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A suspected tagger stranded high above the San Diego Freeway after allegedly painting "OZIE" in huge letters on the side of an overpass plunged 100 feet down to an embankment early Wednesday, fracturing his spine, according to the California Highway Patrol. Daniel Supple, 19, of Woodland Hills was found by CHP officers in a bushy area near the Skirball Center drive exit about 5:45 a.m., said Officer Karen Faciane, a CHP spokeswoman.
April 27, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
A person was hit by a car and killed early Sunday while crossing the 110 Freeway on foot, the California Highway Patrol reported. The collision happened around 4:30 a.m. on the southbound lanes of the highway, north of Century Boulevard. CHP officers arrived to find the male victim in the road. The car, a 2000 Toyota, was on the right shoulder of the highway. Its driver, a 36-year-old Los Angeles man, was not injured. In footage captured after the incident by LLN videographer Scott Lane, a man who appears to be the driver says he was trying to avoid hitting two people who were running across the highway.
September 27, 1998 | ROBERT A. JONES
In Los Angeles, the good things often slip away in the night. One morning you head for your favorite breakfast spot only to discover it's been turned into a used-clothing store. No one seems to know why. It's just got switched. When I first came to Los Angeles in the early 1970s, I remember walking past the old Sunkist building in downtown and thinking how perfect it seemed.
April 25, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A 52-year-old man found dead by the 110 Freeway in Highland Park has been identified, authorities said. Ruben Castaneda, 52, was discovered Tuesday night in a dirt area near the northbound lanes of the freeway with a single gunshot wound, said Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Castaneda's city of residence hasn't been identified, Smith added. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Witnesses told police they heard four or five gunshots that night, but they could not provide a description of the attacker.
December 16, 2010 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Children born to mothers who live close to freeways have twice the risk of autism, researchers reported Thursday. The study, its authors say, adds to evidence suggesting that certain environmental exposures could play a role in causing the disorder in some children. "This study isn't saying exposure to air pollution or exposure to traffic causes autism," said Heather Volk, lead author of the paper and a researcher at the Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles.
August 25, 1987
What a sad commentary it is that it finally took the fear of guns on the freeways to turn us into courteous drivers. What ever happened to civility and regard for the law? JERRY COWLE Pacific Palisades
February 7, 1994
No added sales tax, please. The last temporary quarter-cent sales tax turned out to be a permanent tax. If we need to raise $700 million to get the earthquake grant, let us do it in a temporary and common sense way. Charge $1 per vehicle on cars entering the freeways; that will cost $10 per week to drivers needing to use freeways. It will keep off ones that can use other means of travel. Do this until the needed $700 million is paid off, then remove the tax. What needs caution is to avoid the greedy officials wanting to continue the tax after the needed amount is paid off. This will have several advantages; it will be a temporary tax, it will thin out traffic and it will allow quicker repair of broken freeways.
August 20, 1992
Regarding the noble idea of electric cars in Los Angeles to battle the smog problem: A longer-term answer would be to track the freeways with electric slots. Cars would need much smaller batteries to get from the home to the main roads. Computers would control speed, car spacing, destination and billing. Utilities could keep their monopolies by turning the deserts into solar electric producing areas, thereby kicking the oil habit for the first time. These ideas may be far down the road, but how do you want to breathe in the next decade?
April 24, 2014 | By Jill Cowan
All lanes of the northbound 5 Freeway in Orange County were reopened late Thursday morning, hours after after a multicar, chain-reaction crash that left two people dead and four injured That collision in the northbound lanes in Irvine was so violent that debris was scattered over a quarter of a mile and took hours to clear, authorities said. The driver and passenger in a Toyota Camry were both pronounced dead at the scene of the 4:41 a.m. five-car accident. Authorities described the driver as a woman in her 40s and the passenger as a male in his 50s, both Rancho Santa Margarita residents, but did not give their names.
April 24, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
Citing the time saved for Los Angeles County drivers who were willing to pay an extra fee, transportation officials Thursday unanimously approved extending the life span of 25 miles of experimental toll lanes on the 110 and 10 freeways. Elected officials and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority staff members said Thursday that tolling provided a new option for commuters crawling along a 900-mile freeway network that is largely built out. "People point out often that 'freeways mean free,'" Metro board member and Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, whose district includes the 10 Freeway toll lanes, said during a discussion Thursday.
April 24, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Most lanes of the eastbound 210 Freeway in Pasadena, where two big rigs collided and triggered a transportation nightmare, were reopened Thursday night. The California Highway Patrol said three of five lanes on the freeway near Allen Avenue were opened shortly before 10 p.m. But traffic was still backed up for about a mile, according to television news footage. The CHP said it was not sure when the other two lanes on freeway would be opened.  One of the big rigs smashed through the center divider and overturned on the railroad tracks adjacent to the freeway before catching fire around 1 p.m., officials said.
April 24, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
Two people were killed and five others injured in a multicar crash on the 5 Freeway in Orange County on Thursday morning that sent debris flying and shut down several traffic lanes. The crash occurred just before 5 a.m. in the northbound lanes near the Jamboree Road exit in Irvine, according to the California Highway Patrol. At least four cars were involved in the wreck, which sent debris into the southbound lanes, temporarily blocking traffic, according to CHP logs. A Sigalert was issued and three northbound lanes were blocked indefinitely, officials said.
April 23, 2014 | By Laura J. Nelson
The first comprehensive analysis of Los Angeles County's experimental toll lanes indicates the pay-to-drive routes made some rush-hour commutes faster and less painful, both in the toll lanes and in the free lanes, but made little to no difference for many drivers battling morning traffic. According to an independent report prepared for federal transportation officials, the toll lanes along the 110 and 10 freeways didn't significantly change overall traffic speeds during peak periods for drivers using either the tollway or the general lanes.
April 22, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO -- The section of the 710 freeway in Long Beach would be designated as the Senator Jenny Oropeza Memorial Freeway under a resolution introduced Monday by state Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens). Oropeza served in the state Senate from 2000 to 2006 and chaired the Senate Majority Caucus. She was the first Latina to serve as a member of the Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education and the Long Beach City Council. She died in 2010. "Sen. Oropeza has deep roots serving the people of Long Beach and surrounding communities," Lara said.
April 22, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Officials are warning commuters to avoid the northbound 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday between 10:30 a.m. and noon as funeral services are held for a motorcycle officer who died  several days after he was struck by an SUV. Chris Cortijo, a member of the Los Angeles Police Department for nearly 27 years, was rear-ended April 5 by a Chevrolet Blazer while stopped on his motorcycle at a red light near Saticoy Street and...
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