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February 28, 2010 | By Anika Myers Palm and Eloísa Ruano González
Hundreds of patrons packed into Shamu Stadium on Saturday for the return of SeaWorld Orlando's "Believe" show, three days after a killer whale dragged a veteran animal trainer underwater to her death. Despite a morning drizzle, visitors stood in line for two hours beginning at 9 a.m. to see the first performance. The show featured a tribute to Dawn Brancheau, who drowned Wednesday after the orca Tilikum yanked her by her ponytail and pulled her underwater. Billy Grady and his family, tourists from Georgia, returned to the park to see the show after it was canceled Friday.
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SPORTS
April 15, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Gary Vitti's workspace at the Lakers' training facility is surrounded by a life-size skeleton, detailed charts of the human muscular system and books about tendons and ligaments. Lots of books. The medical library came in handy this season as the Lakers suffered a continual string of injuries, the worst in Vitti's 30 years as their trainer. A few days before his 60th birthday, Vitti sat down with The Times for a candid interview on how Kobe Bryant will look next season, why the Lakers were ailing all season and the recent outbursts of angry Lakers fans.
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HEALTH
December 7, 2009 | By Jeannine Stein
Gadgets and machines have become as embedded in the fitness culture as sneakers and sweats. Although it's possible to get a decent workout with nothing more than a couple of dumbbells and a jump rope, high-tech contraptions help exercisers work smarter, not harder. We asked three trainers for their must-have selection and the best ways to incorporate it into a fitness program. Pete McCall, a San Diego-based trainer and exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise, chose a heart rate monitor.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao's former strength and conditioning coach, Alex Ariza, has sued trainer Freddie Roach for allegedly making false and defamatory statements that Ariza “gave fighters performance-enhancing drugs.” The lawsuit, filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claims Roach made the statements “on or about Jan. 9” in a video interview posted on the Internet. “As a result of this publication, [Ariza] has suffered and will continue to suffer monetary damages as well as irreversible injury to his reputation and image,” attorney Jonathan S. Milder wrote in the five-page complaint.
SPORTS
July 20, 2012 | By Sam Farmer
The NFL said Friday that it has not fired nine officiating trainers who refused to train replacement officials, but the league confirmed it did take back the computers and system access of those trainers. "The officiating trainers have not been fired," league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email. "They are seasonal employees who have decided not to work at this time. We asked for their NFL-issued laptops back so that those who are working right now can use them. " That statement was a response to what trainer Jerry Markbreit, a highly respected retired NFL referee, told The Times earlier Friday.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
In the latest skirmish in a years-long legal battle prompted by the death of a SeaWorld trainer in Florida, a federal appeals court heard arguments in a case challenging a ban on close contact between SeaWorld staff and killer whales. In 2010 at the Orlando park, killer whale Tilikum snatched trainer Dawn Brancheau from a platform and thrashed her around underwater until she died . Federal workplace investigators later cited SeaWorld , saying trainers were exposed to hazards because they were allowed unprotected contact with the killer whales.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SeaWorld lost a major round Friday in its legal fight to put its trainers back into the water with killer whales during the parks' marquee orca shows. By 2-1, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., rejected an appeal by SeaWorld of a citation issued in 2012 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after its investigation into the 2010 drowning death of a trainer at the SeaWorld park in Orlando, Fla. In court documents, SeaWorld had argued that proximity of the trainers to the killer whales was central to the appeal of the orca shows and without that proximity the shows would lose popularity.
SPORTS
March 26, 1998 | RANDY HARVEY
At that point in the wedding ceremony when anyone who had an objection was asked to speak or forever hold his peace, Jenine Sahadi and Ben Cecil had prepared themselves for an unusually long pause while the California Horse Racing Board considered a ruling. Happily for bride and groom, they were informed before the March 14 wedding that the union of two of Southern California's most prominent thoroughbred trainers had withstood an inquiry.
SPORTS
August 28, 1992 | BILL CHRISTINE
Trainer Dick Mandella, concerned that his name is being linked to four horse-drugging cases at Santa Anita and Hollywood Park earlier this year, was told in effect here Thursday that he is not under investigation. "I have a new position on all this," Mandella said to the California Horse Racing Board's medication committee. "I have been hearing that I am one of those (trainers) who is suspected. . . . There is no doubt in my mind that I am not in the group.
SPORTS
November 2, 1994 | BILL CHRISTINE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After more than 40 hours of testimony over a three-month period, five trainers have been fined $500 apiece and one has been fined $750 for running horses at Santa Anita and Los Alamitos that tested positive for scopolamine, a prohibited drug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SeaWorld lost a major round Friday in its legal fight to put its trainers back into the water with killer whales during the parks' marquee orca shows. By 2-1, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., rejected an appeal by SeaWorld of a citation issued in 2012 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after its investigation into the 2010 drowning death of a trainer at the SeaWorld park in Orlando, Fla. In court documents, SeaWorld had argued that proximity of the trainers to the killer whales was central to the appeal of the orca shows and without that proximity the shows would lose popularity.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | SANDY BANKS
Wendy Newton's first impulse was to just say no: She wasn't going to volunteer her life-coaching services to women on skid row. She has two young children and a "person-centered branding" business with demanding clients. She didn't want to waste hours in rush-hour traffic, crawling from Beverly Hills to downtown Los Angeles every week. But then she remembered how good it felt when she worked with inner-city teens years before. So she agreed to try skid row. "I thought, 'These are grown women.
SPORTS
March 19, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
On a hot Wednesday afternoon in a strip mall near a busy Los Angeles street corner, a congressman was beating up an elderly and defenseless man. It was almost as one-sided as the Manny Pacquiao-Tim Bradley fight that two judges on duty that night failed to see. No police were summoned. No 911 calls made. This was sanctioned assault, also known know as boxing training camp. You knew immediately where you were, from the " pop, pop, pop" of boxing gloves colliding in the ring, and from the moisture forming under your arms.
HEALTH
March 7, 2014 | By James S. Fell
After the film "300" hit the screen in 2006, Google trends showed a threefold increase in searches for "six-pack abs. " And every magazine with the word "muscle" in its title shared a version of a "Secrets of the '300'" workout. But there are no secrets to seeing your abs. Methods vary, but they sum up as: Train hard. Eat fewer calories than you burn. The end. The sequel, "300: Rise of an Empire," is now in theaters, and the actors recently gathered at a Century City hotel to talk about their physical transformation from ordinary humans to chiseled glory.
SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Kevin O'Neill, the longtime Miami Dolphins trainer fired in the wake of the team's bullying scandal, is firing back at the franchise through his lawyer. Attorney Jack Scarola issued a statement Thursday on behalf of O'Neill, who in the recently released report of investigator Ted Wells is accused of laughing at inappropriate jokes aimed at offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and an unnamed assistant trainer. O'Neill accompanied Dolphins executives, coaches and scouts to last month's scouting combine in Indianapolis, but was fired on the eve of the annual event.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2014 | By Meg James
Budweiser's heartwarming Super Bowl ad "Puppy Love" tells the story of a puppy's dogged determination to hang out with his favorite Budweiser Clydesdale horse - and the horse's reaction. The 60-second commercial - which was shot on horse ranches in Southern California a few weeks ago - posed challenges for the actors, crew members and animal trainers involved in the elaborate production.  First, there were the majestic Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale horses. Then there were the puppies - eight puppies, all 10-weeks old when the commercial was shot - required to get the desired shots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1990
As an animal trainer for 17 years, I am tired of the absolute lies from groups like Cleveland Amory's Fund for Animals ("Circus Barkers," Metro, Aug. 7). It is only in the best interest of the trainers to teach these animals or raise these animals under the best conditions. Any stress, whether it's in training, or farming, or medical research, produces an inferior animal. And yes, we trainers, ranchers, and researchers are animal lovers as well. Some of those big Hollywood stars who protest animals used for circuses or zoos own pets that have been trained to live in their homes.
SPORTS
February 1, 2007 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
Floyd Mayweather Sr., replaced as Oscar De La Hoya's trainer a day earlier, said Wednesday that his $2-million demand to prepare De La Hoya to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. was legitimate, not excessive. "Oscar told me he wasn't going to pay it," Mayweather said. "I told him, 'Find someone else, have a good day.' If you want me to help you destroy my son, you're going to pay me. And pay me well." Mayweather Sr.
SPORTS
January 12, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
Mike Tice, hired as the offensive line coach for the Atlanta Falcons earlier this week, could have an exciting few months ahead with some distractions off the field. Tice is co-owner of the 3-year-old colt Midnight Hawk, who is two for two after taking the Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes by 13/4 lengths over Kristo on Saturday at Santa Anita. It was the first stakes for 3-year-olds during the winter-spring meeting and gained Midnight Hawk, a son of Midnight Lute, 10 points toward a possible start in the Kentucky Derby.
SPORTS
January 8, 2014 | Helene Elliott
Her first name describes the refinement and polish figure skater Grace Elizabeth Gold embodies at her best, enhancing her huge, difficult jumps and the luminous smile she outlines with her trademark red lipstick. Her last name says what she's pursuing this week in Boston at the U.S. figure skating championships: her first senior-level national title and a place on the U.S. Olympic team at the Sochi Games. The women's competition will begin Thursday with the short program and will end Saturday.
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