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November 7, 1997
The main difference between American society and that of ancient Rome is that in America there is an overabundance of circuses but not enough bread to go around. JOSEPH MANDELBERG Granada Hills
February 17, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- It's a seriously foggy day -- cue up some Radiohead or, if you like the crooners, some Frank Sinatra -- at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, where snowboarding competition has been canceled for the day. The snowboard cross competition is now set to begin here at 10:30 a.m. local time on Tuesday, forgoing qualifying runs and beginning with elimination rounds. One of the snowboarders waiting out the delay is 20-year-old Californian Trevor Jacob, who is from Malibu and Mammoth and now lives in Paso Robles.
November 29, 2012 | By Deborah Olson
The Times' editorial Monday on the L.A. City Council's proposed ban on elephants performing in traveling shows such as circuses paints a romantic picture of elephants as gentle giants. The editorial board seems to buy into the animal extremists' idealistic scenario of happy, fat pachyderms lazily wandering the open plains of Africa or the jungles of Asia, free of disease and conflict with humans. The reality is far grimmer. The "wild" left for these magnificent animals is rapidly disappearing.
December 10, 2013 | By Douglas Olin
As Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) work toward yet another makeshift budget deal, they should do us all a favor and instead just scrap the congressional budget process. Before 1974, Congress had no formal budget process. In those days, the president would submit an annual budget to Congress. In keeping with our system of checks and balances, it was the duty of congressional authorizing committees to draft legislation to establish, continue or modify federal programs, and the appropriations committees were responsible for reviewing funding needs and appropriate annual amounts.
August 3, 1995
Re "Elephant Walk," July 26: Taking any wild animal from its habitat, alive or dead, is a crime, just as "ethnic cleansing's" removal of people from their homes and herding them into camps is a crime. Elephants are the most powerful, dangerous creatures in the wild, feared by humans and other animals alike. In order to "tame" such an animal to make him either work in fields or perform tricks in circuses, a young elephant's spirit is systematically and brutally broken, with fear, pain, hunger and thirst, isolation from his kind (elephants are extremely social animals)
November 16, 1997
Would you choose your fun or their misery? Before you go to the circus, please consider the animals, which have been taken from their natural environment, kept in confinement and forced to do tricks they don't understand, just for your frivolous entertainment. Elephants and tigers love to run, play and interact with their own species, scratch themselves on trees, sniff around, forage for food, wallow in mud, swim and play in streams and ponds. They cannot do any of these natural, fun things when subjected to life in a circus.
June 6, 1998 | ERIC RIMBERT
The playground at Woodland Hills Elementary was changed into a circus for tots Thursday, with about 75 kindergartners playing the roles of ringmasters, animal trainers and acrobats. The circus comes at the end of the school year and the participants are all enrolled in the school's Tiggertown program, an optional enrichment program that also serves as day care. "I like the program because it's not so structured," Merideth Hasson said as she sat in the audience.
July 10, 1994
Come and see a man juggle a 140-pound table--with his feet--a woman dangle in the air from a trapeze and clowns mime a Ping-Pong match. Those are just some of the highlights when the L.A. Circus visits Pershing Square this weekend, officials said. It's not Barnum and Bailey's "Greatest Show on Earth," but event organizers say their 80-foot by 80-foot makeshift circus ring will offer a more "intimate" experience for the audience.
October 14, 1987 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
Flying through the air with the greatest of ease is a daring young comrade on a flying trapeze. This is not Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey or Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. There are no red-and-gold wagons, no steam calliopes, no cotton candy, no bearded ladies or snake charmers or fire eaters, no elephants or sawdust. And when there's trouble, the traditional call for help may be "Hey, Vladimir" instead of "Hey, Rube." It's still the greatest show on earth, however. Soviet earth, anyway.
April 23, 1997
Most of the children in the special education program at Markham Middle School in Watts have never seen a tiger or an elephant. Most of them have never been to the circus. Many of them have never even left Watts. But on Thursday, 75 of those students will get a chance to see some of those animals at the Shrine Auditorium courtesy of the Shriners, who will provide the tickets, and TRW, which will provide transportation.
November 29, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald
Here are some of the best long reads you may have missed from the week past. A high-value Guantanamo Bay detainee reveals what it's like to be a guinea pig for "enhanced interrogation" and describes the deceptions he used to mislead interrogators in diary entries obtained exclusively by Al Jazeera. Esquire tells the story of a terminal cancer patient, the scientists who challenged her fatal diagnosis and a case that could validate an entirely new way to treat the deadly disease.
November 20, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
In a bid to save money, time and the environment, the European Parliament voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to abandon its redundant meeting site in the French city of Strasbourg and gather instead at bloc headquarters in Brussels. But as convincing as the 483-141 vote was in highlighting the waste of having 766 Brussels-based lawmakers shuttle to Strasbourg for mandatory monthly sessions, the decision is likely to be only symbolic for the time being. Under European Union rules dating to the parliament's founding in 1952, any fundamental change in operations must be approved unanimously by what are now 28 member states.
November 10, 2013 | By Britanny Levine
There will be no animals at the Ramos Bros. Circus set to return to Glendale this week. City officials requested that the zebras, horses and other four-legged performers, except dogs and cats, be kept out of the show, in part because a camel escaped last November . The getaway camel, which was caught after a one-block pursuit, brought criticism from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals , which at the time called on city officials...
November 1, 2013 | By Mike Morris
You never know what you might see in Reno. On our first night in town, my wife and 6-year-old daughter called me to look out the window of our 27th-story hotel room. There, in the center of town, was a brilliant fireworks display - an appropriate welcome to this Nevada town full of flash and color. Although there is a plethora of casinos and night life, we found this mini-Vegas to be offbeat and kid-friendly. It's also affordable: two nights at Circus Circus cost about $175, a buffet dinner for two at the Silver Legacy was $50 and the Discovery Museum cost $24 for two adults and one child.
October 24, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
The Los Angeles City Council took action Wednesday to ban bullhooks used by elephant trainers in traveling circuses, becoming the first U.S. metropolis to outlaw a tool that critics say inflicts pain. Voting unanimously, the council asked the city attorney's office to prepare an ordinance outlawing the use of the bullhook, a sharp-tipped tool used to train and keep elephants under control. Baseball bats, ax handles, pitchforks and other implements used on the pachyderms would also be banned.
October 23, 2013
Re "Of elephants and bullhooks," Editorial, Oct. 22 Every year since 1922, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey has performed for circus fans in Los Angeles. Elephants have always been an integral part of Ringling Bros., providing an up-close way for our audiences to experience these amazing animals in a way they can nowhere else. Unfortunately, The Times appears to have simply accepted the representations of animal rights groups about how our elephants are trained. The "guide," referred to by the outdated term "bullhook" in the editorial, is an animal husbandry tool for working with elephants approved by experts, including the American Veterinary Medical Assn.
July 22, 1989 | From Reuters
President Augusto Pinochet's military government has barred a visit by the internationally acclaimed Moscow Circus, which planned to perform in Chile next month for the first time in 20 years. Describing the circus as an "instrument of progaganda," the Foreign Ministry said Thursday the troupe has been refused entry visas because of continuing political attacks on Pinochet by Radio Moscow.
March 6, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS
Instead of a lawsuit, the City Council this week plans to fire off a letter urging the Orange County Fair Board to further reduce the sounds of music, effects and audience noise coming from Cirque du Soleil's Fairview Road tent. Council members agreed Monday that litigation would waste money and have little impact since the circus packs up in mid-April, officials said. Instead, the letter to the nine-member Fair Board will stress that fairground neighbors have a right to live in peace.
October 22, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
As human understanding of elephants has evolved, so has our treatment of them. Zoos decades ago freed these largest of land mammals from standing for hours in chains on arthritis-inducing concrete. Also gone from many zoos is the bullhook, an instrument that resembles a fireplace poker that is used to poke, prod or strike an elephant. Although the blunt end can be used as a lead for an elephant, the sharp end makes it a tool of coercion. The Los Angeles Zoo stopped using the bullhook in any manner in 2010.
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