September 28, 2012 |
The waitresses at Penny's Diner in Vaughn, N.M., have heard all the jokes: The town's new police chief has fleas, four legs and likes to go fetch. Everybody's laughing, but the truth is that a drug-sniffing dog now is the only certified member of the police force in the small eastern New Mexico town of about 450 residents 100 miles east of Albuquerque. Police Chief Ernest "Chris" Armijo resigned this week after it was learned that he wasn't allowed to carry a gun because he owed tens of thousands of dollars in delinquent child support payments in Texas.
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August 13, 2013 |
Prosecutors on Tuesday charged the owner of a Rottweiler that was fatally shot by Hawthorne police with a half-dozen felony counts for allegedly threatening a witness who recorded the incident. Leon Cordell Rosby, 52, faces two counts each of felony dissuading a witness from prosecuting a crime, intimidating a witness and making criminal threats and one misdemeanor count of resisting arrest, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. Rosby was expected to surrender Tuesday morning at the Airport Courthouse.
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October 18, 2013 |
The ground service worker charged with setting off two dry ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport, causing a massive security response, initially removed the cooling agent from a plane cargo bay out of concern that it could harm a dog that was being loaded for transport, his lawyer said. Dicarlo Bennett on Thursday pleaded not guilty to two charges of possession of a destructive device in a public place in connection with the dry ice bombs that exploded in a Terminal 2 toilet and on the tarmac outside the Tom Bradley International Terminal earlier this week.
July 19, 2012 |
A Labrador retriever named Chewy attacked her owner, Jennifer McArfer of South Pasadena, and chewed off portions of McArfer's arm, shin and neck while the woman slept off four glasses of wine. "What can I say," Chewy said. "I was really hungry. "
February 9, 2012
How is it that more rock fans aren't talking about Dr. Dog ? The Philadelphia group possesses an encyclopedia's worth of knowledge of '60s and '70s pop and rock. Its expert "Shame, Shame" was an underrated gem from 2010, and its follow-up, "Be the Void," scuffs up the edges of the group's well-crated sound for jangly instrumentation and a raucous, feel-good core that's awfully tough to resist. Orpheum Theatre, 842 S. Broadway, L.A. 8 p.m. Fri. $22.50. http://www.ticketmaster.com .
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March 22, 2013
"Twlight Saga" star Ashley Greene's West Hollywood condominium was gutted in a fire Friday morning. The star, her boyfriend and her brother were in the third-floor unit of Granville Towers when the fire broke out, according to KTLA News. Witnesses told the station that they saw black smoke coming from the building and ran outside. Three people were treated for smoke inhalation, KTLA said. Flames engulfed the unit in the building at 1424 Crescent Heights Blvd. about 9:30 a.m. Fifty-five firefighters responded to the two-alarm blaze, which was doused in under half an hour.
October 31, 2013 |
What's your dog really saying when it wags its tail? According to Italian researchers, dogs not only communicate happiness with a wag, but they also convey anxiety and potential danger. In a study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology, researchers described an experiment in which they observed the behavior and heart rate of 43 dogs of various breeds as they viewed a projected image of a dog wagging its tail. When the videotaped dog wagged its tail toward the right side of its body, most of the dogs remained relaxed and calm.
April 19, 2009
"Fire, Bed & Bone" Henrietta Branford I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes history books. A dog's masters are taken to jail and the dog ventures out to help and protect his masters' family. The story takes place in 1381, so it is not exactly the best time. I believe that those who love history and dogs will love this book.
October 9, 2013 |
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.