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June 23, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Six Flags Inc., the second-biggest U.S. theme-park operator, closed a free-fall ride at four of its parks after a cable snapped on the attraction at its Louisville, Ky., park and severed the feet of a 13-year-old girl. Cedar Fair, operator of amusement parks including Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, said it temporarily shut down five similar rides at its locations. Rides at Knott's Berry Farm and Six Flags' Magic Mountain in Valencia were not affected.
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April 23, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
When Adrianne Wadewitz became a Wikipedia contributor 10 years ago she decided to use a pseudonym, certain that fellow scholars at Indiana University would frown on writing for the often-maligned "free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. " But Wadewitz eventually came out as a Wikipedian, the term the encyclopedia uses to describe the tens of thousands of volunteers who write and edit its pages. A rarity as a woman in the male-centric Wikipedia universe, she became one of its most valued and prolific contributors as well as a force for diversifying its ranks and demystifying its inner workings.
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July 15, 1993 | GEBE MARTINEZ and PATRICIA CALLAHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS; Times staff writers Rene Lynch and Eric Bailey contributed to this report
State safety inspectors Wednesday interviewed the operator believed to be responsible for a roller coaster crash this week at the Orange County Fair, focusing on the possibility that he was distracted from activating the ride's brakes because he was trying to do two jobs at once.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Howard Blume and Stephen Ceasar
L.A. schools Supt. John Deasy on Friday provided an updated list of 14 Los Angeles Unified campuses with students on the bus involved in a fatal crash Thursday night near Orland, Calif. Deasy said he did not know if any students from those schools were among the five killed. “We're very worried about the condition of a number of students,” he said in an interview, declining to elaborate further. Five adults died in the fiery crash, including the driver of the bus. The high school students were headed to Humboldt State University for a visit organized by the college.
NEWS
January 16, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
People who wear headphones might want to ditch them while walking outside. A study finds that accidents involving pedestrians wearing the devices have tripled in recent years. Researchers combed several sources to find incidents in the U.S. of crashes involving pedestrians and vehicles between 2004 and 2011. Searching the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Google News archives and Westlaw Campus Research. They found 116 cases of death or injury involving pedestrians wearing headphones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
The message of the proposed freeway signs doesn't seem controversial, memorializing individuals killed in traffic accidents and urging California motorists to drive safely. But a proposal to allow families to pay the California Department of Transportation to put up dozens of such signs along state highways has been caught up in a revolt by environmentalists against what they see as the growing clutter of signs and billboards along California roadways. The latest flare-up involves plans to expand a program that allows families to pay $1,000 to cover the cost of signs that read, "Please Don't Drink and Drive -- In Memory of . . ."
BUSINESS
November 23, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
On Black Friday, shopping carts aren't the only collision shoppers should worry about. Insurance company Progressive Corp. said that Black Friday is one of the worst days of the year for parking-related accidents. On the day after Thanksgiving last year, claims from parking-related accidents increased 37% when compared with other Fridays, the company said. A year before, claims were up 17%. PHOTOS: The Black Friday rush About 13% of Black Friday insurance claims were related to rear-end collisions, 11% from collisions with parked cars and 8% from drivers backing into another vehicle.
NATIONAL
March 21, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
HAWTHORNE, Nev. -- The Hawthorne Ordnance Museum commemorates the history of the nearby Hawthorne Army Depot with display cases and showrooms bristling with bombs, bullets, mines, torpedoes and missiles. Many of them came from the depot, which surrounds the town with thousands of squat storage buildings and half-buried ammo bunkers arranged in neat rows across hundreds of square miles of otherwise featureless desert. Its newest exhibit, however, is a massive granite memorial funded with local donations and designed as a testament to decades of safe working conditions at the sprawling base, the economic backbone of the region since World War II. The museum was preparing to place the memorial on a permanent stand near its entrance when a 60-millimeter mortar round exploded at the depot Monday night, killing seven Marines and injuring eight other servicemen -- seven Marines and a Navy corpsman.
NEWS
January 29, 1991
A study of the effects of ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION on weapons systems concludes that NINE ACCIDENTS in the first week of the Persian Gulf War can be blamed on malfunctions involving that type of radiation. The HERO Project (for Hazard of Electromagnetic Radiation on Ordnance) suggests that problems with radio, radar and static electricity can cause aircraft crashes and accidental missile launches and detonations.
NATIONAL
September 2, 2010 | By Julie Cart and P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
Mariner Energy, which owns the platform that erupted in flames Thursday, has been involved in more than a dozen offshore accidents in the Gulf of Mexico in the last four years, including at least four fires and a well blowout, according to federal regulators. In one of those accidents aboard the oil and gas platform known as Vermilion Block 380, which seriously injured a worker in 2008, federal inspectors highlighted "unsafe workmanlike operations," according to federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement records.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Say hello to Robin Seggelmann. The name may not ring a bell, but his handiwork has gained worldwide notoriety. Seggelman, it seems, is the poor soul who wrote the flawed piece of code that has come to be known as the Heartbleed bug. According to his profile on the LinuxTag conference website, Seggelmann is a " researcher for the transport protocols of the Internet. Occasionally his work find its way into standards of the Internet Engineering Taskorce (IETF). In a manner of speaking he helps writing the technical 'laws' of the Internet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
One person died Sunday after a vehicle crashed through a fence and into a field off northbound Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore, according to the California Highway Patrol. CHP officers were called to the accident scene about 12:45 p.m., finding the vehicle in a field off the freeway, the agency reported. Authorities are investigating the cause of the crash.   ALSO: Sheriff's candidate chastised for mock ethnic accent Sheriff's deputy alleges harassment by rogue department clique 5.1 earthquake: More than 100 aftershocks, scattered damage stephen.ceasar@latimes.com | Twitter: @stephenceasar
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- A skydiver fell to his death Sunday afternoon after an accident in the air with another skydiver, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said. The skydiver, described only as a man in his 20s, was found in the Otay Lakes area near Jamul about 4 p.m. His skydiving partner landed safely. The two bumped each other during the dive, causing one skydiver's parachute to malfunction, officials said. ALSO: An estimated 17 million people felt 5.1 earthquake in California Search halted for California man swept out to sea during baptism Three Marines stabbed during fight between Dodgers, Angels fans Twitter: @LATsandiego tony.perry@latimes.com
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West may have had a lot of respect for their top-secret Vogue cover shoot, but baby North? Not so much.  Kardashian spilled more behind-the-scenes details of the shoot Tuesday night on "Late Night With Seth Meyers," with the host showing his favorite photo, featuring the whole family, with Kardashian in a Nina Ricci wedding gown and Kanye shirtless, North lying naked on his chest. "North peed on him right at that moment ... ," Kardashian said, "and he was trying to tell me and I couldn't really hear him, and I had to get up and get her, clean her off, clean him off. It's a good memory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
All southbound lanes of the 5 Freeway near Sheldon Street in the Sun Valley area were closed Monday night after a fatal collision, the California Highway Patrol said. The lanes were expected to remain closed until around 10 p.m, the agency said. The incident was reported about 7:45 p.m.  Initial reports from officers at the scene stated that a body was lying in the middle of the freeway and may have been hit by more than one vehicle, the CHP said. There were reports that the victim may have been a pedestrian, but that was not immediately clear, according to the agency's Los Angeles traffic management center.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
The film crew walked out on the old railroad trestle high above Georgia's Altamaha River, then placed a metal-frame bed on the tracks for actor William Hurt. The plan called for Hurt to lie on the bed in a dream sequence for the film "Midnight Rider," in which he plays rock singer Gregg Allman. Two trains had already crossed the bridge that day, and the crew was told no more were scheduled, hairstylist Joyce Gilliard recalled. Then a train came barreling toward them. "We all ran for our lives," Gilliard said.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2012 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A blizzard that had pummeled northeastern Colorado on Friday moved across Nebraska and into southwestern Iowa on Saturday, causing dozens of accidents on highways as visibility was reduced to near-zero in some places. The storm, the first major snowfall this winter for Colorado and the Midwest, dropped about 20 inches of snow in some parts of Nebraska, said Matt Masek, a National Weather Service meteorologist in North Platte, Neb. By Saturday afternoon, the storm, with wind gusts up to 30 mph, had moved into southwestern Iowa, where snow totals ranged from 4 to 11 inches, said Roger Vachalek, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Des Moines.
SPORTS
February 11, 2001 | ED HINTON, TRIBUNE MOTOR SPORTS WRITER
About the Project This is the result of six months of research and reporting by Tribune Auto Race Writer Ed Hinton, with help from staffers at other Tribune papers, among them Darin Esper of the Los Angeles Times. It sheds new light on the decline of traditional fatalism among race drivers and the need for more research and action to prevent the violent deaths the sport has come to accept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2014 | By Jason Song
A woman who died after being hit by a car while crossing a street in Santa Ana on Thursday night has been identified, police said. Maria Vancinijavier, 51, was struck in the 1600 block of West 1st Street around 8:15 p.m. by the driver of a 2001 Volvo, authorities said. Vancinijavier was wearing dark clothing and the driver tried to avoid her, according to Santa Ana police. The driver also called 911 and stayed at the scene, police said. Vancinijavier was transported to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.  ALSO: LAPD mourns the loss of one of its own at downtown funeral Manson family killer Bruce Davis gets parole grant, but may not walk FBI ramps up Hawaii search for suspected terrorist in Calif.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Mikael Wood and August Brown
AUSTIN, Texas - A drum kit stood assembled and cans of beer were piled in a bucket. But otherwise, the outdoor stage at Cheer Up Charlie's was empty Thursday afternoon, an unusual sight for the ordinarily bustling South by Southwest music festival. Earlier that day, a suspected drunk driver had plowed through a crowd gathered in front of the downtown venue, killing two people and injuring 23 others, police said. An annual conference that also includes portions dedicated to film and technology, SXSW brings thousands of people to downtown Austin every March - an estimated 325,000 came in 2013.
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