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July 9, 2012 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Fido the dog and Ginger the cat need not worry about being replaced by a new baby - in fact, they could be helping parents raise healthier children. A new study finds that children who lived with dogs or cats during their first year of life got sick less frequently than kids from pet-free zones. The study, published in Monday's edition of the journal Pediatrics, provides fresh evidence for the counterintuitive notion that an overly clean environment may not be ideal for babies.
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SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | Chris Dufresne
ARLINGTON, Texas - Well everyone had it wrong - you, me, the postman and the NCAA selection committee. All that teeth-gnashing over tournament seeding has produced an NCAA championship game between a No. 7 and No. 8. Let's hear it for a collective No. 15! Monday night, though, Connecticut and Kentucky will be playing for the only number that counts No.1. No. 8 Kentucky dramatically capped Saturday night with a 74-73 victory over No. 2 Wisconsin in the second NCAA semifinal game before a Final Four record crowd of 79,444 fans at AT&T Stadium.
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NEWS
August 24, 2012 | By Craig Nakano
Those evil cats . As soon as we reported on a "virtual play room" at a Los Angeles animal shelter where human admirers could manipulate remote-controlled toys and watch kitties' reactions, the feline-obsessed began lining up like it was giveaway day at Pinkberry. At one point, the number of people waiting for the virtual play room topped 70, and the queue for a two-minute turn stretched to nearly three hours. “This just goes to show I shouldn't read The Times at work,” one person wrote on the play room's chat board.
HOME & GARDEN
March 21, 2014 | By Stephanie Blank
Could a cat lover from Pasadena and a dog lover from Mar Vista ever find long-lasting love? I was about to investigate this not-so-proverbial question as I zeroed in on my soon-to-be new love on my computer screen. Freshly divorced and 20 years away from the dating scene, I hesitatingly found myself searching for a match again. I'd heard horror stories from my single friends about online dating, which was an entirely new thing for me, so I did some research. Match.com was just too overwhelming, EHarmony too serious, Christian Singles too Christian, JDate too Jewish, Gluten Free Singles too flour-less and VeggieDate too meatless.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1986
Your shared observations and my resultant laughter over your editorial (April 27), "Food for the Gods," deserves warm thanks. Mixing pasta, cats and love must have stirred a tremendous response, probably mostly in disagreement over your comment that cats are too dumb to appreciate pasta, preferring "foul-smelling cat food" instead. Our Abby, a little chubby, puts aside his characteristic musical meow and usual menu of "people-food aroma" diet, for a bellowing banter until he, too, shares in his human friend's pasta passion.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2010
'Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore' MPAA rating: PG for animal action and humor Running time: 1 hour, 27 minutes Playing: In general release
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1997
I read with horror and disgust the Sept. 8 article about three high school boys accused of bludgeoning 16 cats to death at the Noah's Ark shelter in Fairfield, Iowa. The "boys will be boys" attitude is getting a little passe when it comes to violence against people and animals. The statement about cats and boys being enemies is a farce. The only enemy greater than a small, helpless animal is a person's insecurity and hatred, and the community that fosters this hatred. Cases have shown that abuse against animals spreads to abuse against other children, siblings, spouses and others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1987
Buried in the State Briefs (Part I, Oct. 29) was an incredible paragraph describing the killing of 50-60 cats by four state prison guards, who allegedly threw the cats into a closed room with a pit bull. Not only is the incident horrible and unbelievable, but the guards apparently have the gall to appeal their "punishment" of transfer and reduced pay. It seems so tragic to me that these people were not fired, let alone escaping prison for such a reprehensible act. It's just another example of the inmates running the asylum.
NEWS
March 28, 2012
Cal State trustees vote to hire two new presidents at $324,550 and $303,660, respectively, 10% more than their predecessors. Meanwhile, students face tuition hikes, shrinking services and canceled classes. What will become of these Cal State students? Cartoonist Ted Rall takes an educated guess. ALSO: Cal State's closed-door plan Photo gallery: Ted Rall cartoons Santa Monica College: Lost opportunity costs Photo: Ted Rall cartoon.
NATIONAL
July 21, 2010 | From Reuters
Massachusetts on Wednesday will become the first U.S. state to ban surgery that devocalizes dogs and cats, which many animal rights advocates see as a cruel and unnecessary procedure. Under the new law, anyone in the state who cuts or removes an animal's vocal chords for nonmedical reasons may be punished by fines and up to five years in prison. The law, signed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick in April, is dubbed Logan's Law after a dog that underwent the controversial surgery but was later abandoned.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Animal control officers found 17 dogs and a cat in “deplorable” conditions Wednesday when they searched an Alhambra home. Feces and urine littered the home in the 100 block of South Meridian Avenue, the Alhambra Police Department said in a statement on Facebook. The animals were removed by officers and transported to a shelter for evaluation, KTLA-TV reported. “The condition of the residence was deplorable with animal feces and urine everywhere,” the department said in its statement.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Maybe it's time to try a dog. A small dog. The 911 call in Portland, Ore., on Sunday began with a hint of embarassment, or at least of sense of self-awareness: "Yeah, hi, I have kind of a particular emergency here. " Particular indeed. The voice on the line belonged to Lee Palmer, who called to report that his 22-pound Himalayan cat had gone berserk, attacked his 7-month-old child, and now had Palmer's family trapped inside their bedroom after the father responded by kicking the cat in the butt.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
In "Bethlehem," Israel's submission to the recent Academy Awards for the foreign language Oscar, first-time filmmaker Yuval Adler views entrenched political tensions through the template of a police procedural. Focusing on an Israeli intelligence agent and one of his Palestinian informants, the movie has the taut efficiency of a well-constructed crime thriller, while its real-world underpinnings play out with a less convincing sense of urgency. Tsahi Halevy carries himself with a mournful, in-over-his-head demeanor as Razi, an officer in Israel's secret service who's trying to prevent an impending suicide bombing in Jerusalem.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
What do cats, feces and pies have in common? Well, besides the fact that many can be found in a typical American and British home, they're also in the titles honored by the Bookseller for being the strangest book titles of the year. The British trade publication has awarded the Diagram Prize since 1978, recognizing such titles as “Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Nude Mice,” (the first winner), and “Managing a Dental Practice: The Genghis Khan Way”  (the 2010 champion)
WORLD
February 12, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
HOMS, Syria - They appeared like a defeated army, gray blankets draping their shoulders, baggy clothes flowing over withered frames, faces gaunt and exhausted. At least half a dozen had lost limbs; others arrived in wheelchairs and on stretchers. Some wore bloody bandages. Many dragged heavily on cigarettes, like condemned men savoring their last smokes. "We couldn't stand it in there anymore," said Wassim, 23, a scraggly survivor seated Wednesday with other men at a glass-topped round table in a once-elegant banquet hall here, now a tattered makeshift shelter on the edge of a war zone.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By KTLA
Firefighters pulled more than a dozen cats and kittens from a burning home in Lancaster late Tuesday, administering oxygen and even CPR to keep some of them alive. The fire broke out at a residence in the 44700 block of Foxton Avenue at about 11:30 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. More than two dozen L.A. County firefighters were able to knock down the flames in about 30 minutes, but there was extensive damage to the home. It was not immediately known if any one was injured.
NEWS
October 3, 2012 | By Mitchell Landsberg
Rules? What debate rules? Both candidates at Wednesday night's presidential debate came out of the gate ignoring directions from moderator Jim Lehrer. Asked to “respond directly to what the governor just said about trickle-down” government spending, President Obama instead said he would “talk specifically about what I think we need to do” -- and spoke at some length about his education and energy policies. Trickle down? Never mind. When Obama finished, Lehrer turned to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Scarlet, Deakin, Fudge, Nugget and Shyla are in the prime of life and pretty good-looking to boot, but their puppy-making days ended for good Tuesday in the back of a big blue van in Sylmar. Nine dogs and a cat named Smokey marched up the stairs of the Lucy Pet Foundation's mobile spay and neuter clinic, unaware of what they were in for in the parking lot of Pet Supreme. Lucy, the Chihuahua whose picture is on the side of the bus, stood by for moral support. And here's the story: Actor Dick Van Patten, a guest on "The John Davidson Show" in 1981, struck up a conversation with the drummer in the show's band.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
“A Cat Named Mercy,” a new play by Josefina López (“Real Women Have Curves”) premiering at Casa 0101 Theater, is full of reformist passion but feels underbaked. Perhaps it was rushed into production to capitalize on the Obamacare controversy. A cautionary tale about U.S. health insurance, "Cat" has the fervor and subtlety of an Affordable Care Act public service message. The script also takes on a wide array of other social ills, from racism to incest, putting its beleaguered heroine, 26-year-old LVN Catalina Rodriguez (the lovely, natural if low-key Alex Ximenez)
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