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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1999
A large part of Santa Monica lost power Sunday afternoon after rodents caused a short circuit in electrical switching equipment at a substation off 16th Street, a Southern California Edison spokesman said. The outage, which affected 17,000 homes and businesses, began at 12:24 p.m. and most power was restored within an hour, said Edison spokesman Paul Klein. He said it is fairly unusual for rodents--presumably rats--to be able to plunge a city into darkness.
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SCIENCE
January 2, 2014 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Leave it to science to find a way to harsh the mellow of marijuana. A French research team has discovered a natural chemical brake that can tamp down the effects of THC, the main intoxicant in marijuana. They believe it could lead to ways to protect against memory loss, torpor and other side-effects better known as being stoned. “We have this built-in negative feedback mechanism, a brake” on cannabis intoxication, said University of Bordeaux neurobiologist Dr. Pier Vincenzo Piazza, principal author of a study published Thursday in the journal Science.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A Novato winery is the latest to try owls instead of toxic poisons to control rodents that eat grapevines. Four owl boxes are spread around Pacheco Ranch Winery's vineyards, and owners Herb and Debbie Rowland are welcoming any owls that want to move in. Alex Godbe, program director for Wildcare's Hungry Owl Project, said she and five volunteers already have put up boxes at 75 sites. Some owls found the shelters and moved in.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Two men have been charged with more than 100 counts of animal cruelty in connection with a Lake Elsinore breeding facility where thousands of rodents and reptiles had to be euthanized because of the conditions inside. Mitchell Steven Behm, 54, and David Delgado, 29, have each been charged with 106 counts of animal cruelty after a two-month undercover sting by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals revealed the conditions at Global Captive Breeders. Behm owns Global Captive Breeders and was arrested Friday at his home in Orange County; he was freed on bail Saturday.
NEWS
January 24, 1993
Re Dianne Klein's column "Trapped by a Distaste for Great Outdoors" (Jan 7): Sorry, but what I find "disgusting" is not rodents, but people like Dianne Klein. Why a human being cannot coexist with a few mice in the garage is beyond me. This inclination of humans to kill any insect or animal that has the audacity to stray onto their property is a symptom of the egocentricity and sickness which is destroying our environment. Why can't people see the interdependence of all life, or, at least--have a heart now and then?
SCIENCE
May 14, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A long-whiskered rodent with stubby legs and a tail covered with dense hair has turned out be a previously unknown species that represents a new family of wildlife, the Wildlife Conservation Society said Wednesday. The kha-nyou, as local people call it, was seen by scientists in a market in central Laos. Based on morphological differences in the skull and bone structure, coupled with DNA analysis, researchers estimated the animal diverged from other rodents millions of years ago.
SCIENCE
December 25, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Populations of the American pika, a hamster-like rodent unable to survive in warm climates, continue to decline in the West, apparently due in part to global warming, researchers said. Local populations of pikas are extinct at more than one-third of 25 sites surveyed since the mid-1990s in the Great Basin region, according to the study conducted by a researcher for the U.S. Geological Survey.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 1985 | KENNETH J. FANUCCHI, Times Staff Writer
Driven out of their traditional nesting places by construction at UCLA, a large number of rats have moved into two of the university's most popular buildings. Rats have been sighted and rat droppings and gnawed computer wires are evident at Kerckhoff Hall and Ackerman Union, according to Jason Reed, executive director of the Associated Students of UCLA.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 6, 1999 | MICHAEL LUO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
St. Michel, a neighborhood of Newport Coast, is under siege. Insatiable and coming from all sides, the attackers are tearing up vegetation and wreaking havoc. Elmer Fudd would empathize: It's those rascally rabbits. Residents recently struck back, hiring a pest control company to set baited traps for the rabbits. "It's not that we hate rabbits," said Robert Saunders, president of the St. Michel homeowners association. "We just want to get into a situation where we're in control, not them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 1999 | MATT SURMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At first glance, the rocks below the concrete promenade appear to be moving, rippling like waves across the ocean. The scene is a blur of skittering, scattering rodent activity. The squirrels--hundreds of them crawling over each other--are multiplying. It's bearing season, and the little ones, tiny next to their snack-fattened parents, have gathered an audience.
SCIENCE
May 25, 2013 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - Sisters Lauren Scott and Patrice Fambrini stood near the check-in desk of Curry Village, a quaint collection of tents and cabins in Yosemite National Park, and considered the merits of their lodgings. Last year, three people died and six more became ill after staying at the campground - infected by a rare, mysterious and usually dangerous rodent-borne illness known as hantavirus. "The way these were constructed created a habitat for the mice to be there," Fambrini said nervously.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
Here's a summer reminder: Chipmunks and squirrels can carry infected fleas and plague, a bacterial disease people can contract through close contact with the furry animals, health officials warned. “Plague is naturally present in many parts of California, including higher elevation ... so we all need to be cautious around animals that can carry it,” El Dorado County Public Health Officer Dr. Alicia Paris-Pombo said in a statement Thursday. Because of the increased plague activity in the Tahoe Basin area last fall, El Dorado County health officials have been urging the public to take precaution this summer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Complaints about the massive open-air recycling facility in Sun Valley flow in each month in minute, sometimes stomach-turning detail. Rats have skittered off the property of Community Recycling & Resource Recovery and into a nearby business, according to calls logged by the city. Churning dust is said to be "making everyone's eyes burn," making breathing difficult and causing bloody noses among workers at a neighborhood paving firm. Gulls scavenging from piles of food waste have scattered bits of garbage from the sky. And then there is the stench, variously described in the logs as "a dead animal smell," a "rotten egg odor" and "putrid.
BUSINESS
January 30, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned 12 rodent poisons made by the United Kingdom-based Reckitt Benckiser Inc. because the products failed to abide by safety regulations, the agency announced Wednesday. The agency said in a statement it has worked with rodent poison makers to ensure they comply with safety standards, but Reckitt Benckiser, the maker of other products such as Woolite laundry detergent and Clearasil face wash, has refused to abide by regulations. The British company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - The phones in the administrative building here are constantly ringing. Half a dozen rangers answer the calls: "You were here just this last weekend?" "Do you remember the area the cabin was in?" "I understand your fear. I would have the same level of anxiety. " Responding to questions about a recent outbreak of hantavirus linked to the park, the rangers rattle off information about the rodent-borne disease. Calendars, news articles and park maps cover their tables.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
The Chuck E. Cheese rodent mascot is ditching the backward baseball cap and fingerless gloves and reemerging as a rock star with a guitar. The pizza chain's parent, CEC Entertainment Inc. of Irvine, Texas, is teasing its new spokesmouse with silhouetted images on its Facebook profile along with signs such as “You've never seen Chuck E. rock like this!” The company, which began publicly discussing the reimage this spring, plans a full reveal of its new national ad campaign Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
NEWS
February 6, 1998 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's a late-night comedy writer's dream. All it needs is its own laugh track: A building is filled with politicians, lawyers and rats. An exterminator is called. Get rid of them, he's told. . . . You get the idea. It isn't an act likely to play well with the Los Angeles City Council and hundreds of other city employees preparing to move into their new quarters at City Hall East. In fact, they might want to leave all their food, plants and stacks of papers behind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1985 | DAVID REYES, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County judge on Thursday watched cockroaches skitter across a kitchen floor and found rodents inside some apartments during an unusual hearing to examine conditions at two Santa Ana buildings whose residents are staging a rent strike. Municipal Judge C.
NATIONAL
March 9, 2012 | By Richard Fausset
The pilgrims flock to greater Orlando by the millions, arriving by plane and by minivan to worship the beloved rodent. But these days, another kind of rodent -- one without the fetching smile, the four-fingered gloves or the happy, yelpy little voice -- is plaguing the lives of locals. It goes by the name Rattus rattus , the black rat, and it's having a banner season in Orange County, Fla., home of Orlando, Disney World and Mickey Mouse. David Breen of the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Orange County Health Department has received 45 calls about rats since the start of February.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2011 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
It started last month when workers at a Paso Robles wastewater treatment plant noticed what appeared to be a giant rodent roaming the facility. The creature eventually swam toward the Salinas River and disappeared from sight, but not before worker Nick Kamp had taken a few photos. He and a co-worker called the California Department of Fish and Game to report what they had seen. Responding wardens used the pictures to confirm that the animal was in fact a capybara — an adult they believe weighs 100 to 120 pounds.
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