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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.
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NEWS
February 14, 2001 | CHRIS ERSKINE
I am considered "a catch" only in certain Third World countries, where my limited ability to read and write and my fondness for simple things like the squeeze bunt and a good crisp apple are not viewed as a lack of sophistication, as they often are here in America, in our First World home. So Valentine's Day takes on added significance for me. Each year, I must woo my wife again, start from scratch really. In marriage, there's no such thing as tenure.
SPORTS
February 15, 2010 | Chris Erskine
For a moment, I set the Gideon's aside -- that's a Bible, not a Scotch -- and take to the jittery streets of what would probably pass for the L.A. of Canada. Vancouver. V-Town. Protesters. Lots of pot. Women of dubious values. Amazing how all those traits usually travel in herds. This is the country, after all, that gave us Margaret Trudeau, a stormy gal who, you may recall, was once married to the prime minister and then -- only for a brief time, maybe a day -- Bullwinkle the Moose.
NEWS
February 14, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Thousands of roses and boxes of chocolates will be exchanged this Valentine's Day, but maybe it's time to rise above the cliche. Man up. Roll up your sleeves. Kick the sweets to the curb and toss those fresh flowers in favor of something called the "broquet. "  What, you ask, is a "broquet"? It's a bouquet of "flowers" made of crunchy potato chips. Because nothing says romance like salty potato chips and fingers ready for licking. Ruffles is encouraging people to create their own "broquet" and share them on the brand's Facebook page.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 8, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 10 - 16, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES Ripper Street:  The clearing of a local slum reveals a murder scene in a new episode of the 19th century police procedural drama (6 and 9 p.m. BBC America). The Graham Norton Show:  Helen Mirren, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann are guests and Little Mix performs in this new episode (7:15 and 10:15 p.m. BBC America). American Ninja Warrior: Host Matt Iseman presents footage from last season, including some that didn't air (8 p.m. NBC)
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.
NEWS
February 24, 2002
Paul Lam of Huntington Beach looks at a gem on display at the Bowers Museum of Cultural Art in Santa Ana. On Valentine's Day, 80 guests enjoyed a preview of the gemstone exhibition along with a romantic sit-down dinner. E2
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