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May 20, 2013 |
In what even U.S. Customs officials are describing as a “weird” week of sorts, border protection officers seized nearly half a pound of exotic meat, a dead primate and hundreds of handbags made with reptile skin coming in from Nigeria. “We intercept and seize a multitude of remarkable items,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection field operations director Todd Owen said. Remarkable? Unusual is another way to put it. On May 6, officers at Los Angeles International Airport checked the bag of a 31-year-old man coming in from Nigeria.
May 5, 2013 |
MAE WANG, Thailand - As we sat together on a long, narrow raft of bamboo, Alexa Pham dipped her hand into the quickly moving river. "It's the really simple things," she said with a long breath, "that make it beautiful here in Mae Wang. " Two wiry boatmen, steering with long poles, navigated the raft beneath the branches of overhanging trees, around boulders and through bars of late-afternoon sunlight. The men are part of Pham's staff, hired from the hill tribes and Burmese refugee communities of northern Thailand.
April 17, 2013
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of April 21 -27, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies SUNDAY Ask your doctor if a magic potion is right for you. Side effects may include singing, dancing and turning 30 years younger, as seen in "Lovestruck: The Musical. " Jane Seymour, Chelsea Kane and Sara Paxton star. 8 and 10 p.m. ABC Family Get a refresher course on the Watergate scandal of the early 1970s, and the subsequent investigations, book and film, in "All the President's Men Revisited.
April 6, 2013 |
If you're dealing with tired, sluggish kids who aren't able to listen or pay attention, try this quick mind-body trick. Called elephant ears, it is demonstrated here by Leah Kalish, founder of Move With Me Action Adventures, which specializes in yoga and movement education for kids. What it does The gentle massage around the outside of your ears stimulates the energy meridians in the body, Kalish says, waking up your senses, so you're less distracted and anxious and can hear and think more clearly.
March 15, 2013
Check off another majestic animal species your kids will probably never get to see: The forest elephant of Cameroon. Smaller than savanna elephants and with straighter tusks, the intelligent behemoths are being cut down by poachers at a horrifying pace. This week, the World Wildlife Fund announced the discovery of 28 forest elephants killed in recent weeks in two national parks in Cameroon. That may not sound like many, but with an estimated population of about 2,000 forest elephants, it's quite a lot; at the present rate of poaching, in fact, the animal will be extinct within a decade.
March 13, 2013 |
Conservationists battling illicit global trade in endangered species say at least 25,000 African elephants were slaughtered last year by criminal gangs eager to market the lucrative ivory from their tusks. The poachers' take has risen to alarming levels over the last six years, with about one in 17 wild elephants being felled in 2012, by some estimates. That is a pace that confronts some herds with extinction as elephant births are again being outpaced by the illegal kills. Protecting Africa's majestic mammals from the scourge of tusk hunters was a task conservationists thought they had mastered two decades ago after the 178 nations of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES, banned crossborder ivory trade in 1989.
March 7, 2013
If you loved the harrowing but comic tale of drug addiction that was "Trainspotting" the movie, you'll be sure to enjoy Harry Gibson's stage adaptation. Irvine Welsh's cult novel comes alive as the Elephant Theatre takes on the story of junkie Mark Renton and his mates Sick Boy, Tommy and Begbie. Elephant Theatre, 6322 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. Through April 13. Showtimes vary. $15 to $20. (323) 962-0046; http://www.elephantstages.com .
February 23, 2013 |
Nothing catches the eye in a listing photo like an elephant - unless it's two elephants. The owners of this property in Acton listed at $1.65 million are an exotic-animal vet who studied in Africa and her husband, whose business is providing movie animals. No, the pachyderms are not included. Neither is the rhinoceros, the leopard or the tiger. The 165-acre site does come with three renovated stone-cabin style houses, built in 1946, for a total of three bedrooms, three bathrooms and 2,900 square feet of living space.
February 7, 2013 |
"Les Misérables" production designer Eve Stewart went straight to the source: Victor Hugo's 1,200-page novel. She didn't just read the book, she channeled it by transcribing key descriptive passages, word for word, onto crib sheets that would inform the look for the musical's film adaptation from director Tom Hooper. Thanks to London-born Stewart's visceral designs, Hugh Jackman's Jean Valjean gets a mud bath, Anne Hathaway's Fantine has a run-in with rotting fish and scores of revolutionary Parisians lose their furniture.
February 7, 2013 |
Get up close and personal with one of the animal kingdom's weightiest - and most interesting - mammals, the elephant. A new volunteer program, sponsored by the nonprofit organization United Planet , is based at an elephant sanctuary in Jaipur, India. It provides participants with an opportunity to learn about animal care and rescue while experiencing cultural immersion. "Working with animals is important, rewarding -- and fun," says Theresa Higgs, a United Planet vice president.