July 1, 2013 |
ANTELOPE VALLEY, Nev. - Just after dawn, a dozen mustangs stampede across the high desert, harassed by a white helicopter that dips and swoops like a relentless insect. Frightened stallions lead a tightknit family band, including two wild-eyed foals that struggle to keep up. Three animal activists watch through long-range camera lenses as wranglers hired by the federal Bureau of Land Management help drive the animals into a camouflaged corral. The private-contract pilot is paid $500 for each captured horse, dead or alive.
June 29, 2013
Up until Wednesday - when The Times last published letters on the deal giving USC control over the taxpayer-owned Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for the next 98 years - almost all the readers who had sent us missives on the topic weren't happy with the arrangement. They decried the fact that the Coliseum Commission negotiated the deal in secret, that nearby properties such as the California Science Center might suffer, and that a private university stood to benefit financially with a public resource.
June 29, 2013 |
Bob Newton, production coordinator at Creature Effects Inc., likes working with mechanical horses for practical reasons. "You don't have to clean up after them, and you don't have to feed them," he says. The Los Angeles-based company supplied trusty, low-maintenance steeds for Disney's "The Lone Ranger," which arrives in theaters Wednesday. Newton, 57, has always liked making things - whether generating animatronics in a machine shop or creating sculptures with a welding torch. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Portland, Ore., he studied fine arts at Portland State University.
June 28, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Federal officials on Friday approved a Roswell, N.M., company's application to convert its cattle slaughterhouse into a horse processing plant in a move that paves the way for the resumption of horse slaughter in the U.S. Officials also indicated that they would soon grant similar permits to facilities in Iowa and Missouri. Animal welfare groups on Friday immediately said they would sue to halt the move - the latest face-off in the debate over the treatment of animals that over the years have come to symbolize the American West.
June 26, 2013 |
Researchers have unraveled the genetic code of a wild horse that loped across the frozen Yukon about 700,000 years ago, making it the oldest creature by far to reveal its DNA to modern science. Until recently, experts believed it was impossible to recover useful amounts of DNA from fossils that old. The previous record holder for oldest genome belonged to a polar bear that lived more than 110,000 years ago. The horse sequence, described Wednesday in the journal Nature, amounts to a dramatic increase in how far back scientists can peer into the biochemical history of advanced life.
June 25, 2013 |
Sometimes that queasy feeling when you say "action" is just the reality of directing your first short film. Sometimes, as “Wild Horses” director Stephanie Martin found, it's morning sickness. The winner of the live action short/15 minutes+ prize at the Palm Springs International ShortFest says she discovered she was pregnant about the same time she started shooting. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments If the film is any indication, Martin will be a fierce mother for young Madison, who beat the film in making her debut. Starring Mireille Enos (“World War Z,” "The Killing")
HOME & GARDEN
June 22, 2013 |
I have a crush on my polo pony. His name is Leon. Many polo ponies come from other countries. Leon is American. The last time I drove a domestic was a Chevy rental. Liked it well enough to try again. So Leon and I are a couple now. At least for an afternoon, while I learn to play polo out in Temecula. Last week, hang gliding. This week, polo. Please don't mock me, though I certainly would if I were you. It's as if I've suddenly awakened as a thrill-seeking playboy, the algorithms of my next fortune dancing in my pretty little head.
June 21, 2013 |
Zombies generally aren't regarded as the most athletic of film monsters. Relentless, yes. Single-minded, yes. But for most of their 45-year history on-screen, the modern image of the flesh-eating ghoul from beyond the grave was shambling and slow-witted, succeeding solely through overwhelming numbers and gross human error. But thanks to a variety of recent interpretations of the hungry dead, our view of zombies as rotting gluttons barely able to keep themselves together is beginning to change.
June 15, 2013 |
Lakers fan Lee Searing waited until he thought he had a real nice horse, and it happened to coincide with an injury to his favorite player, Kobe Bryant, so he named his 2-year-old colt, Kobe's Back. And what a debut for the son of Flatter on Saturday at Betfair Hollywood Park. Running in the $100,000 Willard L. Proctor Memorial Stakes, Kobe's Back started slowly out of the gate in the 5 1/2-furlong race and was last in a field of nine. But he came charging in the stretch under jockey Rafael Bejarano and won by 3 1/4 lengths over Willie B Awesome.
June 11, 2013 |
Merv Griffin's former retreat in La Quinta has sold for $7 million. The 39-acre equestrian compound includes a racetrack, a 5,000-square-foot Moroccan-style main house, four casitas, three one-bedroom staff quarters and apartments at both ends of the 16-stall stables for a total of 14 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms. The estate was developed by L.A.-based Griffin in 1986 as a desert retreat for entertaining and work. He raised Arabian horses and, later, thoroughbreds. Other features include an infinity pool and a 2.5-acre fishing lagoon.