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March 29, 2013 | By Meg James
Fifty years ago, a gallon of gasoline sold for 29 cents, the Beatles were preparing the release of their first song in the U.S. and "The Beverly Hillbillies" loomed large as the No. 1 show on television. And ABC's "General Hospital" debuted on April 1, 1963.  Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the show -- the longest running soap opera currently in production - after 12,776 original episodes. PHOTOS: 10 long-running soap operas A year ago, fans fretted that ABC would cancel "General Hospital" following the demise of the Walt Disney Co. network's two other signature soaps, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Days of Our Lives" will be airing the first gay marriage between two men on a daytime soap opera this week, as the story line of Will Horton (Guy Wilson) and Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) reaches it romantic apex. According to NBC, the wedding will begin on Tuesday and air over three consecutive episodes. The WilSon romance, as fans call it, began in 2011, when the Sonny character was introduced in the show's fictional Midwestern town of Salem and began the show's first gay story line.
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NEWS
October 15, 2010
Recycled soap isn't something you put in your blue bin. Clean the World aims to save lives (specifically 1 million) by distributing recycled soap to countries in need. Simple handwashing — water and soap — can reduce the spread of diseases and germs, which can be fatal to people, particularly children, in countries that lack soap. The nonprofit organization collects shampoo and soap from hotels and other corporate partners that go to a recycling center to be re-batched (cooked and made into new bars)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 31, 2014
Kate O'Mara, 74, a British actress best known for her role as Caress Morrell, sister to Joan Collins' Alexis Colby, in the 1980s prime-time soap opera "Dynasty," died Sunday at a nursing home in southern England after a short illness, according to her agent, Phil Belfield. The actress, who began her television career in the 1960s, is remembered by many for her role in "Triangle" - a soap opera set aboard a North Sea ferry that is often cited as the worst piece of British television.
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Antibacterial soap is great stuff - if you're talking about just plain old regular soap. Because all soap combats bacteria. It doesn't need germ-killing chemicals added to do that. The difference is that regular soap doesn't act so much to “kill” bacteria as it binds to it, removing it from our hands or whatever we're washing. But Americans have been sold in recent years on these so-called antibacterial soaps, despite the lack of evidence that they do anything to keep people healthier than plain soap, and might in fact have the opposite effect.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2013 | By Meg James
Prospect Park, the Century City-based entertainment company, in just two weeks has learned a valuable lesson in online viewing behavior. The production company launched Internet versions of the former ABC soap operas "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" on April 29, figuring loyal fans of the long-running dramas would show up in droves and become addicted once again. Viewers showed up all right, but they didn't watch the soaps in the manner that Prospect Park had hoped. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "We are posting too many episodes and making it far too challenging for viewers to keep up," Prospect Park partners Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank wrote in a lengthy letter to viewers released Thursday.  "Fans have been binge viewing ... and we feel we have been expecting our audience to dedicate what has turned out to be an excessive amount of time to viewing these shows," the letter read.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By Meg James
Anxious fans of the soap opera "One Life to Live" are wondering how many more lives their beloved daytime drama might have. Prospect Park -- the entertainment company behind the revival of "One Life to Live" and another canceled ABC soap, "All My Children" -- has suspended production of the 44-year-old soap. The Los Angeles Times first reported this week that "One Life to Live" had been placed on hiatus while Prospect Park pursues a lawsuit against Walt Disney Co.'s ABC television network.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
As it gears up to celebrate its 50 th anniversary, “General Hospital” is the last soap standing on ABC.  And it hopes its aging knees don't buckle soon. Executive producer Frank Valentini was joined by some of the sudser's cast Thursday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour - and it wasn't long before they found themselves addressing a shifiting daytime landscape. From a high of nearly 20 daily series, only four remain: NBC's "Days of Our Lives,"CBS' "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," and ABC's "General Hospital.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Everyone who has stayed at a hotel has, at some point, walked out with a few soaps or miniature bottles of shampoo stuffed into their luggage. But 35% of global travelers say they make off with even more valuable hotel amenities, such as towels, lamps, robes and bedding, according to a recent survey by the hotel booking site Hotels.com. And the survey found that travelers from some countries pilfer more than others. Danish travelers are the least likely to pocket hotel property, while Colombian travelers came in at the bottom of the honesty ranking, according to the survey of 8,600 travelers from 28 countries and cities.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"Desperate Housewives"mastermind Marc Cherry has found a new employer for his ABC pilot "Devious Maids": Lifetime. The cable channel has ordered 13 episodes of the soap that are slated to roll out in 2013. It was originally developed for ABC and a contender for the fall season, but the network ultimately passed on it. The series centers on a group of five maids and the rich Beverly Hills families they tend to. The sudser is an adaptation of Mexican telenovela "Ellas son la Alegría del Hogar" from Televisa and will include Ana Ortiz ("Ugly Betty")
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2014 | By Meg James
Prospect Park Networks -- the production company that launched with high hopes of bringing two canceled ABC soap operas back to life -- has put itself on legal life support. The production firm based in Century City, headed by veteran producers Jeff Kwatinetz and Rich Frank, said Monday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The group spent nearly three years and more than $10 million trying to revive two canceled daytime dramas, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," that ran for four decades on the ABC television network.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A New York parolee accused of fatally strangling a retired teacher in Hollywood may have come west after developing a network of pen pals, some that apparently grew from a shared fondness for the long-running soap opera "General Hospital. " Three months after he was released from prison after serving 20 years for murder, Scott Kratlian showed up in Hollywood and allegedly strangled one of his pen pals, 82-year-old Harry Major. The relationship between the convicted killer and the retired Hollywood High School teacher was probably one of many the inmate fostered over the years while imprisoned at Marcy Correctional Facility outside Syracuse, said another of Kratlian's pen pals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A soap opera actress know for her roles in "One Life to Live" and "Guiding Light" was charged with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly hurling a glass in a woman's face, prosecutors said Wednesday. Crystal Hunt, 28, allegedly threw a pint glass at a woman inside a West Hollywood bar on Dec. 13. Prosecutors allege the victim suffered cuts to her face as a result of Hunt's actions. Hunt pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the charge and is due back at the Airport courthouse Feb. 24. She played the character Lizzie Spaulding on "Guiding Light" from 2003 to 2005 and Stacey Marasco on "One Life to Live" from 2008 to 2012.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2014 | By Annlee Ellingson
Actor-turned-first-time-director Bruce Ramsay recasts "Hamlet" as a soap opera, setting Shakespeare's tragedy in post-World War II London instead of medieval Denmark, eschewing any mention of the play's encroaching war with Norway and compressing several months into one fateful night. The result is a focused, if at times melodramatic, take on the play's beating heart. Ramsay also stars as the Prince of Denmark, although it's unclear whether his family is meant to be literal royalty or metaphorical aristocrats.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Randall Roberts
Twelve songs recorded straight to two-track, the adrenalized country music on "This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983" captures a fiery band at the beginning of its impressive run. The L.A. country rock band, birthed by vocalist Maria McKee and guitarist Ryan Hedgecock, is best known for its run of near-misses (despite being managed by a young Jimmy Iovine) in the mid-'80s, but before signing with Geffen Records it buzzed through town on the wings of McKee's soprano. Recorded in the San Fernando Valley, "This Is Lone Justice" introduces McKee & Co. with a combination of covers and originals.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed a new rule that would force companies that make antibacterial soaps to prove that their products are effective and safe. Federal regulators said that the two most common active ingredients in antibacterial soaps - triclosan and triclocarban - are no more effective at preventing the spread of illnesses than washing with plain soap and water. Furthermore, the FDA said that regular use of these soap products may contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics and may also have unanticipated hormonal effects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1986
Santa Ana firefighters blocked off a busy intersection for two hours Wednesday in the mistaken belief that there had been a toxic spill. Instead, the slimy, green substance that spilled from several fiberglass drums turned out to be soap, a Santa Ana Fire Department spokesman said. At about 10 a.m., at the corner of Warner Avenue and Harbor Boulevard, a trailer carrying five fiberglass drums somehow became detached from the pickup truck hauling it, Battalion Chief Richard Keller said.
NEWS
March 19, 1995
In reference to soap operas, I believe it is not in the best interest of the viewers or the programs for the networks to release to the press (soap opera magazines, etc.) what will happen in upcoming episodes. Speaking from a viewer's point of view, when you know in advance what is going to happen, a very crucial and important element is lost: namely, suspense. A prime example: as tragic as the O.J. Simpson situation is, if one knew the outcome of the trial, 99% of the interest would be lost.
NEWS
December 16, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Antibacterial soap is great stuff - if you're talking about just plain old regular soap. Because all soap combats bacteria. It doesn't need germ-killing chemicals added to do that. The difference is that regular soap doesn't act so much to “kill” bacteria as it binds to it, removing it from our hands or whatever we're washing. But Americans have been sold in recent years on these so-called antibacterial soaps, despite the lack of evidence that they do anything to keep people healthier than plain soap, and might in fact have the opposite effect.
SCIENCE
December 16, 2013 | By Melissa Healy
The makers of antibacterial soaps and bodywashes will have to demonstrate that their products are safe, effective, and prevent the spread of illness better than good old-fashioned soap and water, or they'll have to conform to new rules, the Food & Drug Administration said Monday. Just days after unveiling new proposals to limit the use of antibiotic medications in livestock raised for human consumption, the FDA's new measure takes aim at soaps suspected of promoting the development of bacteria resistant to eradication and of exposing consumers to hormone- disrupting chemicals.
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