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A videotape played Monday in a Los Angeles courtroom showed that Latasha Harlins had turned away from a scuffle with a Korean grocer when the black teen-ager was shot in the back of the head. "This is not television. This is not the movies. This is real life," Deputy District Attorney Roxane Carvajal had warned the jury. "You will see Latasha being killed. She will die in front of your eyes."
April 26, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Alexander McQueen, the late British designer and high fashion's enfant terrible , wasn't the type to hang around a discount mall alongside a Riverside County freeway. But that's where his eponymous label opened its first U.S. outlet store a few days ago. In addition to McQueen - the label responsible for Kate Middleton's royal wedding dress - powerhouse brands Helmut Lang and Belstaff also launched their first North American outlets in the same mall, Desert Hills Premium Outlets.
Tucked away in the basement-level shopping arcade of the Beverly Hills Hotel is Amir, a tiny men's store whose motto is "understated elegance." Maybe, but don't confuse understated with underpriced. At this store, owned by a single-named, 35-year-old, Iranian-born former fashion model, private-label tuxedos start at $2,600, leather jackets at $4,500. And a vicuna sports jacket sells for $40,000--a price tag sure to make some customers reconsider before reaching for their Platinum Card.
April 25, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO - One person is dead and another was wounded after an attempted armed robbery at a medical marijuana dispensary in the North Park neighborhood, police said Friday. The shooting occurred around 12:30 p.m. Two suspects left in a Mercedes-Benz. Initial reports say a security guard shot and killed one robber but was wounded. He was taken to a local trauma center.   ALSO: Drought covers 100% of California for first time in 15 years Sword-swinging man shot by officers in South L.A., police say School bus driver may not have hit brakes before crash, CHP says   Twitter: @LATsandiego
The first sex shop in Russian history opened to the public on Monday--only, please, its management insisted, don't call it a sex shop. "We call it 'an intimacy salon,' " director Alla Burashnikova said as she sat primly in a corner watching deeply interested Russians examine glow-in-the-dark condoms, an inflatable woman and six sets of shelves holding probably the broadest array of sexual devices ever gathered in one public place on Russian soil. "We propagandize health," Burashnikova said.
July 28, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
When online eyewear purveyor Warby Parker launched its website in February 2010, the goal was simple: to leverage the power of the Web to offer designer-quality eyewear at less than $100 directly to the masses. Three years later, Warby Parker has sold an estimated half a million pairs of prescription glasses and non-prescription sunnies, attracted an all-star roster of style-savvy investors (J. Crew Chief Executive Millard "Mickey" Drexler and Kate Spade co-founder Andy Spade among them)
February 23, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
The gig: Amit Kleinberger, 33, has been the chief executive of Menchie's Frozen Yogurt since 2008. From his company's headquarters in Encino, he oversees what has become the world's largest self-serve frozen yogurt franchise, with more than 370 stores. The stores serve sweet and tart flavors of yogurt, with a choice of candy, fruit and nut toppings. There are about 50 Menchie's locations in California. An early start: As a kid, Kleinberger saw the 1987 movie "The Secret of My Success," which stars a young college grad - played by Michael J. Fox - navigating the corporate world in New York City.
September 4, 2010
On the Art Deco trail At home or on the road, collector John Thomas is always on the lookout for the next Art Deco find. Some of his favorite treasure-hunting haunts are: The Vintage Collective, 2212 E. 4th St., Long Beach, (562) 433-8699; Off the Wall Antiques, 7325 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 930-1185, Thanks for the Memories, 8319 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, (323) 852-9407, http://www.
April 18, 2013
Record Store Day, the annual money bomb for indie music stores, hits right in between Coachella weekends this year. If local fans aren't tapped out of their music budgets, prime L.A. stores such as Origami, Mt. Analog, Gimme Gimme and Vacation will all hold varying events, special releases and deals to celebrate. Various times and locations Saturday. See for complete listings.
November 11, 2013
  More retailers than ever are opening their doors on Thanksgiving to lure holiday shoppers with special bargains. Here is a sampling, with starting times on Nov. 28. Best Buy (6 p.m.) J.C. Penney (8 p.m.) Kohl's (8 p.m.) Kmart (6 a.m.) Macy's, (8 p.m.) OfficeMax (8 p.m.) Old Navy (9 a.m.) Staples (8 p.m.) Sears (8 p.m.) Target (8 p.m.) Toys R Us (5 p.m.) Wal-Mart (6 p.m.)
April 23, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
One of the most desirable pieces of real estate in the country - the site of a former department store in Beverly Hills - is on the market again. Unlike other commercial properties across Southern California that have seen major long-stalled developments finally get underway in the last few years, this one has been a struggle. Once home to an upscale Robinsons-May store, the property has seen multiple owners who have so far been unable to bring a condominium complex designed by a famous architect to life.
April 22, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Could an Opening Ceremony store be coming to every city in the land? Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, founders of the influential retailer and its eponymous private label, announced plans on Tuesday to accelerate growth after scoring a minority investment from Boston-based private equity firm Berkshire Partners . The new capital will be used to “enhance its Opening Ceremony women's, men's and accessories collections and its e-commerce capabilities,...
April 20, 2014 | By Todd Martens
Much has been made of the new additions to this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival -- a four-course meal, a make-up studio and high-end food, among them. Little, however, has been made of what's missing. Small Arizona indie retail chain Zia Records has been a Coachella mainstay since the late 2000s, bringing a full-on pop-up shop, complete with artist meet-and-greets, to Empire Polo Club. But no more, as Zia in 2014 couldn't make the trek, said GM Brian Faber. In its place is a vinyl-and-cassette shop run by promoter Goldenvoice.  Faber said the company wanted to be at Coachella, a large undertaking that had sometimes been a break-even affair for the store.
April 20, 2014 | By Denise Hamilton
Most of us have a vague awareness that Mother's Day is coming up (Sunday, May 11). But will we shop in a timely fashion - or will we race to the mall on May 10? Just in case you're a planner, what follows is a guide to some of the best department store perfumes. (And if you tend to procrastinate, we suggest you save this in an easy- to -find place - for that last-minute spending spree.) Name: Bottega Veneta Distinguishing Characteristics: An incandescent 21st century floral with light lashings of leather (to remind us of their handbags)
April 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Over a decade beginning in 1996, Megan Huntsman gave birth to at least seven babies in her home at Pleasant Grove, Utah. One died at birth and the other six were strangled or suffocated, their bodies concealed in boxes that were stored in the garage, she told police, according to documents released by state authorities on Monday. Huntsman, 39, was being held on $6 million bail -- $1 million for each of the babies she is accused of killing -- after a preliminary court appearance on Monday, a spokesman for the Utah County jail told the Los Angeles Times.
April 11, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
In front of me, the movie screen starts at the floor and rises so high it's like seeing "Divergent" on the side of a building. At the moment warrior princess Tris, played by a fierce Shailene Woodley, is about to jump onto a speeding train. I can feel the train coming. Seriously, I can feel it. The subwoofers embedded in the cushy comfort of the theater's reclining chairs let the sound vibrate through my body. Tris' jump, just seconds before the platform she's running on ends over a dead drop, is stomach churning even on an ordinary screen.
After less than four months as a visible presence on the Southern California computer scene, Detroit-based Inca Computer Co. has pulled the plug on its Southland operation, putting more than 120 people out of work. The shuttered stores--in Burbank, Northridge, Santa Clarita, Montclair and Costa Mesa--were closed Oct. 12 after the chain ran into major funding problems, company executives said.
November 22, 2012 | By Shan Li
Shoppers this year are finding that Black Friday is starting earlier than last year. Many retailers are now opening their doors and rolling out deals Thanksgiving night instead of Friday morning, some as early as 8 p.m. Below is a list of when stores and malls will kick off the shopping extravaganza:   Sears: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day Toys R Us: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day Wal-Mart: 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day Target: 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day...
April 11, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Coldwater Creek Inc., a women's wear retailer with hundreds of stores nationwide, said in bankruptcy filings that it plans to start liquidating the business with deep discounts pegged to Mother's Day. The Sandpoint, Idaho, company, which started with a catalog model in 1984, now has 334 retail stores, 31 outlet locations and seven day spas. California has 27 Coldwater Creek stores -- more than any other state except Texas. In a Chapter 11 filing in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware, Coldwater Creek listed $278.5 million in assets and $361.3 million in debt.
April 10, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
People who want to buy locally grown food or who like artisan products probably know there are vendors all over the L.A. area, but the work of tracking them down is beyond most shoppers. The online store Good Eggs means to solve that problem. Its mission is bold: “Grow and sustain local food systems worldwide.” And shoppers can find more than 130 vendors who sell such foods as homemade gluten-free sandwich bread from Roses in the Kitchen ($10). Or dumplings from Bling Bling Dumpling in Hollywood, where the recipes come from the owners' Taiwanese grandmothers and their own modern tastes; cheeseburger dumplings, anyone?
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