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June 29, 2004
Sue Clark "Cruiser's missing," my friend Dave said. He is usually the calm, collected type, but today he sounded distraught. Dave and I both have small, well-behaved rescue dogs from the Huntington Beach Shelter. Weelo, Dave's dog, is a small, feisty, spotted rat-terrier type, and my Wilson looks like a mix of terrier with a Chihuahua head. Cruiser, however, is a different story. He belongs to Dave's son, Matt, and is the antithesis of our dogs. Upon first glance, the 85-pound Cruiser looks like a large, black-and-white pit bull.
By Tania Chatila | June 9, 2006
LA CRESCENTA ? Dog owners will be required as of June 2 to spay or neuter their canines and implant a microchip-tracking device in them as part of a county-wide ordinance. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the final draft of the ordinance on May 2, which restricts breeding and requires mandatory spay and neuter programs for all breeds of dogs in an effort to reduce the overpopulation of unwanted dogs in the county, said Tony Bell, spokesman for County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
April 18, 2005
Andrew Edwards For an independent filmmaker, it can help to have friends who have a lot of friends, who also have a lot of friends who have a lot of money. Filmmaker Stefan Marc produced, directed and appears in "Dating Games People Play," a romantic comedy set in Newport Beach, on a budget that approached $5 million, he said. Before producing his film, the former Newport resident worked as the vice president of an import and export company, he said.
February 13, 2003
Barry Faulkner While some guys are tireless workers, Zack Novak is a tireless player. A senior guard on the Estancia High boys basketball team, he is the defensive equivalent of static cling. Ricocheting around and off screens designed to separate him from his unfortunate victim, typically the opponent's most prolific scorer, the pliable 6-foot-2, 150-pound pest relies on comet quickness and the persistence of a pit bull. So resolute is his desire to bond with opposing scorers, he remains unaware of the inevitable physical toll wrought by his perpetual pursuit.
August 20, 1999
Jessica Garrison CORONA DEL MAR -- Overnight, Irwin F. Gellman has become the historian's answer to Ricky Martin. The Corona del Mar resident and former full-time real estate developer has gotten there by living his own version of "La Vida Loca." He spent the last four years buried in the bowels of the Nixon Library & Birthplace in Yorba Linda, patiently and passionately reading through thousands of Nixon's private papers. Along the way, he became the Allergan Professor of Modern American History at Chapman University, his first scholarly job since he quit academia to go into shopping-mall development two decades ago. When Gellman emerged from the archives, he sat down at his desk and wrote, "The Contender: Richard Nixon, The Congress Years, 1946-1952," which the Free Press published Aug. 8. The book argues that Nixon's early career was marked not by Red-baiting, crooked fund-raising and the general smarminess for which the disgraced president was excoriated, but by a "sensible anti-Communist course against the excesses of McCarthy and other extreme right-wingers."
September 3, 1999
Peter Buffa It had to happen sooner or later. After all the ads, infomercials, unwelcome knocks on the door and unsolicited phone calls, finally, something useful this way comes. Ready? "Tell Them For" Here's the deal. Let's say someone you care about, or maybe someone you work with, has one of those maddening but unmentionable problems. You know what I'm talking about. These are delicate matters, so we'll let the company's Web site speak for itself.
By Andrea Jason | August 15, 2009
At the beach, in a backyard hammock or late at night in bed, dog mysteries are a fun way to spend your summer reading hours. Several authors have made dogs an integral part of their writing, and if you enjoy a lighthearted mystery, these may be a perfect way to while away the summer. “Dog on It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery” is the first in a new series by Spencer Quinn . This debut is narrated by Chet, canine detective, and his partner, Bernie Little, of the Little Detective Agency.
September 2, 1999
I am calling about the man shooting the dog ("Man-shoots-dog tale is continued," Aug. 24). I think the district attorney ought to be fired. The guy did the right thing. I think wasting taxpayers' money on something like this is ridiculous. PHIL MCNAMEE Corona del Mar Chasing the dog down and [allegedly] beating it to death with a shovel after shooting it three times in the face goes beyond protecting your child. It was a brutal act and totally unnecessary.
By Steve Dale | February 22, 2011
Mel never barks, except in his sleep. He shakes with terror when strangers enter the house. He has good reason to be fearful. Mel's previous owner was Michael Vick. Mel's detailed history is unknown. However, it's clear that he was used as a kind of dog-fighting training dog. He has the scars on his back legs to prove it. Yet, today, Mel adores other dogs. He especially relishes when puppies pile on him. "When we first got Mel, whenever a stranger came to the house he would stand with his back to a corner, and shake for at least an hour," says Dallas reporter/radio host Richard Hunter, who with his wife, Sunny, adopted Mel from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Konab, Utah, over Labor Day weekend 2009.
June 16, 2012
Two homes that are part of a controversial Ocean Boulevard lot merger were demolished last week - a move the owners hoped would protect them from the liability of owning uninsured vacant homes but which angered neighbors fighting the project. "This kind of behavior is indefensible," said Jeff DuFine, whose mother-in-law lives on an Ocean Lane home that is part of a 1951 agreement impacted by the lot merger. "She's pretty devastated. She was crying. " The homes at 2808 and 2812 Ocean Blvd.
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