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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.
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NEWS
February 13, 2003 | James Verini, Special to The Times
Love in Los Angeles? You want to know about love in Los Angeles? It's still like the man said, some 70 jaded years ago: "It's a Barnum and Bailey world/ Just as phony as it can be/ But it wouldn't be make believe/ If you believed in me." Granted, when the Broadway lyricists E.Y. Harburg and Billy Rose wrote "Paper Moon" with Harold Arlen in 1933, hoping the song would find its way west and into a movie and make them MGM-style rich, they may not have mentioned L.A. outright.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ
Kenneth Foster got an early Valentine's Day treat Tuesday, delivered by four red-vested, bow-tied singers. "Dear valentine, my valentine . . . " sang the lead, Art Clayton; tenor, John Rambo; bass, Fred Robirds; and baritone, Stan Tinkle. Along with their harmonious tunes, the barbershop quartet, known as Jubilee, also sang "Happy Birthday" to the surprised Foster, who turned 67 Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2012
SERIES Last Man Standing: Mike (Tim Allen) gets NASCAR champion Tony Stewart (himself) and his car to make an appearance at Outdoor Man in this new episode (8 p.m. ABC). Glee: On Valentine's Day, Will (Matthew Morrison) challenges the kids to come up with great romantic numbers and Rachel (Lea Michele) gets a visit from her two dads (Jeff Goldblum, Brian Stokes Mitchell) in this new episode (8 p.m. Fox). Cougar Town: In the season premiere, Grayson (Josh Hopkins) calls Jules' (Courteney Cox)
BUSINESS
February 8, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
Romance doesn't come cheap - at least not on St. Valentine's Day. A dozen red roses usually cost about $60, according to the Society of American Florists. But with Valentine's Day coming next week, most people will pay about $80, the trade group said. And although restaurant prices don't change, people tend to eat at more upscale restaurants for those Valentine's dates. Romantic couples will spend an average of $146.52 on Valentine's dinner dates, according to restaurant ratings guide Zagat, compared with about $70 on a typical meal for two. "On Valentine's Day, budgets go out the window," Zagat spokeswoman Tiffany Herklots said.
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.
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)
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