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June 14, 2012 | By David C. Nichols
"This weekend is going to make a colonoscopy look like a treasure hunt,” says the reluctant host of “The Long Weekend” at Theatre 40. However comically overstated, it's not far off the mark. Training his facility with one-liners and a crowd-pleasing formula toward character truth and narrative logic, playwright Norm Foster scores a bull's-eye with this tickling romp about mismatched spouses. Meet straight-arrow Max (John Mullen, droll and proficient), the aforementioned host, an upscale lawyer with a new country house, which he and Wynn (Kathryn Larsen, adept and appealing)
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NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli
WASHINGTON - The first casualty of the Senate's post-nuclear era may be the long weekend. After Senate Democrats made a historic change to the Senate's filibuster rules, requiring only a majority vote instead of a three-fifths threshold to advance most nominations, Republicans vowed that there would be consequences. But in the short term, there is little the minority party can do to stop the Democratic majority from voting to confirm a dozen or more long-stalled nominations between now and the end of the year, as Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.)
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SPORTS
June 3, 2013 | By Chris Foster
San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant entered the NCAA baseball tournament a potential top-five draft pick. He left with a bottom 10 moment. Bryant was hitting .340 with a nation-leading 31 home runs before a lost weekend at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Bryant went two for 13 in four games. Both were infield singles. “I didn't have the weekend I wanted to,” Bryant said. “I didn't really help my team as much as I wanted to, but sometimes you have to tip your hat to the pitcher and sometimes they make a good pitch.” Bryant's best moment came in a 6-0 loss to UCLA that eliminated the Toreros.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Even a legion of ardent teenage girls was unable to overpower Oprah Winfrey at the box office this Labor Day weekend, as the film "The Butler" starring the media mogul cleaned up for the third consecutive weekend. Heading into the four-day holiday, pre-release audience surveys indicated that a new 3-D concert documentary about the U.K.-based boy band One Direction would be the big winner. While "One Direction: This Is Us" did sell more tickets between Friday and Sunday than "The Butler," the civil rights drama's four-day tally was $20 million, according to an estimate from distributor the Weinstein Co. The One Direction film has so far collected a healthy $18 million -- a figure that includes ticket sales from Thursday evening screenings.  "The Butler," about a devoted White House employee played by Forest Whitaker who served eight different presidents, has now grossed $79.3 million since debuting mid-August.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 1986 | JACK JONES, Times Staff Writer
Southern California's Memorial Day weekend should be sunny and a little warmer--just about perfect for picnics, hikes, backyard barbecues, sailing, strolls in the park, beach outings and almost anything else--the National Weather Service said Thursday. There probably will be some night and morning coastal clouds throughout the weekend, but the high-level storm system that drew a gray layer over the Southland and brought strong winds to the deserts moved east of the Rockies on Thursday.
WORLD
July 15, 2008 | Haydar al-Alak, Special to The Times
Another brief footnote to the absurdity of daily life in Iraq: On a recent Thursday, the Rafidain Bank in the southern city of Amarah was not serving customers, though employees were inside and it was not a holiday. The reason?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 1993 | JANE HULSE
With good weather in sight, campgrounds around Ventura County are either booked or filling up fast for the long Memorial Day weekend. At Los Padres National Forest near Ojai, campgrounds probably will be full before Friday, predicted Don Turner, a law enforcement officer for the National Forest Service. "People are kidding themselves if they think they are going to come up on Saturday and get a site," Turner said.
SPORTS
December 17, 1985
Next Monday night's Ram-Raider game at Anaheim Stadium has been sold out since early October, so it will be seen locally on Channel 7. It will be the last of seven NFL games televised in Los Angeles over the weekend. ABC will offer a special Friday night game, Denver at Seattle, at 5 o'clock. Then there will be two Saturday telecasts, Pittsburgh vs. the New York Giants at East Rutherford, N.J., at 9:30 a.m. on NBC, followed by Washington at St. Louis at 1 p.m. on CBS.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1987 | SANDRA CROCKETT, Times Staff Writer
Travel agent Liz Tanacsos has two words for anyone just now deciding to take advantage of this long holiday weekend by planning a little vacation: forget it. People have anticipated this long weekend for months in advance, said Tanacsos of Associated Travel Services Inc. in Fullerton. Flights may still be available, she said, but travelers may have nowhere to stay. "Trying to find an available hotel room now would be very difficult," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1993 | KEVIN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bracing for an Independence Day tradition of unruly beach parties and gridlock, a full complement of police officers were dispatched Saturday to begin a long weekend watch in local coastal communities. Although police reported no major incidents, authorities were clearly demonstrating a presence with the early closure of municipal beaches in Huntington Beach on Saturday night and the planned shutdown of streets today on the crowded Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach.
NEWS
August 30, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Few American travelers take extra days off during the Labor Day weekend, it appears: About 67% of us are back at our desks by Tuesday and 87% are back to work by Wednesday. That's the word from  TripIt , which gathered five years of data on where folks who used its travel booking site go over the holiday and when they return. The study found that 15% of Labor Day travelers are daytrippers, 9% will stay overnight, 11% will stay two nights, 32% will go for three nights and 20% will take a four-day weekend.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
The boy band One Direction is headed straight to the top of the box office over Labor Day weekend, thanks to throngs of overzealous teenage girls. "One Direction: This Is Us," a 3-D concert documentary about the mega-popular British group, is set to rule at the multiplex, likely debuting with a robust $22 million over the four-day long weekend, according to those who have seen pre-release audience surveys. But another tween icon, Selena Gomez, won't have cause to celebrate during the holiday.
SPORTS
June 3, 2013 | By Chris Foster
San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant entered the NCAA baseball tournament a potential top-five draft pick. He left with a bottom 10 moment. Bryant was hitting .340 with a nation-leading 31 home runs before a lost weekend at Jackie Robinson Stadium. Bryant went two for 13 in four games. Both were infield singles. “I didn't have the weekend I wanted to,” Bryant said. “I didn't really help my team as much as I wanted to, but sometimes you have to tip your hat to the pitcher and sometimes they make a good pitch.” Bryant's best moment came in a 6-0 loss to UCLA that eliminated the Toreros.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
As people across Southern California prepare to kick off the summer travel season, transportation officials are reminding commuters to plan for traffic and to play it safe over Memorial Day weekend. Drivers getting out of town for the long weekend should expect heavier traffic by early Friday afternoon, California Highway Patrol officials said. CHP officers will also be out in “full force” from Friday at 6 p.m. to Monday at 11:59 p.m, authorities said. All available officers throughout California will be deployed during this period “to focus enforcement on occupant restraints, speed violations and DUI drivers,” CHP officials said in a statement.
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
So, it's Sequester's Eve, and all through the White House (and the House and the Senate), not a creature is stirring, not even John Boehner. Out in the hinterlands, folks are putting up their Sequester trees, decorating them with $1, $5, $10 and $20 bills. Some have strung together coins in long, looping chains. And government workers are hanging furlough notices and/or pink slips. All for that magical moment Friday morning when everyone will gather around the tree and scramble to grab as much money as possible before it's all gone.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 4, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before making sure my electric bill is paid up. The Skinny: I wonder if that blackout during the Super Bowl would have been as much fun without Twitter around for people to crack jokes and stay interested in the game. I just hope that Joe Flacco's swearing won't lead to another decade-long legal battle between CBS and the FCC. Monday's headlines include a recap of the weekend box office, a look at the sometimes tense relationship between Legendary Films head Thomas Tull and Warner Bros., and the challenges of trying to make historical films look right.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1992 | DENISE GELLENE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The violence in Los Angeles led to spot food shortages and boosted prices of security services, glass, lumber and such essentials as gasoline. The surge in buying was greatest in neighborhoods near South Los Angeles, where many gas stations and grocery stores were closed. But buying was also brisk in such communities as Palos Verdes and Woodland Hills, as people stocked up on food, paper towels and even videos to prepare for a weekend close to home.
NEWS
September 12, 1998 | FAYE FIORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 1:59 p.m. Friday, an aide drops the first 38 pages of the much-awaited report into Jim Rogan's hands. They are still warm from the copy machine. Five ABC-TV crew members are crammed into the red-carpeted office of the Republican congressman from Glendale, a member of the House Judiciary Committee who will now weigh whether the 400-plus-page tome from independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr is grounds for impeachment. "What will you be looking for?"
BUSINESS
November 25, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Drawn by aggressive discounts and earlier-than-ever opening hours, shoppers opened their wallets on Black Friday weekend in record numbers and handed retailers a promising start to the holiday season. Merchants raked in an estimated $59.1 billion in sales from Thanksgiving Day through Sunday, up from $52.4 billion a year earlier, as millions flocked to stores and browsed online, according to the National Retail Federation. Spending per shopper jumped 6% to $423. The spending mania is expected to continue into so-called Cyber Monday, which is the first workday after the holiday weekend, when many indulge in online shopping in their cubicles or offices.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
"The Possession" took ownership of the No. 1 spot at the box office this Labor Day weekend, but there was no love for "The Oogieloves. " The horror flick produced by Sam Raimi did stronger-than-expected business, grossing a solid $21.3 million over the four-day weekend, according to an estimate from distributor Lionsgate. "Lawless," the violent crime drama featuring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy, trailed with a so-so $13-million debut. And then there were those poor "Oogieloves.
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