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November 29, 2011 | David Lazarus
Howard Cohen has received dozens of calls from "Rachel" at "card member services. " At first he thought they must be from his credit card issuer. Now he knows better. "It's a scam," Cohen, 67, of Fontana told me. "All they want is to get you into some new credit card with a higher interest rate - or worse. " The "worse" in this case is possibly having your identity stolen and bogus charges run up on your plastic. The Web is dripping with complaints from consumers nationwide about the "Rachel" calls.
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April 12, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Rachel Zoe, stylist, fashion designer and author of "Living in Style: Inspiration And Advice for Everyday Glamour," (written with Monica Corcoran Harel) kicked things off at the Festival of Books on Saturday morning. She was interviewed by photographer, TV personality and friend Amanda de Cadenet before a capacity crowd of 150.  Clad in a black jumpsuit and 6-inch Brian Atwood heels with a 1-1/2-inch platform (the audience asked), Zoe and de Cadenet chatted for 45 minutes.
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BUSINESS
September 10, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Lori has been receiving calls from "Credit Card Services," a.k.a. "Cardmember Services," a.k.a. Rachel. These particularly annoying telemarketing intrusions are often known as "Rachel calls" because many begin with a recording that says, "This is Rachel at Cardmember Services. " ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions Whatever name is used, the pitch is almost always the same -- an attempt to dupe you into signing up for a new credit card that will almost certainly come with a higher rate than your existing plastic.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The documentary gods are smiling on us this week. One of the real knockout docs of 2013 is back in town. That would be "Big Men," an astonishing look inside the world of oil capitalism in the West African nations of Ghana and Nigeria. The film took director Rachel Boynton seven years to make and was worth every minute. Boynton's last film was the excellent "Our Brand Is Crisis," and she specializes in the kind of insider access filmmakers only dream about. In this compelling doc, she offers an incisive look at how the enormous wealth oil creates subverts the morality of individuals, corporations, even entire countries.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2009 | Juliette Funes
After doctors told Jeanie Flowers that her 3-month-old daughter, Rachel, was blind, the new mom had to learn how to help the girl cope with her condition. It didn't happen. At 13, Rachel still didn't know how to brush her teeth, get dressed or tie her shoe laces. Flowers, instead, bought her Velcro shoes, fed her and did most simple tasks for her. "Living with a blind kid, sometimes it's so much easier to do things for them and to expedite things," she said.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2014 | David Lazarus
I almost feel sorry for telemarketers. Almost. Last week, I solicited advice from readers about the best ways to get telemarketers to stop bugging you, especially robocallers like "Rachel from cardholder services," which the former head of the Federal Trade Commission branded "public enemy No. 1. " Judging from the avalanche of responses I received, I can say with confidence that many of you are not only fed up with these pests, you're more...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2003 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
The very name of the group Rachel's seems to suggest an unresolved thought or story. And so does the Louisville ensemble's music, stitching modern tonal classical styles with subtle, rock-distilled tension and well-integrated found-sound recordings into haunting compositions that seem like hints rather than complete statements. Thursday at the Echo, the quintet highlighted pieces from its fifth album, "Systems/Layers," a new collaboration with New York's experimental SITI theater company.
NATIONAL
August 21, 2008 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
The only landmark for about 40 miles on a barren stretch of highway is a mailbox battered by time and desert gusts. It's known as the Black Mailbox, though it's actually a faded white. Over the years, hundreds of people have converged here in south-central Nevada to photograph the box -- the size of a small television, held up by a chipped metal pole. They camp next to it. They try to break into it. They debate its significance, or simply huddle by it for hours, staring into the night.
FOOD
October 15, 2008 | Matthew DeBord, Special to The Times
"RACHEL Getting Married," a new movie from director Jonathan Demme and starring Anne Hathaway, opened this month and quickly became a surprise hit. In the film, Hathaway plays a recovering drug addict who's released from rehab to join her sister's raucous Connecticut wedding. Another surprise came for screenwriter Jenny Lumet, daughter of director Sidney Lumet, who didn't foresee tapping into a widespread obsession with loading the dishwasher. A crucial scene in "Rachel" involves a dishwasher-loading contest, in which the father of the bride and the bridegroom battle against the clock to discover who has the better dishwasher-loading moves.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2009 | MARY McNAMARA, TELEVISION CRITIC
When the Weinstein Co. announced a year and a half ago that it was moving "Project Runway" from Bravo to Lifetime, it did more than tick off the good folks at NBC; it sent tremors of fear through the fan base. As the original January premiere date for Season 6 came and went, with Bravo parent company NBC Universal and the Weinstein Co. duking it out in court, devotees were not only jonesing, they were worried. What would the move to Lifetime mean? A kinder, gentler Heidi Klum sending off eliminated contestants with a murmured "Ciao" instead of the clipped "Auf Wiedersehen"?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Rachel "Bunny" Mellon, a philanthropist, art patron and self-taught horticulturalist whose generous support of presidential candidate John Edwards drew her into the political scandal that ended his career, died Monday at her estate in Upperville, Va. She was 103. She died of natural causes, said her longtime friend and attorney, Alexander D. Forger. Mellon, a Listerine heiress who married banking scion Paul Mellon, lived quietly on a 2,000-acre Virginia farm, where her fabled guests included John and Jacqueline Kennedy and two generations of British royalty.
NATIONAL
March 17, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Rachel “Bunny” Lambert Mellon, the heiress, philanthropist and horticulturist who was a confidante of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and became a central figure in the trial of John Edwards by using her money to hide his mistress during his 2008 presidential campaign, has died at her Virginia estate. She was 103.  Her death was confirmed by her assistant, Tony Willis. Mellon was the granddaughter of the inventor of Listerine who gained even greater wealth when she married banking scion Paul Mellon.
NATIONAL
March 12, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Rachel Canning, the New Jersey teenager who sued her parents for financial support after she left their home, has proved Thomas Wolfe wrong: It seems you can, indeed, go home again, despite legal unpleasantness. Canning, 18, a cheerleader, athlete and honor student, returned to the safety and security of her family in Roseland, N.J. Her lawyer, Angelo Sarno told reporters that the teenager "has returned home and reunited with her parents and siblings. Her return home is not contingent on any financial and/or other considerations.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Bright and early on Jan. 16, Terence and Rachel Winter woke up to discover they had made Oscars history. As the Academy Award nominations were announced, Terence, a multiple Emmy-winning writer-producer who created HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," scored an Oscar nod for adapted screenplay for "The Wolf of Wall Street. " And Rachel, whose filmography skews toward smaller, indie productions, landed a nomination as a producer of "Dallas Buyers Club," in the running for best picture this year.
OPINION
February 23, 2014 | By Gary Paul Nabhan
" But most of all I shall remember the monarchs, that unhurried westward drift of one small winged form after another, each drawn by some invisible force. " - Rachel Carson, in a letter to Dorothy Freeman, Sept. 10, 1963 . After news broke recently that the number of migratory monarch butterflies that had arrived to winter in Mexico was the lowest since reliable records began, I went on the road on behalf of the Make Way for Monarchs initiative. This solutions-oriented collaboration is working to place millions of additional milkweeds in toxin-free habitats this next year.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Robert Abele
The risible slab of screwball-inspired nonsense called "Barefoot" has the distinction of featuring what has to be the only female character no actress of any pedigree could ever make believable. We're introduced to blond, beautiful Daisy (Evan Rachel Wood, valiant in thankless defeat) as a blank-faced psych ward newbie whose mother kept her in forced isolation her whole life. But when freed by a bad boy scion (Scott Speedman) who needs a wholesome fake girlfriend for his brother's wedding to help loosen the purse strings of his disapproving dad (Treat Williams)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Though unevenly told and at times too fanciful for its own good, "Electrick Children" marks an intriguing feature debut for its risk-taking writer-director, Rebecca Thomas. Thomas apparently drew on her own upbringing to craft this 1996-set tale of 15-year-old Rachel (Julia Garner, excellent), a fundamentalist Utah Mormon who believes she's become pregnant by secretly listening to an old cover recording of Blondie's "Hanging on the Telephone" sung by a stirring male voice. To avoid a face-saving marriage arranged by her religious leader father (a nicely calibrated Billy Zane)
BUSINESS
December 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Who knew Bill Gates was such a nifty Reddit user? The billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder took to Reddit recently to partake in the online community's Secret Santa Exchange . Gates was matched up with Reddit user NY1227 , otherwise known as Rachel, who he then proceeded to give a memorable gift. Gates shipped the unsuspecting Reddit user a seven-pound box filled with a travel book, a stuffed cow, a card indicating a donation to Heifer International in Rachel's name, a signed holiday card, and a picture of himself holding the card and the cow in front of a Christmas tree.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2014 | By Rene Lynch
Rachel and David in "The Biggest Loser" finale? Saw that one coming. But Bobby?!?! Second chances, indeed. Rachel was all but guaranteed to win the first-ever triathlon staged by the weight-loss reality show, given her strong swimming background. And David is just flat out a stronger and faster competitor than the rest of the field -- and still has a good bit of weight to lose. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Bobby, however, had been eliminated once from the show, and managed to fight his way back in. At times, he'd been called out for not working very hard in the gym. And he came in dead last in the five-person triathlon.
BUSINESS
January 13, 2014 | David Lazarus
I almost feel sorry for telemarketers. Almost. Last week, I solicited advice from readers about the best ways to get telemarketers to stop bugging you, especially robocallers like "Rachel from cardholder services," which the former head of the Federal Trade Commission branded "public enemy No. 1. " Judging from the avalanche of responses I received, I can say with confidence that many of you are not only fed up with these pests, you're more...
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