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August 17, 2012 | By Craig Nakano
If American worker productivity drops in the third quarter of 2012, I'm fairly certain the cause will be traced back to this: iPet Companion, a "virtual play room" that allows anyone, anywhere, to play with criminally cute, reprehensibly distracting orphan cats waiting to be adopted in city shelters. The Los Angeles Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay Neuter Center, a Mission Hills facility owned by the city of Los Angeles and operated by the nonprofit animal welfare organization Best Friends, launched its iPet Companion virtual play room Wednesday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The gun scare at the Point Loma submarine base that led to a "shelter in place" order was caused when an enlisted sailor playfully pointed an air pistol out of a barracks window, the base commander said Thursday. The sailor was firing the pistol at a mirror in a parking lot when someone saw the gun and made a report of a "suspicious person with a gun," said Capt. Scott Adams. That led to the "shelter in place" order and brought base security, the FBI and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service rushing to the scene.
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NEWS
August 7, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Travel & Deal blogger
The Uma Ubud hotel offers Discover Ubud Culture tour packages for two, three or four nights in Ubud, the cultural and artsy center of Bali. Itinerary: The two-night tour includes yoga classes and a guided walk to see the Bedugul Mountains and markets in town. Guests can choose a half-day bike ride around Kintamani, a three-hour chauffeured tour of Ubud or a half-day white-water rafting trip on the Ayung River. (All are included for guests who stay four nights.) Dates: Hotel-tour packages are offered indefinitely.
NATIONAL
April 2, 2014 | Times Staff and Wire Reports, This post has been updated.
Foot Hood officials said they have received an initial report that a shooter at the base is dead, but the information is unconfirmed, the statement said.  Fort Hood's Directorate of Emergency Services also said that injured personnel are being transported to Carl R. Darnall Medical Center and other local hospitals. Numerous law enforcement agencies are in support and on the scene. The number of injured are not confirmed at this time, the statement said. No further details were released.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 1989
Your editorial ("Shelter Imperative," Aug. 25) was underscored in the article by Penelope McMillan on the eviction of several disabled people, with very little notice and no relocation payments (Metro, Aug. 29). Though these tragedies must certainly be rectified, the crucial point of the article was that about 200 single-room-occupancy hotels have been torn down over the last 10 years, leaving only 273 remaining. This has resulted in a situation repeated throughout the nation, that of homelessness.
NEWS
August 29, 2012 | By S. Irene Virbila
Am I dreaming? I have always wanted an umbrella that looked like a head of lettuce. Hasn't everyone? And now, via the Japanese design blog Spoon & Tamago , it's here. You'll have to order the Vegetabrella   from Japan for 4,725 yen (about $60), but that's a small inconvenience to be the first in your neighborhood (should it ever rain again) to shelter from the rain in such a nifty manner. Closed, it really does look like a fresh head of Romaine. Designed by Yurie Mano for H Concept and manufactured by the family-owned Tokyo Noble , it has a clever closure that looks like a produce band and stays slightly crinkled when unfolded and in use. Vegetabrella from Koncent in Japan (the site, unfortunately is only in Japanese)
NATIONAL
April 27, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
A year after devastating tornadoes swept through Alabama, a preliminary study has found that less than half of those who died received some warning and many of those who took protective action were killed in shelters that could not withstand the strong winds. The study, which has yet to be published, was carried out by researchers at the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Red Cross, CDC spokeswoman Vivi Abrams said by telephone. The American Red Cross shares disaster data with the CDC. “These were catastrophic winds that could destroy pretty much anything in its path,” Cindy Chiu, an epidemic intelligence service officer, said, describing the preliminary findings at a CDC conference this month.
NATIONAL
October 29, 2012 | By David Zucchino
PHILADELPHIA--With her apartment key dangling on a lanyard around her neck and a small tote bag under her arm, Venus Jones Johnson trudged through a driving rain. She was seeking shelter from the storm Monday morning, walking through rain-swollen streets to a Red Cross emergency center at West Philadelphia High School. Johnson, 45, lives alone in a rented room. Frightened by TV reports of a monster storm called Sandy, she didn't want to risk riding out the impending disaster at home, by herself.
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
In the months since we previewed the innovative new South Los Angeles Animal Care Center, the $9-million facility - which our original story said might open as early as July, and which later was scheduled to open in October - still has yet to welcome its first residents. “There is not a firm date,” said Brenda Barnette, general manager of Los Angeles Animal Services. “We hope to move the third week in January.” The design, by West Hollywood architect Rania Alomar, includes raised puppy kennels so animals are easier to see and more likely to be adopted, plus retractable roofs on the outdoor kennels, radiant floor heating and misters for added climate control.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
An animal shelter set up for the massive Mountain fire has morphed into a "Noah's Ark" as people fleeing the flames have dropped off a colorful collection of pets, officials said Thursday evening. The animals at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus include two pygmy goats, a tree frog, an African Grey Parrot, two show horses and about 60 cats and dogs. There are also chickens that laid two blue eggs, according to the Riverside County Department of Animal Services. "It's kind of like a Noah's Ark," department spokesman John Welsh told The Times.  The shelter, at 581 S. Grand Ave. in San Jacinto, has been operating around the clock since evacuation orders were issued.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Amy Hubbard
Just in time for April Fools' Day, a new video shows how a Glendale shelter, with the help of a TV chef and others, pulled the wool over the eyes of the homeless. Their surprise was a filet mignon dinner in a fancy restaurant setting. "Feeding the Homeless -- Prank It FWD" is from Break.com and Greg Benson's MediocreFilms. Benson has worn many hats, including that of character actor. He's the man behind the popular " cellphone crashing" videos on YouTube. In those, Benson eavesdrops and insinuates himself into cellphone conversations.
OPINION
February 27, 2014 | By Amy Goldman Koss
When I appear at the fence of the Glendale homeless shelter with my rolling suitcase, I hear cries of "It's the book lady" or, if I'm with my daughter, "It's the book ladies; let them in!" At that point, we are allowed to cut to the front of the line and pass through the gate without being wanded or searched. We then head for a table in the hall where we empty our suitcase and spread out our books. Since I'm on the board of the Friends of the Glendale Public Library, I collect most of the books I bring from the red-dot, super-sale bookshelf at the library.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 | By Gale Holland
The city of Lancaster is the end of the line for Metrolink commuter trains northbound from Los Angeles and Glendale. So when the homeless count in the Antelope Valley quadrupled, officials suspected that someone in Los Angeles was engaging in a railway version of "Greyhound therapy," putting transients on the train to whisk them away. "We've had people getting off the train with all their worldly possessions on them," said Lee D'Errico, the head of Lancaster's public safety department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Scarlet, Deakin, Fudge, Nugget and Shyla are in the prime of life and pretty good-looking to boot, but their puppy-making days ended for good Tuesday in the back of a big blue van in Sylmar. Nine dogs and a cat named Smokey marched up the stairs of the Lucy Pet Foundation's mobile spay and neuter clinic, unaware of what they were in for in the parking lot of Pet Supreme. Lucy, the Chihuahua whose picture is on the side of the bus, stood by for moral support. And here's the story: Actor Dick Van Patten, a guest on "The John Davidson Show" in 1981, struck up a conversation with the drummer in the show's band.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2014 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
The sun was shining and the ice cream was melting so Rene Cerritos didn't waste any time. "Chocolate! Chocolate ice cream just for you!" the 18-year-old hollered. "Who wants some?" On Saturday, the high school senior joined 300 students from 36 high schools in a district-wide volunteer day aimed at helping the homeless. Children were bused in to help at six shelters, from Pacoima to Bell to downtown Los Angeles. They served meals, sorted clothes, called donors, picked up trash and painted a mural.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
There were babies everywhere: crying, crawling, pooping. Framed Bible citations and photos of Jesus lined the walls. And no one was using a cellphone. This is what Vanessa Hudgens saw in 2011 when she arrived at New Jersey's Several Sources shelter, a safe haven for young pregnant women and new mothers without homes. And it made her very uncomfortable. "The first thing I did," the actress later recalled, "was run up to my room, call my mom and go, 'What on earth am I doing here?
OPINION
August 16, 2011
As money woes strain the city's resources, Los Angeles officials have been engaged in a continuing and important discussion: What are the responsibilities the city handles best itself? And what are those the city can, and should, contract out? Some are obvious: The city should run its own police department, for instance. Some are not so obvious. The latest to fall under scrutiny is the operation of animal shelters. There are six scattered across the city that are open to the public and that take in and adopt out thousands of unwanted and stray animals.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
Despite an increase in fights and several police calls at Glendale's emergency shelter, operators say a move to the city's outskirts this year has reduced complaints from residents and retailers. “At least it's away from the community,” said Alfred Hernandez, an outreach director for Ascencia, Glendale's largest homeless services provider and operator of the shelter. Last winter, when the shelter was housed at the Glendale National Guard Armory near downtown, shop owners and people using Central Park or the Adult Recreation Center lodged numerous complaints about the shelter's clients, the Glendale News-Press reported . This year, with the 90-day shelter on the outskirts of the city, there have only been two complaints from neighbors, according to a report released by Ascencia and presented to Glendale city officials.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Volunteers are hoping to fill one of Los Angeles' largest animal shelters with more than 200 pet beds so dogs and cats will have a soft place to sleep this holiday season. Tracy James, who has been volunteering at the L.A. Animal Services North Central Shelter since 2009, came up with the idea after reading about a similar drive at another shelter. The beds, which have frames made of metal or PVC pipe and vinyl support, are a better alternative to the hard concrete floors or plastic beds - sometimes used as chew toys - currently in the shelters, James said.
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