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February 14, 2014 | By Christopher Reynolds
This week should be a joyous one For couples back together. But all these storms chased off the fun, Replaced the love with weather.   St. Valentine would hardly cheer At all those stranded solo, Alone in airports, left to jeer As agents all say no-go.   The TSA did pat you down And maybe that was thrilling. But now your laptop's charge is gone With ten hours to be killing.   Your dreams of romance after sunset? In terminal condition.
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.
February 14, 2014 | By Melissa Healy
Psssst! Do you want to get freaky, give voice to your wildest or most romantic sexual Valentine's Day fantasies, and at the same time, contribute to legitimate scientific research? There's an app for that. The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, which has tracked and chronicled Americans' changing sexual habits and mores for more than 60 years, invites you download their free Kinsey Reporter app and dish on the erotic activities you have engaged in -- or wish you could engage in -- this Valentine's Day. Kinsey's mobile app, available from the Apple App Store and Google Play, allows scientists at Indiana University to collect anonymous data on sexual activity in the United States and around the world, and to make the organization's anonymous data and analyses available for public view.
February 14, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Happy Valentine's Day! It's the perfect day to look at monogamy in the animal kingdom. But if your first thoughts are warm and cuddly, you can wipe away those Disney delusions. When it comes to monogamy among animals, there are few ladies and many tramps. Certain species have been held up historically as models of monogamy -- swans, gibbons, the wolf pack's alpha male and female. But scientific research over time has chipped away at those paragons of virtue. Animals cheat.  MORE: Here's what happens to a brain in love Birds, in particular, were thought to be sexually steadfast with their mates.
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.
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.
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.
February 14, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
As if the 405 Freeway hasn't broken our hearts and made us weep enough in the four years it's been under construction, it's now poised to make us miserable on Valentine's Day night and Presidents Day weekend. At 10 p.m. Friday, workers will start closing onramps and offramps, and by 1 a.m. Saturday, all lanes on the northbound 405 between Getty Center Drive and Ventura Boulevard will be shut down, making this no freeway of love for romantic revelers. Over the next 80 hours, three out of five lanes will be closed during the day and all five will be closed late at night.
February 14, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A northern Georgia sheriff took to the department's Facebook page and canceled Valentine's Day  because of dangerous, icy road conditions - succeeding in eliminating car crashes, but drawing some heat from lovers.  Here's Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry's cupid-killer message: “The Oconee County Sheriffs Office announces that Valentines Day has been CANCELED from a line North of I-16 to the Georgia/Tennessee border.  Men who live...
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)
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