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April 29, 2008
Re "Showbiz grizzly kills trainer-stuntman," April 23 This bear killed its trainer for "unknown reasons"? Give me a break. How about these reasons: living in an unnatural, restricted environment; being subjected daily to the will of humans; performing rote and meaningless activities under duress? How many attacks will it take before humans get it -- you can't tame a wild animal, nor should you try. Ronna Siegel Van Nuys
November 19, 1987 | HOWARD MANN, Mann is an actor and writer who lives in Van Nuys. This episode occurred in New York and has no relation to the recent investigation in Los Angeles of allegations that chimpanzees were beaten during the filming of "Project X" at 20th Century Fox
Actors aren't the only ones in show business with troubles. Animals have their share of woes, too. I learned this when I did a TV commercial for a suntan lotion. I played the part of Tarzan, a big surprise to me, considering the nature of my physique. The only other character in the commercial was Tarzan's trusty pal Cheetah. When I reported to the set, the assistant director handed me the standard Tarzan outfit--loin cloth, club and fright wig.
September 25, 1989 | From United Press International
A Soviet weightlifting champion who defected with his trainer through the Turkish Embassy in Athens has arrived in Istanbul, officials said Sunday. Hafiz Sulaimanov, 22, and his trainer and masseur, Vitaly Stabrov, arrived at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport late Saturday. The arrival was kept secret by Turkish officials and security was tight.
September 17, 1988
Wayne Lukas won his sixth Del Mar Debutante in seven years (with Lea Lucinda on Sept. 4). Chris Ello reported that Lukas stalked off after being asked about the poor performance of his other entrant, One of a Klein, who was highly favored by the bettors. Not reported is the questionable practice in which horses with the same trainer are allowed to race uncoupled in the wagering. It is time for the California Horse Racing Board to conform to the standards of other states, such as New York, in which all entrants with a common trainer must be coupled in the wagering.
July 2, 1986 | Associated Press
Jockey Don MacBeth, seriously injured in a racing accident, has filed an $87-million negligence suit, claiming he was never told that a veterinarian had declared his horse unfit for the race before being overruled, his attorney said Tuesday. MacBeth had been grossing $600,000 a year before the April 5 accident at Aqueduct that has left him in a back brace with a fractured spine, said Martin Baron, his attorney.
May 1, 1989
A Rosary service for horse trainer Joe Manzi will be held at 6:30 tonight (Monday) at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Monrovia and a funeral Mass will be said there Tuesday morning at 10. Manzi, 53, died after suffering a heart attack last Thursday.
April 18, 2011 | By James S. Fell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For the past few weeks, I've been sporting big yellow bruises on my forearms. I blame actor Daniel Baldwin and his enthusiasm for kettlebells. As you may know, Baldwin has had issues with weight, alcohol and drugs. He's been on both "Celebrity Fit Club" and "Celebrity Rehab. " But things have turned around for Baldwin, and he gives a lot of credit to the kettlebell. What is this life-changing thing called a kettlebell? It's a traditional Russian training tool that looks like a cannonball with a handle attached.
August 29, 2002 | BOB MIESZERSKI
Since being claimed for $2,500 almost five months ago by owner-trainer Zvi Kriple, Bobbin Lee has been almost perfect. The 6-year-old Ole mare has won twice and was beaten by a nose in her only loss on May 12. A California-bred, Bobbin Lee will try for her 13th lifetime victory in the sixth, a 4 1/2-furlong contest for thoroughbreds that drew seven other fillies and mares. The race is also the fourth leg of a pick six that has a modest carryover of nearly $8,800.
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