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April 24, 2011 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Even if you can't make it to London for the royal wedding, you can still revel in the wide range of souvenirs commemorating the April 29 event. It's a given that there are enough commemorative plates, coins, tea pots, tea towels, coasters, champagne flutes, pillows, shortbread tins, paper dolls, stickers, postcards, pencils, magnets and thimbles to fill Buckingham Palace. But the campiest souvenirs are the most memorable, including William and Kate bobble-heads, a replica engagement ring and nail clippers with a photo medallion of the glamorous duo. (Because that's who you really want to think about when you're trimming your toenails.)
March 14, 2014 | By Jill Schensul
A recent trip to Europe was an exercise in saving money. Here is some of what I discovered. Ground transportation: Taxis may seem like the most convenient and civilized way to get around, and sometimes they are, but sometimes they're expensive and annoying. They're also subject to all the traffic everyone else is sitting in. Subway systems are efficient and traffic-proof (unless there's a problem on a line). They can get you to most tourist destinations faster, and they are actually easy to use - easier than figuring out the rules for hailing a cab in the same city.
September 17, 1988 | Bob Drogin
Dukakis leaves Southern California today carrying heavier bags than when he arrived. On Friday, he was given a shiny black jacket emblazoned with the initials DARE, representing the local school anti-drug program, after he spoke at the Los Angeles Police Department. Then, after a rousing rally at Roosevelt High School, he was presented with two school pennants and a small, fuzzy teddy bear. At his last stop, police in Chula Vista gave him a police cap and aviator sunglasses.
November 15, 2013 | By J. Hoberman
More than 3 million Jews lived in pre-World War II Poland, making up 10% of the population. Today, the Jewish population is at best a tenth of a percent of what it was in 1939. Yet the world is not devoid of Polish Jews. As noted by Louise Steinman in "The Crooked Mirror," her firsthand report on what remains of Jewish life in contemporary Poland, four out of five American Jews are of Polish-Jewish descent - a diaspora within the diaspora. Steinman's previous book, "The Souvenir," was prompted by her discovery of a Japanese flag among her father's World War II effects and, among other things, details her subsequent trip to Japan to return this enigmatic trophy.
January 4, 1987 | JUDITH MORGAN, Morgan, of La Jolla, is a nationally known magazine and newspaper writer
Many of my holiday gifts came from two high and hidden shelves where I stash trinkets from travels. Because of their far-flung origins, they are usually a surprise to the recipient; when I pull down the sacks in December, they are often a surprise to me. This season I found chunky Greek bead necklaces in vivid blues and greens and ambers. I bought them on a last-day-at-sea sale in the Royal Princess boutique as we sailed into Acapulco after transiting the Panama Canal.
June 3, 1999 | Reuters
An explosive device sent through the mail by a journalist covering the Kosovo crisis to his newspaper office exploded Wednesday, slightly injuring one person, police said. Police said the device, thought to be a grenade, had been sent to someone at the Ta Nea office as a souvenir of the conflict, but exploded when it was touched. The explosion caused only slight damage to the offices.
January 24, 1987 | United Press International
Leftover souvenirs from the 1986 celebration of Texas' 150th birthday, including caps, mugs, pins, potholders and belt buckles, went on sale at bargain prices Friday. Sesquicentennial memorabilia, trinkets and collectibles in the inventory of several vendors around Texas were pooled for the three-day liquidation sale at an Austin hotel, officials said. The asking price for merchandise ranged from as little as 1 cent to as much as $8,000--the price of a limited-edition Winchester rifle.
February 27, 2004 | From Associated Press
Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" not only has people debating the last hours of Jesus' life but also running out to buy such souvenirs as crucifixes, lapel pins and cards tied to the film's promotion. A particularly popular item is a pendant fashioned from a single nail made of pewter and attached to a leather strap, say officials of Bob Siemon Designs, licensed by Gibson's Icon Productions to produce jewelry tied to the film.
May 11, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Three human skulls found in the trash at a Duarte mobile home park may have been put there by a woman who said they were souvenirs of her late husband, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The skulls caused a stir Friday when a 12-year-old girl brought them to her Covina school, saying that her grandmother had found them, and asked if they were real, authorities said. Sheriff's Lt.
May 20, 1986 | United Press International
The Navy has punished a crewman aboard a shuttle salvage ship and collected "eight to 10" pieces of Challenger wreckage that had been kept by divers as souvenirs, officials said today. A woman who has not been identified called Kennedy Space Center security officers Friday and told them a salvage diver aboard the Opportune had mentioned he had obtained personal effects of one of Challenger's seven astronauts. The Opportune's skipper, Lt. Cmdr.
September 16, 2013 | By Alison DaRosa
It's a ritual. Every winter my husband and I spend two weeks at the same spot on the central Oregon coast. We go to breathe. Breathing is different here - cleaner, deeper, more resolute - just different. We nest in an oceanfront condo near Nye Beach. Always the same unit, reserved a year in advance. Our frontyard is a wide expanse of sandy beach that stretches a mile or so north to Yaquina Head - and maybe six miles south to the rock jetty at the entrance to Newport Harbor. The view from recliners in our condo is among the indelible images we take home - souvenirs of the mind to see us through less tranquil times.
August 26, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
The Seattle Police Department made headlines this month when it decided to hand out bags of Doritos to attendees of the city's annual Hempfest. Now a few enterprising recipients of the complimentary chips are trying to make some money off them.  Type "Hempfest Doritos" into EBay and you'll come up with more than 30 listings, with one small bag going for as much as $55. The organizers of the 22nd annual Seattle Hempfest describe ...
March 29, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Baseball fans everywhere know the unwritten rules of the game. Such as: When a player loses his grip on the bat while taking a swing and it flies into the stands, the fan who winds up with it returns the bat to the player, who then gives the fan an older bat as a souvenir. However, as you can see from the video above, when Mariners catcher Kelly Shoppach took a swing and his bat went flying into the stands, a fan collected it and quickly strolled for the exit. It happened during the seventh inning of an exhibition game on Thursday.
March 8, 2013 | By Lizzie Garrett Mettler
Interior designer Frances Merrill steps inside Phukaw, a new import shop chock-full of traditional Thai home goods, apparel and vintage textiles. It's one of those inexplicable Hollywood Boulevard juxtapositions - authentic design from Thailand's northern hill tribes, adjacent to Jumbo's Clown Room, the pole-dancing club where Courtney Love worked. Merrill grabs a roll of indigo-colored embroidered fabric, a handmade necklace and hair fob to be repurposed as room decoration, and a gingham towel.
November 11, 2012 | By Hinda Mandell
My parents can't agree about what to do with the book. My mother has wanted to chuck it from the minute she married my dad in 1969. But my father insists on displaying it, albeit upside-down, on the bookshelf next to his collection of Jewish texts. His uncle, Eddie Cohen, brought the book home from World War II in 1945. As I heard the story, Eddie, my great-uncle, took part in the storming of Omaha Beach and went on to fight in Germany. During one battle, he killed a German soldier and went through his rucksack, claiming the copy of "Mein Kampf" he found inside as his dubious souvenir.
August 12, 2012 | Helene Elliott
Usain Bolt charmed the world during the Olympics and won his third gold medal Saturday by anchoring a world-record 400-meter relay performance, but still he was nearly denied one prize. It was a modest request -- all he wanted was the yellow baton he and his Jamaican teammates had carried around the Olympic Stadium track in 36.84 electrifying seconds, but a stubborn race official refused. "He was saying I couldn't keep it because it's the rules," Bolt said, bending his fingers to put "rules" in quotation marks.
March 9, 1987 | United Press International
Special playing cards aboard Air Force 2, Vice President George Bush's plane, are given away as souvenirs at a cost to taxpayers of about $10,000 a year, Sen. William Proxmire (D-Wis.) charged Sunday. "I've seen a lot of card tricks, but this one beats them all," Proxmire said in awarding the Air Force his "Golden Fleece" award, which he said should be shared with the Executive Office of the President for requesting the cards.
August 10, 1996 | BILL CHRISTINE
The state of California and a horsemen's welfare fund expect to be big beneficiaries at Del Mar today if Cigar wins the Pacific Classic and many bettors keep their tickets as souvenirs. About $200,000 in bets on Cigar haven't been cashed from the day he won the Arlington Citation Challenge last month. And most of the $2 win tickets on Cigar have not been cashed at Suffolk Downs, where Cigar won the Massachusetts Handicap in June.
June 26, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
Just when it seems the Kings finally have everything - the Stanley Cup, the love of a city, the respect of a league - it turns out something is still missing. It's three inches in diameter, weighs about six ounces, and is absolutely huge. The Kings may have discovered their championship soul, but they still can't find their championship puck. Two weeks after winning their first Stanley Cup in the franchise's 45-year history, the Kings don't know the whereabouts of the puck that was on the ice when the final game ended.
April 21, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
North Korea has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on its ill-fated rocket program, but when it came time to give its website a facelift, the country decided to go the thrifty route. It turns out that North Korea's revamped website is based on a design template created by a California Web designer that sells on for a mere $15. But just because it was cheap doesn't mean it's not pretty. In fact, we'd say the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)
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