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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2013 | By Martin Miller and Elaine Woo
If you watched television in Southern California in the 1970s and beyond, it was impossible to miss Cal Worthington, the lanky pitchman in the cowboy hat touting deals on a sprawling car lot with his "dog Spot. " "Spot," however, was anything but a dog - think lion, tiger, bull, penguin, anteater, iguana, even a whale. And Worthington, the Oklahoma transplant who rode and wrestled with the exotic creatures in one of TV's wackiest and longest-running ad campaigns, kept the gag going for decades, building a cult following along with one of the most successful car dealerships west of the Mississippi.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A woman pleaded not guilty to two counts of animal cruelty after her pit bull mix was found barely able to move with injuries to its head and eyes, authorities said. Desiree Lenore Martinez, 41, allegedly used a rock and shoelaces as "dangerous weapons" to inflict the injuries, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Authorities did not elaborate on how the objects were allegedly used. Martinez, who pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Thursday, is due back in court Feb. 24. She is the second person to be charged with abusing a dog in Los Angeles this week.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
NATIONAL
February 21, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
Call this the story of Bo the Wyoming Wonder Dog. A few months back, the severely injured 3-year-old shepherding dog rushed into his owner's home in rural Worland, Wyo. (population 5,487), about 150 miles north of Casper. He'd been shot twice and then burned inside a barrel. The blue-heeler was bleeding from the face, and third-degree burns covered most of his body. But he was alive. Barely. Talk about an animal with nine lives. PHOTOS: Rescued animals “If Bo does have nine lives, he certainly used up at least a couple of them with this incident,” the dog's owner, Abby Redland, told the Los Angeles Times.
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