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ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2010 | By Michael Ordoña
Just turned 19, tiny, pale-skinned actress Emma Roberts is in amused agreement with her "Valentine's Day" director Garry Marshall when she's told that he said her age group "makes love with its thumbs." "Our generation is definitely all about the texting and the e-mailing and the BBM-ing and the IM-ing; it's endless. I think a lot of things get misconstrued, because tone of voice is so important," she says, by turns claiming she doesn't text as much as she used to, then declaring she still loves it. "There should be a sarcasm font . . . because I'll make a sarcastic comment and the other person thinks I'm being rude when I'm not."
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2009 | Carolyn Kellogg
Amid all the cards, flowers, candy, teddy bears and romantic comedies this time of year, Rachel Resnick has a warning. "Valentine's Day is pure toxicity," the L.A.-based author says. "Like this is news. Cupid is so a pusher! Yes. Those chubby cheeks, you know he's packing the love potion in there, ready to sling poison arrows, waylay unsuspecting women." In fact, one Valentine's Eve set off the events that led to her writing her recent memoir, "Love Junkie." Resnick says she came home to find her apartment vandalized and her computer destroyed by an ex-boyfriend.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2010 | By Sari Heifetz Stricke, Special to The Times
Dtox Day Spa - Los Feliz The Valentine's weekend celebration at luxuriously tranquil Dtox includes spa treats, gifts, and a little bubbly. Promotions include the "Hot Chocolate Facial" (50 minutes; $95), the "Kissed by a Rose Organic Facial" (50 minutes; $125) the "Floating on Air 'dtoxygen' Facial" (50 minutes; $225), the "Choco-Delight Body Treatment" which includes a chocolate raspberry sugar body scrub and a hydrating organic shea butter body wrap and the "Aroma-Berry-apy Custom Massage" (both 50 minutes; single $95, couple $190)
NATIONAL
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.
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.
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2010 | By Susan King
Director Garry Marshall returned to a tried-and-true-formula -- the all-star cast vehicle -- with his latest film. As in the past, the formula paid off handsomely: The romantic comedy "Valentine's Day," featuring Julia Roberts, her niece Emma Roberts, Shirley MacLaine, Anne Hathaway and more in a stellar lineup, took in a studio-estimated $52.4 million from Friday through Sunday in the U.S. and Canada. Last Valentine's Day, audiences grooved to another romantic comedy, "He's Just Not That Into You."
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.
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