CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 |
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sent an email blast to his supporters Tuesday, but this time he wasn't asking for campaign donations or votes. Instead, he was seeking stuffed animals. The mayor is collecting teddy bears to be given out at the scene of emergencies. He said he came up with the idea after this month's mass shooting at Los Angeles International Airport. In his email, Garcetti asked residents to drop off new teddy bears at locations around the city . The bears will be handed out by the city's crisis response team, a crew of volunteers who respond to emergencies alongside police officers and firefighters to offer emotional support.
March 21, 2013 |
The Teddy Bear Museum of the Sierra opens Friday with more than 250 antique and modern-day bears on display in Oakhurst, Calif., at the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park , where the real bears live. The museum's bear count comes from private collectors who also are card-carrying members of the Mountain Bear Fan Club . "Four of us became radical collectors," museum founder and club creator Toni Lagunoff said Wednesday. She said the group often talked about opening a museum for the 5,000 bears they have between them, but it wasn't until Jean Eaton, one of their own, died in December that they made it a reality to honor her. The current display features English-made bears, miniature bears, patriotic bears and an explanation of how teddy bears got started (yes, you'll learn about the Teddy Roosevelt link)
February 18, 2013 |
A Belarusian border guard reportedly will spend two years behind bars for failing to tell his superiors about a Swedish plane that entered the country in July to make an air drop -- of teddy bears. Hundreds of plush bears with parachutes and protest slogans such as “Free Speech Now” descended on the authoritarian former Soviet state July 4, dropped from a small plane piloted by members of a Swedish ad agency. The teddy bear stunt was designed to draw media attention to human rights abuses in Belarus, the Studio Total ad agency wrote.
February 10, 2013 |
Here's a news flash, folks: No matter what your guy says, when Valentine's Day arrives, he so does not want that heart-festooned necktie, cupid-covered hot water bottle or I.O.U. snuggle coupon. After briefly recalling the grisly fate met by the holiday's namesake 3rd century martyr, he will, however, smile broadly if gifted in such a manner. His lips will form the words: "You shouldn't have," but said gifts will disappear, never to be seen again. That doesn't mean you don't have viable gifting options.
June 29, 2012 |
The potty-mouthed "Ted" will heckle male strippers off the box-office stage, as the Seth MacFarlane comedy is expected to take down "Magic Mike" and all other new movies hitting theaters this weekend. "Ted," starring Mark Wahlberg as a man whose best friend is a talking teddy bear, is expected to open with a robust $40 million in ticket sales, according to people who have seen pre-release audience surveys. Universal Pictures, which is distributing the film, is predicting a softer opening of between $26 million and $36 million.
June 27, 2012 |
The scene could be right out of an episode of "Family Guy. " A man wearing a turban orders at the deli counter of Beverly Hills' famous eatery Nate 'n Al. An older gentleman pushes a walker into the restaurant's doorway, while two yarmulke-wearing boys are greeted with a "Shalom" by the Hispanic hostess. The only thing missing is Quahog, R.I.'s most famous resident, Peter Griffin, uttering some obliviously offensive statement about one of the patrons. Yet Seth MacFarlane, the man behind the proudly politically incorrect Fox animated series and the new R-rated movie comedy"Ted," slid into a booth on a recent afternoon without even a passingly inappropriate peep.