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January 18, 2003 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
It's lunchtime aboard the nuclear attack submarine Jefferson City and the tired crew -- some bearing fresh grease stains on their work overalls -- fills the tiny dining room, clearly ready to chow down. On cue, mess specialist Richard Youhan begins slicing a 25-pound prime rib roast into half-inch-thick pieces, before gingerly transferring the second entree, baked lobster tails with spicy Old Bay Seasoning, onto a serving tray.
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WORLD
December 14, 2008 | Chris Kraul, Kraul is a Times staff writer.
Squat, bull-necked and sullen-looking, Enrique Portocarrero hardly seems a dashing character out of a Jules Verne science fiction novel. But law enforcement officers here have dubbed him "Captain Nemo," after the dark genius of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea." They say the 45-year-old has designed and built as many as 20 fiberglass submarines, strange vessels with the look of sea creatures, for drug traffickers to haul cocaine from this area of southern Colombia to Central America and Mexico.
NEWS
August 26, 1987 | Associated Press
Three workers apparently overcome by fumes died today inside a ballast tank aboard an inactive offshore oil rig, Coast Guard officials said. The three died after they went into a saltwater ballast tank, and their bodies were discovered by two other workers who apparently were not injured, Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Robert Diaz said in Port Arthur. "They were cleaning a tank when they got overcome by some type of fumes," said Don Merwin, Coast Guard duty officer in Galveston.
BUSINESS
December 31, 1996
Camera Platforms International Inc. has sold its Lightmaker division to LTC Corp. of America for $110,000 in cash. Lightmaker designs and sells electronic ballast used with high-intensity lights used in film and TV production. Camera Platforms, based in Valencia, is a supplier of equipment to the film and television industries.
TRAVEL
March 24, 2013 | By Catherine Watson
MÉRIDA, Mexico - Until this winter, Mérida had just been a busy city I passed through on my way to the ancient Mayan ruins. Then, in mid-December, I made it my destination. I pretty much had to: I'd been hearing the city's name all fall, from house-hunting shows on TV to acquaintances in Minnesota trading tips about winter getaways. Even my new dog groomer turned out to be renovating a house here. Was Mérida, the capital of Yucatán state, going to be Mexico's next big Yankee magnet - a new Ajijic or San Miguel de Allende?
WORLD
November 9, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
A British nuclear submarine ran aground off Scotland's Isle of Skye, suffering considerable damage to its sonar and a ballast tank, a navy spokeswoman said. The Trafalgar, which will need several months of repairs, limped into the Clyde naval base Thursday, one day after hitting rocks during a two-week training exercise with other British and NATO vessels. The submarine was not carrying nuclear weapons and its reactor suffered no damage.
WORLD
September 16, 2013 | By Tom Kington
GIGLIO, Italy - Twenty months after it capsized off the Italian coast in a disaster that killed 32 people, the Costa Concordia cruise ship emerged from the Mediterranean on Monday thanks to a painstaking $800-million salvage effort. Fifty-six giant pulleys slowly heaved the half-submerged vessel back to an upright position in a 19-hour operation that went into the early hours of Tuesday, revealing a section of hull darkened by rust and algae during months underwater. "The rotation has finished its course, we are at zero degrees, the ship is resting on the platforms," said Italy's civil protection chief, Franco Gabrielli, at a 4 a.m. news conference on Giglio island, where he was applauded and cheered by residents.
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