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April 28, 1989 | KAREN NEWELL YOUNG, Karen Newell Young is a regular contributor to Orange County Life
It happens every spring. The weather warms up. The clothing racks begin to bloom with swimsuits and thoughts turn to that depressing chore: choosing what to wear in the water. Mature women often find slim pickings. The tops are low-cut, the bottoms are high-cut and a hankie would hide more than some of the suits. Little strings tied together are designed more for perfect bodies in repose than older women who want to go swimming. Faced with such skimpy choices, some women just stayed out of the water.
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ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It feels as if we've hit a major movie slump. So much this year has disappointed. I wasn't entranced with Danny Boyle's crime thriller "Trance. " "42," Brian Helgeland's new drama based on baseball great Jackie Robinson's historic defiance of racial stereotypes, didn't knock it out of the park despite its good intentions. I even considered a shout-out for Selena Gomez and her gal-pals in "Spring Breakers" for exceeding low expectations. And so I find myself suggesting that you consider taking on the latest challenge from director Terrence Malick - "To the Wonder.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
California's Republican Party is beset by problems, from sagging finances to declining voter registration. But one of its immediate concerns is the lack of a clear challenger to Gov. Jerry Brown next year. George Skelton says in  Monday's column  that Republicans need to start scrambling to find the right person to lead them into the election. Brown is popular right now, and he might not be beatable, Skelton says. But Republicans need to find a way to save face.  "We're not looking for electability," he writes.
SPORTS
March 17, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Angels, who grow more concerned about Hank Conger's throwing problems with each passing day, have stepped up their search for an option at backup catcher. But with the start of the regular season two weeks away, the pickings are slim. And with a handful of other teams also looking for catching help, the Angels' best move may be to start the year with either Conger or John Hester backing up Chris Iannetta. "These next couple of weeks, hopefully we're going to sort some things out," Manager Mike Scioscia said.
SPORTS
November 2, 2009 | David Wharton
The price tag on racehorses -- starting at a few thousand and rising steeply from there -- is only a beginning. These finely tuned animals need to be housed, fed, trained and, much like children, kept in new shoes. It is a perfectly sunny afternoon at Santa Anita Park, and Peter Lurie is watching the races, scribbling notes between quick bites of lunch, telling the story of how he came to own his first thoroughbred. After a lucrative year as a voice-over actor, Lurie needed a tax write-off.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2009 | Andrea Chang and Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Job seekers hoping for temporary work during the holidays may be out of luck as anxious retailers trim hiring budgets, according to a survey released Wednesday. Forty percent of retailers are planning to hire 5% to 25% fewer workers during the Christmas season compared with last year, and 48% said they would hire the same amount, according to the survey by consulting firm Hay Group. That's bad news for those looking for jobs, especially because 62% of retailers said they had received more applications this year than in 2008.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2007
SHAME on HBO. After the wonderful gifts of "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "The Wire" and "Deadwood," terrible decisions have been made that leave us with the meager offerings of this summer ("John Is No Match for Tony," by Scott Collins, June 13). I don't know which to believe: that David Milch wanted to end "Deadwood" to develop "John From Cincinnati," or that HBO considered "Deadwood" too expensive. Doesn't matter. Either way it was a dreadful mistake. "Deadwood" was so superb in so many ways -- acting, casting, writing.
NEWS
June 1, 1998 | Steve Henson
Although the San Fernando Valley has traditionally stocked professional baseball with enough prospects to fill a lineup card, this year is far from a bumper crop. Scouts say that few area high school players are ready for the grind of the minor leagues, and none possesses the talent of last year's phenom, Jon Garland, a 6-foot, 6-inch pitcher from Kennedy High School who was the Chicago Cubs' first-round pick.
NEWS
March 15, 2001 | JENNIFER LOWE, jennifer.lowe@latimes.com
There it lay, pilloried by the analysts, exposed by the media, bloodied and beaten in the e-tail world. EToys.com, once touted as the new way to shop for toys--and a site I really liked--had all but folded. The "sale" sign was out; the end was near. What else could a shopper do but swoop in like a vulture and pick the site clean? Picking over Internet sites that are closing is a lot like heading to a going-out-of-business sale at a nearby store.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2008
More arts and entertainment coverage on the Web. CELEBRITIES Despite Globes, Rumer has it It was supposed to be Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's eldest daughter's coming-out party, her Hollywood-style debutante ball, broadcast live. Instead, that pesky writers strike emerged. But Rumer Willis, a.k.a. Miss Golden Globes 2008, has found a way to deal with her disappointment: Free stuff! Details at www.TheEnvelope.com. TELEVISION Nothing to TiVo? It's slim pickings. Dangerously slim.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
California's Republican Party is beset by problems, from sagging finances to declining voter registration. But one of its immediate concerns is the lack of a clear challenger to Gov. Jerry Brown next year. George Skelton says in  Monday's column  that Republicans need to start scrambling to find the right person to lead them into the election. Brown is popular right now, and he might not be beatable, Skelton says. But Republicans need to find a way to save face.  "We're not looking for electability," he writes.
SPORTS
August 26, 2012 | T.J. Simers
Yippee and hooray upon the arrival of Adrian Gonzalez and his Red Sox pals, the Boston Herald proclaiming "Bums Away," but then Los Angeles is dazzled by star power. The public address announcer introduces the newest Dodgers - Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto - the crowd cheers and then Hanley Ramirez emerges from the dugout and takes an unannounced curtain call as well. It's perfect, the fun that has been missing here returning with a stadium-wide laugh, and a few Manny-esque moments later Gonzalez hitting a three-run homer.
SPORTS
June 19, 2010 | Chris Erskine
At a ballpark, all food is comfort food. At a ballpark, every day is Thanksgiving. So here I am at a recent evening game, trying to get noted food author Lisa Lillien to fill her face with ballpark grub, you know, the sort of stuff that makes life worth living — even as it shortens it. Hot dogs. Peanuts. Cotton candy. All my life, I've prided myself on being a corrupting influence. "You're gonna eat a Dodger Dog, right?" I ask her. "Well, I'll try one," she says.
SPORTS
November 2, 2009 | David Wharton
The price tag on racehorses -- starting at a few thousand and rising steeply from there -- is only a beginning. These finely tuned animals need to be housed, fed, trained and, much like children, kept in new shoes. It is a perfectly sunny afternoon at Santa Anita Park, and Peter Lurie is watching the races, scribbling notes between quick bites of lunch, telling the story of how he came to own his first thoroughbred. After a lucrative year as a voice-over actor, Lurie needed a tax write-off.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2009 | Andrea Chang and Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Job seekers hoping for temporary work during the holidays may be out of luck as anxious retailers trim hiring budgets, according to a survey released Wednesday. Forty percent of retailers are planning to hire 5% to 25% fewer workers during the Christmas season compared with last year, and 48% said they would hire the same amount, according to the survey by consulting firm Hay Group. That's bad news for those looking for jobs, especially because 62% of retailers said they had received more applications this year than in 2008.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2008
More arts and entertainment coverage on the Web. CELEBRITIES Despite Globes, Rumer has it It was supposed to be Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's eldest daughter's coming-out party, her Hollywood-style debutante ball, broadcast live. Instead, that pesky writers strike emerged. But Rumer Willis, a.k.a. Miss Golden Globes 2008, has found a way to deal with her disappointment: Free stuff! Details at www.TheEnvelope.com. TELEVISION Nothing to TiVo? It's slim pickings. Dangerously slim.
SPORTS
March 17, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times
TEMPE, Ariz. - The Angels, who grow more concerned about Hank Conger's throwing problems with each passing day, have stepped up their search for an option at backup catcher. But with the start of the regular season two weeks away, the pickings are slim. And with a handful of other teams also looking for catching help, the Angels' best move may be to start the year with either Conger or John Hester backing up Chris Iannetta. "These next couple of weeks, hopefully we're going to sort some things out," Manager Mike Scioscia said.
FOOD
June 12, 1986 | By ROSE DOSTI, Times Staff Writer
Say "summer fruit" and the salivary juices start bubbling with glee. Peaches, apricots, plums, nectarines, cherries, melons, strawberries, oranges and summer pears. They do have a special ring, don't they? According to Jim Piedlow, assistant officer in charge of fruit and vegetable market news for the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2007
SHAME on HBO. After the wonderful gifts of "The Sopranos," "Six Feet Under," "The Wire" and "Deadwood," terrible decisions have been made that leave us with the meager offerings of this summer ("John Is No Match for Tony," by Scott Collins, June 13). I don't know which to believe: that David Milch wanted to end "Deadwood" to develop "John From Cincinnati," or that HBO considered "Deadwood" too expensive. Doesn't matter. Either way it was a dreadful mistake. "Deadwood" was so superb in so many ways -- acting, casting, writing.
BUSINESS
March 9, 2007 | Marla Dickerson, Times Staff Writer
Telecom mogul Carlos Slim Helu has built a corporate empire so vast that it's nearly impossible for most Mexicans to go a day without slipping a few pesos into his pocket. Those pesos add up. On Thursday, Forbes magazine estimated his net worth at $49 billion. That represented a stunning $19-billion increase from 2006, the biggest one-year jump in a decade for anyone on the magazine's annual list of the world's richest people. Microsoft Corp.
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