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November 2, 2011 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
The barking was incessant. Day or night, the small dog's high-pitched yapping ground away at Gary Leonard's nerves, sometimes rousing him from sleep. Leonard and his wife, Echo Park residents, had had enough and eventually filed a complaint with the city's Department of Animal Services. Leonard, though, was frustrated at the pace of the department's hearing process. "It was silly how long it took," he recalled, adding that he endured the dog's barking for more than a year and showed up at two hearings before the woman removed her dog. Such complaints — of the slow process and lack of teeth to the city's barking ordinance — finally prompted officials to act. The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to amend the city's barking law, imposing fines on the owners of dogs that bark excessively — even if the canines are not licensed by the city.
September 9, 2011 | David Lazarus
You can almost understand Republican lawmakers standing firm on matters of economic stimulus and debt reduction. Whether or not you agree with their positions, at least it can be argued that they're guided by good-old-fashioned conservative ideology. But when it comes to consumer protection, the Republicans are merely pandering to their deep-pocketed corporate cronies and opposing anything President Obama supports, no matter how reasonable or meritorious it may be. This week's confirmation hearing for Richard Cordray as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau made clear that the GOP won't help beleaguered consumers until it's ensured that the new watchdog agency is more bark than bite.
April 19, 2011 | By Gary Klein
After four weeks of mild frustration, USC quarterback Matt Barkley apparently could not help himself. An inexperienced offensive line has been unable to fuel a consistent running attack or stem a pass rush during spring practice. The receiving corps has been thinned on various days by injuries and disciplinary issues. So on Tuesday, Barkley momentarily steamed. The junior uncharacteristically barked at a teammate after a walk-on receiver ran the wrong route during a scrimmage drill.
April 8, 2011 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Dogs and their owners will unleash their inner grooviness Saturday when the 7 th Annual Balboa Barks: A Day of Peace, Love & Canine Companions kicks off in San Diego . The '60s-themed festival, in Balboa Park from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include activities, contests and food. Proceeds will benefit Canine Companions for Independence, a nonprofit Oceanside organization that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities. The event, formerly called "Woofstock,"  will take place at the corner of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way. The entrance fee is $7, with parking free.
March 15, 2011 | By Gregory Karp
It's an environmental as well as a marketing achievement: using 100% agricultural waste to make a top-quality plastic bottle that can then be placed back in the existing recycling system. "It's closing the loop," said Allen Hershkowitz, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council. "It's the beginning of the end for petroleum-based plastic bottles. " PepsiCo announced Tuesday that it had "cracked the code," inventing what it calls the world's first plastic bottle made entirely from plant-based, fully renewable resources.
February 17, 2011 | Meghan Daum
It's been a big week for glittery, over-the-top and slightly perplexing contests. First the Grammy Awards ceremony, with its requisite preening and prancing and bizarre outfits, then two evenings of the Westminster dog show, which offered more of the same. Not that the Leonberger or Finnish spitz showed up in a giant egg, as Lady Gaga did Sunday night. Nor did fans of the bearded collie, which was among the runners-up for best in show, take to defacing the Wikipedia page of the night's big winner, the Scottish deerhound, as Justin Bieber's fans did to the Esperanza Spalding page when she beat him for best new artist.
September 27, 2010
Have you ever heard of taking pine bark extract to lower your blood pressure and other risk factors for heart diease ? If not, it’s just as well. A study being published in Tuesday’s edition of Archives of Internal Medicine reports that it doesn’t work. There was reason to be hopeful. Apparently, the extract – derived from the bark of Pinus pinaster trees – contains lots of antioxidants . It's supposed ability to lower blood pressure had “biologic plausibility,” according to the study.
September 26, 2010 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
Dire warnings have accompanied the armies of bark beetles that bored their way across the Mountain West in the past decade: Millions of acres had turned into a tinderbox of scraggly, dead trees ready to explode in flames. But scientists are pouring water on that conventional wisdom. A new study in the lodgepole pine forests of the greater Yellowstone region concludes that rather than increasing the wildfire risk, beetle attacks reduce it by thinning tree crowns. "It's really counterintuitive," said University of Wisconsin ecology professor Monica Turner, coauthor of a paper that has been accepted for publication in Ecological Monographs.
August 22, 2010 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I live in the apartment next to a woman who is blind and has a seeing-eye guide dog. It barks for what seems to be hours at a time, especially late at night. I am losing sleep. Our manager says the woman is entitled to have a guide dog. He says he can't do anything about the dog's behavior because he would be sued for discrimination. Don't I have any rights in this situation? Answer: Your manager correctly understands that the fair housing laws protect tenants who have disabilities and who need service animals such as guide dogs to reasonably accommodate their disabilities.
August 21, 2010 | Chris Erskine
That was some party in the right-field pavilion Saturday night — some 500 dogs in attendance, a minor league stunt in a major league venue. In order to enter the stadium, the dogs had to have proof of vaccinations, a requirement so successful that Dodger brass might one day extend it to the fans themselves. OK, let us get the obvious jokes out of the way: Yes, the dog days of August are upon us. Dodger dog, anyone? Now coaching third base, Larry Bow-wow. Sorry, couldn't resist, nor could I resist attending this oddly wonderful evening, dubbed "Bark in the Park," the Dodgers' first-ever bring-your-pooch event.
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