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ENTERTAINMENT
February 10, 2011 | By Ramie Becker, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Valentine's Day is a high-pressure holiday, no matter what your relationship status says. Venerated or vilified, the date is packed with events; L.A. seems to be overflowing with innovative ways to make the entire weekend a lovefest. Whether you're spending this Valentine's Day indulging a loved one or being self-indulgent, there's a meal, mixer, dance, date night or gondola ride for you. Dig in, it's time to feel the love. Thursday Lucha Va Voom: My Kinky Valentine . Valentine's Day threatens to overwhelm us all with a gooey mess of lovey-dovey, but Lucha Va Voom will wipe your eyeballs clean of all that.
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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
February 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
If your significant other grew up in the '90s, then unfortunately your Valentine's Day gift may be toppled this year by Bandai -- which has re-released its Tamagotchi pets for smartphones. The Japanese company revived Tamagotchi on Thursday with a new app for Google Play called Tamagotchi L.I.F.E., which among its feature has a "TOY mode" that lets users play with Tamagotchi pets just like they first did 16 years ago. Tamagotchi pets were popular in the 1990s. They were digital pets that users had to take care of on small, egg-shaped devices.
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.
WORLD
February 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of couples got Valentine's Day celebrations going early in the Philippines, kissing simultaneously at midnight in what organizers dubbed "Lovapalooza 2." The couples gathered along a popular seaside walkway in the capital and cheered as fireworks went off over Manila Bay.
NEWS
February 3, 2005 | Leni Fleming, Special to The Times
Whiling away a few hours in the card aisle at the drugstore, I noticed there was a section labeled "Valentine/Romance" -- and a completely different one marked "Valentine/Wife." And you wondered why Valentine's Day is often more fun for singles than for couples? There is an old-fashioned innocence to this holiday, an aura of anticipation, of secrets and surprises. If you're single, the world's your oyster; the possibilities are endless.
WORLD
February 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Iranian police ordered shops to remove heart-and-flower decorations and have confiscated other symbols of what religious authorities consider a decadent Western event: Valentine's Day. The crackdown, apparently the first such since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, drew scorn from shoppers. "It's only rigidity and cultural backwardness," said Fariba Sabet as she bought a card with a red heart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of red roses were stolen from a refrigerated truck outside a flower shop on Valentine's Day. Jory's Flowers owner Don Hotton arrived at his shop about 7 a.m. Friday to find the rolling door on the truck open and several tubs gone. Each was filled with 75 dozen long-stem roses. The lock of the door had been pried open. Dozens of other mixed-flower bouquets had been plucked from their vases and tossed to the floor of the truck.
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