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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Matt Stevens and Martha Groves
A dead seal continues to stink up Pacific Coast Highway and its nearby Malibu beachfront as officials have spent days working out exactly what to do with it.   Caltrans spokeswoman Lauren Wonder said the agency was told Tuesday that a dead seal had been dragged onto a storm drain near the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Corral Canyon Road. Wonder said the agency was informed Wednesday that is was illegal to remove a dead animal and that they needed to first contact the California Academy of Sciences Department of Ornithology and Mammalogy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 2014 | By David Zahniser
The Times filed a motion Friday opposing a court order that would bar public access to records in a sexual harassment case involving Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar. The newspaper said it is seeking to be heard on the public's right to access records in the lawsuit filed last year by former Huizar Deputy Chief of Staff Francine Godoy because the case involves "matters of substantial public interest. " Huizar attorney Dennis Walsh filed paperwork four weeks ago seeking a protective order to prohibit disclosure of "private and sensitive information" until it becomes evidence at trial.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 2013 | By Matt Stevens and Martha Groves
The dead seal stinking up Malibu has been hauled away, apparently by a private citizen in a rubber boat, officials said Thursday. Andrew Hughan of state Department of Fish and Wildlife said the seal was carted away from the corner of Pacific Coast Highway and Corral Canyon Road sometime Thursday afternoon.  California Department of Transportation spokesman Patrick Chandler said a maintenance employee was told that “someone pulled up...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Clint Eastwood's latest movie, "American Sniper," kicked off with a bang in Los Angeles County this week. The Warner Bros. film, which stars Bradley Cooper as a Navy SEAL who recounts his military exploits, began 10 days of filming Monday in an Afghan village set at the Blue Cloud Movie Ranch in the Santa Clarita area. The scenes involved "simulated warfare sequences with full load automatic gunfire, explosions, squibs, bullet hits, smoke, burning debris," according to a county film permit.
OPINION
August 3, 2010
California lawmakers should reject a bill that would give families of murdered children the power to keep autopsy reports sealed from public view. Although the desire to shield traumatized parents from further pain is understandable, SB 982 would undermine public oversight of the criminal justice system and in the end would do little to protect families. The bill, by Sen. Dennis Hollingsworth (R-Murrieta), is one of several legislative responses to the recent high-profile killings of teenagers Chelsea King and Amber Dubois.
SCIENCE
May 23, 2012 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Israeli archaeologists digging near the city of Jerusalem have discovered an ancient clay bulla, about 2,700 years old, bearing the name Bethlehem. The artifact is the only known ancient reference to the city of Jesus' birth found outside the Bible, experts said. The find shows not only that the city existed, but that it probably also had a thriving commercial trade. A bulla is a piece of clay used to make an impression in wax, sealing a document. The wax was intended to show the integrity of the document once it reached its final destination.
HOME & GARDEN
June 20, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Update: "Project Runway" host and executive producer Heidi Klum and her husband, singer-songwriter Seal, have sold their Beverly Hills Post Office-area estate for $7 million. It came on the market in May at $6.9 million and was in escrow within two weeks. The more than 9,000-square-foot house sits behind gates on more than 4 acres. Features include a glass-enclosed wine vault in the dining room, a wood-paneled library, six bedrooms and 91/2 bathrooms. A tennis court and swimming pool are among the outdoor amenities.
BUSINESS
April 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
A seal of approval for computers that interconnect easily with other makes--the COS Mark--was announced Tuesday by an influential group of computer makers and users. Big computer buyers led by General Motors Corp. and the federal government demanded such a program because of dissatisfaction with the existing cacophony in communications between computers.
OPINION
January 7, 2014
Re "The cross and the county seal," Editorial, Jan. 3 The Times misses the mark. The purpose of a municipal seal is to reflect the culture and history of a region and its people. In Los Angeles County, our history began with the founding of the San Gabriel Mission in 1771. The mission was recognized as an important icon to the region and hence added to the seal in 2004. However, the current rendering of the mission on the seal is artistically and architecturally inaccurate.
MAGAZINE
March 19, 2006
Wednesday is International Day of the Seal. It has been sanctioned by Congress, so you know it's important. Although it's easy to find web-footed mammals in Southern California, there's a problem: They're boring. "They don't do much," says Omar De La Rosa, bartender at Luau Larry's, a Catalina Island establishment infamous for the Wiki Wacker cocktail. "They kind of look like people who have spent too much time here."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Orange County prosecutors have ended their quest to use recorded conversations between the suspect in the Seal Beach mass killing and a jailhouse informant, which they had hoped could put the man on death row. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Howard Gundy told the court Tuesday he would concede a defense motion arguing that tapes of Scott Dekraai and informant Fernando Perez were obtained in violation of Dekraai's 6th Amendment rights. The recordings spurred a wide-ranging defense investigation into the use of jailhouse informants in Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Orange County prosecutors have ended their quest to use recorded conversations between the alleged Seal Beach mass killer and a jailhouse informant, which they had hoped could put the man on death row. Senior Deputy Dist. Atty. Howard Gundy told the court Tuesday he would concede a defense motion which argued that tapes of alleged gunman Scott Dekraai and informant Fernando Perez were obtained in violation of Dekraai's 6th amendment rights. The recordings spurred a wide-ranging defense investigation into the use of jailhouse informants in Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
A legal fight over the use of jailhouse informants has thrown the emotionally charged trial of the man accused of committing the deadliest shooting in Orange County history into jeopardy and will probably have repercussions in other high-profile cases. The battle has shifted the spotlight from the case against Seal Beach shooting suspect Scott Dekraai to prosecutors and informants, who have testified for weeks in hearings over allegations by the defense that jailhouse snitches were unconstitutionally deployed to gather information, and their work was then routinely concealed from defense attorneys.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2014 | By Susan King
Valerie Harper is positively radiant these days. There's a sparkle in her eyes and a genuine warmth in her smile. Why not? She's defied the odds. Early last year, Harper was told she had three months to live. Harper, a non-smoker who had a cancerous tumor removed from her lung in 2009, has a rare form of lung cancer that had spread to areas around her brain.  "I was supposed to be dead a year ago," said Harper, 74. "We are all terminal, let's face it.  I did the shock and grief.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 14, 2014
Patrick Seale Patrick Seale, 83, a veteran British journalist whose books established him as the leading expert on modern Syria, died Friday in London, according to family and friends. He had been diagnosed with brain cancer last year. Seale is best known for his authoritative biography of the late Syrian President Hafez Assad, "Assad of Syria: The Struggle for the Middle East. " Published in 1988, the book is considered the definitive work on Assad, the father of Syria's current leader.
SPORTS
April 13, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX - Clayton Kershaw and Brian Wilson might be on the disabled list because of the Dodgers' shortened spring training before they opened the season in Australia, but the team's hitters appear to be completely unaffected. The Dodgers are alone in first place in the National League West, in large part because of their offense, which had another spectacular day Sunday in an 8-6, sweep-sealing victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth consecutive game, Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe also belted home runs, and Dee Gordon swiped a career-high four bases.
NEWS
June 26, 1989 | From the Washington Post
To the bureaucrats in the Interior Department's environmental protection division, the fur-bearing seal of northern Canada and Alaska is a commodity with a price tag of precisely $15. Part of a computer model aimed at calculating the economic costs of environmental damage from toxic spills, the figure is supposed to reflect the market value of a seal pelt. Geese, on the other hand, have been assigned values of up to $35.74 each, a price derived from analyzing their popularity among hunters.
OPINION
September 17, 2004
Re "Officials Vote to Replace County Seal," Sept. 15: Let's save Los Angeles County $800,000. Keep the seal (it's history, not religion) and get rid of the ACLU and the three supervisors who were cowardly enough to vote to "embrace the new seal." What is wrong with these people? A mission without a cross? Who will finally stand up to the ACLU? Not those three supervisors. I say let the ACLU sue, and keep the seal, as is (or was). Charlene Fleming Manhattan Beach
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
After years of eliminating jobs in Southern California, aerospace giant Boeing Co. announced plans to increase its engineering workforce in Long Beach and Seal Beach by 1,000 positions. It is a rare and welcome development for the Southland's beleaguered aerospace industry, which has been stung by layoffs and assembly line closures for decades. "I couldn't be happier for the region," Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster said. "We want to continue to carry on our aviation tradition here.
SPORTS
April 5, 2014 | By James Barragan
By the time two of the L.A. KISS' star players were lowered from the Honda Center ceiling during introductions for the team's home opener, the team's fans were ready to rock and roll all night and party every down. Behind four touchdowns from wide receiver Donovan Morgan and a league-record six sacks in one game for Beau Bell, the KISS won its first game at its home venue in Anaheim, 44-34, in front of 12,045 fans. The victory improved the KISS' record to 2-1 while setting a league record of 11 team sacks in one game.
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