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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
January 6, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Services
There are no free lunches in life, but one could always count on free beer at Anheuser-Busch theme parks. Until now. The brewer has stopped giving free samples in hospitality centers at its SeaWorld theme parks in Orlando, Fla.; San Antonio; and San Diego and its Busch Gardens parks in Tampa, Fla.; and Williamsburg, Va. An Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks spokesman said the free samples had a narrow appeal among park customers.
March 2, 1997
In the never-ending competition to add faster, scarier, bigger rides to lure tourists to theme parks, two new "inverted" roller coasters, which suspend the cars from the tracks like ski lifts, debut this spring. Next Saturday, "The Great White" ride opens at Sea World of Texas in San Antonio--the first roller coaster at any of the nation's four Sea World parks. And on April 11, Busch Gardens Williamsburg (Va.
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