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July 22, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Reporting from Knoebels in Elysburg, Pa.-- Over the last five summers, the most anticipated roller coaster hasn't been a towering, looping speed demon but rather a slow, squat and serpentine 1930s-era replica that disappeared from the amusement park landscape nearly four decades ago. Since the autumn of 2005, Flying Turns at Knoebels in tiny Elysburg, Pa., has been the all-consuming passion and obsession of theme park President Dick...
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July 22, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Reporting from Knoebels in Elysburg, Pa.-- Over the last five summers, the most anticipated roller coaster hasn't been a towering, looping speed demon but rather a slow, squat and serpentine 1930s-era replica that disappeared from the amusement park landscape nearly four decades ago. Since the autumn of 2005, Flying Turns at Knoebels in tiny Elysburg, Pa., has been the all-consuming passion and obsession of theme park President Dick...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1991 | BILL BILLITER
State agriculture officials announced Tuesday that one Queensland fruit fly, a destructive pest to fruits and vegetables, has been found in a trap here. Agriculture officials said the fly, a native of Australia, could cause harm to more than 100 species of fruits and vegetables if it became widespread. To determine if more of the flies are in the Orange County area, additional traps are being set, said Carl DeWing, a spokesman for the state Department of Food and Agriculture in Sacramento.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2006 | Geoff Boucher
Who's been the most lucrative creative force in Hollywood in this short century? You could make an argument for Stan Lee, the irrepressible P.T. Barnum of comic books who, in the 1960s, put pen to paper and came up with Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and the Hulk -- a colorful parade of properties that in the last six years has grossed $1.6 billion at the box office.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2006 | Geoff Boucher
Who's been the most lucrative creative force in Hollywood in this short century? You could make an argument for Stan Lee, the irrepressible P.T. Barnum of comic books who, in the 1960s, put pen to paper and came up with Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and the Hulk -- a colorful parade of properties that in the last six years has grossed $1.6 billion at the box office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1990 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER and Researched by JANICE L. JONES
When a state agriculture worker knocked on the door of Debbie Neubert's goblin-decorated home in Fountain Valley this week to tell her about the latest fruit fly alert, her first thought was: The Medfly is back. Not exactly. But Orange County does have a new fly problem. This time, it's called the peach fruit fly, imported from India and Southeast Asia.
NEWS
July 14, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
I'm setting off on a road trip across America's "Coaster Belt," hitting eight theme parks in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey in just 10 days. Along the way, I'll visit some of the oldest amusement parks in the world and climb aboard classic wooden coasters, record-setting modern metal beasts and vintage flat rides. I've visited most of the big theme parks in Southern California and central Florida, but my roller coaster résumé has always been a little thin at the parks in between.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the board of American Ballet Theatre recently threatening to disband the company during contract negotiations with the dancers, and with some board members of the Joffrey Ballet trying unsuccessfully last May to wrest artistic control from company co-founder Gerald Arpino, 1990 has been a cruel year in the dance world.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 1990 | CHRIS PASLES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the board of American Ballet Theatre recently threatening to disband the company during contract negotiations with the dancers, and with some board members of the Joffrey Ballet trying unsuccessfully last May to wrest artistic control from company co-founder Gerald Arpino, 1990 has been a cruel year in the dance world.
NEWS
November 12, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
It already feels as if 2011 is shaping up as a tweener ye ar for new rides and attractions at U.S. theme parks. Last year saw the blockbuster debuts of Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Florida and the " World of Color " water show at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim. And 2012 promises a long list of marquee additions headed by Cars Land at DCA and Transformers at Universal Studios Hollywood in California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1991 | BILL BILLITER
State agriculture officials announced Tuesday that one Queensland fruit fly, a destructive pest to fruits and vegetables, has been found in a trap here. Agriculture officials said the fly, a native of Australia, could cause harm to more than 100 species of fruits and vegetables if it became widespread. To determine if more of the flies are in the Orange County area, additional traps are being set, said Carl DeWing, a spokesman for the state Department of Food and Agriculture in Sacramento.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 1, 1990 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER and Researched by JANICE L. JONES
When a state agriculture worker knocked on the door of Debbie Neubert's goblin-decorated home in Fountain Valley this week to tell her about the latest fruit fly alert, her first thought was: The Medfly is back. Not exactly. But Orange County does have a new fly problem. This time, it's called the peach fruit fly, imported from India and Southeast Asia.
TRAVEL
May 27, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
SANDUSKY, Ohio - As an amusement parks blogger, I have visited most of the big theme parks in Southern California and central Florida, but my roller-coaster résumé was a little thin when it came to the parks in between. So last summer my wife, Nancy, our 11-year-old daughter, Hannah, and I climbed aboard more than 70 coasters in 10 days at theme parks in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We each had established a few rules for our journey across America's Coaster Belt. Hannah was willing to ride coasters reaching 65 mph, topping out at 200 feet and going upside down three times.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 1990 | David Pecchia \f7
City Slickers (Castle Rock). Shooting in L.A., Durango, Colo., and Santa Fe. Billy Crystal (he also exec produces), Daniel Stern and Bruno Kirby play three pals from New York who go on a cattle drive. The trio become enlightened about life, friendship . . . and really smelly animals. Producer Irby Smith. Director Ron Underwood ("Tremors"). Screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel ("Parenthood"). Also stars Bill Henderson and Bill Lewis. Distributors Columbia (U.S.), Nelson (foreign).
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