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February 15, 2014 | By Hugh Hart
Growing up in a working-class London suburb beset by dull classes and endless winters, Dean Stockton often escaped into a dream vision of California fueled in equal measure by "Back to the Future" and the skateboard bible Thrasher magazine. "When I was 12 or 13," he recalls, "I watched this guy in 'Back to the Future' holding onto the back of a car skateboarding down beautiful-looking streets in the sunshine and I was like: 'That's where I need to be!'" Decades later, Stockton, who signs his work as "D*Face," finally made it to Southern California, bringing with him a cheeky anything-is-fair-game aesthetic.
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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
February 14, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
A man who watched as his dog was shot and killed during a confrontation with Hawthorne police has filed a civil-rights suit against the city and three police officers. Leon Rosby alleges the June 2013 incident was part of a “pattern of harassing conduct” carried out by Hawthorne police after he complained about alleged corruption within the department. According to the suit, the officers' conduct was “directed at Mr. Rosby and was intended to intimidate and harm him and to cause psychological trauma” by forcing him to watch his dog being killed.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2014 | By Rebecca Traister
Welcome to 2014, which is practically 2016, which in presidential politics means just one thing, with three controversial names: Hillary Rodham Clinton. Or, as her staff and many in the media refer to her: HRC. "HRC" is the title of a new book by political reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes chronicling Clinton's term as secretary of State. The authors are clearly aiming to get out ahead (33 months ahead!) of the next presidential election, in which Clinton's candidacy has been all-but-guaranteed by supporters, detractors, the media and just about everyone but Hillary herself.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2014 | By Tina Susman
Ah, how quickly fortunes can change at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, where a 98-pound Old English sheep dog named Swagger was bumped from competition for the Best in Show trophy by a far smaller canine named Coco. The Cardigan Welsh corgi won the herding group category late Monday, defeating Swagger and more than 20 other herding dogs that include such breeds as German shepherds, collies and border collies. Coco joined Nathan the bloodhound, Ally the standard poodle and Classie the miniature pinscher -- or min pin -- to move on to Tuesday's nights finals.
NATIONAL
February 11, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Sky, a wire fox terrier with scores of best-in-show titles under her furry white belt, added another one to the collection Tuesday night by winning the top prize at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. The ginger-and-white dog defeated six others - whittled down from more than 2,800 - to take the prize, which brings no money but a trophy, a large ribbon, fame and a steak lunch at Sardi's. It's the 14th time the breed has won best in show here. "It's overwhelming. I'm so proud of her. There's no words to describe this," Sky's handler, Gabriel Rangel, said after the judge, Betty Regina Leininger, tapped Sky at the close of the two-day event.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Scarlet, Deakin, Fudge, Nugget and Shyla are in the prime of life and pretty good-looking to boot, but their puppy-making days ended for good Tuesday in the back of a big blue van in Sylmar. Nine dogs and a cat named Smokey marched up the stairs of the Lucy Pet Foundation's mobile spay and neuter clinic, unaware of what they were in for in the parking lot of Pet Supreme. Lucy, the Chihuahua whose picture is on the side of the bus, stood by for moral support. And here's the story: Actor Dick Van Patten, a guest on "The John Davidson Show" in 1981, struck up a conversation with the drummer in the show's band.
NATIONAL
February 10, 2014 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK - Could Swagger the old English sheepdog live up to his triumphant name? Would Matisse gain sentimental points for being the same breed as first dog Bo, the Portuguese water dog occupying the White House? Or will judges at the Westminster Kennel Club's Best in Show competition throw spectators a bone with a surprise finish Tuesday night, when the grand trophy is presented? The prestigious dog show got underway Monday in Manhattan, bringing together more than 2,800 dogs from about 190 breeds, along with countless hair dryers, combs, brushes, dog toiletries, and the thousands of mere humans whose job is to turn canines into champions.
NATIONAL
February 9, 2014 | Tina Susman
You might think your dog is talented because she sits on command, rolls over, and makes it to the vet without throwing up in the back seat. You might think again, if you were watching the Masters of Agility Championship of the Westminster Kennel Club. Consider Elf, a border collie, who jumped, dashed and zigzagged through 18 obstacles in just over 24 seconds. Or Sparkle, a pint-sized papillon, who covered the same territory in a quick 25.82 seconds. Both were vying for canine glory as the prestigious Westminster club, which holds its 138th Annual Dog Show competition Monday and Tuesday, hosted its first agility competition for 225 dogs.
WORLD
February 7, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali and Hashmat Baktash
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A British special forces dog captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan two months ago is in good health and being fed a diet of kebabs, his captors say. The fate of the dog became the subject of widespread speculation after the Taliban posted an Internet video this week showing a chocolate-colored Belgian malinois, wearing a military-style black vest, surrounded by bearded militants in an undisclosed area of Afghanistan....
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