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August 25, 2005 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
SOMEWHERE between a dorm-room poster of Monet's waterlilies and the Robert Rauschenberg painting owned by Eli Broad is another level -- the beginnings of an art collection that can be built by anyone with a few grand to spend.
April 25, 2014 | By Alan Zarembo
A man believed to be homeless died Friday after pushing a shopping cart over a downed power line in Fullerton, police said. When officers arrived at the 1800 block of Commonwealth Avenue, the man was on the ground and in contact with the cable, according to Sgt. Jeff Stuart of the Fullerton Police Department. Nobody could touch him, because the high-voltage cable was still live. After firefighters de-energized the line, the man was pronounced dead at the scene. A witness told police that the man had run into the downed line with a shopping cart, Stuart said.
June 13, 2012
Re "Israelis split on Sabbath shopping," June 10 The traditional Jewish holy day of rest, Shabbat, is facing competition from secular shops, movie theaters, restaurants, pubs and clubs around Israel seeking Saturday business. On average, about 40% of their weekly sales currently come from hundreds of thousands of Sabbath customers. And the economic growth is ubiquitous. Reminiscent of the days of "blue laws" in America, when shopping on Sundays was taboo, many Israelis are now questioning why Saturdays should be different than any other day. Dan Anzel Los Angeles Interesting article about observing the Sabbath in Israel.
April 23, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The colorful characters from a world-famous Sin City pawn shop take center stage in a new show at a Strip resort. The cast of "Pawn Shop Live! " lampoons the quirky members of the Harrison family, owners of Gold & Silver Pawn and stars of the History Channel's popular “ Pawn Stars ” show. The clan has endorsed the show. Some of the Harrisons have said they will make surprise appearances on stage as their schedules allow. The show, which originally opened downtown at the Golden Nugget , has relocated to the Riviera on Las Vegas Boulevard, just a couple of miles south of the real-life pawn shop.
January 24, 2011 | By Joan Verdon
Venture capital investor Charlie Federman took his daughters to a Paramus, N.J., mall one day and went home with an idea for an Internet business with the potential to deliver a coveted demographic: teenage girls who like to shop. Federman, a managing partner of Crossbar Capital, is the founder of PlumWillow, a website that piggybacks on Facebook to create a social shopping network for girls. Federman and Crossbar Capital provided the seed money for PlumWillow, and he put together a team of executives experienced in launching Internet and technology companies.
July 19, 1992 | WASHINGTON POST
It may be a variant of other compulsive behaviors like gambling or overeating, and because of the recession, it got a lot more international media attention. The problem, as described by University of Minnesota psychiatrist Gary Christenson, is compulsive shopping. The typical compulsive shopper is a 37-year-old married woman whose family income is $65,000, reported Christenson, who studied 24 compulsive shoppers and compared them with 24 normal spenders.
September 28, 1998 | JONATHAN GAW
In another example of offline marketing strategies morphing to the online world, a Burlingame, Calif., firm today will announce the digital equivalent of Kmart's blue-light specials. Web surfers visiting any of more than 100 sites, including KCBS-TV Channel 2's Channel 2000, will be met with impromptu announcements of one-time special offers that last for a few hours, courtesy of Impulse Buy Network Inc.
December 2, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Shoppers logged on in force for Cyber Monday, spending just over $1 billion at online retailers. It was the heaviest online shopping day in history, representing a 16% increase from last year's $887-million Cyber Monday haul, according to research firm ComScore. The shopping bonanza bookends the Thanksgiving weekend along with Black Friday. Whereas the day after Thanksgiving is associated with hordes cramming into malls at the break of dawn, Cyber Monday deals are designed to draw buyers online.
December 26, 2010 | By Emili Vesilind, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It's the day after Christmas, and you're staring down a small mound of gifts you'd never ? not in a million years ? purchase for yourself. How to flip that reindeer sweater into a chic cashmere scarf without getting into a tangle with a salesperson? We asked Trina Gupta, founder of Los Angeles-based personal shopping firm Petite Style Studio, to give us her tips on how to return or exchange unwanted merchandise with little to no fuss. Delay and expect to pay "Time is the biggest factor when returning something," Gupta said, "because the stores want to be able to resell the product, and the longer you wait, the less relevant that product becomes.
October 12, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Even by the outré standards of the 1980s - when music was full of smooth criminals and material girls - the Pet Shop Boys stood out. Two fashion-conscious English guys with the crisp enunciation of schoolteachers, the pioneering duo made electronic synth-pop that looked to the future just as it drew on the old-fashioned storytelling of Noel Coward and P.G. Wodehouse. But nearly 30 years after it broke out with the worldwide smash "West End Girls," the group might be more singular now than it was back then: It's the exceedingly rare veteran act that's gone about its business - and held onto much of its fanbase - without coming across as desperate or uninspired.
April 23, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Actress Mischa Barton has been named celebrity ambassador for  the 2014 BritWeek Robertson Shopping Stroll on Saturday. This is the second year for the shopping event on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles. Participants include luxury venues such as Chanel , Tommy Hilfiger , Paul & Joe , Tory Burch and Michael Kors , as well as British stores Anya Hindmarch , Ted Baker , Reiss , Joseph and All Saints . The retailers plan to offer special discounts, fashion presentations and promotions during the daylong event, which is sponsored by SoCal Mini Dealers . BritWeek is is a nonprofit organization that puts on programs each spring to promote British creativity across multiple categories, including fashion, design, retail, music, the arts and more.
April 23, 2014 | By Jaak Treiman, Juris Bunkis and Daiva Navarrette
After Russia's recent actions in Ukraine, it's no surprise that other countries bordering Russia are wondering where they stand on Vladimir Putin's shopping list. That they are on the list is a given. Article 61 of Russia's Constitution promises that "the Russian Federation shall guarantee its citizens defense and patronage beyond its boundaries. " In other words, Russia shall protect any Russian citizen who is mistreated while outside Russia. On its face, Article 61 may seem reasonable.
April 18, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A man accused of killing a man and keeping his body stuffed inside a freezer at an abandoned Central Valley auto body shop has pleaded not guilty to murder. Jacob Medina Cervantes, 26, of Modesto was arrested Tuesday after a tow truck driver hired to haul cars away from the shop found the frozen body, KTXL-TV reported . Authorities have yet to release the identity of the body, saying only that it was found intact. It was also unclear how long the body had been in the freezer.
April 18, 2014 | By Russ Parsons
There's no way around it. In most cases, eating sustainably is probably going to be more expensive and less convenient than simply running down the street to your neighborhood grocery. But if you're interested in where your food comes from and how it gets from the field to your kitchen, here are some Southern California organizations that are making it easier to cook responsibly. Community Seafood: Though Southern California no longer has the thriving commercial fishing community it once did, three women, Sarah Rathbone, Kim Selkoe and Courtney Dietz, are working to connect 40 to 50 of the remaining local fishermen with home cooks in Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.
April 18, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Just as consumers make their preferences for cereal flavors or pizzas known with dollars, they can choose to patronize companies that they believe do good in the world. And companies are competing for consumer attention with labels calling out their causes. But a product's claims to be providing clean drinking water to desert villages or saving an endangered species doesn't answer all the important questions. How much is donated? How reliable is the cause? The nonprofit organization B Lab gives companies a "B Corp" certification and icon that it says is a litmus test that gives shoppers confidence they're supporting more than good marketing.
April 17, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Blake Griffin stood with his back against the wall at the Clippers' practice facility Thursday, his answers thoughtful when he talked about the Golden State Warriors. Griffin acknowledged he heard about the disparaging comments Golden State guard Klay Thompson had made Wednesday on a San Francisco radio station about the Clippers' All-Star forward. As usual when the Warriors have taken verbal or physical shots at him, Griffin took the high road. He preferred to talk about how the Clippers want to beat the Warriors when they meet in the Western Conference first-round playoff series, which starts Saturday at Staples Center.
December 17, 2010 | By Sandra M. Jones
Early this fall, James Reinhart noticed something odd happening at ThredUp, the children's clothing swap site the Harvard Business School graduate and his buddies dreamed up a year ago. Swappers started using the online exchange to trade toys. As the volume of toy trading increased, ThredUp decided there was enough demand to expand its service. The San Francisco start-up officially launched its toy exchange site Dec. 6, just as holiday shopping shifted into full gear. The turn of events at ThredUp signals how dramatically shopping is changing in the wake of the Great Recession.
April 15, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Surrounded by police, a suspected serial killer in Anaheim quickly sliced the GPS device from his ankle, hopped on a bicycle and pedaled across the street. The registered sex offender didn't get far, said Ian Pummel, the owner of an Anaheim auto body shop where Steven Dean Gordon worked. Gordon and a second man are now in custody, charged with raping and killing four women. Police said both were on probation and wearing court-issued GPS devices when they committed the crimes, which date to last fall.
April 12, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
What do Jesus and Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard have in common? According to authors Reza Aslan and Lawrence Wright, there are indeed commonalities. Fans and avid readers flocked to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday to hear Aslan and Wright speak during an hourlong panel moderated by Times Editor-in-Chief Davan Maharaj. “You will leave enlightened, I hope,” Maharaj said when introducing the panel. Aslan, author of “Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth,” and Wright, author of “Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & the Prison of Belief,” delved deeper into parallels between the two religious figures featured in their books.
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