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February 25, 2012 |
Reporting from Sacramento -- The San Bernardino County district attorney's office has filed criminal charges against a California lawmaker who attempted to take a loaded gun onto an airplane. Tim Donnelly, a self-described tea party Republican from San Bernardino, was charged with carrying a loaded firearm in public without a concealed weapons permit and possessing a gun in an airport. Both offenses are misdemeanors, punishable by up to 18 months in jail and $2,000 in fines. A vocal advocate for gun rights, Donnelly was detained by police at Ontario International Airport last month after security screeners discovered a loaded .45-caliber Colt Mark IV pistol and an ammunition magazine with an additional five rounds in his carry-on luggage.
February 14, 2012 |
Chicago-based Boeing Co. finalized what it calls a historic order for 230 aircraft worth $22.4 billion. Lion Air of Indonesia ordered 201 of the Boeing 737 Max planes and 29 next-generation 737-900ERs. The deal also includes purchase rights for an additional 150 airplanes. The order is the largest commercial airplane deal ever for Boeing, measured by both dollar value and total number of airplanes. Lion Air will be the first airline in Asia to fly the 737 Max and the first in the world to take delivery of the 737 Max-900.
January 27, 2012 |
Colton Harris-Moore's nearly four-year odyssey as the "Barefoot Bandit" came to a conclusion Friday when a federal judge sentenced him to 61/2 years in prison for the theft of airplanes, boats and guns in an audacious swath of crime that stretched from Washington state to the Bahamas. "I should have died years ago," Harris-Moore, 20, said in his first public statement since his arrest in 2010 shortly after he crash-landed one of his stolen planes on an island in the Caribbean. "I'd like to first say that what I did could be called daring, but it is no stretch of the imagination to say that I'm lucky to be alive," Harris-Moore, speaking in diffident tones and dressed in jail-issue khakis, told U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones.
December 16, 2011 |
The notorious "Barefoot Bandit" was sentenced to 7½ years in prison Friday for an improbable odyssey of burglaries, thefts and stolen-aircraft joy rides across eight states that turned him into a cult hero around the world — and in the remote wooded islands where he grew up, an object of fear. Judge Vickie Churchill declined to impose the full 10 years sought by prosecutors for Colton Harris-Moore, 20, citing the young defendant's offer to make restitution to his victims, his expressions of remorse and a dramatic history laid out in court of a childhood full of abuse, neglect, poverty and alcoholic parents that led him to begin stealing food and shoes from neighbors at age 13. "It's a tragedy that he had to steal food because he had nothing to eat as a young boy. That he had to bear the taunts and jeers of classmates who ridiculed him because he lived in a derelict mobile home.
December 9, 2011 |
The news arrived like most these days, in our fast-moving, wired-to-know-immediately culture. Mike Scioscia's cellphone rang. "I was on the plane Wednesday night, coming home from the baseball meetings in Dallas," Scioscia said. "We were about to take off, my phone rang, and it was Arte. " The owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Arte Moreno, was calling his manager. "He asked if I was sitting down," Scioscia said. "I told him I even had my seat belt fastened.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 2011 |
A movie producer who made low-level passes over the Santa Monica Pier in a Cold War-era military jet went to jail Wednesday for flying an aircraft in a manner that endangered lives and property. Having lost his appeal, David G. Riggs, 48, surrendered to authorities at Los Angeles County Superior Court and began serving a 60-day sentence imposed by Judge Harold I. Cherness in June 2010. Cherness further ordered Riggs to clean beaches for 60 days and pay more than $6,000 in penalties and court fees.
October 17, 2011 |
Rick Ross' two seizures aboard two different airplanes within hours of one another has had many around Ross voicing concern for the Teflon Don's health. The rapper, on his way to perform at a gig with the University of Memphis basketball team, suffered a seizure on Friday morning, forcing the Delta flight he was on to make an emergency landing in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He received medical attention at a hospital there, and backers insisted he was fine. Ross said he would be keeping the night's interstate engagement and even posted a video of himself on Twitter on board a private jet headed for Tennessee.
October 16, 2011 |
If the Internet boom of the 1990s inspired computer programmers and entrepreneurs bent on changing the world, its bust gave rise to hundreds of writers happy to chronicle it - perhaps, most famously, "And Then We Came to the End" by Joshua Ferris. Much of Paul La Farge's novel "Luminous Airplanes" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux: 245 pp., $25) takes place in the slow days during which the boom was waning, and our unnamed protagonist is frittering away his days at a dying web company "like the middle of Moby-Dick; no whale in sight, only occasional contact with another passing ship, and nothing to fill the time except digression.
October 16, 2011
Heroism in the 'Forgotten Fire' Every five years we return to Wisconsin to attend our 1948 high school reunion, and once we decided to explore northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. While visiting the Peshtigo museum mentioned in Jay Jones' story ["The 140-Year-Old Mystery of the 'Forgotten Fire,'" Oct. 9], I told the volunteer that my grandfather was a member of the train crew that rescued the townspeople while the rails under the train were warping from the heat.
September 29, 2011 |
The FBI arrested a Massachusetts man Wednesday in an alleged plot to blow up the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon in which authorities say he provided "step-by-step" instructions on attacking Washington with drone-like, remote-controlled model airplanes. Rezwan Ferdaus, 26, a U.S. citizen and Northeastern University physics graduate from Ashland, Mass., had been approached in an undercover FBI operation after an informant came forward. Ferdaus allegedly told undercover personnel posing as Al Qaeda members that he had scoped out a site next to the Potomac River to load small aircraft with C-4 plastic explosives and use GPS equipment to remotely fly them over the Capitol.