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March 16, 1992 | Rick VanderKnyff
LOST AND LONELY: While swallows get the attention, a remarkable 10-year tradition continued this winter. . . . A solitary thick-billed kingbird returned to a tree in Tustin's Peters Canyon. The species rarely ventures north of Mexico, and for a bird to return to the same place, so far outside its range, is "quite amazing," says birder Doug Willick. Sightings of such "vagrants" are relished by bird watchers.
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February 15, 2009 | Scott Timberg, Timberg blogs at scott-timberg.blogspot.com.
In the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, while the West was immersed in a revolution of personal liberation, China underwent another kind of upheaval, the Cultural Revolution, in which the state clamped down on bourgeois hedonism and targeted even the mildest of dissidents. This is the setting of "The Vagrants" (Random House: 338 pp., $25), the first novel by Yiyun Li, a Northern California writer regarded for her short stories -- a world of rooftop loudspeakers, of Maoist propaganda posters, of a couple charged for the bullet used to execute their renegade daughter.
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NEWS
February 16, 1986 | JEFF BURBANK, Times Staff Writer
A Superior Court judge has issued a permanent injunction forcing a Santa Monica liquor store owner to stop selling alcohol to customers who are drunk. Judge Raymond Choate on Thursday issued the order against Edward I. Mizrahi, owner of Frank's Liquors at 155 Broadway, in response to a brief filed the same day by City Atty. Robert M. Myers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2007 | Martha Groves, Times Staff Writer
In nearly 24 years in Venice, Ty Allison has been threatened with a knife and assaulted by vagrants. Almost daily, he calls police to report that homeless people are using crack and methadone in his driveway. Ana Petrova cleans up human feces every morning in the alley behind Peter's Marina Motors, the business she and her husband have operated on Lincoln Boulevard for 40 years.
NEWS
June 11, 1987 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
In an innovative effort to prevent panhandling by vagrants who stand outside stores, in parks and on busy street corners, Santa Monica merchants may be asked to place collection cans for the homeless inside their shops. The plan, which is being touted as a humanitarian way of providing aid to vagrants, was suggested by Santa Monica City Councilman Dennis Zane. Zane said the collections could be used to pay for food or shelter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1986
Your article indicated that Santa Monica is home to 700 to 1,000 vagrants. As city attorney of Santa Monica, I continue to be troubled by the use of the word "vagrant" to describe the poor and dispossessed in our community. According to the common dictionary definition, a vagrant is an idle person who wanders from place to place with no visible means of support and who refuses to work, though able to do so. Because of this broad definition, vagrancy laws have an ignoble history in this country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1989
Bye-Bye Birdies--Theories abounded among local birders earlier this season to explain the exceptionally low numbers of migrating birds passing through the county. Had the escalating destruction of wintering grounds in the tropics taken a sudden and devastating toll? But a late rush of migrating land birds started early this month and reached a big peak a couple of weeks ago. On one day in Huntington Central Park, for instance, the avian display included a count of 125 yellow warblers and 100 to 150 Swainson's thrushes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1996
Regarding the April 2 article on the final night of the Conejo Valley Winter Shelter in Ventura County: Mayor [Andy] Fox speaks for the overwhelming majority of clear-thinking citizens in this oak-adorned oasis. A homeless shelter is a bad idea, as is homelessness itself, and should never be considered, lest it despoil the pristine grandeur of our fair city. Let these shiftless derelicts and vagrants migrate to places with permanent shelters, even if many of them were raised, attended school and worked in this magnificent community once upon a time when their lives were productive and worthwhile.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2009 | Scott Timberg, Timberg blogs at scott-timberg.blogspot.com.
In the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, while the West was immersed in a revolution of personal liberation, China underwent another kind of upheaval, the Cultural Revolution, in which the state clamped down on bourgeois hedonism and targeted even the mildest of dissidents. This is the setting of "The Vagrants" (Random House: 338 pp., $25), the first novel by Yiyun Li, a Northern California writer regarded for her short stories -- a world of rooftop loudspeakers, of Maoist propaganda posters, of a couple charged for the bullet used to execute their renegade daughter.
NEWS
June 13, 1985 | JUDY PASTERNAK, Times Staff Writer
Shortly after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, while a fine gray mist still hovered close to the ground, four squad cars and a four-wheel-drive vehicle rolled into the parking lot of the Cross Creek shopping center in Malibu. Two state government cars were already there, waiting. A dozen uniformed men--eight from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and four from the state Department of Parks and Recreation--assembled on the asphalt.
NATIONAL
December 22, 2006 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
THE king of Las Vegas sat on his throne, a wood and leather replica of one that belonged to a mid-19th century Bavarian king. Resting his hand on the lion's head carved into its arm, Mayor Oscar Goodman talked of his empire's poorest souls. "I love the homeless," said Goodman, who once proposed shipping them to an abandoned prison 30 miles away. "Unfortunately," the former Mafia defense lawyer added, "they're really interfering with the quality of life."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2005 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Vagrant Records has snagged another wandering soul -- and it could mean a transformation for the Los Angeles label best known for such young "emo" turks as earnest crooner Dashboard Confessional and the aggressive Alkaline Trio. The group in question here is the Eels. The veteran L.A.
NEWS
February 20, 2005 | Mary Esch, Associated Press Writer
Chickadees, cardinals and titmice are common visitors to a snowy bird feeder. But hummingbirds? That's what Janet Allen saw last year in her yard in suburban Syracuse. For several days in dreary November, a young ruby-throated hummingbird shivered on a snow-laced feeder, sipping sugar water when it should have been flitting among tropical blossoms in sunny Mexico. "It was kind of sad, really," Allen said. "I don't know if he got blown off course during migration or what.
NATIONAL
August 6, 2004 | From Associated Press
A police officer on trial for refusing to arrest a homeless man took the stand Thursday, saying he was punished for trying to help needy people instead of locking them up. Officer Eduardo Delacruz could be kicked off the police force if an administrative judge finds him guilty of failing to obey a lawful order. He refused to arrest a homeless man who had been sleeping in a Manhattan parking garage in 2002.
NATIONAL
June 24, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Jurors in Fort Worth saw pictures of the twisted, bruised and bloody body of a homeless man as a former nurse's aide went on trial on charges she hit him with her car, drove home with his body lodged in the windshield and left him to die in her garage. Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the murder case both said Chante Jawan Mallard, 27, took drugs and drank heavily in the hours before she hit Gregory Biggs on a highway on Oct. 26, 2001. The defense says it was an accident, not murder.
WORLD
June 19, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
China abolished a 20-year-old vagrancy law that human rights groups said had let police imprison people at will, leading to hundreds of detainees' deaths. Elimination of the law was the latest small but significant political change by Premier Wen Jiabao and President Hu Jintao since they took power in March. The decision followed the highly publicized death in custody of a graphic designer detained in March.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 1986 | ALAN CITRON, Times Staff Writer
A new sign has gone up at a neighborhood park in Santa Monica. It warns adults without children to keep out. There is also a new fence around the city's shuffleboard courts. It is supposed to protect elderly players from predators. At an outdoor mall, you can still see the holes left from when obstructive wood strips called "bum bars" were bolted to the benches in December. That experiment failed after some residents said it was inhumane.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2005 | Steve Hochman, Special to The Times
Vagrant Records has snagged another wandering soul -- and it could mean a transformation for the Los Angeles label best known for such young "emo" turks as earnest crooner Dashboard Confessional and the aggressive Alkaline Trio. The group in question here is the Eels. The veteran L.A.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2002 | MARC WEINGARTEN
The offices of Vagrant Records are what you might call Upscale Warehouse. The converted paper manufacturing plant on a strip of wholesale industrial businesses in Hollywood resembles those spartan loft spaces that blossomed all over California during the dot-com boom. Raw concrete floors coexist with Pottery Barn furniture, oversized photographs of Vagrant's artists hang on the walls, and two old-school video games idly hum in the back of the large main room.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2001 | DAVID FOSTER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It's a mystery, Gregory Goins insists, why his chest begins to hurt when it does. He might be riding the bus, walking down the street, dozing on a park bench or smoking a cigarette. Suddenly, the pain comes on, spreading through his rib cage, and Goins remembers just how sick a man he is. That's when his thoughts turn to the emergency room at Highland Hospital. He knows there are doctors and nurses there, ready to help. There are medicines and EKG machines. There are sandwiches.
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