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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
March 3, 2010 | Steve Lopez
The whale and dolphin shows I saw at SeaWorld in San Diego a couple of years ago with my wife and daughter weren't just good, they were spectacular. I think that's one reason they gave me the creeps. The more amazing the stunts were, with super-intelligent mammals performing circus tricks for us humans, the dumber I felt. I had subjected my daughter to a contrived spectacle, just a mile from the natural wonders of the open sea. Did I really want her to think that wild animals exist for our amusement, or that it's OK to ride a killer whale as if it were a pony?
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.
July 17, 1995 | BILL CHRISTINE
After five hours' of hearings over the weekend, Hollywood Park stewards will resume their investigation of trainer Bob Hess Jr. on Friday afternoon. Hess' horse, Guide, tested positive for morphine after finishing third on May 6. "There should be a ruling before the end of the meet [a week from today]," steward Tom Ward said Sunday. Hess has denied any wrongdoing.
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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