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December 15, 2013
Re "Looting on a grand scale," Dec. 12 I find it strange and troubling that no one involved in the case of a La Habra Heights mansion that was looted by teenagers after a party seems concerned with the fact that the wealthy owners of the mansion had a stuffed snow leopard in their house. Snow leopards are one of the most endangered animals on this planet. It is truly despicable that these people would use this beautiful creature as a stuffed decoration or conversation piece. The article states that the mounted snow leopard is worth $250,000.
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April 5, 2014 | By Hillel Italie
Peter Matthiessen, a rich man's son who rejected a life of ease in favor of physical and spiritual challenges and produced such acclaimed works as "The Snow Leopard" and "At Play in the Fields of the Lord," died Saturday. He was 86. His publisher Geoff Kloske of Riverhead Books said Matthiessen, who had been diagnosed with leukemia, was ill "for some months. " He died at a hospital near his home on Long Island in New York. Matthiessen helped found the Paris Review, one of the most influential literary magazines, and won National Book Awards for "The Snow Leopard," his spiritual account of the Himalayas, and for "Shadow Country.
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BUSINESS
July 27, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Though Apple just released its latest version of Mac OS X, Mountain Lion, many users still haven't even adopted Lion, its predecessor, and are actually running 2009's Snow Leopard. Almost half of all Mac users, or 45.5%, still run Snow Leopard as opposed to Lion, which has a near-35% adoption rate. Snow Leopard was the last Apple operating system to not be distributed solely through Apple's Mac App Store -- it still came in a disc. But despite Lion costing the same amount as Snow Leopard and seemingly being quicker to install as no disc was necessary, most users have held on to Snow Leopard, which was largely an under-the-hood performance upgrade from its predecessor, Leopard.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Samantha Schaefer, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Fourteen teens accused of throwing a clandestine party at an unoccupied La Habra Heights mansion -- and then looting it of everything from  collectible medieval armor to a mounted snow leopard -- are due in court Wedesday to face trespassing and burglary charges. The 9,000-square-foot home sustained more than than $1 million in losses and damage in the November incident, authorities said. Among the looted items were  collectible medieval armor, scuba gear, designer suits and the snow leopard, valued at $250,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2013 | From Fox 40 Sacramento
A snow leopard at the Sacramento Zoo has been euthanized after suffering from severe traumatic injuries to her back, zoo officials said. Shanti, who at 20 years old was one of the oldest snow leopards in captivity, suffered severe damage to her vertebrae. “It was pretty clear that the prognosis was not good and her quality of life was starting to suffer, infection had kicked in and the neurological issues were getting worse, so we made the difficult decision on Friday afternoon to go ahead and euthanize her,” said Sacramento Zoo Director of Animal Care R. Harrison Edell.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Recent behavior by Apple appears to suggest the tech giant may no longer have plans to issue security updates for Snow Leopard, a version of its desktop operating system that is used by nearly one in five Mac users. The Cupertino tech company has not delivered a security update for Snow Leopard, which was released four years ago, since last September, according to ComputerWorld . Since that time, Apple has continued to update other versions of its Mac operating system, including Lion, Mountain Lion and the latest version, Mavericks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
This post has been updated. See note below for details. A mounted snow leopard worth more than $250,000, pieces of armor and designer clothes were among the items recovered by sheriff's detectives investigating a party planned over social media and held, without the owner's knowledge, at a vacant, multimillion-dollar La Habra Heights mansion. [Updated at 7:21 p.m., Dec. 11: Early Wednesday, 16 people were arrested in connection with the vandalism and robbery that occurred at the home in late November, Lt. Arthur Scott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Karin Klein
It was a little strange altogether - considering that the overriding issue this week in the L.A. County Sheriff's Department was its abominable treatment of inmates in its jails - to note that Sheriff Lee Baca felt he needed to leave his personal stamp on the case of a group of miscreant teenagers. About 100 teens are thought to have broken into a vacant La Habra Heights mansion for a wild party, and 16 of them have been charged with looting the place of pretty much anything that could be carried, including designer suits and a mounted snow leopard valued at $250,000.
BUSINESS
October 23, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - If you own a MacBook laptop or a Mac desktop computer, then Apple's decision to make OS X Mavericks available as a free download may have you itching to upgrade. What's not to like about free, right? And there are certainly some nice goodies that would make this a worthwhile update. There's a fresh, new look along with potentially longer battery life. And along with new features such as iBooks, some stalwarts like Safari, Maps and Calendar all get some snazzy improvements.
NEWS
September 9, 1990 | KATHY WILHELM, ASSOCIATED PRESS
This vast nation of steppes, rich in animal species, is beginning to count its living wealth in order to improve conservation. Mongolia's many rare animals include the snow leopard, Gobi Desert bears and wild Bactrian camels. It has equally rare species prized by hunters, like the argali sheep and the ibex. Officials have set limits for years on the number of each species that can be killed, but seldom knew how many it had to start with.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2014 | By Richard Winton, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
More than a dozen teens have been charged in connection with a break-in at a La Habra Heights mansion, where they allegedly threw a party while the owners were away and stole, among other items, a mounted snow leopard. The 9,000-square-foot home sustained more than than $1 million in losses and damages in the November incident, authorities said. Among the looted items were pieces of armor, racks of designer clothing and the rare, $250,000 snow leopard. Detectives with the Los Angeles County's Sheriff's Department eventually found the leopard in one of the teens' possession.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Recent behavior by Apple appears to suggest the tech giant may no longer have plans to issue security updates for Snow Leopard, a version of its desktop operating system that is used by nearly one in five Mac users. The Cupertino tech company has not delivered a security update for Snow Leopard, which was released four years ago, since last September, according to ComputerWorld . Since that time, Apple has continued to update other versions of its Mac operating system, including Lion, Mountain Lion and the latest version, Mavericks.
OPINION
December 15, 2013
Re "A moral compact," Opinion, Dec. 12 Bill Moyers' piece is one of the most beautifully cogent and eloquent ones I have ever read on the state of race and social responsibility within today's (and yesterday's) United States. This article merits publication in civics, history and political science textbooks, as it is a statement of American principles for the ages. Ted Perle Lake Forest ALSO: Letters: Fight superbugs? Go vegan. Letters: Businesses can't discriminate Letters: What about the snow leopard?
OPINION
December 15, 2013
Re "Looting on a grand scale," Dec. 12 I find it strange and troubling that no one involved in the case of a La Habra Heights mansion that was looted by teenagers after a party seems concerned with the fact that the wealthy owners of the mansion had a stuffed snow leopard in their house. Snow leopards are one of the most endangered animals on this planet. It is truly despicable that these people would use this beautiful creature as a stuffed decoration or conversation piece. The article states that the mounted snow leopard is worth $250,000.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Karin Klein
It was a little strange altogether - considering that the overriding issue this week in the L.A. County Sheriff's Department was its abominable treatment of inmates in its jails - to note that Sheriff Lee Baca felt he needed to leave his personal stamp on the case of a group of miscreant teenagers. About 100 teens are thought to have broken into a vacant La Habra Heights mansion for a wild party, and 16 of them have been charged with looting the place of pretty much anything that could be carried, including designer suits and a mounted snow leopard valued at $250,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Some teens go to a house party with wild ideas about how the night might end - but going home with a snow leopard probably isn't one of them. In a case that seems a cross between the Bling Ring celebrity burglars and another installment of "The Hangover," sheriff's officials arrested 16 people Wednesday in connection with a mansion party where guests walked off with medieval armor, scuba gear, Armani suits and - the piece de resistance ...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Some teens go to a house party with wild ideas about how the night might end - but going home with a snow leopard probably isn't one of them. In a case that seems a cross between the Bling Ring celebrity burglars and another installment of "The Hangover," sheriff's officials arrested 16 people Wednesday in connection with a mansion party where guests walked off with medieval armor, scuba gear, Armani suits and - the piece de resistance ...
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
For the premiere episode of its third annual Big Cat Week, National Geographic Wild has upped the stakes. Having already explored man-eating lions and most of their lethally gorgeous kindred, this Big Cat Week opens Sunday night in Kabul where big cat tracker and National Geo fave Boone Smith and his team stops before entering the mountains in search of the elusive snow leopard. Hoping to find a part for their busted radio transmitter, they wander the streets of the Afghanistan capital like "Homeland" extras, while the requisite urgent voiceover explains that the Taliban is currently on a killing spree and that Smith and his team would do well to keep a low profile.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
This post has been updated. See note below for details. A mounted snow leopard worth more than $250,000, pieces of armor and designer clothes were among the items recovered by sheriff's detectives investigating a party planned over social media and held, without the owner's knowledge, at a vacant, multimillion-dollar La Habra Heights mansion. [Updated at 7:21 p.m., Dec. 11: Early Wednesday, 16 people were arrested in connection with the vandalism and robbery that occurred at the home in late November, Lt. Arthur Scott of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
SCIENCE
November 12, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
The oldest fossil of a previously unknown ancient leopard species, found in Tibet, is shaking the pantherine evolutionary tree, suggesting that big cats arose in Asia, not Africa, according to a new study. During a 2010 expedition to Tibet, paleontologists led by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and USC discovered a large portion of skull and several intact teeth that they now attribute to a previously undescribed sister species to the modern snow leopard. In all, they collected seven specimens from three individuals, and dated them to 4.1 to 5.9 million years ago - dialing back the clock on big cat evolution by as much as 2 million years, according to the paper, published online Tuesday in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Panthera blytheae , named for the daughter of longtime museum benefactors Paul and Heather Haaga of La Cañada Flintridge, was slightly smaller than the snow leopard and probably roamed the Tibetan plateau for several million years, dining on antelope, pika and blue sheep, according to paleontologist Zhijie Jack Tseng, lead author of the paper.
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