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February 17, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A bombing at an outdoor dogfighting competition killed and wounded dozens of people in southern Afghanistan, an official and a witness said. Interior Ministry spokesman Zemeri Bashary said "tens of people" had been killed and dozens more wounded, though officials did not yet have a precise count. He said it wasn't yet clear whether the explosion was caused by a suicide attacker. "All the police are there and they are evacuating the injured and the dead," Bashary said. An Associated Press reporter on the scene said five police vehicles were destroyed in the blast.
February 8, 2013 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
The door to the bar in Palms swung open, and strains of the theme from "Rocky III" burst into the street: "It's the eye of the tiger / It's the thrill of the fight!" It was the call to arms for the Tuesday trivia night at the Irish Times pub. A tall man stood among the Irish flags and faux-antique Guinness etchings and shot off the first question: "An NFL broadcaster who earned a law degree. " Regulars nursing craft brews and munching on mozzarella sticks at the bar ignored him. But in the corner, John Verran and his trivia team worked intently on the correct answer.
September 24, 2009 | Lauren Harrison and Ofelia Casillas
Authorities on Wednesday raided a dogfighting operation that was being run out of a suburban Chicago day-care facility, arresting three people and seizing nine dogs that required surgery, authorities said. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said children "were playing on a swing set just 10 feet away from a vicious fighting dog and blood-stained floors. . . . To be engaged in this sort of activity is disturbing enough, but to take a chance with anybody's children is reprehensible." Dart said one dog was missing an eye and another had had its genitals nearly severed.
November 21, 2012 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
In the ever-escalating effort to bestow the ultimate holiday gift (come on, admit you feel the urge to be at least a little bit competitive about it), the tendency is to focus myopically on the material. That's all well and good as long as there are sports-stadium naming rights, moon rocks or French vineyards to be bought. The downside, of course, is running the risk that one's fantastic gift will be overshadowed by someone else's even bigger display of seasonal largesse. Why go to all the trouble, for example, of cloning your wife's favorite pet only to have your thoughtfulness all but forgotten the second she finds out your father-in-law has given her a South Pacific archipelago?
September 15, 2009
The prosecution and conviction of NFL quarterback Michael Vick for his involvement in interstate dogfighting has done more to heighten national concern about cruelty to animals than any stunt ever pulled by a paint-throwing, pie-wielding PETA activist. In the two years since the public learned of the horrific torment of dogs at Bad Newz Kennels, anti-dogfighting statutes have been enacted in 25 states. California is poised to join them. A package of animal welfare bills that includes stiffer penalties for dogfighting was sponsored by Assemblyman Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara)
July 21, 2009 | SAM FARMER
For Michael Vick to have any prayer of resuming his NFL career, he has to show true remorse for dogfighting, something he now admits doing as young as 8 years old. He made that confession recently to Wayne Pacelle, chief executive and president of the Humane Society of the United States, when Pacelle visited him at his home in Hampton, Va.
March 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Gov. Dave Freudenthal signed a bill in Cheyenne that will make dogfighting and similar forms of animal abuse a felony. Under the new law, anyone convicted of conducting dogfighting or cockfighting faces up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
September 14, 1994
Thankfully, there was a drop in attendance for this year's Ventura County Fair Rodeo. Perhaps, after years of protest by animal activists, the fundamental ethical premise that animals are not on this planet for our entertainment is reaching mainstream awareness. Perhaps the day is near when we will view rodeo in much the same way that we regard dogfighting or cockfighting. Perhaps repugnant photographs such as the one depicting a dog with a small monkey on its back will be deemed unacceptable for family viewing.
June 16, 1987
The owner of a pit bulldog that fatally mauled a 2 1/2-year-old boy in Morgan Hill said it was a "horrible, unforeseeable accident" that would not have happened "if the parents had kept tabs on this kid." Michael P. Berry, 39, spoke at a news conference in the Santa Clara County Jail. The district attorney's office has not yet decided whether to file murder charges against Berry.
July 21, 2007 | Sam Farmer, Times Staff Writer
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would like Michael Vick to take a paid leave of absence, but the Atlanta Falcons star wants to play football this season, sources familiar with the situation said Friday. With the opening of NFL training camps looming, league and Falcons officials are under pressure to take decisive action against the quarterback, who was indicted this week on federal charges related to dogfighting.
October 14, 2012
Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback Michael Vick, convicted in 2007 of running a brutal dogfighting operation, has gotten a dog. "I understand the strong emotions by some people about our family's decision to care for a pet," he explained in a statement. "As a father, it is important to make sure my children develop a healthy relationship with animals. " Can that be right? Should a man who committed such a crime ever be allowed to own a dog of his own? We think he should. Vick served about a year and a half in federal prison, finished three years of probation and acted as a spokesperson for the Humane Society of the United States, speaking out, particularly to young people, on the evils of dogfighting.
September 20, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Meyaan Ahamad dips his head into the shed where his prized fighting dog barks ferociously at the end of a chain. The dog, a Kuchi breed, has weightlifter shoulders, a massive head, the heft of a black bear and the growl of a cougar. If Michael Vick, the American quarterback convicted of participating in an illegal dogfighting operation, were from Afghanistan, he'd probably be a national hero. In this country, canine bouts — literally "dog wars" in Dari — are keenly followed even by celebrities and government ministers.
September 13, 2011 | By Lance Pugmire
Michael Vick's journey of exorcising negativity reaches another crossroads Sunday night when the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback ventures back to Atlanta as a starter to meet the wounded Falcons and their jeering fan base. "He'll be excited," Eagles Coach Andy Reid said of his quarterback this week on a Philadelphia television show. "Michael is a competitive guy. Quiet. But very competitive. " Atlantans embraced Vick's fire when he took them to the NFC championship game in 2005 (against the Eagles)
April 27, 2011 | By Broderick Turner
Win Game 6 on Thursday night in New Orleans, or return home for Game 7 at Staples Center on Saturday night. That's what the Lakers are up against. The Lakers know they can close out the stubborn New Orleans Hornets with a victory and advance to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs. But if the Lakers lose the game in the best-of-seven series they lead, 3-2, Los Angeles will have to face the Hornets in a winner-take-all final game. "They are not going to go away easy," Lakers assistant coach Jim Cleamons said.
April 20, 2011 | W.J. Hennigan
A battle between two big names in aircraft leasing is underway, with Los Angeles billionaire Steven Udvar-Hazy's Air Lease Corp. now armed with about $868 million from its initial public offering to buy new jets. In its first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange, the Century City company known as ALC saw its stock close at $27.95 a share Tuesday. That's up 5.5% from its IPO price of $26.50. The company sold 34.8 million shares in the initial offer, 9.8 million more than it had anticipated.
February 28, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
A pair of explosions tore through a group of spectators at an illegal dogfight Sunday in southern Afghanistan, killing at least 10 people and injuring more than a dozen others in the latest in a string of deadly insurgent attacks in crowded public places. In the last five weeks, more than 100 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in bloody assaults across the length and breadth of the country. The targets ? a supermarket, a shopping mall, a bank, a wedding hall, a government records office, a sporting event ?
September 23, 2009 | David G. Savage
The video images were disturbing -- a tiny white kitten singed with the flame from a lighter; a gray cat struggling beneath a woman's spiked heel; pit bulls tearing into a trapped animal. The Supreme Court has often said that freedom of speech includes ugly and foul language. But this fall the justices will be looking at video clips like these to decide whether selling films of dogfights or animal torture is protected from prosecution under the 1st Amendment. The dispute, expected to be heard in early October, has driven a wedge between traditional free-speech advocates and defenders of the humane treatment of animals.
June 30, 2010 | From staff and wire reports
The spokesman for the nightclub where Michael Vick held his birthday bash says the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback left in a car minutes before a shooting outside, contradicting the timeline of Vick's attorney. Larry Woodward told the Associated Press on Tuesday that Vick left the establishment at least 10 minutes, and perhaps as many as 20 minutes, before the shooting. Allen Fabijan, spokesman for Guadalajara Mexican restaurant and nightclub in Virginia Beach, Va., said Wednesday that time-stamped footage from a surveillance camera outside the entrance of the club shows a car with Vick inside leaving at 2:07 a.m. Friday -- about four minutes before the shooting a block away.
February 27, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A pair of explosions tore through a group of spectators at an illegal dogfight in southern Afghanistan on Sunday, killing eight people and injuring more than a dozen in the latest of a string of deadly insurgent attacks carried out in crowded public places. In the past five weeks, more than 100 people, most of them Afghan civilians, have been killed in bloody assaults that have leapfrogged the length and breadth of the country. The targets -- a supermarket, shopping mall, bank, wedding hall, government records office and sporting event -- have one thing in common: people congregated there.
November 23, 2010 | wire reports
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick urged high school students in New Haven, Conn., to show kindness toward animals, adding to the string of appearances he has made since returning from a dogfighting conviction to become one of the NFL's most exciting players. Vick has spoken at several schools since his release from federal prison in what has been described as an effort to ensure some good comes out of his negative experience. At Hillhouse High in New Haven, he told an audience packed with students that he has matured since his involvement with the Bad Newz Kennels dogfighting enterprise on his property in rural southeastern Virginia.
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