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March 1, 2011 | Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Frank Woodruff Buckles, a onetime Missouri farm boy who was the last known living American veteran of World War I, has died. He was 110. Buckles, who later spent more than three years in a Japanese internment camp in the Philippines during World War II, died Sunday of natural causes at his home in Charles Town, W.Va., family spokesman David DeJonge said. A total of 4,734,991 Americans served in the military during World War I, from 1914 to 1918. "I always knew I'd be one of the last because I was one of the youngest when I joined," Buckles told the New York Daily News in 2008, when he was 107. "But I never thought I'd be the last one. " Earning that distinction resulted in numerous honors for Buckles.
February 13, 2011 | By Mark Olsen, Special to the Los Angeles Times
With his debut feature, 1999's "Crane World," a gritty slice-of-life about a day laborer in Buenos Aires, Pablo Trapero first demonstrated his facility for transcending the conventions of genre. With his latest, "Carancho," which played at last year's Cannes Film Festival and opened in Los Angeles on Friday, he's again looking to infuse genre storytelling with a beating human heart. In this case, the director says, his film, which charts the relationship between a down-on-his-luck lawyer and an emergency room doctor, began life in his mind as an unlikely love story.
December 29, 2010 | By Geraldine Baum and Bob Drogin, Los Angeles Times
A day after a fierce blizzard clobbered much of the Northeast, a brilliant sun blazed down from cerulean skies and hundreds of cities and towns shoveled and sledded their way back to life. Airlines resumed limited service at major airports, but more than 760 additional flights were scrubbed, most in the New York area, which bore the brunt of the mammoth nor'easter that roared up the East Coast on Sunday and Monday. The extent of the chaos, and the challenge of the cleanup, became evident Tuesday amid the endless snowy landscapes, ankle-deep puddles of city slush and harrowing stories of white-out conditions and treacherous roads.
December 13, 2010 | Marc Siegel, The Unreal World
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" 9 p.m. Dec. 1, NBC Episode: "Rescue" The Premise: Twenty-six-year-old Caitlin Lemarck throws a party at which she is attacked, and her head is smashed against a mirror. She has a seizure and is taken to the hospital, where she goes into cardiac arrest. The emergency room doctors aren't able to resuscitate her, and she dies of bleeding into her brain (a subdural hematoma). Upon examining Lemarck's body, Dr. Melinda Warner ( Tamara Tunie)
May 25, 2010 | By David Zahniser, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles City Council panel backed a proposed ordinance Monday that would raise ambulance fees by 37% starting July 1, the first of several strategies for passing the city's budget woes on to consumers. The proposal would increase the transportation fee for basic life support ambulances from $712 to $974. Those ambulances typically respond to less critical emergencies, city officials said. Fees for advanced life support ambulances, which allow paramedics to provide treatment for major emergencies, would increase from $1,004 to $1,373.
May 15, 2010 | By David Zahniser and Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Three days before they are scheduled to vote on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed budget, council members jockeyed Friday to find ways to avoid hundreds of layoffs, by proposing fees, reworking the numbers and demanding concessions from public employees. Council President Eric Garcetti offered a plan to preserve as many as 1,000 jobs by counting, at least tentatively, on revenue from the mayor's plan to lease 10 public parking garages. Councilman Herb Wesson went even further, proposing no layoffs at all. The council's Budget and Finance Committee recommended the elimination of 1,761 positions last week.
March 10, 2010 | By Maeve Reston
Facing a shrinking number of options to close a budget gap that could grow to $600 million in the next fiscal year, the Los Angeles City Council is weighing whether to deactivate 10 rescue ambulances at night. Council members postponed a decision Tuesday amid confusion about how the proposal would affect response times and after listening to the tearful testimony of a man whose father recently died of a heart attack. Fire officials had reluctantly advanced the cost-saving measure as part of their obligation to help reduce the city's budget gap. By reassigning 60 firefighters who staff the 10 ambulances with the fewest calls per day -- 3.5 on average -- budget officials said the city could save $3 million over the next few months and $20 million in the next fiscal year.
January 18, 2010 | By Linda Reid Chassiakos
Snow and ice were making the narrow lanes and sharp curves of the Pennsylvania Turnpike even more treacherous than usual. Built for easygoing roadsters, the highway lacked the necessary shoulders and lane width to guarantee safe passage for time-pressed 18-wheelers; a fragile metal rail in the slim median was all that separated the vehicles hurtling in opposite directions. But the ambulance driver was careful and experienced. Mindful of the urgency of our mission, he maneuvered through the speeding traffic with professional skill, barely jostling me as I prepared an infant incubator, oxygen tanks and resuscitation equipment.
September 27, 2009 | Associated Press
. -- With one scary hit on Tim Tebow, another Florida laugher turned into the Gators' worst fear. Tebow was knocked out of Florida's 41-7 victory against Kentucky after taking a hard shot to the head in the third quarter. The Gators were leading 31-7 and driving deep in Kentucky territory when Tebow was sacked by Kentucky defensive end Taylor Wyndham. As he fell back with Wyndham on top of him, Tebow's head struck teammate Marcus Gilbert's leg, violently bending his neck forward.
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