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August 17, 1989 | STEVE CHAWKINS, Times Staff Writer
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.
March 20, 2006 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
If you're a chicken, this picturesque little burg is close to paradise. You and a few hundred pals have the run of downtown, strutting down sidewalks and across streets without fear of winding up fricasseed. Kindly locals buy sacks of feed for you, diners at outdoor restaurants throw scraps to you and camera-toting tourists ooh-and-aah all over you.
November 4, 2008 | Mark Medina, Medina is a Times staff writer.
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 | GARY INDIANA, Gary Indiana is the author of several novels, including "Resentment: A Comedy," "Depraved Indifference" and "Three Month Fever: The Andrew Cunanan Story."
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.
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 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
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 | Lisa Rosen, Special to The Times
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."
September 16, 2012 | By Gary Goldstein
As Barfii, the deaf-mute man-child given epic treatment by writer-director Anurag Basu in the exhausting Bollywood import "Barfi!," Ranbir Kapoor, a fourth-generation member of India's Kapoor acting dynasty, proves a virtually silent, whirling dervish of slapstick, pathos and, at times, grinding irritation. Think: A Chaplin-infused hybrid of Mr. Bean and Gumby, with a dose of early Adam Sandler. Kapoor is undeniably game. He walks into walls! He juggles bananas! He does the chicken dance!
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