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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1995
"I cried in my mother's arms and our family embraced in a circle of hope, love and thankfulness." Lauren Fleshman Age 13 Sierra Vista Junior High School in Canyon Country * "Now that it's a year since it happened, I feel more confident and thankful that I'm alive and that my parents, sister and cousin are alive and well." Byanca Chable Age 12 Noble Avenue Elementary School in North Hills * "I was so freaked out I could barely move."
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April 15, 2012 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Halifax, Canada - A cold wind ripped through Fairview Lawn Cemetery. Then came the frigid rain. In a minute, I was thinking, the headstones will be shivering. "Now," said Blair Beed, my guide, "imagine how it would have been in those lifeboats. Surrounded by ice. " He was talking about the Titanic, of course. Although this Halifax cemetery lies about 750 miles northwest of the waters where that celebrated ship went down April 15, 1912, it was the seamen of Halifax who retrieved more than 300 of the dead, along with a grim harvest of flotsam.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1999 | PAULA PISANI
Piles of old eyeglasses that would otherwise wind up in the local landfill are being recycled for use by others in an emergency. A partnership between the city and Direct Relief International saves landfill space and helps aid the sight of disaster victims. "There really isn't a thrift store or service club that does this type of service," said Jay Duncan, recycling specialist for the city.
NATIONAL
September 22, 2011 | By Lisa Mascaro, Washington Bureau
The threat of a government shutdown intensified as the House surprised its Republican leadership and rejected a bill to fund the government that required cuts in programs to pay for aid for victims of Hurricane Irene and other disasters. The legislation was narrowly defeated Wednesday after a tense afternoon of vote counting. Conservatives voted against the bill because they thought its spending level was too high, and Democrats rejected it because of the requirement for cuts. The spending bill is needed to keep the government running through Nov. 18; current spending authority stops at the end of September.
NEWS
August 23, 1989 | From Times wire services
All military training flights over West Germany will be grounded on the anniversary of the Ramstein air disaster next week to honor the victims of the crash, the West German Defense Ministry said today. NATO forces in West Germany heeded a call by the commander of the West German air force, Lt. Gen. Horst Jungkurth, to ground flights Aug. 28, a year after a catastrophe at a military air show which killed 70 people and injured hundreds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1998 | MICHAEL BAKER
As part of a disaster-relief team, two Ventura County residents have landed this week in devastated areas suffering the aftereffects of Hurricane Georges. After a short stay at a staging area in Atlanta, the American Red Cross volunteers were dispatched to Puerto Rico, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana or Mississippi, said Mike Powers, a spokesman for the Red Cross. Georges has battered areas from the Caribbean to the Gulf of Mexico, killing at least 300 people since it hit land last week.
NEWS
December 8, 1994 | KATHLEEN KELLEHER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There's power in numbers. That's the idea behind a new store that caters to disaster victims. The Malibu Buyers Group was founded this summer to negotiate bargain basement prices for the hundreds of people who lost their homes in last year's wildfires and the subsequent earthquake and mudslides. The eastern Malibu business has proved particularly useful for people who were underinsured and have had to dip into their savings to rebuild.
NEWS
September 13, 1986
The Los Angeles County coroner's office Friday identified two more victims of the Aug. 31 in-flight collision between an Aeromexico DC-9 jetliner and a private airplane. Coroner's spokesman Bill Gold said identification of Andrea Avila, 7, of Mexico City, and Carlos Lopez Jr., 13, of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, both of whom were passengers on the airliner, brings the total number of confirmed deaths to 54.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2006 | From the Baltimore Sun
Arthur Francis "Frank" Carven III, an attorney who became an activist for aviation safety and fair compensation to families of aviation disaster victims after two relatives were killed in the explosion of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, N.Y., has died. He was 54. Carven died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Forest Hill, Md., on July 27.
NEWS
December 14, 1986 | United Press International
The Soviet Union has paid $1.12 billion in compensation to victims of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which no longer poses a danger to the environment, the Communist Party Central Committee said Saturday. The Central Committee in a statement carried by the Tass news agency said it is satisfied with the construction of the concrete tomb encasing the damaged nuclear reactor.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2009 | Times Wire Services
Peanut butter potentially contaminated with salmonella bacteria was included in school lunch programs and emergency meal kits sent to Kentucky after last week's ice storm, officials said Thursday. Nearly 168,000 emergency meal kits sent by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the state had been recalled more than two weeks earlier because some contained peanut butter that could have been contaminated, federal officials told the Associated Press.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2006 | From the Baltimore Sun
Arthur Francis "Frank" Carven III, an attorney who became an activist for aviation safety and fair compensation to families of aviation disaster victims after two relatives were killed in the explosion of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, N.Y., has died. He was 54. Carven died of pancreatic cancer at his home in Forest Hill, Md., on July 27.
NATIONAL
January 22, 2004 | Jon Marino, Times Staff Writer
The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday established a partnership with Operation Hope Inc., a Los Angeles nonprofit organization, to provide economic counseling and loans for victims of natural disasters and national emergencies. Under the partnership, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will refer cases from as many as 12 natural disasters annually to the nonprofit's Hope Coalition, which provides free economic counseling to catastrophe victims.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2004 | Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer
President Bush issued a disaster declaration Tuesday making federal funds available for individuals, businesses and government agencies affected by the Dec. 22 earthquake in San Luis Obispo County. "That's very welcome news," said Jim App, city manager of Paso Robles, the town hardest hit by the 6.5 magnitude quake. "We're a small community, and not an overly wealthy one. This help is very important to us."
NEWS
October 24, 2000 | TOM GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities in western Arizona were chasing reports of several missing people Monday after flash floods ripped through two small farming communities about 100 miles west of Phoenix on Sunday. Among the missing were five migrant workers who had been living in trailers near the Centennial Wash, which funneled storm water into the area, said La Paz County Sheriff's Deputy Karen Harris. It was possible, however, that they had just left the area, she said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1999 | PAULA PISANI
Piles of old eyeglasses that would otherwise wind up in the local landfill are being recycled for use by others in an emergency. A partnership between the city and Direct Relief International saves landfill space and helps aid the sight of disaster victims. "There really isn't a thrift store or service club that does this type of service," said Jay Duncan, recycling specialist for the city.
NEWS
March 22, 1998 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dick Harley mentally checks off the critical details of Thursday morning's landslide in Laguna Niguel. South-facing slope. Rain-soaked ground. A hillside slowly succumbing to gravity with a crescendoing rumble. Familiar description. In fact, it sounds like a morning nearly 20 years ago, when Harley's house was one of 24 destroyed by a massive slide in the Bluebird Canyon area of Laguna Beach. The Harleys found themselves suddenly homeless, owners of land too unsafe even to walk on.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1994
Perhaps an investigator in the consumer protection unit of the San Francisco district attorney's office said it best. Months after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake had devastated the Bay region, a small army of people intent on committing frauds had surfaced to prey upon an oddly unsuspecting populace. As Laurel Pallock put it then, "we're trying to warn people that the con artists are coming out of whatever woodwork you have left."
NEWS
March 27, 1999 | From Associated Press
Firefighters searched among the charred remains of cars and tractor-trailers Friday for victims of a catastrophic fire--a blaze that killed at least 35 people in a seven-mile tunnel under Western Europe's highest peak. The blaze in the Mont Blanc tunnel, which broke out Wednesday on a Belgian truck carrying flour and margarine, was not extinguished until Friday afternoon. The Alpine tunnel is a major route connecting France and Italy, used daily by up to 4,000 trucks.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1998 | MICHAEL BAKER
As part of a disaster-relief team, two Ventura County residents have landed this week in devastated areas suffering the aftereffects of Hurricane Georges. After a short stay at a staging area in Atlanta, the American Red Cross volunteers were dispatched to Puerto Rico, Florida, Alabama, Louisiana or Mississippi, said Mike Powers, a spokesman for the Red Cross. Georges has battered areas from the Caribbean to the Gulf of Mexico, killing at least 300 people since it hit land last week.
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