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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2000
Truckers will zoom through the county with less hassle once a new weight-monitoring system installed on the Ventura Freeway begins running this week. Large metal poles were extended over the freeway on both sides of the Conejo Grade last week. Now maintenance crews are attaching wires and connecting transmitters that will help create smoother truck flow by eliminating the need for scores of 18-wheelers to stop and be weighed, said California Highway Patrol officials.
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NEWS
June 18, 2000 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a debut overshadowed by the opening of the subway to the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles will launch a new rapid bus service next weekend--stretching from the Westside to the Eastside and across the San Fernando Valley--that uses new technology in a bold bid to speed the movement of buses. The experiment is being watched nationally as a test to see if new buses equipped with electronic gear that can communicate with high-tech traffic signal systems can reduce travel time.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2000 | Indraneel Sur
The Defense Department said it's awarding a $37.9-million contract over four years to TRW Inc.'s Carson-based Tactical Systems Division for an electronic system to protect troops against "friendly fire." Allied vehicles fitted with the Battlefield Combat Identification System kits send short, encrypted signals to each other to distinguish themselves from enemy targets. Development of the system came in response to recent high-profile friendly fire tragedies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2000 | JESSICA GARRISON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
No more television programs interrupted to broadcast the latest Los Angeles car chase. No more freeways closed as police try to nab fleeing scofflaws, and no more pedestrians killed by speeding felons trying to elude capture. In fact, no more high-speed police pursuits, ever. At least that's the goal of a new technology demonstrated to astonished onlookers Tuesday in Redondo Beach during the California Peace Officers Assn.'s annual conference.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 2, 2000 | BOBBY CUZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The hits came closer and closer together as New Year's Day approached. Every five or 10 minutes on a computer screen inside the Los Angeles County sheriff's Century station, a line graph spiked, a radar screen blipped and a target suddenly appeared on a map. With each hit, the computerized system was pinpointing the location of another possible gunshot fired into the air in the Willowbrook neighborhood. Celebratory gunfire on New Year's morning has long been a problem in the Southland.
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.
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.
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