CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2012 |
So I was sitting in the office when I happened to remark that I liked the Giants for the World Series. Like the Greek Furies, three colleagues swooped in and lined up at the cubicle divider. No real Dodgers fan would back San Francisco, they said. And it wasn't just my team loyalty they challenged. The most implacable Fury, call him Fury No. 1, cast doubt on my identity. I was not a real Angeleno, he said. Only their glowering faces were visible as I sat cowering in my chair.
September 24, 2012 |
For a limited time, members of a hotel loyalty program can get free access to faster security lines at airports around the country. Loews Hotels & Resorts, based in New York, announced Monday that it will pay the $100 application fee for members of its YouFirst Platinum loyalty program who want to sign up for a government program to let pre-screened frequent travelers go through expedited airport checkpoints. But the offer only extends to its current 2,400 members of the program and will expire in 60 days.
September 6, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - For officials who fretted about whether Joe Biden's avuncular style could be tamed by the trappings of the vice presidency, it was an inauspicious beginning. Barely 48 hours into the Obama-Biden administration, the new president ceded the microphone to his partner for a brief task: swear in members of the senior staff. After a bit of confusion, Biden made a crack at the expense of Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., who had transposed words of the presidential oath two days earlier.
June 19, 2012 |
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.
May 10, 2012 |
The Kaprielians from south Orange County are such loyal fans of USC that when pitcher James Kaprielian of Irvine Beckman was on the mound against the rival University Trojans, who have blue uniforms, his grandmother grumbled, "It's weird seeing Trojans in blue. It isn't right. " Enter UCLA baseball Coach John Savage, who came away with the recruiting coup from the class of 2012 by getting Kaprielian to sign with the evil Bruins. "We made sure he didn't see my room," Kaprielian said.
May 1, 2012 |
Politics makes strange bedfellows and even stranger ironies. Take May Day, a holiday that was as much born in the U.S.A. as Bruce Springsteen but was spurned by Americans in the 20th century because the elites feared it was too radical. If you think May Day is a spring festival for dancing around some pole while throwing flowers and hoping to see a fantastic creature like a unicorn, you're in the wrong century and probably the wrong dimension. Pagan Europe celebrated May Day as a summer holiday, but Christianity changed that -- turning to a real calendar that caused, in a way, a time shift.
April 23, 2012 |
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.
April 19, 2012 |
There's a train wreck slowly unfolding in high school sports, and it's time to examine the damage that might take place. Next month, the 10 sections that make up the California Interscholastic Federation will vote on a proposal to revise transfer rules. Under the current rules, an athlete who transfers without moving has to sit out one varsity season unless receiving a hardship waiver. It's designed to prevent athletes from switching schools simply for sports reasons. Now a new proposal, part of a package of changes being sold to schools, would require a 30-day sit-out period as the lone penalty for transferring.
April 13, 2012 |
Facebook has been on a bit of a mobile spending spree lately. The world's biggest social network has acquired the team of developers behind customer-loyalty application Tagtile; the start-up said on its website that Facebook was "acquiring substantially all of our assets. " Financial details of the deal weren't released. "It's a huge opportunity for us to take our goal -- helping businesses grow -- and do it on a much, much bigger scale than we could have on our own," Tagtile said.
March 23, 2012 |
Over the years, Google has changed the way we search online and the way many businesses advertise online. With Android, the company has built the most popular smartphone operating system in the world. And now the tech giant is looking to change the way we use punch cards. The "buy five subs, get the sixth free" card you have in your wallet; the "half off every five cups of coffee" ticket floating at the bottom of your purse -- Google is hoping someday you'll ditch the paper punch cards in favor of an app called Punchd . The app, as you might expect, stores digital versions of loyalty cards on your smartphone and enables you to search for nearby businesses that use Punchd to reward faithful patrons.