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February 5, 1998 | RICHARD KAHLENBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Last year at this time, Melinda Madrigal, owner of a doll store called Cookieland Express in Camarillo, had a good stock of Beanie Babies on hand. The only problem was, "I couldn't sell a one," she said. Last April, however, "Sales started going crazy in our area. Beanie Babies became a craze here, as it had been back East for five years," she said.
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January 18, 1998 | LISA ADDISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Tommy may be just a teddy bear but he's really going places. From Canada to South Korea and Australia to Japan, Tommy is seeing the world. Sue DeMers, a sixth-grade teacher at Raymond Temple Elementary School in Buena Park, decided to send 10 stuffed bears on various journeys as a way to teach her class about geography, as well as other cultures.
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January 7, 1998 | JOHN CANALIS
Orange Coast College psychology students recently donated 141 teddy bears to the children's clinic at UCI Medical Center in Orange. This is the second year that the Psychology Club and Psi Beta Honor Society have teamed to give stuffed animals to hospitalized children. Last year, 100 bears went to Children's Hospital of Orange County. Twenty-five students started collecting bears in November, delivering them in late December.
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September 17, 1997 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nothing like a furry brown teddy bear to comfort the little ones tearful over life's ordinary childhood traumas. Now Los Angeles police are hoping the cuddly stuffed bruins will be able to work their magic during times of real trauma as well. All too often, police say, they encounter children who are afraid of them. In an effort to soothe children who are crime victims or witnesses, police officers at the West Valley Division have launched the "We Care Bears" pilot program.
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July 28, 1997 | DADE HAYES
Christmas seldom comes early for abused and neglected children, social workers point out. Sometimes, it never comes at all. That's what made a recent truck delivery at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services so unusual. The truck contained about 15,000 teddy bears that will be distributed to needy children mostly in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. The bears' donor wished to remain anonymous.
BUSINESS
May 28, 1997 | (Associated Press)
Vermont Teddy Bear Co. is suing Walt Disney Co. for copyright infringement, alleging the entertainment giant purloined its trademark mail-order "Bear-Gram" ideas and logo. Vermont Teddy Bear asked the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., for an injunction to stop Burbank-based Disney from selling its "Pooh-Grams" line of bears and also requested unspecified damages.
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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.
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November 25, 1996 | DARRELL SATZMAN
NA'AMAT USA, the national branch of an international charity, will be recognized by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday for its role in an award-winning program that provides stuffed animals for Los Angeles' abused and neglected children. In July, the county received the National Assn. of Counties Achievement Award for Teddy Bear Patrol, a joint project of NA'AMAT and the Department of Children and Family Services.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 1996
Celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor, Clint Eastwood, Mel Gibson, Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey and Kevin Costner have designed special signed teddy bears to be auctioned off Saturday in a benefit for the Hillsides Home for Children, a nonprofit residential treatment facility for young victims of physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The event will be at the Warner Bros. Studio back lot. A cocktail party and preview of the bears begins at 4 p.m., with the auction scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.
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