December 23, 2004 |
In Brazil's favelas, murder is the leading cause of death for 10-year-olds. In these urban hyper-barrios, police patrol in helicopter gunships. Any delusion of crime prevention gave way to containment and suppression long ago. At night, black children hide from both rogue cops and gang members; the rich venture from their fortress homes nearby only in armored vehicles or private planes.
August 17, 1989 |
An animal-welfare activist this week set the first traps in his campaign to remove the cats that for decades have lived in the beachfront rocks along the promenade outside Ventura's Holiday Inn. Leo Grillo, who runs a private cat shelter in the high desert near Acton, received an endorsement of the move from the state Parks and Recreation Department, which controls San Buenaventura State Beach.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2008 |
Pulling into the parking lot on West Campus Drive at Cal State Long Beach, Dorothy Burstein figured that the cats would recognize the rumble of her Honda Accord. If that didn't perk up their ears, the sound of her popping open the car trunk surely would. "That means food," she said. Burstein is a volunteer with a small nonprofit group that for the last 10 years has been quietly feeding the dozens of feral cats that live on the fringe of the university campus.
August 18, 2002 |
As corporate publishing grows ever more corporate, the specialized work of nonfiction, the photography volume that beckons to a certain rarefied taste, the historical work that explores, let's say, areas of less than burning interest to a vast reading public are all less likely to find support at major houses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 1990 |
A longstanding controversy over cats that lived for decades among the beachfront rocks near Ventura's Holiday Inn has apparently been resolved, but hundreds of thousands of other homeless cats still roam Ventura County, animal experts say. Estimates of how many of the animals survive in virtually all parts of the county range from 350,000 to more than 2 million.
June 3, 2003 |
A Mexican national attempting to cross into the United States was shot and killed by a ranch hand who mistook him for a wild hog, officials said Monday, the latest event in what some fear could be one of deadliest years along the Southwest border. There is no evidence that the ranch hand intended to kill the man, authorities said.
April 29, 2004 |
It has been a long held theory of mine that to create a truly terrifying army, one need only recruit seventh-grade girls. They are ruthlessness incarnate. My theory was given some legitimacy a couple of years back, when Rosalind Wiseman wrote "Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence."
May 2, 2010 |
When the last Jungle Cruise boat docks for the night and lights fade to black on Sleeping Beauty's Castle, the real work begins. At lush Pixie Hollow, gardeners don miner's headlamps as they begin uprooting stubborn weeds. On Main Street, custodians scrape chewing gum off the sidewalk. And over at Mickey's Toontown, painters sand and recoat chipped handrails. Few see it happen, except perhaps for the dozens of feral cats that emerge from their hiding places to prowl the park after hours, stalking rodents.
May 27, 2010 |
To the uninitiated, the boysenberry may look like a big, blowzy, underripe blackberry, but it is in fact a noble fruit, as distinct from a common blackberry as a thoroughbred is from a mule. Large, dark purple, juicy and intense, it derives its unique flavor from its complex ancestry: sweetness and floral aroma from its raspberry grandmother, and a winy, feral tang from three native blackberry species. It's a California classic, emblematic of the joys of growing up in the Southland before it succumbed completely to sprawl.