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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 1990 | JIM TORTOLANO
Bogdan (Bugsy) Symanski's hobby is racing his homing pigeons. But someone in town wishes his pigeons would leave home for good. Since an anonymous caller complained to the city about the dozens of pigeons Symanski keeps in his back-yard loft on Law Drive, Symanski has found himself in the middle of a flap. "I don't think it was a neighbor," said Symanksi, 35, a self-employed machinist who emigrated from Poland in 1973.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 1994 | JENNIFER OLDHAM
In its continuing effort to eradicate pigeons that plague business owners here, the Glendale City Council on Tuesday asked city staff members to begin a campaign to educate residents not to feed the pesky birds. The education plan includes distributing flyers to persons feeding pigeons explaining how birds congregate where there is food. The campaign also will include placing posters in storefront windows and signs outside asking residents not to feed the birds.
NEWS
April 19, 1998 | DEAN E. MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There was something very suspicious about the homing pigeon found last month deep behind the security gates of this remote diamond mining town. It was wearing a set of rocks Liz Taylor would die for. But the gems were the least of it. What's more suspicious than a pigeon dressed up in diamonds, authorities say, is a pigeon dressed up in diamonds with nowhere to go. "The bird was covered in grease and oil," said Celliers Truter, a police inspector and racing pigeon enthusiast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1997 | RUSS LOAR
Council members are poised to adopt the city's first ordinance regulating homing pigeons today, but a champion pigeon racer says he still has concerns about the proposed regulations. Marius Nitulescu, who keeps and trains about 100 homing pigeons in specially designed lofts in his Stanton backyard, said it may be hard for pigeon racers to comply with the new rules.
NATIONAL
August 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Pounded and strained by heavy traffic and weakened by missing bolts and cracking steel, the failed interstate bridge over the Mississippi River in Minneapolis also faced a less obvious enemy: pigeons. Experts say the corrosive guano deposited all over the Interstate 35W span's frame caused the steel beams to rust faster. Although investigators have yet to identify the cause of the bridge's Aug.
NEWS
January 11, 1992 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On missions that take him deep into war-torn Croatia, one special courier for the Serbian fighters travels to the front in a ventilated cake box. His journey through enemy lines to meet his contact can take days of stealthy movement, but the courier, known simply as Whitehead, is usually back home within two hours after being handed his dispatch. Whitehead is a homing pigeon, and for Pozarevac fighters at the Croatian front he is the swiftest means of getting word to worried loved ones at home.
NEWS
October 23, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sir Henry Havelock stands tall in Trafalgar Square, looking resolute despite the pigeon nestled in his bronze hair and white droppings streaming past his unblinking eyes. The British imperial war hero may be unmoved by such indignities, but London Mayor Ken Livingstone isn't. He wants pigeons and generals alike expelled from London's central square to make way for cleaner and au courant attractions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1988 | STEVE HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
The pigeons of the City Hall environs, sentenced to death by the city General Services Administration last month, have won a reprieve. The city Animal Regulation Department said Monday that it has declined to issue a permit to allow the trapping and killing of the birds, the freeloaders that hang out in the dining areas of the Los Angeles Mall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 22, 1992 | RICHARD LEE COLVIN
About 600 pigeons being raised for restaurant consumption at a Saugus ranch went unfed for three weeks and then were released from their cages to fend for themselves, a Los Angeles County animal control officer said Wednesday. An unknown number of the birds died of starvation or were killed by coyotes or hit by cars in front of the ranch at 28900 Bouquet Canyon Road, Animal Control Officer Jerry White said.
NEWS
June 11, 1991
(Columbia fasciata) Description: Heavily built, fast-flying birds whose small heads bob when they walk. Males and females have purplish head and breast, black-tipped yellow bill and yellow legs. Broad sweep of gray across wings, back and tail. Juveniles lack white crescent on nape of neck. Length: 15 inches. Habitat: Oak canyons, chaparral and foothills. Diet: Seeds (especially acorns), berries and grains.
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