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August 6, 2012 | By David Wharton
LONDON -- They're not very big, but they certainly are amusing. In events such as the hammer throw and discus, track and field staff has taken to ferrying the implements back to their throwers by way of remote-controlled cars. At the 2012 London Olympics, they are using miniature versions of Mini hatchbacks, built to 1/4 scale. According to BMW, each car can carry about 17 pounds, the equivalent of one hammer, one discus or two javelins. There are three cars working in four-hour shifts, each traveling about 6,000 meters per day. They zip around the infield in circles and dashes.
July 3, 1988
It is apparent to me that there is a humorous nature to the "no- and slow-growth initiatives" we are facing in the city of San Diego and San Diego County November elections. Why anyone would want to reduce the number of homes built or impact job availability is beyond me. I would like to propose a more appropriate method of controlling the amount of growth in San Diego County. Since much of the argument of growth relates to traffic, we should immediately suspend all automobile sales.
October 30, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Cut-up photographs of a black Ford F-150 lie scattered across George Barris' desk, forming a mosaic of fenders, headlamps and rear-quarter panels. Barris' eyes flicker over each fragment as he rearranges the parts of a normal-looking pickup truck and transforms it into the lunatic hot rod vision he has bouncing around in his head. He dabs glue onto one scrap and sets it on paper. Then, another and another. Finally, he stands back and examines what has come together.
January 30, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Frank Saucedo is director of General Motors Co.'s Advanced Design Studio in North Hollywood, one of 10 the automaker has worldwide. The 49-year-old lives in Westlake Village with his wife, Regina, and their two teenage sons. A family thing: Saucedo said his earliest memories are filled with drawing and working on cars. Armed with a pencil, the Alhambra native drew just about anything he saw, usually on the blank side of blue invoices his father would bring home from his job as an industrial tool salesman.
April 23, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Nissan Motor Co. said Friday that buyers have already reserved more than 20% of the first year's production of its Leaf electric vehicle. About 6,600 U.S. consumers have paid the $99 reservation fee, and 3,700 in Japan have done the same. Nissan said it will make about 50,000 Leaf cars the first year. The automaker has said it wants to have about 40% of production reserved by December, when the car goes on sale. The all-electric hatchback will cost $32,780. But government subsidies will reduce the price for California buyers by about a third.
January 17, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
Cristiano Ronaldo cried when he accepted the Ballon d'Or, soccer's most prestigious individual prize, earlier this week. But now it's the athletic training staff with his club team, Real Madrid, that is feeling a bit overwhelmed. That's because Ronaldo said he'll soon make good on a promise to buy each of the five trainers a new car of their choice. Ronaldo unseated Lionel Messi, a four-time winner, as FIFA's player of the year largely because Messi was sidelined during part of 2013 because of an injury.
December 18, 2009 | By Rich Connell
Nearly five years after a deadly Metrolink train wreck in Glendale intensified debate about passenger car design, Southern California's commuter rail service will soon take delivery of new high-tech, crash-resistant cars, officials announced Thursday. Two of the new-generation cars, the first of their kind in the nation, are to be unloaded from a ship in the Port of Long Beach in mid-January and will be put into service as early as next summer, agency officials said in a news conference at a Metrolink maintenance yard northeast of downtown Los Angeles.
January 28, 2013 | By Doug Smith, Los Angeles Times
During his nearly 40 years as a columnist for this newspaper, my late father occasionally tweaked his readers - quite disingenuously - by belittling his cat, knowing the slur would stir invective so passionate and erudite that he could fill another column without having to do much writing of his own. I had no intention of employing that device when I recently wrote - quite sincerely - in defense of motorcyclists who navigate the space between cars...
June 5, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Despite a three-fold increase in people and cars in the last 50 years, California's strict vehicle emissions standards have managed to significantly clear the state's air, according to  new research. The study also found that Southern California's air chemistry has changed for the better. The amount of organic nitrates in the atmosphere - which cause smog's eye-stinging irritation - has drastically fallen off, according to federal researchers. Ozone and other pollutants have been monitored in the state since the 1960s.
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