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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A landscaper digging in the front yard of a Calabasas home on Monday afternoon stumbled upon a World War II relic - an empty MK II hand grenade shell.  The grenade shell was found about 4:20 p.m. at a home in the 24700 block of Calle Largo, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Several nearby homes were evacuated as a precaution and the grenade body was taken away for disposal. The evacuation lasted about two hours, the Sheriff's Department said. ALSO: Man accused of killing store clerk is due in court Tuesday   Riverside teen shoots, kills father inside family home, police say   Police seek man who allegedly shot and killed 19-year-old in Artesia Twitter: @aribloomekatz | Facebook ari.bloomekatz@latimes.com
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2005
The debut of the new $25-million Hollywood Bowl shell last season has opened a new chapter in the history of the landmark, retaining its iconic scalloped shape while incorporating a halo-like canopy into the design to improve acoustics. The new Bowl is the latest in a series of shells that date back to the early 1920s.
NATIONAL
November 19, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A tortoise's zookeepers in Cleveland are the ones feeling slow after discovering after more than 50 years that "Mary" is actually a male. Officials at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo say it can be tough to establish the sex of a Aldabra giant tortoise because the reproductive organs normally aren't visible. But Mary's maleness was revealed this month during a routine exam. A spokesman says the zoo is renaming the tortoise Terry. When the reptile arrived at the zoo in 1955, it was assumed he was a she because of a flatter shell, shorter tail and smaller size than most males.
SPORTS
August 12, 1992 | STEVE SPRINGER
Elvis has returned. As a Raider. Suspended defensive back-special teams captain Elvis Patterson, his career as a Raider and perhaps in the NFL in jeopardy, has been reinstated by the Raiders. The 31-year-old Patterson was suspended by Coach Art Shell on July 31 after Patterson got into a dispute with defensive backfield coach Jack Stanton. That argument ended when Patterson body-slammed the 54-year-old Stanton to the ground. The incident occurred in Flagstaff, Ariz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2005 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Residents of a Morongo Valley neighborhood were startled Friday morning to find what appeared to be a Russian Scud missile on a truck parked on their street. California Highway Patrol officers determined that the missile, destined for an Air Force facility in Tonopah, Nev., was an inert shell used for training -- and not a threat.
FOOD
December 29, 2012 | By Russ Parsons, Los Angeles Times
If you ever needed a reminder of how much good there is in the world - and these days, who doesn't? - just cook a Dungeness crab. It is so easy to prepare; the meat is so sweet and tender; it is so nearly perfect just as it comes in its original wrapper. Surely, some greater power must love us mightily to give us anything that delivers such pleasure and demands so little. Every year at the holidays my family has a ritual dinner of crab. We sit around and eat as much of it as we possibly can and tell the stories of our year.
NATIONAL
February 1, 2010 | By Tim Darragh
Throughout history, there wasn't all that much to making a drum. Get a strong tubular shell. Stretch a skin over it. Hit it. The general principle hadn't changed much, even in modern times. Then William J. Bausch III had a dream. "I was building a drum shell out of stray pieces of wood," he recalled. In his dream, he cut wedges off the tops and bottoms of the wood, and used them to separate the vertical staves. Three years later, Bausch has a fledgling drum-making business and a 20-year patent for his so-called vertically vented drum shell design.
NATIONAL
May 4, 2012
Lyndon B. Johnson was president, "My Fair Lady" swept the Oscars and Martin Luther King Jr.  was leading marches across the South. The year 1965 was also when a 13-year-old boy in Pennsylvania found a box turtle, carved his initials and the year into its rock-hard shell, and then let the creature go. He forgot about it until this week when his father, who still lives on the property, found a box turtle meandering on his land, turned it over,...
NATIONAL
March 14, 2010 | By Anthony Colarossi
They're not as menacing as Burmese pythons proliferating in the Everglades, but giant African snails are targets of the government too. The invasive mollusks are considered a major plant pest and a potential public health threat because they can spread diseases, including meningitis. Now federal and state authorities are seeking to prevent the large, slimy, shell-toting snails from reestablishing themselves in Florida. Once established, agricultural officials said, the mollusks "can create a giant swath of destruction."
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