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June 8, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - When authorities raided a cockfight in Stockton earlier this year, they found 95 birds - and a 9-year-old boy. The child had been left behind by his father, who was among a crowd of spectators who fled when sheriff's deputies arrived. Under legislation headed for congressional approval, it would not only be a federal offense for an adult to attend an animal fight, but if the spectator brings a child along, he or she could face a possibly stiffer punishment. Specifically, the law would apply to fights in which there is evidence of interstate activity, such as when  animals or fighting implements are brought across state lines.
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March 9, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla and Kurt Streeter
Is this a road race or a comedy club? Looking to boost the spirits of the approximately 25,000 runners pushing through the L.A. Marathon on Sunday, onlookers lining the route often leaned heavy on the humor.    Take Sean Nielson and his wife, Kim. Standing near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue, he rang a cowbell and held a sign that read "Less Walken More Cowbell," a reference to a Christopher Walken skit on "Saturday Night...
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July 21, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Being a spectator at a "sideshow" is now illegal in the city. The City Council gave its second and final approval Tuesday to an ordinance that allows authorities to cite spectators of the late-night car rallies known for high-speed stunts. The law allows police to cite spectators with infractions for their first two offenses and a misdemeanor for their third. The ordinance also allows authorities to confiscate cars of drivers who participate in sideshows.
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March 9, 2014 | By Jack Dolan and Samantha Schaefer
As hundreds of midpack marathoners rounded the corner of 1st and Spring in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday morning, signs of strain were just beginning to show.  With four miles behind them and the steep hill up to the Disney Concert Hall around the corner, starting-line smiles were dissolving into masks of determination. But not for first-time marathoner Jesse Zigelstein, 40, of Los Angeles, who cruised by, grinning. “He looks pretty friggin' happy,” said his wife, Jill Bernheimer.
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February 15, 1992 | Associated Press
Spectators at school basketball and football games are being searched with hand-held metal detectors under a new policy intended to thwart gang confrontations. Use of metal detectors at varsity games was sought by police who provide security at the games after a youth was seen carrying a gun at a Jan. 29 game at Fremont High School. Police confiscated 60 weapons in a record 4,592 calls to Oakland schools through the end of January this school year, said Oakland Police Sgt. Harold Boutte.
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August 15, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
Online videos of previous races of the California 200 show spectators standing dangerously close to the speeding off-road vehicles, with no concrete barriers separating them from the cars. The California 200 race in the Mojave Desert was the scene of a tragedy Saturday when eight people died after an off-road vehicle slammed into a crowd about 7:48 p.m., just after dusk. Witnesses described a chaotic scene in which the victims had no chance to flee. A video taken in August 2009 shows off-road vehicles speeding through the desert and becoming airborne a few yards away from a crowd of cheering spectators.
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January 18, 1989 | DAVID SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
A spectator at a cockfight can be charged with a crime in California, the Supreme Court affirmed Tuesday. The justices rejected a challenge to a state law dating back to 1868 which makes it a crime for "any person who, for amusement or gain, causes any bull, bear, cock or other animal . . . to fight with like kind of animal or creature." Anyone who "aids, abets or is present at such fighting . . . as a spectator is guilty of a misdemeanor," according to the law.
SPORTS
May 3, 1999 | From Associated Press
For the second time in nine months a crash at a major open-wheel auto race in the United States has killed three spectators, raising questions about safety at the events. "Every once in a while, unfortunately, auto racing raises the black side of itself," Lowe's Motor Speedway President H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler said Sunday as authorities tried to piece together evidence from a fatal accident at the track Saturday night.
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August 8, 1988 | Associated Press
A racing boat apparently hit debris in the water during a 50-lap race Sunday and flew up a river bank into a crowd of spectators, injuring 24 people, including 11 children, police said. The Three Rivers Regatta, regarded as the premier U.S.
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January 31, 1989 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
College professor Ray Ceniceroz said he was there to witness a slice of Los Angeles history. "It's like coming to see Queen Elizabeth," said the 54-year-old Arcadia resident. Kristen Barnard skipped class at USC to attend, recalling still the fear that swept Southern California three years ago. "It influenced my life a great deal," she said. "I was so careful."
SPORTS
February 6, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Even in a dark suit with a blue shirt and matching pocket square, Kobe Bryant can be tough to stop in a game's final moments. Cue the tape of the Lakers' game against the Chicago Bulls last month. There is Lakers swingman Nick Young late in overtime, swishing a fadeaway baseline jumper to tie the score. Just like Bryant had drawn up. "He pretty much told me what to do that play right there," Young said, recalling the basket that prompted a beaming Bryant to repeatedly point at Young as he came back down the court.
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February 4, 2014 | By Angel Jennings
State regulators have fined two subcontractors who planned the implosion of an old power plant in Bakersfield last summer that sent shards of debris into a crowd of spectators, severing one man's leg and injuring others. California's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued two citations against Alpha Explosives Inc. totaling $14,400 for failing to blast a warning signal and for not obtaining a permit before the demolition. Demtech Inc. received fines totaling $14,000 for the same violations, in addition to citations for failing to follow proper procedures.
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January 30, 2014 | By Jared S. Hopkins
Jack Mortell leaned in and his eyes widened at the scenario he dreamed up: Who would win if all the gold medalists in speedskating from the upcoming Winter Olympics faced off against one another? "I think people would want to know, don't you?" Mortell asked, grinning. "I think that kind of race would generate some interest. " Fans may find out. In May, Mortell and well-heeled investors plan to launch Ice Derby, an entertainment ice show centered on a professional speedskating tour and featuring figure skating and ice dancing.
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December 29, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
There may be no sadder injury in sports than one to a senior college football player who is also an NFL prospect. Stanford defensive end Ben Gardner, who will miss Wednesday's Rose Bowl with a torn pectoral muscle, stood to the side Sunday during media day while wearing his No. 49 jersey. He was part of the team but not part of it. A career that produced 106 tackles and 17.5 sacks is of no use to the Cardinal now. Gardner played in 46 games during the renaissance of Stanford football but will watch the Rose Bowl from the sidelines.
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December 18, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
A $5.8-million settlement has been reached with the relatives of those killed and a dozen who were injured when a truck competing in an off-road desert race careened into a crowd of spectators, their lawyers announced Wednesday. In the 2010 accident in the desert near Victorville, the truck, a modified Ford Ranger, went out of control during the California 200 race and went airborne, slamming into the crowd, killing eight and injuring dozens. The settlement, reached Tuesday, includes 12 of those injured.  Lawyers said the bulk of the settlement - about $4.8 million - would be paid by the Bureau of Land Management, which failed to follow its safety procedures during the race, an internal review found.
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November 16, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Hearts across the Bay Area melted as spectators watched a little boy's dream come true - vanquishing enemies in a San Francisco transformed into Batman's Gotham City. Nearly 12,000 volunteers and adoring fans holding signs lined the streets Friday for Miles, who has been battling lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old and wanted to spend the day as Batman.  More than 230,000 tweets with the hashtag #SFBatkid were sent out by the time Batkid's adventures had finished, according to the Twitter analytics site Topsy.
SPORTS
July 29, 2012 | By Stacy St. Clair
LONDON - Shortly before 9:30 a.m., Barbara Mulroney settles into her seat at the ExCeL Centre and thumbs through her souvenir table tennis program. Inside the booklet, the native Londoner sees the names of two athletes who will be competing in the preliminary rounds: Olufunke Oshonaike of Nigeria and Neda Shahsavari of Iran. Mulroney doesn't have the foggiest idea who they are or let alone how to pronounce their names. "No matter," she says, smiling. "I'm at an Olympic event. That's what matters.
SPORTS
June 15, 1991 | Associated Press
A bleacher staircase collapsed and injured 10 spectators Friday at the ninth green at Hazeltine, site of the U.S. Open golf tournament. The crash came just as Greg Norman was lining up a long putt and happened one day after one man was killed and five others hurt by lightning near the 11th tee. Eight spectators hurt when the stairway collapsed were treated on site for minor cuts and scrapes. The other two, Edina, Minn.
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August 22, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA All-American linebacker Anthony Barr returned to practice Thursday, but only to watch. Barr, who suffered a yet-to-be-announced injury, walked into Spaulding Field with a helmet, shoulder pads and cleats. He was injured Tuesday after he appeared to take a hit to the head. Barr was seen doubled over, getting sick before he was led out of the facility. Barr was re-evaluated by a doctor Wednesday. Coach Jim Mora has not commented on Barr other than to say, “He's fine.” ALSO: Aaron Hernandez indicted on murder charge by grand jury Tiger Woods battles hotel bed at start of FedEx Cup playoffs UCLA football: Bruins reach unbeatable level (in sports books)
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