September 27, 2013 |
The significance of opening day at Santa Anita on Friday had mostly to do with the Arcadia race track's attempt to enter the brave new world of sports entertainment. For years, thoroughbred racing has been acquiring the label of "a dying sport. " That would be the assessment of the hordes of 20-and-30-somethings, whose passion for sports is a direct line to how their quarterback did in their Sunday fantasy league. Other sports move faster, make more noise and exude more cool than horse racing.
September 24, 2013 |
The mystery behind @Horse_ebooks, the Twitter account long suspected to be a spambot, has been revealed -- and it has an artistic twist. The account, which spews random bits of text and phrases, is run by real people as part of a years-long conceptual art project, the New Yorker reported . Jacob Bakkila, a creative director at Buzzfeed, and Thomas Bender, a former vice president of product development at Howcast, are the minds behind @Horse_ebooks...
September 24, 2013 |
The bookish denizens of Twitter were shocked (shocked, I tell you!) to learn that @horse_ebooks , a beloved spambot account, had been manned by a real human being after all. The Twitter account was created by a Russian spammer, who set it up to post random phrases along with links to e-books about horses that were for sale. Its postings, which Gawker described as "strangely poetic" when it tracked down the originator, went viral. More than 200,000 people follow @horse_ebooks, which is celebrated by T-shirts, Tumblrs, and even tattoos.
September 4, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - A major government critic of the Bureau of Land Management's treatment of wild horses in the West was in Nevada on Wednesday to inspect an agency corral housing 1,500 mustangs recently rounded up from federal range land. Arizona Rep. Raul M. Grijalva, the top Democrat on a congressional panel on public lands, is taking a tour with several animal advocates for a up-close view of a program that has divided activists and federal officials in 10 states across the West. “The congressman has been tracking the wild horse and burro issue for pretty much the entire time he's been on committee, over the last 10 years,” Brandon Bragato, a senior legislative assistant for the congressman, told the Los Angeles Times.
August 26, 2013 |
Crimson Tide fans, book your vacation plans to sunny California. If that line sounds familiar, it's because I wrote it Oct. 12, 2012 - in a blog post after the Southeastern Conference released its 2013 schedule. It was weird not knowing then that Alabama was going to win the 2012 title but still being convinced the Tide was going to roll into the 2013-season Bowl Championship Series title game at the Rose Bowl. It didn't take rocket science to reach the conclusion, only the ability to read.
August 23, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- Arlo Krutcher was in the middle of a public relations nightmare and it was all over horses. The vice chairman of a northern Nevada reservation had collected 400 horses off the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone tribal grounds and had taken the animals to an auction house in rural Fallon for sale. That's when the animal advocates descended, he said. There was finger-pointing and threat of lawsuits by activists. The sale was eventually delayed by a judge's order, but last weekend 250 horses with brands that officials determined weren't wild were auctioned off. On Friday, the tribe made a deal to sell the remaining 148 unbranded horses to a coalition of animal advocates.
August 22, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- The 148 horses stand in corrals outside a rural Nevada auction house, awaiting their fate as a legal battle continues to swirl over whether the animals are domestic horses that can legally go to slaughter or wild mustangs that deserve the government's protection. On Wednesday, a U.S. District Court in Reno lifted a temporary restraining order barring the sale of unbranded horses captured by the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe last month under an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service.
August 17, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS -- If those horses don't have a brand, you can't sell them. That was a message delivered by a federal judge to a Nevada animal auction house, the latest development in the fate of 486 horses rounded up for sale by a Native American reservation -- horses that animal rights activists say deserve protection by the federal government. Late Friday, a federal court judge in Reno granted advocates a temporary restraining order to block the sale of unbranded horses at a slaughter auction in rural Fallon.
August 3, 2013
Re "A public push for Fed chief successor," July 31 I know both Janet Yellen and Larry Summers, the two economists said to be the top candidates to replace outgoing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Their main difference seems to be style rather than substance. It is correct to say that Yellen, the Fed's vice chair, is the safer pick. But sometimes, the riskier choice has a big payback. Former Treasury Secretary Summers, with his larger-than-life persona, may ruffle feathers, create a confirmation battle and generate volatility in the market initially.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 2013 |
A deputy in San Bernardino County fatally shot two pit bulls that had killed three goats and wounded a horse before trying to attack officers, authorities said Wednesday night. The violence began shortly after 8 a.m. Wednesday when the deputies responded to the 12200 block of Eleventh Street in Yucaipa, authorities said. Three pit bulls had just killed a goat and were attacking other goats inside a pen, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Animal control officers arrived to help capture the dogs.