February 14, 2003 |
Much of the planet might be wary of skyscrapers after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but ambitious Shanghai is charging ahead with plans to construct the world's tallest building. At 101 stories and 1,624 feet tall, the Shanghai World Financial Center would be another symbol of a metropolis whose can-do spirit and robust growth stand in contrast to jittery economies and worries about war elsewhere.
April 28, 2002 |
Because of the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, fire chiefs around the world will be less likely to send firefighters to the upper floors of burning skyscrapers, the former fire commissioner of New York City said Saturday. Otherwise, strategies for battling such fires are unlikely to change much after the terrorist attacks on the twin towers, said Thomas Van Essen, who retired in January.
December 13, 2001 |
Donald Trump scrapped his plan to build the world's tallest building after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, opting instead for a 78-story skyscraper on Chicago's riverfront. The 1,073-foot glass-covered building, called Trump Tower Chicago, would be the city's fourth-tallest skyscraper. The New York real estate tycoon said in July he was considering building the world's tallest building on the site now occupied by the Chicago Sun-Times building.
December 2, 2001 |
For centuries the gilt spire of the Sule Pagoda soared over Yangon's roofs and palm tops, unchallenged on the skyline of a city rich in colonial architecture and exotic Asian atmosphere. Then, foreign developers perpetrated what residents say is comparable to planting a high-rise next to Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral. Twin 20-story towers were illegally erected some 100 yards from the pagoda, located at the geographic heart of the capital.
September 13, 2001 |
Anxious workers returned to their Southern California offices Wednesday, but many acknowledged that little was being accomplished as the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington proved to be an overwhelming distraction. "Everyone showed up for work, but people are either surfing the Internet for the latest news or watching the television," said Bruce Forman, 30, co-chief executive of Romp, a Santa Monica film production company with 22 employees. "It's perfectly understandable.
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November 15, 2000 |
In a climate of desperation among Internet companies, Giovanni Lemm may have climbed to new heights. Determined to promote his new Web site, Lemm tied up downtown traffic and public safety resources for three hours Tuesday morning as he climbed 26 stories up the side of a high-rise while trailing a banner with his Web address. Lemm, 32, a rock climber, began his journey up the Wells Fargo building at 333 S. Grand Ave. about 3 a.m. Fire and police personnel responded shortly after 6:15 a.m.
March 29, 2000 |
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."
October 9, 1999 |
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.
March 5, 1999 |
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.
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July 1, 1998 |
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.