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L.A. residents rally around dog hit during high speed chase

Residents in Los Angeles give money to help a dog injured during a high-speed chase.
By Heather Records   |   Sept. 19, 2014 at 1:27 AM

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A dog -- named Gordo -- is Los Angeles' newest celebrity.

The precious pooch is the center of attention, after being injured during a high-speed chase in South Los Angeles.

The dog was walking on a residential street Wednesday night when he was hit by a van. The van -- that had been reported stolen -- had just spun out after losing two tires when a police cruiser performed a PIT maneuver.

After being hit, Gordo was rushed to ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital in Culver City, Calif., where he remains hospitalized.

On Thursday, Dr. Erich Stumpp said, Gordo's "Been very cooperative and ... very gentle with the technicians despite all these injuries."

The poor pup has fractures to his right hip and femur, as well as a cut deep into his muscle on the back of one of his legs.

Stumpp said it's looking like Gordo may have to have his leg amputated.

Thousands of dollars have been contributed to help Gordo's vet bills by people who called the animal hospital after #savethewhitedog started trending on social media.

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Phoenix airport reopens after lockdown

Sky Harbor International Airport reopens its busiest terminal after a three hour lockdown after a manhunt for a shooting suspect.
By Heather Records   |   Sept. 18, 2014 at 10:59 PM

PHOENIX, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A massive manhunt shut down the busiest terminal -- Terminal 4 -- at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport for three hours Thursday afternoon.

Airlines affected included American Airlines/US Airways, Southwest Airlines, Air Canada, WestJet and Volaris.

The lockdown caused a ground stop at the airport as well as lengthy travel delays.

It all began around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon after a shooting at a gas station in Tempe, Ariz.

According to authorities, a red Pontiac Grand Am fled the shooting scene leading police on a high speed chase that ended at the airport.

Shortly after arriving at the airport a man and a woman were arrested in connection with the shooting in Tempe.

During the manhunt, only flights that were in the process of boarding were allowed to leave Terminal 4. Incoming flights were allowed to land, but passengers had to stay on the plane.

The airport also asked passengers whose planes were departing out of that terminal to not come to the airport.

Passengers on an airport shuttle bus were wondering if they would make their flights.

"They stopped at Terminal 3 and told us to get off and didn't tell us why," said Lynn Gerber. Gerber had a flight on US Airways.

The terminal reopened around 6:00 Thursday evening.

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