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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 1999 | ANDREW GLAZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Aiona Fernandez and her wide-eyed, stroller-bound son, Benjamin, were greeted by squawks from mud hens, white geese and green-necked mallards that dived greedily after bits of stale bread the pair tossed into the lake at Laguna Niguel Regional Park on Wednesday morning. Little did they know, those scraps may be deadly. Bread fed by humans is thought to have caused the botulism deaths of more than 20 male mallards at the lake since late October.
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July 5, 1990 | Associated Press
Burmese, familiar to millions as Queen Elizabeth II's favorite ceremonial horse, died after suffering a stroke, Buckingham Palace said Wednesday. The horse was 28. The jet black mare, ridden by the monarch in 18 Trooping the Color ceremonies, died Tuesday at Windsor Palace, 22 miles west of London, and will be buried in adjacent Windsor Home Park, the palace said. Burmese was given to the queen by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1969.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1993 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities were seeking clues Saturday in the ritualistic slaughter of 10 black rabbits on an elementary school playground. The incident may have been the result of a satanic ritual or a gang initiation ceremony, police said. The rabbits were kept on a small farm cared for by children at the Golden View School. Their carcasses were found early Friday in a V formation, police said. Their skulls were crushed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1992 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three dead sea lions washed onto the beach Thursday in the latest in a string of such incidents here, authorities said. Lifeguard officials, who said a fourth sea lion in the area was decomposed and appeared to have been on the beach for several days, said they did not know the cause of the deaths. The four were scheduled to be buried Thursday night in the sand near where they were found, about half a mile west of Golden West Street at Pacific Coast Highway, said Lt.
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April 29, 1999 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County toll road officials are whistling while they drive, but not for amusement. They are hoping to warn away deer, a dozen of which have been killed by fast-moving traffic since the Eastern toll road opened seven months ago. So the Transportation Corridor Agencies purchased 100 Deer Alert whistles from a specialty shop at South Coast Plaza. Concerned staffers have taken about 60 whistles so far to install on their work vehicles and personal cars.
NEWS
July 28, 1999 | Associated Press
A man was riding his lawn mower when it exploded, killing him and his dog and hurling pieces of the mower over the roof of his house. James Larry McAnnally was killed instantly when the 11-horsepower mower exploded Monday. His age was not available. Investigators for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms joined an investigation of the death Tuesday. McAnnally had not started cutting his grass but had driven a short distance across his backyard when the lawn mower exploded.
NEWS
July 21, 1989 | JENIFER WARREN, Times Staff Writer
As any old-timer will tell you, black bears are a common sight here in the woodsy foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains. Just about every resident of Forest Falls and neighboring hamlets has a story about the bear who toppled the trash can or spooked the family dog.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A vineyard management company has agreed to pay $67,000 to settle a case that arose after 400 birds died from pesticide poisoning in the Alexander Valley last fall. Sonoma County prosecutors negotiated the settlement with Lodi-based Vino Farms Inc., which managed the vineyard. Under the settlement--filed Thursday in county Superior Court--Vino Farms will give $15,000 to the Santa Rosa Bird Rescue Center and will cover costs incurred by state and local water and wildlife officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2000 | MATTHEW EBNET and HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It's difficult not to feed the ducks, said folks lazing Saturday beside a pond in Fountain Valley's Mile Square Regional Park. The reason many say they like to sit on the rocks is to toss bread, crackers and croutons, hoping to coax the ducks to shore for a closer look. No more. Because 150 ducks have died recently due to a combination of hot weather, bacteria and human food in the pond, newly posted signs and banners plead with visitors not to feed the waterfowl.
NEWS
January 9, 1994 | Associated Press
Morty, the moose that ambles through the opening credits of the TV show "Northern Exposure," has died of an illness linked to a mineral deficiency. The moose, brought from Alaska as an orphan yearling five years ago, was a subject of studies headed by Charles Robbins, a Washington State University professor of natural resource sciences. Researchers later found a cobalt and copper deficiency in the diet of the moose that led to its death, Robbins said.
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