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July 31, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
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May 14, 2013 | By Tina Susman
Britain's Prince Harry expressed astonishment at the damage still evident on the New Jersey shore from Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday as he toured hard-hit towns and took in the view of the historic Seaside Heights roller coaster, which was washed into the sea during the storm. Shortly after Harry left the area, a huge metal claw hanging from a crane began dismantling the roller coaster, which was knocked from a pier and thrown into the ocean at the height of last fall's storm. Officials decided it was impossible to salvage the amusement park ride and had planned to begin tearing it down, chunk by chunk, this week.
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June 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 2012 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Steve Wicke is "just big into space. " The Westminster man took four months off his warehouse job last year to visit every NASA site in the United States. On Saturday, he joined an estimated 20,000 people who swarmed the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's leafy campus for its annual open house weekend. Buses and SUVs clogged Oak Grove Drive near the La CaƱada Flintridge boundary with Pasadena and filled JPL parking lots to disgorge passengers of all ages, who descended on the exhibits and activities as if they were new amusement park rides.
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May 14, 2013 | By Tina Susman
Britain's Prince Harry expressed astonishment at the damage still evident on the New Jersey shore from Hurricane Sandy on Tuesday as he toured hard-hit towns and took in the view of the historic Seaside Heights roller coaster, which was washed into the sea during the storm. Shortly after Harry left the area, a huge metal claw hanging from a crane began dismantling the roller coaster, which was knocked from a pier and thrown into the ocean at the height of last fall's storm. Officials decided it was impossible to salvage the amusement park ride and had planned to begin tearing it down, chunk by chunk, this week.
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April 20, 2000 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Lake Forest teenager whose leg was caught beneath a Disneyland ride is being described as a "lucky little girl" by hospital officials and paramedics, who said Wednesday that she suffered no broken bones or serious cuts. The 13-year-old was on Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin ride at the Anaheim amusement park about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when her lower right leg became lodged under the fiberglass passenger bucket, officials said.
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September 21, 1999 | From Wire and Staff Reports
The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission says that emergency room injuries from amusement park rides rose 87% over five years. Injuries at amusement parks that were serious enough to warrant emergency treatment rose from an estimated 2,400 in 1994 to 4,500 in 1998, wrote Ann Brown, the commission's chairwoman, in a recent letter to Rep. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat.
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July 16, 1993 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Times staff writer David Reyes contributed to this report
A woman was in critical condition with head injuries Thursday night after she fell from a high-speed, spinning ride at Knott's Berry Farm, authorities said. The woman, identified by Fire Department officials as Cheryl Vandegrift of West Covina, fell from the Tampico Tumbler about 2:40 p.m. as it was twirling riders, park officials said. It was unclear how far she fell, but the ride is 30 feet at its highest point.
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December 30, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On guard against computer malfunctions and fireworks accidents, Disneyland will shut down a few elevators and tough-to-evacuate rides from 11:45 p.m. Friday to 12:15 a.m. Saturday as the new year arrives. Peter Pan's Flight in the park's Fantasyland section, where riders are carried along on an overhead track, will be one of the closures, park spokesman Tom Brocato said Wednesday.
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July 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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September 30, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
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!"
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May 26, 2005 | John Balzar, Times Staff Writer
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?
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June 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
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.
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July 11, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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July 31, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
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May 20, 2001 | Times staff reports
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.
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May 20, 2001 | Times staff reports
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.
NEWS
July 20, 1986 | THOMAS CURWEN
Of all the businesses west of the Los Angeles River, none is more incongruous than Bradley & Kaye Amusements. Where body shops and junkyards are the norm, this small building on West 15th Street seems out of place with its wood siding and its equestrian logo painted beside the front door. Open that door, and for a moment you might half expect to smell popcorn or hear a pipe organ, instead of fiberglass, sanders and drills.
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November 21, 2000 | JENNIFER PENDLETON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There's no business like show business when it comes to attracting teenage workers in Southern California. But even the ever-popular entertainment venues admit to feeling the pinch in today's super-tight job market. With Los Angeles County's unemployment rate at 5.3%--and even lower in certain booming areas within the region--employers who rely on teenage workers are redoubling efforts to recruit and hold onto the entry-level employees on whom they depend.
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April 20, 2000 | BONNIE HARRIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Lake Forest teenager whose leg was caught beneath a Disneyland ride is being described as a "lucky little girl" by hospital officials and paramedics, who said Wednesday that she suffered no broken bones or serious cuts. The 13-year-old was on Roger Rabbit's Cartoon Spin ride at the Anaheim amusement park about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when her lower right leg became lodged under the fiberglass passenger bucket, officials said.
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