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December 24, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
OK, it's Christmas Eve, so it's time to smile. And what better way to smile than watching a child receive an amazing present from a 6-foot-3, 257-pound Santa Claus? The Arizona Cardinals are near the end of a disappointing 5-10 season, but that didn't stop linebacker Sam Acho from brightening the day of one young Cardinals fan. Spotting a kid in the front row of the stand by the Arizona sideline, Acho walks over and hands the young boy one of his gloves. As you can see from the video above, the kid's reaction is one of amazement, as he high-fives Acho and then runs up to his mom to show her the best present ever.
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March 4, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield, This post has been updated. See below for details.
Congratulations, Ukraine, you just won the lottery! Though, on this side of the world, it looks like we just gave $1 billion in aid to a country most Americans couldn't find on a map. Secretary of State John F. Kerry stopped off in Kiev on Tuesday, praising “these brave Ukrainians” who stood up to President Viktor Yanukovich, the deposed leader. Apparently, though, the “brave Ukrainians” are also the “broke Ukrainians.” PHOTOS: A peek inside 5 doomed dictators' opulent lifestyles As my colleague Carol J. Williams reported : “Kerry announced a $1-billion U.S. aid package to Ukraine and said the International Monetary Fund was working out details of a longer-term plan for rescuing the deeply indebted economy.
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BUSINESS
December 10, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The season of big-bellied, white-bearded old men is upon us, and there seems to be more of them this Christmas than ever before. “Santa Claus is in high demand this year,” said Holly Valent, registrar for the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Michigan. Some 113 St. Nick wannabes enrolled this year, she said. More than 40 students are already registered for the 2013 classes. The training helps prepare Santas for an evolving Christmas industry. Though “99% of the mall business is still Santa in a chair posing for pictures,” more Father Christmases are being dispatched to tree lightings, charity events and other venues, said Kringle Group president and Santa embodiment Tim Connaghan.
NEWS
December 26, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Talk about a Christmas news peg; try this headline: “1 in 200 mothers reports a 'virgin' birth, study finds.” Now, full disclosure, the study was actually published on Dec. 17. But some folks, like me, are just getting around to writing about it because, well, it fits in with the holidays in a shameless and somewhat tasteless way. (A little insight into the secret world of the so-called journalism profession: This is sometimes called “saving string.”...
OPINION
December 25, 1994
A Santa Claus on every corner But now that I am grown I know he's not the real one I know he's just a clone. At 72 years old I still believe in Santa Claus. MARJORIE L. SCHWARTZ Los Angeles
OPINION
December 19, 2009 | Patt Morrison
Spoiler alert! If you're under 13, stop reading right now. Correction: It's 2009 in Los Angeles; if you're under 10, stop reading right now. The rest of you, I'd like you to meet Santa. For 11 months of the year, his nom de beard is Ted Roberts. Then, before Thanksgiving, he grooms his long, white whiskers and puts on that red suit and presto chango. He sits on a Santa throne and listens to kids -- and some grown-ups. He visits parties on Christmas Eve and reads "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and "The Polar Express" to children.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Christmas Eve is here, which means Santa Claus has begun delivering gifts around the globe. Technology enables the public to track his journey. There are two ways to follow Old Saint Nick: Using the Google Santa Tracker or the North American Aerospace Defense Command, otherwise known as NORAD, Santa Tracker. Both systems give users an idea of where Santa and his reindeer are currently flying in the world, but each is a bit different. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 The Google Santa Tracker lets users see a cartoon-style Santa make his way around the globe complete with interesting stats, such as how far Santa has traveled, how many presents he's delivered and his current status.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2012
STAGE Enjoy a heartwarming holiday play in Ojai. "Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus," takes place in New York City in 1897 and tells the story of a young girl who writes to the New York Sun to ask about the existence of Santa Claus. Her letter changes the depressed viewpoint of the writer assigned to craft the answer, with touching results. Ojai Art Center Theater, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai. 7:30 p.m. Fri. $18. (804) 640-8797; http://www.ojaiact.org.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Christmas Eve is here, which means Santa Claus has begun delivering gifts around the globe. Technology enables the public to track his journey. There are two ways to follow Old Saint Nick: Using the Google Santa Tracker or the North American Aerospace Defense Command, otherwise known as NORAD, Santa Tracker. Both systems give users an idea of where Santa and his reindeer are currently flying in the world, but each is a bit different. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech fails of 2013 The Google Santa Tracker lets users see a cartoon-style Santa make his way around the globe complete with interesting stats, such as how far Santa has traveled, how many presents he's delivered and his current status.
NEWS
December 24, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times staff
'Tis the day before Christmas, and all through the house, every creature is stirring, including the mouse. But this isn't your place, it's Santa Claus' house!   Before taking off to deliver your presents with care, Mr. and Mrs. Claus will answer a few things in this interview.   So before he takes off with Dasher, Dancer and Prancer, ask Santa a question. He may even answer!
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December 16, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It's not every day I get to play elf to a Santa whose sleigh is a motorcycle. So I couldn't resist the offer from Kim Airs, who let me ride along on Sunday as she tooled around in her Santa Claus gear, handing out gifts to strangers. I might have declined if I'd seen the dorky outfit I'd be wearing: a billowy green velour jacket, huge red-and-white striped pants, and bells attached to my helmet. It's an elf costume created by her sister to match Airs' customized Santa suit, fake eyebrows and beard.
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
We tell children to plug their ears if we think someone is about to say Santa doesn't exist. In that spirit, perhaps Megyn Kelly should stop reading right now. Why? Because Times readers really, really like the idea of a black Santa Claus. As we all know by now, the Fox News host bizarrely asserted last week the indisputable fact that Santa Claus and Jesus were both white, modern representations notwithstanding. On Saturday, The Times published a front-page photo of Langston Patterson dressed as Santa Claus with a beaming child posing for a photo on his lap. The story with the photo -- about Patterson's Christmastime gig as a "rare black Santa Claus in a sea of white ones" -- didn't mention Kelly, but many readers drew their own connection.
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Joel Silberman, guest blogger
Every Christmas Eve, I dress up as Santa Claus and deliver gifts to Los Angeles-area kids, most of them underprivileged, through a program organized by the Pasadena Junior Chamber of Commerce. Every year we number at least 75 Santas strong, each with our own route and accompanying Mrs. Claus -- who really does all the work because Santa is too busy posing for pictures with the kids. I'm not in charge of the effort, so my opinions here are just my own, but I did find myself reflecting on our merry band when I heard Megyn Kelly assert on Fox News that Santa Claus is, as a point of fact, white.
NEWS
December 14, 2013 | By Nico Lang, guest blogger
After Slate's Aisha Harris argued that it was time to give Santa a makeover from a white man to an icon all kids can embrace, Fox News host Megyn Kelly took to the airwaves to rebut Harris, insisting that Santa Claus and Jesus are white. Harris  wrote : “Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, Santa is one of the first iconic figures foisted upon you: He exists as an incredibly powerful image in the imaginations of children across the country (and beyond, of course). That this genial, jolly man can only be seen as white - and consequently, that a Santa of any other hue is merely a  ' joke ' or a chance to  trudge out racist stereotypes - helps perpetuate the whole ' white-as-default ' notion endemic to American culture (and, of course, not just American culture)
NATIONAL
December 14, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
NEW YORK Santa, it seemed, was difficult to escape in parts of this snow-coated city Saturday. He was eating a burrito at Chipotle. He was getting money out of the ATM. He was buying Gatorade at Walgreens. But most of all, he was drinking at various bars throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn as part of SantaCon, an annual Santa-themed bar crawl. SantaCon has occurred for years, but after a few particularly rowdy parties, the event has gotten the city in a tizzy. Many New Yorkers this year expressed concerns about the level of booziness at SantaCon, which draws 30,000 people to New York and has been known to feature Santas puking, shouting and urinating publicly all over town.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Michael McGough
A side skirmish in the war on Christmas has developed over a Fox News host's suggestion that both Jesus and Santa Claus were (are?) white men, and that people need to get over it. Megyn Kelly - incidentally, the subject of a delightful profile this week by Dan Zak in the Washington Post - had this holiday message for young viewers: "Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure. That's a verifiable fact - as is Santa. I just want the kids watching to know that.
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