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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1992
How can five grown men (photographers) make such fools of themselves? I am referring to the picture printed on Nov. 18, showing those men surrounding Socks. How could they sink that low just to take a picture of the Clinton cat? Is there no limit of what the press will do? FRANCES ZASLAV Anaheim
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BUSINESS
April 16, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
Socked by mortgage-related legal expenses, Bank of America Corp. lost $276 million during the first quarter, sending its stock down sharply. The quarterly loss, its first in 2½ years, came despite lower loan losses and better than expected results in fixed-income trading, a slowing business that hurt rival JPMorgan Chase & Co. during the quarter. The results included $6 billion in litigation expense, much of it related to toxic bonds backed by housing-boom mortgages from Countrywide Financial Corp., the aggressive Calabasas lender that nearly collapsed before being acquired by Bank of America in 2008.
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NEWS
January 11, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
I recently had a chance to chat with Rob Kardashian about his new Arthur George by Robert Kardashian sock label for a story that appears in this Sunday's Image section. Below are some of the highlights and insights from our 45-minute conversation that covered everything from design inspirations (Hermès scarves among them) to thoughts about getting a pair of his socks on sister Kim's boyfriend (and soon-to-be father of her baby), Kanye West. Lucky socks "I used to have a lucky pair of socks -- but I'm mad because I think I recently left them in Toronto or someplace like that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Police sought more possible victims Tuesday after arresting a man they say has a sexual obsession with socks and has stalked Murrieta schools and other places where children gather. Alexis Edmundo Garcia, 31, was arrested Friday on suspicion of child pornography and child annoyance, according to the Murrieta Police Department. Garcia, of Murrieta, was seen driving up to girls as young as 11 and striking up conversations focused on the socks they were wearing, police said. Their investigation led them to believe the alleged obsession was sexual.
IMAGE
April 5, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
The combination of sandals and socks has long been seen as a major footwear faux pas. And, as recently as last year when British department store Debenhams polled 1,500 customers on what they felt was the most egregious of all fashion offenses, sandals with socks ranked No. 1 - beating out platform shoes for men and scrunchies. But proving that fashion is often wildly unpredictable, wearing sandals with socks is no longer a fashion misstep. This season, it's suddenly a trend embraced by celebrities and fashion industry insiders who are pairing their Birkenstocks, clogs and even open-toed high-heel sandals with ankle-length socks.
SPORTS
February 26, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III didn't throw at the scouting combine -- he will do that at his campus pro day -- but he wowed NFL teams with his blistering-fast 4.41-second 40-yard dash. Maybe his socks had something to do with it. Griffin, you see, is an avid collector of all kinds of socks. You might remember the Superman ones he wore at the Heisman Trophy ceremony, complete with dangling capes. On his first full day at the combine, he wore a pair depicting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
NEWS
May 15, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Mosquitoes infected with the malaria parasite are significantly more attracted to human odors -- in this case smelly socks -- than are uninfected mosquitoes, researchers reported Wednesday. Scientists collected human odor on nylon socks -- by having someone wear them for 20 hours -- and put them, along with clean socks, into an enclosure with mosquitoes. The bugs infected with P. falciparum showed more landings and more probing of the smelly socks. None of the mosquitoes -- infected or not -- were especially drawn to the socks with no human odor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Police sought more possible victims Tuesday after arresting a man they say has a sexual obsession with socks and has stalked Murrieta schools and other places where children gather. Alexis Edmundo Garcia, 31, was arrested Friday on suspicion of child pornography and child annoyance, according to the Murrieta Police Department. Garcia, of Murrieta, was seen driving up to girls as young as 11 and striking up conversations focused on the socks they were wearing, police said. Their investigation led them to believe the alleged obsession was sexual.
WORLD
October 29, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
The oblong balloon rose into the ink-colored sky Saturday just south of one of the world's most fortified borders, its cargo bound for North Korea. Yet unlike countless balloon launches that shower North Korea with pamphlets and political screeds criticizing Kim Jong Il's secretive regime, this one carried a different kind of payload: socks. In all, hundreds of pairs were lifted heavenward by 10 helium-filled balloons: little pink baby booties and large black-and-blue ones for growing children and adults, all headed for impoverished North Koreans facing the oncoming winter.
SPORTS
February 25, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
How big is Robert Griffin III? He even makes it to the Oscars. Well, sort of. Sean Fine, who Sunday won the Academy Award for best documentary for his film "Inocente", is a huge Washington Redskins fan. His grandfather, the late Nate Fine, was the team's official photographer for several years.  Sean Fine is such a huge Redskins fan that he wore a pair of red-and-gold socks with Griffin's catchphrase "No Pressure, No Diamonds" written on...
IMAGE
April 5, 2014 | By Melissa Magsaysay
The combination of sandals and socks has long been seen as a major footwear faux pas. And, as recently as last year when British department store Debenhams polled 1,500 customers on what they felt was the most egregious of all fashion offenses, sandals with socks ranked No. 1 - beating out platform shoes for men and scrunchies. But proving that fashion is often wildly unpredictable, wearing sandals with socks is no longer a fashion misstep. This season, it's suddenly a trend embraced by celebrities and fashion industry insiders who are pairing their Birkenstocks, clogs and even open-toed high-heel sandals with ankle-length socks.
NEWS
December 10, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
WestJet quizzed passengers on what they wanted for Christmas, then gave two planeloads of people what they asked for.  Thomas the Tank Engine, an Android tablet, a 50-inch TV. And socks and underwear for that one guy who now has the sympathy of countless viewers. In a recent promotion ("Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good flight"), the Canadian air carrier set up a screen at airports in Toronto and Hamilton, Canada. Fliers could scan their boarding passes and talk to a virtual Santa.  He asked with a ho, ho, ho what they wanted for Christmas.  "A choo-choo train," said one boy. "A big TV," his parents said.
NEWS
July 15, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Travelers, how many of you would invest in socks that promise to make your feet more comfortable and less sweaty -- made with coffee sludge? Get in line. A Kickstarter campaign to manufacture Atlas socks made of coffee-infused fabric has created a lot of buzz and raised more than four times the amount of seed money needed to make the socks a reality. Founders were hoping to raise $30,000 with the crowd-sourced campaign; as of Friday, they had raised more than $147,000 and will continue until July 24. "This is a great way to actually be smarter about your buying and finding out what customers want," Kit Hickey says.
OPINION
May 27, 2013 | By Jim Hogan
My son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Donald J. Hogan, was killed in Helmand province in August 2009. In the days and weeks that followed, my wife, Carla, and I spent a lot of time with the 100 or so Marines who served with him. We asked them what they needed most, and the answer was unexpected. Infantry members spend all their time on their feet. They have no laundry facilities, so they wash their socks in irrigation canals and air-dry them. But the sand and grit make them unusable again within a couple of days.
NEWS
May 15, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Mosquitoes infected with the malaria parasite are significantly more attracted to human odors -- in this case smelly socks -- than are uninfected mosquitoes, researchers reported Wednesday. Scientists collected human odor on nylon socks -- by having someone wear them for 20 hours -- and put them, along with clean socks, into an enclosure with mosquitoes. The bugs infected with P. falciparum showed more landings and more probing of the smelly socks. None of the mosquitoes -- infected or not -- were especially drawn to the socks with no human odor.
NEWS
May 6, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Better make time for a pedicure on Tuesday - Wednesday is National No Socks Day. That's right. A day to free your feet from their confines. And I think wearing sandals is a better alternative than going barefoot -- dangerous -- or wearing regular shoes without hosiery -- sticky and uncomfortable. National No Socks Day was created by Tom and Ruth Roy, who've come up with numerous holidays over the years that are legit enough to be included some years in Chase's Calendar of Events, which writer Richard E. Meyer called “the nation's annual bible of extraordinary occasions” in a Los Angeles Times story about the Roys in 1996.
BUSINESS
December 12, 1988 | Associated Press
What should you do with those odd socks that drive you mad? You know, the leftover halves of pairs that have vanished inexplicably in the laundry. "You should dispose of them and buy a new pair," says 32-year-old, sock magnate Sophie Mirman. "They are absolutely not a trend that will catch on." The Anglo-French Mirman has more than a passing interest in the matter. She is chairman and co-founder of Sock Shop International PLC, a chain of specialty stores that sell socks of almost every sort.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Socks, the White House cat during the Clinton administration, has died at the age of 18. Socks had lived with President Clinton's secretary, Betty Currie, in Hollywood, Md., since the Clintons left the White House in early 2001. Currie said she was "heartbroken." The Clinton Foundation released a statement from the Clintons: "Socks brought much happiness to Chelsea and us over the years, and enjoyment to kids and cat lovers everywhere. We're grateful for those memories, and we especially want to thank our good friend Betty Currie for taking such loving care of Socks for so many years."
NATIONAL
March 25, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Spring typically means the return of sunshine, tornadoes and biblical thunderstorms across the Midwest, but a weekend blizzard in the lower Plains had winter stamping on all signs of life in Kansas and Missouri. A daffodil exposition in Springfield, Mo., had to be put on hold. The phone for the I-70 Drive-In's box office in Kansas City, Mo., rang without answer: There would be no outdoor movie with 8 inches of snow on Sunday. Guerrilla Streetfood, a food truck in St. Louis, tweeted that it would take a day off on Monday, preferring not to slog through the city's biggest snowstorm in 30 years -- joining many others in taking a late snow day in this part of the country.
SPORTS
February 25, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
How big is Robert Griffin III? He even makes it to the Oscars. Well, sort of. Sean Fine, who Sunday won the Academy Award for best documentary for his film "Inocente", is a huge Washington Redskins fan. His grandfather, the late Nate Fine, was the team's official photographer for several years.  Sean Fine is such a huge Redskins fan that he wore a pair of red-and-gold socks with Griffin's catchphrase "No Pressure, No Diamonds" written on...
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