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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.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2001 | MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A lesser bear might have gone quietly. Not Samson. Even in death, the 500-pound American black bear who gained celebrity status when he was seen lounging in a Monrovia hot tub in 1994 continued to attract attention Tuesday. The zookeeper at the Orange County Zoo, where Samson spent his final years, fought back tears. Orange County supervisors adjourned their meeting in memory of the 27-year-old bear.
SPORTS
December 23, 1993 | JODY BERGER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Just up the road from an affluent community in Chino Hills, under a blazing sun, a man in a baseball cap loads horses for transport to slaughter. Some of the animals move slowly, the result of old age or injuries, but others are obviously well-conditioned, thoroughbreds fresh off the track. The ranch hand continues loading until 46 horses fit in the double-decker truck designed to transport cattle and pigs, animals smaller than horses.
SPORTS
July 21, 1989 | STEVE LOWERY, Times Staff Writer
The mourners drifted from the unmarked lakeside grave, across the grass and back to the barn area. Brad McKinzie watched them leave as he went about the task of helping run the publicity department at Los Alamitos Race Course. From the fifth-story perch of the Los Alamitos press box, McKinzie happened to look up once more and saw a lone figure walking toward the lake. "He stood there for an hour, at least," McKinzie said. "He was just looking at the ground.
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.
NEWS
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.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2004 | Mary Curtius, Times Staff Writer
The director of the National Zoo announced her resignation Wednesday, just hours after a National Academy of Sciences panel reported that lapses in care and management had contributed to widely publicized animal deaths at the institution and continued to endanger the animals and the people visiting them. Dr. Lucy Spelman told a news conference that she had become a "lightning rod for too much attention" focused on the zoo, which is a part of the Smithsonian Institution.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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