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October 24, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
Clackety-clack. Clackety-clack. I pause as I mount the steps of the 737, frowning at the spinning engine. "Does your engine always make that noise?" I ask the flight attendant boarding an airplane from Antananarivo to the south of the country. "Seat 5B," he says. "On your right." A moment's hesitation. I sit. (Mental image: Flames shooting from the left-hand engine.) The problem with having one of the world's most interesting jobs and flying to the world's most fascinating places is getting there.
April 22, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
The process was routine. L.A. County Sheriff's homicide investigator Kevin Lloyd was flipping through snapshots of tattooed gang members. Then one caught his attention. Inked on the pudgy chest of a young Pico Rivera gangster who had been picked up and released on a minor offense was the scene of a 2004 liquor store slaying that had stumped Lloyd for more than four years. Each key detail was right there: the Christmas lights that lined the roof of the liquor store where 23-year-old John Juarez was gunned down, the direction his body fell, the bowed street lamp across the way and the street sign — all under the chilling banner of RIVERA KILLS, a reference to the gang Rivera-13.
November 6, 2013 | By Jill Cowan and Emily Foxhall
The Orange County coroner has identified the man who jumped 500 feet to his death from a helicopter as it flew over the Newport Beach shoreline Tuesday afternoon. Gregory McFadden, 61, of West Covina, was pronounced dead at a local hospital after opening the helicopter door and leaping out, falling about 500 feet to the ocean. Newport Beach police are investigating McFadden's death as a possible suicide. The Orange County coroner's office reported that McFadden “jumped from a helicopter in-flight” and the Federal Aviation Administration is reviewing the incident.
November 6, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall and Jill Cowan
It was around lunchtime when patrons of the Ruby's Diner perched near the end of the Balboa Pier looked up and saw what appeared to be a dummy plummeting from a passing helicopter and then heard it splash into the ocean. As customers strained to get a look, rescuers who rushed to the shoreline made a grim discovery. The object seen dropping from the sky Tuesday was actually the body of a man who had paid $310 for a tour of the Orange County coastline, only to tumble from the chopper's door, falling 500 feet to the water below.
I began thinking about soups a week or two ago because I had a tooth pulled. Until then, I never realized how much time I spend chewing, but suddenly it was difficult. So I began to look over my old soup recipes and came across one I'd forgotten: Cheese Soup. Long ago, I often made this when the weather was chilly. Not only is it very good and filling, but it's also quick. I like the soup with rye toast and a baked apple with cream. Allow about 45 minutes baking time for the apple.
September 6, 1986 | MARC IGLER, Times Staff Writer
The brush fire season, when walls of flames leap through the thick chaparral of the city's hills, is a hectic time of year for the 16 firefighters who belong to the Los Angeles Fire Department Helicopter Company, based at Van Nuys Airport. The company, which handles emergencies throughout the city, helped fight about 1,000 fires last year, either as flying observation and command posts or by dropping water onto flames, said Capt. Michael Ambarian, commander of the unit.
December 5, 2011
'American Chopper' Where: Discovery When: 9 p.m. Monday Rating: TV-PG-L (may be unsuitable for young children with an advisory for coarse language)
August 10, 2012
Re "Hundreds demand helicopter crackdown," Aug. 8 I am glad Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and the wealthy people of Palos Verdes Peninsula and Brentwood protest helicopter noise over the Hollywood Bowl and their well-to-do neighborhoods. We in Venice get helicopter noise every day in addition to the loud planes from Santa Monica Airport that turn south over Venice rather than north over Santa Monica. Why doesn't anyone care? Nelson Schwartz Venice ALSO: Letters: Voting with our stomachs Letters: How not to get hit by a train Letters: Election fraud and the right to vote
May 9, 1992
In other Avocado League games: El Camino 6, Oceanside 3--The Wildcats (10-12, 6-4) used an unusual combination of speed and power to topple their rivals, with home runs by Chris Christobale and Daniel Espozito and eight stolen bases. Martin Arispe, who has seven homers this year, stole home for the second time this season. The Pirates (12-11-2, 3-7) threatened with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth, but Espozito, relieving for Tyson Allen (3-2), threw one pitch and got a double play.
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