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July 3, 1992 | KENNETH J. GARCIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The signs for Robert Martinez were not good when he arrived at the hospital four months ago. They rarely are when a body is stripped almost completely of the familiar insulating layer called skin. With more than 80% of his body burned in a refinery steam explosion and his lungs horribly damaged by contaminants from the blast, Martinez could breathe only with the aid of a ventilator as he lay comatose in his specially equipped bed at Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
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April 2, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Thousands of acres of Yosemite National Park that were closed to the public since last year's massive Rim fire have been reopened, park officials announced Wednesday. However, park officials cautioned visitors to the affected areas - which include Hetch Hetchy hiking trails and the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias - about potential risks such as "hazardous trees, uneven ground, potential rockfall, and down and dead debris on trails. " Fire restrictions also have been lifted, but could be put in place again later this year because of California's extreme drought conditions, the park statement said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1995
In a ceremony that featured tributes from patients and firefighters, the Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital saluted its 25th anniversary Thursday by renaming the acclaimed facility after its founder and medical director. With the help of children who had been his patients, Dr. A. Richard Grossman unveiled a sign declaring it the Grossman Burn Center at Sherman Oaks Hospital.
SPORTS
March 20, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
SAN JOSE - The opportunity to seize the Pacific Division lead slipped away from the Ducks on Thursday, when a criticized official's whistle and third-period breakdowns left them instead beaten by the San Jose Sharks, 3-2, at SAP Pavilion. With one more game than San Jose (46-18-7) still remaining, the Ducks (45-18-7) responded with a game-on type mind-set following the defeat. “We have 12 games left. We'll be tooth and nail in every one and they'll be the same,” Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said.
NEWS
October 11, 2013 | By Carla Hall
Among the virtues of bicycle riding - not burning fossil fuel, not adding to car traffic, enjoying the scenery - is, of course, the health benefit. You get a real workout, especially if you're cycling against the wind or uphill. So when I came across a chart comparing forms of transportation in the Los Angeles city government's 2010 Bicycle Plan, I knew it would confirm that bicycling burned a lot of calories. Sure enough, bicycling 10 miles in an hour burns 484 calories, according to the chart.
OPINION
September 8, 2013
Re "Tax dollars up in flames," Opinion, Sept. 6 Jamie Simons' piece was an excellent summary of the difficulties associated with wildfire policy, namely that lawmakers inadequately fund efforts to prevent massive events such as the Rim fire in California. One thing not mentioned is the willful ignorance of members of Congress and others in positions of authority. They are as uneducated on the ecology of fire as they are dedicated to denying the impacts of human activity on the global climate.
NEWS
April 23, 2012 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Mark Twain moved to Carson City, Nev., in the 1860s and fell in love with the area, though a campfire he built accidentally started a low-burning forest fire. The question of where exactly Twain camped on Lake Tahoe has inspired the Gatekeeper's Museum in Tahoe City to host the "Mark Twain Tahoe Mystery Public Festivity," featuring two authors with competing theories. The event takes place June 21 at the museum. Info:   www . northtahoemuseums .org . . . . Airline industry consultant Robert Herbst says to expect a merger of American Airlines and US Airways in the next two years . Fresh out of their own bankruptcies, Delta and Northwest merged in 2008, he notes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 4, 2013 | By Richard Winton, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
“Fast and Furious” star  Paul Walker  died from a combination of traumatic injuries and burns after the Porsche he was riding in crashed and erupted in flames, according to autopsy results released Wednesday by the Los Angeles County Coroner's office. The car's driver, 38-year-old Roger Rodas, died from traumatic injuries, coroner's officials said. Los Angeles County  Coroner 's Assistant Chief  Ed Winter said the men died "within seconds" of the crash. More details will be available when the final autopsy is released, Winter said.
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May 21, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A Los Angeles firefighter was taken to a hospital Tuesday night after he was burned in a West Adams house fire that was being investigated by arson squad members. The burns to the firefighter's hand were described as minor by a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. It was not immediately clear how the firefighter sustained the burns. The cause of the blaze at the single-story home in the 4100 block of  West Jefferson Boulevard was under investigation by the LAFD's arson section, department spokesman Erik Scott said.
NATIONAL
May 25, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Firefighters on Friday fought a fast-growing blaze in New Mexico where two smaller fires have merged into a fierce blaze covering extreme terrain that is making containment efforts difficult. A total of 82,252 acres have been burned by the fire, known as the Whitewater-Baldy Complex in the Gila National Forest, fire officials reported . The Baldy fire was reported May 9 and the Whitewater on May 16. They merged on Wednesday, and almost all of the growth has come since then as winds have whipped through the difficult terrain.
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March 15, 2014 | Valerie J. Nelson
Dr. A. Richard Grossman, a renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon who four decades ago pioneered the comprehensive care of burn patients in Sherman Oaks and established what became the nation's largest private burn-treatment center, has died. He was 81. Grossman, who had been the center's longtime medical director, died suddenly Thursday at home in Thousand Oaks, said his wife, Elizabeth Rice Grossman. The cause of death has not been determined. He had a successful kidney transplant about three years ago. When Grossman arrived at Sherman Oaks Hospital in the late 1960s, he persuaded administrators to set aside two beds for burn patients.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Among the hundreds of gadgets, games and apps at January's Consumer Electronics Show, few had the sizzle of James Buch's gleaming silver hunk of hardware. That's because the device is a barbecue grill - one that's Wi-Fi enabled, voice activated and chatty in a Siri-ish way. "When the Lynx Smart Grill is ready for the food, it sends you a text," said Buch, chief executive of Lynx Professional Grills of Downey. "When it's time to flip the food, it sends you a text. When the food is ready, it sends you a text.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Anh Do
Nearly 120,000 letters and bills went up in flames early Tuesday when a pair of big rigs collided along the 57 Freeway in Brea. One was from a U.S. Postal Service facility in Santa Ana, where workers process about 1 million pieces of mail daily, according to officials. The letters that were burned had originated from Orange County and parts of the San Gabriel Valley and were being trucked to Ontario Airport at the time of the crash. The mail that caught fire had been marked first class, but because it was not certified, officials say they cannot track whose mail burned.
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February 25, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A man's body was found in the trunk of a burning car Monday night in an alley in Arleta and detectives are asking for the public's help in finding out what happened.  The man, who was not immediately identified but is believed to be between 25 and 35 years old, was found in the truck of the burning Audi A4 at about 10:30 p.m. "The fire fully engulfed the passenger compartment, but never made it to the trunk," Los Angeles Police Lt. Paul Vernon...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
An 8-year-old boy who woke up to smoke and fire in his Whittier home early Wednesday morning managed to wake up the five other members of his family in the house and get them out before anyone was seriously harmed, officials said. "The family is actually very lucky," said Los Angeles County fire Capt. Brian Jordan. "The 8-year-old smelled the smoke, woke up and started the wake-up process for everyone in the home. " Fire crews responded to the blaze in the 12700 block of East Beverly Boulevard just before 4:30 a.m. Jordan said the first paramedics on the scene saw fire and smoke coming out of the second-story windows.
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February 17, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
The father who witnessed his wife and four children die in a fiery SUV crash Saturday near Fresno made "every effort" to save his family, even as the wife tried to get out, a California Highway Patrol officer said. The 29-year-old mother, who was not immediately identified, was driving south about 7 p.m. in a 2003 Ford Expedition in the community of Riverdale, south of Fresno. In the SUV were her four children -- 1- and 3-year-old boys and 6- and 11-year-old girls -- when a Nissan apparently ran a stop sign at about 60 mph, causing the collision, authorities said.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
Call this the story of Bo the Wyoming Wonder Dog. A few months back, the severely injured 3-year-old shepherding dog rushed into his owner's home in rural Worland, Wyo. (population 5,487), about 150 miles north of Casper. He'd been shot twice and then burned inside a barrel. The blue-heeler was bleeding from the face, and third-degree burns covered most of his body. But he was alive. Barely. Talk about an animal with nine lives. PHOTOS: Rescued animals “If Bo does have nine lives, he certainly used up at least a couple of them with this incident,” the dog's owner, Abby Redland, told the Los Angeles Times.
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January 11, 2009
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February 17, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Witnesses of a fiery crash near Fresno that killed a mother and her four children over the weekend described how they had to pull the husband away from the burning wreckage as he tried to rescue his family. "My husband ran out, he saw a car engulfed in flames and a man running around the car wanting to get his family out," Lori Pierce told the Fresno Bee . "He was in such shock we just had to pull him away. " Authorities said the 29-year-old mother, who was not identified, was driving south about 7 p.m. Saturday in a 2003 Ford Expedition in the community of Riverdale, south of Fresno.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | By Jon Healey
The disappointing January jobs report -- only 113,000 positions added, compared to 194,000 per month on average last year -- has generated much hand-wringing by policymakers, pundits and economists. Januaries are typically slow months for job growth , as employers shed a bunch of temporary workers hired for the holidays, yet last month's total still came in well short of analysts' expectations. And given that December's jobs report was even worse than January's , with a net gain of only 75,000 jobs (revised upward from the original 74,000)
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