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January 19, 1992
Regarding the "Jungle Book" item in the News and Briefs column (Jan. 5): In a letter that appeared in the Feb. 1992 issue of Outdoor Photographer, Galen Rowell writes of Alaskan brown bears being hunted in the areas of the Chenik Brown Bear Photography Camp and the nearby McNeil River. These bears are habituated to photographers and "eco-tourists" and their value alive surely exceeds their worth dead. The Alaska Board of Game should wise up. TOM HINKLE West Covina
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2014 | By David Colker
Talking toys have been around since at least 1960, when pull-the-string Chatty Cathy debuted. But Teddy Ruxpin, a cuddly teddy bear that hit stores in late 1985, marked a technological leap forward. Created by then-Granada Hills resident Ken Forsse, the talking Teddy moved his mouth in sync, making him seem much more lifelike. The effect was both delightful and a bit creepy, and kids loved him. "1986 and 1987 were insane; you could hardly find Teddy Ruxpin in stores, it was so popular," said toy expert Jim Silver.
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SCIENCE
March 4, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
Black bears in Yosemite National Park aren't snacking as much on human food as they did decades ago, according to new research that traces changes in the diet of Yosemite bears over the last century. Researchers analyzed samples of bear bones from museums and bear hair collected from the field to determine the ratio of human-to-wild-food that Yosemite bears consumed as far back as 1915. Not surprisingly, they found that the proportion of human food rose significantly after the park started feeding bears in 1923 to keep the animals away from developed areas.
HEALTH
April 5, 2014 | Lily Dayton
Each time health psychologist Kelly McGonigal teaches her Science of Willpower class, she asks students to select a willpower challenge to focus on during the 10-week course. Though students' goals are diverse -- kicking nicotine or getting out of debt, controlling their temper or overcoming alcohol abuse -- there is one goal that is most common among the 200 or 300 students who pack the lecture hall seeking life change: They want to lose weight. "It's important to understand that everyone is struggling with something," says McGonigal, whose experience in the Stanford University course inspired her to write "The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It. " Beliefs about the role of willpower in weight loss have changed through the decades.
OPINION
July 18, 2012
Re "A bear who tweets in the woods," July 14 When will people stop treating wild animals as entertainment? This poor bear will probably be killed eventually because of the ignorance and unwillingness of people to respect wild animals as they are, not as cartoon characters. If the bear had killed someone's pet or injured a human, people would be crying for its destruction. The biggest culprits in this drama are the continuing encroachment into wildlife habit by developers and the 2009 Station fire, which reduced hunting ranges and food supplies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2010 | By Corina Knoll
Nothing beats the gluttonous life offered in Monrovia. It's a magical place where half-eaten slices of pizza and the salty remnants of Thai takeout abound. Here the grass is laden with rotting avocados and pomegranates and aching paws can be soaked in a choice of dozens of swimming pools. It's all enough to citify a country bear. Once a well-kept secret limited to a few adventurous souls, Monrovia seems to have become all the rage with the bears of the San Gabriel Mountains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2013 | By KTLA News
One man in Monrovia came face to face with a couple of unwanted guests this week when two hungry bears broke into his home, ransacked the kitchen and ate everything in sight. Justin Lee said the bears apparently broke through a pet door. “I was just like hanging out inside with my dog. I look over and me and the bear just like lock eyes,” Lee recounted. “Just the whole kitchen was a mess. The garbage was on the floor, our food was eaten.” Lee ran upstairs and called 911. The bears headed to his backyard.
SPORTS
August 31, 2009 | Associated Press
Jay Cutler got the last laugh. The Pro Bowl quarterback, who forced a blockbuster trade out of Denver last spring and became the Chicago Bears' first franchise quarterback since Sid Luckman , returned to Invesco Field on Sunday night and led his new team to a 27-17 exhibition win over the Broncos. Cutler disregarded the thousands of hecklers, including Broncos pass rusher Elvis Dumervil , in leading Chicago on three scoring drives, capped by a 12-play, 98-yarder just before halftime that gave the Bears a 17-3 lead.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1996
The stoning and killing of a young black bear in Yosemite National Park by members of a Boy Scout troop raises disturbing questions ("Criminal Probe Targets Scouts in Bear's Death,"Aug. 17). The Humane Society urges law enforcement authorities to take appropriate action if the stoning is determined to be an act of cruelty rather than self-defense. There can be no questions, however, about the motives of other people who are killing bears in California. Starting in late August and running through December, trophy hunters will kill more than 1,500 bears for the animals' heads and hides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1990
In only a few short weeks, the community of Big Bear, overcome by Cocomania, has given the public an education unsurpassed in local history (Part A, March 27). It has taught us that misguided passion (not to be confused with compassion) has united residents and politicians alike, openly disregarding state laws and demeaning and threatening those who enforce them. It has maximized tourism through the sales of T-shirts and beverages topped with gummy bears and littered mountain roads with distracting signs.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
Avast! The pirate ship that submerged in Big Bear Lake during a heavy winter storm will soon rise from its watery grave. The Big Bear Pirate Ship--a popular tourist draw in the mountain lake community about 100 miles east of downtown Los Angeles--sank during a storm Feb. 28 while it was tied off at Halloway's Marina. Crews plan to use inflatable lift bags Thursday morning to refloat the one-third scale replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon, also known as Time Bandit.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Chris Erskine
Arrrrgh! Last weekend's snow and heavy rains ravaged Big Bear's iconic Pirate Ship, which sank Friday night in heavy winds. The popular tourist attraction , a one-third scale replica of a 16 th century Spanish galleon, had been docked at Holloway's Marina. Owner Loren Hafen said the fully winterized vessel was last inspected about 4 p.m. Friday, and a marina employee discovered it submerged at 8 a.m. Saturday. Using scuba gear, Hafen inspected the hull Monday and found no holes or significant structural damage.
SCIENCE
March 4, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
Black bears in Yosemite National Park aren't snacking as much on human food as they did decades ago, according to new research that traces changes in the diet of Yosemite bears over the last century. Researchers analyzed samples of bear bones from museums and bear hair collected from the field to determine the ratio of human-to-wild-food that Yosemite bears consumed as far back as 1915. Not surprisingly, they found that the proportion of human food rose significantly after the park started feeding bears in 1923 to keep the animals away from developed areas.
SCIENCE
February 27, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
Happy International Polar Bear Day! The polar bear conservation group Polar Bears International, has set aside Feb. 27 as a special day to celebrate those furry white giants of the North, and to remind the public that it is not too late to help them. The struggle for polar bears is that the Arctic sea ice where they live and hunt is shrinking -- and as a result, so are their numbers. A 2007 study from the U.S. Geological Survey found that if the current rate of Arctic-sea-ice loss continues, two-thirds of the world's polar bear population could disappear by the middle of the century.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic, This story has been updated. See note below.
"Ernest & Celestine," the charming French-Belgium animated film and Oscar contender, is about a bear and a mouse whose artistic tendencies are forever getting them into trouble. Marked as outsiders by their respective societies, an unlikely friendship is forged, an ill-tempered uproar unleashed, and a delightful movie is the result. Based on the lovely children's books by Gabrielle Vincent, with a screenplay by noted novelist Daniel Pennac ("Cabot-Caboche"), this lively and larcenous tale is softened by its watercolor pastiche and minimalist animation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Two Pacific storms were heading toward the Los Angeles area and could drop up to four inches of rain in mountain areas by the weekend, forecasters said Monday night. The storms could produce the most significant rain that the region has seen in nearly two years. The last time a widespread storm produced an inch or more of rain in the Los Angeles area was on March 25, 2012, according to the National Weather Service. "We're definitely going to get some rain, and it's looking like it's going to be over a widespread area," said Scott Sukup, a meteorologist with the weather service office in Oxnard.
MAGAZINE
February 4, 1996
I am not without prejudice in the matter of the Montana grizzlies ("Howdy, Neighbors!" by Marla Cone, Dec. 24). But my sympathies are with the bears, who are not armed--probably the only ones in the state who aren't. Perhaps the "scared" folks should worry less about bears and more about their gun-loving, trigger-happy fellow citizens. The only real hazards up there are the human ones. Shame on Montana if the grizzles are "run out of town." D. Kentnor Yucaipa The Montana grizzly bears, if reintroduced to the wild, could pose ignificant hazards to hikers, hunters and campers, especially children.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 1994
Methinks something is rotten in the state of American television. These days, one needs only to flip through the TV channels to see that the American public seems to have taken a fancy to scaring itself to death. What passes for documentary is nothing but a thinly veiled pitch for the latest: a) deadly disease, b) social ill, or c) heinous crime sweeping the nation. Gee, I remember when watching a documentary meant seeing a Jacques Cousteau or National Geographic special. Times have changed, and definitely not for the better.
SPORTS
February 23, 2014 | By Stacy St. Clair
SOCHI, Russia - The closing ceremony here was meant to celebrate the new face of Russia. And after a month of intense scrutiny over human rights violations, stray dogs, unfinished hotels and terrorism threats, that face looked largely relieved Sunday and perhaps a bit too exhausted to party. "We did it," Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 organizing committee chief executive, said at the ceremony. "We conquered the Olympic summit. And these Games will be with us forever - Olympics.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Susan King
Romanian new-wave director Calin Peter Netzer ("Medal of Honor") and screenwriter Razvan Radulescu ("The Death of Mr. Lazarescu") were bouncing around ideas for a film about a dysfunctional family when they began talking about their own relationships with their parents. "We discovered we both have some kind of domineering mother," said Netzer over the phone from his home in Bucharest. The result, "Child's Pose," which opens Friday, is an Oedipal tale in the guise of a psychological thriller about a domineering mother and her obsessive love for her now-adult son. BEST MOVIES OF 2013: Turan | Sharkey | Olsen "Child's Pose," which won the Golden Bear last year at the Berlin Film Festival and was Romania's Oscar submission for foreign language films, derives its title from the well-known yoga pose.
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