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April 19, 2013 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The seals on the beach at the Children's Pool in La Jolla are on a roll -- in court. A judge Thursday turned down a request to shorten the rope barrier meant to protect the marine mammals from being harassed by the public. A group called Friends of the Children's Pool had asked that the rope, now stretching 152 feet, be shortened to 130 feet, thus increasing access to the water for swimmers and divers. But San Diego County Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman, who recently ruled that the rope should remain year-round, not just in pupping season, turned down the request.
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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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TRAVEL
March 8, 1998
I am a docent/guide for the Bay Net Cambria Elephant Seal program and actually let out a gasp of shock when I turned to "Big Seal Deal" (Weekend Escape, Feb. 15) and saw the photo accompanying Jeff Gottlieb's article that appeared to show visitors standing on the beach just a few feet away from the seals. One of the program's goals is to inform the public of appropriate behavior when visiting the elephant seal colony, which means visitors should not go down onto the beaches and intrude on their living space, both for the safety of humans and for the welfare of the seals.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 4, 1990
Concerning "The Woman Behind 'Navy SEALS,' " (July 25): Radical feminist cum producer Brenda Feigen states, "I'm glad I lost that election (she ran for a New York Senate seat) or I might still be in Albany instead of having produced my first film." Just imagine the horror--Feigen would still be in Albany were it not for the opportunity to use her feminist talents to produce another male-bonding, action-adventure flick to add to the summer glut. DAVID KRAMER Los Angeles
OPINION
December 14, 1997
I'm not convinced we can be smug about the seal tragedy not being a man-made disaster (Dec. 8). Aren't scientists attributing the severity of El Nino to climawtic changes resulting from our use of fossil fuels and our destruction of rain forests? There will never again be a "balance of nature" on this planet. All we can do is try to mitigate the damage we have caused. PHYLLIS ELLIOTT Santa Monica
NEWS
January 8, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Two mammals are drawn to a stretch of Northern California's coast at this time of year: northern elephant seals and humans eager to see them. Hundreds of the huge marine mammals cover the sands at Ano Nuevo State Park between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay to fight, mate and give birth. And Seal Adventure Weekend on Jan. 26 and 27 offers a rare opportunity to spend  half a day observing and photographing the extraordinary lust fest on the beach. "You'll see males without their own harems--we call them bachelors--lurking outside the harems, and the alpha bulls roaring at them," Joyce Pennell, president of the Coastside State Parks Assn., says of the event held during the height of the January breeding season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 1998
Re "Seal Hunt: It's a New Killing Season," April 18: Your article saddened and troubled me. And I wonder: How can men, who stand over defenseless animals whom they have just clubbed to death, go home and hold their wives tenderly in their arms? How can they bathe their children and read bedtime stories with visions of blood-splattered snow impressed on their minds? What compartmentalization must go on their lives and what effect does that have on their psyches? April 18 was one day when I wished I had not opened my morning paper.
SCIENCE
December 28, 2012 | By Kenneth R. Weiss
First came the polar bear. Now, the federal government has added two other marine mammals to the list of creatures threatened with extinction because of vanishing sea ice in a warming Arctic. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has officially listed bearded seal and the ringed seal as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The reason is not inadequate supplies of fish and other food for these seals, or excessive hunting by humans. It's the loss of their sea ice habitat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2013 | By Tony Perry
  SAN DIEGO -- A group that wants greater protection for the seals that lounge on the beach at the Children's Pool in La Jolla won a major round in court Friday. Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman agreed with the Animal Protection and Rescue League that a rope barrier meant to keep people away from the seals should remain year-round, not just during the November-to-May pupping season. "We are thrilled the seals will now have a rope barrier protecting them year-round from harassment and disturbance," said Bryan Pease, attorney for the Animal Protection and Rescue League.
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.
SCIENCE
July 31, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
We know deadly influenza can come from birds.  We know it can come from pigs.  Now it appears humans may face a danger of pandemic flu from seals, as well. Writing Tuesday in the online journal mBio , scientists at Columbia University and several other institutions described an outbreak of a new strain of H3N8 flu in harbor seals. Between September and December 2011, 162 of the seals - most under 6 months old - died in a pneumonia outbreak off the New England coast.  The die-off represented a mortality rate four times greater than expected.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
What's the best way to film a five-story drop? That was one of the questions faced by director Peter Berg - twice - while making "Lone Survivor," a war drama based on former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell's nonfiction account of a mission gone horribly awry in the mountains of Afghanistan. At a recent installment of the Envelope Screening Series , Berg talked about how he approached shooting two scenes in which a group of SEALs - including Mark Wahlberg as Luttrell and Emile Hirsch as fellow SEAL Danny Dietz - had no choice but to leap off a mountaintop for their lives.
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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