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NATIONAL
February 13, 2006 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
High school sophomore Ally Hall plans to exchange cards with her friends on Valentine's Day. But her true tribute to the romance of the season will come today, in the principal's office at Lebanon High School in the small town of Lebanon, Ohio. Hall has written a brief script to be read over the publicaddress system. Her message: The most romantic way to celebrate Feb. 14 is to honor it as a "Day of Purity," by pledging to remain chaste until marriage. "People say, 'Don't you get made fun of?
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BUSINESS
February 13, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Looking to take your lady love or handsome paramour for a romantic meal this Valentine's Day? White Castle is there for you. Harold and Kumar's favorite burger joint plans to offer candlelit dinners with table service Tuesday. It's just one of many quick service chains angling for a piece of the estimated $3.4 billion that will be spent on holiday dining. Most of that money usually goes to fine-dining establishments. But with many consumers still price sensitive, fast-food eateries are betting that they can siphon some of the prix-fixe crowd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2013 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
HALF MOON BAY, Calif. - The piano was delivered to its bluff-top perch under cover of fog nearly two weeks ago. It is scheduled to leave this coastal enclave in a burst of flames on Sunday. In between the fog and the fire, musician and sculptor Mauro Ffortissimo has been treating his neighbors to an illicit outdoor concert series grandly dubbed Sunset Piano. Chopin, Debussy, a tango or two. The performances are timed to end the moment the sun sinks below the horizon. He plays to cyclists and dog walkers, babies in strollers, his landlady in a folding chair, the charmed, the perplexed.
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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