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July 18, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
A man arrested for driving on an active runway at Van Nuys Airport may face federal charges for his alleged joyride, authorities said Monday. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, which began when airport police spotted the driver, a 30-year-old man whose name was not released, driving in an unauthorized area in his Ford Thunderbird about 8 p.m. Sunday, airport spokeswoman Stacy Geere said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
Three Glendale police officers, a department-issued car and a joyride to Las Vegas - that journey and its potential consequences hit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday. An attorney for Officer Patrick Hamblin and his former colleagues - Fernando Salmeron and Mike Ullerich, who were fired after getting caught - appealed to Judge Luis Lavin on Tuesday to correct actions by the Glendale Civil Service Commission in the case. The officers claim their actions were due to "a momentary lapse of judgment," not, as the city argues, "moral turpitude," according to their court petition.  Civil service commissioners were also overly harsh when they upheld the firings of Salmeron and Ullerich and improperly punished Hamblin with a 90-day suspension and pay cut, the officers contend.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1987 | CRAIG QUINTANA, Times Staff Writer
A group of teen-agers joy riding on a bulldozer from a nearby construction site apparently lost control of the tractor and sent it crashing into a Baptist Church in Watts, extensively damaging the building, police and church members said Tuesday. No injuries were reported in the accident, but church officials said the extent of the damage would disrupt services at the church at Graham Avenue and 105th Street.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 18, 2012
Nelly Furtado "The Spirit Indestructible" (Mosely/Interscope) 3 1/2 stars Nelly Furtado would be more respected among tastemakers if her father were a Sri Lankan rebel, if she had been born and raised in a Brazilian favela or if she had burst out of Miami with the jumbo sound she presents on "The Spirit Indestructible. " But, alas, she's Portuguese-Canadian and seemed to sneak onto the American charts like a Trojan horse, earning an early hit with "I'm Like a Bird" before gradually morphing into one of the more innovative and adventurous pop singers in North America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1988 | Associated Press
An 18-year-old student pilot took a small airplane from an airport, landed it on a turnpike, then stole a car in his attempts to flee police early Saturday, authorities said. Douglas Ellison faces numerous charges, including illegal use of an airplane, auto theft and resisting arrest. He was released on bail, police said.
NEWS
November 6, 1988
The Orange County Transit District fired a bus driver who allowed a passenger to drive his bus through Anaheim. The incident began on Oct. 22 when Kim Miller, 36, yelled a racial slur at a Latino passenger who failed to put enough money in the fare box, according to police. Officers said another passenger, James Biddle, chastised Miller for being rude, and Miller replied, "If you don't like it, you can drive it." Biddle then got behind the wheel and drove off, leaving Miller on the sidewalk.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2004 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
The three youths killed in a Compton joyriding crash died of multiple traumatic injuries, a Los Angeles County coroner's office spokesman said Monday as schools announced the news to their classmates. "The principal called me this morning from Verbum Dei High School and told me they'd gathered in the chapel for a prayer for Derrius," said Donetta Johnson, whose 15-year-old son died in the crash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 1990 | FRANK MESSINA
A 13-year-old boy escaped serious injury during a Tuesday morning joy ride that ended when he lost control of a Corvette and plunged 75 feet into a ravine, police said. The youth took the car of a family friend, police said, and drove by himself through a residential section of south San Clemente at speeds of up to 100 m.p.h. in the early morning fog.
NEWS
June 3, 1994 | JEANNETTE REGALADO and MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On almost any Wednesday night for the past two years, JoKema Du Bois, 15, and her 14-year-old sister, Barbara, would either call their pastor for a ride, or get their grandmother to drop them off for youth night at a local church. The girls were too young to drive. But on Wednesday, JoKema hopped in the driver's seat of her grandma's gold-colored 1986 Chrysler LeBaron anyway.
NATIONAL
August 16, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
Everybody knows that rock stars are legendary for their bad behavior: The Stones trashed hotel rooms, the Who smashed their instruments onstage. Pity poor Mick Brown, the drummer for rocker Ted Nugent. Now 55, the music industry veteran from Cave Creek, Ariz., was arrested following a concert in Maine for high-jinks many might consider appropriate for his, ahem, advancing age. He was busted for allegedly taking a drunken joyride on a golf cart. Brown pleaded not guilty this week to operating under the influence of intoxicants, driving to endanger, theft and assault following a July 8 concert in Bangor, Maine.
BUSINESS
November 19, 2010 | By Walter Hamilton and Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
The old saying that what's good for General Motors is good for the country took on new meaning Thursday after the carmaker went public in a $20-billion-plus stock offering. General Motors Co. shares accelerated smoothly in their first day of trading, gaining 3.6% from the higher-than-expected price the company sold them for late Wednesday. The solid debut was especially good news for the Obama administration, which is eager to show it can recoup the nearly $50 billion it plowed into the auto giant last year.
NATIONAL
January 7, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The word "miracle" can be overused. But when a 6-year-old boy drives a Ford Taurus more than 10 miles, weaving in and out of oncoming traffic at speeds exceeding 60 mph, slams into a utility pole and no one gets hurt, well, maybe miracle is appropriate. That's what happened near Wicomico Church on Monday when the first-grader missed his school bus and decided to drive his mom's car to school so he wouldn't miss breakfast and P.E., authorities said. "It's a miracle that somebody didn't get killed," said Northumberland County Sheriff Chuck Wilkins.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2008 | Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
Nothing in director Paul W.S. Anderson's schlock drawer -- not "Mortal Kombat," not "Event Horizon," not "Resident Evil," not "Alien vs. Predator" -- prepares you for the peppy, good-time nastiness that is "Death Race." It's a loose remake of "Death Race 2000" (1975), which imagined a bloodthirsty nation crazy for a cross-country rally full of flying, dying spectators and ruthlessly sociopathic drivers, not to mention Mary Woronov as the most fearsome thing on four wheels. Anderson's version goes its own frenetic way, and it's one of those vicious larks that just plain hit the spot.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2006 | John Anderson, Special to The Times
Bollywood has long employed the operating ethic that Hollywood now calls its own: Make every movie an event. Something for everyone. All things to all humans. If this means cross-pollinating Benny Hill with John le Carre, so be it. In "Fanaa," which is likely to be the biggest mainstream Indian import in years, the envelope is not just pushed, it's pushed off a cliff. The plot makes a hairpin turn mid-film that would, under almost any other circumstances, be laughed off the screen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2006
April 11, 1911: Under the headline "Great Joy-Ride Planned for Little Shut-In Kids," The Times asked its readers to lend a hand in the community: "On May 1 The Times intends to give a big May Day party. The guests are to be little children -- little shut-in children from the hospitals -- little wistful children from the orphanages and children's homes." The purpose of the "joy-ride," the paper said, was to give poor children "an uproarious, scrumptious good time."
NEWS
June 10, 1994 | Times Wire Services
A soldier angry that his girlfriend left him rode a tank through the streets of Vienna, demolishing 20 cars, a bus and power lines, police said Thursday. Authorities said the 22-year-old serviceman, identified only as Gerhard M., got drunk Wednesday and stole an M-60 tank from an Austrian army barracks at Zwoelfaxing, about 10 miles east of Vienna. The soldier drove to Vienna, leaving a trail of destruction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 1994 | MARK SABBATINI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A trespasser in tennis shoes has been taking heavy equipment for joy rides at local construction sites but there are no smiles from workers, who say that at least one break-in nearly caused a severe oil spill. The incidents have occurred over the past few weeks at several Santa Clarita Valley construction sites, according to a report by Deputy Scott Gibson of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Santa Clarita Valley Station.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2005 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
Dave Gorman often seems to be laughing when he takes the stage, as if he's reliving a private joke with himself. He's probably not chuckling at a line of his own but rather at the strange and astonishing people he's met while building his routine -- and perhaps the sense that he's survived it all. The pale, gangly Gorman, once a stand-up comedian in his native England, now practices what a London Times reviewer dubbed "documentary comedy."
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