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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.)
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
January 10, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Tennis champ Venus Williams has listed a home in Hollywood Hills West for sale at $1.799 million. Set beyond a gated driveway, the midcentury post-and-beam house features a foyer, a den, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Tax records show the house has 1,528 square feet of living space. The swimming pool, lawn and deck have canyon views. There are also mountain views from the nearly half-acre site. Williams, 33, is a former Women's Tennis Assn. No. 1-ranked singles player.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Shades of Mildred Pierce may be cropping up throughout the state as lawmakers are set to decide whether mothers and others are allowed to sell homemade muffins, cakes and pies at local stores and restaurants and directly to consumers. Slammed by the economy, many households are looking to follow in the footsteps of the fictional heroine by earning a bit of money on the side with home-cooked confections - without the huge upfront costs in leasing certified commercial kitchens and complying with myriad business rules.
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. The first opportunity to buy tickets for three Eagles shows that will open the reinvigorated Forum in Inglewood in January begins Friday before they go on general sale on Sept. 28. Those who  register online  by Thursday for a “fan invitation” program will be eligible for an e-mail offer to buy tickets starting Friday.  Instructions state that “select fans will receive invitations by email to purchase tickets.” Those who buy tickets through the random selection process also will receive a commemorative poster from the shows.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1993
Re "Surrogate Has No Rights to Child, Court Says," May 21: How creative of the California Supreme Court for giving a shot to the ailing California economy. Legalizing surrogacy produces a new cottage industry: growing babies for sale. The fact that the California Assn. of Adoption Agencies and the California State Legislative Task Force to Study Surrogacy concluded that surrogacy was not in the best interest of children didn't seem to carry much weight. When the economy needs a boost, the best interest of the economy will prevail.
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