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November 5, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
After bidding farewell to our Hyundai Santa Fe Sport last week, we welcome to The Times Test Garage a very different vehicle: the Tesla Model S. As you likely know, this is an all-electric vehicle from the company that brought you the Roadster . Tesla was founded by its current chief executive, Elon Musk, and is based in Palo Alto. All Model S cars are assembled in Fremont, Calif. The Model S we have this week has the largest of three available batteries (in terms of range)
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October 30, 2012 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - An Alameda County jury Monday convicted a Union City woman of first-degree murder for killing her onetime friend in a hospital parking garage in May 2011, the result of years of jealousy over a man. The attorney representing Giselle Esteban, 28, did not dispute that her client had killed 26-year-old nursing student Michelle Le of San Mateo. But Andrea Auer maintained that Esteban had acted in the heat of passion and should be convicted of voluntary manslaughter.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2012 | By David Undercoffler
As our weekwith the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport continues, we've noticed a number of clever little touches that bring additional functionality to an already versatile interior. Underneath the cargo floor in the vehicle's trunk is a series of hidden storage compartments that are great for holding loose objects or keeping valuables out of the way of prying eyes. Another nice trick is there is a dedicated space in the cargo floor to store the retractable cargo cover when you're not using it. This means you always have it on hand, should you need it, and don't have to leave it cluttering up your garage.
BUSINESS
October 18, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
If you're an avid cyclist and are considering the 2013 Ford Fusion as your next car, it looks like you'll want to invest in a roof-mounted bike rack. We discovered this while trying to attach a rear-mounted bike rack to the car this week. As you'll see in the photos, the design of the Fusion's rear end presents two issues that make hanging your bike off the back a bad idea. The first issue is the bumper design of the Fusion doesn't provide an ample lip to hold the rack securely.
NATIONAL
October 11, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
For more than 13 hours, Samuel Perez was buried up to his waist under slabs of concrete and steel from a garage that fell Wednesday morning at Miami Dade College. During that time, he was treated with oxygen and received fluids and nourishment through an intravenous tube as rescuers worked frantically to free him, officials said. About 1 a.m. Thursday, Perez's legs were amputated, and he was freed and carried by stretcher to a waiting ambulance. From there, he was rushed to a hospital by helicopter.
NATIONAL
October 10, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
  [ See update: '1 dead, two still trapped in parking garage collapse' ] More than 100 rescuers on Wednesday rushed to the scene of a partially-built parking garage that collapsed on the campus of a Miami school, trapping workers inside, officials said. Cries for help could be heard from inside the rubble of the structure being built on the campus of Miami-Dade College West, officials said. “We have multiple victims trapped inside,” Cristina Armand, a spokeswoman for Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue, told the Los Angeles Times.
NATIONAL
October 10, 2012 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Rescuers were working Wednesday to free a man trapped in the concrete debris of a garage that collapsed at a Miami-area community college, a construction accident that killed two workers and injured at least 10 others. The trapped worker was stuck in debris after the roof of a five-story parking garage at Miami Dade College fell in a pancake-style collapse about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Department spokeswoman Griselle Marino said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that the trapped man was in critical condition and was being treated by surgeons.
NATIONAL
October 10, 2012 | By Connie Stewart
Early Thursday morning, rescuers extracted a man who had been trapped in a collapsed Miami parking garage for more than 12 hours -- but had to amputate his legs to do it.  Officials had said getting him out could take days. They had been giving him oxygen and an IV while he remained buried in the rubble. The unidentified man had been in a vehicle when the five-story parking garage at  Miami Dade College   fell pancake-style about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday.  Rescuers decided shortly after midnight that they'd need to amputate his legs above the knee, the Miami Herald reported.
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