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January 17, 1987
An emergency generator's fuel system, being tested for leaks, overflowed and spilled about 200 gallons of diesel fuel into the basement of the county Finance and Engineering Building at the Civic Center Friday morning, forcing the evacuation of about 300 employees. Firefighters cut off power to the building because "a spark could have ignited (the fumes) and we would have had a catastrophe on our hands," said Jess Hernandez, acting battalion chief for the Fire Department.
April 20, 1985 | Associated Press
The father of a 3-week-old infant being treated for pneumonia said Friday that he feared the girl had been abducted before she was found in a hospital basement under a foot of soiled sheets. The girl, Hilary Harris, apparently had been gathered up with the dirty laundry and taken to the basement, her father, Fred Harris, said.
January 29, 1988 | United Press International
Two water meter readers caught four children who were dropped from the second floor of a family tenement that was on fire Thursday, police said. "We saw the people (in the windows) with kids. We yelled up, 'drop them,' " said Andrew C. Manzi, 24, one of the meter readers. The children, ranging in age from 5 months to 3 years, were taken to hospitals where doctors said they appeared to be only frightened by the experience.
July 6, 1986
A woman and her two teen-age children were sentenced to 12 months each in jail for holding her husband captive in the basement of their home for two months. Shirley Kimberl, 39, her 18-year-old son James Jr. and daughter Kim, 19, were found guilty June 17 of second-degree unlawful imprisonment. Mrs. Kimberl was acquitted of attempted murder. The defendants said they kept James Kimberl, 47, captive to protect themselves from being beaten and abused.
July 30, 1990 | Associated Press
Rescuers pulled a 27-year-old cook from the ruins of a hotel in this northern mountain resort today, 14 days after the building collapsed in a 7.7 earthquake. A total of three survivors have now been rescued from the ruins of the Hyatt Terraces Hotel since Friday. Pedrito Dy told a Manila radio station that he was without food during his ordeal but drank his own urine to survive.
November 6, 2012 | By Jon Bardin
As the water began to pour into lower Manhattan on Oct. 29, sliding under door frames and into basements, scientists who work in NYU's Smilow Research Building began to realize that something horrible was happening -- something entirely separate from the loss of human life and shelter that would soon follow. Because of the flooding, thousands of mice drowned in Smilow's basement animal facility, which had lost power and seen its generators fail. Their loss wiped away years of careful breeding and meticulous experimental research on heart disease, schizophrenia and other diseases.
December 28, 1986 | Dale Baldwin
Nouveau Victorian: That's what architect/contractor Carolyn McCown calls a residential remodeling she is supervising in Pacific Palisades. Located a few blocks north of Sunset Boulevard, the house is one of the oldest in the Palisades, but it certainly doesn't qualify as a Victorian--yet. It was built in the 1920s, according to Penelope Emerson, who is assisting the homeowner, Thomas James.
November 4, 2012 | By Cindy Carcamo, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times
- With power slowly returning to New York and New Jersey and emergency fuel being rushed into the region, authorities turned Sunday to a potentially bigger problem since super storm Sandy: where to house the tens of thousands of people whose homes are no longer habitable. With a freeze expected in some areas Monday and another, smaller storm on the horizon, the housing problem took on urgency. Even with power and fuel restored, many houses no longer have functioning heating systems, since flooding saltwater ruined many basement heaters and electrical systems.
September 14, 2013 | By Jenny Deam
BOULDER, Colo. - When the rains began to fall last week, Coloradans exhaled. It had been a long, terrible summer of drought and deadly wildfires, and the afternoon downpours soaking parched soil felt a lot like salvation. But then, in this land known for dryness, the rain would not stop. The flooding that has ravaged - and continues to ravage - a 150-mile-long stretch of Colorado's Front Range has left at least four dead. More than 500 people are unaccounted for. Are they dead?
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