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February 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Crews extinguished a burning barge hours after it struck a railroad bridge, erupted into flames and drifted for miles down the Mississippi River. The barge, which was carrying crude oil, broke away from three others after hitting the bridge in Vicksburg. The barge eventually was corralled and pushed against the riverbank about 12 miles downstream, the Coast Guard said. No injuries were reported.
February 1, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
State wildlife officials Wednesday said they have forwarded the results of a seven-month investigation into the deaths of hundreds of young seabirds last summer to the Long Beach city attorney's office for prosecution. More than 500 terns -- slim seabirds related to gulls but in this case mostly too young to fly -- plummeted off two privately owned barges in the Long Beach Harbor in late June.
October 13, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A tugboat pushing two barges hit an offshore natural gas pipeline Thursday, causing an explosion that killed three people, left three missing and shot flames 100 feet high, the Coast Guard said. The accident occurred in West Cote Blanche Bay, about two miles from shore and about 100 miles southwest of New Orleans, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Nyx Cangemi. The tugboat carried two people, and six people were on the barges, Cangemi said.
September 24, 2006
"IN mid-May, 12 of us contracted for a barge canal trip to the upper Loire River Valley in central France. This barge was like a floating luxury hotel with a captain, chef, an English-French historian bus driver and a crew of three. We cruised medieval farm villages, churches, castles and gardens. The food and wine services were superb all the way. We were 95 miles from Paris but in a different world -- a real getaway." Six-night trips from $3,995 per person, double occupancy.
July 20, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
After years of squabbling over how to move mountains of trash out of New York, the city dumped its system of trucks and approved a plan to ship it away on barges. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has long campaigned to use the waterways instead of the fleet of trucks that groan and zigzag through the streets on their way to landfills outside city limits. He said barges would reduce pollution from truck exhaust and help thin traffic congestion.
July 1, 2006 | Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writer
An additional 100 young terns washed up on the Long Beach shore Friday as wildlife experts and state officials tried to piece together why 300 were discovered dead two days earlier. The prevailing theory is that the birds were disturbed when the barge they were nesting on was moved.
June 30, 2006 | Ashley Surdin, Times Staff Writer
The tale of the terns began last week with scientists crowing over the discovery of a large colony in the water off Long Beach. The birds -- members of the Caspian and elegant subspecies of terns -- were found nesting on a barge just south of Island White. It's rare for the terns to nest there -- they usually make their home on Terminal Island -- so scientists and other bird watchers were excited.
June 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Two former Merrill Lynch executives convicted in connection with Enron Corp.'s bogus sale of power barges to the brokerage can post bond and be released from prison pending their appeals in the case, a federal appeals court has ruled. Daniel Bayly and Robert S. Furst were two of five people convicted of helping push through Enron's sale of power plants mounted on barges to the brokerage in 1999. The sale helped Enron to appear to have met earnings targets. Bayly, of Darien, Conn.
January 30, 2006 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
Any day now, Catalina Island's only big boat-repair outfit will be barging out of town. Sherrill's Marine Services, a family-run business for decades in Avalon Harbor, must be gone by Feb. 5 -- the latest wrinkle in a dispute that has roiled the island town of 3,500 residents since summer.
December 1, 2005 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
For nearly 50 years, Robert Sherrill's grimy boat repair barge floated in the teal harbor of Avalon, in front of the casino that stars in most Catalina postcards. Even as the vessel grew from squat to tri-level, no one seemed to worry -- until one morning in early August, when Sherrill replaced it with what looked like a floating condo. "It looks like he went from the back bay of Wilmington to Beverly Hills," said Avalon Harbor Master Brian Bray. Sherrill's new repair barge is painted ivory.
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