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December 5, 1997 | JANA J. MONJI
Jean Giraudoux uses an "ondine" (French for water sprite) to sardonically comment on the oddities of human culture from an outsider's point of view in "Ondine," currently in a sparkling revival of Maurice Valency's adaptation at the Powerhouse Theatre. Like Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid," Giraudoux's water sprite falls fatally in love with a human. Both stories underscore the problems of this mismatch.
"It takes people a few minutes to really get it," says John Dorbacopoulos, gazing fondly on a highly customized '62 Austin-Healey Sprite. It has no seats and no engine. In their place are three welded steel barbecue pits (the steering wheel has to be removed whenever the driver's side is fired up). The hood and trunk lids fold out to make tables for setting out food. The specially reinforced race car fuel tank known as a fuel safe has been replaced by a beverage cooler ("cool safe").
March 13, 1991 | PATRICIA NELL WARREN, Patricia Nell Warren's novel, "One Is the Sun," is being published by Ballantine this spring. and
As a small farmer from Northern California, visiting Los Angeles on business, I am startled by the hair-raising lack of personal responsibility about water that I've seen. Beyond the newspaper articles and brown patches along the freeways, beyond the few concerned citizens and officials who stare into empty reservoirs, I see little sense of personal emergency. In wealthy areas, lawns are uniformly lush and fertilized. Thousands rushed to refill pools and spas before rationing started.
February 27, 2001 | KEVIN McDONOUGH, NEWSDAY
Being cool is very important. Just ask any 13-year-old. Who knew it could be a vital socioeconomic barometer? According to Douglas Rushkoff, host of tonight's "The Merchants of Cool," an hourlong "Frontline" on PBS, coolness is very big business. "Merchants" begins with the startling fact that there are now more American teens than at any previous time. They constitute a bigger gaggle of youth-quakers than even their baby-boomer parents.
January 18, 2005
Here, let's say it all right upfront: This editorial is low-cal, lo-carb, caffeine-free and sugarless. It contains no salt, no peanuts, no foreign policy and only one gram of healthcare. It's also cholesterol-free. It does concern a subversive trend quietly underway in our society to rename diet soft drinks because, in case you haven't noticed, the fatter we get, the less popular is the word "diet." We never did have Diet Whiskey or a credible Vodka Lite.
August 5, 2003 | Lance Pugmire;Christine Hanley
The maker of Nutella chocolate spread said Monday it is phasing out endorsements from Kobe Bryant in part because of the sexual assault charge against the NBA superstar. Ferrero, an Italian company with U.S. headquarters in Somerset, N.J., said its contract with the Laker guard expires in January. "Marketing plans established earlier this year did not contemplate a contract renewal," the company said in a statement.
August 24, 2000 | From Reuters
Coca-Cola Co., hard hit last year by a contamination scare that left hundreds of Europeans complaining of illnesses, said Wednesday it had suspended production of one-liter bottles of Sprite and Coca-Cola in Senegal after being alerted to the discovery of a mold-like substance in two items.
February 13, 2000 | ELLEN CLARK, Ellen Clark is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer
Somehow I always seem to miss the boat on whale-watching cruises. I'm usually on the one where the crew says: "You should have been on the morning cruise. There were whales as far as the eye could see." That's why I hadn't gone whale watching for a few years; I was discouraged. But I've always wanted to see a whale in its natural habitat, its huge back arching out of the ocean, water spraying from its blowhole.
The backboards at Lennox Park were once covered with graffiti, leading neighborhood toughs to hassle 12-year-old Christian Pantoja whenever he went there to shoot hoops with friends. "Hey," the would-be thugs would say, gesturing at the spray-painted tags, "this is mine. Can't you see my name up there?" But the backboards have been replaced and a new name adorns their shiny surface, one Christian finds nonthreatening: Sprite, the popular soft drink.
August 25, 2003 | Soren Baker, Special to The Times
Near the end of N.E.R.D.'s concert-closing set at the Sprite Liquid Mix Tour on Friday, group leader Pharrell Williams encouraged the scores of people on the periphery of the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater's stage to help him belt out his group's spicy single "Lap Dance." Friends, rappers, break-dancers and other hangers-on soon flooded the stage, resulting in the type of all-encompassing organized confusion that has come to typify Williams' work.
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