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December 15, 2011
FAMILY Children will have a chance to interact with Santa's antlered transportation team by petting and feeding them (not to mention posing for photos with them), at the only live reindeer appearance in the Southland this holiday season. Other activities include cookie, stocking and dreidel decorating, and opportunities to visit with the jolly Saint Nick himself. Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu. 12-4 p.m. Sat. Free. (310) 456-7300. http://www.malibucountrymart.com.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2014 | Elaine Woo
More than five decades ago, Arthur Rankin Jr., a producer-director working in stop-motion animation, had an idea to develop a family-oriented TV special around a popular Christmas song. He hoped a network would like it enough to run it two or three times. But when "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" aired in 1964, he and partner Jules Bass found they had a blockbuster - one that launched them into TV history as pioneers of the animated holiday special. Fifty years later, "Rudolph," with its catchy tunes and charmingly misfit characters, remains the longest-running Christmas TV special, "one of only four 1960s Christmas specials still being telecast," according to the Archive of American Television . The others are "A Charlie Brown Christmas," "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" and another Rankin-Bass creation, "Frosty the Snowman.
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NEWS
December 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Desperately seeking reindeer? Long after the Christmas season has ended, Travcoa leads a March tour of Finland and Sweden to see the real animals in their native Lapland. Participants on the 15-day Scandinavian trip meet the Sami, the indigenous people who herd reindeer, and learn some of their traditions by celebrating St. Maria's Day with them. Excursions via snowmobile, dog sled and even reindeer-pulled sleighs explore the arctic landscape. Highlights include crossing the Arctic Circle, spending a night in the famed Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, viewing the northern lights too touring Helsinki, where the trip begins, and Stockholm, where it ends.
SCIENCE
December 20, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Rudolph the fictional reindeer was famous for his oddly colored nose, but his true-life cousins have eyes that change color depending on the season. In the summer, an interior part of the eyes of Arctic reindeer appears gold, and around Christmas it turns a deep blue, biologists have discovered. It's not holiday magic, but rather a unique adaptation that helps these animals deal with the strange light conditions at the top of the world. The reindeer's world is one of extremes.
NEWS
December 25, 2003 | From Associated Press
A TV reporter whose run-in with a reindeer in Fairbanks, Alaska, gained national attention says it's given her a new respect for the impact of television. Meghan Stapleton of KTUU-TV in Anchorage said she's received e-mails from friends she hadn't heard from in years after footage of her encounter with a young reindeer named Blitzen at the Santa Claus House in the North Pole was shown on NBC's "Today" show, among others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 1986
Every Christmas season for the past eight years, Stuart Miller, owner of a chain of Christmas-tree lots, imprisons reindeer in small cells with just enough room to turn around. Miller displays them as the legendary sleigh-pullers Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen and Cupid. Miller has a herd of about 100 deer that he raises on his Newhall ranch. He displays them at half of the 36 tree lots he operates between Reno and San Diego. The guidelines developed by the American Zoological Assn.
SCIENCE
December 20, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Rudolph the fictional reindeer was famous for his oddly colored nose, but his true-life cousins have eyes that change color depending on the season. In the summer, an interior part of the eyes of Arctic reindeer appears gold, and around Christmas it turns a deep blue, biologists have discovered. It's not holiday magic, but rather a unique adaptation that helps these animals deal with the strange light conditions at the top of the world. The reindeer's world is one of extremes.
WORLD
December 13, 2011 | By Jonathan Kaiman, Los Angeles Times
Maliya Suo is more than 90 years old, but she can still skin a squirrel. In her prime, she could shoot a pheasant in flight. She was once the greatest reindeer herder in her tribe. In her old age, Suo is taking on an even tougher adversary: the Chinese government. A member of the nomadic Ewenki community that lives primarily in China's Inner Mongolia region, Suo has resisted the government's effort to resettle her in the world of buildings, money and cars. In 2003, Suo and 2,000 fellow tribe members were forcibly relocated from their encampment to a "resettlement site" 120 miles away, on the outskirts of Genhe, a dilapidated riverside city.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1994
The operators of a San Fernando Valley-based Christmas tree company were charged with cruelty to animals Wednesday for allegedly keeping a herd of reindeer in a debris-littered lot without food, water or adequate shelter. City animal control officers found the eight reindeer at a lot in the 12000 block of Jolette Avenue in Granada Hills. The officers reported that one animal died shortly after their arrival.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1995
A jury returned mixed verdicts Thursday in the case of a father-son business team that used reindeer, acquitting the younger man of animal cruelty but deadlocking in favor of convicting the father. Stuart T. Miller, 52, and William T. Miller, 31, were accused of keeping a herd of reindeer in a debris-littered San Fernando Valley lot and of failing to provide food, water or adequate shelter for the animals.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By Robert Abele
For those considering a deep retreat from oppressive holiday cheer, there's Zach Clark's brittle indie confection "White Reindeer. " Anna Margaret Hollyman stars as Suzanne, a chipper real estate agent and devoted wife to her weatherman husband. Suzanne is in good spirits with her beloved yuletide season in full swing, until her spouse's sudden murder - with nearly a month to go before Christmas - sends her into a grief-stricken limbo. As Suzanne explores unearthed secrets about her husband, she seeks out and befriends a single-mom stripper (Laura Lemar-Goldsborough)
NEWS
December 12, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Desperately seeking reindeer? Long after the Christmas season has ended, Travcoa leads a March tour of Finland and Sweden to see the real animals in their native Lapland. Participants on the 15-day Scandinavian trip meet the Sami, the indigenous people who herd reindeer, and learn some of their traditions by celebrating St. Maria's Day with them. Excursions via snowmobile, dog sled and even reindeer-pulled sleighs explore the arctic landscape. Highlights include crossing the Arctic Circle, spending a night in the famed Ice Hotel in Jukkasjarvi, viewing the northern lights too touring Helsinki, where the trip begins, and Stockholm, where it ends.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
In September, a good portion of the Internet lighted up with the news that DMX -- rapper, actor, one-time Ruff Ryder -- was somehow unfamiliar with Google, at least in the form the search engine takes on a computer screen . Two months later, however, we can rest easy knowing that DMX's curious pop-cultural ignorance does not extend to something nearly as ubiquitous as Google: Christmas carols. In a video posted to YouTube on Monday, the rapper accepts a challenge at New York's Power 105.1 FM to deliver "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," then proceeds to bark his way through the holiday standard with a charm we at Pop & Hiss didn't know he had. What's more, he accompanies himself by beating a tabletop in time to the music.
NEWS
November 21, 2012 | By Susan Denley
Colorful handpainted reindeer in a variety of unique patterns deck out Westfield Century City this holiday season, thanks to the Reindeer Project. Eleven acrylic deer were painted by artists including Aaron Axelrod (who designed two reindeer), Couto Brothers , Yolanda González , Man One , Greg Miller , Max Neutra , Marilinda Rivera , Analia Saban , Johnny Taylor and Robert Vargas . The 12th deer was painted by Inner-City Arts students.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 15, 2011
FAMILY Children will have a chance to interact with Santa's antlered transportation team by petting and feeding them (not to mention posing for photos with them), at the only live reindeer appearance in the Southland this holiday season. Other activities include cookie, stocking and dreidel decorating, and opportunities to visit with the jolly Saint Nick himself. Malibu Country Mart, 3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu. 12-4 p.m. Sat. Free. (310) 456-7300. http://www.malibucountrymart.com.
WORLD
December 13, 2011 | By Jonathan Kaiman, Los Angeles Times
Maliya Suo is more than 90 years old, but she can still skin a squirrel. In her prime, she could shoot a pheasant in flight. She was once the greatest reindeer herder in her tribe. In her old age, Suo is taking on an even tougher adversary: the Chinese government. A member of the nomadic Ewenki community that lives primarily in China's Inner Mongolia region, Suo has resisted the government's effort to resettle her in the world of buildings, money and cars. In 2003, Suo and 2,000 fellow tribe members were forcibly relocated from their encampment to a "resettlement site" 120 miles away, on the outskirts of Genhe, a dilapidated riverside city.
NEWS
February 1, 1987 | LARS FOYEN, Associated Press
Lapp herdsmen saw nothing out of the ordinary when snow began falling on their grazing reindeer in the northern Swedish wilderness last April 27. In the following days, however, they got the news that plunged them into despair they still feel today. The news was about the Chernobyl nuclear accident in the Soviet Ukraine, almost 1,300 miles away, and radiation in the snow could turn much of the meat of their 275,000 reindeer into radioactive waste for years to come.
NEWS
January 20, 2008 | From Associated Press
This is no bull; you can take part in the inaugural Running of the Reindeer. In an homage to Spain's Running of the Bulls, visitors to downtown Anchorage's annual winter festival, the Fur Rendezvous, will get the chance to run shoulder-to-shoulder with reindeer. About a dozen reindeer will be set loose Feb. 24 on snow-packed, fence-lined 4th Avenue, and joined by people who will pay $20 to run with the reindeer. "I think we'll have to turn people away," said Bob Lester, a local disc jockey who came up the idea.
NATIONAL
October 30, 2011 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
The license plate on Lowell Hendrickson's pickup reads "I'MCLAUS," and a look at the man behind the wheel explains it. His snowy hair falls to his shoulders, his white beard to his chest. Spectacles perch on his upturned nose, and his waistline — well, you get the idea. Hendrickson is indeed Claus — Santa Claus. But even Santa needs an occasional refresher course to keep up with the newest toys and the latest in beard-grooming and resume-writing, which is why Hendrickson drove from his North Hills home in the San Fernando Valley to eastern Michigan this month to attend the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School, reputedly the world's oldest institution dedicated to the art of being Santa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Billie Mae Richards, a Canadian actress best known for voicing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in the enduring animated 1964 television special, has died. She was 88. Richards, who had suffered strokes, died Friday at her home in Burlington, Canada, west of Toronto, said Rick Goldschmidt, who documented the history of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and its producers. Like most of the cast, Richards was a veteran of Canadian radio when the producers traveled north to assemble the voices for the program based on the 1949 song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
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