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ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
This is not a light and easy Valentine's Day book recommendation. The Russian poet Vera Pavlova is a fiercely sensual writer. Her collection, “If There Is Something to Desire: One Hundred Poems,” is not the sort of book you buy for someone you've just met. No, it's for that person you've broken up with and gotten back together with three or four times times. For the sort of relationship where you've loved someone and also hurt and screamed at them, and they've hurt you, and yet you always end up back with them because you know they are who you were meant to be with.
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SPORTS
February 14, 2014 | By Melissa Rohlin
Ron Artest's fighting days apparently died with his birth name. Meet Metta World Peace, a man who prefers teaching children about love over punching players and fans. In honor of Valentine's Day, the former Laker and current New York Knicks forward has released his second children's book, "Metta's World Peace and Love Stories. " "This book is a simple way to interact with your child, nephew, niece, younger siblings and instill at a young age the importance of love and family togetherness," World Peace said in a statement.  The book can be purchsed at mettaworldpeace.com and is also available on Amazon Kindle for $3.99.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Valentine's Day might inspire some to seek out places named for the martyred saint who has been associated with love since the Middle Ages. In the U.S., little Valentines exist in remote stretches of Arizona, Nebraska, Texas and other states. None of them seem to draw many residents, but that doesn't mean they don't have heart. Arizona: The town on historic Route 66 about 29 miles from Kingman seems to be the most happening Valentine town around. Its small but the big draw is Keepers of the Wild , which is not a zoo but an exotic animal refuge.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
Just in time for Valentine's Day comes this romantic news: "Record number of educated women are 'marrying down.' " That's right: Blame women's lib. Blame evolution. Blame contact sports. Heck, blame President Obama. But apparently we're seeing an end to the war of the sexes - because women have won. Sort of. As my colleague Walter Hamilton reported : "Nearly 21% of married women in 2012 were better educated than their spouses, a threefold jump from 1960, according to the Pew Research Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
How is it possible that, until this week, I had never read Anita Loos' “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”? Certainly, I've seen the Howard Hawks film. The book, however, managed to elude me -- until a new edition (W.W. Norton, $13.95) featuring a nuanced introduction by Jenny McPhee landed on my desk, just in time for Valentine's Day. If you're among the uninitiated, as I was, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” is a perfect read for this most saccharine of holidays: a cynical knife blade of a novel, barely 130 pages, that puts the lie to romance.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
If binge-watching the second season of "House of Cards," Netflix's misanthropic political thriller, isn't your idea of romance, take heart: There are plenty of other shows that celebrate love in its myriad forms available for you to binge-watch this Valentine's Day weekend. Allow us to make a few suggestions.  Love/hate: "Cheers" The moment poetry-spouting intellectual Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) walked into Cheers, the Boston bar run by former baseball player, bartender and committed ladies' man Sam Malone (Ted Danson)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
While Valentine's Day playlists are undoubtedly being cued up for an evening full of romance, a slew of R&B acts are gifting fans with bundles of free tunes to soundtrack the day. Ne-Yo, JoJo, K. Michelle and Mya have all marked the romantic holiday with EPs and mixtapes. JoJo issued a three-song EP “#LOVEJO,” which pulls from an eclectic variety of inspirations. The EP features her twist on records from Anita Baker, Phil Collins and Kathleen Battle. The singer's chilled take on Collins' pop hit “Take Me Home,” courtesy of Da Internz (Rihanna, Nas)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
If you watch local news, especially in the days before Valentine's Day, then chances are good you've heard this phrase: "Those with a special someone may look to their mobile device to help them say 'I love you.'" Sound familiar? If not, it definitely will after watching this segment from Thursday night's "Conan" in which Conan O'Brien once again pointed out the depressing sameness of local news around that country with prepackaged stories that various anchors read with varying degrees of inflection.
WORLD
February 14, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Just weeks before South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius is due to face trial on charges of murdering his girlfriend, he posted a Valentine's Day message on his website, calling the shooting a “devastating accident.” The killing of Reeva Steenkamp, which took place on Valentine's Day last year, and the subsequent charges against Pistorius shocked South Africans. A bail hearing attracted massive global media attention. "No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved -- and continues to love Reeva,” said the athlete, who rarely makes public statements or appearances.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
“You guys wanna go on the love train?” a Metro employee called out. As soon as Sam Oglesby stepped onto the Red Line car with roommate Jack Meighan, they introduced themselves to a nearby woman and began talking over the din - the roar of the train and the unusual chatter of nearly two dozen strangers. Two Metro cupids in red and white costumes, wings and all, made rounds with passengers who rode from Union Station to Hollywood and back on designated cars adorned with hearts, garland-wrapped poles and cupid window stickers.
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