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NEWS
March 29, 2000 | From Associated Press
A tornado carved a path of destruction through downtown Fort Worth on Tuesday, shattering windows in high-rise buildings, overturning cars and uprooting trees. Four people were killed and at least 36 were injured. The manager of a popular restaurant on the top floor of the 35-story Bank One building said his business was destroyed. "Imagine a large bomb going off," Sean Finley said. "It got pretty hectic in here. We were doing some major yelling to get people out of there."
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NEWS
October 9, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
A woman walking down a Chicago street with a young girl was struck and killed by a pane of glass from an insurance company's skyscraper, police said. Anna Flores, 36, was walking hand-in-hand with the girl outside the downtown CNA Building. The glass, part of a cracked window, dislodged from the 29th floor of the skyscraper, flew over elevated train tracks and struck the woman in the head as she walked on the busy sidewalk.
NEWS
March 5, 1999 | ROBERT LEE HOTZ, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
Previously secret oil company data reveal a major active fault system under metropolitan Los Angeles that most likely caused the magnitude 5.9 Whittier Narrows earthquake in 1987, researchers said Thursday. This buried fracture may be capable of larger and even more damaging earthquakes than the 1994 Northridge quake, according to the research, published today in Science.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1998 | STEVE CARNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Smoke-darkened hallways, endless flights of steps and a high-rise hotel full of guests were all elements of a drill Tuesday in Garden Grove to train firefighters for the real thing. "It couldn't have been more real unless we lit one of the rooms," Garden Grove Fire Chief Warren Hartley said. In addition to Garden Grove, the drill included departments from Anaheim, Orange, Fullerton, Santa Ana, Brea, La Habra and Laguna Beach, for a total of 78 firefighters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 10, 1998
The Los Angeles City Council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee on Tuesday approved construction of a high-rise building at Constellation Boulevard and Avenue of the Stars, despite opposition from nearby homeowner groups. The vote was 2-1, with Councilmen Hal Bernson and Mike Hernandez in favor of the plan and Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski opposing the proposal.
BUSINESS
April 3, 1998 | MELINDA FULMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Downtown Los Angeles' glitzy but financially struggling high-rise apartment complexes have become the target of real estate investors gambling that rents will rise as the real estate market recovers. The latest buyer is Palo Alto-based Essex Property Trust Inc., which this week acquired the 19-story Bunker Hill Towers, downtown L.A.'s first high-rise apartment complex, from a Hong Kong partnership for $36.5 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 1998
A group of homeowners near the site of a proposed high-rise office building have vowed to continue fighting the project despite a vote of approval by the city Planning Commission. The commission last week approved the Constellation Place development as well as the developers' plan to use a new traffic mitigation measure on 73 intersections surrounding the project.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1998 | JON STEINMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robert M. Reich moved into his condominium in Verdugo Towers in 1966, one year after Glendale's first residential high-rise was completed. After paying $71,000 for an 11th-floor penthouse, Reich and his wife prepared for the quiet life of retirement, amid views spanning the San Fernando Valley and its cradling mountains.
NEWS
December 9, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Workers trapped in a burning office tower of the nation's central bank yelled for help and waved red cloths as flames gutted the building's top three floors, killing at least 14 people. Faulty electrical wiring may have caused the fire in the new, 25-story Bank Indonesia building in central Jakarta, a fire official said. Some of the victims died of smoke inhalation; others were badly burned. About 200 people were evacuated down stairs, and a police helicopter rescued four people from the roof.
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