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SCIENCE
March 18, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Roosters, famously, crow in the early morn -- but scientists don't fully understand why they unleash their voices when they do.  After all, roosters have also been known to make a racket when other animals or birds are about, when a car starts, or when lights turn on in the middle of the night.  So do they crow because they see the morning light, or because they hear other roosters? Or do they have some kind of internal body clock that lets them know that's it's time to unleash their peals?
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies seized 19 roosters and detained four people, including an 85-year-old man, over the weekend after discovering an alleged cockfighting ring, authorities said Tuesday. About 11 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to complaints about a group of cars parked on private land near the Santa Maria Airport, said Santa Barbara County sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover. When the deputies arrived at the wooded area, Hoover said, they found about 20 cars parked in a field and could hear roosters.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 3, 1997 | AL MARTINEZ
These are the dog days, the sultry, uncomfortable time of an early summer that can leave a guy feeling edgy and ready for a fight. They start off a cool gray then gradually burn brighter and wetter and, while not quite an afternoon in Miami, they aren't the kinds of days that make you want to love your neighbor or his damned rooster.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2013 | By Merle Haggard
Ray Price was the mentor and the leader. He was discovered and brought to Columbia Records by Lefty Frizzell, and he made his first record on Columbia with Lefty's band. That was a song called "If You're Ever Lonely Darling. " After that, after he made his debut on Columbia, he gave many other people a chance to do the same thing. He brought Roger Miller to the surface, and he gave Willie Nelson a job in his band. In 1966, I was on tour with Ray down in the states of Texas and Oklahoma, and that was the first time I met Ray. Of course, I was a fan for many years before that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Riverside County officials have euthanized 134 roosters found on a property near the small desert town of Oasis during an investigation into a suspected cockfighting ring, authorities said Saturday. Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department discovered the roosters, several boxes of blades, a cockfighting ring and a trophy after responding to a report of animal cruelty at the property on Thursday, said Cpl. Joshua Morales, a department spokesman. The roosters had to be euthanized because they were raised to fight and are too aggressive to enter a normal population, Morales said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2009 | David Zahniser
Hoping to quell the amount of crowing across the city, the Los Angeles City Council passed a law today limiting the number of roosters that each household can own. On a 12-0 vote, the council agreed to allow only one rooster per property unless such birds are part of a "permitted and licensed commercial, agricultural or industrial business" -- and on a street with the proper zoning. Roosters can be heard in a number of neighborhoods in the city, from Wilmington near the harbor to the northern edge of the San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 1999 | STEVE HARVEY
In the late 1980s, Kent Bridwell was a commissioner of the Superior Court, during which time he collected the following colorful typos and offbeat declarations: * "As to those statements which express an onion. . . ." * "When a recess was called in Courtroom 81, I immediately left the courtroom and checked the rooster. . . ." * "Notice of motion and order . . . requiring defendant . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS and YUNG KIM and MIMI KO CRUZ
Supervisor William G. Steiner will be presenting "the Roosters" with a special resolution for 21 years of community service. The Roosters, a group of businessmen who meet monthly, raise money for charity organizations that help disadvantaged children. In 1997, the Roosters donated $90,000 for children in need and served Christmas dinner to 150 families around Orange County. The award ceremony will take place at noon March 12 at the Chanteclair restaurant.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
When she was a baby, Milcha Sanchez-Scott used to go to cockfights. "I was surprised when my father told me about it, because my parents aren't the kind of people who go to cockfights," said the recent Rockefeller Grant recipient, whose play "Roosters" opens Friday at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. "But in Indonesia, where I was born, it's like a religious ceremony." To research her play, Sanchez-Scott, 33, dutifully re-entered the world of cockfighting. "I was obsessed," she said frankly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1993
Sixty-two roosters and a wide assortment of cockfighting paraphernalia have been seized from a semirural neighborhood in Compton where police believe birds are being trained to fight. Two homes on the 600 block of Bennett Avenue and at least one other house nearby are suspected of being used to train the roosters for illegal cockfights, said Police Chief Hourie Taylor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Riverside County officials have euthanized 134 roosters found on a property near the small desert town of Oasis during an investigation into a suspected cockfighting ring, authorities said Saturday. Deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department discovered the roosters, several boxes of blades, a cockfighting ring and a trophy after responding to a report of animal cruelty at the property on Thursday, said Cpl. Joshua Morales, a department spokesman. The roosters had to be euthanized because they were raised to fight and are too aggressive to enter a normal population, Morales said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2013 | By Bob Pool
“Hogwash!” was the cry when Neil, Sierra Madre's pot-bellied pig, got cited for being overweight. Specifically, an animal control officer labeled him a hog, which is illegal to possess in the tiny town northeast of Pasadena. The officer had been sent to the Montecito Avenue neighborhood where the 17-year-old pig lives to investigate reports of a noisy rooster, which is also illegal in Sierra Madre. When she looked over the picket fence next door, past the mailbox painted with a fanciful pig's head, she noticed Neil in the yard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies busted up a suspected cockfighting ring in the Antelope Valley on Monday, seizing nearly 300 birds, most of them groomed for battle. Authorities say they've seen a recent uptick in cockfighting cases, in which roosters are outfitted with razor-sharp blades and goaded into fighting - often to their bloody deaths - in illegal gambling events that draw tens of thousands of dollars in bets. "It's like any other crime pattern, it has peaks and valleys," said Lt. Keith Lieberman of the department's Community Oriented Services bureau.
SCIENCE
March 18, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
Roosters, famously, crow in the early morn -- but scientists don't fully understand why they unleash their voices when they do.  After all, roosters have also been known to make a racket when other animals or birds are about, when a car starts, or when lights turn on in the middle of the night.  So do they crow because they see the morning light, or because they hear other roosters? Or do they have some kind of internal body clock that lets them know that's it's time to unleash their peals?
NEWS
February 10, 2011 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Jeff Bridges had to sort through what he calls an "interesting batch of emotions" when the Coen brothers approached him with the idea of playing Rooster Cogburn in "True Grit. " "I said, 'Why do you want to remake that,' you know?" Bridges recalls. "But they were thinking about the book and not the movie, which was a relief for me. I didn't want to be emulating John Wayne. Who would?" He pauses, shakes his head and lets out a laugh. "Who could?" Bridges made the whiskey-soaked marshal enough of his own man to win an Oscar nomination, making Cogburn the 16th film character to earn more than one actor love from academy voters.
OPINION
February 8, 2011
An incident in Central California last week was so bizarre that the headlines it generated wouldn't be out of place in a supermarket tabloid next to tales of alien babies and Elvis sightings: "Man Killed by Rooster. " More specifically, one of the feathered contestants in an illegal cockfight in Tulare County, armed with a blade attached to its leg, apparently stabbed 35-year-old Jose Luis Ochoa in the calf, and Ochoa was declared dead of "sharp force injury" two hours later. This isn't the first time someone has died in what is supposed to be blood sport for birds; last summer in Merced, two men got into an argument over a $10 bet, one pulled out a gun and killed the other, and the victim's brother and another man allegedly beat the shooter to death.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 21, 1988 | DON SHIRLEY
A hard-kicking flyer is "the ultimate bird" in the world of cockfighting, we quickly learn in "Roosters" at Los Angeles Theatre Center. "Roosters" is something of a hard-kicking flyer itself. Playwright Milcha Sanchez-Scott kicks machismo around the stage until it hasn't a leg to stand on. Her play also flies, in the sense of ascending.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1986 | Ray Perez
Police have arrested a Fountain Valley resident accused of killing a Santa Ana man during the alleged theft of two roosters from a backyard, police said Friday. Police spokeswoman Maureen Thomas said Santa Ana police, with the aid of Fountain Valley police officers, arrested Jesus Vasquez Romo, 31, at his residence at 11571 Carnation Circle in Fountain Valley shortly before midnight Thursday. Romo is accused of the May 27 shooting of Salvador Saucedo Tinajero, 37.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
It wasn't the celluloid ghost of John Wayne that inspired the Coen brothers to go off into the dusty ravines and bleak prairie land of New Mexico to make "True Grit," their 15th feature film and first western. No, this was a project with a storybook beginning. The Coens grew up in a Minneapolis suburb, the children of academics. And in a house full of books, one of the novels that tugged at their imaginations was "True Grit," the quirky but intense 1968 western by Charles Portis.
BUSINESS
October 9, 2010 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
The building that is likely to be the biggest commercial real estate development started in Los Angeles County this year is not part of a movie studio, aerospace venture or other type of business readily associated with the area. It's all about hot sauce. Huy Fong Foods, best known as the maker of Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce with a rooster depicted on the label, broke ground this week on a 655,000-square-foot, $40-million headquarters and factory in Irwindale. The project will nearly triple the space occupied by Huy Fong, which now operates out of two buildings in Rosemead that it will give up when the new facility is finished.
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