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June 22, 2012 | By Lauren Frayer, Los Angeles Times
ALCORCON, Spain - On a dusty plateau dotted with half-built condos, unemployed Spaniards hope a proposed development will amount to more than a mirage in the desert: a glittering gambling city to rival Las Vegas, and the quarter-million jobs it's expected to bring. American billionaire Sheldon Adelson, owner ofLas Vegas Sands Corp., wants to build a casino complex dubbed EuroVegas, complete with 36,000 hotel rooms, 18,000 slot machines and three golf courses, and this Madrid suburb is vying for the jackpot.
April 15, 2012 | BILL PLASCHKE
The show tune unfurls grandly from the Roland Super Spinet organ out across antique Dodger Stadium, momentarily and splendidly turning a game of baseball into a ride on a calliope. You hear the familiar melody and think of one person, the composer of Chavez Ravine, the keeper of the Dodgers soundtrack, the franchise's most enduring three names since Pee Wee Reese, the organist known as Nancy Bea Hefley. Listen closer. Listen close enough to hear past her sophisticated chords to the Southern twang of a man standing by her side and softly asking, "Everything OK, dear?"
August 3, 1992 | LESLIE KNOWLTON
On May 17, 1987, Gene Ackley was carried by friends from a sea of wine bottles in a Gardena motel room to the safe harbor of a Costa Mesa white clapboard house. There--with the help of fellow alcoholics at Charlie Street, a free 10-day program run entirely by volunteers--he came off a three-week blackout bender into the beginning of a new life.
August 10, 1994
A 30-year-old construction worker was electrocuted Tuesday night when he came in contact with a 480-volt power line while restoring the interior of an office building, authorities said. The man, who has not been identified, was working with three other employees of Laguna Hills-based Tri-Star Restorations at a building in the 18600 block of Jamboree Road, near Dupont Drive, Irvine Police Sgt. Jim Lowder said.
March 2, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
A construction worker suffered a broken left arm Monday when several tons of metal piping fell off a flatbed truck and struck him at a construction site at Holy Cross School in Ventura, officials said. Rafegio Barrios, 36, was being treated at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura after the 1:20 p.m. incident at 21 E. Main St., behind the San Buenaventura Mission, fire officials said. In addition to his broken arm, he injured both forearms, a nursing supervisor said.
You might think that some things are just too big to steal. But size doesn't mean everything when it comes to crime. Just ask Diana Rummell, Los Angeles' resident expert on the growing problem of heavy-construction equipment theft. "It's getting worse," said Rummell, executive director of the Construction Industry's Crime Prevention Program of Southern California. "Right now our stats for this year are higher than they were last year, for the first six months."
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