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December 9, 2008
Re "Trash, civilization's manna," Opinion, Dec. 3, and "Hunting and gathering -- and starving in rural Zimbabwe," Column One, Dec. 3 In his Op-Ed article, Craig Childs states, "There's something primal and deeply satisfying about searching for the manna of civilization." In the Column One article on Zimbabwe, The Times reports that "people search for scraps in garbage dumps, working shoulder to shoulder with baboons." The juxtaposition of these two articles in the same edition of The Times is deeply disturbing, and one would hope that Childs might reconsider his blithe and light-hearted comments.
December 26, 2013 | By Annlee Ellingson
On the heels of her remarkable documentary "The Arbor," writer-director Clio Barnard returns to the Bradford area in northern England for a contemporary fable inspired by an Oscar Wilde fairy tale. In this version, "The Selfish Giant" is Kitten (Sean Gilder), the proprietor of a scrap yard, but the story centers on a character named Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend, Swifty (Shaun Thomas), two misfit teenagers who skip school to scavenge metal for Kitten. Arbor's on meds for what's probably ADHD, his prescription routinely nicked by his older brother to sell on the street.
January 21, 1990
I have been reading with much interest all the stories about the great "trash scavenging incident" occurring daily throughout Orange County. What a sorry commentary it makes on those of us who get scavenged off (the "haves") and those who scavenge (the "have-nots"). Does it really make a difference to the haves that their trash is rummaged through? I mean after all, it is our garbage. By putting it out at the street, we have indicated that we are through with it--it is trash. And after all, the Supreme Court has upheld the fact that we give up our right to privacy once we put trash at the curb--any items found in it can be used as evidence against us. There are two things that really bug me about this whole situation: We claim to be in the midst of a trash/landfill crisis--we're rapidly running out of space to throw our garbage, and even now are opening up state-of-the-art landfills (Bee Canyon)
July 19, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
When not running Amazon, what does CEO Jeff Bezos do? Go looking for NASA's garbage. On Friday, Bezos confirmed that his team had retrieved the Apollo 11 No. 5 engine from the ocean floor on a mission in March. That was what they had hoped, but with the pieces stamped with serial numbers missing or corroded after decades under 14,000 feet of seawater, they weren't sure if idenfitication was possible. Now there is specific evidence that this hunk of metal is of the engine that first sent man to the moon.
March 25, 1995 | KAY HWANGBO
Following the lead of his colleague Laura Chick, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon on Friday successfully lobbied for two pilot programs to pay for a police crackdown on trash scavengers in his northeast Valley district. The City Council voted to give $10,000 each to the LAPD's Foothill and North Hollywood divisions to more aggressively prosecute bottle thieves.
July 25, 1996
Nothing beats an undercover police officer parked quietly in Long Beach's sprawling alleyways. That's the conclusion city officials are reaching as frustration mounts among residents over recycling scavengers who continue to swipe material from curbside trash containers.
The call came in on a two-way radio from a member of a Neighborhood Watch group on patrol in Reseda. An aging, blue van with tinted windows was spotted cruising slowly along Victory Boulevard, stopping a few times on each block. When police stopped the van to question the two men and young boy inside, they found that contraband that the team of citizen volunteers and police officers had been looking for: old newspapers and receipts from the sale of recyclables.
August 3, 1995
One person's trash is another person's treasure. Old adage aside, the residents of Parnell Avenue in West Los Angeles have lost patience with a particularly messy set of neighbors. For more than 20 years, they have shared their well-kept residential street with a family that hoards trash in epic proportions, flooding their front lawn on a nightly basis with a slew of cans, bottles, newspapers and plastic bags, some of which they sort and sell to an independent contractor the next day.
July 27, 1995
The rising cost of newsprint is luring an increasing number of scavengers to Pasadena households' curbside recycling bins. Those illicit entrepreneurs better not mess with former Mayor Rick Cole. Cole recently made a citizen's arrest of a woman he allegedly caught helping herself to his cans and newspapers before the city could pick them up. "She was what I believe you'd call a professional scavenger," Cole said. "She wasn't someone on the streets."
November 10, 1995 | JEFF KASS
In an effort to curtail the theft of recyclable goods, the City Council has adopted an ordinance prohibiting people from scavenging through trash cans. The ordinance carries a $50 fine for first-time violators. Councilwoman Lisa Mills suggested that the city adopt the ordinance because she had received about half a dozen calls over the previous six months from people complaining about scavenging.
June 10, 2013 | By Kate Mather
Margarita Gomez walked the Santa Monica College campus each morning and afternoon, collecting cans and other recyclables to help pay the bills. She didn't have much money, but friends said she regularly saved some of the change she got for her cans and gave to charity. Her apartment was across the street from the school, where she was a familiar face. The 68-year-old usually didn't check the college for recyclables on Fridays, her son said. But she was outside the library the day authorities say John Zawahri carried a semi-automatic rifle onto campus and opened fire, striking Gomez before going inside the building.
May 11, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
The Aquarium of the Pacific's newest exhibit introduces visitors to an eerie world beyond the reach of sunshine: the bottom of the ocean, a strange seascape of crushing pressure, volcanic fissures and an abundance of cryptic creatures. The Wonders of the Deep gallery, which is scheduled to open to the public May 24, will be one of the few places where visitors can marvel over bioluminescent fish and opportunistic scavengers that inhabit the biological oases created by dead marine mammals that sink to the bottom.
August 26, 2012 | By Aida Ahmad, Los Angeles Times
It's a hot summer morning and the campers trundle through the gates of a Pasadena grade school, then fall in with their age groups: the Seeds, the Dates, the Coconuts and the Trees. A day of typical camp activities awaits: scavenger hunts, a "pirates and princesses" dress-up play and water-balloon tosses. But there is a difference here: Those activities are sandwiched between Koran recital, the Dzhur afternoon prayer and story time that includes tales about Mecca and Muhammad. Even as one of the counselors tries to bring order to the paper boat race, it's a moment peppered in faith.
May 28, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
HBO's two-for-one biopic "Hemingway & Gellhorn," which would more appropriately reverse the order of those names, dramatizes the stormy coming together and falling apart of the famous novelist and his third wife, war correspondent Martha Gellhorn. The film, which premieres Monday, is a big-name affair, with Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman in the leads and Philip Kaufman directing a screenplay by Barbara Turner ("Pollock") and Jerry Stahl ("Bad Boys II"). But - though it is clearly based on research, with dialogue that scavenges the principals' own writing - it is never quite believable, either as history or drama.
January 18, 2012 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
In many ways, Paulus Smit had made the Yorba Linda library his home. It was there that he read his favorite car magazines and daily newspapers and on sunny days, more often than not, sat under one of the magnolia trees. He was not consistently homeless, yet Smit, 57, had become a friendly fixture in the small town, where horse trails run along sidewalks and residents feel connected. There is a series of wide, wall-lined steps on the side of the sleek, nicely apportioned library. About 4 p.m. on the afternoon of Dec. 30, those steps became a killing ground.
January 31, 2011 | By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Times
In one city, officials want to lock them up. In another, they want to lock them out. Responding to complaints from residents who say they're fed up with trash scavengers, Newport Beach officials voted recently to criminalize the practice; in Costa Mesa, officials are considering a plan to keep garbage under lock and key. The actions, officials say, are intended to thwart a growing number of curbside collectors who cruise neighborhoods in...
November 23, 1990 | FRANK MESSINA
The City Council has approved an ordinance prohibiting scavenging from recycling bins that will be used for the city's curbside recycling program that begins next month. "We had to take the precaution," said Mayor Christian W. Keena. "We had some concerns about people going through the city in trucks and emptying the curbside bins." Those violating the ordinance would be guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine and jail time, said Damian Hopp, assistant city manager.
June 10, 1995 | KAY HWANGBO
A crackdown on trash scavengers by the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Division has been a rousing success, Councilwoman Laura Chick has announced. The push to better enforce the city's anti-scavenging law has resulted in a 30% increase in the amount of recyclables collected by sanitation workers, adding $8,000 to the city's coffers each month. "The program clearly pays for itself," Chick said in a prepared statement.
October 21, 2010
Explore the spirits, secrets and legends of one of Los Angeles' oldest neighborhoods at L.A. Conservancy's second annual Scavenger Hunt. Teams of intrepid ghost hunters will explore some of the area's spookiest Victorian mansions, armed with flashlights and a digital camera. A portion of the admission benefits the conservancy. Angelino Heights Area, Echo Park. 4-6:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $30. (213) 623-2489.
March 21, 2010 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Three hours into the race, it was the butt scooter that nearly did Scott Ramsay in. "Burniiing!" he hollered to his teammate Fatima Santos. "I'm cramping up! We gotta keep moving. Let's go!" As the couple rushed from a West Hollywood park toward the finish line in Pershing Square, it was obvious they would not take first or probably even 50th place in Saturday's fourth annual Great Urban Race. But no matter. For many of the 700 or so racers who signed up, it was less about the finish line than the wacky adventures on the way. A combination scavenger hunt, brain teaser, obstacle course and footrace, the event unfolded like a masquerade party with a to-do list.
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