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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1992
The Muslim Student Union of Santa Monica High School is working hard to collect stuffed animals for the children of Iraq. It is very disappointing for us to see that the U.S. government is hindering our efforts, which are purely humanitarian. How can the government let these children suffer for something they have not done? It is very cruel and unjust. The sanctions are killing tens of thousands of innocent children. I'm beginning to wonder whether President Bush has a heart. Teddy bears are a symbol of love and we, the Muslim Student Union, love these children.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 2014 | By David Colker
Talking toys have been around since at least 1960, when pull-the-string Chatty Cathy debuted. But Teddy Ruxpin, a cuddly teddy bear that hit stores in late 1985, marked a technological leap forward. Created by then-Granada Hills resident Ken Forsse, the talking Teddy moved his mouth in sync, making him seem much more lifelike. The effect was both delightful and a bit creepy, and kids loved him. "1986 and 1987 were insane; you could hardly find Teddy Ruxpin in stores, it was so popular," said toy expert Jim Silver.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 5, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING -- Sculptor, dissident, activist, blogger, rock 'n' roller, barber. Multi-hyphenate Ai Weiwei wasn't really in need of another descriptor, but now you can add this: actor. The roly-poly, 56-year-old Chinese artist makes his acting debut in a 10-minute sci-fi short called "The Sand Storm" filmed in Beijing in early 2013. The existence of the project wasn't widely known until this week, when the film's writer-director, Jason Wishnow, launched a $33,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund post-production work (it's already exceeded the goal)
NEWS
December 8, 1991 | Associated Press
Thieves smashed their way into a Salvation Army building and stole 50 teddy bears that the agency had planned to give as Christmas presents for needy children, the agency said last week.
MAGAZINE
November 19, 1989 | JUDITH SIMS
I WAS A DEPRIVED child; I never had a teddy bear, which probably explains why I am so completely dotty about them now. A few years ago, when the bear craze peaked with calendars, cards, engagement books, even clothes devoted to teddy bears, antique bears sold for thousands of dollars, and shops couldn't stock them fast enough. The demand for new and old bears was so great and the cost so high that many people discovered it was considerably cheaper and not all that difficult to make their own.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 29, 1992
In the annals of bureaucracy no case may stand out as more illustrative of the inherent inflexibility of bureaucracies than the ludicrous case of the Great Teddy Bear Holdup. You probably did not know that shipping teddy bears to children in war-torn Iraq would be a violation of the U.N. embargo that is intended to bring Saddam Hussein to his knees. But that's precisely what's holding up 1,000 pounds of donated medicine, used clothing and toys in a warehouse at Los Angeles International Airport.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
It's going to be a zoo this weekend at Encino Community Church. For the third consecutive year, the pastor and congregation of the nondenominational church have collected teddy bears to be distributed to needy children, patients at Childrens Hospital, and nursing home residents. Hundreds of teddy bears, of all sizes, expressions and attire, are biding their time on the church's pews, waiting to be delivered as holiday gifts on Monday.
MAGAZINE
August 12, 1990 | LISA ORR
"EVERY TIME I picked up a magazine, I saw these bears," says Jennie Wisley. "I really wanted to make one." So she found a book on repairing the Steiff bears made in Germany early in the century and used it to create her own patterns. Wisley's handmade teddy bears, complete with movable limbs, resemble such cuddly-doll favorites circa 1900. Wisley now produces about 150 bears in an average year and showcases them in Just Bearly, her studio/shop in Balboa Park's Spanish Village.
NEWS
August 17, 1996 | Associated Press
Some inmates have a little extra company when they go beddy-bye: blue teddy bears painted on the walls of their pink jail cells. Davidson County Sheriff Gerald Hege said this week that he had two cellblocks painted at the county jail to try to help keep inmates calm and brighten their spirits. "It's kind of hard to get hostile in a pink room with blue teddy bears," Hege said. But inmate Jerry Reid complained: "The guys are going to feel like sissies."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 12, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
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.
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
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)
WORLD
February 18, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
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.
IMAGE
February 10, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1990 | CAROLYN KUSKY
The Ventura Fire Department next month will begin stocking its engines with an unusual piece of equipment--teddy bears. City firefighters will hand out the 11-inch-tall stuffed animals to help soothe children who are victims of accidents or fires, spokesman Barry Simmons said. "It will give them some instant gratification and maybe help ease the pain," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1991
Peace activist Jerry Rubin, alarmed that parents may be turning children's bedrooms into barracks, said in Los Angeles on Thursday that the Alliance for Survival will again exchange war toys for teddy bears. "War is not a game," Rubin said in announcing the fourth year of the exchange program. "War toys are desensitizing children to the harsh realities of war."
SPORTS
February 4, 2012
Thunder power forward Nick Collison blogged for GQ about rookie hazing: "We make sure our rookies this season — Reggie Jackson and Ryan Reid — wear their pink Justin Bieber and 'My Little Pony' backpacks and carry their oversized teddy bears on all road trips. Kendrick Perkins says in Boston they made a rookie go out in a foot of snow and do 100 push-ups in only his spandex shorts. " The Magic's erratic play has raised questions about Orlando Coach Stan Van Gundy's future.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2011 | By Regina Powers
"There," Bernie said. She had finished converting an old pair of favorite jeans into a hand-made teddy bear, which she placed on her bed. During the summer in this new neighborhood, Bernie only had to look at the bear to be reminded of happier times. The day before school, Bernie sewed a key ring to the back of the bear, and attached it to her backpack. While walking down the hall to her first class, a girl pointed to her backpack and asked, "What's that?" "Just something I made.
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