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March 18, 1993 | Greg Johnson / Times staff writer
It's the time of year when the Easter Bunny hops into local shopping malls for photo opportunities with young believers. He also draws a fair number of moms, dads and other potential shoppers. Yet, despite his fame, the bunny can't match the drawing power of the bearded man in the red suit. Last year, the bunny drummed up just 20% of the business that Santa Claus generated, said Stephanie D. Greene, marketing director for the Mall of Orange.
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NEWS
May 12, 1994 | KATHRYN BOLD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For Nancy Reagan, it's the little red suit. For Larry King, it's his trademark suspenders. For Cher, black Spandex. Most people have their favorite looks, but some cling to styles like security blankets. They get stuck in a fashion rut. You can see these fashion time-travelers everywhere: Women prance around in miniskirts decades after they should be baring their thighs.
NEWS
June 22, 1988 | ELIZABETH MEHREN
Nancy Reagan, the First Lady of the United States, also became the First Lady of Hockey on Tuesday. In an event hastily tacked on to her official schedule at the Economic Summit here, Mrs. Reagan visited the National Hockey League Hall of Fame here and was the first woman to be honored by the organization. She earned the honor, according to NHL President John Ziegler, when she participated in an NHL "Just Say No" salute at the Capital Centre outside Washington on March 25. As part of Mrs.
NEWS
December 24, 2013 | By James Bartlett
Forget the jolly fat man in the red suit. In Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital, kids and adults flock to see the Black Santa. Come rain or shine (or snow), the man known as Black Santa sits on the steps of Belfast Cathedral, the Cathedral Church of St Anne from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. from Dec. 17 to Christmas Eve. He's not there to give away gifts but to collect for about 150 local charities.    This Santa derives his name from the Anglican clerical cloak (or cowl) that the dean of the cathedral wears.
BUSINESS
December 10, 2012 | By Shan Li
First there was surfing Santa Claus and hockey-playing Santa. Now St. Nick is strapping on an oxygen tank to take photos underwater with shoppers at Sport Chalet. The sporting goods chain, based in La Canada, is offering customers a free photo op with a scuba diving Santa on Dec. 15. at several stores including locales in Irvine, La Canada and Rancho Cucamonga. "All this is required is a smile, swimsuit, and towel," the company said in a statement. The scuba diving is limited to those 10 years old and over, although younger kids hoping to gurgle a few Christmas wishes can opt to snorkel with the big guy in the red suit.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2009 | Chris Lee
Shirtless and dressed in red leather pants and matching jacket unzipped to his navel, Eddie Murphy sauntered onto the stage of Washington, D.C.'s, Constitution Hall one night in 1983 and changed the face of stand-up comedy forever. At the time, Murphy was "Saturday Night Live's" youngest cast member and a newly in-demand movie star after the success of his action comedy "48 Hrs."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2013 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
A week before Christmas in 2003, a retired Los Angeles schoolteacher stood before a phalanx of news cameras and 250 reporters in a South Carolina ballroom and declared, "I am Essie Mae Washington-Williams, and at last I am completely free. " After more than 60 years, Washington-Williams had chosen to unburden herself of a secret: that she, a black woman, had been fathered by a white man - Sen. Strom Thurmond, the legendary South Carolina politician who had built a long Washington career as a champion of segregation.
IMAGE
September 21, 2008 | Kavita Daswani, Special to The Times
GOOGLE "Hillary Clinton's pantsuits" and the thousands of pages that come up are an amalgamation of gentle mockery, a modicum of flattery and all-out derision. Punch line and rallying cry, those suits have been seared into the public consciousness. (Who can forget the bright tangerine number the former presidential candidate wore on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention last month?) But lost in the clamor was the designer.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Based on its premiere, "The Flash" traps a speedy man in a slow series. It debuts with a two-hour movie at 8 tonight on CBS (Channels 2 and 8), bringing America a superhero spun from a DC Comics character who fights crime with blinding velocity. It seems that Central City is being terrorized by biker punks led by a murderer named Pike who is mobilizing his leather-jacketed legions to take over the city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1994 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Burt Reynolds and Loni Anderson entered a Van Nuys courtroom through separate doors Tuesday, but they left hand-in-hand. After two days of excruciatingly detailed testimony about Reynolds' foundering financial affairs, the couple hammered out an agreement about how much monthly child support he should pay for their adopted 6-year-old son, Quinton. The agreement was reached in Superior Court Judge Robert M.
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