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April 6, 1995 | LAURIE K. SCHENDEN
Grant Show, Jason Priestley, Matt LeBlanc, Vince Neil and Anthony Edwards are all familiar with life in the fast lane. But these and other celebrities will see how they do at speeds of more than 100 m.p.h. behind the wheel of a Toyota Celica GT lift-back at the Pro-Celebrity Race on Saturday. The event is a prelude for the big race Sunday, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, in which professional drivers race through the streets of Long Beach.
December 6, 2013 | By Catharine M. Hamm, Los Angeles Times Travel editor
Burbank's Bob Hope Airport has begun offering PreCheck, the airport screening program that lets pre-approved travelers get through security faster. The Transportation Security Administration program is now in place at 103 airports across the U.S.; there are more than 450 commercial airports. In the Los Angeles area, LAX , Ontario , Long Beach , John Wayne/Orange County already have the program. That means travelers at those airports, if they are members of PreCheck, do not have to remove shoes, belts or jackets and can keep their liquids (still no more than 3 ounces)
June 15, 2001 | SHAV GLICK
What would a book on the history of major league baseball be without a mention of Babe Ruth? Or the NBA without Wilt Chamberlain? Or soccer without Pele in its pages? Impossible, you say. Not if you're the National Hot Rod Assn., which in celebration of its 50th anniversary this year, has published a book, "The Fast Lane: The History of NHRA Drag Racing."
November 25, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
If you're getting ready to take a flight during the holidays, be prepared for more than the usual confusion at airport screenings. The combination of infrequent fliers and the Transportation Security Administration's new initiative that allows randomly selected passengers to receive expedited screening - an initiative that will continue during the holidays - has the potential to create passenger pileup. The TSA has moved from a one-size-fits-all security approach by allowing some passengers (75 and older)
January 4, 1988
The Century Freeway, a mammoth $2.5-billion project, is half-finished. Construction of the traffic lanes is on schedule, as Times staff writers William Trombley and Ray Hebert report. The ambitious replacement housing program and the admirable affirmative-action goals are not. Therein lie some lessons. When completed, the well-designed and expensive freeway will stretch east and west between Norwalk and a point near Los Angeles International Airport.
August 3, 1997 | ROBERT A. JONES
Now comes Robert Levine with a great mystery about L.A. You may recall psychologist Levine's prior foray into urban life. He's the fellow who concocted the clever experiment a while back showing that people in Los Angeles and New York were less likely to help a stranger in need than people in most other cities. Actually, that study pretty much figured, especially since it showed that New York ranked even lower than L.A. on the kindness-to-strangers scale.
July 12, 2011 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Is it just me, or are you sort of glad that "Carmageddon" is happening? For the small percentage of the population who will be seriously inconvenienced — the waitress, say, who lives in the Valley and is expected at work in Santa Monica at 6 a.m. Saturday — the shutdown this weekend of the 405 through the Sepulveda Pass may bring genuine if temporary hardship. For the rest of us it has been a lesson in the almost comically central place that the freeway continues to hold in Southern California life in literal and symbolic terms.
January 27, 1987 | MARIA L. La GANGA, Times Staff Writer
If nothing else, the car-pool lanes on the Costa Mesa Freeway have fattened California Highway Patrol Officer James Church's file of memorable excuses. Before the lanes first went into operation on an experimental basis 14 months ago, the most common excuse Church heard while writing tickets for moving violations was the old standard: "But officer, I didn't know I was speeding."
April 9, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 30-year-old Banning man who apparently was walking in the fast lane of the 10 Freeway was struck and killed early Sunday, authorities said. The incident was reported at 2:54 a.m. in the westbound lanes just west of Indian Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol. The 64-year-old driver of a Nissan Sentra told CHP officers that he saw the pedestrian walking in the traffic lane but couldn't avoid hitting him. The unidentified victim died at the scene.
March 19, 1989
This letter pertains to the article "Act of Kindness in Fast Lane" (Orange County section, March 9). I am a member of the Opossum Society of California. At first I was touched by the tenderness and awareness I thought this article might bring. Instead, the information on opossums was misleading and not factual. It states "the animals can carry a potentially fatal virus." This has been proven to be unfounded. Therefore, Orange County Animal Control has stopped the senseless slaughter of the opossum.
August 29, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Police are investigating the death of a woman who was possibly pushed out of a moving car in the fast lane of the eastbound 210 Freeway in Sylmar on Thursday morning. The incident occurred about 1 a.m. near Hubbard Street, the Los Angeles Police Department said. All eastbound lanes and onramps between the 5 Freeway and Hubbard Street were expected to be closed until at least 8 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. Drivers can get on the freeway at Maclay Street, said CHP officer Cheyenne Quesada.
January 28, 2013 | By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times
During World War II, the late Manjo and Betty Miyata were among the thousands of Japanese Americans sent to an internment camp in Tule Lake, Calif. Seventy years later, their grandson, Kyle Larson, is one of the hottest prospects in American motor racing with an eye toward joining NASCAR's best. Larson is a 20-year-old driver from Elk Grove, Calif., whose winning record in racing's minor leagues is turning heads throughout the sport. And as the slight, 5-foot-6 Larson keeps climbing each rung of his racing's career ladder, he's inviting comparisons to the early achievements of such star drivers as Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon.
June 14, 2012 | By David Wharton
Four years is not long enough to forget. Not nearly long enough. It was the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Wallace Spearmon Jr. had just finished third in the 200 meters behind his pal, Usain Bolt. At least, he thought he had. Taking a victory jog around the track, with the American flag draped across his shoulders and photographers snapping pictures, Spearmon noticed Bolt's agent running toward him. "Wallace," the agent said, "you're disqualified. " "Me?" "You.
April 28, 2012 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
So what would Beethoven drive? I'm not sure that putting anyone that headstrong behind the wheel would be a great idea. He'd likely scream at his publisher on his cellphone while driving, impatiently tailgate, cut people off. He'd speed for sure and never, ever signal. But Orange County is car country and Thursday night at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, Joshua Bell handed over the keys of his new Porsche to the composer for a high-octane spin of his "Coriolan" Overture, Violin Concerto and Fourth Symphony.
March 6, 2012 | By David Zucchino
Tired of that slowpoke hogging the left lane? Ready to unload a few choice curse words on that overloaded pickup clogging the left, supposed "passing lane"? New Jersey may be the state for you. A state not known for courtesy and patience is proposing tougher "keep right" legislation aimed at curbing road rage triggered by slow-moving vehicles blocking faster left-lane traffic. State Sen. Donald Norcross has introduced legislation that would increase fines for "failure to keep right," the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
February 9, 2012
In a effort to speed airport security lines, a Transportation Security Administration program to pre-screen some passengers is being expanded to include 35 airports nationwide by year-end. The program, called TSA PreCheck, is already being tested at seven airports, including some American Airlines gates at Los Angeles International Airport. How does it work? ** U.S. citizens approved for pre-screening will have information embedded in their ticket bar codes. ** If preapproved, passengers undergo expedited screening, which could include no longer removing shoes, laptops from bags, light outerwear or jackets, and belts.
Dear Traffic Talk: Why does the California Highway Patrol do little or nothing at all about trucks--even 18-wheelers--driving in the No. 1 and 2 lanes when there are no signs reading "Trucks OK"? This serious hazard occurs on freeways inside and outside of the San Fernando Valley. Dave Weisman Burbank Dear Dave: The California Highway Patrol places a high priority on enforcing traffic laws, said Officer Tito Gomez, a spokesman for the agency.
January 20, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Transportation Security Administration rolled out PreCheck, the expedited security program for pre-screened fliers, this week at Los Angeles International Airport, the sixth airport in the nation to participate in the pilot program since it started last year. In an announcement Wednesday, the TSA said the program at LAX so far is available only to American Airlines frequent fliers at two checkpoints in Terminal 4. Here's how it works: Fliers who are U.S. citizens provide personal information and undergo background checks to qualify for traveler programs approved by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, such as Global Entry, SENTRI and NEXUS.
January 2, 2012 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
Barely a decade ago, Beijing bicyclists pedaled down alleys here lined with courtyard houses that had no indoor toilets. Now the alleys have been replaced by a wide avenue lined with Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bugatti and Rolls-Royce dealerships. In 2011, Chinese bought more Lamborghinis and Rolls-Royces than anybody else in the world. In time for Chinese New Year this month, Rolls is unveiling a "Year of the Dragon" model with hand-embroidered versions of mythical animals on leather headrests.
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