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May 26, 1991
The season-series finale of "Dallas" was an absurd and quite unreasonable ending to a program that has more often than not retained my interest and loyalty. Not only was I appalled at the monotonous and totally twisted rendition of life without J.R. Ewing, but my 86-year-old grandmother was disconcerted by the abominable antics of our once-favorite characters. I agree, "Dallas" did go off with a bang. However, not a moment too soon. Carole Bush, Malibu
April 8, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Less than two months after Delta Airlines revamped its loyalty rewards program, American Airlines has announced loyalty program changes that offer breaks for some travelers but cut out some freebies for others. Unlike the overhaul made at Delta, American will continue to base its rewards points on how many miles you travel. Delta's program now calculates points based on how much money you spend on air travel. The changes announced Tuesday by American attempt to more closely align the rewards rules of the carrier and US Airways, which are in the process of merging to become the world's largest airline.
February 21, 1985
Ernest Conine's article on corporate loyalty (Editorial Pages, Feb. 4) opens up the "chicken or the egg" debate that has prompted this letter. The debate centers on the issue of whether the employee should first show loyalty to gain benefits or the corporation should first give benefits to gain loyalty. My father was the best employee I ever saw. He was always the first one in and the last one to leave. My father worked when he was sick (when he wasn't contagious) and he worked on weekends if necessary.
March 19, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Members of selected loyalty programs at Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways will receive free entry to JetBlue's premium TrueBlue Mosaic club for the rest of 2014 just by signing up. The offer is part of the TrueBlue Mosaic Challenge that kicked off Tuesday and rewards fliers who rack up 3,750 flight points in 90 days. Clearly, JetBlue is out to boost its Mosaic club status numbers, and it's not the first time the airline has made this offer.
June 19, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Square has add new features to both of its mobile payment apps, allowing merchants to offer customers loyalty benefits through its service. The San Francisco start-up announced the update to its Square Register and Pay with Square apps Tuesday. Among the new features are tools letting merchants offer first-visit specials as well as punch cards that can be customized. On the other side of the transaction, customers can now also collect loyalty cards from merchants they frequent and track rewards.
March 7, 2011 | Gregory Rodriguez
Dance, monkey, dance. That's what the United States has long shouted at immigrants and ethnic groups suspected of being disloyal. The nation asks its newcomers to perform in meaningless ways to "prove" they belong here. The dancers change, but not the dance. Because the U.S. is continually incorporating immigrants, the perceived threat of betrayal is constant. This week, Rep. Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) will call the tune on Capitol Hill, with hearings meant to test the loyalty of American Muslims.
October 14, 2009 | BILL SHAIKIN, ON BASEBALL
His buddies had taken over all the television sets. It was game day in the NFL, and Michael Turner was scrambling to keep up with his Angels. His only option was his computer. He was hunched over the screen, reading that Vladimir Guerrero had put the ball in play, watching an arc that represented the ball flying from home plate toward center field. "I started yelling, 'Drop, drop, drop!' " Turner said. "Finally, it did." Guerrero had gotten the game-winning hit. The Angels had vanquished the Boston Red Sox. Turner could go to sleep with a smile on his face.
October 22, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
This post has been updated; see below for details. The Arcade Fire keeps on burning. Hot on the heels of two small-scale warehouse shows in New York, the Canadian indie-rock band on Monday released a new song from its upcoming album, "Reflektor. " Like the title track that appeared last month, "Afterlife" layers frontman Win Butler's vaguely apocalyptic ramblings over a sleek disco groove presumably honed by James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, who's credited as a producer on the album, due Oct. 29. RELATED: Best albums of 2013 so far | Randall Roberts It's one of two songs Arcade Fire performed Monday night on "The Colbert Report," along with " Normal Person ," for which the group did a version of the misdirection prank it pulled off in Brooklyn.
July 19, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Hyundai Motor Co. is solidifying its image among auto shoppers. The South Korean automaker toppled Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. to take the top spot in brand loyalty, according to Kelley Blue Book's measure of brand loyalty during the second quarter of this year. Although Hyundai has held that position for a month once before, it was the first time since the auto information company began tracking the data that Hyundai has held the No. 1 spot for an entire quarter.
October 23, 2010 | By Sue Stock
Listening to Kirsten Gebhardt talk about the first time she went to the Container Store is like listening to someone talk about falling in love. "My breath was taken away," she said. "I was overwhelmed. " Gebhardt is a 39-year-old mother of two from Cary, N.C., and is normally busy running errands and carpooling. But when it comes to the Container Store, everything else takes a back seat. When the catalog comes, it's at the top of her reading pile. And the opening date of the first North Carolina store was circled on her calendar for months.
March 9, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
TAL KHALAKH, Syria - For more than a year, Ghassan Eid didn't speak to his son, Khaled, who abandoned his job as a policeman and joined the armed rebels. "I was ashamed," recalled the father, a shop owner in Tal Khalakh, long renowned as a smuggling hub with nearby Lebanon - and more recently as a cross-border terminus for arms and rebel fighters. "He was not my son anymore. " All that has changed. Khaled has renounced the uprising to oust President Bashar Assad and is studying to become a lawyer.
February 28, 2014 | By Mindy Farrabee
Toward the end of "Half Bad," a debut young adult novel about battling witches by British author Sally Green, readers learn that the protagonist's favorite book is "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich," the 1962 novel about life in a Soviet gulag. Why does he like it so much? another character asks him. "Because [Ivan] survives," he answers flatly. Likening the psychic terrain of young adulthood to a prison camp (where illusions die ignoble deaths and defying authority is a prerequisite for forging one's identity)
February 28, 2014 | By John Horn
Anyone who has seen director Alfonso CuarĂ³n and cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki work together might think they spend all of their time arguing like an old married couple, the squabbles punctuated by all manner of Spanish swear words. "They are very intense," said David Heyman, a producer of "Gravity," their Oscar-nominated and most celebrated collaboration. "They are both perfectionists and unrelenting in their pursuit of that perfection. " But like some old married couples, underneath their disagreements rest a deep and abiding trust and respect.
February 19, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
T-Mobile, which got into a bit of trouble with BlackBerry a few days ago when it encouraged its BlackBerry users to switch to the iPhone 5s, is trying to make amends. The wireless carrier said in a blog post that starting this Friday, it will offer a $200 credit to users -- including non-T-Mobile customers -- who trade in their current BlackBerry and upgrade to a new T-Mobile device, whether that's a new BlackBerry or another manufacturer's device. Existing T-Mobile BlackBerry users who trade in their BlackBerrys and choose a new Q10 or Z10 smartphone will get an additional $50 off. PHOTOS: 10 ways to use the sharing economy The limited-time promotion came a day after BlackBerry CEO John Chen blasted T-Mobile in a blog post for targeting BlackBerry users with an offer to switch to the iPhone 5s for $0 down.
January 22, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Letterman jackets are considered so retro that some high school athletes are hesitant to be seen wearing one. But don't tell that to L.A. Cathedral soccer standout Axel Mendez, who proudly walks around campus wearing his jacket filled with patches testifying to accomplishments, from being All-Southern Section to being a scholar-athlete. It's part of a high school sports experience that he refuses to abandon at a time when other elite players in the Southern California soccer world are choosing a different path.
January 5, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Just when UCLA fans thought they had seen their breathtaking quarterback take every possible twist and turn in his two-year romp through the Bruins' increasingly florid football landscape, Brett Hundley showed his greatest move yet. By standing still. In a decision that will have Westwood cheering until it's powder blue in the face, UCLA's charismatic field leader will announce Monday he is foregoing a chance to be a high pick in this year's NFL draft to remain as the UCLA quarterback for a 2014 season that can now be decorated in shades of championship potential and hints of a Heisman.
April 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
U.S. Travel Assn.'s Daily Giveaways features a new discount -- or two, or three, or more -- on hotels, car rentals, entertainment and other travel services each day until May 11. Today's deal (Monday) offers savings on hotel packages in the form of loyalty points at Ramada, Super 8, Days Inn, Wyndham and Wingate by Wyndham properties. The deal: Here's how this offer works: Start by signing up for free at Wyndham Rewards loyalty program . On the Daily Getaways website, click on "today" and you'll see the price for loyalty points and the redemption value for a future stay.
December 10, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you are one of those travelers who leaves no rewards-earning stone unturned, you might want to consider signing up for the loyalty program at Burbank Bob Hope Airport. Southwest Airlines just joined the list of partners for the program that's the first of its kind in the state, the airport announced Monday. Here's how it works: Members earn one airline mile or two hotel points for every dollar spent shopping, eating or parking at the airport and at 170 participating airport vendors nationwide.
November 17, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
APATZINGAN, Mexico - In this city in western Mexico, sympathy runs strong for the Knights Templar, a cult-like drug cartel that has used extortion and intimidation to control much of the local economy and undermine government. A few miles up the road, however, amid the lime groves and avocado fields of Michoacan state, residents have taken up weapons to run the Knights Templar out of their towns. They call themselves "self-defense" squads, their territory "liberated. " For the moment, the two well-armed camps are being kept apart by a stepped-up but tenuous federal military deployment.
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