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January 17, 2014 | By Paul Whitefield
You probably heard or read Friday that Gov. Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency for our too-Golden State. And he sounded like he means it , pointing to charts and graphs and the like and saying, “We ought to be ready for a long, continued, persistent effort to restrain our water use” and urging “all citizens [to cut back] at least 20% of their water use.” OK. I get it. It hasn't rained in L.A. since, uh, well, let's see, there was that sprinkle in November, or was it October?
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NEWS
September 30, 1994 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assured by a promise of help from Mayor Richard Riordan to expedite official paperwork, the Anheuser-Busch Co., one of the San Fernando Valley's biggest private employers, will remain in the Valley and launch a $175-million expansion program at its Van Nuys brewery, city officials said Thursday.
NEWS
September 19, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The Verbolten multi-launch roller coaster debuting in Spring 2012 at Busch Gardens Williamsburg will take riders on a high-speed drive along the German autobahn before detouring through the forbidden Black Forest. > Photos: Verbolten coaster at Busch Gardens Williamsburg The themed family coaster at the Virginia theme park will feature two launch zones and an indoor section of the ride with special effects. The 3-1/2-minute ride will travel along a 2,800-foot-long track twisting and turning through the woods.
NEWS
September 29, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
As we slip into October, I decided to assemble my first-ever Fantasy Halloween League of the Top 13 haunted mazes at theme parks around the world. Think of the Top 13 list as a nightmare fantastic park with the most demented, disturbing and disgusting collection of haunted attractions ever gathered in one virtual place. Or my definition of a dream vacation if I had a bottomless budget and unlimited vacation time to jet around the world to the best and most bizarre haunts.
NEWS
September 27, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The increasing popularity of Halloween theme park events has spawned a new generation of exclusive reservation-only haunted mazes that promise a more intense and intimate experience for those willing to pay a premium. Photos: 10 extreme haunted mazes and attractions The new Trapped maze at Knott's Halloween Haunt is the latest entry in an emerging trend toward up-charge attractions that cater to individuals and small parties prepared to bleed green for exclusive VIP treatment.
NEWS
July 24, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Reporting from Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey-- Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, N.J., has a long and winding roller coaster history that's filled with as many twists and turns as the amusement park's many record-breaking rides. Photos : Top 10 Six Flags Great Adventure roller coasters Great Adventure was a must-see on my road trip across America's coaster belt, in large part because of the park's three world-class rides: El Toro, Kingda Ka and Nitro.
NEWS
March 23, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A Busch Gardens theme park in Williamsburg is asking tourists who recently visited European or South American countries affected by foot-and-mouth disease not to visit the park's petting zoo. "Guests who are visiting the petting zoo most likely are animal lovers, and we hope they will embrace this policy," park spokeswoman Cindy Sarko said. Busch Gardens introduced a similar policy this week at its popular safari-themed park in Tampa, Fla.
NEWS
April 9, 1999 | ROY RIVENBURG
Duck, Duck Goose: The laws of physics are so mysterious. We always assumed that if we were traveling 73 mph and collided with, say, a small bowling ball, we'd be dead. So how is it that Fabio--while riding a 73-mph roller coaster during a publicity stunt in Virginia--survived an assassination attempt by a low-flying goose? According to various press accounts, the hunky supermodel was coming down the first drop when a 10-pound bird flew into his face. The goose was killed.
BUSINESS
December 6, 1994 | Chris Woodyard, Times staff writer
O.C. Parks: How do Orange County's theme parks rate? Not very high, according to the Applause Award, presented annually by the International Assn. of Amusement Parks and Attractions. This year's award went to Universal Studios Florida in Orlando. Other finalists were Universal Studios Hollywood in Universal City; Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va.; Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio; Ocean Park in Hong Kong, and Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia.
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