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September 24, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE
A 7-year-old girl who was critically injured when she fell from a third-floor apartment balcony showed signs of improvement Wednesday, according to a hospital spokesman. The girl was playing on the balcony before she fell and landed on a first-floor balcony, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Bob Collis said. The accident occurred at about 8:50 p.m. Tuesday in the 6800 block of Laurel Canyon Boulevard. A Fire Department helicopter airlifted the girl to Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles.
June 28, 1989
Carlos Monzon, a former middleweight boxing champion, testified in his trial on homicide charges that he did not kill Alicia Muniz, a Uruguayan model and his longtime companion. Monzon, 47, is charged with simple homicide in the death of Muniz. He has been held in preventive detention in Mar Del Plata, Argentina, since Feb. 14, 1988, the day Muniz was found crumpled below the second-floor balcony of an apartment Monzon was renting. Monzon, the champion in 1977, has admitted he drank alcohol and struck Muniz on the night she died.
March 25, 1997 | Associated Press
A man who had been watching the lunar eclipse fell to his death early Monday when he tried to stop a companion from slipping off a balcony. Kenneth Hunter and Kimberly Ammons were either sitting on the railing of the third-story apartment balcony or leaning against it when Ammons felt it move, said police Sgt. Bill Pfeil. "She started to go backward, he tried to grab her and went with her," Pfeil said. Hunter, 30, died at the scene, apparently of head injuries.
November 6, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin
Visitors to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., will soon be able to get a closer look at the place where civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in the spring of 1968. The museum, which opened to the public in 1991, is renovating and will soon be allowing access to the balcony where King was shot while staying at the Lorraine Motel, according to the Associated Press. Until recently, museum visitors could see the balcony -- the museum is built around the two-story motel -- but they couldn't walk on it. When the new exhibit opens, visitors will be able to step onto the balcony, and there will also be a lift for disabled guests.
June 8, 2002
I have been a subscriber to the L.A. Opera for five years, but never before have I seen such disregard for the balcony ticket-holders as was shown in Gian-Carlo del Monaco's production of "Turandot." I sat in the center of the first row of the balcony, and for a good portion of the first and second acts I could not see the singers, because they were so high up on the set that the proscenium cut off my view. Anyone who sat higher than I did saw even less. There is no excuse for this disregard of balcony ticket-holders.
February 18, 1995
As season subscribers, my wife and I were anticipating "Pelleas et Melisande." However, we did not realize that we had purchased "obstructed view seats." The idea that Peter Sellars (and the Los Angeles Opera) would write off the entire second balcony (and probably the first balcony as well) is particularly distressing. I have spent my life in the theater (including starring roles in "Camelot" and "Lovely Ladies Kind Gentlemen" at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion), and I don't recall ever performing on a set that excluded any portion of the audience.
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.
June 22, 2002
Mark Swed correctly pointed out ("Truly Operatic," June 15) the problems with sight lines in "Turandot," but I can add that this has been a problem in at least three of the four productions of Los Angeles Opera this season. It raises the question of whether the designers, directors and company in general have a general disdain for the balcony-sitters (although it appears that even those in the orchestra section couldn't see around the pillars). There really is no reason for not placing the entire production in full view of the entire audience.
August 22, 1989
An infant fell three stories from the balcony of an Escondido apartment but received only minor scrapes and bruises, authorities said Monday. The 18-month-old boy wandered away from his father and fell off the balcony about 8:30 a.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of East Grand Avenue, Escondido firefighter Ken Slaven said. The infant, whose name was not released, landed on soft dirt and was found by a neighbor, Slaven said. Paramedics arrived to find him in good condition.
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