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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2009 | Monte Morin
Los Angeles Police Department detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying an armed man who has robbed more than a dozen sandwich and retail shops in South Los Angeles. The man, whom authorities have dubbed the "Left-Handed Eyeglass Bandit," typically walks in the front door of a business, draws a small-caliber revolver with his left hand and demands money from the clerk. Police described the robber as an African American man in his 30s, who is 5 feet 10 and weighs between 160 and 190 pounds.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 2010 | By Corina Knoll
Growing up next door to Chuy Carburetors in Cypress Park meant Christian Martin got his bicycle tires filled up by brotherly mechanics and, when he got older, his car battery jumped for free. Over the years, additional mom-and-pop auto shops cropped up in his neighborhood, just north of where the 110 and 5 freeways intersect, and Martin, 30, says he'd welcome more. "It's convenient, and they're local so they won't try to rob you," he said. "They're just part of the neighborhood."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2010 | By Raja Abdulrahim, Los Angeles Times
A new sign hangs at the corner of 3rd Street and New Hampshire Avenue in Central Los Angeles: Little Bangladesh. Just behind it is a small shopping plaza with a Salvadoran restaurant, a pizza joint, a former Korean cigarette shop and a restaurant that serves teriyaki chicken, burritos and boba drinks. Across the street are more Korean- and Mexican-themed businesses. The nearest store with a clear connection to Bangladesh, Bengal Liquors, is a block away. All told, there are fewer than a dozen shops owned by or catering to Bangladeshis along this working-class commercial strip flanked by apartment buildings.
TRAVEL
February 2, 1986 | JENNIFER MERIN, Merin is a New York City free-lance writer.
Visitors to bustling Mexico City seem to find the Zona Rosa, or Pink Zone, irresistible. This neighborhood, 13 square blocks in the center of the city, boasts the finest hotels and restaurants. And the shopping is superb. The Zona Rosa is an enclave of European influence and sophistication, suggested by its street names--Londres, Hamburgo, Florencia, Genova and others.
NEWS
June 27, 1989 | From Reuters
Goldsmiths and jewelers shut their shops for a second day here Monday to protest increasing robberies. Shop owners held a rally to demand police protection.
TRAVEL
August 15, 1999 | JENNY TRIPP, Jenny Tripp is a screenwriter who lives in Thousand Oaks
"OK, all together now: John-ka-NAK-a-NAK-a, too-ri-ay!" My two kids and I, and 15 or so other rhythm-challenged people, are hauling away at a long, heavy rope, more or less in sync with the sea chantey we're singing, putting our backs into raising a sail that looks--and feels--approximately the size of North America.
NEWS
July 3, 1985
A 100-foot-long tile facade on a row of Sherman Oaks shops in the 1300 block of West Moorpark Street crashed down onto the sidewalk this morning, injuring one woman and trapping 28 people inside stores, Fire Department officials said. The woman, who was not immediately identified, was taken to Sherman Oaks Community Hospital with minor injuries. Shoppers and storekeepers were freed after firemen cleared away debris. Cause of the incident is under investigation.
HOME & GARDEN
April 22, 2000 | RALPH KOVEL and TERRY KOVEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Old toasters are good sellers at shops and flea markets nowadays. The first spring-driven pop-up toaster was introduced by Toastmaster in 1926. Pop-up toasters from the 1940s and '50s usually sell to people who want to use them to make toast. They are dependable and can be easily repaired. Prices are reasonable, ranging from $15 to $30. Toasters from the first three decades of the 20th century sell to collectors who are interested in their design or technology.
WORLD
November 30, 2009 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
Chisel, scrape, chisel, scrape. Blow the dust. Chisel, scrape. The band saw hums. Wood curls spill from the planer, putty and lacquer men smooth and polish, upholsterers tighten copper-colored springs, trucks loaded with painted chairs race over streets and sandpaper boys hurry through alleys, dusted, like ghosts. The seaside echoes with work. Furniture work. It moves fast and begins with raw wood passed from craftsman to craftsman until it is cut, carved and glued into tables, chairs and cabinets that match the decor of the palace of an Italian count or the boudoir of a naughty French queen.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2009 | Times Staff And Wire Reports
Americans may be cutting back on computers, books, washing machines and jewelry, but they're still going to the dentist. Sageworks, which collects data on private companies, said the average dentist office saw 6.9% sales growth in the 12 months through April. Oral hygiene isn't the only area with sales gains in the recession, Sageworks said. Among the service and product providers seeing revenue gains: Accountants tallied 10.2% higher revenue; storage companies' sales rose 9.6%; building contractors, such as electricians and plumbers, had sales gains of 4.6% as homeowners focused on remodeling; grocery store sales receipts grew by 6.7%; and personal-care shops, such as hair salons, barber shops and skin-care providers, saw sales increase 4.5%.
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