy a hummingbird feeder at Lowe's, we emerged from a long aisle and Nipper's head dropped back in awe. He pointed and shrieked at the dozens of shiny new ceiling fans spinning wa-a-a-a-ay above us. When he stayed enthralled for a full 15 minutes, I knew I was onto something.
HOME & GARDEN
September 6, 2007
Doing one better than IKEA? Perhaps. Bemz, a Swedish design firm, now offers slipcovers designed to fit many of the most popular upholstered pieces from IKEA. The easy-to-navigate website www.bemz.com allows U.S. customers to view nearly 100 slipcover swatches that can be tailored to fit two dozen sofas and armchairs. Most are clean, bold and modernist in 100% cotton.
BUSINESS
July 13, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
IKEA, the world's biggest home furniture retailer, will let customers sleep overnight in one of its Norwegian showrooms if they don't complete their shopping by the end of the day. Visitors to the Oslo store will also get free food as part of their stay at specially constructed accommodations inside the store. The promotion will last for a week, the company said The hostel can take as many as 30 guests, who will be offered an evening snack and breakfast.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2007 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
When it comes to sacrificing to help the environment, IKEA shoppers are like everybody else: conflicted. Even if what they're sacrificing is a nickel. The home products retailer charges 5 cents per plastic checkout bag, and customers are either happy that IKEA is doing something positive for the planet or irritated that they would have to fork over anything for a flimsy little sack or some combination of both.
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