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September 18, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Explosives experts in Phoenix unloaded a grounded UPS cargo plane by hand only to find that two threatening phone calls, including one that mentioned a bomb on board, turned out to be hoaxes. The search for a package mentioned in the calls turned up a box containing bottled water, fabric softener and cabbage, said Jeanine L'Ecuyer, spokeswoman for Sky Harbor International Airport. The remaining packages on the 757 jet, which had left Los Angeles bound for Louisville, Ky.
March 6, 1998
Los Angeles International Airport posted record annual traffic in passengers and cargo for 1997, with 60.1 million travelers and nearly 2.1 million tons of goods passing through the facility, airport officials announced. The number of travelers increased 3.7% over 1996. The amount of cargo was up nearly 9% over the previous year. International passenger traffic rose 5%, to 14.7 million, while domestic traffic grew 3.3%, to 45.4 million.
August 13, 1994 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
Newport Beach city officials are gearing up to protest an environmental impact report, commissioned by Orange County, that would lay the groundwork for allowing cargo flights at John Wayne Airport. The freight companies that want the flights--United Parcel Service and Federal Express--have argued that one flight each a day is reasonable. Opponents say that would open the door to gutting a hard-won settlement agreement in a lawsuit over noise.
April 29, 1997
Steadfast in their belief that the financial benefits of a new cargo terminal are worth the potential environmental costs, members of the Long Beach Harbor Commission voted Monday to approve the project. Port officials had expected construction of a 145-acre terminal on the site of the city's shuttered Naval Station to be well underway by now.
September 1, 1990
A Korean Air Boeing 747 cargo plane this week became the first foreign air carrier to land at the Marine Corps Air Station here to take on supplies destined for the Persian Gulf, a base spokesman said Friday. Marine Lt. Gene Brown said, however, that the KAL flight was not the first foreign-based airline to be used in the Mideast crisis by the United States. He said Saudi airliners have been used at other U.S. military airfields, under contract to the Military Airlift Command.
October 1, 2002 | Louis Sahagun
Firefighters struggled Monday night to douse a blaze in a 40-foot-long cargo container aboard a ship docked in Long Beach and idled by the West Coast port lockout. Smoke from the fire was spotted shortly after 8 p.m. by a crewman on the container ship OCL New York. The container held imported clothing and fabric. "It's been difficult fighting this fire because the container is stacked high on the ship," said spokesman Mike Garcia of the Long Beach Fire Department.
At the request of a citizens commission advising on future uses of El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, the county is studying whether some air-cargo carriers could fly out of the base before the military pulls out in 1999, officials confirmed Tuesday. The county's airport planners intend to present a report on possible joint military-commercial use of the base next month to the Citizens Advisory Committee as well as to the Board of Supervisors, which will decide whether to pursue the idea.
May 13, 2010 | By Ronald D. White
Trade at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach continued to rebound in April, marking the fifth straight month of cargo gains at the nation's busiest seaport complex. And one of the most encouraging signs might have been the sharp rise in the number of containers that were not carrying goods of any kind. The number of empty containers shipped out through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in April rose by 20.2% and 15.8%, respectively, compared with the same month in 2009.
November 3, 2010
Targeting terrorism Re "Planes were bombs' target," Nov. 1, and "Terrorist attack on U.S. foiled," Oct. 30 When I read this article, I couldn't help but wonder: "Why from Yemen?" Now I know. We (the U.S.) are bombing Yemen with drones, bringing the number of sovereign countries we are bombing at will to three: Iraq, Afghanistan and now Yemen. I didn't know Congress had declared war on those countries. What the hell are we doing? Two things: guaranteeing an endless supply of people willing to kill us and income for defense contractors and arms dealers for decades to come.
January 14, 2010 | By Ronald D. White
The nation's railroads had their worst year in decades in 2009, a dramatic reminder of the brutality with which the recession damped demand for coal, lumber and other goods that make up the backbone of the economy. Freight trains carried 20% less cargo last year than in 2008, according to a report by the Assn. of American Railroads, and the industry shed nearly 21,000 jobs. The 12-month period was the slowest since the association began keeping records in 1988. Among the most dramatic declines was a 33% drop in lumber and wood products carried by train, a key indicator of demand for new construction.
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