August 2, 2013 |
Back when I was a kid going to the beach every weekend with my dad, I never thought of body surfing as a workout. It was just pure exhilaration - dog-paddling out there for hours, waiting for a good swell, then swimming like crazy for a couple of seconds to catch the wave and ride it at eyeball level, a human surfboard in a rush of sound and foam. Gear wasn't necessary, other than a fin or two. But when I rediscovered body surfing recently, I was surprised to find that gear for it had evolved and that it was a fantastic all-body workout - and just as much fun as ever.
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July 24, 2013 |
It turns out whoever made off with a van filled with equipment belonging to 1980s band A Flock of Seagulls didn't go so far away after all. Just days after security cameras at a Downey Comfort Inn showed a male suspect stealing the band's equipment van, police found the vehicle in nearby Santa Fe Springs, NBC reported . The band had performed over the weekend and left the van -- a white 1999 Ford E-350 -- parked at the Comfort Inn. The...
July 24, 2013 |
The good news for British new wave band A Flock of Seagulls: The group's equipment van that was stolen early Sunday from its hotel in Downey has been located in Santa Fe Springs. The bad news: The $70,000 worth of musical instruments, sound equipment, stage clothing and other touring necessities that group members said they'd left in the van was nowhere in sight. The early '80s group best known for its 1982 hit “I Ran (So Far Away) was between gigs in Bellflower and Woodland Hills over the weekend when a thief, caught on hotel surveillance video, broke into the rented equipment van about 2 a.m. Sunday and drove off with it. PHOTOS: Concerts by The Times Also in the vehicle were computer hard drives containing sound files of lead singer Mike Score's solo album he'd been working on while the group has been touring the U.S. The van was found Tuesday night in Santa Fe Springs, City News Service reported.
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July 23, 2013 |
Downey police are asking for the public's help in finding two suspects who stole equipment from 1980s new-wave band A Flock of Seagulls. The band had performed over the weekend and left the van -- a white 1999 Ford E-350 -- parked at the Comfort Inn in Downey. The group's best-known hit is “I Ran (So Far Away).” Surveillance video broadcast on KTLA-TV shows a dark SUV pulling up behind the van and a man exiting the driver's side, breaking into the van and driving off with it. The SUV then follows the van out of the parking lot. Police say up to $70,000 worth of equipment was inside the van. Frontman Mike Score told KTLA there were hard drives to a new solo album and instruments inside.
July 10, 2013 |
MAIDAN SHAHR, Afghanistan - Congress has appropriated $51 billion to build and sustain the Afghan army, but Lt. Col. Kohadamani Hamidullah can't get his Humvees repaired. "See all those Humvees?" he said inside his military base here in east-central Afghanistan, pointing to a ragged line of dusty Humvees. "Broken. Broken. Broken.... All broken. " The United States has supplied 46 Humvees for Hamidullah's battalion here in the rugged, snowcapped peaks of Wardak province in the last couple of years.
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July 7, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Federal investigators are trying to determine whether a piece of airport equipment out of service Saturday played any role in the crash of the Asiana Airlines jet at San Francisco International Airport, killing two passengers. The flight data recorders were flown to the the National Transportation Safety Board's laboratory in Washington, where the data were examined, a spokeswoman said. Deborah Hersman, NTSB chairman, said the runway's glide slope indicator, equipment that pilots can use to help determine their altitude on approach, was out of service because of a construction project.
June 8, 2013 |
The excavator operator who was demolishing a four-story building in downtown Philadelphia this week when it collapsed onto a Salvation Army store, killing six people, has turned himself in to police. Sean Benschop, 42, is to be charged with six counts of involuntary manslaughter, 13 counts of reckless endangerment and one count of risking a catastrophe, Philadelphia police spokeswoman Jillian Russell confirmed in an email to The Times. Benschop turned himself in at the Central Detectives Division after a warrant was issued for his arrest. Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison told the Associated Press on Friday evening that a toxicology test showed Benschop had marijuana in his system at the time of the disaster.
June 3, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama announced new economic sanctions on Iran on Monday in a bid to raise pressure on conservative hard-liners who have vowed not to compromise with the West over Tehran's nuclear development program. Obama, who has faced demands from Congress to tighten sanctions, issued an executive order targeting large transactions involving the Iranian currency, the rial, in overseas banks. The goal is to further undermine a currency that has lost two-thirds of its value in two years.