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February 10, 2013 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Beyond the sappy cards and seemingly endless rows of heart-shaped chocolate boxes, there are, indeed, some stylish ways to celebrate the woman in your life this Valentine's Day. Win points in the romance department by moving beyond grocery store floral bouquets to heartfelt gifts that match her personality. For the trendsetter The girl who is passionate about fashion and fuschia is sure to love this haute pink frock. Local designer Jenni Kayne's silk tunic dress picks up on the 1960s vibe that is all the rage for spring-summer.
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TRAVEL
February 14, 2010 | By April Orcutt
The bigger the heart, the bigger your love for your Valentine, right? We scoured a map of the U.S. to find some hearts measured in acres: Heart Lakes. These charmingly named bodies of water can help show your turtledove you're awash with love. And there's a bonus: They're near cozy inns or romantic bed and breakfasts. Once you have your sweetheart in the right place, the rest is up to you. And remember, romance isn't just for Valentine's Day, so if you're on vacation any time of year, a detour may be in order.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2000 | DANA PARSONS
Valentine's Day fast approaches, which means our thoughts turn to. . . . The California primary? To quote the dearly departed Charlie Brown, good grief. Not content with having a meaningless state primary in June, somebody got the bright idea to move it up three months. So at a time when my mailbox should be filled with romantic couplets, I'm getting sample ballots. Not a single one contained chocolates. Didn't we just have a primary?
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