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January 28, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 First-year Loyola Coach Mike Cordero is holding his first annual Tri-Tip World Series. His players will be facing off in intrasquad games Tuesday and Wednesday, with the winner in the best two-out-of-three games series getting to dine on Cordero's "famous" tri-tip and the losers getting hot dogs in a barbecue on Wednesday. There could be team dissension brewing, with barbecue sauce being thrown and barbecue sauce on curveballs if that's what it takes to win the tri-tip. Photos to come.
January 24, 2014 | Sandy Banks
He'd lived for at least a decade on a grimy sidewalk in an industrial area of South Los Angeles, just off Western Avenue. To passers-by he might have seemed like an ugly symbol of urban blight - unkempt, unfriendly and surrounded by trash-filled shopping carts. But to people who knew him, Chester Willis was a neighborhood treasure; a homeless man who kept the block swept clean, fed wild birds, tended stray cats and corralled abandoned dogs. When Willis, 57, died of a heart attack last week, dozens of people turned out for a curbside tribute.
January 17, 2014 | By Monte Morin
A new study says genomic analysis shows dogs and wolves diverged from a common wolf-like ancestor 11,000 to 16,000 years ago, although repeated interbreeding between the animals has clouded their evolutionary history. The study , published in the journal PLOS Genetics on Thursday, is the latest to argue that dogs were initially domesticated by hunter-gatherer humans, and not agriculturalists. The study authors assert that this initial domestication also occurred 11,000 to 16,000 years ago. The topic of dog domestication, and just when it occurred, is a matter of heated debate among experts.
January 17, 2014 | By Robert Masello
This afternoon, I did something shameful. Something I shouldn't even admit to. I put on my windbreaker, loaded the pockets with Milk Bones and then drove to the Joslyn Park dog park off Lincoln Boulevard in Santa Monica. Without a dog. There, I sat on a bench, leafing through a magazine and waiting for loose dogs - not immoral dogs, mind you, just unleashed ones - to wander into range. Whenever they did - while innocently chasing a ball or an errant Frisbee - I reached out and patted their furry little heads or gave their muzzles a friendly shake.
January 10, 2014 | By Rebecca Keegan
Decades before Dos Equis introduced the most interesting man in the world via a beer commercial, that title might have belonged to a dog - a debonair, bow tie-wearing, Harvard-educated cartoon beagle named Mr. Peabody. The star of "Peabody's Improbable History," a series of six-minute animated segments that appeared alongside producer Jay Ward's "Rocky and Bullwinkle" cartoons starting in 1959, Mr. Peabody spoke eight languages, worked on government science projects and bore the moniker "The Woof of Wall Street" for his knack with stocks.
January 8, 2014 | By David Ng
The popular London stage adaptation of the Mark Haddon novel "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" will be coming to Broadway in the fall, organizers announced on Wednesday. The play will run at the Barrymore Theatre in New York, though no opening date has been announced. "Curious," adapted for the stage by Simon Stephens, is directed by Marianne Elliott, the acclaimed director of "War Horse. " The production originated at London's National Theatre in 2012 and later kicked off an open-ended run on the West End. PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times The play's run at London's Apollo Theatre was recently disrupted when part of the theater's ceiling collapsed during a performance on Dec. 19, resulting in several reported injuries but no fatalities.
January 4, 2014 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Forget the chicken dinner, the rubbery staple of the political fundraising circuit. Go alligator hunting with Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) on a Louisiana Bayou Weekend for a campaign donation of $5,000. Or spend a weekend in Hayward, Wis., for the Lumberjack World Championships, featuring hometown Republican congressman and former lumberjack champion Sean P. Duffy, for a donation of $1,000 per person or $2,000 per political action committee. Or join Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-Downey)
January 3, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Dogs can typically smell and hear far better than their human companions. Now it appears they can sense Earth's magnetic field too, say a team of biologists - and they show it when they poop. These canine compasses prefer to align themselves along a north-south magnetic axis when they relieve themselves, according to a study in the journal Frontiers in Zoology. The findings may help scientists better understand how that strange sense called magnetoreception manifests in mammals. Dogs wouldn't be the only animals thought to use magnetoreception: Birds do it, bees do it - and certain types of mammals do it, according to study coauthor Sabine Begall, a biologist at the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany.
December 27, 2013 | By Steve Appleford
It was Bob Dylan who transformed Brad Elterman into a teenage paparazzo. That was in 1974, when the folk-rocker was set to headline the Fabulous Forum and Elterman was a Sherman Oaks high school kid who scored a ticket, front row center. He realized: "I better bring a camera. " Nothing would ever be the same. Elterman, now 56, remembers the songs, the crowd, the aroma of smoldering marijuana. He could afford only two rolls of film, but he chose his shots carefully and came home inspired.
December 23, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers are closing in on a one-year contract with former All-Star closer Chris Perez, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been finalized. Financial terms of the prospective deal aren't known. Perez, 28, was an All-Star with the Cleveland Indians in 2011 and 2012 but was released Oct. 31. Perez was arrested on marijuana charges this year and lost his job as the Indians' closer. Armed with a fastball routinely clocked in the mid- to high 90s, Perez figures to be a late-inning reinforcement in a bullpen that includes closer Kenley Jansen and setup man Brian Wilson.
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