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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1998 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's no accident that the horrible death of Jorge Torres was picked by prosecutors to be Los Angeles County's first test of tough new state laws designed to protect employees from safety hazards in the workplace. The 25-year-old Wilmington man suffocated four years ago after being buried when a 60-ton pile of salt caved in on him as he cleaned a storage bin at a Long Beach salt plant while his bosses were nearby.
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NEWS
June 14, 1992 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Patricia Haag painfully shows the 7-year-old photograph of the Little League team that pictures her husband standing proudly behind the kids he helped coach that season. "See that little towheaded kid in the back row--yeah, there in the corner?" she asks. "He's the boy who killed my husband."
NEWS
May 31, 1996 | HENRY CHU and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A roller coaster attendant at Six Flags Magic Mountain fell while trying to cross the tracks Thursday and was killed by a train of cars loaded with merrymakers, park executives said. Cherie La Motte, 25, of Valencia, a part-time employee for about two years, died shortly after being struck by the cars of the Revolution roller coaster about 3 p.m., park spokesman Palmer Moody said. No one else was injured in the tragedy that struck just as the summer amusement park season got underway.
NEWS
January 4, 1998 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She raced to the hearse as it pulled up to Our Lady of Victory Church just after 10 a.m. Saturday and opened the vehicle's back door. For a moment, it was as if 29-year-old Rory Kennedy planned single-handedly to carry her brother Michael's heavy mahogany coffin into the gray and white church where, for years, the Kennedy family has worshiped in the happy days of summer. But just as swiftly, the youngest of Robert F.
NEWS
June 8, 1997 | From Associated Press
Mourners wept Saturday as the victim of a water slide accident was shown in a year-old television tape saying she wanted to be like her mother. About 800 people, including family, friends and senior classmates from Napa High School, gathered at the school's gym for Quimby Ghilotti's memorial service. The 17-year-old graduating senior died and 32 others were injured Monday when the Bonzai Pipeline slide at Concord's Waterworld USA ripped apart under the weight of dozens of teenagers.
NATIONAL
October 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A skydiver attempting a stunt was killed when he hit a suspension bridge and fell onto the rocks below, police said. Dwain Weston, 30, died following the inaugural Go Fast Games. He struck the 1,053-foot-high Royal Gorge Bridge in Canon City, said Heather Hill, a vice president of event sponsor Go Fast Sports & Beverage Co. Weston, of Australia, had jumped from an airplane with another parachutist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 1994 | LISA RESPERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A movie stunt that resulted in the death of a Paramount Studios stuntwoman is being investigated by the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, a state official said Tuesday. Stuntwoman Sonya Davis landed on the corner of an air bag after she leaped several stories from a building this month. Part of Davis' body hit the pavement, leaving her critically injured. She died of her injuries Nov. 16.
NEWS
December 27, 1988 | RONALD B. TAYLOR, Times Staff Writer
Lance Cpl. Jayson J. Rother was one tough Marine, but the stark, chocolate-brown mountains and the furnace-hot desert of San Bernardino County where he was lost proved to be tougher. Left stranded by his outfit last summer, Rother, 19, disappeared somewhere out on the firing ranges of the 932-square-mile Marine Air-Ground Combat Center north of here.
NEWS
February 15, 1988 | ANN WIENER, Times Staff Writer
A honeymooner who told authorities that a strong wind blew his wife over the side of a ship cruising 30 miles southwest of San Diego was being held without bail Sunday on suspicion of murder, officials said. Scott Robin Roston, 36, of Santa Monica, was arrested in Long Beach when the luxury liner, Star Dancer, docked Saturday afternoon. He was being held by federal authorities at the Terminal Island detention center and is awaiting a hearing with the U.S.
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August 23, 1989 | H.G. REZA and GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
Kandu the killer whale died from massive bleeding caused by a freak injury when, showing "normal behavior," she attacked a larger female whale that she was attempting to dominate, Sea World officials said Tuesday. Sea World veterinarian Jim McBain said Kandu, who weighed about 4,600 pounds, attacked Corky, her 7,000-pound rival, during the 4 p.m. show at the park Monday. McBain said trainers saw the whales fight in a holding pen behind the main pool midway into the 25-minute show.
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