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SCIENCE
May 22, 2004 | From Associated Press
That wiggly puppy pestering its owner for a chew toy may not look much like its wolf ancestors, but genetic research on our canine companions shows many have more in common with White Fang than some people might think. Like humans, dogs have about 99% of their genes in common with one another. But a few very distinct genetic differences separate them into some 400 breeds known worldwide. Researchers who compared dog genes to wolves found that a group of ancient dog types split off first.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 2002 | ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The San Francisco couple on trial for the fatal dog-mauling of their neighbor knew their massive Presa Canario dogs were dangerous yet did nothing to prevent a ferocious attack, prosecutors said during opening statements Tuesday. "Diane Whipple was not the first victim of these dogs, but was the last in a line of almost 30 prior warnings and incidents," Assistant Dist. Atty. James Hammer said in Los Angeles County Superior Court, where the case was moved because of publicity in the Bay Area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 2001 | DANA PARSONS
I'm against capital punishment for people, but what about dogs? Seems like I ought to develop a little consistency on the subject, but frankly, I don't want to think about it. Too much stress in my life already. That doesn't mean I wasn't drawn to the story last week about the dog named Slater who was put to death Saturday for its attack on a 10-year-old boy last Christmas. The boy needed more than 50 stitches on his face.
NEWS
February 1, 2001 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Bane, the English mastiff crossbreed that fatally mauled a San Francisco woman, is part of a new generation of fighting dogs being bred for size and ferocity in a canine arms race that is yielding animals more than twice the size of the pit bull. The 123-pound animal leapt at Diane Whipple last week and clamped its large jaws around her neck, killing her in an attack so vicious that police later needed counseling.
NEWS
January 6, 2001 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a promotion, a commendation and a pat on the rump, the Marine Corps' top dog on the West Coast was sent into retirement Friday. Po Boy's Smokin' Joe, an English bulldog with a sweet personality and an occasionally fierce countenance, was retired with full honors in a ceremony with a band, color guard and farewell speech by a general. "I spoke to Joe this morning," Maj. Gen. Jan C. Huly told a gathering of several hundred at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1999 | LOUISE ROUG and KATE FOLMAR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A fast-moving blaze early Thursday destroyed a plastics factory on the northern edge of John Wayne Airport, sending a plume of smoke skyward and causing an estimated $3 million in damage. The blaze was controlled within two hours, but officials worried that possibly toxic runoff from the water and foam used to fight the fire could drain into Newport Bay.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 1999 | JERRY HICKS
My recent Safety Zone column about the best guard dogs and watch dogs led to numerous responses from dog lovers. What follows is a sampling of reaction: I've had experience with both bloodhounds (listed among the worst watchdogs) and the mastiff (listed among the best guard dogs). We had a peeping Tom once and the guy obviously had to step over the bloodhound to get to the window. I had the opposite experience with a mastiff, which we had as kids.
NEWS
May 16, 1999 | LINDA WHEELER, THE WASHINGTON POST
When the thieves left the used car lot, they took more than the tools and vacuum cleaner. They also stole Tommy, the guard dog. Masoud Jame, an employee at Autos Unlimited in Washington, D.C., said when they opened the lot for business May 6, Tommy's two collars were found on the ground and the doghouse was empty. The German Shepherd mix had lived there for the past 18 months, earning his food by barking at strangers after closing and playing with Jame and others during the day.
BUSINESS
September 4, 1998 | From Reuters
CyberMedia Inc. on Thursday launched Guard Dog 2.0, the company's latest version of software that helps consumers protect addresses, credit card information and other personal data as they surf the Internet. Priced at $59.95 and available now in stores in the U.S. and Canada, the software also lets users block Web sites from sending "cookies," a type of file that can give marketers clues to a user's surfing habits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1997 | BONNIE HAYES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A Yorba Linda couple whose purebred dog was accidentally put to death at the Orange County Animal Shelter have filed a lawsuit against the county that includes an unusual demand for up to $25,000 for emotional distress. "This is not about 'Oops, we fed the wrong food to your dog,' " said Encino animal-law attorney Michael Rotsten, who represents the dog's owners. "It's a case of 'Oops, we killed the wrong animal, a member of your family, a companion pet.'
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