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June 20, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Few places in the aerospace industry are as revered as Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Skunk Works. For decades, employees at the secretive site have designed and built the some of the most innovative military aircraft ever built. The U-2 spy plane. The SR-71 Blackbird. The F-117 Nighthawk. This week, the shadowy weapons development facility in Palmdale silently celebrated its 70th anniversary. It should come as no surprise that the milestone came with little fanfare, considering the Skunk Works mantra is "quick, quiet and quality.
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August 16, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Area 51 has to be the worst-kept secret in the aerospace industry. It's where some of the most innovative military aircraft ever built by Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Skunk Works were flight tested. Supposedly. For decades, the government has refused to acknowledge the existence of the military outpost, which is about 100 miles outside of Las Vegas. Until now. PHOTOS: Skunk Works secret programs For the first time, Area 51 has been recognized by the CIA, according to a newly declassified history of the U-2 program.
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NATIONAL
September 11, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
Residents of South Dakota's state capital are holding their noses this fall and it has nothing to do with politics. The city of Pierre is being invaded by skunks. Animal control officials say that 60 of the furry little stinkers have been caught since June and in a town of 15,000. That translates to one possible skunk encounter for every 250 residents. But there's an even worse danger: skunks are often rabid. “Skunks are the reservoir of rabies out here on the Great Plains,” South Dakota state epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger told the Los Angeles Times.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
Few places in the aerospace industry are as revered as Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Skunk Works. For decades, employees at the secretive site have designed and built the some of the most innovative military aircraft ever built. The U-2 spy plane. The SR-71 Blackbird. The F-117 Nighthawk. This week, the shadowy weapons development facility in Palmdale silently celebrated its 70th anniversary. It should come as no surprise that the milestone came with little fanfare, considering the Skunk Works mantra is "quick, quiet and quality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 11, 1994 | JEANNETTE REGALADO
Over the last year, dozens of skunks have invaded a Studio City neighborhood, causing more than just a stench in the air. The neighborhood joke has turned into an all out war against the black-and-white critters, with residents calling in a specialist to stop the migration. "We must have a skunk burial ground or something," joked resident Bob Feiles. "Or they just love the neighborhood," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
The city, county and community have agreed to a plan of attack to rid a neighborhood near Central Park of skunks, city officials said this week. The plan includes a mass trapping effort and a public education program, Mayor Linda Moulton Patterson said. Moulton Patterson said city officials met Wednesday with Supervisor Harriett M. Wieder, county Animal Control officials, city staff members and representatives of the neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1995 | SARAH KLEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 30 people had gathered Sunday to protest skunk extermination at Dana Point Harbor when suddenly, a familiar-looking black-and-white creature appeared. A passerby, Virginia Frattarelli of Mission Viejo, stopped and stared into a storm drain where the skunk was observing the proceedings. "Isn't he cute?" Frattarelli said. "He's probably more frightened than people are. . . . I understand getting rid of rattlesnakes, but these guys mind their own business."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1993 | TERRY SPENCER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
County animal control officials Thursday began a criminal investigation of a woman who has battled a skunk infestation at her home by trapping 29 skunks and letting them die in the sun. Jan Bowers could face misdemeanor or felony charges of inhumane treatment of an animal, said Marie Hulett-Curtner, spokeswoman for the Orange County animal control division. Bowers' problem and her solution were profiled Thursday in The Times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1993
Upon reading the article ("Nose Pollution" June 17), I was appalled at the actions of Yorba Linda resident Jan Bowers. Ms. Bowers, you show no remorse for your inhumane actions. To rationalize your actions exemplifies your ignorance. You paid a large sum of money for a house that is near wildlife. Now, you are inconvenienced by that same wildlife. So you believe you have the right to harm the skunks for just living their lives? Well, you don't. You want me to feel sorry for you because you paid a large sum of money for this house, well I don't.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1992 | MALAIKA BROWN
Families of skunks have been making more frequent contact with families of humans, but animal control officials here said the occurrence is not out of the ordinary and happens just about every year. Nonetheless, Seal Beach Animal Control has received at least one skunk-related call daily for the past several weeks. "The skunks walk around here like this is their city," said Del Holbrook, a city animal control officer.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
Was it an editorial statement on the quality of the station's programming content? Or just the work of one animal that decided that it wasn't going to take it anymore? Either way, for television viewers in the Rocky Mountain region Monday, the situation stunk. Officials announced the cause of a nearly 24-hour outage to a Fox News station in southern Colorado: An angry skunk sprayed some sensitive equipment and then - blammo - snow appeared on the screens for thousands of viewers.
NATIONAL
October 22, 2012 | By Tina Susman
A little girl wearing a black-and-white Halloween costume was mistaken for a skunk and shot by a relative at a party, police in Pennsylvania said. The 9-year-old was hit in the shoulder but was alert and talking as she was taken to a hospital in Pittsburgh after the incident Saturday night in New Sewickley Township, according to the Beaver County Times. New Sewickley is in western Pennsylvania near the Ohio border. According to media reports, the girl, wearing a black hat with a white tassel, was hiding over the edge of a hill outside the house where the party was taking place when she was spotted by a relative about 8:30 p.m. Thinking the distant figure was a skunk, he fired a shotgun.
NATIONAL
September 11, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
Residents of South Dakota's state capital are holding their noses this fall and it has nothing to do with politics. The city of Pierre is being invaded by skunks. Animal control officials say that 60 of the furry little stinkers have been caught since June and in a town of 15,000. That translates to one possible skunk encounter for every 250 residents. But there's an even worse danger: skunks are often rabid. “Skunks are the reservoir of rabies out here on the Great Plains,” South Dakota state epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger told the Los Angeles Times.
BUSINESS
May 13, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Alton D. Romig Jr., 58, is "chief skunk" at Lockheed Martin Corp.'s famed Skunk Works secretive weapons development facility in Palmdale. It's one of the most coveted jobs in aerospace. For more than 70 years, workers at the shadowy site have designed and built the world's most innovative military aircraft, including the U-2 spy plane, SR-71 Blackbird and F-117 stealth fighter. About 2,000 people work on 600 programs at Skunk Works, which got its nickname in 1943 at its original Burbank headquarters that was located next to a manufacturing plant that produced a strong odor.
SPORTS
March 3, 2012 | By Ben Bolch
It could have been a nice NBA draft class for UCLA, with a dominant center and a highly skilled power forward both taken in the first round. Of course, that was before Joshua Smith's conditioning issues and Mike Moser's move to Nevada Las Vegas left the Bruins as likely nonfactors in the draft for the second time in three years. USC is pretty much assured of a draft shutout to go with its dismal season. That leaves UC Santa Barbara as the closest thing to a winner in another down draft year for Southern California.
WORLD
April 27, 2010 | By Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
It's the usual Friday afternoon cat-and-mouse dance between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian protesters in this West Bank village. Young village men, joined by Israeli leftists and international activists, begin blocking roads with boulders and tires; soldiers take up positions at key intersections. Israeli forces fire tear gas canisters; protesters fling rocks. Before long, the military calls in one of its most dreaded weapons. A white armored truck rumbles toward the scene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 1994 | DEBRA CANO
Residents plagued by a proliferation of pesky skunks in their neighborhoods may soon get some relief. The City Council Monday agreed to spend up to $3,000 to hire a professional animal trapper to remove the skunks in and around Huntington Central Park and relocate them to a wilderness. The trapper charges $25 per skunk, which means the money will pay for the capture of at least 100 animals. In recent months, the skunk population has increased rapidly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1995 | DEBRA CANO
More skunks than usual soon might be invading neighborhoods near Central Park and the Bolsa Chica wetlands, but city officials will be ready with a plan to remove the varmints and prevent home infestations. City officials said the skunk population is expected to rise higher than usual this year because of the rains and abnormally high growth of plant life within Central Park, nearby flood-control channels and the wetlands.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2010 | Steve Lopez
Yes, I am a skeptic. But Dana Miller, an animal communicator, asked me to keep an open mind, and I'm trying. There was a St. Francis of Assisi, so why can't there be a St. Dana of Sunland-Tujunga? I went to see Miller, you may recall, in an act of desperation. Raccoons and skunks have torn up my yard too many times to count, and none of the remedies have worked, including coyote urine and mothballs. I asked Miller, who says she can "connect" with lost animals and help guide them back home, if she could connect with my raccoons and skunks and tell them to go bother somebody else.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2010 | STEVE LOPEZ
I was sleeping lightly Tuesday morning and the shaking woke me up, but I didn't think it was an earthquake at first. I thought it was raccoons or skunks tearing up the frontyard again. I jumped off the sofa with my camera, ready to take their pictures, then realized my mistake. Let me explain. I had been asked by an animal communicator to photograph the invaders if at all possible. Dana Miller, of the Sunland-Tujunga area, says she is better able to "connect" with animals if she's got their photos.
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