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March 11, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Maybe it's time to try a dog. A small dog. The 911 call in Portland, Ore., on Sunday began with a hint of embarassment, or at least of sense of self-awareness: "Yeah, hi, I have kind of a particular emergency here. " Particular indeed. The voice on the line belonged to Lee Palmer, who called to report that his 22-pound Himalayan cat had gone berserk, attacked his 7-month-old child, and now had Palmer's family trapped inside their bedroom after the father responded by kicking the cat in the butt.
March 11, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
Two hungry children were wandering the streets of South Los Angeles alone last week when they walked into a liquor store, searching for a loaf of bread. At one point, they nearly headed across busy Manchester Boulevard until a passerby intervened. The children's ages: 2 and 3. Both wore soiled diapers when authorities picked them up. This week, officials acknowledged that the children and their mother had been under the direct supervision of Los Angeles County's child protective services agency.
March 10, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
A 19-year-old charged with fatally shooting his parents and critically injuring his 8-year-old brother while they slept in their San Juan Capistrano home had long planned to “kill the people that loved him the most,” an Orange County prosecutor said Monday. Dressed in a jail-issued orange jumpsuit, Ashton Sachs appeared in court briefly Monday, and told the judge he could not afford to hire an attorney. A public defender was appointed and his arraignment was postponed to April 4. Sachs is accused of entering his family home on Feb. 9 and shooting his parents, Bradford Hans Sachs, 57, and Andra Resa Sachs, 54, and then shooting his 8-year-old brother, who survived but is now paralyzed.
March 9, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
Hundreds of marathon runners outfitted in bright shirts and shorts lighted up downtown Los Angeles early Sunday morning as friends and family members shouted, waved encouraging signs, guided them to water and urged them to keep going. Maria Perez and her family made it to the sidelines just five minutes before runner Coco Vasquez passed them. When the smiling woman saw her relatives jumping up and down, she ran over to hug all six of them before taking off again down the street. Perez, 53, said this is the second time she has watched her sister run Los Angeles' big race.
March 9, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
The gig: Deryl McKissack, 52, is president and chief executive of McKissack & McKissack, a construction management and design firm with offices in Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago and Baltimore. The firm manages about $15 billion in construction projects. It has 160 employees. "We're managing the construction process, providing inspections, overseeing schedules and budgets," McKissack said. "With program management, you are managing more than just one project. You are managing an entire capital program for a client.
March 7, 2014
Re "A heartbreaking'rescue,'" Column, March 4 I am familiar with Karma Rescue from volunteer work. The organization does good work and puts a lot of time and energy into rescue and even rehabilitation. The situation involving Raffiki and the family of the grief-stricken 4-year-old who lost the dog has nothing to do with elitism. A secure yard is generally a must, as is spaying or neutering. Before condemning Karma for rescuing the dog and placing her with another family, we should ask how Raffiki got out of the yard in the first place, why she wasn't fixed and why she wasn't microchipped.
March 7, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The Los Angeles police officer killed Friday when a truck slammed into his patrol car in Beverly Hills has been identified as a 40-year-old longtime officer. Los Angeles County coroner's officials identified the officer as Nicholas Choung Lee. [For the record, 6:03 p.m. PST, March 7, 2014: A previous version of this post misspelled the officer's middle name as Cheong.] At a newsconference earlier in the day, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Lee had worked in LAPD's Wilshire and Hollywood divisions, describing him as a father and “family man” who was “extremely well-respected.” Lee had worked for the department since 1998.
March 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
The Newbury Park-Sun Valley Poly baseball game on Wednesday had special meaning for the Nealon family. Greg Nealon was an All-City pitcher for Poly. His wife, Wanda, graduated from Poly in 1988, while his aunt, Diane Faehnie, graduated from Poly in 1960. But on the mound in the seventh inning for Newbury Park pitching against Poly was Nealon's son, Landon. He threw a scoreless seventh in Newbury Park's 5-0 victory.  
March 5, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
It's no fun to visit a theme park and not get to go on the rides. And that's the big problem with Camp Snoopy at Knott's Berry Farm: Far too many rides that parents can't experience with their kids. But that will begin to change this summer when the Buena Park theme park gives the 30-year-old kiddie land a much-needed facelift and removes a number of rides with height maximums that prevent families from having fun together. PHOTOS: Camp Snoopy at Knott's Berry Farm Gone are the Log Peeler kiddie scrambler ride (48-inch maximum)
March 5, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Angelina Jolie knows that she can appear to be a bit austere in the public eye, but when she's at home, the brunet beauty says, she relaxes and makes sure to have fun. The 38-year-old actress-director, who appears in character for "Maleficent" on this week's issue of Entertainment Weekly, told the mag she's a different person at home. "Outside my home I can be somewhat serious," Jolie said ( via People). "We laugh and we play, and I'm light again, and I'm a kid again, and I'm loving and soft again, because they've brought that back in my life.
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