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SPORTS
September 26, 2012 | By Chris Foster, Los Angeles Times
Christian Powell never viewed football quite like this - from seven yards behind the line of scrimmage. He was a fullback. His high school buddy was the tailback. Then Colorado Coach Jon Embree changed Powell's job description. Powell, a 6-foot, 235-pound freshman from Upland, went from being a guy who could block out the sun to one who runs to daylight. He was moved to tailback two weeks ago and hasn't looked back. "It just happened," Powell said. "I'm just going with it. " This was not the career path Powell was on when he switched his commitment from UCLA to Colorado in January, deciding to join Upland High teammates Donta Abron and Marques Mosley in Boulder.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1986 | LARRY GORDON, Times Staff Writer
There will be more than a whimper but less than a big bang today when explosives experts blow up four dangerously cracked granite cliffs in Griffith Park that have become hazards to hikers and motorists. Rainwater has badly eroded the rocks, leaving large boulders teetering 50 feet above Vista del Valle Drive, the scenic park road from Commonwealth Avenue up to Mt. Hollywood, and along a popular woodlands trail near the Griffith Observatory.
NATIONAL
September 17, 2013 | By Tony Barboza
LEFTHAND CANYON, Colo. - By late summer, Left Hand Creek is usually a gentle stream that gurgles through this tranquil, tree-shaded neighborhood of spacious lots. It was anything but that last week when rain-swollen waters enveloped houses, turned roads into riverbeds and sent cars tumbling downstream. Hui Lam fled before dawn Thursday after the creek came thundering across his driveway and down Streamcrest Drive. "It's completely surrounded by water," Lam, 41, said as he surveyed the area Tuesday, his house perched precariously against the current of brown, rushing water at the mouth of Lefthand Canyon.
TRAVEL
April 24, 2011 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The San Fernando Valley is 260 square miles of suburbia. Actually, make that suburbia on nutritional supplements. And antidepressants. With perhaps a little cosmetic surgery south of Ventura Boulevard, where the big money is. Or maybe - now that it's grown to more than 1.7 million people in nearly three dozen cities and neighborhoods rich and poor - the Valley isn't even a suburb anymore. It begins just 10 miles northwest of Los Angeles City Hall, sprawling west to the Simi Hills, north to the Santa Susana Mountains, and east to the Verdugo and San Gabriel mountains.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1989 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
As a beloved ex-President, Ronald Reagan almost always gets what he wants these days. But this week, one of Reagan's personal wishes was blocked by a federal convict with a typewriter. Last Friday, Reagan personally telephoned the National Park Service in Washington to add his support to proposed national historic landmark status for a mitten-shaped hill in the Santa Monica Mountains that includes prized Chumash Indian cave paintings. But on Monday, when the Park Service's advisory board met, it concluded that its hands were tied.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 1993 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Caltrans workers intentionally blew it Tuesday. The result was a rocky midmorning commute for motorists on the Antelope Valley Freeway in Santa Clarita. Traffic was briefly halted in both directions so Caltrans could blow up two auto-size boulders perched precariously on a rain-soaked slope above the west side of the freeway near San Fernando Road.
NEWS
May 31, 1993 | DAVID WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the adrenaline-stoked realm of vertical rock climbing, Derek Geoffrey Hersey was regarded as one of the world's best, a daredevil among daredevils who did not use a rope. But for reasons that authorities said Sunday may never be known, the 36-year-old Hersey plunged to his death from the granite face of Yosemite National Park's Sentinel Rock. A native of Manchester, England, Hersey for the past decade had lived in Boulder, Colo.
NEWS
September 6, 1992
Vernon Howard, 74, author of "do-it-yourself psychology" books and founder of the New Life Foundation. Howard taught himself to write, starting with magazine fillers and one-line gags and moving on to pen more than 100 self-help books expressing his philosophy. He also founded the New Life Foundation, which Desi Arnaz Jr., the group's spokesman, has credited with helping him overcome drugs and alcohol addiction.
NEWS
July 4, 1995 | Associated Press
A CSX freight train hit a boulder and derailed, blocking a route used by hundreds of Amtrak passengers and spilling 5,500 gallons of diesel fuel. No one was injured. Amtrak passengers used buses to skirt the area Sunday.
NEWS
September 18, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
About 200 residents fled a mountain neighborhood while others chopped down trees to remove fuel from the path of an 800-acre fire that threatened about 250 homes. The fire's thick pall of smoke spread eastward for miles from the canyons and foothills about 12 miles southwest of downtown Boulder. As constantly shifting winds fanned the flames, fire managers were doubtful they could contain the blaze.
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