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NEWS
January 4, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The interactive Flying Ninjago thrill ride debuting in 2012 at Legoland Germany will send riders spinning through air on the wings of a dragon. Set to debut on March 30, the new ride is expected to be one of the first Sky Fly towers built by German-based Gerstlauer. PHOTOS: Flying Ninjago ride at Legoland Germany Sky Fly lifts riders 70 feet in the air aboard single-seat gondolas at the end of a cantilevered arm rotating around a central tower. Concept art released by Legoland Deutschland shows a seated boy piloting a scaly green dragon while holding handles that control the pitch of the creature's wings.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Nearly eight months after Melanie Amaro was crowned the inaugural winner of the U.S. version of “The X-Factor,” the powerhouse diva-in-training has issued her debut single, “Don't Fail Me Now.” Let's start with the good. Amaro's delivery -- much like her weekly performances on the competition under Simon Cowell's tutelage -- is flawless. The not so great? Well, everything else. The single, written by Livvi Franc (Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson) and produced by urban pop heavyweight Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, is a complete misfire for a debut -- especially when listeners haven't seen or heard Amaro since January and other finalists have already made splashes.
SPORTS
August 24, 2009 | Associated Press
St. Louis 5, at San Diego 2: John Smoltz had a brilliant debut with the St. Louis Cardinals, striking out a season-high nine -- including seven straight -- and holding San Diego to three hits over five scoreless innings. at Colorado 4, San Francisco 2: Ubaldo Jimenez threw eight strong innings, outpitching Tim Lincecum. Arizona 7, at Houston 5: Ryan Roberts had four hits to help the Diamondbacks end a seven-game skid. Cincinnati 4, at Pittsburgh 1: The Reds ended the Pirates' five-game winning streak.
NEWS
April 8, 2014 | By Terry Gardner
Depending on how you feel about heights, you'll utter “wow” or “uh-oh” when you walk out on the new curved Glacier Skywalk in Jasper National Park in western Alberta, Canada. Visitors may feel as though they are walking on air as they stroll along the 918-foot-high curved Glacier Skywalk ,which is set to open May 1. The skywalk's clear glass floor juts out of native Alberta bedrock, and its steel, glass and wood construction are designed to blend into the natural landscape.
SPORTS
February 17, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Welcome to college baseball, Nick Suniga. The former Alemany pitcher didn't flinch when brought in from the bullpen on Sunday for Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with the bases loaded and none out in the sixth inning against Kansas State. The freshman got a strikeout, fielder's choice and strike out to escape the inning. Here's the link to video of Suniga's performance.   Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
HEALTH
March 7, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
John Blake, the head of communications for the Texas Rangers, worked for the Boston Red Sox when Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched his first spring training game for them in 2007. Looking around the packed press box at Peoria Stadium on Wednesday, Blake said, "There's more interest for this game than there was for Matsuzaka's first game. " Yu Darvish, the Rangers' high-priced import from Japan, will make his Cactus League debut against the San Diego Padres at 1 p.m. Three television stations will simultaneously broadcast the game live in Japan.
AUTOS
March 11, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
While the full-size Range Rover may be the unofficial minivan of Beverly Hills, maker Land Rover says the smaller Range Rover Sport is the darling of New York. Seeking to reinforce the Big Apple's love, Land Rover announced Monday the all-new Sport would debut at the N.Y. International Auto Show later in March. The Range Rover Sport will be the second generation of the midsize SUV from Land Rover. It follows the Range Rover and the compact Evoque to market and will likely feature many of its sibling's design characteristics.
SPORTS
October 10, 2013 | By Eric Sondheimer
 As if being 5-0 and ranked No. 1 in Southern California by The Times isn't impressive enough, St. John Bosco will get a little bit better on Friday night for its Trinity League opener against Santa Margarita with the availability of 6-foot-4, 305-pound junior offensive lineman Zachary Robertson. He has offers from USC and UCLA. He sat out the first five games of the season after transferring from Mayfair. Now he's eligible to join an offensive line that already features 350-pound Damien Mama.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
It hasn't even been 24 hours since Candice Glover was crowned the winner of “American Idol” Thursday night, but her new record label has already fired up a supercharged promo machine by quickly announcing details of her debut album. More than 10 years into the Fox singing competition, the winner's post-“Idol” debut is being prepped quicker than ever, with pre-orders already available. Glover's debut, “Music Speaks,” will arrive July 16 - just two months to the date of her “Idol” victory.
AUTOS
November 16, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
Toyota will be making big news at the Los Angeles Auto Show this month with a world debut of the 2013 RAV4 crossover sport-utility vehicle. Looking to whet the public's appetite before the full details on the vehicle are released, Toyota has produced a slick video teasing the fourth-generation SUV. Featuring some smooth jazz music over quick cuts of the silhouetted RAV4, the video makes clear that Toyota is hoping to position the new RAV4 as...
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