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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.
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.
March 29, 2010 | By Tina Susman
A biting wind whipped down a dark street, where a man crouched in the shadow of a building. He pulled on black gloves and glanced up and down the avenue. Satisfied that no one was watching, he pulled a mask the size of a beach ball out of a bag, pulled it onto his head and wriggled it into place: snout in front, eye holes over his own, rounded ears pointed skyward. Death Bear was ready for his mission. A man in the second-floor unit of a nearby apartment building in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn was desperate to get rid of something that was too torturous to keep but impossible to discard.
October 23, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Fittingly, it began with a date. Last year, Anton Yelchin, 21 and coming off his performance as Chekov in the film "Star Trek," was sitting nervously in the bar of a Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles, waiting for a woman five years his senior. On a flight from London, his dinner companion, the British actress Felicity Jones, was also trying to squelch the butterflies. "I remember thinking, 'I just hope he's a good guy,'" she recalled. The two were indeed rendezvousing to see whether they'd make a good couple — only not in real life.
June 18, 2008 | Mindy Farabee, Times Staff Writer
NEW YORK -- A few years ago, when the jaunty advice manual "He's Just Not That Into You" reached its zenith, co-authors Liz Tuccillo and Greg Behrendt -- both writers for HBO's "Sex and the City" -- scored bestselling ubiquity and couch time with Oprah by espousing a refreshingly pithy empowerment: If a guy is into you, he'll make the effort. If he doesn't, move on. No womanly excuse-mongering. Soon after, the whole singles-industrial complex came calling -- Could she do a TV segment on assembling just the right outfit for a first date?
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.
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.
February 13, 2003 | James Verini, Special to The Times
Love in Los Angeles? You want to know about love in Los Angeles? It's still like the man said, some 70 jaded years ago: "It's a Barnum and Bailey world/ Just as phony as it can be/ But it wouldn't be make believe/ If you believed in me." Granted, when the Broadway lyricists E.Y. Harburg and Billy Rose wrote "Paper Moon" with Harold Arlen in 1933, hoping the song would find its way west and into a movie and make them MGM-style rich, they may not have mentioned L.A. outright.
February 12, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Kenneth Foster got an early Valentine's Day treat Tuesday, delivered by four red-vested, bow-tied singers. "Dear valentine, my valentine . . . " sang the lead, Art Clayton; tenor, John Rambo; bass, Fred Robirds; and baritone, Stan Tinkle. Along with their harmonious tunes, the barbershop quartet, known as Jubilee, also sang "Happy Birthday" to the surprised Foster, who turned 67 Tuesday.
February 10, 1990 | Associated Press
The mayor of Blacksburg has been charged with shoplifting two Valentine's Day cards and a candle, police said.
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