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November 12, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sent an email blast to his supporters Tuesday, but this time he wasn't asking for campaign donations or votes. Instead, he was seeking stuffed animals. The mayor is collecting teddy bears to be given out at the scene of emergencies. He said he came up with the idea after this month's mass shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. In his email, Garcetti asked residents to drop off new teddy bears at locations around the city . The bears will be handed out by the city's crisis response team, a crew of volunteers who respond to emergencies alongside police officers and firefighters to offer emotional support.
November 12, 2013 | By Jason Wells
Two men were arrested in Northern California on suspicion of illegally luring a black bear with bait, killing it and then trying to butcher and partially dispose of the carcass in a shallow grave. Jason Scott Wilkison, 43, of Grass Valley, and Christopher Art Nunley, 54, of North San Juan, were arrested following a five-month investigation that involved using DNA testing to piece together and build the bear-poaching case, the Tahoe Daily Tribune reported. “This bear had been killed during April of 2013, well after the bear season,” said Mark Michilizzi, a California Department of Fish and Wildlife warden.
November 10, 2013 | By Andrew J. Bacevich
On the list of U.S. military priorities, Africa has always ranked right smack at the bottom. Now that appears to be changing. As Eric Schmitt recently reported in the New York Times, "thousands of soldiers once bound for Iraq or Afghanistan are now gearing up for missions in Africa. " Before the gearing up proceeds much further, Americans might want to ask a few questions. Chief among them are these: Why the sudden shift in priorities? What's the aim? Who stands to benefit? What risks does the militarization of U.S. policy in Africa entail?
November 9, 2013 | By Gary Klein
BERKELEY -- USC knew Stanford was looming, across the bay in Palo Alto and on the schedule next week at the Coliseum. But the Trojans did not let their minds wander. On Saturday, surging USC routed California, 62-28, at Memorial Stadium with an electrifying display on offense and special teams. Nelson Agholor's breakaway speed was in full effect. Javorius Allen showed his performance a week ago was no fluke. And Josh Shaw continued to demonstrate a knack for being in the right place at the right time.
November 8, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Bear Henderson, a senior forward who transferred from Mission Hills Alemany to Sun Valley Village Christian, will be eligible on Jan. 6, Village Christian Athletic Director Kevin Aust said. Yet to be cleared is another Alemany transfer, Bennie Boatwright, a junior who arrived at Village Christian and moved. Aust said the school hopes to clear Boatwright shortly and he would be eligible immediately.  
November 6, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Dick Butkus is ducking me. Won't return my calls, my e-mails. Butkus. The name's Lithuanian, you know - a verb, a proper noun, an act of war. You don't say it, you bark it. Like a big, flatulent truck backfiring up a hill. "But-cuss," the man himself says on his answering machine. One word, But-cuss, then a beeeeep, as if he's verbally rung your bell. He was always, even when things were going very well, frosted about mundane things, no patience with life's little inanities, which is how he probably now regards me. Back in the '60s, Butkus invented the concussion.
October 31, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Square" bears witness to history in an articulate, thoughtful and intensely dramatic way. A compelling inside look at the cascading series of revolutions and counter-revolutions that have shaken Egypt since the beginning of 2011, it wouldn't exist except for the passion and determination of filmmaker Jehane Noujaim. An accomplished documentary director whose credits include "Control Room" and "," Noujaim was raised in Egypt and the United States, and her family lives 10 minutes from Cairo's Tahrir Square, the film's namesake.
October 30, 2013 | By Jason Wells
The 150-pound black bear that evaded police in Granada Hills for roughly 12 hours Tuesday before its capture was able to do so despite being hit with four tranquilizer darts, a state wildlife official said. The bear, which scurried from a school, across several yards and into a golf course Tuesday morning, was under brief observation before being released deep into Los Padres National Forest on Wednesday, said Andrew Hughan, a spokesman for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
October 29, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Joseph Serna
A black bear spotted in a tree at a Granada Hills school Tuesday barreled from yard to yard, took a breather on the the front steps of a church, and scurried onto a golf course past onlookers as it evaded capture. The bear's odyssey began about 7 a.m. after it was spotted at the North Valley Charter Academy campus on Rinaldi Street. The bear climbed a tree at the rear of the campus, where it remained as students were escorted inside the school.  The chase began after a low-flying helicopter spooked the bear out of the tree.
October 29, 2013 | By Times Staff Writers
A black bear that evaded authorities in Granada Hills was tranquilized Tuesday evening after a daylong search. The bear was loaded into the back of pickup truck after being captured near a golf course by officers with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Los Angeles Police Department, according to television news footage. Earlier Tuesday, the bear was spotted in a tree at a Granada Hills school, ran from yard to yard, took a breather on the the front steps of a church and scurried onto a golf course past onlookers.
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