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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
More razor blades were found on local playgrounds Wednesday, this time at a city park and at a preschool here. The latest incidents brought to eight the number of such discoveries in Newport Beach and Costa Mesa since late March, police said. Three blades were found on a playground slide at Las Arenas Park in the 1500 block of West Balboa Boulevard about 9 a.m. Wednesday, and three more were found at 6 a.m.
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BUSINESS
January 24, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
American men are experiencing a facial hair free-for-all, embracing the unshaven glory of hipsters and Hollywood, and it's cutting into Procter & Gamble Co.'s bottom line. The owner of razor giant Gillette said it is "seeing a slight decline in wet shaving incidence in the U.S. right now driven by fashion," even as global sales in its grooming sector rose 3% during the quarter that ended Dec. 31, the company said Friday. Movember, the annual charity event in which participants raise awareness of prostate cancer by growing mustaches, exacerbated the national sales slide, according to P&G Chief Financial Officer Jon R. Moeller.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Razor blades, box cutters and other sharp objects have been found in the Lennox Park sandbox, county authorities said. Employees at the county park at 10828 Mansel Ave. found the objects near the slides, swings and monkey bars, said Sgt. Gia Neil of the county Sheriff's Department's Lennox Station. The first discovery was made about three weeks ago. No injuries have been reported, but authorities are urging caution and are trying to alert families to the potential hazards.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Gillette is moving into the below-the-neck manscape landscape in a big way with its new Body Razor, which it is touting as "the first razor built for the terrain of a man's body. "  This news came to our attention in the form of a package, delivered to our office, that included a smooth-chested, swim-trunks-wearing Ken doll to which one of these new Body Razors has been securely twister-tied. Once we got past the bizarre presentation to focus on the razor itself, it seemed vaguely familiar -- as if we'd seen the distinctive handle shape and rounded three-blade head somewhere before.
BUSINESS
June 20, 1992 | ANDREA MAIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On his deathbed, George Washington, the childless father of this country, was bled repeatedly by a zealous barber-surgeon. While bloodletting is no longer part of most barbers' routines, continued mistrust of the profession of knife-wielders may have convinced modern fathers to take matters into their own hands--with electric shavers and safety razor blades.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
The gig: Michael Dubin, 35, is chief executive and co-founder of Dollar Shave Club, a subscription service that delivers razors and laughs. When Dubin released a YouTube video in March 2012 introducing his company, where members can get razors starting at $1 a month (plus $2 in shipping) delivered to their door, he had no idea the replenishable razor blades were going to be such a big hit. The goofy video went viral, orders poured in (12,000 in the first two days) and the company's website, DollarShaveClub, crashed in the first hour.
NEWS
July 26, 1992 | THOMAS V. DiBACCO, THE WASHINGTON POST
Razors and razor blades have many uses, from personal hygiene to cutting a sewing stitch to opening a cardboard box sealed with heavy-duty tape. But the razor took a long time to evolve to its present multifaceted use. That ancient man shaved is certain (conceivably with sharp-edged seashells or rocks); barbers were mentioned in antiquity, as was the shaving of heads. But not until the Middle Ages was a specific implement identified as a razor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 1994 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A kindergartner who faced expulsion after he took a razor blade that he found near his bus stop to school was ordered Wednesday to transfer to another school. "We can't say we're happy with the decision, but we're glad it's over," said Judy Palmer, the boy's grandmother. The controversy began Nov. 15, when 5-year-old Tyler Palmer pocketed a one-inch disposable razor blade he found lying on the ground just before he boarded the school bus.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2001 | MAI TRAN and DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Neon-green warning signs were posted on tree trunks and in play areas at two Costa Mesa parks Thursday after nannies and parents found razor blades on slides and in sand boxes, and pornographic magazines in bushes and restrooms, officials said. "We've stepped up inspection of those areas," said Bruce Hartley, the city's maintenance services manager. "Traditionally, you find the normal litter at parks but nothing malicious like this."
BUSINESS
April 15, 1998 | DIANE SEO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Even Gillette Co., which touts its shaving line as "the best a man can get," evidently thinks it can do better. Obsessed with maintaining its commanding lead in the $1.5-billion U.S. wet-shaving business, Gillette on Tuesday announced a $300-million marketing blitz for a new razor that took the company five years and $750 million to develop. The razor, named Mach3, represents a big gamble for Gillette.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
The gig: Michael Dubin, 35, is chief executive and co-founder of Dollar Shave Club, a subscription service that delivers razors and laughs. When Dubin released a YouTube video in March 2012 introducing his company, where members can get razors starting at $1 a month (plus $2 in shipping) delivered to their door, he had no idea the replenishable razor blades were going to be such a big hit. The goofy video went viral, orders poured in (12,000 in the first two days) and the company's website, DollarShaveClub, crashed in the first hour.
BUSINESS
May 17, 2013 | By Emily Steel
This story starts at a point in time that most observers predicted it would end. The year was 2002. The Internet party was long over. Pets.com and other high-flying digital darlings were defunct. It was the dark days for the few survivors of the dot-com bubble, and Razorfish was barely hanging on. The brash online ad agency that had come to symbolize the arrogance and frivolity of the era had slashed its staff from 1,800 employees to just 230. The company was sold for $8.2 million - a minuscule fraction of its $4.2-billion market value just two years before.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Oh, Gwyneth Paltrow, even being humiliated looks good on you! Paltrow got down with some girl talk on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Friday when the host brought up the dramatic, see-through dress the "Iron Man 3" star rocked at the Hollywood premiere Wednesday night. You know the one . It was sheer down the sides from waist to toes? Ellen tried to be genteel about it, but Gwyneth was more direct. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities "I think there's questions here," said the host, "and the question to me is ... " "Why is her [booty]
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Hugh Jackman was accosted by a razor-toting Bakersfield woman Saturday morning at a New York City gym. The woman, 47-year-old Katherine Thurston, reportedly ran into Jackman outside his gym and said, "We're going to get married, right?" before making her way inside, shouting that she loved him and taking an electric razor out of a bag, according to the New York Post . After losing hold of the razor and being told to leave, she fled and was arrested several blocks away. She was then charged with stalking, police told CNN . The razor reportedly fell out of her hands after a trainer from the gym stepped between Thurston and Jackman.
NEWS
March 9, 2013 | By Judi Dash
Many high-quality electric shavers adapt to different electrical currents for charging during international travel, but they usually require adapters for different-shaped wall outlets. The diminutive new ShaveTech shaver doesn't need any of that rigmarole because it charges with a standard USB port. The shaver, which is about the size of a cellphone, has a flip-open USB plug so you can charge it anywhere using your computer (although the computer itself may need an adapter). Many hotel rooms contain desks with built-in USB ports, and of course some have ports for U.S. appliances, though wattage is usually restricted.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Jail couldn't keep Israel Keyes out of trouble, not even with himself. The prolific serial killer had already been caught and jailed by authorities months ago for his final butchery -- the kidnapping and slaying of 18-year-old Anchorage barista Samantha Koenig, one of the eight people he'd alluded to killing over years of attacks across the country. But a new report released this week by the Alaska Department of Corrections detailed the extent to which the 34-year-old construction worker continued to cause trouble with his captors even as he cooperated with investigators working to discover whom he'd killed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 29, 2001 | MAI TRAN and TINA BORGATTA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
For a month now, someone has been lurking in the shadows of several Newport Beach and Costa Mesa parks, slipping single-edged razor blades around swings, sandboxes and slides. Seven razor blades in five parks have been reported so far--most by parents playing with their children. No one's been cut, but the frightening series of discoveries has wounded the communities' psyche and sense of safety. Many parents are restricting their kids to backyard play, and dog owners too are avoiding the parks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 2002 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite the discovery of dozens of razor blades and nails in three Orange County playgrounds last week, parents and children took to the parks Saturday, a little guarded, definitely shocked, but feeling for the most part unthreatened because of a new vigilance. Dana Brown, 39, of Laguna Beach was throwing a birthday party for her 3-year-old daughter, Madison, on the grounds of the city's Main Beach, where authorities found 18 razors in the sand last Sunday.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2013 | David Lazarus
We can put men on the moon. We can make computers small enough to carry around in our pockets. But we can't make a razor blade that stays sharp longer than a week? It sounds trivial. But the utter lack of progress on the razor front raises fundamental questions about America's industrial might. Has the sun set on the age of innovation in this country? Is it possible that American ingenuity has met its match in a relatively modest personal-hygiene product used by millions of consumers?
NATIONAL
November 16, 2012 | By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - A few hours before Superstorm Sandy struck two weeks ago, Stefano Barbagallo locked up Barbarini, the red-brick cafe he co-owns in Lower Manhattan's South Street Seaport. By the time he returned, the place was finished. Floodwaters had reached to nearly 6 feet, wiping clear the chalkboard that marked the specials. A refrigerator had floated down the block. Tens of thousands of dollars in inventory - meats, cheeses, wines and olive oil - were destroyed. Seven years of work and an investment of $1 million seemed to have vanished.
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