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April 17, 2013 | By David Wharton
Sochi officials have announced that they hope to make their city safer and more appealing by killing more than 2,000 stray cats and dogs before the 2014 Winter Olympics, according to the RBC Daily newspaper. "It's obvious that there should be no animals on the streets," Sergei Krivonosov, a government official, told the paper. "We have responsibilities to the international community. Killing [strays] is just a faster way to solve this task. " Russian press has reported public protests in response to the announcement.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 2014 | Sandy Banks
He'd lived for at least a decade on a grimy sidewalk in an industrial area of South Los Angeles, just off Western Avenue. To passers-by he might have seemed like an ugly symbol of urban blight - unkempt, unfriendly and surrounded by trash-filled shopping carts. But to people who knew him, Chester Willis was a neighborhood treasure; a homeless man who kept the block swept clean, fed wild birds, tended stray cats and corralled abandoned dogs. When Willis, 57, died of a heart attack last week, dozens of people turned out for a curbside tribute.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 1988 | JIM WASHBURN
In this age of "classic rock" radio, one has to suspect that any band reunion is a cash-in for the nostalgia dollars that have eluded band members in their solo pursuits. The Stray Cats would certainly seem to fall under suspicion as, since breaking up in 1982, Brian Setzer, Slim Jim Phantom and Lee Rocker have each led careers that seemed likely to soon find them working night shifts at all-night mini-marts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Los Angeles firefighter is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges he and his mother beat a woman feeding stray cats in the West Adams district after she threw cat kibble at him during a verbal altercation. Fire engineer Ian Justin Eulian, 37, is charged with a felony count of battery with serious bodily injury, assault likely to produce great bodily harm and an enhancement of causing great bodily harm. He's being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. His mother, 70-year-old Lonieta Antonietta Fontaine, is due in court Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A Los Angeles firefighter is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges he and his mother beat a woman feeding stray cats in the West Adams district after she threw cat kibble at him during a verbal altercation. Fire engineer Ian Justin Eulian, 37, is charged with a felony count of battery with serious bodily injury, assault likely to produce great bodily harm and an enhancement of causing great bodily harm. He's being held in lieu of $50,000 bail. His mother, 70-year-old Lonieta Antonietta Fontaine, is due in court Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1987 | MARK HENRY, Times Staff Writer
Paw prints on his Cadillac have prompted a San Fernando judge to turn his attention from felons to felines--with the harshest of penalties in mind. Alleging that dangerous "wild cats" are destroying cars in a judges' parking lot, Superior Court Judge Robert D. Fratianne has warned courthouse workers to immediately stop feeding the animals "or I will personally take steps to eradicate the cats."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 1998 | STEVE APPLEFORD
"If it weren't for Carl Perkins," Brian Setzer declared Thursday night, "we wouldn't be here." That's true enough for a broad range of pop acts, but even more so for Setzer's Stray Cats, who reunited at the House of Blues to perform an energetic tribute to the late rockabilly pioneer.
NEWS
October 5, 1990
An Echo Park man was stabbed and robbed early Saturday morning in the 4000 block of Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles police said. Arthur Margolis, 49, told police that he was feeding stray cats in the area near Sunset Boulevard and Sanborn Avenue when he was approached by two assailants who demanded that he turn over his money, Detective Maria Rivas said. Margolis told police that one of the two assailants demanded his money and pushed him. Margolis said he pushed the man back.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 17, 1997 | CHEO HODARI COKER
*** STRAY CATS "Runaway Boys: A Retrospective 81-92" EMI Records The Stray Cats were a dated pop phenomenon decades before their first album even was released. The style that the group revived with its most popular U.S. album, 1982's "Built for Speed," was '50s rockabilly. Patterned after Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, the Cats evoked bygone visions of sock hops, drag races and gang rumbles waged with knives and fists, not Uzis and grenades.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 22, 1994 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only three people born since "Blue Suede Shoes" hit the charts have managed to follow Elvis Presley and his '50s peers to stardom by playing rockabilly music. Lee Rocker is one of them. He was still in his teens back in 1980, when he and his band mates in the Stray Cats--Brian Setzer and Slim Jim Phantom--began scoring hits with a musical style that had gone out of fashion before the Kennedy Administration began.
SPORTS
April 17, 2013 | By David Wharton
Sochi officials have announced that they hope to make their city safer and more appealing by killing more than 2,000 stray cats and dogs before the 2014 Winter Olympics, according to the RBC Daily newspaper. "It's obvious that there should be no animals on the streets," Sergei Krivonosov, a government official, told the paper. "We have responsibilities to the international community. Killing [strays] is just a faster way to solve this task. " Russian press has reported public protests in response to the announcement.
OPINION
November 23, 2011
Life in the wild Re "Reaching out over feral cats," Nov. 19 These feral cats in South L.A. are not actually stray cats. They flourish and thrive because of the seemingly well-meaning humans who feed them. Without that food, many would die. Responsible pet owners keep their cats in their homes, where they are safe from other predators. Trapping, spaying and then releasing these feral cats won't do any good. These cats are not vaccinated against disease.
WORLD
May 31, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
Before his rants about corruption made him persona non grata with the Communist Party, before he started agitating for the rights of children and evicted tenants, before he denounced the Beijing Olympics, there were the cats. In his prolific blog posts, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei wrote paeans to the dozens of stray cats who inhabited his studio and served as his creative muses. "The cats and the dogs in my home enjoy a high status; they seem more like the lords of the manor than I. The poses they strike in the courtyard often inspire more joy in me than the home itself," he wrote in 2006.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2010 | By Kimi Yoshino
The line forms even before the doors open at FixNation in Sun Valley. The trappers come, five days a week, back seats and trunks loaded with feral cats. Inside is a highly organized production line: On an average day, about 80 cats will be neutered and sterilized, then released 24 hours later into the neighborhoods they came from. This largely volunteer effort seeks to control a problem that vexes cities everywhere: how to manage homeless, free-roaming cats -- thought to number at least 1 million in Los Angeles -- while trying to avoid euthanizing them.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2007 | Robert Hilburn, Special to The Times
There's something so immediately appealing about rockabilly music that it's easy to assume the invigorating style has been a bestselling fixture on the pop scene ever since its start in the '50s in Memphis, Tenn. In truth, only one pure rockabilly group has captured the mass pop consciousness over the last quarter century: the Stray Cats, whose engaging, early-'80s hits included "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut."
NATIONAL
May 14, 2005 | From Associated Press
A month after Gov. James Doyle said a plan to allow hunters to shoot stray cats was making Wisconsin a laughingstock, the public advisory group that raised the issue decided Friday to let it die. "There is no need to push it any further," Steve Oestreicher, chairman of Wisconsin Conservation Congress, said of a proposal to allow licensed hunters to shoot feral cats that kill wildlife.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 1986 | RICHARD CROMELIN
"It started out as a garage band and ended up with Jim and Britt doing the National Enquirer every other week." That's Brian Setzer's capsule summary of the Stray Cats' career, and while Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom's tabloid-perfect marriage to actress Britt Ekland neatly symbolizes the conflicts that contributed to the band's demise, Setzer thinks that the problems can be traced to the rockabilly trio's meteoric rise.
NATIONAL
April 12, 2005 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
The fight over stray cats here has turned downright feral. Hunters and feline lovers hissed at each other across the state Monday night as they participated in an advisory vote to decide whether to make stray domestic cats an unprotected species -- and potentially allow the public to hunt and shoot them.
OPINION
April 17, 2005
There's no getting around stray cats' new status as environmental varmints, to the point that a proposal to allow shooting of Wisconsin's stray cats is heading to voters. There are about 78 million pet cats in this country, at least 50% more than 15 years ago. An equal number of homeless cats -- both domestic strays and truly feral ones -- roam freely. Except for the indoor-only cats, most of these animals are eating birds.
NATIONAL
April 12, 2005 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
The fight over stray cats here has turned downright feral. Hunters and feline lovers hissed at each other across the state Monday night as they participated in an advisory vote to decide whether to make stray domestic cats an unprotected species -- and potentially allow the public to hunt and shoot them.
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