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May 21, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- The Italian city of Verona is planning to raise some much-needed revenue from one of the world's most romantic landmarks: the balcony where Shakespeare's doomed heroine Juliet supposedly cried out, "Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" More than 2 million tourists a year squeeze into the courtyard below the balcony of a 14th century house that once belonged to the Cappello family, a possible inspiration for the Capulet clan in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet. " Visitors leave romantic notes pinned to the wall and rub the breast of a statue of Juliet in the courtyard, which supposedly brings good luck in love.
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BUSINESS
April 24, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Stephen Gaghan, the Oscar writing screenwriter, and his wife, fashion designer Minnie Mortimer, have put their Brentwood home up for sale at $4.995 million. Set behind gates and stone columns, the shingle-clad house looks like it could be set in Nantucket. The 5,267 square feet of living space features wood-beam ceilings, a painted wood-paneled den/library, a corner sunroom,  a media room, five bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms. There's a balcony off the master suite. A covered brick patio extends the length of the back of the house and connects to the balcony area above by an exterior stairwell.
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BUSINESS
October 30, 2011 | By Martin Eichner
Question: I rent an apartment in a large multistory building. There is a long balcony on my side of the building. Management sent me a letter telling me they wanted to install telecom and antenna equipment on this balcony so the local phone company can improve Wi-Fi reception in our area. The only access to the balcony is through two apartments, one of which is mine. Do I have a right to refuse to allow this installation? If they go ahead with the installation, do I have a right to refuse to allow the telephone technicians to use my apartment for access?
NATIONAL
April 7, 2014 | By Jenny Deam
DENVER - It was spring break, and Levy Thamba, a 19-year-old college student from Africa, had checked into a fourth-floor hotel room with three of his buddies. They had come from their small college in Wyoming looking for an adventure. No one is sure how much Thamba ate of the marijuana cookie purchased by one of his friends at a local pot shop. But soon the engineering student, who had never tried marijuana before, began acting strangely hostile, tearing around the room and pulling pictures from the wall.
NEWS
October 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Luxury cruise line Cunard launched a one-week sale Monday that offers a nice upgrade on selected 2013 trips: a cabin with balcony for the price of an ocean-view room. And some spending money is thrown in too in the form of on-board credit. One example: The classic transatlantic crossing from England to New York in spring aboard the Queen Mary 2 starts at $1,345 per person.  The deal: The Cunard sale applies to transatlantic crossings as well as cruises to the Baltic, the Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Iceland and other destinations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A man was injured Thursday night when he fell from a second-story VIP balcony at the Hollywood Palladium during a Blink 182 concert. The incident happened during the show's encore, according to NBC4. Witnesses told reporters that the man fell face-first into the ground and was put into an ambulance by paramedics. "All of a sudden, this big body comes over the balcony and just -- splat -- face down," witness Cassie Piasecki told NBC4. "I didn't hear anybody scream. He didn't land on anybody.
NEWS
August 27, 1985 | Associated Press
An Iowa State University fraternity house balcony collapsed under the weight of 20 to 40 people at a party, spilling them 20 feet to the ground and injuring at least 26, authorities said. None of those hurt when the balcony collapsed Monday night at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity house was critically injured. Authorities said most of the injured either declined treatment or were treated at a local hospital and then released.
HOME & GARDEN
May 5, 2005
Re "A Balcony's Bounty" [April 28]: For health reasons we moved from our home of 40 years, with its 20-by-40-foot vegetable garden plus fruit trees, to a condo with a 4-by-10-foot garden on a balcony. I brought a minimum of vegetable plants, orchids and cactuses to our condo. They are very happy in their new home. It was very encouraging to read your description of someone else's travails and uplifting to my spirits. Woodrow Miller Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1989
A Huntington Beach man was in critical condition and on life-support systems at UCI Medical Center on Friday after being pushed off a third-story apartment balcony in Fullerton by a jealous husband, police said. Lt. Jeff Roop said the victim, Francisco Jacinto Rivera, 31, was pushed off a balcony at an apartment complex in the 400 block of West Orangethorpe Avenue at 6:40 p.m. Thursday. Roop identified the man who allegedly shoved Rivera off the balcony as John Richard Miranda, 32, who lives at the apartment complex with his wife.
NATIONAL
March 29, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
A woman fell to her death from a balcony at a Daytona Beach motel. Heather Crawford, 30, of Frostburg was either standing on a chair on the balcony or sitting on the railing when she fell just before 3 a.m., the Daytona Beach Police Department said. A security guard at the motel found Crawford's body after he heard a thud and went to investigate. Crawford was on vacation with her boyfriend. No foul play is suspected, police said.
WORLD
December 19, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Dozens of people in Britain were injured, seven of them seriously, when the ceiling or part of the balcony collapsed at a theater in London's West End during the busy holiday season. The incident occurred about 8:15 p.m., less than an hour into the acclaimed production of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, near Piccadilly Circus. The London Ambulance Service said in a statement that it treated more than 75 people with minor injuries.
WORLD
December 6, 2013 | By Nicole Liu and Barbara Demick, This post has been corrected as indicated below
BEIJING -- A videotaped assault of a toddler by an 11-year-old girl in a high rise in Chongqing has in recent days riveted Chinese, inviting comparisons to some of the world's most brutal child murders. The boy was snatched by the girl in the building's elevator Nov. 27 as the boy's grandmother tried to maneuver his tricycle out of the closing elevator doors at the ground floor, apparently planning to take him outside. Closed-circuit television showed the girl, her hair in pigtails and  wearing a backpack, throwing the small boy repeatedly onto the floor and kicking him. The 18-month-old later either fell or was thrown from the girl's 25th-floor balcony.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 25, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
Two men who allegedly stole beer -- twice -- from a gas station over the weekend and then partied in a Santa Ana hotel room were arrested, but only after trying unsuccessfully to escape by scurrying down the outside of the building from the 10th floor, police said. Police say the two stole beer from a Mobil gas station at about 5:20 p.m. Saturday, then returned about an hour later and stole beer again. The second, time, however, the store clerk followed the men to the Embassy Suites at 1325 E. Dyer Road, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A man was injured Thursday night when he fell from a second-story VIP balcony at the Hollywood Palladium during a Blink 182 concert. The incident happened during the show's encore, according to NBC4. Witnesses told reporters that the man fell face-first into the ground and was put into an ambulance by paramedics. "All of a sudden, this big body comes over the balcony and just -- splat -- face down," witness Cassie Piasecki told NBC4. "I didn't hear anybody scream. He didn't land on anybody.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
A Glendale mother has been charged with child abuse after she left her 4-year-old son naked outside on their apartment balcony for more than an hour, officials said. Brook Kassa, 52, who was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, faces a misdemeanor count of child abuse in connection with Saturday's incident, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Kassa's lack of criminal history and the fact she has no prior incidents of abuse reported with the county or Glendale Police Department factored into the lesser misdemeanor charge, Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
WORLD
May 21, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME -- The Italian city of Verona is planning to raise some much-needed revenue from one of the world's most romantic landmarks: the balcony where Shakespeare's doomed heroine Juliet supposedly cried out, "Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?" More than 2 million tourists a year squeeze into the courtyard below the balcony of a 14th century house that once belonged to the Cappello family, a possible inspiration for the Capulet clan in Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet. " Visitors leave romantic notes pinned to the wall and rub the breast of a statue of Juliet in the courtyard, which supposedly brings good luck in love.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1996 | TINA NGUYEN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 3-year-old girl died after she climbed over the balcony of her family's apartment and tumbled four stories, police said. Adriana Rodriguez had been watching television in the living room Thursday afternoon while her mother was cleaning the bathroom. The girl wandered out to the balcony through an open sliding door, investigators said.
HOME & GARDEN
August 16, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Former L.A. Galaxy coach Ruud Gullit has listed a Hollywood Hills house for sale at $3.65 million. The traditional house, built in 1937, has a step-down living room with a wood-burning fireplace. The home opens to a swimming pool with spa, and a balcony off the master bedroom suite has city views. There is a den with a bar, four bedrooms, five bathrooms and 3,200 square feet of living space. Gullit, 47, was an ESPN soccer analyst for this year's World Cup. The Dutchman was European footballer of the year in 1987 and led the Netherlands to an international trophy in the European Championship in 1988.
NATIONAL
May 18, 2013 | By Carl Winder
LAS VEGAS -- When people ask Carlos Lucero what he does for a living, his answer often stops them in their tracks. “I throw people off the Stratosphere," he says jokingly. Lucero is the man who stands between a person taking the 855-foot plunge to the second level of the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, or turning away from the controlled fall and taking the Walk of Shame back to the gift shop. Lucero is the Sky Master, the man who checks the harnesses and straps before thrill-seeking tourists endure the Sky Jump, a ride that opened here in April 2010 and, Lucero says, holds the Guinness World Record for highest commercial decelerator descent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2013 | By Anthony York
SACRAMENTO -In his first public appearance since returning from China last week, Gov. Jerry Brown spoke to a group of crime victims on the Capitol steps, and shared some of his own recent experiences with the state's criminal element. Brown said he has been the victim of two recent burglary attempts, one at his home in Oakland last year and one at his downtown Sacramento loft just a few days ago. Speaking to a crowd of about 200 people carrying pictures of murdered family members on a warm, sunny Sacramento day, Brown said a man was apprehended “on my balcony trying to break in. Luckily I wasn't home.” In remarks to reporters later, the governor gave more details.
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