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A 10-year-old Carlsbad boy who suffered only a broken arm when he was hit by an Amtrak locomotive denied Monday that he was "playing chicken" with the fast-moving passenger train. "No, it wasn't like that," Alexander Gall said of news stories that depicted him tempting fate with the northbound San Diegan, which was going about 70 m.p.h. Gall talked by phone from his bed at Children's Hospital.
January 23, 1986 | BERT GREENE
I have known several glamorous women who are at home in the kitchen. Dionne Lucas (my first formal cooking teacher) was such a culinary marvel. To the manor born, she could still scrub a pot or peel a pound of potatoes faster and better than an Army mess sergeant. Years later, I met another of these distaff daredevils of the skillet: Marilyn Harris, director of L.S. Ayre's Cooking School in Cincinnati, Ohio. I agreed to teach classes for Harris last fall.
February 13, 1986 | SOLOMON HERBERT, Herbert is a Canoga Park free-lance writer
Florence Zingaro has had two demanding careers during her 91 years: the first as a daredevil cyclist playing American and European vaudeville stages, the second tending to the needs of 65 curious, squirming kindergarten pupils in Canoga Park. Zingaro has garnered raves from both audiences. Up at 5:30 each weekday morning, she prepares her breakfast and then prepares herself for the rigors of her job as a teacher's aide at Limerick Avenue School by riding two miles on her stationary bicycle.
October 14, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
Felix Baumgartner leaped from a capsule dangling more than 120,000 feet above the Earth and safely landed in New Mexico, breaking a 52-year-old record. Once Baumgartner, 43, jumped from the capsule, he was expected to become supersonic within 35 seconds. The data have not yet come back to determine whether this occurred. After free-falling for more than four minutes, he deployed his parachute. About 15 minutes later, Baumgartner reached the ground. PHOTOS: Preparing for a record breaking jump It is an endeavor, five years in the making, to break a free-fall world record of 102,800 feet, or 19 miles, set by Air Force test pilot Joe Kittinger in 1960.
June 27, 2013 | By Susan Denley
After aerialist Nik Wallenda crossed a gorge near the Grand Canyon via tightrope on Sunday, he came home with more than the kind of souvenir T-shirt one might pick up near a major national park. Besides the publicity that such a feat attracts -- it was broadcast on Discovery Channel, after all -- and besides his gratitude at making the 22-minute walk without incident (he wore no safety harness and prayed aloud a lot during the journey, as well as with preacher Joel Osteen ahead of time)
February 20, 2002
Skeleton time is here, time for the one day of men's and women's singles in the hell-bent, down-the-hill, face-first race on a tiny sled at 80 mph that is being contested in the Olympics for only the third time, and the first since St. Moritz in 1948. Americans have won three of the six medals awarded in this event--the women's category is a first-ever--and leading contenders to keep up this U.S. domination are Chris Soule and Jim Shea Jr. in the men's and LeaAnn Parsley in the women's.
August 1, 1996
Victor Gervais and Todd Wetzel each scored two goals and goaltender Rob Laurie shut things down in the fourth quarter of the Bullfrogs' 8-6 victory over the Denver DareDevils Wednesday night at McNichols Arena. The DareDevils' Ryan Esselmont scored first at 1:43 of the first quarter, but the Bullfrogs (18-3-2) responded with goals by Gervais, Wetzel and Sean O'Brien to lead 3-1 after one quarter.
October 16, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
An exhibit documenting last year's record-setting 24 mile free-fall by daredevil Felix Baumgartner is on display at the California Science Center. Visitors to the Exposition Park museum can see the equipment used in the mission, including Baumgartner's space suit and the 3,200-pound capsule that took him to 127,852 feet above the New Mexico desert before his famed leap. More than 8 million computers and other digital devices tuned in to YouTube to watch Baumgartner become the first free-falling human to crack the sound barrier.
September 18, 2012 | By Mark Medina
As a man of many voices, it doesn't take long for Lakers center Dwight Howard to start imitating people.  He already nailed Kobe Bryant in mid-August during his introductory press conference. Howard plans to mimic Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace, too. But Howard isn't limiting his voice talents to poking fun at teammates. He's carrying his gift into the cartoon world in an episode of Disney XD's "Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil" that will air at 11 a.m. Saturday.  In the episode Howard will provides the voice for daredevil Rock Callahan, who is Kick Buttowski's idol.
October 5, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Teetering 23 miles above the New Mexico desert, Felix Baumgartner plans to leap head first into the abyss and become the first free-falling human to break the sound barrier as he plummets to the ground. The feat, which will put his life on the line and push his body to the limit, is scheduled to take place shortly after dawn Monday when he falls from 120,000 feet in the air. JUMP DELAYED: The attempt by Felix Baumgartner to set the world's free-fall record at 23 miles has been postponed from Monday to Tuesday because of a cold front with gusty winds near Roswell, N.M. Wearing a newly designed pressurized suit and helmet, the Austria native will test the threshold of his equipment as scientists, aerospace engineers, the Air Force and NASA study what it shows about the limits and capabilities of the human body bailing out from aircraft at ultra-high altitudes.
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