July 18, 2011 |
Reporting from Lakemont Park in Altoona, Pa.-- My current travels across the great American roller-coaster belt will put me aboard five of the oldest operating coasters in the world, including the very oldest at little Lakemont Park here in Altoona. Photos : View the 21 oldest roller coasters in the world I found the rough, rickety and rundown Leap-the-Dips at Lakemont Park to be the perfect throwback to the golden age of coasters, when thrills were raw and wild rather than neutered by lawyers and lawmakers.
December 6, 2007 |
Sam ELLIOTT has played his share of hardscrabble characters, plenty of them in the Old West. But the 63-year-old actor, famous for his bushy handlebar mustache and mane of silver hair, says that there is an emotional through line connecting his body of work, uniting the cowboys, military men and rebel bikers who have populated his 40-year career.
May 2, 1988 |
Margaret Groos, a former University of Virginia All-American who all but gave up competitive running a couple years ago because of medical problems, sprinted to victory Sunday in the U.S. Women's Olympic Marathon Trial in the best time run by an American woman in 2 1/2 years. With five miles left in the Pittsburgh Marathon, Groos, from Nashville, pulled away from Nancy Ditz to win in 2:29:50. Ditz, of Woodside, Calif., came along 24 seconds later.
December 17, 2006 |
Isiah's Knicks are a little too ready to rumble So much for the good old days when the biggest problem was the basketball. Saturday night's brawl in Madison Square Garden was too reminiscent of the 2004 Auburn Hills riot for comfort. This involved only Knicks and Nuggets players, but Commissioner David Stern may hit the $10-million mark in fines and suspensions anyway. If it takes two to rumble, it's not surprising one was the Knicks.
August 18, 1986 |
Moose Stubing, Angel third base coach, is as big as his name implies. At 6-feet 3-inches and 250 pounds, Stubing doesn't so much flash signs as he does billboards. Sunday, in the first inning of the Angels' game against the Oakland A's in Anaheim Stadium, Stubing held up his arms and screamed with enough power to stop a truck. Brian Downing was barreling toward Stubing after a one-out double by Reggie Jackson.
April 10, 1991 |
In 10-gallon hats, chamois chaps, snakeskin boots and belt buckles the size of T-bone steaks, they rolled in like tumbleweeds for the grub and the show at Wild Bill's Wild West Dinner Extravaganza in Buena Park. The Saturday night hoedown drew more than 600 duded-out guests at $50 per, raising an estimated $20,000 for the local chapter of the March of Dimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1995
In Lancaster, where the average temperature in July is a scorching 98 degrees, desert wildlife must adapt to the environment. Survival for many means lying low during the hot daytime hours under a bush, in a nest or burrow that will provide adequate protection. Since water is scarce, animals obtain moisture from the plants or animals they eat. Here's a look at some of the animals in and around the Antelope Valley that make their home in the western Mojave Desert.
September 12, 1997 |
Skie Bender has channeled her frustration with the local music scene into an all-day music festival featuring an eclectic lineup. Ten bands, covering punk, pop, funk and rockabilly and including all-instrumental and performance artists, will play Saturday as part of the IV (Independent Visions) Festival at the La Vida Roadhouse in Brea. At $6 a ticket, it's a bargain.