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February 4, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Treat your sweetie to a Valentine's Day getaway at the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa , just 90 minutes from Los Angeles. Pressed for time and can't escape by Feb. 14? The resort's "28 Days of Romance" offers are good until the end of February. Go ahead, play Cupid and choose from one of these room packages: "Relax into Romance" features a dinner at the Oak Grill, either fireside or outside under the 200-year-old oaks, a bottle of Ojai Valley Inn rose Champagne and a late check-out.
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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
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.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2013 | By David Lazarus
Nothing says "I love you" like divorce papers. So a Michigan lawyer has decided to celebrate Valentine's Day by giving away a free divorce. Walter H. Bentley III says he got the idea after a student at a night-school class he teaches invited him to a party to celebrate her divorce. He told ABC News that this led to a revelation: "Why not do something special for Valentine's Day? You can't find a new love before you close the chapter on the old. " According to Bentley's website , the winner of the free divorce has to come up with "the most compelling and convincing story" attesting to why he or she deserves a free ride to relationship freedom.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2001 | ROBERTA G. WAX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Love is in the air--along with the smell of broiling lobster tails and decadent chocolate desserts--as Valley restaurateurs cook up Valentine's Day specials to lure lovers out for a midweek dinner. Restaurants have come up with a variety of ways to entice customers, such as creating special fixed-price dinners that include champagne and dessert, offering flowers and chocolate to women diners, or providing live dance music.
BUSINESS
January 21, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
You've got the haute couture outfit and designer jewelry. So, what's next? How about gold bullion bars designed by the enfant terrible of French haute couture, Jean Paul Gaultier? The fashion industry bad boy has been in vogue for decades — he designed Madonna's much-ballyhooed cone-shaped bra, a line of skirts for men and outfits for rocker Marilyn Manson. Now he's reworking one-ounce bars of gold, charging about $1,830 (along with a $25 handling fee) for each.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1999
Babies born Feb. 14 will receive child safety seats as their first Valentine, thanks to a police effort to enforce safety seat laws. To kick off National Child Safety Seat Week, the Peace Officers Assn. will hand out 100 car seats to new parents throughout Los Angeles County. The association, which includes police, sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol officers, will also coordinate a crackdown on drivers who break the law.
NEWS
February 12, 1994 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mere mention of Valentine's Day in Orange County this year can conjure up images of heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, red silk boxer shorts, popping The Question to a loved one, the death penalty . . . The death penalty? It's not the predicted outcome of a failed romance, but the driving theme behind one of the many unusual observations planned to mark Feb. 14 in Orange County.
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