CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2009 |
Michael Jackson was never a fixture on the county fair circuit, but his Neverland rides now are on a never-ending tour. The attractions he set up in his estate's private amusement park have been auctioned off and are being trucked from carnival to carnival, pitched as a chance to take a spin on a piece of history. At the far end of the midway at the Tulare County Fair in the Central Valley this month, signs announced: "Michael ride here! This is one of Michael Jackson's rides from Neverland Ranch!"
May 26, 2005 |
Introduce a friend from New Zealand to the waterfront in Southern California and you'll probably get a puzzled look, and maybe another of those peculiar questions about our culture. "Why are all these sailboats boats here?" By "here," your visitor means here at the dock. Why, when the sky is fair, the winds light and steady, the sea gentle, are all these boats idle and unattended at their moorings? Why is the seascape from Malibu to Dana Point, or from Ventura to San Diego, so, well, empty?
June 4, 2004 |
An amusement park ride on which a 7-year-old girl was killed last month will have seat belts, more lighting and a second attendant when it reopens, officials announced Thursday. Westchester County officials said they planned changes to the Mind Scrambler ride at Playland Park on Long Island Sound even though the park was not cited for any violations or required to make improvements to the ride.
July 11, 2003 |
A woman died at a New Orleans amusement park when she was struck by one of the rides, officials said. Rosa Donaldson, 52, was killed in an accident on a teacup-style "circular family ride" called the Joker's Jukebox, said Ann Wills, spokeswoman for Six Flags New Orleans amusement park. Local news reports said Donaldson apparently was standing near one of the cars trying to strap in her 4-year-old grandson when the ride started up.
July 31, 2001 |
The wheel of an amusement park ride sheered off its axle and crashed to the ground at Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park on Monday, injuring two dozen people and leaving some riders stranded for hours before rescuers could remove them from swinging cars. The ride, a variation on a Tilt-A-Whirl called the Chaos, broke free early Monday evening. The ride begins spinning horizontally and gains speed, turning vertically until it resembles a speeding Ferris wheel. The ride fell about 6:30 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2001 |
A state safety panel met Thursday in Los Angeles to iron out regulations for amusement park rides. The California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board said it will consider comments made at the meeting and in writing by theme park officials, their lawyers and consumer advocates. Legislation passed in 1999 requires theme parks to report ride injuries and sets up a state inspection and investigation system.