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Curiosity didn't kill this cat, but it came awfully close. A cat was found alive after being trapped in the attic of a Sand Canyon house for more than two weeks with no food or water, despite several days of record-breaking heat. Apparently, the feline sneaked through a hole in roof made Aug. 5 while workers repaired earthquake damage to the house's chimney and was sealed inside.
September 7, 1986 | LOUIS HILL, Special to The Times and Hill is a Cypress free-lance writer. and
Each time I pass a garage sale, I am aware of our throwaway society and how much of our heritage is being discarded. It is then I shout loudly for the return of the attic. Not just a crawl space or a termite refuge, but a real, genuine, musty, cobwebby, dusty, creaky attic. Unfortunately, the attic in the West is as scarce as the front porch. Single-Story Houses And who gets the blame? Myopic architects and tight-fisted builders are the culprits.
June 4, 1989 | ELIZABETH MEHREN, Times Staff Writer
Very often when she was in the White House, former First Lady Nancy Reagan said here Saturday, she was reminded of her first stage role in which she played a character who was kidnaped "and kept up in the attic." Only once, in Act II, did she speak, "just one line, and then back to the attic." With such intense public scrutiny and strictures on what she could say and do, "there were times when I felt I was in that attic," she said. She came to Washington in 1981 expecting a "tremendous platform," Mrs. Reagan said in a panel discussion at the Library of Congress, "but ironically, a First Lady loses her freedom of speech."
September 6, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
The stop-motion action is nonstop and deliriously bent in "Toys in the Attic," a 2009 Czech feature that has been retrofitted with an English-language voice cast led by Forest Whitaker, Joan Cusack and Cary Elwes. Jiri Barta's blend of live action and handmade and computer effects puts a "Toy Story" slant on "The Perils of Pauline" by way of "1984" and any number of dystopian nightmares. But the plot is the least of it in a film whose transporting aesthetic is a tattered brocade of industrial grunge and oldfangled whimsy.
July 7, 2012 | By Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic
In 1978 on a 1,600-acre farm in rural Washington, Don Emerson Sr., one of a long line of builders, loggers and sawmill workers whose livelihood was earned in the timber surrounding them, noticed that two of his teenage sons, Joe and Donnie, had taken a liking to music. He'd see them doing their chores while listening to radio from Spokane 70 miles to the southeast and encouraged them as they began writing and playing their own music. They even went into a studio to make a record but were disappointed with the experience.
February 16, 2010 | Chicago Tribune
Fire officials continued to seek the cause of a weekend apartment blaze that killed seven people, including four children. Assistant Fire Marshal Ron Opalecky of the Chicago suburb of Cicero said the blaze was believed to have started at a back porch early Sunday. Asked if it had been intentionally set, he replied, "Nothing has been ruled out." Investigators have talked to witnesses and are checking electrical equipment as well as heating and air conditioning units. Asked if smoking may have been the cause, he said, "Because of the extensive damage, it's going to be hard to conclude anything like that.
November 1, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
During the run-up to its annual Halloween gala, the Magic Castle in Hollywood announced its theme for the night's shows: "For the last week in October, the Magic Castle will be ON FIRE with the spirit of Halloween!" said the website's special events calendar. In an unfortunate twist, a real fire broke out in the attic of the century-old Victorian about 12:35 p.m. Monday, possibly causing thousands of dollars' worth of damage, closing the venue for at least two days and displacing its popular Halloween night event.
July 30, 2009 | Michael Ordona
Some people talk with their hands. Robert Hoffman talks with his fingers extending from the hands, flowing from the arms and the trunk. But the classically trained dancer, award-winning hip-hop choreographer and rubber-boned scene stealer of "Aliens in the Attic" isn't waxing balletic with those dexterous digits; he's describing prank videos in which he scares the bejesus out of total strangers.
July 1, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
A Willowbrook man who allegedly shot a Los Angeles police officer in the face last week during a probation check died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, L.A. County coroner's officials said Monday. The autopsy on Howard Michael Carl Partee, 33, determined the death was a suicide, said Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations for the coroner's office.  The wounded LAPD gang officer, who has not been identified, is recovering from two gunshot wounds - one to the face and the other to the neck.
February 19, 2011 | By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times
A Los Angeles firefighter died Friday from injuries he sustained when a ceiling collapsed on him in a house fire late Wednesday night in the Hollywood Hills. FOR THE RECORD: An article in the Feb. 19 LATExtra section about the death of Los Angeles Firefighter Glenn Allen said that Allen's funeral was tentatively planned for March 4. According to the Fire Department, his funeral is scheduled for Feb. 25 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. "I don't think any of us as firefighters would expect such a catastrophic failure of ceiling," city Fire Chief Millage Peaks said after announcing the death of Glenn Allen, 61, an L.A. firefighter for more than 36 years.
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