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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 1999
It's 12:45 a.m. on a Sunday. I am reading in bed with the window open to hear the night sounds. The coyotes are yipping and calling as usual, but they sound closer tonight, much as they did 35 years ago. This was, and still is, their home and hunting ground, even if humans are crowding them out. The yipping becomes frenzied and suddenly mixed with the terrified yips of a dog. It's all over in about 20 seconds. Silence is profound; nothing disturbs the darkness. Other neighborhood dogs are quiet, safe behind their fences.
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NATIONAL
March 5, 2012 | By Ashley Powers
For 53 days, Barbara Bagley waited for news of her Shetland sheepdog, Dooley. The 4-year-old dog vanished after a December car accident in a remote swath of Nevada that broke Bagley's ribs and punctured her lungs. Her husband, Brad Vom Baur, and their other sheepdog, Delaney, were killed. “But something inside me told me Dooley was still alive out there,” Bagley, 48, told the Associated Press. “I wasn't 100% sure, but I didn't grieve for Dooley like I did for my husband and our other dog.” Bagley, who lives in Salt Lake City, and a group of Nevada residents who heard about her plight on Facebook spent weeks combing the sagebrush near Battle Mountain, a blip of a town along Interstate 80. People there had repeatedly a spotted a skittish, “Lassie-type” dog. On Feb. 18, searchers finally cornered Dooley, who'd subsisted on roadkill and water from nearby ranches.
OPINION
October 17, 2012
Re "Michael Vick, dog owner," Editorial, Oct. 14 Why take up the cause of a man whose crimes shocked even hardened animal rescue workers? The Times argues that because Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick has served his time, he deserves a second chance at dog ownership. In fact, Vick only served time on dogfighting charges. The animal abuse charges against him were dropped in a plea deal. This is what happened the last time Vick owned dogs: The dogs were starved, chained, shot, strangled, electrocuted, beaten and slammed into the ground until they died.
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.
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2011
A roundup of entertainment headlines for Monday. Nicolas Cage got himself arrested in New Orleans over the weekend. Luckily for him, Dog the Bounty Hunter was there to bail him out. ( Los Angeles Times ) With a full lineup of 21st century bands, Coachella was no nostalgia fest this year. ( Los Angeles Times ) The TV Land Awards, however, were a total nostalgia fest. ( Los Angeles Times ) After seven straight weeks of depressed box office, movie grosses appear back on track.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 20, 2013 | By David Ng
The partial collapse of the Apollo Theatre on London's West End on Thursday evening has raised questions about the future of the National Theatre's award-winning production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. "  Performances of the play, which is based on the popular novel by Mark Haddon, have been canceled through at least Jan. 4. Thursday's freak incident occured during a performance of the play when part of the Apollo's ceiling collapsed and fell five stories onto audience members, resulting in seven serious injuries but no fatalities.
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.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
Tanya Meyer knew almost immediately that something wasn't right. She let her two dogs, Zoey and Maggie, out of the house and into the surrounding woods in the small town of Rome, Wis., where they live. Maggie came lumbering back within moments last Friday morning. But Zoey, a chocolate 1 1/2 -year old Labrador mix, was nowhere to be seen. “I started calling for her and she wasn't answering," Meyer told the Los Angeles Times. She was worried because the area around her isolated central Wisconsin house is mostly forested, and regularly used as hunting grounds.
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