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June 11, 2007 | From Times wire reports
The nation's accidental death rate has been gradually creeping higher and is up 12% compared to the lowest rate on record, in 1992, according to a report released Thursday by the National Safety Council. The independent, nonprofit group warned that if the trend continues, the nation could surpass the all-time high of 116,385 accidental deaths, set in 1969. From 1969 until 1992, the rate of accidental deaths -- a number adjusted for population growth -- steadily declined.
June 23, 1998 | From Associated Press
Low fuel, a hard-to-reach handle to switch gas tanks and modifications to his homemade airplane may have figured in the crash that killed singer John Denver last year, federal investigators said Monday. The National Transportation Safety Board, wrapping up the fact-finding phase of its investigation into the Oct. 12 crash, also confirmed that Denver lacked an aviation medical certificate--a requirement for a valid pilot's license--at the time of the crash.
June 9, 1993 | From Times Wire Services
The electronic message board outside the Meadowlands in New Jersey read: "In Memory of Drazen Petrovic 1964-1993." Half a world away, at the Amadeus coffee bar in Zagreb, Croatia, flowers and candles surrounded his photo, and on a table, a special edition of the daily Vecernji List carried a giant headline: "Drazen Petrovic Killed." The common denominator was a basketball player. And tears.
August 22, 1989 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Kandu, a killer whale who gave birth last year at Sea World, died Monday after a collision with another female whale during a show at the marine park. Sea World officials issued a terse statement saying that the 14-year-old Kandu died after a "physical interaction" with Corky during the 4 p.m. killer whale show. Sea World officials refused to provide any other information about the circumstances of the whale's death. There were conflicting versions of when the collision occurred.
August 19, 1990
Regarding the San Clemente checkpoint problem of undocumented workers running across the freeway: Please don't get too radical. Why should thousands of drivers have to suffer because of selfish smugglers letting off their captives who, in fright, seem to run. We experienced the same problem on southbound Interstate 805 at Palm Avenue in Chula Vista, and installing lights and flashing lighted signs "Watch out for people running" seems to have...
March 11, 1992
Two tanks of nitrous oxide, the so-called laughing gas linked to the accidental deaths of three young men last week in Chatsworth, were stolen a month earlier from Holy Cross Medical Center where one of the victims formerly worked, police said Tuesday. The two 80-pound tanks found with the victims Friday did not carry individual serial numbers but by asking area hospitals to inventory their cylinders, police were able to determine the tanks were the two stolen Feb.
March 6, 1987 | MARIA L. La GANGA, Times Staff Writer
Accidental deaths by drug overdose and drowning in swimming pools showed "dramatic" increases in Orange County last year, with 344 people dying by accidental means in 1986, up from 308 the previous year, according to a report issued Thursday by Sheriff-Coroner Brad Gates. There were 750 more deaths in the county from all causes in 1986 than in 1985, the report said. But not all the news was bad in the coroner's annual statistics on deaths in Orange County.
Symphony patrons embraced Carl St.Clair with a storm of applause Saturday night, as the music director stepped to the podium to conduct the Pacific Symphony Orchestra for the first time since the death of his only child. "I knew when the music started, I'd be a lot better," St.Clair said after the orchestra finished the inspirational song Olympic Fanfare by composer John Williams. The conductor's 18-month-old son, Cole, drowned in a neighbor's pool in July after his wife, Susan St.
August 1, 1999 | From Associated Press
A plane carrying nine members of a skydiving group that was holding its annual camp-out crashed shortly after takeoff Saturday, killing all the passengers and the pilot, authorities said. The plane, a twin-engine Beech King Air 200, came down at 8:20 a.m. in a grassy field near Marine City Airport, about 40 miles north of Detroit, said State Police Sgt. Craig Nyeholt.
July 13, 2005 | Tracy Weber and Jack Leonard, Times Staff Writers
A seriously ill patient died at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center after nurses failed to respond "for an extended period" to audio alarms signaling his distress -- the seventh death in two years in which staffers have virtually ignored vital sign monitors, Los Angeles County health officials said Tuesday. The incident, which took place in March, was one of four reported to the county Board of Supervisors in the last week in which patients allegedly received questionable care.
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