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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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ENTERTAINMENT
February 19, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
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.
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.
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.
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 30, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Samantha Schaefer, This post has been corrected. See note below.
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.
NATIONAL
July 12, 2012 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
The German shepherd was lashed to a fence inside an abandoned junkyard. With no food and water, he began drinking his own urine. Part of his right ear was torn or bitten off. A too-small collar was embedded into his skin. Lesions and scabs dotted his back where there should have been fur. When an unidentified good Samaritan brought the dog through the front door of the Emergency Pet Clinic of San Gabriel Valley last winter, a stench filled the room. Dr. Jeffrey Patlogar took one look and thought the animal needed to be euthanized, immediately, to end its suffering.
TRAVEL
June 13, 2010 | By Rosemary McClure, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A rerun of "Animal Planet" flickered across the TV screen as my roommate yawned deeply, lay down on the floor in front of me and rolled over on his back, his long, gangly legs sticking straight up. "I get the message," I said. "Too much TV. So let's go somewhere. " Darby, my happy-go-lucky wheaten terrier, jumped up and ran to the front door, panting. "I didn't mean right now," I said. "We have to plan it. But you get to pick where we go: North? South? East? West?" He barked four times.
NEWS
May 15, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Spa Nautica at Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey hosts a dog day this month with massages, acupressure, Reiki, stretching and strengthening for your hound -- for free. While pets receive their moments of spa bliss, owners can feel good by having a $99 massage that also helps fund an animal rescue organization. The deal: The free massage for dogs of all sizes will be performed by certified animal technicians, according to the hotel. For owners who indulge in their own Spa Nautica Massage at the hotel, it costs $99 for a 60-minute session, and 10% of the proceeds go to Much Love Animal Rescue in Los Angeles.
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