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March 6, 2008
Re "Millions of miles, a hard landing," Column One, March 3 It is despicable that more than six years after 9/11, citizens with skin color remotely resembling Osama bin Laden's are being suspected as terrorists. Mohamed Fikry's terrifying experience on American Airlines is probably not a rare one. It is horrifying to learn that after such treatment, the airline did next to nothing in response. Americans seemed to have unified after 9/11, but many have stereotyped an ethnicity, which is less than American.
March 3, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Mohamed fikry traverses the globe, buying industrial food-processing equipment. In the process, he's become an American Airlines executive platinum club member, closing in on nearly 5 million miles traveled. Last July, American Flight 136 from Los Angeles International Airport to London's Heathrow Airport began as just another trip for Fikry.
June 29, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A helicopter crash landed in Chino Hills State Park about 9 a.m. Wednesday, causing the pilot and a radio traffic reporter minor injuries, authorities said. The "hard landing" occurred about half a mile north of the San Bernardino County line, near the 91 and 71 freeways, said Cindy Beavers, spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. The occupants, both of Van Nuys, were taken by a second helicopter to Northridge Hospital Medical Center.
February 12, 2006 | Helene Elliott, Times Staff Writer
Michelle Kwan listened to her body, and it told her no. And if her sore groin continues to hamper her as much as it did Saturday, when she was driven to the verge of tears before she curtailed her first Olympic practice session, the five-time world figure skating champion said she would consider withdrawing from the Turin Games.
January 29, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Fourteen soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division were injured Monday when their transport helicopter crashed while landing in rough terrain in eastern Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said. No one was killed and none of the injuries were life-threatening, officials said. The injured were flown to a medical facility at Bagram air base north of Kabul, the Afghan capital. The U.S.
January 20, 2002 | MATTHEW HELLER, Matthew Heller last wrote for the magazine about the transporting of radioactive nuclear waste along California 127
On this balmy October evening, some 400 well-heeled Angelenos have gathered in the auditorium of the Freud Playhouse at UCLA. They have paid up to $500 a ticket to attend a fund-raiser for the Ark Trust animal-protection group. Their ranks include stars such as Lindsey "The Bionic Woman" Wagner and Gillian Anderson of "The X-Files." Gloria Steinem is hosting the event, billed as "An Evening of Music and Inspiration." Later, she will introduce singer Sophie B.
January 1, 2001 | From Reuters
Billionaire U.S. financier George Soros said the United States was in for a "bouncy and hard" landing as the world's largest economy slows, but his main concern was for spillover turmoil in emerging markets, according to a local newspaper report Sunday. In an interview with Chile's influential El Mercurio newspaper, Soros also said he expects the U.S. Federal Reserve to lower key interest rates aggressively at the start of 2001 but that a new global crisis was inevitable.
Edward Forrest Ingram dazzled women in his pilot's uniform, breezed through Los Angeles International Airport security untouched and once talked his way into the cockpit of a plane. And just in case anyone asked, the 42-year-old Ingram was prepared to flash glowing letters of recommendation from the Federal Aviation Administration commending his valor as a fighter pilot. Trouble was, he wasn't a pilot. Police said Capt.
"Have you ever told a coal miner in West Virginia or Kentucky that what he needs is individual initiative to go out and get a job where there isn't any?" --Robert F. Kennedy, August 1964 * "There ain't never been no jobs here," says David Bowling, one of 13 grown children of Iree and Bascum Bowling of Mudlick Hollow in eastern Kentucky. "This place is a plain hole in the wall. Right there . . .
November 18, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT and SPENCER WEINER
A 75-year-old man piloting an ultralight plane was forced to make a hard landing Wednesday when the engine stalled about 200 feet above Camarillo Airport. Joe Lockard wasn't injured in the 11:30 a.m. incident, and his plane sustained only minor damage when he landed in a plowed field at the end of the runway. "I knew good and well there wasn't anything else I could do but crash," Lockard said. After taking off, Lockard flew for several minutes before the motor quit, he said.
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