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NEWS
November 11, 1999 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The roller-coaster death plunge of EgyptAir Flight 990 apparently began as a "controlled descent" in the course of an otherwise routine flight, federal investigators said Wednesday. The initial information from the Boeing 767's battered flight data recorder intensified the urgency of finding the second of the plane's two "black boxes," still on the bottom of the Atlantic.
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BUSINESS
November 10, 1999 | CYNDIA ZWAHLEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A suspiciously sweet Diet Pepsi from a local Del Taco gave inventor Paul Nicholas the idea for a device that would alert calorie-conscious consumers if a soda fountain drink sold as sugar-free wasn't. Nicholas hopes his hand-held invention, a type of refractometer that indicates the presence of sugar, also will interest diabetics and conversely people who don't mind sugar but want to avoid diet drinks because they believe artificial sweeteners are unhealthy.
NEWS
November 6, 1999 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A robot submarine located EgyptAir Flight 990's two "black box" recorders on the ocean floor Friday, but the devices apparently were buried beneath mud or debris, and the robot did not recover them. The Deep Drone continued its efforts into the night, using sonar and a television camera to home in on audible "pings" being broadcast by locater transmitters on the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder. "They have had no joy in finding either of the pingers just yet," said Navy Capt.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1999 | From A Times staff writer
Police responding Sunday to reports of a body buried in Reseda along the banks of the Los Angeles River instead unearthed expensive seismic monitoring equipment. A man called the Los Angeles Police Department West Valley Division around 3:15 p.m. after two people were seen burying an object next to the river, said Police Sgt. George Wright.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1999 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police responding to reports of a body buried along a bank of the Los Angeles River on Sunday instead unearthed seismic monitoring equipment. A man called the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Division about 3:15 p.m. after a man and a woman were seen burying an object inside the boundaries of the Los Angeles River, said LAPD Sgt. George Wright.
NEWS
October 14, 1999 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the U.S. Navy looks to the future, it sees a serious threat from an increasing number of super-quiet, fully armed submarines controlled by potentially hostile Third World countries. To enhance its ability to detect enemy submarines before they can launch a strike at a U.S. ship or land-based target, the Navy has spent $350 million over the last decade to develop an improved underwater sonar system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 1999 | BETH SHUSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call him prescient; call him paranoid. Either way, City Councilman Rudy Svorinich Jr. was right. During a debate Wednesday over security at City Hall, the councilman said he knew exactly how the news media would spin the story. He predicted that today's accounts of the lawmakers' 8-2 vote would read: The Los Angeles City Council took a bold step toward protecting the public Wednesday by deciding to protect itself first. "I know that's going to be the article," Svorinich said.
BUSINESS
September 13, 1999 | LEE DYE
The increasingly ubiquitous digital camera has taken another step into the future with the development of the first such camera that senses only ultraviolet light. Ultraviolet light has shorter wavelengths than visible light. It is sometimes called black light because it causes some materials to glow in the dark. Normal digital cameras "see" light that is visible to the human eye, sometimes called white light.
NEWS
September 7, 1999 | MELISSA HEALY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As kids scramble back to classrooms across the nation, the jangle of school bells has some dissonant new accompaniments: the electronic beep of metal detectors, the robotic swivel of surveillance cameras, the crackle of walkie-talkies and the thwop-thwop-thwop of SWAT-team helicopters. After a sobering two years of school shootings, a growing number of school systems this fall has embraced measures designed to safeguard children against the armed rage of violent classmates or deranged adults.
NEWS
August 17, 1999 | JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They have the intimidating look of the average 50,000-pound big rig, but the trucks used by America's fifth-largest hauler are different--and safer. A radar sensor sits on the center of the semi-truck's front bumper. Another is mounted on the right side, just behind the door. Inside the cab, colored lights flash to tell drivers that a car is too close or that they are about to change lanes with a car in the blind spot.
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