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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.
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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.
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NEWS
October 15, 1996 | PAUL McLEOD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Last December was a month to remember for Mater Dei basketball player Kevin Augustine, who turned in a series of incredible performances under the most trying circumstances. He suffered severe leg cramps the night he dribbled the length of the court and scored the tying basket with only two seconds left in regulation in a quarterfinal game of the prestigious Las Vegas Prep Holiday Classic Tournament.
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
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
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.
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
September 24, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
It was just hours after his boxer's toughest fight, Cris Arreola's winning brawl over Travis Walker last Thanksgiving weekend, when Henry Ramirez stopped being Just Plain Henry. Boxing loves nicknames. So do trainers. Example: Ignacio Beristain is "Nacho." So, in the wee hours of that Nov. 29 night, there was Just Plain Henry, about to acquire a new label. Ramirez is Arreola's longtime trainer. His strategy and decision-making in the corner Saturday night at Staples Center will have a big bearing on whether Arreola can pull off a huge upset against World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
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.
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.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 17, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A use-of-force trainer testified Tuesday that the actions of two Fullerton police officers charged in the 2011 beating death of Kelly Thomas were acting within the department's policies. Manuel Ramos is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death. Jay Cicinelli is charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive force. A 33-minute video of the altercation, synced with audio from devices worn by Fullerton police that night, shows officers repeatedly striking Thomas with batons and a Taser.
NATIONAL
March 22, 2010 | By Jason Garcia
Three times a day, SeaWorld Orlando's killer whale trainers brush Tilikum's teeth, just as they always have. But they no longer stand right next to him with a water pick. Instead, they use a 2-foot extension so they can work farther from the 6-ton orca's jaws. The jury-rigged toothbrush is one of the many adjustments SeaWorld has made in the weeks since Tilikum grabbed veteran trainer Dawn Brancheau by her ponytail and drowned her in front of park guests. After the Feb. 24 tragedy, SeaWorld removed Tilikum from daily shows and ordered trainers to keep their distance from the animal, who is twice as big as any other orca at the park.
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.
SPORTS
December 14, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre
Betfair Hollywood Park had its last big day of racing Saturday, and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer had a big day. His 2-year-old, Shared Belief, owned in part by television personality Jim Rome, won the 33rd and final chapter of the CashCall Futurity, a $750,000 race that annually establishes at least one top prospect for the Kentucky Derby. It was the final chapter because its home, Hollywood Park, will close its doors after racing next Sunday. A real estate development is projected to replace the legendary Inglewood racing facility.
NEWS
December 9, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Horse racing has problems, which is like saying rain makes the grass wet. It is a sport in which the toothache never goes away. Conversely, it has its moments, its shots of adrenaline. On a glorious November day at Santa Anita, a huge horse trained by a tiny woman and ridden by a 50-year-old grandfather who had taken seven years off won the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic. It was such a good story that moviemakers must be scrambling to line up Kathy Ritvo and her aptly named horse, Mucho Macho Man. The jockey part is easy.
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