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June 20, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer, Los Angeles Times
A 150-pound bear has been killed near Visalia after it acted aggressively when officials tried to relocate it, wildlife officials said Thursday. The male black bear had wandered to an agricultural area in Visalia, where it stayed for more than five days, until it was killed Wednesday, according to a statement from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Officials feared the bear would cross a well-traveled road to a residential area, and they tried to trap and move him. “Although non-lethal means were attempted, the bear acted aggressively, and due to concerns for the safety of staff and dogs, the bear was taken.
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August 21, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS -- California Highway Patrol Officer Jesus Manuel Magdaleno Jr. and his brother-in-law, Felix Brandon Cruz III, came to the Strip last weekend to celebrate Magdaleno's September wedding with a traditional bachelor party. But the visit took a tragic turn when a carjacker fled with their pickup truck as the pair were loading luggage outside the Flamingo Hotel. They died after being thrown from the truck when it struck another vehicle.  Now, the two men are heading home to Visalia.
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TRAVEL
March 29, 1998
I have been reading the Sunday Los Angeles Times for several years with great enjoyment. In reading "Season Opener" (Weekend Escape, March 8), I noticed a glaring omission in this article. Anyone who has ever traveled to Sequoia National Park via California 99 to California 198 is aware that you have to travel through Visalia to reach Lemon Cove, Three Rivers and the park. What have the city of Visalia and its residents done to offend your writers so much that any articles dealing with our area of the San Joaquin Valley, i.e., Tulare County, are always totally devoid of any mention of this city, and we are not even shown on your area maps?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer, Los Angeles Times
A 150-pound bear has been killed near Visalia after it acted aggressively when officials tried to relocate it, wildlife officials said Thursday. The male black bear had wandered to an agricultural area in Visalia, where it stayed for more than five days, until it was killed Wednesday, according to a statement from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Officials feared the bear would cross a well-traveled road to a residential area, and they tried to trap and move him. “Although non-lethal means were attempted, the bear acted aggressively, and due to concerns for the safety of staff and dogs, the bear was taken.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Jared Verbeek had always wanted to be a Marine — like his father, who retired as a gunnery sergeant. As a kid, he sometimes wore his father's old uniforms. When he graduated from high school in the Central Valley city of Visalia , southeast of Fresno, he had earned a spot at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was offered a free education and a commission as a Marine officer. But family members said Verbeek was impatient to become a Marine and serve his country during a time of war. After graduating from Mt. Whitney High School, where he was a standout middle-distance runner and long-jumper on the track team, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and went to boot camp in San Diego.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2011 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Visalia, Calif. -- The stadium is full, the players are limbering up on the unblemished grass and sausages are sizzling on the grill, sending an irresistible invitation into the springtime air. But Walter O'Malley's grandson hardly notices. On this Friday night, he has an 80-year-old tempest to contend with, and her name is Irene Burtlow. "Tom Seidler," Burtlow says, pointing a finger at his chest. "I have a bone to pick with you. I am not happy, not happy at all …" For decades at minor league baseball games in Visalia, members of the home team's booster club have passed a cap around the grandstand at Recreation Park, which fans fill with coins and dollar bills.
NEWS
April 30, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
A senior citizen mutant ninja turtle didn't come crawling out of a sewer like his teen-age brethren, but he had an adventure anyway before being reunited with his owner. This turtle wasn't named after Renaissance artists as were the turtles in the hit movie. He's simply called George and is said to be 126 years old. George got lost a couple of weeks ago from his home in Visalia and was found several miles away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A gunshot may have been fired at a Tulare County Superior Court judge because the jurist ordered a woman to use a long-lasting birth control device as a condition of probation. The bullet narrowly missed Superior Court Judge Howard V. Broadman, who quickly dropped to the floor behind his desk. The gunman, identified as Harry Raymond Bodine, said: "I'm guilty. I did it." Then, according to attorney Ward Stringham, Bodine said: "Those drugs kill babies."
TRAVEL
May 27, 2001 | FRANK R. HOTCHKISS, Frank R. Hotchkiss writes an automotive column for Tribune Media Services
Wending north from Ojai is one of Southern California's best-kept driving secrets, California 33, a two-lane blacktop that squiggles over the mountains of Los Padres National Forest for 56 miles. As the owner of a new Audi TT coupe, I find it hard to say which is more thrilling: the magnificent views or the exuberance of a turbocharged 180-horsepower engine climbing the highway's twists and turns. The ride was part of a road trip I recently took with my wife, Sandra.
OPINION
September 1, 1991
Boris Yeltsin for the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. ROBERT EDELSTEIN, Visalia
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2011 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Jared Verbeek had always wanted to be a Marine — like his father, who retired as a gunnery sergeant. As a kid, he sometimes wore his father's old uniforms. When he graduated from high school in the Central Valley city of Visalia , southeast of Fresno, he had earned a spot at the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was offered a free education and a commission as a Marine officer. But family members said Verbeek was impatient to become a Marine and serve his country during a time of war. After graduating from Mt. Whitney High School, where he was a standout middle-distance runner and long-jumper on the track team, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and went to boot camp in San Diego.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2011 | By Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Visalia, Calif. -- The stadium is full, the players are limbering up on the unblemished grass and sausages are sizzling on the grill, sending an irresistible invitation into the springtime air. But Walter O'Malley's grandson hardly notices. On this Friday night, he has an 80-year-old tempest to contend with, and her name is Irene Burtlow. "Tom Seidler," Burtlow says, pointing a finger at his chest. "I have a bone to pick with you. I am not happy, not happy at all …" For decades at minor league baseball games in Visalia, members of the home team's booster club have passed a cap around the grandstand at Recreation Park, which fans fill with coins and dollar bills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2010 | By Rong-Gong Lin II
A Union Pacific maintenance worker who was killed in a collision with a Metrolink train has been identified as Roberto Ramirez, 56, of Visalia. Ramirez died of multiple traumatic injuries when the pickup truck he had been driving was struck by a Metrolink commuter train east of El Monte on March 20, said Lt. Brian Elias of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The coroner's office considers the death an accident. Metrolink officials had earlier said there was no evidence that the employee deliberately placed himself in the train's path.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2009 | Andrea Chang
Macy's Inc. plans to open two new stores in California this year in former Gottschalks locations. The stores are in the Central Valley: River Park in Fresno and Visalia Mall in Visalia, the company said Thursday. Both are expected to open in the fall before the holiday shopping season begins. Each store will offer apparel and accessories as well as a limited assortment of home merchandise. The two stores will employ about 250 people in all.
NEWS
May 2, 2008
Air quality study: An article in Thursday's California section about the American Lung Assn.'s "State of the Air" study said Visalia-Porterfield was one of California's top eight metropolitan areas listed as most polluted. The name of the area is Visalia-Porterville.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2005 | Duke Helfand and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
The federal No Child Left Behind education law gave schools seven years to meet achievement goals, laying out increasingly dire consequences -- including the removal of school staff -- for those that fell short. But now, 10 schools have exceeded that seven-year timetable, leaving them in undefined territory and spawning renewed criticism by education officials about the fairness of the law.
NEWS
May 2, 2008
Air quality study: An article in Thursday's California section about the American Lung Assn.'s "State of the Air" study said Visalia-Porterfield was one of California's top eight metropolitan areas listed as most polluted. The name of the area is Visalia-Porterville.
TRAVEL
October 26, 1986
Simply to tell you how much I enjoyed Jerry's "Letter to Nancy." It is a beautiful piece of writing, and I think ranks with "Dear Virginia." MRS. FRANKLIN GINDICK Visalia
SPORTS
May 3, 2004 | Paul Gutierrez, Times Staff Writer
Helen Lutrell, a 77-year-old widow, has a disdain for cursing. So much so that Lutrell, a season-ticket holder with the Class-A California League's Visalia Oaks since 1983, attends every game with a brush and squirt bottle, just in case. "I hate swear words," Luttrell told the New York Times. "I even told them before I got the box seat that I'd get on the boys. I show them the brush and tell them I'm going to wash their mouth out with soap, like their grandmas. They call me the No-Swear Lady."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2003 | Azadeh Moaveni, Times Staff Writer
A former printing business employee shot a worker to death Tuesday, then set fire to rolls of paper and an office at the Visalia plant before fatally shooting himself, authorities said. Police equipped with oxygen tanks entered the smoke-filled PrintXCel plant minutes after the 7:44 a.m. emergency call, and found the two men dead, Visalia Police Sgt. Michelle Figueroa said.
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