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NEWS
February 15, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Tickets are now on sale for the 9th Annual California Wine Festival in Santa Barbara, July 19-21. Call (800) 797-7753 .... San Francisco's Aquarium of the Bay is now home to some giant Pacific octopuses . Through Feb. 26,  it will honor the new residents with octopus talks and other octopus-related activities. For details, click here .... Checking out the cherry blossoms this spring? The Liaison Capitol Hill in Washington is offering a $190-per-night package March 22-April 22, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the gift of the 3,000 trees from Japan.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2011
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Walt Disney Concert Hall Single tickets for 2011-2012 season. See http://www.laphil.com for complete schedule (Sun.) Wiltern Joe Jonas and Jay Sean, Sept. 20; Smashing Pumpkins, Oct. 5 (Fri.) Hollywood Palladium Cut Copy, Oct. 12 (Fri.) Greek Theatre Daniela Mercury, Oct. 13 (now); Emmylou Harris, Sept. 27 (Fri.) Pantages "Weird Al" Yankovic, Nov. 12 (Sat.)
BUSINESS
January 24, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Old Man Marley's house from “Home Alone” has come on the market in Winnetka, Ill., at $3.1 million. The wood-shingled behemoth, with 6,863 square feet of living space, sits on about three-quarters of a snow-covered acre. Should one be pining for winter scenes, the listing should serve to transport, without actual sub-zero temperatures spoiling the effect. A billiards room provides a spot to while away the bitter months. The bay windowed breakfast room is lovely but brrrr - there are no curtains in the listing photo.
NEWS
October 19, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
How can a bridge built in 1831 be turning 40? It's a bit of a trick question. The bridge is London Bridge on this side of the pond, and the 40th hoopla marks the year it was brought from England and carefully re-created in the Arizona desert. If you've never seen it, now might be a good time to take a gander. The waterfront London Bridge Resort in Lake Havasu City marks the landmark's 40th year with rooms starting at $80 a night. The deal: The 40 for 40 London Bridge Anniversary Special starts at $40 per person (based on double occupancy)
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Susan Denley
If you've been longing to try some luxury beauty products but were put off by the price tag, now might be the time to fill your makeup bag. Nordstrom's 2013 beauty anniversary event got underway on Wednesday, offering more than 100 fragrance, cosmetic, skin care and men's grooming products, exclusive and limited-edition items, at favorable prices. Consider, for instance, Kiehl's Creme de Corps Value set, worth $107, marked $75. Or a La Prairie Age Defense Set, a $403 value, priced at $280 and an exclusive-to-Nordstrom Jimmie Choo Flash eau de parfum set for $98. Other premium brands include Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Chanel, Dior, Kate Somerville, Philosophy and many more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
The sale of the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange has been delayed, in part because of a purported 99-year lease brought to the court's attention days before the sale was to be finalized. On Jan. 25, lawyers in the case received a letter detailing an agreement that entitles the Crystal Cathedral congregation to the long-term lease for $1 per year. The diocese, which said it "has serious doubts regarding the alleged lease's existence," demanded signed copies of the lease by Jan. 27. The Crystal Cathedral was unable to produce any documentation.
BUSINESS
October 6, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor Ethan Suplee has listed a Studio City house for sale at $2,295,000. Formerly Jane Fonda's residence, according to listing details, the country English-style home of 3,787 square feet was built in the early 1950s. It sits on nearly an acre of wooded grounds with a detached office/guesthouse, a gym and a swimming pool. There are three fireplaces, seven bedrooms and three bathrooms. Suplee, 35, appeared in the action-adventure film "Unstoppable" (2010) and starred in "My Name Is Earl" (2005-09)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Martha Groves
The Beverly Hills City Council has joined its Los Angeles counterpart in voting to treat electronic cigarettes as tobacco products and to regulate their sale and use. "Smoking of any kind should be discouraged, especially for teenagers," Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch said in a statement. "By taking these steps, the city is sending a strong message to the community that we take the health of our citizens very seriously. " Calling them a potential health risk and a gateway to tobacco, the Los Angeles City Council voted in December to regulate the sales of e-cigarettes and other "vaping" devices.
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
Ski season is still months away, but Big Bear is making it easy for  schussers and shredders to plan a winter vacation by putting its bundled lodge-and-lift packages on sale now.   The packages include discounted accommodations at one of Big Bear 's participating lodges, such as the Hillcrest Lodge and Grey Squirrel Resort,  combined with an all-day interchangeable lift ticket good for both Snow Summit and Bear Mountain . Also included...
NATIONAL
June 28, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Liberace's old off-Strip mansion is up for sale for a veritable song, but is the property fabulous or a decrepit fixer-upper? Built in 1962, the once-lavish 14,939-square-foot spread sits on a half-acre lot near the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and features two bedrooms, 10 bathrooms and several large areas for entertaining. There are flashes of the legendary pizazz once embodied by Liberace, whose life was the subject of the recent HBO film, “Behind the Candelabra,” which details the eccentric entertainer's secretive romance with former chauffeur and lover Scott Thorson.
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