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May 17, 2012 | By Mary MacVean, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
We're fat, in case you hadn't heard. And as we learned last week, 42% of American adults will be obese by 2030, according to researchers at the Weight of the Nation conference sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If that's a party you'd rather miss, the grocery store is a place to start. Nutritionists often advise us to buy fresh food and stick to the perimeters of the store (instead of the middle aisles that are stocked with Oreos, Doritos and Froot Loops)
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BUSINESS
April 1, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
Supermarket chain Aldi, which plans to open 650 new stores in the U.S. in the next five years, has acquired a 55-acre site in Moreno Valley where it will build its Southern California regional headquarters. Aldi, which is based in Batavia, Ill., will construct an 850,000-square-foot distribution center east of the 215 Freeway at Redlands Boulevard that is intended to serve about 200 stores in the region, real estate brokerage the Klabin Co. said. The price of the land acquisition from Ridge Property Trust was not disclosed.
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NEWS
April 19, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Forget lettuce and spinach. Start thinking mallow, purslane and amaranth. Even if you've never heard of these greens, they could be all around you, according to an interesting NPR piece on urban foraging. The story follows expert forager Sam Thayer around Washington, D.C., as he plucks and nibbles on uncommon salad ingredients, including weeds like shepherd's purse and sow thistle as well as Siberian elm seeds. He finds them in the unlikeliest of places -- reclaiming an abandoned garden box, sprouting near chain-link fences.    And, barring the risk of dog pee and pesticide, they're pretty good for you -- according to the story , more nutritious than your grocery store greens.
WORLD
March 22, 2014 | By Lauren Frayer
MARINALEDA, Spain - It was a sweltering summer day at the height of Spain's economic crisis when the longtime mayor of this hardscrabble village decided it was time to grab the nation's attention. Most other politicians were on vacation, which looked a bit decadent to many, considering that the unemployment rate in southern Spain's Andalusia region was pushing 40%, among the highest in the nation. So Mayor Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo of Marinaleda - population barely 2,700 - led his trade unionist friends on a march to a supermarket in a neighboring town.
WORLD
November 22, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- The death toll from a supermarket roof collapse in Latvia's capital rose to at least 47 Friday and many other people remained missing or were injured, officials said. “There are still from 25 to 30 people inside [under the rubble] and we hope that somebody can still be saved,” Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs told reporters in televised remarks. “But we must understand it will be difficult.” Part of the Maxima XX supermarket's roof collapsed Thursday at about 6 p.m., killing and injuring scores of customers inside the popular store at the end of the work day, Yekaterina Zorina, a correspondent for Rossiya-24, a Russian news television network, said in a phone interview.
BUSINESS
March 21, 1999
When supermarket "club cards" appeared last year, the privacy concerns were immediately obvious to me ["What Price Loyalty?" Feb. 7]. I too came up with the analogy of the neighborhood grocery of my youth, where buying patterns were known and catering to them was considered good service. (I have the impression that many of the people who worry so much about privacy are very young and have certainly never lived in a small town.) We decided that since we had nothing to hide about our groceries, we would participate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1996
A would-be robber killed a janitor early Monday at a Paramount market, a Los Angeles County sheriff's spokesman said. Super A Foods is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the man who entered the market on Downey Avenue shortly before 4 a.m., sheriff's spokesman Matt Rodriguez said. The manager and janitor Cesar Cruz, 30, were getting money for the intruder when he shot Cruz and fled, Rodriguez said.
NATIONAL
September 14, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
The 911 recordings capture voices that are frantic, frightened and pleading for help after a gunman walked into a New Jersey supermarket in the early morning hours and opened fire. "I don't want to die, please," a woman tells the 911 dispatcher in a raw, ragged whisper. She explains that she and others have locked themselves in a back room but still fear the man with the gun can hear them, and find them. "Hurry up, please please please," she pleads. Another caller, out of breath from running for his life, reports the scene in staccato sentences.
BUSINESS
December 22, 1996
Now that Archer-Daniels-Midland has been indicted and fined, will its new slogan be "Archer Daniels Midland, Supermarket to the Underworld"? MORRIS MOSKOW Los Angeles
NATIONAL
November 24, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A deer ran into a Blacksburg supermarket, scrambled in panic through the store for several minutes, then left through an open back door. Nobody was hurt and the store had only minor damage. The deer was hit by a van after it left the store, then it ran off. Kerrie Cook, a teller at a bank in the supermarket, said the deer appeared to have been injured before it entered the store. "He was just so frazzled he didn't know what to do," she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2014 | David Colker
Bill Davila, a first-generation Mexican American who worked his way up from sweeping floors at a Vons market to being president of the supermarket chain, knew that some executives in the industry were not sure how to pronounce his last name. Was it the Spanish DAH-vee-la or the Anglicized duh-VIL-a? Davila, who was also the genial spokesman for Vons in TV and radio commercials, was used to walking in both worlds. "I'll respond to either pronunciation," he said in a 1987 Los Angeles Times interview.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
For Los Angeles residents, the perfect holiday gift this year might have been a reusable grocery bag. On Wednesday, large grocery stores will be prohibited by law from providing free plastic bags. Shoppers will be required to bring their own bags when stocking up on food and goods, or pay 10 cents per paper bag provided by the grocery store. Smaller independent markets and liquor stores that sell groceries will become subject to the ban July 1. In backing the new law, Los Angeles City Council members cited concerns that the flimsy disposable bags often end up on city streets and eventually find their way to the ocean, where they threaten fish and wildlife.
WORLD
November 22, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- The death toll from a supermarket roof collapse in Latvia's capital rose to at least 47 Friday and many other people remained missing or were injured, officials said. “There are still from 25 to 30 people inside [under the rubble] and we hope that somebody can still be saved,” Riga Mayor Nils Usakovs told reporters in televised remarks. “But we must understand it will be difficult.” Part of the Maxima XX supermarket's roof collapsed Thursday at about 6 p.m., killing and injuring scores of customers inside the popular store at the end of the work day, Yekaterina Zorina, a correspondent for Rossiya-24, a Russian news television network, said in a phone interview.
WORLD
November 21, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- A supermarket roof collapsed and killed at least four people Thursday night in Riga, the capital of Latvia, the RIA Novosti news agency reported. Three bodies of customers were discovered by rescue workers, one of whom was also killed, authorities said. At least 30 people are injured, and as many as 70 more people may be under the debris, according to the mayor of Riga, Nil Ushakov. The BBC reported that the dead rescue worker was a firefighter. The store, Maxima XX, collapsed "like a house of cards," said Deputy Mayor Andris Ameriks.
SCIENCE
October 30, 2013 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Poor, mostly black neighborhoods face double jeopardy when it comes to supermarket access, according to a study recently published by the journal Preventive Medicine. That may not sound like news at all: Scholars and activists have long fretted that poor, minority neighborhoods have worse access to supermarkets, which is tied to less healthy diets. But researchers from Johns Hopkins University wanted to see how different neighborhood traits -- poverty and racial makeup -- were related to the problem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 2013 | By A Times Staff Writer
It was California's first time in a huge Powerball jackpot. But the winner ended up being in Florida. Someone in the Sunshine State managed to nail all six numbers in Saturday night's $600-million Powerball jackpot. That golden ticket was sold at a supermarket in  Zephyrhills, near Tampa. The identity of the winner has yet to be announced. But two California players who picked five of the six numbers will each win $2.3 million, lottery officials said. The winning California tickets were sold at 7-Elevens in Taft and San Jose, said California Lottery spokesperson Donna Cordova.
OPINION
February 27, 2004
Re "Stores Facing Hard Sell to Refill Aisles," Feb. 25: I'm sure I speak for many former supermarket chain customers in saying that only the workers -- not Safeway's chief executive and multimillionaire Steve Burd's promised promotions -- can bring me back. If supermarket workers win a fair settlement that protects their health benefits and brings them happily back to work, I'll return to my neighborhood Vons when their union encourages consumers to do so. If Burd succeeds in his drive to crush the union, or forces a substandard contract down its throat, my family will stick with our new routine: our neighborhood's Trader Joe's plus the nearest unionized Costco.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 1993
After nearly nine years of delays and negotiations, plans for a full-service supermarket in a neighborhood near USC moved ahead Thursday. The Community Redevelopment Agency gave approval to Food 4 Less Supermarkets Inc. and Bakewell Development to build an Alpha Beta supermarket at Adams Boulevard and Vermont Avenue on a site partially owned by the city.
AUTOS
April 9, 2013 | By Shan Li and Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
To your grocery list, add electricity. Kroger Co., the country's largest grocery store owner, with chains including Ralphs and Food 4 Less, plans to install a total of 225 vehicle charging stations at 125 supermarkets in California and Arizona. San Francisco-based Ecotality Inc., which operates the nation's second-largest network of public electric charging stations for vehicles, announced Monday that it would handle the installation. Kroger, based in Cincinnati, said it would invest about $1.5 million to install Ecotality's Blink charging stations and DC Fast Chargers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 2013
Jack Greene Grand Ole Opry star sang hit 1960s tune Jack Greene, 83, a longtime Grand Ole Opry star who earned fame with the late 1960s hit "There Goes My Everything," died Thursday at his Nashville, Tenn., home from complications of Alzheimer's disease, a Grand Ole Opry spokeswoman said. The plaintive ballad showed off his deep voice, made him a star and earned him Single of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the Country Music Assn. in 1967. The song inspired thousands "who had lost loved ones" to write him, Greene later said.
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