February 6, 2014 |
We expect cities hosting the Olympic Games to take extreme measures to be presentable and safe for the world to descend on, but Sochi's mass killing of stray dogs is appalling. Many European cities have a problem with roaming cats or dogs: a stray, unsterilized population of animals left to fend for themselves. And I understand officials of the Russian city that sits on the Black Sea, just south of the Caucasus Mountains, worrying about stray dogs wandering onto snowboarding courses.
February 4, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- An Olympic official has responded to new reports of stray dogs being euthanized at the 2014 Sochi Games, saying the animals are instead being "relocated. " Animal activists protested last year when it was learned that the local Sochi government planned to catch and dispose of strays, which are common on the streets of this Black Sea resort. At the time, authorities responded by promising to send the dogs to a shelter instead. On Tuesday, Aleksandra Kosterina, the head of communications for the Sochi organizing committee, questioned reports that dogs were indeed being killed.
February 4, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- The hardest part about covering the Winter Olympics, by far, is getting here and staying healthy. The coverage breakdown is 95% logistics and 5% throat lozenges. Writing about Bode Miller, comparatively, is a breeze. Every easy time-zone venture (Salt Lake, Vancouver) is offset by a Lillehammer, Nagano, Turin or, now, Sochi. I have always approached the Winter Olympics with the mentality that I am a contestant on "The Amazing Race" without any chance of winning a million dollars at the end. You stand no chance if you can't embrace the adventure.
October 8, 2013 |
A Romanian law that calls for the killing of any stray dog captured and unclaimed for more than two weeks has stirred vehement protests throughout Europe and the United States. Animal rights advocates have denounced the legislation upheld by the Romanian Constitutional Court late last month as "inhumane and ineffective" and unlikely to rid the capital, Bucharest, of its tens of thousands of abandoned and desperate canines. The political campaign waged by Bucharest city officials to get legal authority to euthanize the strays was spurred by the Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 |
An uncle and grandmother of a 2-year-old boy mauled to death by a group of pit bull-mix dogs in Colton could eventually be charged with murder, police said Tuesday. Marco Zamudio, 23, and Eustulia Zamudio, 42, were arrested on suspicion of child endangerment resulting in death hours after 2-year-old Samuel Zamudio, of Rialto, was attacked Monday afternoon in a backyard in Colton by five dogs, described as pit bull mixes. Marco was responsible for taking care of his nephew at the time, said Colton police Det. Ray Mendez. Eustulia was the homeowner and the dogs belonged to her, he said.
September 7, 2013 |
In a night of unexpected winners, Italian documentarian Gianfranco Rosi's study of the denizens of a famous highway circling Rome, "Sacro GRA," was awarded the Venice Film Festival's highest honor, the Golden Lion Award, Saturday. The Silver Lion Award, the prize for directing, went to Greece's Alexandros Avranas for his story of the apparent suicide of an 11-year-old girl, “Miss Violence.” The film was also awarded a special jury prize. The Grand Jury Prize, a recent addition to the festival's awards, was given to Taiwan's "Stray Dogs," directed by Tsai Ming-liang.