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ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2012 | Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Dick Beals, a voice actor best known for injecting youthful enthusiasm into the character of Speedy Alka-Seltzer in mid-20th century television commercials for the pain remedy, has died. He was 85. Beals, whose radio and television career spanned seven decades, died Tuesday at Vista Gardens Memory Care in Vista, said his friend Peter Gorman. "He was one of the great voice actors of all time," Ron Simon, curator of TV and radio at the Paley Center for Media, told The Times on Wednesday.
FOOD
May 26, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times
Shrubs - they're not just for hiding in! Tart, acidic and weirdly, wonderfully refreshing, drinking vinegars known as "shrubs" are finding a savory home on a growing number of Los Angeles drink menus. Sometimes they're added to soda water as an alternative to mainstream sodas, and sometimes they're mixed with booze as a mouth-pleasing alternative to predictable acids such as lemons and limes. Either way, they're adding a welcome new dimension to the ever-evolving Los Angeles craft cocktail scene.
FOOD
June 13, 1996 | CHARLES PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"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").
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
OPINION
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.
SPORTS
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.
TRAVEL
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.
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