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Casual attire may rule in the office, but as men find themselves needing a tux more than once a decade, a rise in rentals is fueling a national consolidation in the men's formal-wear industry. Gary's Tux Shops of Van Nuys on Wednesday agreed to merge with Chicago-based Gingiss Formalwear in a stock transaction to create the first nationwide chain of tuxedo rental stores. Additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.
April 7, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Elvis slept here. A Midcentury Modern home in Palm Springs that was once leased to the "King of Rock 'n' Roll" Elvis Presley is up for sale at $9.5 million. Billed as his “honeymoon retreat,” the 1960 house is also notable for its unusual shape. The residence  consists of four circle-shaped living spaces on three levels. Curved walls of stone, a round kitchen island and a circular fireplace in the center of the living room echo the structural shape. Expanses of glass take in views of the Santa Rosa Mountains and Coachella Valley.
July 19, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
College textbooks are getting a bit more affordable. Inc. on Monday said it launched a program in which college students can rent digital copies of "tens of thousands of textbooks" at a fraction of the cost of buying them. The online retailer said the rental fees could be as much as 80% lower than the purchase price. Students can rent a textbook for as few as 30 days or up to 360 days, with fees based on how long the book is rented, Amazon said. Rentals can be read on Amazon's Kindle e-reader, as well as Macs and PCs that have the Kindle app. They can also be read on smartphones and tablet computers running the Apple iOS, Microsoft Windows Phone 7 and Google Android operating systems.
April 4, 2014
If you go THE BEST WAY TO DUBLIN, IRELAND From LAX, United, Delta, US Airways, American, British, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus offer connecting service (change of planes) to Dublin. Restricted round-trip fares from $659 to $1,214, including taxes and fees. From Dublin, there's a direct train to Westport. The three-hour trip costs about $45 each way. WHERE TO STAY Knockranny House Hotel, Castlebar Road, Westport; 011-353-98-28600, . This elegant hotel, set in a Victorian-like mansion on a hill, is nicely located near bicycle rentals for the start of a greenway ride.
June 16, 2011 | By Alex Pham, Los Angeles Times
Redbox made good on its promise back in April to roll out video game rentals across its network of kiosks, announcing that 21,000 of its 27,000 kiosks nationwide will offer a mix of games and movies starting Friday. The company, which has rented more than 1 billion movies since introducing its service in 2003, had been testing game rentals for two years at 5,000 of its kiosks. It found that the average revenue of kiosks that rented games as well as movies was 10% to 15% higher than machines that rented only movies.
May 6, 2013
Quentin Tarantino's bloody slave revenge epic “Django Unchained” fought off gangsters, ghosts and a tsunami to hang on to the No. 1 spot in DVD sales and rentals -- for the second week running. Also, with “Jurassic Park 3-D” in theaters and “Jurassic Park 4” in pre-production, the 1994 release of “Jurassic Park” made a surprise reappearance on the rental chart -- in its 968th week. Here are the top titles for the week that ended April 27 for sales and April 28 for rentals, according to Rentrak.
February 7, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
A bicycle built for two might make for a romantic spin around San Francisco . Bike and Roll offers a discount on daily tandem bike rentals for Valentine's Day -- and lots of suggestions on where to pedal. Maybe over the Golden Gate Bridge , which turns 75 this year? The deal: Ride With Your Valentine on a Bicycle Built for 2, as the promotion is called, offers tandems for $45 a day instead of the usual $60. There's also a $5 damage waiver charge. Reservations are required, and the deal is based on availability.
July 25, 2011 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Here is a roundup of alleged cons, frauds and schemes to watch out for. Payday loans A federal court has ordered a Redwood City, Calif., company to pay more than $4.8 million after the Federal Trade Commission accused the company of deceiving hundreds of thousands of payday loan applicants into paying for unwanted debit cards. Swish Marketing Inc. operated websites that offered to connect loan applicants with lenders. Applicants who applied for short-term loans, or payday loans, often ended up unknowingly ordering debit cards for which they were charged $54.95, unless they checked a box saying they didn't want them, the FTC said.
May 21, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
A judge has ruled that Airbnb, the popular online service that allows homeowners and apartment dwellers to offer their residences as temporary rentals, is illegal in New York City. The decision from the city's Environmental Control Board found that New Yorkers offering their dwellings on the website violate a state regulation designed to dissuade landlords from operating their buildings as illegal hotels. The law, approved in 2010 and enacted in 2011, prohibits apartment occupants from renting out their spaces for less than 29 days.
November 19, 2012
DVD and Blu-ray sales were dominated by the debuting "The Amazing Spider-Man," while rentals were ruled by the returning "Prometheus. " Holdovers "The Campaign" and "Disney Fairies: Secret of the Wings" were strong sellers, and "Magic Mike" and "The Avengers" were still strong rentals after many weeks on the charts. Below are the DVD charts for the week ended Nov. 10 (sales) and Nov. 11 (rentals), with data provided by Rentrak. Top 10 DVD and Blu-ray sales 1. "The Amazing Spider-Man" (Sony)
April 1, 2014 | By Judi Dash
Whether you've tracked in snow, mud, dirt or sand, there's no reason you should trouble yourself with scrubbing the floors of your weekend getaway or vacation rental. Just let loose the new Scooba 450 , a little robot floor mopper from the same folks who created the popular do-it-itself iRobot Roomba carpet vacuum. The Scooba 450 is a 14 1/2 -inch-diameter rechargeable disk that automatically propels its 9-pound self across wood, tile (or any uncarpeted floor), spinning and spiraling around the room, its sensors gauging the size of the floor, and redirecting its efforts when it bumps into a wall or other obstruction.
March 26, 2014 | By Tim Logan
How do you know when an industry is getting serious? When it forms a trade group. And that's what the burgeoning business of big-money-backed single family rental homes did today. A handful of the single-family rental giants that scooped up at least 130,000 homes in Southern California and elsewhere over the last two years launched the National Rental Home Council  on Wednesday, a Washington, D.C.-based operation that will "educate" and "advocate" about the "professionally-managed single-family rental industry.
March 17, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Airbnb, the company that lets users rent their apartments and homes to others, found itself working overtime this weekend to help a New York man whose apartment ended up being used for an adult party. Ari Teman, who identifies himself as a comedian on Twitter, messaged the company through Twitter on Saturday after discovering that the person he had rented his Manhattan apartment to had used it for an "XXX Freak Fest. " As recounted by a blog posted on Tumblr and a report by Gawker , Teman agreed to rent his apartment to a man who has been identified only as "David.
March 13, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Kelly Osbourne has sold her house in Hollywood Hills West for $1.3 million. Designed by Robert Byrd and built in 1952, the recently updated home has been tenant-occupied of late. It features a bar, a den/office, one bedroom and two bathrooms. Despite the scant 1,250 square feet of living space, the stylishly appointed home has been rented out for as much as $4,600 a month. The 29-year-old purple-haired singer/actress is the daughter of Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne. She gained fame for appearing on “The Osbournes,” which won an Emmy in 2002 for outstanding reality show.
February 27, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Fans of the quieter side of Catalina Island, rejoice. Quiet and rustic Two Harbors is going a bit posh with two new vacation rental homes that elevate the lodgings lineup offered on the western end of the island. Three-bedroom Casa Santa Cruz sleeps eight and four-bedroom Casa Santa Rosa sleeps 10. Both offer harbor views and ocean access 20 land miles from the town of Avalon. The homes come with amenities such as televisions, grills, balconies and decks, dishwashers and fireplaces.
February 25, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Christian Audigier has listed a house in the Windsor Square area for sale at $3.199 million or for lease at $25,000 a month. The English Tudor, built in 1925, blends old world character outside with chic modern interiors. The 5,330 square feet of living space features countless chandeliers, formal living and dining rooms, a gym, five bedrooms and four bathrooms. A two-story house at the rear has its own kitchen. The grounds are surrounded by hedges and include a swimming pool with a spa, lawn, decks and patios.
August 16, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
In an attempt to quell spats between residents and vacation renters in mountain communities, the Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance Tuesday that requires landlords to apply for permits and submit to inspections. Landlords who rent to people for less than 30 days must pay $155 for the first inspection and $124 every other year. They also must have someone available 24 hours a day to respond to complaints.
February 23, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
She had already spent a night in jail, all for allegedly failing to return a VHS she rented eight years ago of the movie "Monster-in-Law. " She faced a $1,000 fine and up to a full month behind bars. But the saga now has a feel-good Hollywood ending -- the former video store is declining to pursue the accusation. The plight of Kayla Michell Finley had made headlines nationwide, prompting comments about law enforcement priorities and injustice -- or at least snarky remarks about VHS tapes.
February 23, 2014 | By Lew Sichelman
House-hunters can find homes on their own. So can renters who are not quite ready to take the leap into homeownership. But do you really want to go it alone? Why not let an agent do the legwork for you? Hiring an agent to help with your search for a rental apartment may be a big-city phenomenon, especially in places like Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. But real estate agents everywhere can help renters find suitable accommodations just as they help buyers find houses. And perhaps more importantly, they can make the search much easier.
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