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August 2, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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WORLD
September 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Thai government ended a state of emergency in Bangkok, saying the measure had scared away tourists crucial to the country's economy. Emergency rule was imposed Sept. 2 after a night of violent clashes between anti-government supporters and opponents left one man dead and dozens injured. Images of the mayhem were broadcast around the world, prompting travel advisories from several countries. Calm was quickly restored.
WORLD
November 14, 2009 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
January 4, 1994 | Associated Press
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.
NEWS
March 31, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
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."
WORLD
March 28, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
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.
NEWS
May 15, 2001 | KAREN KAPLAN and MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two years after Pokemon swept across America--inundating homes with saccharine-cute yellow Pikachus, ensnaring children with endless supplies of trading cards and sending frazzled parents in search of sanctuary--the next Japanese craze is coming. It's called Yu-Gi-Oh, and if its rise in Japan is any guide, it could soon be sparking riots, lawsuits and financial crisis in America too.
NEWS
November 15, 1997 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She was a popular teacher, known for working past midnight on school projects and being a compassionate ally to her students. He was one of the special ones: a sixth-grader with whom she had recognized a kindred spirit when he entered her class, talented and intense.
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