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TRAVEL
January 31, 2010
Santa Catalina Island Co. has put together a Valentine's Day package sure to keep planning your getaway to a minimum. Those who are feeling extra romantic can even renew their wedding vows. The deal: The package price is $445 per couple if you stay Feb. 14 and 15 or $532 if you stay Feb. 13 and 14. The package includes round-trip transportation on the Catalina Express, two nights at the Hotel Atwater, dinner at the Catalina Country Club and tickets to the "All You Need Is Love" dance in the Casino Ballroom on Feb. 14. During the dance, there will be a wedding vow renewal in the ballroom overlooking Avalon Bay. Info: Santa Catalina Island Co., (800)
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NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
Happy Valentine's Day! If you're in a relationship, you can rejoice in knowing that married couples are not only healthier, but research also shows that they live longer than their single peers. But if you're single, you can take pleasure instead in knowing that there's nothing healthy about most Valentine's Day chocolate -- and lucky for you, you don't have to consume any of it! And that in and of itself could make you healthier, provided that you don't wallow in a pint of ice cream instead.
IMAGE
February 10, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Here's a news flash, folks: No matter what your guy says, when Valentine's Day arrives, he so does not want that heart-festooned necktie, cupid-covered hot water bottle or I.O.U. snuggle coupon. After briefly recalling the grisly fate met by the holiday's namesake 3rd century martyr, he will, however, smile broadly if gifted in such a manner. His lips will form the words: "You shouldn't have," but said gifts will disappear, never to be seen again. That doesn't mean you don't have viable gifting options.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
If there was any doubt that Valentine's Day is as much about consumption as it is about amour, consider this: Americans will shell out $20.8 billion on Feb. 14 this year. That's 3.2% more than in 2012, or $134.08 a person, according to a report from research group IBISWorld. Much of that spending will come on conventional gifts such as candy and flowers as they weather the higher payroll taxes originating from the government's fiscal cliff negotiations, according to IBISWorld.
NEWS
January 30, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Forever 21 is slated to launch a Valentine's Day collection on Saturday. The collection will feature sleepwear, intimates and holiday graphic shirts and sweaters in red and vibrant pinks. Prices for the items range from $3.80 to $19.80. Fine jewelry designer Lecil Henderson of the Henderson Collection will be making an in-store appearance to show off his new collection. Henderson will be at Tala Jewelers at 1302 Montana Ave. in Santa Monica on Feb. 9 from 11 a.m to 5 p.m. and at Sarah Leonard Jewelers at 1055 Westwood Blvd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 2010 | Sandy Banks
Yolanda Miranda spent two months planning for Valentine's Day this year -- assembling hundreds of cellophane-wrapped gift baskets, designing dozens of flower bouquets, hunting for deals on teddy bears, holiday mugs and picture frames. A year ago, she made $3,000 peddling Valentine's Day gifts from a folding table in a Northridge parking lot. This year, she doubled her offerings, staked out three spots, and imagined dollar signs over every heart. But on Sunday night, Miranda was pacing the sidewalk in front of her home, her melting candy, wilted roses and untouched pile of teddy bears crowding her tiny front lawn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 10, 2012 | By Dean Kuipers
Let's face it, climate change is incredibly un-sexy. We don't care how many nude protesters are involved. But it's about to get worse. A new mini-report from the environmental group Climate Nexus points out that climate change is poised to wreck Valentine's Day, or at least change it significantly, by threatening chocolate production. That's right. Global warming is very bad for chocolate. As reported by The Times, research from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture found last year that as temperatures rise, the principal growing regions for cocoa could shrink, especially in Ghana and Ivory Coast, the sources of half the world's supply.
NEWS
February 12, 2013 | By John Verive
It seems like every restaurant in Los Angeles is offering a special menu this Valentine's Day, and they usually include champagne, wine, or a special cocktail menu selected to maximize the romance of the meal. But why settle for wine or booze on St. Valentine's Day when you really want to share a special brew with your lover? Here are a few options for craft-beer-centered celebrations around town -- and a few bottle suggestions if you'd rather spend the evening in the comfort of your home.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2006 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
High school sophomore Ally Hall plans to exchange cards with her friends on Valentine's Day. But her true tribute to the romance of the season will come today, in the principal's office at Lebanon High School in the small town of Lebanon, Ohio. Hall has written a brief script to be read over the publicaddress system. Her message: The most romantic way to celebrate Feb. 14 is to honor it as a "Day of Purity," by pledging to remain chaste until marriage. "People say, 'Don't you get made fun of?
NEWS
February 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A man kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and forced her to marry him during a mass wedding ceremony in Albuquerque on Valentine's Day, authorities said. A criminal complaint accuses Robert Tellez, 36, of breaking into Jeanette Francia's apartment, threatening her and her two children with an ice pick and abducting them. He then allegedly forced Francia, 26, to marry him at a civil ceremony in which about 100 couples were wed by volunteer judges.
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