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August 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
After 10 days traveling across country in a Winnebago dubbed the "Piggybago," four Peninsula Humane Society volunteers returned home Friday to the San Francisco Bay area. The "Guinea Pig Crusaders" had delivered 101 of the little critters to new homes from Salt Lake City to Toledo, Ohio. They returned with two extras. One guinea pig was rescued from a research lab in Wisconsin and will be delivered next week to Vancouver.
June 10, 2013 | By Jean Merl
Los Angeles firefighters rescued more than 100 animals from an early morning pet store fire in East Hollywood on Monday but numerous others died. Among those saved were 25 puppies, some rabbits, mice, frogs and fish, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.  Others, including birds, mice, guinea pigs and fish, died and were discovered later in the heavily damaged store. The pet shop was not equipped with sprinklers, fire officials said. The fire broke out around 6 a.m. in an attic of a strip mall in the 1100 block of Vermont Avenue.
April 21, 1999 | CHARLES PERRY
Guinea pigs are charming, docile little creatures known to us as children's pets and laboratory test animals. They're rodents, closely related to the porcupine and the chinchilla. They were domesticated in Peru 3,000 to 6,000 years ago. In Spanish, they're called cuy (pronounced coo-ee), a name that comes from the Inca language (in which it is spelled qowi but also pronounced pretty much coo-ee, for reasons you don't want to hear about).
May 24, 2013 | By Mary McNamara
Television critics of the world unite: Let's start reviewing shows whenever the heck we get around to it. That's the model Netflix appears to be recommending with its decision to release 15 episodes of "Arrested Development" Sunday without making any available to critics early for review. Strange, considering that critics helped keep the original series on the air for three seasons during its first go-round and amplified the drumbeat to bring it back. Now, what with Twitter, Facebook and Netflix's newly mojo'ed stock price, the creators of the show figure they don't need timely reviews to get the word out -- they already have a built-in fan base.
June 25, 2001 | ROSIE MESTEL
We hope your appetite was merely whetted last week by stories of scientists who've experimented on themselves. Here's more. After reading the book "Who Goes First?" by Lawrence K. Altman (University of California Press, 1998), we've learned that scientists who acted as their own guinea pigs were not exactly rare in the past. During WWII, one Danish drug company used to have a whole group of pharmacologists and technicians who routinely tried out the company's new drugs.
Abandoned by his father as a boy, Richard Winrow had fathered three children of his own while still a teen-ager. He dropped out of high school and worked at low-wage jobs. By his 20th birthday, he had been arrested three times for dealing drugs. Through it all, Winrow entertained ambitions--he would play for the Lakers or sell real estate, do something to pull himself, his seven siblings and, most of all, his mother out of the poverty that surrounded them in South Los Angeles.
September 1, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Need a guinea pig? The Monterey County SPCA has a few you can have. In fact, it has 350 of the little furry creatures, rescued on Thursday. A company breeding them for research decided to close and asked the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to take them in. When SPCA staffers arrived at the barn that had housed the breeding operation for three decades, they found healthy animals.
March 30, 2006 | Chris Erskine
FOR a week she'd been making fists in her sleep, my first hint that something was amiss. My wife would toss, turn, pound the pillow. Then it got worse. Gift baskets began showing up in the garage. Finally, I had to ask: "Are you, um, having a fund-raiser?" "Yes," she confessed, her fingers fluttering nervously over the buttons on her blouse. Next thing I know we're at some banquet hall, everyone beer-silly in Hawaiian shirts. "OK, we have a bid for $200 for this fine guinea pig," I say.
October 25, 2002 | Holly Wolcott, Times Staff Writer
An Oxnard man who dissected his young daughter's guinea pig because he thought it was a government spy robot has been convicted of animal cruelty for starving the rodent to death, a prosecutor said Thursday. After a day of deliberations, a Ventura County Superior Court jury Wednesday night also convicted Benny Zavala, 34, of being under the influence of methamphetamine, Deputy Dist. Atty. Bill Redmond said.
October 21, 2002 | Holly J. Wolcott, Times Staff Writer
The Superior Court trial starts today for an Oxnard man accused of dissecting his young daughter's guinea pig while high on methamphetamine because he believed it was a government spy robot. If convicted on the drug and animal cruelty charges, 34-year-old Benny Zavala faces up to three years in state prison, but would likely only receive a year in county jail or probation because of his clean record, authorities said.
March 1, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
TEMPE, Ariz. - As he recovers from surgery on his right knee, Albert Pujols' spring-training routine hasn't changed much over 2 1/2 weeks. He is taking batting practice, fielding grounders hit at him and jogging on a treadmill. He has not run the bases and appears at least two weeks away from playing in an exhibition game. But Pujols, 33, said Friday he would be ready for the April 1 season opener at Cincinnati. Asked how many spring games he would need, Pujols said, "None. As long as my body feels good, I'm ready to go. " He was serious.
February 28, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Kids with autism spectrum disorder could have a new ally in the classroom: animals. Autistic children who played with guinea pigs rather than toys were more talkative, made more eye contact and displayed a more positive attitude, according to a study in the journal PLoS ONE. The experiment, which tested 99 children in 15 classrooms with guinea pigs, found that animals could help students with autism improve relationships with their peers and teachers,...
January 9, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Jennifer Aniston can be a lot of fun on late-night when she doesn't have anything to promote. Free of the obligation to talk about any upcoming projects and appearing on "The Jimmy Kimmel Show" purely "out of love," as the host put it, Aniston helped her pal launch his show in its new 11:35 p.m. time slot, wielding weapons including a sledgehammer, a pair of scissors and yes, embarrassing vacation photos. She used the first to take out Kimmel's new desk while declaring "out with the old, in with the new!"
June 18, 2011 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
On Sunday we honor the fathers, grandfathers, great-grandfathers, fathers-to-be, husbands, uncles, stepfathers, foster fathers and father figures who have meant something in our lives. They're not just significant to us, they also matter to health and medical research scientists who study them and their behavior so that we may learn and grow. So in honor of Father's Day, here's a rundown of how dads have helped to better mankind: We know that they may be just as stressed out as women when a baby is due. A study published online in March in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that among 66 couples, men were freaked out about family and pregnancy issues and generally felt overloaded.
March 27, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn
Google Inc.'s announcement last month that it would build a high-speed broadband network set off fierce competition among 600 communities, the Internet powerhouse said in a blog post Friday. Google hasn't been specific about the criteria in selecting which community will get the experimental fiber optic hookup, simply saying it wants to increase Internet access and spur competition. The service would offer connection speeds of 1 gigabit per second -- 100 times faster than many high-speed home connections, the company said.
October 31, 2009
Thank you for the excellent article on guinea pig groups ["The New Face of Animal Rescue," Oct. 10]. This is a very real, very serious issue that has driven many people to open shelters across the country, including in the Chicago area. People laugh because the animals are small. But they experience hurt, neglect and, unfortunately, death like so many animals without homes. People are so quick to dismiss them and assign a value based on the price at a pet store, but guinea pigs live much longer than people assume and require a significant amount of daily care.
March 16, 2001
Johnny Knoxville's willingness to play human guinea pig got him MTV's "Jackass." Now, Hollywood is taking notice.
September 25, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
First Lady Barbara Bush today dedicated the first school named after her husband, then met "George Bush," the guinea pig and "Dan Quayle," the hermit crab, in kindergarten. It was Mrs. Bush's first visit since the election to the city where she and the President spent 11 years in the 1950s and 1960s. She came here to dedicate George H. W. Bush Elementary School. After a brief ceremony, she visited the 36 children in the school's two kindergarten classes. "What's his name?" Mrs.
October 10, 2009 | Dawn Bonker
Franklin and Bart are 3-month-old brothers abandoned in a park, left to watch as their mother got run over by a car. Itchy has arthritis and requires medication to stave off kidney failure. Brad and Angelina are a bonded pair, and now that their pups are weaned and Brad has been neutered, they're ready for a fresh start in a new, loving home. Sure, dog and cat rescue listings have an unmistakable ring. The amusing names (Chandler and Joey, Mimosa and Margarita). The endearing habits (loves to beg for treats!
July 27, 2009 | Ben Fritz
If there has been one consistent surprise at the box office this year, it's kids' flicks. Pre-release audience polling, called tracking, has a tough time divining the interests of the youngest moviegoers. As a result, studio executives usually rely on the interests of parents as proxies. But that system is far from exact, and this year it has resulted in a number of family films that beat expectations, including "Paul Blart: Mall Cop," "Hotel for Dogs" and "Hannah Montana."
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