| Nov 27, 2013
| 4:36 PM
For a lot of people, there's nothing black about Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and there's nothing wrong with starting it early.
The Friday after Thanksgiving has been so named because it can turn retailers' ledger sheets...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 5:14 AM
Every year, retailers slash prices on and around Thanksgiving, enticing bargain hunters to brave large crowds and long lines in order to get great deals.
And every year there are reports of violence and confrontations.
While reports say less Americans...
| Nov 13, 2013
| 2:30 AM
I won't. Never will, either, and you have my word printed here in black and white. I don't care how enticing a discount, how wonderful the product. I will not shop on Thanksgiving. Ever.
Enough is enough. Leave Turkey Day alone. Keep it free of the...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 10:28 AM
China recently rejected a 60,000-ton shipment of American corn because it included unapproved genetically modified grain, the country’s food-quality watchdog said.
The shipment was halted in the southern port city of Shenzhen, near Hong Kong,...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 6:20 PM
If you weren't willing to skip dessert on Thanksgiving to hit the stores, or rise early to join the masses on Black Friday, I don't blame you.
But don't be a lazy gift giver who plucks something lame at the last minute, like a membership in a fruitcake-...
| Nov 28, 2013
| 8:22 PM
Around dinnertime on Thanksgiving, Joni Adams-Akita was thinking of her grandchildren.
But not while sitting with her family in front of a turkey. The 54-year-old Pasadena retiree was hovering near the jewelry counter at a Wal-Mart in Duarte, waiting...
| Nov 29, 2013
Some celebrate Christmas, some Hanukkah and some Kwanzaa, but to me the coming holiday time is potlatch season, and it's starting earlier every year.
A potlatch was a festival of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest during which the host...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 2:58 PM
Virginia and Virginia Tech fans barely will have finished their second helping of Thanksgiving Day vittles before the Black Friday kickoff in next season's installment of the annual football rivalry.
The unique Friday, Nov. 28 date of the U.Va.-Tech...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 4:39 PM
In some nondescript boardroom at ABC, a room full of suits sat around mulling ideas for potential holiday specials. At some point came this pitch: “All the kids love Lady Gaga, and everyone loves the Muppets -- so how about the two cozy up together?...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 1:28 PM
Thanksgiving isn’t just for stuffing your face with turkey, watching Charlie Brown on TV and then splurging on electronics at Black Friday sales.
The holiday also launches the season of TV holiday specials anchored by musicians.
Lady Gaga will...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 9:39 AM
The Fleshtones. Uncle Tupelo. Charles Bradley. If those names mean anything to you, chances are you already know how you're spending this post-Thanksgiving day of shopping.
Indie retailers throughout the country, and many in the L.A. area, are once...