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April 17, 2001
I am willing to help the financially strapped post office so that it can deliver on Saturday . . . the check is in the mail. ANGIE PAPADAKIS Rancho Palos Verdes
July 20, 2013 | By August Brown
The members of the electro-pop group the Postal Service have slightly different recollections about what exactly they were doing just before playing this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. But they each remember the night clearly. Keyboardist and arranger Jimmy Tamborello was "lying down trying not to think about it. It was the most stressful show I've ever played, but it was almost a relief right before going onstage, because it was so close to being over. " Vocalist Jenny Lewis said she was "backstage looking at Ben [Gibbard]
Arianna Cabral-Nunez said she made her list weeks ago. Priscilla Silva said she checked hers twice. So when Santa Claus rolled into the parking lot Wednesday at the South Oxnard Head Start in a governmental version of St. Nick's sleigh--a gussied-up U.S. Postal Service delivery truck--the two 4-year-olds were among the first to greet him. "Hi, Santa. Merry Christmas," Arianna said with a grin, reaching through a chain-link fence to clutch his white-gloved hand and tug on his acrylic beard.
December 21, 2009 | By Carla Rivera
Cheerful Christmas carols, red-suited Santas and shiny new toys brought smiles to thousands of children and their families as they crowded the downtown Los Angeles area Sunday for annual food and toy giveaways. More than 10,000 children from downtown and surrounding neighborhoods flocked to the Fred Jordan Mission for its 32nd annual event, billed as skid row's largest Christmas toy party. More than 450 volunteers readied themselves with sacks stuffed with Legos, Barbies and other dolls, remote-controlled cars, skateboards, puzzles, books, soccer balls and other goodies.
--A 48-year-old South African grandmother is pregnant with test-tube triplets belonging to her daughter and son-in-law. Pat Anthony agreed to undergo the in-vitro fertilization procedure using her daughter's ova and her son-in-law's sperm after her 25-year-old daughter, Karen Ferreira-Jorge, nearly died while giving birth to her only child. "I am a grandmother who is carrying and will bear her own grandchildren," Anthony was quoted by the British newspaper, The Mail, as saying.
December 6, 1987 | JUDITH MORGAN, Morgan, of La Jolla, is a nationally known magazine and newspaper writer
Home delivery is handy, of course, but I had the urge to pick up my mail in person, so I flew to New Zealand and rented a car to drive through Fiordland National Park on the west coast of the South Island to the wondrous place where the road ends: Milford Sound. Nine thousand miles for a kind word? I've traveled farther for less. For 15 years I have paid rent on one of 12 wooden boxes at this remote post office in a rain forest.
June 9, 1996 | Associated Press
Overtaken by Express Mail and other speedy delivery services, Special Delivery is on its way out. The Postal Service on Friday proposed to eliminate the 111-year-old service in a package of rate and service changes sent to the independent Postal Rate Commission. John Ward, vice president of marketing services at the post office, said just 300,000 items were sent by special delivery last year--down from 85.3 million in 1972.
October 13, 1991 | DENISE HAMILTON
On those special days--birthdays, anniversaries, romantic holidays--when the thought of stumbling into the kitchen and pouring a bowl of cereal leaves you cold, think room service. With as little as two days' notice, Breakfast in Bed can banish the morning blahs, delivering a freshly prepared meal for two, complete with flowers, champagne and a waiter in tuxedo, to your home.
November 3, 1985 | JAMES MARNELL
--Carole Jalbert, 39, of Beverly, Mass., shows a very special concern for her sister's pregnancy. "I always say we are due, not she is due. I will be in (the) delivery room. I will be there as her coach. When the baby is born, it will be given to me." Jalbert's sister, Sherry King, 35, is helping her sterile sister start a family and was inseminated with her brother-in-law's sperm. "I never thought of it as my baby," King, who has a 3-year-old daughter, said. "It was always my sister's baby."
July 18, 1988 | MARTHA GROVES
A growing number of entrepreneurs nationwide have cooked up ways to capitalize on the gourmet takeout craze by saving customers the hassle of driving to get the food. The L.A. Lunch Club, operating in San Fernando Valley communities since the beginning of the year, is one of a handful of Southland companies that delivers meals prepared by a variety of restaurants.
April 27, 2009 | Randy Lewis
Two faces of contemporary country music stood in striking relief at the third edition of Stagecoach, the country music festival held in Indio over the weekend. On one side, topping Saturday's bill, was Brad Paisley, a self-professed music geek who has risen to the top with an estimable string of hits built on brilliant lyric twists ("I'm Gonna Miss Her [The Fishing Song]"), the occasional bawdy double-entendre ("Ticks") and even profundity ("Whiskey Lullaby").
June 6, 2007 | Shuji Sakai, Special to The Times
IT may be the most highly anticipated produce debut ever: Mangoes from India, banned from importation until the U.S. and India reached a trade agreement last year, have finally hit stores in Southern California. Why all the excitement? The mango, in India, is revered for its flavor and texture.
December 1, 2005 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Just before the birth of Rodney and Holly Robinson Peete's fourth child, Roman, in February, Holly's water broke while they were at dinner in Beverly Hills, and an ambulance was called. "The ambulance mistakenly took me to UCLA Medical Center instead of Cedars-Sinai, where my obstetrician was waiting for me," Holly said. "Against the UCLA doctor's orders, and with mommy well into labor, Rodney made like Jeff Gordon and raced me to Cedars in time to deliver."
June 9, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
The centerpiece of the American Cinematheque's Nothing Left to Do but Cry: The Films of Massimo Troisi is inevitably the 1995 Oscar-nominated "The Postman" (Il Postino), which will be shown Saturday at the Aero in Santa Monica. (The series runs Friday through Wednesday.) One of the most popular foreign films of the last decade, it starred Troisi, a beloved Neapolitan comic actor and director, as a simple mail carrier on Capri.
November 5, 2004 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Huo Jianqi's "Postmen in the Mountains" is a work of exquisitely wrought simplicity as it explores a father and son relationship. Adapted by Si Wu from a short story by Peng Jianming, it was filmed in southern China's Hunan province amid rugged mountains and vast valleys of awesome unspoiled beauty and grandeur.
March 13, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
Ventura's Meals on Wheels program, which had been facing possible closure because of financial troubles, has received donations this week that will enable it to remain open, its director said Friday. The program, which serves hot meals to about 150 homebound seniors daily, had been in danger of closing by the end of the month because of rising unemployment insurance and state workers' compensation costs, director Victoria Herrera said. The program employs seven people.
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