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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 1996 | ANDREW D. BLECHMAN
An underground equipment failure shut off electrical power to 1,600 homes, businesses and offices in Ventura--including the Ventura County Government Center--for 1 1/2 hours Thursday, according to Southern California Edison. Several courts had to adjourn early for lunch, but otherwise there were few disruptions and no injuries, Sheriff's Sgt. Dick Southwick said. The outage was caused by faulty equipment that connects cables to transformers underground, Edison spokesman Nike Montoya said.
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December 31, 2008 | Thomas H. Maugh II
Poor design of their pressure suits led the seven astronauts aboard the Columbia space shuttle to black out almost immediately as the craft started breaking apart during reentry in 2003, and they were probably killed by the violent contortions, a NASA panel said Tuesday. Other design flaws with seat belts, helmets and parachutes also could have caused their deaths if they had survived the depressurization and intense buffeting, the panel said in its final report on the incident.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 1997
A power outage that left about 1,600 Department of Water and Power customers without electricity for two hours Saturday night was caused by a ruptured transformer, an official said Sunday. The transformer, which changes the electricity flow at a distribution center to a level that is appropriate for household use, probably broke because of "wear and tear," said Debra Sass, a department spokeswoman. The rupture caused a fire about 8:40 p.m. at the center, located at 4965 Vanalden Ave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2008 | Tony Barboza, Barboza is a Times staff writer.
Water officials said Tuesday that pumps designed to push water to the upper reaches of a hillside Yorba Linda neighborhood failed during a Nov. 15 firestorm, possibly explaining why firefighters were forced to abandon the area and let homes burn after fire hydrants went dry. The disclosure came four days after Orange County fire officials blamed the loss of as many as five homes in the neighborhood on lack of water from fire hydrants.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1991 | CAITLIN ROTHER
A half-hour power outage due to an underground equipment failure Wednesday afternoon affected 2,800 Southern California Edison customers in Ventura. One of those customers is the county government, which has three buildings in the area where between 2,500 and 3,000 employees work. Edison area manager Mike Montoya said equipment on Telegraph Road west of Victoria Avenue failed at 3:34 p.m., and power was returned to the majority of customers in the two- to three-mile area affected by 4:05 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1998
An equipment failure left more than 800 homes without power for three hours early Monday morning, but the problem was repaired shortly after sunrise, a city spokeswoman said. The power was off from about 3 to 6:10 a.m., affecting homes between Plummer and Nordhoff streets in Northridge, said Karen Shepard-Grimes, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Power officials suspect that the outage was caused by an underground switch malfunction, Shepard-Grimes said.
NEWS
July 21, 1989 | From Reuters
Air accident figures for the first six months of 1989 show a rising incidence of mechanical failure that caused nine of the 26 accidents this year in which 606 people died, Flight International magazine reported Thursday. Reviewing half-year figures relative to the decade as a whole, the magazine said that 1989 has been a poor year for airline safety. The figures appearing in the magazine's latest issue do not take into account the United Airlines DC-10 crash Wednesday in Sioux City, Iowa.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Southern California Edison hopes to complete repairs at a Moorpark substation by Thursday, but until then some communities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties could continue to face rolling blackouts, company officials said Monday. The affected areas include Moorpark, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Malibu, Calabasas and Newbury Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1985
Southern California Edison Co. workers were continuing their search late Wednesday for the cause of a power outage that affected about 2,000 Costa Mesa homes and businesses and snarled traffic. The outage, which started at about 5:15 p.m., blacked out an area bordered by 17th and 23rd streets, Newport Boulevard and Irvine Avenue, said Edison spokesman Fred Mickelson. Power was restored to about half the affected area just before 6:30 p.m.
NEWS
June 6, 2001 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mysterious crash of a Boeing 737 jetliner in Colorado 10 years ago probably was caused by rudder problems similar to those that brought down another 737 near Pittsburgh about four years later, federal officials finally concluded Tuesday. In both cases, the pilots pushed pedals to move the rudder in one direction, but the rudder moved in the opposite direction, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Southern California Edison hopes to complete repairs at a Moorpark substation by Thursday, but until then some communities in Los Angeles and Ventura counties could continue to face rolling blackouts, company officials said Monday. The affected areas include Moorpark, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Malibu, Calabasas and Newbury Park.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2002 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A county review of an escape last month at a Sylmar juvenile hall has found a range of security lapses at the detention center, including the staff's failure to quickly alert authorities that the 17-year-old had scaled a wall. Kenneth Gilliam, who was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and was awaiting sentencing, is still at large. He escaped March 10 by breaking his dorm room window with the ball of a computer mouse and then climbing over the 16-foot wall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2002 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sensored razor wires are tripped so often that workers dismiss them as they would annoying car alarms. Improperly installed door locks are jimmied by juvenile detainees. Emergency phones and walkie-talkies are constantly on the fritz. These are just some of the problems, say workers and union officials, that have led to escapes--two in the last two months--from Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall in Sylmar.
NEWS
August 25, 2001 | CHARLES ORNSTEIN and TED ROHRLICH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
More than 30,000 of the most hard-driving students in America now have an extra reason for heart palpitations: near-collapse of a computer system that distributes their applications to medical school. And with life decisions at stake, applicants who have been striving for straight A's since middle school are not taking the technological betrayal lightly.
NEWS
June 6, 2001 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mysterious crash of a Boeing 737 jetliner in Colorado 10 years ago probably was caused by rudder problems similar to those that brought down another 737 near Pittsburgh about four years later, federal officials finally concluded Tuesday. In both cases, the pilots pushed pedals to move the rudder in one direction, but the rudder moved in the opposite direction, the National Transportation Safety Board said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2001 | MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Offering some hope for this summer's power drain, a nuclear generator at San Onofre idled by a fire in February has been restarted and is expected to be running at full capacity by Sunday. The generator, one of two at the facility, provides enough electricity for approximately 1.1 million households. The San Onofre unit was the largest of several generators across the state that were shut down early this year, deepening the state's energy problems.
BUSINESS
November 12, 1991 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Frustrated. That's how Ernest Schaeffer feels about the Hubble Space Telescope, as do many Americans who are disappointed that the spacecraft has been plagued by problems almost from the instant it was launched 19 months ago. Except that Schaeffer has more at stake. His small firm, Schaeffer Magnetics Inc. in Chatsworth, made the 57 motors and actuators that control the mirrors, door latches, antennas and other equipment on the $2-billion spacecraft.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2001 | ELIZABETH DOUGLASS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tens of thousands of California businesses and consumers still are weighing the effects of a major Pacific Bell network failure that cut off service to high-speed data customers statewide for up to five days. The outage, which was not completely fixed until Wednesday, affected big communication lines that crisscross the state carrying data to and from such everyday devices as bank automated teller machines and credit card verification machines used by grocery stores and other retail stores.
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