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August 4, 1992
Considering all the problems in our state I find it hard to believe that 65 Assembly members took valuable time to consider and vote on Assemblyman Paul Horcher's bill and put it on the governor's desk (Sacramento File, July 25). The bill requires operators of bungee jumping services to have a minimum of $500,000 in liability insurance to protect their clients against injury or death. Anyone stupid enough to jump from 200 feet above the ground attached to an elastic tether should be totally, I mean totally, responsible for the results of his actions.
April 21, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
The massive avalanche on Mt. Everest that killed 16 Nepalese mountain guides has caused Discovery to have second thoughts about its planned stunt in which jumper Joby Ogwyn was to leap off the mountain in a specially made wing suit. In a statement released Sunday, the cable channel said, "In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mt. Everest and respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community.
July 7, 2010 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times
Building suicide barriers on buildings and bridges seems like a good idea, but a new study finds that such obstacles may not have an effect on an area's rate of suicide by jumping from heights. Canadian researchers examined suicide rates at the Bloor Street Viaduct in the years before and after a suicide barrier was erected. The viaduct, located in Toronto, averaged about 10 suicides a year from 1993 to 2002, prompting the building of a barrier in 2002 and 2003 to prevent people from jumping.
April 17, 2014 | By Shan Li
Problems at some of the state's fuel refineries have sent gasoline prices soaring in California just in time for the kickoff of the busy driving season. A gallon of regular gasoline hit a statewide average of $4.196 on Thursday, up about 13 cents in a week, according to AAA. That's the highest price since March 2013. If gas prices keep surging, David Buzzo plans to cut down on dinners out and impulse purchases. Buzzo, a supervisor of field services for Southern California Edison, said he's always conscious of every uptick in price when filling up. "That takes away other money, luxury money," the 59-year-old Hollywood resident said.
June 25, 1989 | JIM LINDGREN
As soon as the number 3 reached Paul Greer's ears, he began screaming and jumping up and down with his arms raised above his head. Soon he was sprawled on the ground near the track at UCLA's Drake Stadium. Bellowed from the public address system, the number 3 at the start of his final time meant that Paul Greer, a San Diego State and St. Augustine High graduate, had realized his dream. He had broken the four-minute mark in the mile for the first time. Never mind that he finished sixth in the race.
June 17, 1989
The third annual Mercedes Grand Prix of Los Angeles, a show jumping competition, will be held Sunday at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center starting at 2 p.m.
February 16, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A parachutist jumping from a mountain base died after falling 250 feet with a chute that apparently failed to open. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Doug Matteson said dispatchers received a 911 call that a parachutist had been injured after jumping off a mountain base near Saguaro Lake northeast of Phoenix. The parachutist died about an hour after the accident. His name has not been released.
June 15, 1997
I am shocked and horrified that The Times would be so irresponsible as to glorify such an inhumane, barbaric practice as a child or a man in cowboy boots jumping up and down on a [pony's] rib cage while twirling a lasso. ("History's Gait Keepers," June 1). Tradition be damned! It once was traditional to offer human sacrifices to the gods. Where is the outcry against such blatant animal cruelty? Anyone with half a brain knows that jumping up and down in boots on a horse's rib cage has to injure that animal.
January 27, 1994
I was sleeping over at Lorna's house when all of a sudden there was a big rumbling sound that woke me up. At first I thought it was Lorna trying to wake me up but it did not stop. Then I was convinced that it was a real earthquake. It was kind of scary and kind of fun. The scary part was that things were falling down. But the fun part about it was that me and Lorna were jumping up and down without jumping. RUTH E. CHEADLE Moorpark Ruth Cheadle is 8 years old.
June 14, 1992
God bless you, Juan Cervantes ("The Play's the Thing," June 6). How fortunate are those who come under your wing. May you many times have the opportunity to say: "I cried when I saw the kids laughing and jumping because they were champions." Juan, you are a champion. The world needs more "givers" such as yourself. PAT DE CRISTOFARO, Huntington Beach
April 17, 2014 | David Lazarus
Dr. Theodore Corwin, a plastic surgeon in Thousand Oaks for the last 30 years, has had run-ins with insurers before, but never one so aggravating - and pointless - as this. A 26-year-old woman recently came to his office complaining of back, neck and shoulder pain, as well as numbness in her hands and arms, resulting from her unusually ample bust. She's 5-foot-6, not overweight, Corwin said. She wanted a breast reduction. "There seemed to be no question that her pain and numbness was caused by her carrying this excessive weight," Corwin told me. "It seemed like a straightforward diagnosis.
April 15, 2014 | By Tim Logan
Home prices in Southern California are at their highest level in six years, according to new data, though those gains may be taking a bite out of sales volume. The median price of a house sold in Southern California rose from $383,000 in February to $400,000 in March, the market's highest level since February 2008, according to San Diego-based DataQuick, which tracks real estate data. The figure is up 15.8% from the same month last year and is the first noticeable increase since the torrid run-up in prices last spring and summer.
April 15, 2014 | By Richard Verrier
Despite the migration of film production from Southern California, the Los Angeles region saw double-digit percentage gains in feature-film production in the first three months of this year. Feature films generated 1,588 production days in the first quarter, a 24% increase over the same period last year, according to figures released Tuesday by FilmL.A. Inc., the nonprofit group that handles film permits for the city and county. The category outperformed its five-year quarterly average by nearly 40%, although the figures were still well below peak levels in the late 1990s.  Additionally, the films were mostly lower-budget projects, those with  budgets of under $75 million.
April 14, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Lionsgate has Katniss, Tris and Bella, and now it has another young-adult hero -- YouTube star Freddie Wong.  Lionsgate, the company best known for "The Hunger Games," "Twilight" and "Divergent," has made a multi-year deal with Wong's YouTube network RocketJump Studios to develop film, television and digital content, the companies said Monday. The deal gives Lionsgate access to RocketJump's coming video slate, talent and fans, and RocketJump will take advantage of Lionsgate's development and marketing abilities and add more long-form video to its growing roster of weekly shorts, podcasts and tutorials, the companies said.
April 11, 2014 | By E. Scott Reckard
California's banking giant, Wells Fargo & Co., reported 14% higher first quarter earnings, powering well beyond Wall Street's expectations as declining loan losses and operating cost cuts offset the slowdown in mortgages at America's largest home lender.  San Francisco-based Wells Fargo, the fourth-largest U.S. bank by assets, said it earned $5.89 billion, $1.05 per share. That compared to $5.17 billion, 92 cents a share, in last year's first quarter. Revenue declined 3% to $20.63 billion.
April 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Nineteen-eighties musical nostalgia on Fox couldn't beat CBS.   It was '80s night on "American Idol" as the remaining eight contestants performed classics of the bygone decade and the aging show's ratings changed little from last week, pulling in 8.8 million viewers total. "Idol" registered a 2.0 in the key 18-to 49-year-old demographic, down 5% from last week, though the series' figures tend to increase slightly in the final counts.   RELATED: Gave up on 'American Idol'?
February 7, 2009
The fact that Jin is still alive is indeed good news for "Lost" fans ["So What Became of Jin?" by Maria Elena Fernandez, Feb. 6]. He survived an exploding ship, exposure, dying of thirst, drowning, a storm at sea, starvation, island moving and time travel. But most incredible of all, he managed not to get eaten by the shark the show has been jumping all season long. John Corcoran Jr. Calabasas
May 17, 1993
Some people are horrified at the thought of our daughters and mothers going into combat. They could be maimed, tortured, raped and killed. Why don't they have the same concerns about our sons and fathers? If our cherished women were at direct risk, maybe we'd think twice before jumping into war. Maybe we would be more creative in finding nonviolent solutions. AL CHRISTENSEN Huntington Beach
April 10, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"It's the same case -- do the same thing!" So barks Ice Cube to Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill in the new expletive-filled red-band trailer for their upcoming buddy-cop comedy "22 Jump Street," which finds the latter two once again starring as goofball narcs Jenko and Schmidt. The line functions as marching orders for the undercover duo, who busted a high-school drug ring in the 2012 surprise hit "21 Jump Street" and this time around are sent to do the same at a college. (Watch the new red-band "22 Jump Street" trailer here ; parental guidance suggested.)
April 8, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Nick Stepka knew what gift would make his daughter's third birthday a hit, and it wasn't a toy or doll. He gave her a tablet - not a sleek new iPad or a hand-me-down Samsung, but one specifically designed and marketed for little ones. It even came with a purple protective casing and loaded with kids' apps and games. "Her eyes lit up when she opened it," said Stepka, 34, a Shakopee, Minn., father of three. "Everything else got put to the side. " That's exactly what tablet makers and companies that create children's entertainment were hoping for. PHOTOS: Top 10 gadgets we want to see this year Stepka's household is part of a growing group of consumers for whom traditional children's toys and games are not enough.
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