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February 14, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
Pyromaniacs, at ease: No firefighters actually appear in Tommy Smith's new play “Firemen,” in a world premiere by the formerly nomadic Echo Theater Company in its new home, Atwater Village Theatre. There are a few references to an offstage character said to be a fireman, but otherwise the flames in this black comedy are all metaphorical. Playwright Smith, evidently a provocateur, makes a counterintuitive attempt to frame a grown woman's exploitative affair with a middle-school student as a tender love story.
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March 22, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"The aim of the poet is to inform or delight, or to combine together … both pleasure and applicability to life. " These words of the Roman poet Horace remain encoded in our cultural DNA. Even after the artistic revolutions incited by the Romantics, the realists and the various rabble-rousing factions of the avant-garde, the expectation endures that art should instruct or entertain or, better still, do both at the same time. Horace hard-liners, a conservative crew who would rather be educated by artists than amused by them, would no doubt cast a disapproving eye on the Echo Theater Company's indecorous (though sensationally acted)
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"The aim of the poet is to inform or delight, or to combine together … both pleasure and applicability to life. " These words of the Roman poet Horace remain encoded in our cultural DNA. Even after the artistic revolutions incited by the Romantics, the realists and the various rabble-rousing factions of the avant-garde, the expectation endures that art should instruct or entertain or, better still, do both at the same time. Horace hard-liners, a conservative crew who would rather be educated by artists than amused by them, would no doubt cast a disapproving eye on the Echo Theater Company's indecorous (though sensationally acted)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
Pyromaniacs, at ease: No firefighters actually appear in Tommy Smith's new play “Firemen,” in a world premiere by the formerly nomadic Echo Theater Company in its new home, Atwater Village Theatre. There are a few references to an offstage character said to be a fireman, but otherwise the flames in this black comedy are all metaphorical. Playwright Smith, evidently a provocateur, makes a counterintuitive attempt to frame a grown woman's exploitative affair with a middle-school student as a tender love story.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2006
July 22, 1954: The Los Angeles Fire Commission voted unanimously to begin racially integrating the fire department. The commission ordered Fire Chief John Alderson to submit recommendations within six weeks on how black firefighters "could be integrated gradually at stations other than the two at Central Ave. now manned exclusively by Negro firemen," The Times reported. "Chief Alderson declined to comment on the commission's action," the newspaper said.
NEWS
June 10, 1987 | Associated Press
A man who disliked banks put his life savings in a suitcase for a weekend fishing trip, but he left it in the driveway, garbage men took it to the incinerator and only fast-acting firemen saved the money. This is how police explained it Monday, without revealing the man's identity: An elderly fisherman put his life savings of $21,750 into a suitcase to take it fishing with him.
NEWS
January 14, 1987 | United Press International
A minor fire at the Soviet consulate turned into a major five-alarm blaze that gutted the building today when Soviet officials kept firefighters out for 15 minutes. A Fire Department spokesman said the blaze was not reported until neighbors who saw flames leaping from the windows called in an alarm. When firemen arrived, Soviet officials were trying to put out the fire with garden hoses and buckets of snow.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 30, 2002 | GERALDINE BAUM
This season New York firefighters are back to spending the holidays with one another, back to the brotherhood and neighborhoods that have always sustained them. It seems the sisterhood -- or at least the women who "discovered" firemen after Sept. 11 -- is a little fickle. The cult of the hunk fireman is mostly over.
SPORTS
June 26, 1987 | PETE THOMAS, Times Staff Writer
Firemen from 15 companies in Southern California were milling about the ice when 72-year-old Coach Art Brewster called the hockey practice to order. Moments later, as Brewster sent them through their drills, bodies went flying across the ice, some the victims of hard body checks. Obviously, things are heating up at the Iceland Arena in Paramount in preparation for the resumption of a 9-year-old rivalry between the Southern California Blazers and the San Francisco Flames.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1985 | LYNN O'SHAUGHNESSY, Times Staff Writer
Outside Burbank City Hall on Tuesday, it looked like a male casting call for one of those fun-in-the-sun surfing movies. But instead, about 50 young men, many bare-chested and in swimsuits, were stretched out on lawn chairs waiting to obtain applications for 10 to 15 firefighter vacancies in Burbank. The city expects as many as 2,000 people to apply for the jobs today, but it is only accepting the first 1,000 forms that are completed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2010 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Long Beach firefighters photographed a dying man they had taken to the emergency room for treatment, a department spokesman said Friday. The Times previously reported that staffers at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach photographed stabbing victim William Wells after he was taken to the emergency room April 9 and posted the photo on Facebook. Wells was taken to the emergency room by a Long Beach fire captain, two firemen and two firefighter paramedics, department spokesman Steve Yamamoto said.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2010 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Just about every amateur brew master who has made a tub of beer in the garage has dreamed of going pro. But Los Angeles County firefighters Rob Nowaczyk and Ed Walker, who expanded from home brewing to founding the commercial Fireman's Brew Inc., had an edge over most would-be brewery owners. "Everyone likes firefighters," Nowaczyk said. "People respect what we do and that we put our lives on the line every day." That goodwill helped kick-start their brewery into profitability after only about three years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2009 | Scott Gold and Ari B. Bloomekatz
Reporting from Los Angeles and The Angeles National Forest -- Everything that has made the Angeles National Forest wildfire so fierce and intractable -- extreme heat, treacherous terrain, bone-dry conditions left by years of drought -- seems to have converged on the lonely hilltop where Ted Hall and Arnie Quinones died. Hidden in the forest, high above the Antelope Valley to the north and Los Angeles to the south, the hilltop is a hostile place now. By Monday, the flames had reduced the bluffs in every direction to a blackened moonscape, interrupted only by boulders, plumes of smoke and downed power lines draped like bunting from the gnarled limbs of charred trees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2008 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
A six-man, six-woman jury is set to begin deliberations Wednesday in a lawsuit brought by four San Diego firefighters who allege they were subjected to sexual harassment when they were ordered to participate in the 2007 gay pride parade. In closing arguments Tuesday, the firefighters' attorney asked the jury to order the city to pay each firefighter $500,000 to $1 million for the damage they suffered from being taunted by spectators.
SPORTS
April 13, 2008 | Sean Deveney, The Sporting News
It started on the first opening day, in Japan, when A's closer Huston Street gave up a ninth-inning homer to blow a 4-3 lead, then forked over two more runs to lose in the 10th. It happened on yet another opening day, the one in Washington, when Nationals reliever Jon Rauch gave up a top-of-the-ninth run (albeit unearned) to Atlanta, which was followed by a game-winning homer in the bottom half of the inning off Braves reliever Peter Moylan. It was all over the place when most teams opened the season on March 31. Closers for the two best teams in the NL Central -- Milwaukee's Eric Gagne and Chicago's Kerry Wood -- allowed three ninth-inning runs each.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2007 | Martin Miller
When fire threatened their home in Fallbrook, Amy Berling and her boyfriend, Glenn, grabbed a few belongings and drove to his brother's home in south Escondido. They went seeking refuge, but soon found themselves face to face with the flames. "It was just me and Glenn," Berling recalled. "His brother, his wife and their two children left for Del Mar. His brother has asthma and sometimes has to use the oxygen. His brother said he was glad someone was staying with the house.
NEWS
April 11, 1989 | From Times staff and wire service reports
About 1,500 people were forced out of their homes for 12 hours overnight when explosions and a fire at a chemical factory sent a cloud of toxic fumes over Saticoy, 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles, fire officials said. Two firemen overcome by the fumes were hospitalized, and 15 others were treated and released. Firemen let the fire, fed by a mixture of acids, cyanide and explosive hydrogen, burn itself out at the Pacific Intermediates Chemical Co. plant. The evacuees spent the night in schools before being allowed to return to their homes.
NEWS
October 25, 1990 | JOHN NEEDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
By day they were loan officers, city planners, law students. But for this one night they were screamers, hundreds of women yelling for Orange County firemen who peeled off their yellow slickers like strippers and bumped, thrust and pranced their way down a runway. The shouts created a wall of sound that crested at the sight of bare, oiled, muscular chests and faded when the bodies were garbed in tuxedoes.
NATIONAL
August 24, 2007 | From Newsday
A piece of steel equipment was pushed off the 23rd floor of the former Deutsche Bank building Thursday, injuring two firefighters on the ground who were helping with the investigation of a blaze that killed two others there Saturday. The worker who pushed the pallet lift off an exterior elevator was an employee of the John Galt Corp., the subcontractor that has been cited for numerous code violations in the building.
NATIONAL
June 23, 2007 | Maria L. La Ganga, Times Staff Writer
Joined by thousands of firefighters from across the country, this grieving region bade farewell to "our dear heroes" Friday morning and struggled to find meaning in the deaths of nine men who battled a furniture store blaze this week. "Firefighters charge into dangerous places when the natural human instinct is to flee rapidly," marveled Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr., whose city suffered the worst loss of American firefighters in a single event since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
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