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June 2, 1994
In reference to the April 21 article by Scott Collins regarding public-access TV ("Commercial Appeal"), the specific purpose of the Gardena Community Access Corp. is to provide assistance to the general public, such as coordinating the usage and programming of two community access cable television channels within the city of Gardena. While one can argue that public access has not become "the electronic soapbox" that would put mass media in the hands of the masses and invigorate democracy, public access does give every citizen an opportunity to express ideas.
May 14, 1989 | PAUL D. COLFORD, Newsday
Remember the one about the guy who tried to sell the Brooklyn Bridge? This time, the guy is for real. The guy is Lou Pabon--construction worker, bouncer, entrepreneur. Tarnished cable that once stretched like so many gossamer strands of the Brooklyn Bridge now lies in a heap about a mile away from the bridge. It is Pabon's plan to untwirl this giant mound of steel spaghetti and cut it into 3-inch paperweights ($30-$40) and larger brass-, silver- and gold-plated wall plaques ($150 and up)
April 18, 1989 | From Associated Press
The first fiber-optic cable across the Pacific Ocean went into service today, tying the United States and Japan together more tightly than ever before. The cable, no bigger than a garden hose, stretches 8,271 miles from California, through Hawaii, splitting in the western Pacific into legs that travel to Guam and Japan. Pacific Link vastly increases the capacity for communication across the Pacific, which is sometimes called the ocean of America's future. Instead of driving a golden spike, the builders of the $700-million cable marked its completion with a video teleconference between Japan and the board room of the New York Stock Exchange.
December 20, 2009 | By Steve Harvey
It was like a scene out of a sci-fi movie: A behemoth threatens an innocent town from atop a cliff, shrugging off all capture attempts. Only this real-life besieger was a 116-ton boulder, which gave indications in February 1979 that it might plunge onto Pacific Coast Highway and possibly squash a BMW or two, if not some beachfront architecture. The innocent town was Malibu, so naturally elements of show biz were involved. It was movie producer/ writer Robert Radnitz who led a campaign lobbying Caltrans to bring the big rock down from its 186-foot-high perch.
October 28, 2009 | Associated Press
Authorities closed both directions of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge after a cable snapped on the upper deck of the span Tuesday. California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Van Eckhardt said the bridge would be closed for at least 24 hours so crews can try to repair the cable, which snapped during the evening commute. Van Eckhardt said the closure comes after a cable and a large piece of metal fell onto a westbound portion of the roadway about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Before the closure, traffic was already backed up into Oakland.
August 27, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times
Knott's Berry Farm has reached an undisclosed settlement with the family of a 12-year-old boy who was seriously injured when the Xcelerator roller coaster's launch cable snapped during a 2009 accident. Every moment of the harrowing September 2009 accident — from the initial thrill to the ensuing terror — was captured by an on-board video camera. It shows Kyle Wheeler sitting in the front row of Xcelerator when the roller coaster's launch cable whips toward the riders and splits the fiberglass car in half.
September 1, 2008 | SCOTT COLLINS
ThiNGs weren't supposed to work this way. Last week's Democratic convention in Denver came off as a tightly scripted affair; all the drama resided in how the thing was covered on TV. It was the ultimate meta-event! Take, for example, the Matthews Meltdown. Discussing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's speech on Tuesday, MSNBC host Chris Matthews lost it after colleague Keith Olbermann seemed to mock him with a hand gesture that suggested Matthews was talking too much. Hair askew, looking as if he had spent the night on a bench in a bus station, Matthews shed TV's normal protocol and retorted: "I can do the same to you!"
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