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September 18, 1989 | MIKE BOEHM, Times Staff Writer
Even during its best moment Saturday night at the Pacific Amphitheatre, the Jefferson Airplane inadvertently raised the question of just what it was doing out of the hangar after all these years. "Volunteer for anything you like, volunteer for anything you need," Grace Slick urged as she improvised at the end of the strong, hard-driving rendition of "Volunteers" that closed an uneven set for the reunited San Francisco band.
January 25, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Think of mid-size luxury SUVs as a stable of thoroughbreds. Porsche has its Cayenne, Mercedes-Benz its ML and GL, and Audi its Q7. The Japanese brands have their X models: Acura's MDX, Lexus' GX and Infiniti's QX60. For 2014, two redesigned purebreds join the mix: BMW's third-generation X5, and Land Rover's second-generation Range Rover Sport. Each of the newcomers approaches this competitive segment - where prices range from $50,000 to $90,000 - with a different philosophy.
January 6, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have struggled to climb above .500 despite tremendous expectations and a $130-million payroll (including luxury taxes). General Manager Mitch Kupchak told a select group of season-ticket holders Sunday at Staples Center that he was "disappointed" with the Lakers' performance this season. "If you have a bunch of cylinders, we're not running on all cylinders right now," said Kupchak. The major question for the organization seems to be the integration of the play of Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard, under the guidance of Coach Mike D'Antoni.
March 1, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Maybe the Muppets weren't such a good idea. Toyota, for those who missed the Super Bowl ad, has enlisted the help of Jim Henson's finest to sell its all-new Highlander SUV. This would be a hoot except for one awkward fact: This thing holds Muppets a lot better than actual people. The new Highlander has less head- and legroom in the third row than the previous generation model. In fact, it has less space back there than nearly all of its SUV and crossover rivals. That's disappointing, particularly because the outside of the Highlander is actually about 3 inches longer.
October 29, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
The Ford Fiesta equipped with a new three-cylinder engine will get the best highway fuel economy of any car with the exception of some diesels and hybrids, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The tiny 1.0-liter turbocharged engine will give the car 45 miles per gallon in highway driving, 37 mpg in combined driving and 32 in city driving, Ford Motor Co. said. The big highway numbers are equal to or greater than some of the fuel-miser diesels from Volkswagen and other small gasoline-powered cars such as the Honda Fit and Toyota Yaris.
March 27, 1991
A small cylinder containing poisonous phosphine gas fell off a truck on Interstate 5 on Tuesday and tied up traffic for three hours near Las Pulgas Road, the California Highway Patrol said. The 2-by-12-inch, red cylinder, containing 85% hydrogen gas and 15% phosphine, was found by a California Department of Transportation worker half a mile south of Las Pulgas in Oceanside, said John Marinez, a CHP spokesman.
June 23, 1989
A 50-pound cylinder that provides additional thrust during takeoffs fell from an A-4 Skyhawk shortly after it left the runway Thursday at El Toro Marine Corps Air Station, Marine officials said. The Jet Assist Take Off, or JATO, bottle--54 inches long, 9 inches wide and gray in color--was lost somewhere between the airfield and an area about four miles east of the runway. No one has reported any injuries or damage from the falling bottle, which was discovered missing by another pilot flying in formation with the A-4. The aircraft departed from El Toro shortly after 8:30 a.m. It is attached to Marine Attack Squadron 133, Marine Aircraft Group 42, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing, stationed at Alameda Naval Air Station.
Toyota's long-awaited new T100 pickup truck goes on sale Thursday, but the vehicle once thought to mark Japan's first real assault on the pickup market owned by Detroit is being described as a tad too dainty. The almost full-sized T100 comes only with a V-6 engine, the kiss of death when it comes to the traditional macho buyer of big pickup trucks, who demands a powerful V-8 under the hood.
The death of Brandon Lee in a filming incident took a startling turn Thursday when police revealed the actor was killed by what was apparently a .44-caliber bullet. What appeared to be a bullet was discovered lodged near Lee's spine during an autopsy, calling into question the safety procedures on the set of the film. Detectives from the Wilmington Police Department said that they are still treating Lee's death as an accidental shooting. They said that they recovered the .
August 5, 1987 | TOM GORMAN, Times Staff Writer
The defense in the Laura Troiani murder case continued Tuesday in Vista Superior Court with a psychiatrist testifying under cross-examination that when Troiani's husband was killed in August, 1984, she "wasn't operating on all cylinders," so much so that she was unable to offer convincing lies to police when interrogated.
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