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June 1, 2003 | By E.G. Walker, Special to The Times
Susie Snake and her husband, Sidney, lived in sandy sections by the Salton Sea. One day Sidney said, "Let's visit my sister Selma overseas. " Susie and Sidney packed their suitcases with several sardine sandwiches and a snack of salami. They traveled over the mountain, shivering, slipping and sliding in the snow. When they reached the water and a ship, they slunk into a sack that was being shipped across the ocean. The ship went swish-swash through the salty water.
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April 27, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
An albino variety of California kingsnake popular in the pet trade has infested the Canary Islands, decimating native bird, mammal and lizard species that have had no time to evolve evasive patterns in what was once a stable ecology northwest of Africa. Unchecked by natural predators, the kingsnake population has exploded, say U.S. Geological Survey biologists helping the Spanish archipelago attempt to control the highly adaptive and secretive predators. "The kingsnakes in question are from a species found in San Diego and bred in captivity," said Robert Fisher, a research biologist with the USGS.
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TRAVEL
February 27, 2000
Bravo! At last a lady like myself who abhors, hates, reviles, is neurotic about, is afraid of, etc., snakes! ("Like Any Phobia, Fear of Snakes Puts a Chokehold on the Wandering Spirit," Her World, Feb. 13). I too have avoided and quaked over the snake prospect while hiking in places even remotely likely to harbor or support these vile creatures. In fact, I had trouble even reading your splendid article. MARGERY BARAGONA Santa Barbara
SPORTS
February 24, 2014 | By Houston Mitchell
Former WWE superstar Jake "The Snake" Roberts, who will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in April, has a cancerous tumor behind his knee that needs to be removed. Roberts told TMZ.com that he will have surgery Tuesday morning. "If the devil can't defeat me, cancer doesn't stand a chance! Pray for sick children who face this horrible disease 'cause the Snake will be just fine," said Roberts, who spent years battling drug and alcohol abuse. Roberts was famous for carrying a boa constrictor named Damien to the ring for his matches and for making the DDT a popular move.
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January 31, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Reptile specialists are continuing their uphill efforts to nurse more than 170 malnourished and ill snakes back to health after they were pulled from a house in Santa Ana where a grade school teacher lived amid a clutter of mice, rats and pythons - many of them dead. Since being rescued from the home, 11 of the snakes have died, bringing the total to 235. Jason Haywood, president of the Southern California Herpetology Assn. and Rescue, said most of the snakes died of liver failure on the first night.
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January 29, 2014 | By Ruben Vives and Adolfo Flores
A Santa Ana house where authorities Wednesday discovered as many as 400 snakes is so littered with cages and rats and snakes - some alive, many dead - that animal control officers said they are still making their way through the cluttered house and haven't thoroughly searched all the rooms. A Newport Beach grade-school teacher who lived in the house was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of animal cruelty, and authorities obtained a search warrant to scour the home. William Buchman, 53, is identified on various reptile collector websites as a ball python breeder and was using a process known as “morphing” to achieve different patterns on the snakes, said Jason Haywood president of Southern California Herpetologist Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 9, 1989
As a result of a month-long investigation, a major raid was made last week. The raid involved heavy news media coverage, police, fire, zoning, health, and animal control officers, and lasted several hours. From the magnitude of the operation, one might have concluded that this was a raid on a major narcotics distribution center, but that was not the case. Instead, the target was a house whose owner was in possession of snakes over 3 feet in length, and the animal control bureaucracy had defined snakes over 3 feet long to be dangerous wild animals--hence unlawful to keep within the city.
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January 7, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Journeyman director and former stuntman David R. Ellis died Monday morning in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was in pre-production on the upcoming film "Kite" with Samuel L. Jackson. The cause of death is unknown, said his agent, David Boxerbaum. Ellis was 60. Ellis most recently served as the second unit director on several upcoming high-profile films including the Keanu Reeves-starrer "47 Ronin"; "R.I.P.D. " with Ryan Reynolds; and the adaptation of Mark Helprin's novel "Winter's Tale.
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February 17, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jamie Coots, the Appalachian minister and "Snake Salvation" reality star who died Saturday after a rattlesnake he was handling in church bit him on the hand, will be remembered with a tribute special to air on National Geographic Channel. Coots, who was 42, was the star of NatGeo's "Snake Salvation," which aired for a single season on the cable channel last year. He handled snakes while ministering at his church in Middleboro, Ky. He was a practitioner of a 100-year-old tradition that involved the handling of live and deadly snakes in church.
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January 29, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Ruben Vives
After a nearly daylong search, investigators in Santa Ana said they pulled 404 snakes -- more than half of them dead -- from the cluttered home of a Newport Beach elementary school teacher. Reptile specialists called to the five-bedroom house said the surviving ball pythons would be treated by veterinarians and then offered to zoos, schools or collectors. One of the specialists estimated that the surviving snakes were worth at least $100,000. William Buchman, identified as a snake breeder, was arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty, a felony.
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February 20, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
Arriving less than a week after the high-profile death of Pentecostal pastor and reality-show star Jamie Coots by snakebite, the religious thriller "Holy Ghost People" is well poised to exploit fears of an already misunderstood spiritual minority. "Holy Ghost People" takes its name from a 1967 documentary by Peter Adair that captures the soul of a politically progressive West Virginia congregation that handles snakes and speaks in tongues. Director Mitchell Altieri's disappointing feature makes nasty beasts of the very people Adair strived to humanize, portraying them as violent, intolerant hicks straight out of central casting.
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February 17, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Jamie Coots, the Appalachian minister and "Snake Salvation" reality star who died Saturday after a rattlesnake he was handling in church bit him on the hand, will be remembered with a tribute special to air on National Geographic Channel. Coots, who was 42, was the star of NatGeo's "Snake Salvation," which aired for a single season on the cable channel last year. He handled snakes while ministering at his church in Middleboro, Ky. He was a practitioner of a 100-year-old tradition that involved the handling of live and deadly snakes in church.
NEWS
February 17, 2014 | By Michael McGough
There's a fair amount of snark online Monday about Jamie Coots , the Pentecostal pastor and reality-TV star who was fatally bitten by a snake he was handling in over-literal adherence to Luke 10:19. ("Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”) An atheist website offered this tasteless observation: “Pentecostal preachers are among the most poisonous creatures on Earth, but every once in while they bump into things even more venomous.” But even fellow Christians are finding fault with Coot for misinterpreting Scripture or presuming to test God. A friend of mine suggested that the biblical injunction that inspired Coot to handle a serpent should be properly read to mean that if a believer happens to come across a snake, God will step in, but that doesn't mean you should seek out the critters.
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February 16, 2014 | By Matt Pearce, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Snake-handling preacher Jamie Coots has died of snakebite. In some readings of the Bible, faith is stronger than venom. "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you," Jesus tells his disciples in the gospel of Luke. The Kentucky preacher lived by this belief and, in the view of emergency responders, he died by it too, when a snake bit him at church.  [Updated, 9:06 a.m. PST Feb. 17:  "If he had lived and woke up in a hospital bed, he would have blamed every one of us," his son Cody Coots told Knoxville's WVLT-TV.
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January 31, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Reptile specialists are continuing their uphill efforts to nurse more than 170 malnourished and ill snakes back to health after they were pulled from a house in Santa Ana where a grade school teacher lived amid a clutter of mice, rats and pythons - many of them dead. Since being rescued from the home, 11 of the snakes have died, bringing the total to 235. Jason Haywood, president of the Southern California Herpetology Assn. and Rescue, said most of the snakes died of liver failure on the first night.
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January 30, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Ruben Vives
Neighbors of elementary school teacher William Buchman in Santa Ana said they thought someone had died in his home because the stench was so strong. Instead it was 404 snakes -- more than half of them dead -- that were packed inside the five-bedroom house. There were also scores of rats that scampered over furniture when officers first entered the home. "We thought someone was dead," said Forest Long Sr., 62, who lives next door to Buchman on Fernwood Drive.
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January 29, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Police serving a search warrant at a home in Santa Ana on Wednesday discovered as many as 400 snakes inside. Officers served the search warrant at the home in the 2900 block of Fernwood Drive after the Police Department's animal services section received complaints from neighbors about a foul odor coming from the home.  Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said about 300 to 400 pythons were discovered inside. Some of the pythons were alive, some dead and decaying. PHOTOS: Inside the Santa Ana snake house He said he was standing 200 to 300 feet away as officers were executing the search warrant and could smell the stench.
NEWS
February 5, 1987
San Francisco International Airport officials have taken proposed expansion plans "back to the drawing board," in the words of one official, because the planned development would threaten the habitat of an endangered species of snake. A three-year study by the state Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Wildlife Service recommended that 120 acres across the Bayshore Freeway from the airport in San Bruno should not be developed because doing so would require moving the snakes.
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January 29, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Police serving a search warrant at a home in Santa Ana on Wednesday discovered as many as 400 snakes inside. Officers served the search warrant at the home in the 2900 block of Fernwood Drive after the Police Department's animal services section received complaints from neighbors about a foul odor coming from the home.  Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said about 300 to 400 pythons were discovered inside. Some of the pythons were alive, some dead and decaying. PHOTOS: Inside the Santa Ana snake house He said he was standing 200 to 300 feet away as officers were executing the search warrant and could smell the stench.
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January 29, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
An elementary school teacher who was arrested Wednesday after police discovered as many as 400 snakes inside his Santa Ana home may have been lonely after the death of his mother, neighbors said. William Buchman, 53, was arrested on animal cruelty charges after police served a search warrant at the home and discovered the pythons, all but two of which were dead and decaying.  Neighbors had been complaining to police about a stench at the house in the 2900 block of Fernwood Drive for several months.
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