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NEWS
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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ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2010 | By BETSY SHARKEY, Film Critic
To paraphrase that Southern philosopher Mama Gump, "Valentine's Day" is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're going to get -- although I'm pretty sure ooey-gooey sweetness and absolutely no nutritional value is a given. Because the man handing out this particular box is Garry Marshall, definitely more a milk chocolate than dark bittersweet kind of guy, the hearts-on-sleeves sentimentality that saturates this romantic comedy won't come as a surprise. Funny-sweet terrain has proved a very good match for the director over the years, with "Pretty Woman" among his many nougats.
TRAVEL
February 14, 2010 | By April Orcutt
The bigger the heart, the bigger your love for your Valentine, right? We scoured a map of the U.S. to find some hearts measured in acres: Heart Lakes. These charmingly named bodies of water can help show your turtledove you're awash with love. And there's a bonus: They're near cozy inns or romantic bed and breakfasts. Once you have your sweetheart in the right place, the rest is up to you. And remember, romance isn't just for Valentine's Day, so if you're on vacation any time of year, a detour may be in order.
HOME & GARDEN
September 21, 1991 | DIANA O'BRIEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When it comes to gardening, people have been trying to fool Mother Nature for thousands of years. One of the earliest known greenhouses was built around AD 30 to grow cucumbers for the Emperor Tiberius. Since glass had not yet been invented, who but an emperor could afford to have window painstaking constructed out of bits of translucent mica?
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 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.
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
January 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is, to me, an island of elegance in the city of seemingly endless hotels. The luxury brand in one of the Strip's shiny CityCenter high-rises snagged a five-star rating last year from  Forbes Travel Guide. And what better time to check in and check it out than Valentine's Day? The deal: I found a few deals for a mid-February stay, depending on how much you want to pay. Note that standard amenities at the Mandarin include free Wi-Fi, gym passes, free morning coffee and tea, and more.
BUSINESS
February 9, 1999 | Greg Johnson
The National Basketball Assn.'s latest fan-friendly commercial--a Valentine's Day greeting featuring Los Angeles Laker star Shaquille O'Neal--aired during Monday night's broadcast of the Laker game with the San Antonio Spurs. The commercial, which also featured several other NBA stars who are jockeying to replace Michael Jordan as the league's best-known player, is part of a wider campaign aimed at persuading fans to return to NBA arenas and television broadcasts.
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