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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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NATIONAL
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...
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Is romance dead? That's the question my colleague Chris Erskine posed in his Middle Ages column last week after noticing a decline in RomComs and love songs. “Imagine a life without romance. Well, that's exactly what we've come to in our pop culture - a joyless run of techno-pop, superhero flicks and this year's dour collection of best picture nominees,” he lamented . Erskine continued: “If you ever get the chance, watch TV sometime. Most of today's shows are raucous and smart, but not the least bit winsome or romantic.
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.
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 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)
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.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Noelle Carter
Looking for last-minute ideas for Valentine's Day? Let's start with dessert. Each of these treats comes together using only a handful of ingredients and no special equipment. I will warn you, two of them take a little time to set up: the lemon posset -- a pudding-like dessert -- needs chilling time, and the other, a frozen chocolate zabaglione, freezes like a creamy gelato.  Hazelnut zabaglione: Try a sherry-based zabaglione, whisking in a moderately sweet oloroso with just a touch of hazelnut liqueur.
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 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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