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NATIONAL
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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NEWS
May 27, 2004 | Bob Sipchen, Times Staff Writer
There you are, teasing a raft into a boat-eating rapid, tapping the brakes as your bike sputters down an oddly canted fire road, kicking for a foothold on granite wall, way too far from the ground below. Now what? Now what? Now what? your cortex asks itself, perhaps several times a second, perhaps ordering up spritzes of adrenaline to help you cope with the risk. Then come the endorphins. The congratulatory chest slams. You didn't panic, fumble, die. It feels good.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
VALENCIA A roller coaster that struck and killed an employee at Six Flags Magic Mountain on Friday will reopen on Monday, park officials said. The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health gave the amusement park permission to reopen the ride on Saturday, but park officials decided to wait until Monday. Bantita Rackchamroon, 21, was struck and killed by one of a string of cars on the Scream roller coaster shortly before the park opened.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2004 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
For the second time in five months, state investigators have ordered Disneyland to further train workers because they failed to properly operate Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Tuesday's action followed Saturday's minor crash of two unoccupied trains. The roller coaster had reopened last month, after a September derailment that killed a 22-year-old Gardena man and injured 10 other riders.
NATIONAL
April 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
An amusement ride broke open and ejected several passengers at the Miami-Dade County Fair, injuring seven people. A piece of paneling came off "The Gravitron," police said. Three passengers were hurled out through the opening left by the panel. A 16-year-old girl was in critical condition.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2004 | Debora Vrana, Times Staff Writer
The thrill is back. With faster, scarier rides, Southern California theme parks are betting visitors will be too. The region's amusement park industry, after suffering several years of declining attendance, is gearing up for the summer tourist season by opening new roller coaster attractions, some with elaborate special effects.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Owners of the 114-year-old carousel in Seaport Village plan to auction the relic to the highest bidder to pay taxes and bolster their cash reserves. The Broadway Flying Horse Carousel, whose 175-pipe organ, 40 horses and three dogs and goats have entertained tourists at the harbor site since 1980, will be sold from the estate of the late Morris Taubman, who built Seaport Village.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2004 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
A shoulder harness that allegedly failed to close properly on a ride at the California Adventure theme park caused whiplash and a neurological disorder to a Milwaukee surgeon, forcing him to stop his practice because of pain, his attorney said Tuesday. The allegations came during opening statements in a negligence lawsuit against the Walt Disney Co. in Superior Court in Santa Ana before Judge David A. Thompson. It was brought by Dr.
NEWS
January 15, 2004
Now that FAO Schwarz will be vacating the premises and leaving behind a huge building, it is possible for The Grove to become a full environment living compound -- shopping, recreation (the pond), entertainment, amusement park rides (the trolley) and living space ("Shopping and Living Under One Roof," by Paul Brownfield, Jan. 8). Divide and conquer the FAO space into apartments or human pod areas. One would never have to leave the compound except to travel a few feet to Farmer's Market (or what is left of it)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2003 | Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writer
Disney is facing more allegations of faulty maintenance procedures, this time by a Milwaukee surgeon who said he suffered whiplash and an ongoing neurological disorder after riding a roller coaster at its California Adventure amusement park. The doctor's negligence lawsuit, which goes to trial next week in Orange County Superior Court, challenges whether a safety restraint was properly lowered and lubricated.
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