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Dodger Stadium -- and a Zoo, January 15, 1959

January 15, 2009 |  6:00 am
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A mail bomb loaded with dynamite sits in the post office for three weeks
because the victim didn't leave a forwarding address!

1959_0115_runover Fresh off an apparent victory in getting a downtown stadium for the Dodgers, some City Council members moved on to their next objective--opening a zoo in the same neighborhood.

"That's our next big job, to get our fine, big zoo started," said Councilwoman Rosalind Wyman, who was an early backer of the Dodgers moving to L.A.

A council committee would meet later in the month to deal with a contract to turn operation of the proposed zoo over to the nonprofit Friends of the Los Angeles Zoo.

"With the world's largest zoo located next to the world's finest baseball park, Los Angeles will have a worldwide attraction for tourists," Councilman Gordon Hahn said. "Let's get it done."

--Keith Thursby

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Mickey Rooney stars in "The Last Mile," about death row prisoners who overpower the guards and try to escape, based on the 1930 play by John Wexley in a production that starred Spencer Tracy.
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The California Assembly approves
a resolution asking the NCAA to reconsider its two-year sanction against USC.
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