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January 15, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Gillette is moving into the below-the-neck manscape landscape in a big way with its new Body Razor, which it is touting as "the first razor built for the terrain of a man's body. "  This news came to our attention in the form of a package, delivered to our office, that included a smooth-chested, swim-trunks-wearing Ken doll to which one of these new Body Razors has been securely twister-tied. Once we got past the bizarre presentation to focus on the razor itself, it seemed vaguely familiar -- as if we'd seen the distinctive handle shape and rounded three-blade head somewhere before.
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BUSINESS
March 11, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Venus Williams has sold a home in Hollywood Hills West for $1.7 million. The midcentury post-and-beam house, built in 1955, features a foyer, a den, an updated kitchen, three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Tax records show the house has 1,528 square feet of living space. The swimming pool, lawn and deck have canyon views. There are also mountain views from the nearly half-acre site, which is set off a gated driveway. Williams, 33, is a former Women's Tennis Assn. No. 1-ranked singles player.
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OPINION
June 5, 2012
On Tuesday afternoon, as earthbound routines continue - office workers breaking for coffee, people walking their dogs - something extraordinary will take place overhead. The planet Venus will begin to cross the face of the sun, appearing as a small, dark dot against it. ( Don't look without proper protection .) This transit of Venus will be visible here from 3:06 p.m. to 8:02 p.m. Transits occur in pairs separated by eight years, and don't reoccur for another century. The previous one was June 8, 2004, but it wasn't visible in Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
The Korean import "Venus Talk" starts off as a light and lively look at the sex lives of 40ish female friends before eventually giving way to something deeper and more thoughtful. It's an enjoyable, often amusing, occasionally touching ride that may not break much new ground but still satisfies its modest goals. The three "Venusians" here each find themselves at a romantic crossroads early in the film. Hae-Young (Jo Min-soo), a single mother and cafe owner, wants the security of marriage from her wedding-averse carpenter boyfriend (Lee Geung-young)
SPORTS
September 20, 1997
I was astounded when I read Diane MacFarland's letter about Venus Williams [Sept. 13] and her bid for the U.S. Open championship. MacFarland must feel that there should be different rules for white players and black players. Should Venus be humble like Martina Hingis, have quiet respect like John McEnroe, and be gracious like Thomas Muster? Or should she be herself, with the excitement of a 17-year-old, the enthusiasm of a gifted tennis player and intelligence beyond her years? MARJORIE SCHWARTZ, Los Angeles When you read some of the opinions in Viewpoint last week, it is hard to argue with Richard Williams that much of the controversy surrounding his daughter is tied to racism.
SCIENCE
June 5, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / For the Science Now blog
Later today people around the world will get a view of a transit of Venus.  Such rare astronomical events take place when the planet's orbit carries it directly between the sun and the Earth, allowing viewers to see it (as long as they use proper viewing equipment for safety!) as it appears to cross in front of the sun. The transit won't occur until relatively late in the day - it begins around 3 p.m. in Los Angeles - but astronomers already have their telescopes trained on Venus as the transit approaches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2012 | Thomas Curwen, Los Angeles Times
The temperature on Mt. Wilson on Tuesday night had dropped to 48 degrees as stargazers and their entourages packed up telescopes and paraphernalia from the late-spring bacchanal celebrating the transit of Venus. They had arrived from all over the country for the twice-in-a-lifetime event, bringing stories of observations in 2004 (the rooftop of the Hilton in Luxor, the tomb of Cyrus the Great in Iran), drawn to this peak for its cloudless skies and its famed "seeing," a shared term of appreciation for the quality of light that defines Los Angeles.
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May 23, 1988 | from Times staff and wire reports
Scientists have used radar waves from three antennas in the Mojave Desert to peek beneath the dense clouds of Venus and capture images that suggest that the planet has had active volcanoes in the not-too-distant past. The fuzzy images show mountains that seem to be of volcanic origin and broad lava flows up to 350 miles long, according to the scientists, Raymond F. Jurgens, Martin F. Slade and R. Stephen Saunders of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory near Pasadena. Previous images from U.S.
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The transit of Venus sounds like a bus stop at some extraterrestrial outpost, but it's actually what happens in the sky when the planet Venus moves across the face of the sun. What NASA calls "the rarest of planetary alignments" will begin Tuesday afternoon until sunset -- and then won't be seen again for 105 years. "In a way, you could call a solar eclipse a transit of the moon," says Tyler Nordgren , astronomer, author and associate professor of physics at the University of Redlands.
SPORTS
November 3, 2012 | By Dan Loumena
Their whirlwind tour of Africa is foremost on the minds of superstar sisters Venus and Serena Williams. Tennis, of course, is never far from their thoughts. After spending three days in Nigeria, the siblings arrived in South Africa on Saturday and admitted they're already focusing on the upcoming season. "I'm already thinking of the Australian Open," Serena said of the first major that will be played in January. "I'm constantly thinking of Grand Slams. " The sisters are in Africa on a "Break the Mold" tour, during which they have been speaking to girls about making better lives for themselves.
NEWS
January 15, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Gillette is moving into the below-the-neck manscape landscape in a big way with its new Body Razor, which it is touting as "the first razor built for the terrain of a man's body. "  This news came to our attention in the form of a package, delivered to our office, that included a smooth-chested, swim-trunks-wearing Ken doll to which one of these new Body Razors has been securely twister-tied. Once we got past the bizarre presentation to focus on the razor itself, it seemed vaguely familiar -- as if we'd seen the distinctive handle shape and rounded three-blade head somewhere before.
FOOD
November 30, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
This is a terrific Montsant from the husband-and-wife team of Sara Perez and René Barbier. Their parents, who have Mas Martinet and Clos Mogador, pioneered the Priorat region. Now the children are striking out on their own in the less known Montsant region adjoining the Priorat in Catalonia. Made from a blend of Garnacha, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the 2010 Dido red is elegant and balanced with smooth tannins and a lush, lovely finish. The yellow wax seal is pretty great too. Just point that corkscrew right through the wax. A perfect red with roast birds, seared duck breast, braised lamb shanks or grilled lamb chop.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 28, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
Did Lady Gaga write "Venus" just so she could make a joke about Uranus? The dance-pop superstar released the new song late Sunday, and beyond its mid-level solar-system wordplay, Pop & Hiss isn't hearing much at work here. The latest sampling from next month's "Artpop" album, "Venus" finds Lady Gaga layering her bedroom entreaties over a throbbing disco-glam groove that feels like a throwback to her " Just Dance " days; it's fun, kind of, but hardly extraordinary. 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SPORTS
September 6, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, seeded fifth, knocked unseeded Serena and Venus Williams out of the U.S. Open women's doubles, 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals Friday. Serena Williams, who had first beaten fifth-seeded Li Na of China in a women's singles semifinal, took about an hour break and then went out onto Arthur Ashe Stadium to play doubles with her sister. But it seemed Venus was more tired that Serena. She put many volleys into the net and struggled getting her first serve in. Venus and Serena only play doubles at Grand Slam events and the Olympics and therefore are usually unseeded, yet they've won 13 major titles and three Olympic gold medals together.
SPORTS
September 5, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Top-seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci had beaten Venus and Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Thursday at the U.S. Open, the result was reversed. The Italians were overpowered by the unseeded Williams sisters, 6-3, 6-1, in the women's doubles quarterfinals. The sisters weren't challenged. Leading, 5-1, in the second set, Serena gave her team its first match point with a ferocious return winner. And Venus took that cue with one of her own to finish off the match.
SPORTS
August 28, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Venus Williams gave every ounce of effort she had in her 33-year-old body that is touched by an immune system disease and pained with back issues. She lunged for volleys and yelled in effort on big serves. But as the three-set match crept past the two-hour mark, Williams, dripping with sweat, began hanging her head. At the end she was out of the U.S. Open in the second round, a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) loser to Zheng Jie of China in a match that lasted more than three hours.
OPINION
June 3, 2012 | By Andrea Wulf
Forget the "ring of fire" solar eclipse. On Tuesday, the heavens have something much more exciting in store: a transit of Venus, which is one of the rarest of astronomical events. In the afternoon, just after 3 p.m. in California, Venus will move between Earth and the sun, and for a few hours it will be a perfect black dot moving slowly across the sun's burning face. Such transits come as pairs - with an eight-year interval - but it then takes more than a century for the planets to do the dance again.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 12, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
TORONTO - The new documentary "Venus and Serena" is the distillation of 450 hours of footage shot by ABC News veterans Maiken Baird and Michelle Major about the private lives of Venus and Serena Williams. Considered some of the world's most fiercely private athletes, the tennis superstars gave the directors unprecedented access to shoot in their homes, hotels and even hospital rooms over the course of a year. Yet the film has become a source of disagreement between the subjects and the filmmakers, with the Williams sisters choosing not to attend the documentary's world premiere Tuesday evening at the Toronto International Film Festival.
SPORTS
August 28, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Venus Williams and Zheng Jie played from the baseline and at the net. They played in the rain when every other match on the grounds of the Billie Jean King Tennis Center had been stopped. But finally Zheng, a 30-year-old from China, steadied her nerves and played a tiebreaker in which she took advantage of mistakes by Williams for a 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (5) victory in a second-round match Wednesday in the U.S. Open. It is the third year in a row Williams has lost here in the second round and she gave every ounce of effort in her 33-year-old body that is touched by an immune system disease and pained by back issues.
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