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February 13, 2011 | Susan Salter Reynolds, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Swamplandia! A Novel Karen Russell Alfred A. Knopf: 320 pp., $24.95 "Uh-oh. Run for your life. This girl is on fire," this reviewer wrote in these pages in 2006, when Karen Russell's unnerving collection of stories, "St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves" appeared on the horizon. "Swamplandia!" (under the name "Ava Wrestles the Alligator") was a story in that collection, this novel a glimmer in the author's eye. Here it is again, but older, more mature, bigger in its novel form, like a knock-kneed teenager all grown up. "Swamplandia!"
July 7, 1989 | DAVID NELSON
Chef Ernest Wally finally has opened his own restaurant, Chef Wally's Bistro, in the Sports Arena-area premises that formerly housed the likable Cafe Chanticleer. The menu bills the place as serving "coastal cuisine," a term at once expressive and vague. But, true to form, Wally has made room for some of his old friends, including alligator, wild boar and venison.
May 31, 1985 | United Press International
Authorities were conducting an intense search Thursday for a young man's four-foot-long pet alligator, which escaped from an unlocked cage earlier this week.
July 29, 1995 | Associated Press
A hissing, three-foot-long alligator was captured in the borough of Queens after Kissena Park patrons reported seeing the creature in a small lake. It was nabbed by a day-camp worker who had prior experience handling reptiles.
April 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Police arrested a man in Tampa who picked up a dead alligator and tried to butcher it on his front lawn. Benjamin Hodges, 35, said he found the dead gator floating in the Hillsborough River and took it home in a shopping cart because he wanted a new belt. He was charged with killing or possessing an alligator, a felony punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. "I didn't think there was anything illegal about skinning a dead gator," he said.
September 17, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Colorado man has acknowledged that he called media outlets to report that a 7-foot alligator had been captured at a Los Angeles lake -- a report that turned out to be a hoax. Alamosa County Sheriff Dave Stong said Friday that James Solvig is under investigation on suspicion of criminal impersonation. No charges have been filed. The alligator, known as "Reggie," was dumped in a Harbor City lake several months ago.
July 29, 1985 | From Reuters
Chinese alligators, rare creatures found only in the Yangtse River, have doubled in number since 1982, to about 1,000, because of artificial hatching techniques, the New China News Agency reported Sunday. The report said the Alligator Breeding Center in Anhui province had achieved a survival rate of 70%.
November 3, 1988 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
"Are There Alligators in the Sewers of the City of Los Angeles?" is the hefty title of Aweezel Hed Stage Adventure's slight but friendly play for children 12 and under at the Richmond Shepard Theatre A in Hollywood. Three kids (played by adult actors Debra Dado, Gordon Roberts and Curt Crider) on the way to a Halloween party, decide to investigate an open manhole after T. J. (Roberts) says there are alligators down there.
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