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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1999 | CAITLIN LIU
Donning hard hats, Los Angeles city and law enforcement officials symbolically broke ground Monday for the new 911 emergency dispatch center being built at 23001 Roscoe Blvd. "Today we come one step closer in making Los Angeles the safest city in America," Mayor Richard Riordan said at the ceremony on the construction site.
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BUSINESS
September 16, 1999 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new way of linking satellites and cellular phones in an emergency--or perhaps finding a place for dinner--got a big boost Wednesday from the Federal Communications Commission. By a 5-0 vote, the commission allowed the introduction of cell phones that use global positioning system satellites to automatically flash their locations to 911 operators.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 1999 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
They're dramatic, they're theatrical, and running them generally stinks. Is anyone else repulsed by TV newscasts gratuitously using 911 calls as centerpieces of titillation? Obviously so, judging from the anger of some viewers objecting to newscasts all across the TV landscape--from local stations to national networks--deploying "Star Trek" hero William Shatner's frantic Aug.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 1999 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At 10:20 p.m. Aug. 9, William Shatner, the "Star Trek" star who once hosted the TV action show "Rescue 911," made a dramatic, real-life emergency call. Gripped with panic and barely able to get the words out, Shatner pleaded for help from a 911 dispatcher minutes after discovering the body of his wife, Nerine, at the bottom of their swimming pool. "Oh my God!" Shatner yelled to the dispatcher. "What's your problem there, sir?" the dispatcher replied.
NEWS
August 6, 1999 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Only 37% of the nation's 911 emergency call centers are ready for the Y2K computer challenge that arrives with the new year, according to the President's Council on the Year 2000 Conversion. John A. Koskinen, who chairs the council, said Thursday that 911 computer failures could force local emergency personnel to abandon their automated locator systems and use backup manual dispatch methods, which could slow response time. "A large number of local governments have done a wonderful job," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles firefighters cut an 8-by-8-foot hole in a bedroom wall of a North Hollywood apartment Thursday morning to rescue a 57-year-old obese man who had trouble breathing. Responding to a 911 call at about 7 a.m. from the victim, 30 firefighters from the department's Heavy Rescue Team worked two hours to extricate former Los Angeles radio personality and lawyer John Swaney from his apartment. Firefighters also removed patio railing and sliding glass doors to reach him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Firefighters cut an 8-square-foot hole in the bedroom wall of a North Hollywood apartment Thursday morning to rescue a former Los Angeles radio personality, thought to weigh more than 600 pounds, who was having trouble breathing. Responding to a 911 call about 7 a.m. from the victim, 30 firefighters from the department's heavy rescue team worked for two hours to extricate John Swaney, 57, from his apartment. Firefighters also removed patio railings and sliding glass doors to reach him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1999
The wife of Hall of Fame football star Jim Brown said in a 911 call that he beat her car with a shovel and threatened to kill her, but on Wednesday, she denied ever feeling threatened and claimed police overreacted. "I dialed 911 and I used it because I was angry. I was trying to get leverage," Monique Brown said Wednesday at the couple's home, where the media were summoned to hear the 911 tape. "There was no reason to call. There was no emergency," she said, her husband at her side.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1999 | JASON KANDEL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Santa Ana police and the CHP said Monday they are investigating a 911 emergency call about a carjacking that sent police on a chase to Artesia, where a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy wounded a man believed to be involved in the crime. Police and the California Highway Patrol said the call from a cellular telephone may have been bogus. When police called the cellular number, a man answering it said he had not made any emergency call about a carjacking.
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