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September 8, 1996
We would like to express our gratitude to people who helped us on Aug. 30. We are from Florida and visiting here in Oxnard. Our car had stalled at the intersection of Gonzales and Victoria. Several people, both men and women, stopped to assist us by making phone calls or offering rides or in any way they could. One young man had jumper cables and tried to get us started. When this failed, he physically pushed our car by himself across the intersection and out of harm's way. He then volunteered to drive us to the nearby River Ridge Golf Course to arrange for professional assistance.
May 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The cables that allow hikers to ascend Yosemite National Park's iconic Half Dome will open for the season Friday. But all the permits required to use them from May through mid-October have been given out by lottery already, right? Not quite. The National Park Service on Tuesday announced a new daily lottery that will issue 50 hiking permits a day for the popular and strenuous 17 miles to the top and back. The lottery will be held two days before a desired hiking date.
Sitting in a nylon sling atop a swaying mast is not how most people want to spend their work day. But it's business as usual for riggers Augustine Ponce de Leon and George Chester. They are experts in the craft of stringing wire cables on sailboats. If a yacht is not rigged properly--if opposing wires are not "tuned" to pull with the same tension--masts can topple over. Loose rigging can make sails sag, and Chester said he has seen wires so taut that they have curled the sides of a boat.
May 11, 2013 | By David Lauter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Sen. Rand Paul sharply attacked former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, declaring that her actions in the months leading up to the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya last year were "inexcusable, it was a dereliction of duty, and it should preclude her from holding higher office. " His remarks, which drew cheers Friday night from a crowd of about 500 Republican activists gathered here for the party's annual Lincoln Day dinner, previewed what could become an often-heard line of attack if Clinton runs for president in 2016.
May 12, 2008 | Susan King
Screenwriter Henry Bean made a big splash in 2001 with his feature directorial debut "The Believer," starring Ryan Gosling as a young Orthodox Jew who becomes a Neo-Nazi. Now Bean is back in the director's chair with the satire "Noise," opening Friday. Tim Robbins stars as David Owen, a New York attorney who can't bear the noise of car and building alarms. His anger causes him to vandalize cars -- letting the air out of tires and cutting the cables in the engine -- for which he is arrested several times.
June 8, 2011 | By Ken Ellingwood, Los Angeles Times
President Obama on Wednesday nominated as the new ambassador to Mexico a career U.S. diplomat now serving in Afghanistan. Earl Anthony Wayne, the deputy ambassador in Kabul, would replace Carlos Pascual, who resigned in March after Mexican President Felipe Calderon became upset over leaked embassy cables laying out shortcomings in Mexico's war against drug cartels. Wayne has been in the U.S. Foreign Service since 1975. He has been assigned to the embassy in Afghanistan since 2009, during a period of U.S. combat operations and tensions between Western forces and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
April 13, 1989 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
Authorities stood guard in an Agoura Hills neighborhood Wednesday night as a 160-foot-tall ridge beside the Ventura Freeway threatened to collapse and rip open two huge water lines above homes. Officials said cracks discovered at the top and bottom of a steeply graded slope south of the freeway near the Liberty Canyon Road interchange prompted geologists to declare "it is possible that the slope could fail at any time." It was uncertain how much damage could be done to the neighborhood beneath the ridge if both pipes were to break and the water cascaded toward homes.
The sky has fallen in "Paradise Cage," the collaborative installation by American sculptor Kiki Smith and Austrian architect Wolf D. Prix that opened Sunday at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Its fusion of heaven and Earth inseparably intertwines images of fragile beauty and the specter of mortality. Yet "Paradise Cage," the first exhibition in the museum's long-running Focus series to feature a collaborative effort by an artist and an architect, just misses in its aspirations.
February 5, 1987 | Al Martinez
It was 3 o'clock in the morning when the rage hit me in full force. I sat up suddenly and shouted "That son of a pig's mother!" This naturally awakened my wife, who patted me and said, "There, there, your stepdaddy's dead and buried and can't hurt you anymore." "It's not him," I said, sitting up. "Well, the war is over, dear, and the communists have all been chased back across the 38th Parallel, so pack your gun and go back to sleep." "We didn't call them guns in the Corps.
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