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March 6, 2011 | By Pico Iyer
In the long term, does it really matter if books are a thing of the past? So long as the book-length texts that used to appear within printed covers are still available in some form, so long as we can still summon the attention to follow many-chambered sentences and access the privacy and reflectiveness of a Thoreau, the intricate feelings and psychological acuity of a Proust, it hardly matters what kind of medium is bringing us our words. But if the library disappears, then we're really in trouble.
April 19, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Maybe it was the emotion of the moment. Or the difficulty of trying to find the right word in his third language. Either way, when Galaxy midfielder Marcelo Sarvas likened last month's Champions League series with Tijuana to a war, teammate Baggio Husidic could only shake his head. Husidic has experienced a real war. Trapped between competing armies in his native Bosnia, Husidic and his family fled for their lives, abandoning their comfortable home for a squalid refugee camp.
December 25, 1985 | Associated Press
A City Council vote on a move to declare Seattle a sanctuary for Salvadoran and Guatemalan refugees has been postponed until Jan. 6. The delay was requested by Council President Norm Rice, who was unable to get the required five votes for passage with some of the nine council members absent for the holidays.
February 3, 2014 | By Hugo Martin
A procedural rule will keep SeaWorld shareholders from considering a plan by animal rights activists to invest in whale sanctuaries. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals tried to bring the idea to shareholders in response to the documentary "Blackfish," which alleges mistreatment of captive killer whales at the parks. SeaWorld has refuted the allegations raised in "Blackfish. " As owners of 80 shares in SeaWorld Entertainment, PETA can suggest proposals to be included in proxy material mailed to all shareholders.
December 8, 1985
Why doesn't Los Angeles give sanctuary to illegal aliens from all parts of the world? Next it can secede from California and then from the United States. The country of Los Angeles could do whatever it wanted--write its own laws. CELIA SPIVEY Big Bear Lake
February 4, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
ALPINE, Calif. - For an animal whose primary goals in life were simply getting something to eat and maybe taking a snooze up a tree, a black bear now known as Meatball has shown an uncanny ability to influence his world and the people in it. When he started boldly roaming the hilly neighborhoods of Glendale, La Crescenta and Montrose, homeowners were initially charmed but then increasingly alarmed. When wildlife officials hit him with tranquilizer darts and relocated him deeper into the woods, he thwarted their efforts by finding his way back to suburbia.
May 27, 1994 | Associated Press
The International Whaling Commission voted overwhelmingly Thursday to make much of the Southern Hemisphere into a whale sanctuary. The move bans whaling in about 8 million square miles around Antarctica and thus protects more than 90% of the world's whales, which feed in large numbers in those waters. The proposal passed by a 23-1 vote, with six abstentions. Japan cast the only opposing vote. Fellow whaling nation Norway was not present at the vote.
February 11, 1986
Your editorial (Jan. 16), "Sanctuary: a Complex Case," is off base on several points. I have been privy to inside and high-level discussions on the "sanctuary" movement and can say without qualification that the Reagan Administration is not the least bit concerned if "the sanctuary movement generates public opposition to its policies in Central America," as you charge. The only concern is for our immigration laws to be enforced uniformly and, consequently, illegal alien smugglers will be prosecuted.
December 19, 1985
Daniel Lungren speaks of undermining the integrity of the law with the declaration by the L.A. City Council of "Sanctuary." I suggest that the Council's action does precisely the opposite: It upholds the integrity of the law by demanding the the 'law' have integrity. Hasn't Lungren heard of the concept of civil disobedience? The City Council is risking its political neck to make a statement about a grossly unfair and politically motivated immigration policy. I applaud them!
October 4, 1988
The position of people of conscience like Fathers Boyle, Olivares and Kennedy is reminiscent of the choice and position of the churches in Nazi Germany in the 1930s. These men have put their churches on the line by declaring public sanctuary. I support their actions and position of conscience. The INS raid of Sept. 27 on La Purisima Church in Orange County in the middle of Mass is a shocking reminder of the action of SS troops in Nazi Germany. I can only denounce this as an action of no conscience as well as being outside the law. SISTER DIANE DONOGHUE Los Angeles
January 27, 2014 | By Tony Barboza
Compliance with restrictions on fishing at marine sanctuaries off the coast of Southern California appears to be high two years after the reserves were created. The Marine Protected Areas bar or limit fishing in 50 zones spanning 15% of state waters from Santa Barbara County to the Mexican border. They took effect in the state's busiest region in 2012, with some favored fishing spots remaining open and others placed almost entirely off-limits to promote marine life conservation.
January 14, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The booming illegal international wildlife trade forced conservationists to do the unthinkable Tuesday: Brand the golden domes of two of the rarest tortoises on Earth to reduce their black market value by making it easier for authorities to trace them if stolen. "It's heartbreaking that it's come to this, but it's the right thing to do," Paul Gibbons, managing director of the nonprofit Turtle Conservancy's Behler Chelonian Center in Ventura County, said as he gently placed a 30-pound adult female ploughshare tortoise on a small table.
November 10, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
A keeper at an Oregon sanctuary for big cats was killed over the weekend, and sanctuary officials hinted Sunday that she may have been violating safety rules when she was attacked by one of the animals. WildCat Haven Sanctuary officials said Renee Radziwon-Chapman had been a head keeper for eight years at the Sherwood, Ore., facility in the Portland suburbs. She was found dead in an enclosure Saturday evening. KGW News in Portland reported that she was killed by a cougar. Clackamas County Sheriff's Sgt. Robert Wurpes told the Associated Press that the animal suspected of killing Radziwon-Chapman was locked in a cage after the attack.
October 30, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
Scientists spent years mapping where top ocean predators gather to feed in large numbers along the West Coast in an attempt to better understand the threats they face from humans. Using electronic tags, researchers tracked the movements of whales, sea lions, sea turtles and other species to find where they overlap most with two dozen man-made pressures, including warming and acidifying waters, fishing, pollution and shipping. The good news? Many of the predators' most threatened hangouts, they found, are already in marine sanctuaries, notably the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary that stretches along the Central California coast from San Francisco to Cambria.
October 23, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Bob Barker was fairly glowing Monday after he'd welcomed former Toronto zoo elephants Iringa, Thika and Toka to their new home at the PAWS animal sanctuary in San Andreas, Calif. - a journey the former game-show host reportedly funded to the tune of nearly $1 million. Upon watching the animals' arrival Sunday, "I had a lump in my throat, I had tears in my eyes. I've discovered that the older I get, the easier I cry. ... The ones that were crying the most were those miserable zoo keepers in Toronto," said Barker, for years a standout animal activist, in a Monday news conference ( via Fox 40 )
October 3, 2013 | By Robert Abele
A veteran cowboy would seem to be a difficult subject to resist for a documentarian, as the cowboy life tends to be a potent combination of scenic beauty, storytelling richness and mythic personality. So even when it meanders, and "Running Wild: The Life of Dayton O. Hyde" occasionally does, director Suzanne Mitchell has a ready supply of landscape and lore to corral viewers back in again. The Michigan-born, Berkeley-educated Hyde, a gently grizzled, soft-spoken conservationist now in his late 80s, certainly earns his bio-doc credentials as the man behind a 12,000-acre wild-horse sanctuary in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
August 27, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Los Angeles is known for its endless miles of faceless strip malls. However, true Angelenos know that greatness often lurks in the midst of all that beige paint and unappealing signage. And we react with the pleasure of true urban explorers when we stumble across a hidden gem in this tangled concrete jungle of ours. That's just how I felt when I visited Jay's Bar in Silver Lake on a recent Friday evening. The place quietly opened in February. So quietly, in fact, that it completely evaded my razor-sharp bar radar (let's call it my "bardar")
April 15, 2013 | By Danielle McCrea
LAS VEGAS -- A dirt road just outside this desert city ends in chills: 40 caged lions roaring and ready for visitors. But the crowds aren't coming.  The Lion Habitat Ranch is a sanctuary for big cats, the legacy of the original MGM Grand lion that growls before each feature film. For more than a decade, the wild cats were the main attraction at the MGM Grand Casino's lion habitat, a 5,000-square-foot, glass-encased structure that was closed in 2011 as part of a major renovation.
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