November 26, 2009 |
As any husband or wife who has picked the wrong kind of spousal Christmas present knows -- a gym membership, for example, instead of a trip to Maui -- there's a big difference between earnest and enjoyable gifts. The same can be said when selecting a film to see this holiday season: Some moviegoers actually welcome challenging stories, but many more prefer untroubled fun. It's a critical distinction as Hollywood enters the final weeks of the 2009 movie season. Over the next month, audiences will be offered stark choices between disparate filmmaking styles, with perhaps the most telling choice coming this weekend, as "The Road" premieres opposite "Old Dogs."
February 8, 2007 |
An Alsatian police dog named Edge cornered a robbery suspect in Napier, New Zealand, but the man wasn't going without a fight: He bit the dog. Predictably, the dog responded in kind. "He bit the dog first," Det. Sgt. John McGregor said. "The dog did win the fight." The man and a fellow suspect were charged with aggravated robbery of a grocery store.
July 4, 2013 |
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.
July 17, 2010 |
Wanted, to serve their country: a few (thousand) good dogs. As it guards the borders and hunts for terrorists, the Department of Homeland Security relies on an elite squad of about 2,000 canines to sniff for bombs, drugs and smuggled cash. Now the department is moving to expand its four-legged force by 3,000 — about 600 dogs a year over the next five years — according to a recent bid solicitation aimed at small breeders across the country. Males and females ages 12 months to 36 months are eligible.
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October 12, 2009
January 12, 2009 |
Never mind the economy, or Gaza, or Iran. The real news out of Sunday's ABC interview with President-elect Barack Obama is the answer to the question that Obama's daughters, Sasha and Malia, planted with George Stephanopoulos: What kind of dog, and when? It'll probably either be a Labradoodle or a Portuguese water hound, Obama replied -- revealing that he still had a little homework to do. The Portuguese water dog is a pedigreed pup.
February 19, 2013 |
The last time former Los Angeles Dodgers great Steve Garvey made big news, he was leading a group he had put together to buy the team when it was up for sale last year. We all know how that turned out. A group led by Magic Johnson bought the Dodgers. Meanwhile, Garvey continues his career juggling several activities, including serving as a motivational speaker and as head of Garvey Productions, which produces shows and informercials. And on Feb. 22, Garvey will go to the dogs.
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.
March 1, 2013 |
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.
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May 30, 2013 |
Murder charges related to fatal dog maulings are extremely rare in the United States and have not been filed in Los Angeles in a long time -- if ever -- officials said. On Thursday, Los Angeles County authorities arrested Alex Jackson, 29, at his Littlerock home and charged him with murder in connection with a pit bull attack that killed an Antelope Valley jogger. “We believe there was evidence that he was aware the dogs were vicious and they have attacked before and he knew of the danger they posed,” Jane Robison, a district attorney's spokeswoman.