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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1987
How beautiful is the United States. Mexico is beautiful, too. A person's homeland always maintains a special grip on his heart and memory. But economic despair drives people to desperate measures. In Pabellon de Arteaga, Mexico, the other day, a railroad station master watched local residents board a train for the border city of Ciudad Juarez and commented: "In their hearts they may not want to go, but they cannot resist the lure of the dollar and a better life."
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June 6, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
In Singapore , guests view paintings by emerging artists; in Cambodia , they can catch a puppet show; in the Seychelles , they see work by a painter, the only one on the island of Praslin.   It's all part of the local art scene on display at the nine Raffles Hotels & Resorts . “Art is very much in the DNA of Raffles,” said Diana Banks, vice president of sales and marketing. “We encourage our hotels and our hotel partners to develop a concept for their art collection that reflects local culture, and to be in character with Raffles' nature of authenticity and individuality.” The hotel group, which was launched in 1887 in Singapore, comprises several hotels based in Asia and the Middle East and one in Paris.
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SPORTS
October 27, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Ron Artest's decision to raffle off his championship ring and donate the proceeds to mental health charities is a remarkable gesture that has received too little attention.? While athletes' auctions more often benefit only the sellers, this one draws attention to a cause near and dear to the Lakers forward.? "It's not about how much money I can raise," Artest told Larry King on Wednesday night, announcing that the winner would be announced Dec. 25. "It's more about the message.
NEWS
December 20, 2012 | By Rosemary McClure
When the new Raffles Hainan resort opens in March in China, guests will have their choice of exotic decor: They can choose from a wing where rooms are designed in a Balinese style, or from another where the decor is inspired by Asian ethnic hill tribes.   Hainan is one of four new Raffles Hotels & Resorts projects planned during the upcoming two years; others are scheduled to open their doors in the Philippines , Istanbul and Indonesia .    "The opening of our Hainan resort ideally complements Raffles' flagship heritage hotel in China -- Raffles Beijing," said Herbert Laubichler-Pichler, general manager of the Hainan hotel.    Raffles , a luxury hotel company, has a history dating to 1887, when Raffles Hotel Singapore opened.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1986 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, Times Staff Writer
When the City of Anaheim found itself the winner of four free vacations to Hawaii, officials had a tough time trying to decide whether to keep the prizes. On Wednesday, Leena Kanal, a senior word processing operator, had no problem deciding: "I'm going to go. For sure. I'm positive." Kanal and a second city employee, Dennis Urschel of the Public Utilities Department, each won Memorial Day weekend trips for two to Maui that the city unexpectedly received.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
Valentine's Day shouldn't be followed by bitterness — unless, of course, you're visiting Santa Monica's Library Alehouse beginning Feb. 15. That's when the Westside's craft beer destination will launch its 11-day HopHead Heaven festival, which is specializing in hoppy beers. Things will be kept close to home on opening day, which the bar has dubbed "local bitterness" night, featuring India pale ales from nearby brewers such as Eagle Rock, Bootlegger, Smog City, Cismontane and Ladyface.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
For $100, you could fund a shopping spree at the 99 Cents Only store or host a feast catered by your favorite fast-food eatery's dollar menu. Or you could buy a house -- maybe. The Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club, a chapter of Rotary International, is hosting an online raffle of a house of the winner's choice valued up to $600,000, with an included reserve of $400,000 for closing costs and taxes on the sale, said Maureen Micklich, a spokeswoman for Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers Inc., which is a beneficiary of the contest.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2009
More than 50 crafty vendors will hawk handmade wares at the Bust Holiday Craftacular , a holiday celebration of old-fashioned creativity. Handbags, jewelry, clothing and seasonal cards will be for sale, along with savory edibles from Two Boots Pizza and the Grilled Cheese Truck. Raffle prizes and DJs round out the entertainment. Goodie bags will be given to the first 250 attendees. The Echo and the Echoplex, 1822 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. $2. (213) 413-8200. www.attheecho.
SPORTS
April 11, 1989 | TOM YANTZ, Hartford Courant
The black bat rests on red velvet in a polished cedar case. Four strips of adhesive tape on the handle are worn where the hitter's hands once rested. Below the bat a proclamation reads: "On Aug. 11, 1986 Pete Rose used this bat to go 5-for-5 against the San Francisco Giants at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati. It was the 10th time in Pete's career that he'd hit safely five times in a game, thereby breaking the previous N.L. record." In the lower right corner of the case, there is a videocassette tape -- "Baseball The Pete Rose Way, Learn Baseball From a Living Legend."
TRAVEL
April 26, 1992
I read with sadness the article about the Raffles Hotel. In September, 1989, I was traveling alone with a tour group staying at a hotel within walking distance of the Raffles. One afternoon, without mentioning the real reason, I asked several friends in our group if they would like to join me and have a famous Singapore Sling at the Raffles. As we raised our glasses for a toast, I said, "Let's celebrate my birthday today." The waiter immediately heard and quickly announced to everyone in the bar area to join in wishing me, a visitor from the Los Angeles area, a happy birthday.
NEWS
September 12, 2012 | By Anne Harnagel, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The storied Raffles Hotel in Singapore , which over the decades has welcomed the raffish (Charlie Chaplin) and the revered (Queen Elizabeth II), is celebrating its 125 th birthday on Sept. 16.  Those with deep pockets who want to join the festivities can book Raffles' "Time to Celebrate" luxury package (for $40K), which includes two nights in the Presidential Suite, airport transfers in the hotel Bentley, a pair of engraved Jaeger-LeCoultre commemorative watches and two tickets to the fancy dress dinner on Saturday or dinner for two in the Bar & Billiard Room.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2012 | By Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times
Valentine's Day shouldn't be followed by bitterness — unless, of course, you're visiting Santa Monica's Library Alehouse beginning Feb. 15. That's when the Westside's craft beer destination will launch its 11-day HopHead Heaven festival, which is specializing in hoppy beers. Things will be kept close to home on opening day, which the bar has dubbed "local bitterness" night, featuring India pale ales from nearby brewers such as Eagle Rock, Bootlegger, Smog City, Cismontane and Ladyface.
BUSINESS
October 27, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Real estate agents listing an $8-million home in Santa Monica wanted to ensure a good crowd for an open house last month, so they hired a stilt walker, shirtless male jugglers and a contortionist who floated in the pool, encased in a clear plastic bubble. Over near the Beverly Center, an agent stationed models in front of a new condominium project. Wearing chocolate velour robes and flip-flops, the young men and women served up free drinks — in keeping with the marketing theme that "it's always cocktail hour" at these condos.
SPORTS
October 29, 2010 | By Mike Bresnahan
Ron Artest considered doing something goofy and decided against it. No boxer shorts. No fake beards. No nonsense. He played it straight on "Larry King Live," unlike his other appearances on nighttime talk shows. He did the right thing, it turned out. The Lakers forward said his website attracted 1.7 million page views during his time on Larry King's show Wednesday to promote the fact he was raffling off his championship ring to benefit mental health. In fact, Artest had too many visitors to the website, ronartest.
SPORTS
October 27, 2010 | Jerry Crowe
Ron Artest's decision to raffle off his championship ring and donate the proceeds to mental health charities is a remarkable gesture that has received too little attention.? While athletes' auctions more often benefit only the sellers, this one draws attention to a cause near and dear to the Lakers forward.? "It's not about how much money I can raise," Artest told Larry King on Wednesday night, announcing that the winner would be announced Dec. 25. "It's more about the message.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2009
More than 50 crafty vendors will hawk handmade wares at the Bust Holiday Craftacular , a holiday celebration of old-fashioned creativity. Handbags, jewelry, clothing and seasonal cards will be for sale, along with savory edibles from Two Boots Pizza and the Grilled Cheese Truck. Raffle prizes and DJs round out the entertainment. Goodie bags will be given to the first 250 attendees. The Echo and the Echoplex, 1822 Sunset Blvd., L.A. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat. $2. (213) 413-8200. www.attheecho.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2009 | By Seema Mehta
Robert Gonzalez has worked for the Capistrano Unified School District for two decades, mostly at an elementary school for special-needs children. The maintenance man has survived years of budget cuts and layoffs, and worries whether his livelihood will be affected. So when he heard that a nonprofit foundation was raffling off a car to raise money for the district's schools, he decided to buy a ticket for $50. "I thought even if I didn't win, something can go to the school," said Gonzalez, who repairs air conditioners at the district's 56 schools.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
For $100, you could fund a shopping spree at the 99 Cents Only store or host a feast catered by your favorite fast-food eatery's dollar menu. Or you could buy a house -- maybe. The Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club, a chapter of Rotary International, is hosting an online raffle of a house of the winner's choice valued up to $600,000, with an included reserve of $400,000 for closing costs and taxes on the sale, said Maureen Micklich, a spokeswoman for Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers Inc., which is a beneficiary of the contest.
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