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SPORTS
July 4, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Joey Chestnut, the California king of eating contests, has won the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest for an unprecedented seventh year in a row by finishing off a record 69 wieners and buns in 10 minutes on Thursday at Coney Island, N.Y. The 29-year-old from San Jose had set the record with 68 hot dogs in 2009 and tied it last year. You can see his technique in ESPN's Sports Science video above. Chestnut eclipsed the record of six victories by former rival Takeru Kobayashi.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Animal control officers found 17 dogs and a cat in “deplorable” conditions Wednesday when they searched an Alhambra home. Feces and urine littered the home in the 100 block of South Meridian Avenue, the Alhambra Police Department said in a statement on Facebook. The animals were removed by officers and transported to a shelter for evaluation, KTLA-TV reported. “The condition of the residence was deplorable with animal feces and urine everywhere,” the department said in its statement.
SPORTS
March 1, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Lynette Blue says she thinks her prized pet was deliberately poisoned while competing at the Westminster Kennel Club show earlier this month, causing it to die several days later. "The timeline adds up. There's no other scenario we can come up with other than poison," Blue told the Associated Press. Blue said her dog, a 3-year-old Samoyed named Cruz, died on Feb. 16, four days after competing, and that certain symptoms were consistent with dogs who ingest rat or mouse poison.
OPINION
May 16, 2011
The Navy SEALs who raided Osama bin Laden's compound aren't the only members of the mission to be cloaked in mystery. The military dog the commandos took along is too. The government won't even release his — or her — breed, although most military dogs are German shepherds, Belgian Malinois, Labradors or Lab mixes. We do know the canine was included in the very private meeting President Obama held on May 6 at Ft. Campbell, Ky., with the assault team. Dogs have been rescuing us from calamities for centuries.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Disney's family comedy "Old Dogs" stars Robin Williams and John Travolta as aging bachelors, lifelong friends and business partners who have to take care of a pair of kids, perhaps at the peril of the biggest deal they've ever made. Is this light family comedy a surprising place to find the likes of . . . Seth Green? "I don't know, I don't know what people think of me! If you look at my filmography, I'm all over the place," says the Seth Green of "Can't Hardly Wait" and "Rat Race."
BUSINESS
March 1, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
The next time you're out of town, you don't have to leave Fido with a pricey professional pet-sitter, your slacker brother or at a kennel where he'll be cooped up in a cage all day. With start-up Dog Vacay -- think Airbnb for dogs -- you can drop off your pooch at the home of a fellow dog lover. Hosts watch your pet while you're away and set their own rates (usually $15 to $80 a day). It's free to become a member, and more than 400 hosts have already joined in the Los Angeles and San Francisco areas, co-founder and Chief Executive Aaron Hirschhorn said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Samantha Schaefer and Kate Mather
The man charged with murder after his dogs mauled to death a 63-year-old Littlerock woman had four of his pit bulls destroyed in 2006 after they attacked emus, a sheriff's official said. That attack was one of several incidents that prompted Los Angeles County prosecutors to file a murder charge against Alex Jackson, whose four pit bulls allegedly attacked retired office manager Pamela Devitt on May 9, inflicting 150 to 200 puncture wounds that led to her death. Jackson appeared briefly in an Antelope Valley courtroom on Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1997
Scott Harris' column regarding the proposed $500 license fee for dogs misses the mark ("Putting Teeth Into L.A.'s Dog License Laws," Oct. 16). Dog owners whose pets run loose will: Never license their dogs. Never get caught. (Why haven't they been cited under current laws?) Never neuter. The time, rhetoric and money expended on the B.S. would be better used citing and fining people whose dogs are allowed, even encouraged, to run loose. By the way, I belong to dog obedience and breed clubs and show my dogs, so I would be exempt as the bill is presented now. But believe me, they will come after law-abiding pet owners first.
OPINION
May 27, 2002
Re "Officers Create a Doggie Haven for Stray Pooches," May 19: Thank you for publishing the story about the LAPD Southeast Division officers who are helping to rescue lost, abused and hurt dogs. Since adopting a "rescue" pup two years ago, I understand the plight of so many animals in situations similar to that of these dogs. It is a situation that should make every human being sick. Steven N. Copley Harbor City
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