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BUSINESS
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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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.
BUSINESS
March 21, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
ALAMEDA - In a 65,000-square-foot structure that once housed Navy fighter jets, Lance Winters of St. George Spirits makes popular Hangar One vodka, along with gin, bourbon, rum, whiskey, liqueurs and even absinthe. Unlike vast distilleries in Kentucky and Tennessee that make and bottle hard liquor by the millions of barrels, Hangar One is produced by one of a growing breed of small-batch, craft distillers. There are already more than 30 of them in California, and - like wineries and microbreweries - they want to charge for tastings and sell bottles for their visitors to take home.
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.
TRAVEL
April 17, 2011 | By Ken Van Vechten, Special to the Los Angeles Times
As I plod toward the surf, I'm trying to channel a bit of orca because nothing in the ocean messes with Shamu. I just hope some do-gooder doesn't try to free me or toss me a mackerel. I plan to be underwater for 25 minutes, and I'm told the artificial blubber of the neoprene wet suit will be comforting. My wife, Terri, and I have hooked up with an outfitter for a swim with a twist — snuba — off the beach in Kaanapali, Maui. Think of it as scuba for dummies. Mask, fins, regulator, cool bubbles floating upward — the vast numbers of which indicate I need to slow my gaspiration rate — it's regular "Sea Hunt" stuff, and you don't need a license or certification.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
There are many reasons to watch NBC's marvelously funny "Parks and Recreation," but at this point I only need one: Ron Swanson. Swanson is played by Nick Offerman, an actor blessed with a deeply melodious voice and wickedly expressive eyebrows who has mastered, if not invented, the art of over-the-top understatement. But Swanson is a sum of several parts - an exquisite creation of Offerman's talent, but also of writing and directing, of hair, makeup and wardrobe. And I love him with all my heart.
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