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June 19, 1996 | From Associated Press
An investigation of cattle purchases by the nation's top four meatpackers last year found no evidence of price-fixing or that their control of the slaughter market depressed prices, the Agriculture Department said Tuesday. The investigation, which focused on Kansas, concluded that market forces caused prices to fall sharply last spring. A 10-year low in cattle prices has led ranchers to blame the top four meatpackers, which buy and slaughter more than 80% of all cattle.
On the dusty road in the vacant parking lot of a cattle auction yard here, a lone cow is crying. "She's been dumped," shouts Lorri Bauston, who with husband Gene has come to inspect conditions at the yard. The animal activist couple jump out of the truck and rush over to the animal to offer water and comfort. Because of the Downed Animal Protection Act, the California state law that the Baustons championed, they can do something--instead of watching helplessly.
March 19, 1989 | CHRISTY PORTER, Porter is a free-lance writer in Spokane, Wash.
Circling crows appear like smudges on the pale winter sky, occasionally swooping to peck at frozen road-kill. The last few miles on Highway 15 from Helena to the Butte stockyards are harsh and not that pretty. At the yard, Ralph Beer struggles against a 1,200-pound cow and the cold wind until the animal is finally in the auction stall. Then Beer lights a cigarette, perches on a rickety fence gate and muses on the state of literature in Montana.
June 28, 1988 | SARA FRITZ and JACK NELSON, Times Staff Writers
House Speaker Jim Wright (D-Tex.), who is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee, Monday portrayed himself as a victim of a campaign of leaks and "poison arrows" by Reagan Administration officials. Wright, who frequently has denied charges that he used his influence to benefit himself and his friends, insisted that he "would not be under the pressure" of an internal House investigation if he had not challenged President Reagan's policy in Central America. " . . .
September 8, 1999 | MIKE DOWNEY
My day was made Tuesday, upon reading that San Diego is searching for its own city song. San Diego, city that never sleeps. San Diego, my kind of town. I left my heart in San Diego. No, wait. It was my wallet. San Diego continues to be one of the truly outstanding cities in the greater metropolitan Tijuana area. The town deserves a tune. San Diego is marvelous, too marvelous for words. Many of us believe San Diego to be every bit as special and song-worthy as Galveston, Kalamazoo and Gary, Ind.
September 15, 1986 | LEE MAY, Times Staff Writer
The once-mighty Obear-Nester Glass Co., where proud workers used to turn out bottles by the millions, has become just another dead factory in this all-but-dead city--quiet and smoke-dirty, with the sad and seedy look of unused structures everywhere.
May 27, 1988 | KENNETH HERMAN
The story of recent immigration to the United States, particularly of Central American and post-Vietnam War Asian refugees, is laced with feelings of political dissatisfaction. But, for descendants of 19th-Century Scandinavian immigrants, a century of successful assimilation has left them with feelings of warm nostalgia.
February 8, 1985 | BURT A. FOLKART, Times Staff Writer
Dr. Muriel Gardiner, who as a young student of psychoanalysis in Vienna in the 1930s helped smuggle anti-Fascists out of Austria, died Wednesday at the age of 83 in a Princeton, N.J., medical center, where she was being treated for cancer. Her memoirs were titled "Code Name Mary," but many felt after seeing a 1977 film based on Lillian Hellman's reminiscences that they could as well have been called "Julia."
A Newhall horse sanctuary that provides care for animals that would otherwise be slaughtered is being evicted because of complaints from neighbors and failure to make rent payments, officials who manage the property said Thursday. Equus Rescue and Sanctuary, one of the few facilities of its kind in the country, moved from Shadow Hills to its present 25-acre location in June, lured by the $2,500 monthly rent.
July 14, 2004 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Department of Agriculture, responding to a critical report, defended its testing program for mad cow disease Tuesday, saying the surveillance plan that went into effect June 1 targets "precisely the population of animals we should be testing." The draft report, prepared by the USDA's Office of Inspector General and released by Rep. Henry A.
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