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December 24, 2010 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
All Santa skeptics, please take a look at the North Carolina State University website. Several professors in the school's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering recently asked their students to explore the aerodynamic and thermodynamic challenges of delivering gifts to millions of children worldwide in a single night from an airborne sleigh. The results, posted at web.ncsu.edu/abstract/tag/science-of-santa , posit that Santa Claus is a brilliant engineer and physicist.
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BUSINESS
December 11, 2012 | Christine Mai-Duc
FedEx Corp.'s sorting facility at Los Angeles International Airport is a maze of chutes, ladders and catwalks, capable of processing more than 300 packages a minute. And in the pre-dawn hours Monday -- which FedEx projected would be the busiest in its history -- it was going full force. "With the Internet now, that volume is just flying off the hook," said manager Alex Johnson, 55, speaking above the loud whir of machinery and steady thud of vehicles in motion around him. All that activity is yet another sign that the economy is coming back from the dregs of the recession and its long aftermath.
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NEWS
December 29, 1985
The Church of Scientology and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, to spread a little Christmas cheer, sponsored a mule-drawn Santa's sleigh which toured some 75 miles through the valley, Pasadena and South Los Angeles, finally ending up at L. Ron Hubbard's Winter Wonderland on Hollywood Boulevard, where it gave free rides to kids up and down the boulevard, reviving an old Hollywood tradition. The sleigh, before arriving in Hollywood, stopped at the VA Hospital in the valley, shopping malls and schools, giving out candy canes and brightening the eyes of over 12,000 children in its whirlwind tour of the greater Los Angeles area.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2011 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
At 16, Peter Baynham joined Britain's Merchant Navy. Within a year, the bookish young man with a droll sense of humor had not only electrocuted himself but also nearly steered a supertanker straight into a ferry. In 2005, Baynham — by then more fittingly employed as a comic and screenwriter — had an idea. "What if Santa had a son?" said Baynham, 48. "And Santa's son was as impractical and useless and all over the place as I am?" That's the premise of "Arthur Christmas," the animated holiday movie due Nov. 23 from Aardman Studios, the British company best known for the endearing clay animation characters Wallace and Gromit.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2010 | Dan Neil
Snow is a beautiful thing. Snow wraps a pretty white scarf around the sordid and everyday. It's the stuff of Cascade watersheds, the frosting on Kilimanjaro, the secret ingredient in Telluride daiquiris. Snow is to be cherished. Yet it's not snowflakes that I see drifting into Ferrari's brick courtyard on the Via Abetone, the Temple Mount in this, the Jerusalem of Red Cars. Instead, I imagine I see tiny, confetti-like news clippings from Corriere della Sera, each one telling of an American journalist who managed to plunge a Ferrari 458 Italia into a snowy mountain suckhole.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2009
You better watch out, you'd better not cry because before Christmas turns to the actual guy, a whole mob of revelers in Santa costumes will descend upon an unsuspecting city with Santacon 2009 . An annual day of carousing and merrymaking operating under the nicely naughty mandate to be "loud, obnoxious and jolly," these probably aren't the sort of Santas you'd trust with eight tiny reindeer. But they're bound to make spirits bright with bawdy caroling, a sleigh parade and free hugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1985 | DOUG SMITH
Venturing away from their blue redoubt on Sunset Boulevard, a group of missionaries from the Church of Scientology toured a few of the Valley's busy streets last week, bringing good tidings and candy canes to all they met. The church, disclosed in recently released court records to believe that Earth and 90 other planets were once ruled by a tyrant named Xemu, is taking pains to show that it is tolerant of the offbeat beliefs and myths of others, including Christmas and Santa Claus.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2011 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
At 16, Peter Baynham joined Britain's Merchant Navy. Within a year, the bookish young man with a droll sense of humor had not only electrocuted himself but also nearly steered a supertanker straight into a ferry. In 2005, Baynham — by then more fittingly employed as a comic and screenwriter — had an idea. "What if Santa had a son?" said Baynham, 48. "And Santa's son was as impractical and useless and all over the place as I am?" That's the premise of "Arthur Christmas," the animated holiday movie due Nov. 23 from Aardman Studios, the British company best known for the endearing clay animation characters Wallace and Gromit.
TRAVEL
December 31, 1995
Your article on the Harz Narrow-Gauge Railways ("Das Train," Oct. 22) brought back fond memories. I grew up in Nordhausen and my parents took me almost every weekend into the Harz Mountains via this little train. We would get off the train in either Netzkater or Eisfelder Talmuhle and hike one of the mountain trails. Usually we ended at an inn deep in the woods, where we purchased fresh cream or milk for the wild strawberries or blueberries that we had picked alongside the trails. In winter, we would take the train to the higher parts of the Harz Mountains, where we could go skiing, skating, sledding or sleigh riding.
NEWS
October 4, 1986 | RALPH KOVEL and TERRY KOVEL
Modern room designs are often inspired by the movies, television or advertisements. The movie rooms of the 1930s, with round mirrors and sleek furniture, influenced the furniture makers and the public who wanted the same look. Similarly, television shows of the 1950s and 1960s seemed to be the influence for the decorating style preferred by many young couples. The "country look" so popular today in ads for sheets and towels is a creation of the 1980s. It is not a true depiction of earlier times.
NATIONAL
December 24, 2010 | By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
All Santa skeptics, please take a look at the North Carolina State University website. Several professors in the school's Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering recently asked their students to explore the aerodynamic and thermodynamic challenges of delivering gifts to millions of children worldwide in a single night from an airborne sleigh. The results, posted at web.ncsu.edu/abstract/tag/science-of-santa , posit that Santa Claus is a brilliant engineer and physicist.
BUSINESS
December 17, 2010 | By Rinker Buck
The factory is old and dark, with massive stamping machines and rows of sorting shelves that look as though they belong in the Smithsonian. But this time of year, there's no lack of cheer at Bevin Bros. Manufacturing Co. Bevin Bros., one of the oldest continuously operated factories in Connecticut, is the last remnant of a once-thriving industry that earned East Hampton the nickname "Bell Town, USA," an improbable holdout in a business that has moved to the low-wage producers of Asia.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 19, 2010
COMEDY The BEATdown: Los Angeles Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan and Eliza Skinner host a night of "8 Mile"-style rap battles between five of L.A.'s preeminent comics and one participant to be drawn from the crowd. Six rounds of quick-thinking, verse-dropping freestyling later, a new grandmaster of flow will be crowned on premises. Featuring Michelle Collins ("Chelsea Lately"), Nicole Parker ("Mad TV") and others. Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 5919 Franklin Ave., Hollywood. 11 p.m. $5. http://www.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2010 | Dan Neil
Snow is a beautiful thing. Snow wraps a pretty white scarf around the sordid and everyday. It's the stuff of Cascade watersheds, the frosting on Kilimanjaro, the secret ingredient in Telluride daiquiris. Snow is to be cherished. Yet it's not snowflakes that I see drifting into Ferrari's brick courtyard on the Via Abetone, the Temple Mount in this, the Jerusalem of Red Cars. Instead, I imagine I see tiny, confetti-like news clippings from Corriere della Sera, each one telling of an American journalist who managed to plunge a Ferrari 458 Italia into a snowy mountain suckhole.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2009
You better watch out, you'd better not cry because before Christmas turns to the actual guy, a whole mob of revelers in Santa costumes will descend upon an unsuspecting city with Santacon 2009 . An annual day of carousing and merrymaking operating under the nicely naughty mandate to be "loud, obnoxious and jolly," these probably aren't the sort of Santas you'd trust with eight tiny reindeer. But they're bound to make spirits bright with bawdy caroling, a sleigh parade and free hugs.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2009
SERIES NCIS: The team's investigation into a lieutenant's death is connected to a citywide blackout in this new episode (8 p.m. CBS). 90210: Navid (Michael Steger) decides to confront Adrianna (Jessica Lowndes) about her drug use, and Debbie and Harry (Lori Loughlin, Rob Estes) are surprised when Annie (Shenae Grimes) wants to invite Jasper (Zach Sherman) over for dinner (8 p.m. KTLA). The Biggest Loser: Fashion consultant Tim Gunn ("Project Runway") and hairstylist Tabatha Coffey ("Tabatha's Salon Takeover")
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 1986 | TOM GORMAN
Already we've got competing Santa Clauses in our shopping malls and competing Santa Clauses telling telephone tales, and we haven't even had a chance to enjoy our Thanksgiving turkey. First comes an anguished press release from Grossmont Center, complaining that Santas are overworked. "The accusations are directed to other shopping centers in San Diego who are bringing Santa down . . . up to 10 days before Thanksgiving," the release says.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2007 | BY ENID PORTUGUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Holiday shopping almost equals procrastination. People who have their shopping done a month in advance clearly have no lives and should be shunned. But there are procrastinators and then there are procrastinators. If you're reading this article, you probably fall into the latter. We make no judgments here, but we are talking five shopping days until Christmas, people. Thankfully, L.A.
OPINION
December 17, 2006 | Roy Rivenburg, Roy Rivenburg is a Times staff writer. roy.rivenburg@latimes.com
Undead presidents Unhappy with the current crop of presidential hopefuls? Then elect a zombie! That's the theory behind Zombie Presidents, a line of T-shirts promoting a return to power for several undead leaders. "Voters have been looking for another John F. Kennedy since his assassination in 1963," explains ZombiePresidents.com. "Now the search is over! The original JFK is back!" So are zombie versions of Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Abe Lincoln, all priced at $16.
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