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OPINION
February 19, 2010
India and its charms Re "Wisdom, a world away," Opinion, Feb. 14 What a beautifully conceived and executed response to the "tea baggers," however unintended it may have been. Anne Lamott's antidote to the mentally challenged weepers who cannot deal with adversity of any degree without threatening revolution is the grace with which the impoverished of India rise above their difficulties and play with the hand that is dealt them. Sure these are hard times for all of us, but why not try compassion, forgiveness and understanding instead of acrimony and bilious attacks?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum
West Hollywood burnished its reputation as a national leader in animal rights legislation Tuesday night when the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance to prohibit most sales of cats and dogs in "companion animal" (pet) stores. The fact that no city pet stores now sell the animals didn't dampen supporters' enthusiasm for the measure. Local and national animal rights activists celebrated the news, saying they hoped it would spark similar efforts elsewhere. "This definitely calls for champagne," Carole Raphaelle Davis, West Coast director of the Companion Animal Protection Society, said before the vote.
NATIONAL
March 11, 2009 | Associated Press
Pet store employees expecting a shipment of tropical fish and saltwater got a man's dead body instead. Mark Arabia owns the Pets Plus store where the mix-up was discovered Tuesday. He says he learned the body was that of a 65-year-old San Diego-area man who died of early onset Alzheimer's disease. The body was supposed to go to a research laboratory in Allentown, 70 miles away. US Airways Inc. said the air cargo problem was caused by a "verbal miscommunication" and apologized.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 2007 | Francisco Vara-Orta, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies arrested a 45-year-old man Tuesday for allegedly breaking into a La Mirada pet shop twice and stealing more than $30,000 worth of purebred puppies. Surveillance video and a partial license plate number from a witness led investigators to the home of Walter Franklin Steward, who lives within a mile of the Puppy Love pet store, said Sheriff's Det. Marcus Sierra. Of the 26 puppies stolen, only two were recovered from the suspect's residence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2007 | Ari B. Bloomekatz, Times Staff Writer
The puppies in the window looked secure enough. The pricey pooches were protected by metal bars, two locked doors, alarm sensors and video surveillance cameras. But for the second time in about two weeks, a pet dealer reported that a thief had squeezed into his Puppy Love pet store in La Mirada early Friday morning and snatched nearly a dozen Yorkshire terriers, Schnauzers and other dogs worth an estimated $15,000. "I'm really mad this time," said Paul Ro, who owns the shop with his wife, Tina.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
The lucky ones included a 7-month-old white female Maltese pup with pink-tipped ears, a 12-week-old cream-colored female Pomeranian that was curled up asleep and a 4-month-old black female rat terrier. Those puppies remained at Puppy Love, a pet store in La Mirada, on Thursday as owner Paul Ro and law enforcement authorities tried to figure out who had broken into the store the day before and snatched 16 other puppies valued at more than $20,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Hercules, a South American military macaw worth about $4,000, was stolen this week from the store where he had been a pet for 13 years. "All I heard was a squawk," said Nicole Bergeman, an employee of Prehistoric Times Reptiles & Fish. "I turned around and all I see is the back of the guy's head shooting out the door." A witness at a tattoo parlor next door said she saw a man get into a dark green Toyota Camry that had its rear license plate covered.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles man was indicted Monday on 26 counts of animal cruelty and practicing veterinary medicine without a license for allegedly abusing cats, dogs and other animals, some of which were smothered to death or left to die in trash bins, authorities said. Young Sam Park, 52, pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court to 23 felony counts and three misdemeanor counts that were outlined in the grand jury indictment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The church founded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon will pay $500,000 to restore damaged habitat -- and avoid prosecution -- in the case of a pastor who poached hundreds of baby sharks from San Francisco Bay, federal prosecutors said Monday. The Unification Church's payment -- part of a "non-prosecution agreement" with the U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco -- will go toward a $1.5-million fund to undo the environmental damage inflicted by the pastor's bizarre scheme.
MAGAZINE
January 14, 2007 | Max Thayer, Max Thayer was recently cast in the upcoming film "Charlie Wilson's War," starring Tom Hanks and directed by Mike Nichols
I found an open seat at a table full of cops at a recent LAPD retirement dinner for a friend. After quick introductions, the guy next to me asked if I was retired. He'd clearly mistaken me for a fellow cop, and because I'm pushing 60, I suppose it's a reasonable question. Secretly pleased, I answered, "Well, I've played a lot of cops, but I'm an actor." "Oh," he said, leaning back as if he'd touched the underside of something unusual. He gave me The Look. You all do it.
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