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BUSINESS
October 9, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
President Obama's nod to the idea of a short-term increase in the debt limit has people talking about whether offering Republicans this option is smart or dumb. Smart: It relieves the pressure of near-term brinkmanship. Dumb: It just means there will be another standoff crisis in a few weeks.  There's a certain small amount of value in buying time, however; the question is whether anything good happens in the interim. That question reminds me of a Jewish parable about the Polish landowner's talking dog, which I heard from the corporate conglomerator Meshulam Riklis in 1986.
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SPORTS
April 3, 2012 | By Mark Medina
In the middle of several nights, Ramon Sessions woke up dazed and confused. He then searched around his Manhattan Beach residence, wondering about his pet dog's whereabouts. Sesh, his 6-month-old Staffordshire terrier, wasn't there, though. The dog remained in Cleveland for nine days with Sessions' cousin after the Cavaliers traded him to the Lakers. It turns out Sessions' arrival to the Lakers involved much more than learning the offense, playing with new teammates and getting settled in a new area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A video showing a Hawthorne police officer fatally shooting a dog is drawing outrage on the Internet, and its owner claims he was targeted because of pending claims against the department. The shooting Sunday occurred after a standoff between police and armed robbery suspects near the intersection of 137th Street and Jefferson Avenue. Officers handcuffed bystander Leon Rosby, 52, after he walked close to the scene with an 80-pound Rottweiler on a “long leash-line," creating “an increasingly dangerous situation,” the Hawthorne Police Department said in statement.
WORLD
June 21, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- For animal lovers in China, the week seemed to bring one discouraging headline after another. First, tourists in a southern resort reportedly manhandled a stranded dolphin and took photos with it rather than immediately call for help; the mammal later died. Then, customs authorities announced that they had caught two men trying to smuggle more than 200 bear paws into the country from Russia; the feet are considered a delicacy in some parts of China.  On Friday, the southern city of Yulin went ahead with a dog meat festival, over the objection of activists who complained many of the table-bound canines were abducted strays and pets being slaughtered at unlicensed butcheries.
NEWS
March 17, 2014 | By Judi Dash
Your dog may eagerly scamper wherever you do, especially on vacation, but his paws can become cracked and infected, especially on surfaces such as hot pavement or sand. That's where Alcott's Adventure Boots can be your dog's second best friend. These tough booties (four to a package, obviously), have thick rubber soles for protection and traction, and double Velcro closures with reflective accents for nighttime visibility. Your dog will take to these like … well, like a dog takes to boots, so you'll likely need some patience and practice to get canine cooperation.
NEWS
September 23, 2011 | By Michael Muskal
Medieval alchemists may have spent lifetimes seeking a way to turn base metals into silver or gold, but Gary Johnson, the libertarian former governor of New Mexico, seemingly has found a way to make political gold out of dog poop. In a throwaway line at the GOP presidential debate on Thursday night, Johnson, whose campaign for the nomination is struggling to get into single digits,  won the comedy award of the night during questioning about the Obama administration's stimulus spending plans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
It's not clear how the dog wound up in the middle of San Francisco Bay, but when windsurfers and a boating commuter stumbled upon the Labrador mix on Monday, she was cold and in need of help. "She was shivering and wet and very shy," said 52-year-old Lisa Grodin, whose husband, Adam Cohen, found the dog as he was commuting across the bay to their home in Berkeley about 6:45 p.m.  Grodin said Tuesday that her husband saw a group of windsurfers with "their sails down around this little black dot that turned out to be a dog....
TRAVEL
October 23, 2011
Visitors should pay valet fee In regard to the letter "Hidden Charges" [Oct. 16], I think letter writer E. Siegel should have paid for the service they used. They agreed to use the valet parking service, after having showed up later in the evening, and were presented with a free option that they refused to use. If the charge bothered them so much, they should have parked elsewhere and burned a couple of calories. People like that should stay home and count their pennies instead of going to Vegas.
OPINION
August 30, 2003
Re "She Can Fetch $150,000," Aug. 21: So the dog walker is charging $25 per dog to take dogs, illegally off-leash, into rattlesnake territory, and then regretfully has a snakebite incident? Or she takes them to the dog park (where she cannot possibly monitor all 12 dogs, much less pick up after them). And she is hurt by the celebrity's accusation that she might have leaked personal information (while cheerfully doing so to The Times)? Responsible dog owners take note. And save your $25. Janine Smith Los Angeles
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