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May 16, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside has a special offer for active and veteran members of the U.S. military this month: $159 a night for a room that includes dinner for two and valet parking. It's a good discount off the usual rates -- and might make for a nice Memorial Day getaway. The deal: A Salute to Our Heroes package includes a room, dinner for two at the hotel's Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro and free valet parking. A military ID is required for this deal.
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BUSINESS
October 4, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law legislation that was heavily lobbied by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and aimed at boosting sales of high-tech goods and services. Four measures, part of a package of 18 business-friendly bills approved Friday, seek to ease the regulatory burden on developers of smartphone-based payment systems; reverse a retroactive tax hike on investors in small start-up companies, and create a "Made in California" program to help market innovative, locally manufactured consumer products.
NEWS
July 16, 1985 | Associated Press
A woman preparing dinner opened a package of broccoli that had been in her freezer for four months and discovered it was a bomb, police said today. Police Chief Jim Connors said the woman, who declined to be identified, found the device Sunday night. Federal agents were to inspect the package, which had been opened, the broccoli replaced by a plastic bottle filled with gunpowder, and re-glued.
TRAVEL
January 18, 1987
We just had to write to thank Jerry Hulse for a recent item in Travel Tips. Dollarstretcher, a subsidiary of British Airways, has done a magnificent job on its promotion package of $399 round trip LAX to Gatwick. After reading the tip we booked and were on our way within a week. We stayed at the Bedford Hotel in Russell Square. It was comfortable, clean and conveniently located to Underground, restaurants and shopping. We visited with friends, did some sightseeing and Christmas shopping during the week we were in London.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 31, 1985
Less than a month after it was introduced as a bold attempt to establish an ad-hoc daytime network of independent stations, the two-hour "INDAY" package was on the verge of being cut in half by its distributor Wednesday because of low ratings.
TRAVEL
March 2, 1986
Since 1972 I have been going to Lech, Austria, annually for skiing. As a result, I greatly enjoyed the Stan Hollander article Feb. 2. However, the article was lacking in basic information. The article only hints at the vast land area and varied terrain that can be skied, covering several mountains and towns with intelligently connecting lifts. The great majority of hotels and pensions are 1-5 minutes' walk from the lifts. A few hotels and sample rates were provided but did not go far enough.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 1996 | DON SHIRLEY
The Gascon Center Theatre in Culver City sparkles with tiny lights for "Stories of the Season," an engaging roundelay of winter's tales inspired by many cultures, presented story-theater style. The cast of six has a repertoire of 10 stories, each represented by a package. Selected audience members pick five packages to open, resulting in a different quintet of stories at each performance. Cast members also discuss holiday traditions and, as a low-key finale, tell personal seasonal memories.
NEWS
June 6, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Make a splash at SeaWorld this month with a $338 vacation package at San Diego's Paradise Point Resort & Spa  that includes a stay in a bungalow-style hotel room and two adult tickets to the park. Paradise Point, just across the street from SeaWorld, includes breakfast, parking and a water taxi ride in the package. The deal: Book your trip by June 30 for a stay in June, July or August. The discount is 20% off the regular rate of $423 for a Lanai Garden Room. Other savings include two adult tickets to SeaWorld ($156 value)
NEWS
September 19, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Grand Canyon Railway provides a different way to visit Grand Canyon National Park . Trains run from historic Williams, Ariz., to the South Rim for a visit. The railway is offering fall packages starting at $390 per couple, which includes train tickets, two nights at a hotel and even a Wild West shoot-out at the depot. The deal: The Railway Express Plus package starts and ends in Williams, about 35 miles west of Flagstaff. The deal includes round-trip train travel between Williams and the Grand Canyon plus two nights at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams.
TRAVEL
January 17, 2010
This Valentine's Day package at the Gaige House stands out because the inn is in a relaxing, almost-hidden crossroads tucked away in Sonoma's wine country. The 23-room inn in Glen Ellen has a romantic day and night planned with sparkling wine, a couples massage and a rose petal bath. The deal: The package rate starts at $314 per night for two people and includes accommodations, a 50-minute couples Swedish/deep tissue massage, sparkling wine and a rose petal bath. The Valentine's Day weekend requires a two-night minimum, but if you want to take advantage of the package for just one night, book it for Feb. 11. Queen rooms with the package on this date were $369; a king was $399, a studio suite was $469 and a Zen suite was $529.
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