August 2, 2004 |
Witnesses said they heard a loud crack before a balcony gave way at a popular nightspot, dropping dozens of screaming people 14 feet. At least 80 people were injured at the Diamond Horseshoe Casino, when they fell onto broken glass and splintered wood Friday. Fire Chief Tom Maloney said the balcony passed its most recent check, conducted as part of a routine fire inspection. Maloney said he was waiting for an engineer's report on the deck's occupancy load.
November 14, 2009 |
At least two people were killed when a chain of explosions ripped apart an arms depot in the city of Ulyanovsk, 440 miles east of Moscow, shattering windows for miles around and forcing the evacuation of 3,000 people. A blaze erupted as ammunition was being destroyed at the facility, the Federal Security Service said, with subsequent blasts lighting up the evening sky for five hours. Dozens who took refuge in a shelter were at first feared trapped in the conflagration, but later emerged safe -- dispelling initial fears of a high death toll.
January 4, 1994 |
One way to right a wrong is to write a lot, a judge believes. District Judge Mike Erwin sentenced a shoplifter to write 10,000 times: "I will not steal other people's property." Another woman, who pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to a burglary, had to write 10,000 times: "I will not do anything stupid again." The judge, who has issued dozens of such sentences, said he hopes forcing defendants to write about their crimes will make them think about what they have done.
May 5, 2012
The burger battle is back! Remember last year's Los Angeles Times Battle of the Burgers? After thousands of votes, we narrowed dozens of entries down to five winners. If you didn't enter - or even if you did but think you have an even better burger to offer - here's another chance. The winners will be announced June 30, just in time for July 4 barbecues. Check back next week for more details.
March 31, 1998 |
Dozens of rivers swollen by a rapid spring thaw crested their banks in southern Quebec, forcing about 600 people from their homes and causing at least one death, provincial officials said. "We are talking about 50 to 60 rivers that are affected," said Jean-Pierre Bazinet of Quebec's Civil Protection Agency. "What is unusual is that we have many floodings at the same time across a wide region."
March 28, 2009 |
Police have strong forensic evidence linking a prominent Irish republican to the shootings of two British soldiers by dissident groups this month, a senior detective testified in court. Suspect Colin Duffy, 41, offered no plea to two criminal counts of murder and five of attempted murder during his high-security appearance at the court in Larne, an overwhelmingly Protestant town 22 miles north of Belfast. Dozens of relatives and friends from Duffy's Irish Catholic power base of Lurgan cheered and applauded as he was led from the courtroom -- handcuffed to a policeman and surrounded by half a dozen other armed officers in flak jackets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2011 |
Taxpayers have spent more than $4 billion on capital punishment in California since it was reinstated in 1978, or about $308 million for each of the 13 executions carried out since then, according to a comprehensive analysis of the death penalty's costs. The examination of state, federal and local expenditures for capital cases, conducted over three years by a senior federal judge and a law professor, estimated that the additional costs of capital trials, enhanced security on death row and legal representation for the condemned adds $184 million to the budget each year.
April 24, 2011 |
The San Fernando Valley is 260 square miles of suburbia. Actually, make that suburbia on nutritional supplements. And antidepressants. With perhaps a little cosmetic surgery south of Ventura Boulevard, where the big money is. Or maybe - now that it's grown to more than 1.7 million people in nearly three dozen cities and neighborhoods rich and poor - the Valley isn't even a suburb anymore. It begins just 10 miles northwest of Los Angeles City Hall, sprawling west to the Simi Hills, north to the Santa Susana Mountains, and east to the Verdugo and San Gabriel mountains.