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April 22, 1990
This letter is in reference to an article in the Times, April 7, under the headline "More Than 20 Stolen Cars Discovered in Wrecking Yard." We have no quarrel with the article, as disturbing as the situation is to our association. Such things reflect most harshly on the other 100 law-abiding auto dismantling/recycling professionals who make up our association. However, we do resent most vigorously the repeated use of the word "junk" or "junkyard" in reference to us. We are not "junkyards."
June 13, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree combines an old-fashioned whip ride with a spinning teacup platform to deliver a truckload of thrills much wilder than you might expect from its mild appearance. The C-Ticket family ride is one of three new attractions opening June 15 in the 12-acre Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. PHOTOS:   Buena Vista Street  |  Cars Land  |  Radiator Springs Racers  |  Mater's Junkyard Jamboree  |  Luigi's Flying Tires  |  Cars Land origins The setup for Mater's Junkyard Jamboree looks kiddie-ride trite.
April 5, 1992
A junkyard argument in Otay Mesa Saturday ended with the shooting death of a Bonita man. Denver Price Dayton, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses said the shooting occurred about 5:30 a.m. when a dark sedan with three men inside pulled into the yard just south of Brown Field airport, a police spokesman said. The three men got out of the car and began arguing with Dayton, who was then shot shortly after. The men then got back into the car and fled.
April 1, 2012 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Harry Crews, a rough-hewn Southerner who drew a keen following with novels that describe a Hieronymus Bosch landscape of grotesques — characters who are tossed into rattlesnake pits, walk on their hands, croon lullabies to a skull and literally eat a car — died Wednesday in Gainesville, Fla. He was 76. The cause was neuropathy, according to his former wife, Sally Crews. The word "original" only begins to describe Crews, whose 17 novels place him squarely in the Southern gothic tradition, also known as Grit Lit. He emerged from a grisly childhood in Georgia with a darkly comic vision that made him literary kin to William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor and Hunter S. Thompson, although he never achieved their broad recognition.
June 5, 1986 | LAURA ACCINELLI, Laura Accinelli is an Encino free-lance writer
On a recent Saturday, Mark Greenwell, 29, visited Marv's Chevy Only Auto Dismantling in Sun Valley in search of a dashboard gauge for his '78 Chevy van. But, instead of prowling around acres of old cars, toolbox in hand, Greenwell simply told the man behind the counter what he needed. Brian Kesberry punched the information into a computer terminal, which emitted a couple of high-pitched beeps, and the gauge was on the counter a few minutes later.
October 20, 1991
The citizens of Wilmington were not impressed with Hiuka's (America) state-of-the-art junkyard, after viewing the slides and listening to representatives of the company trying to impress the citizens of Wilmington with Hiuka's proposed 18-acre junkyard at Berth 200A in Wilmington. Wilmington already has 40 or more similar junkyards. This so-called state-of-the-art junkyard is just another noisy, dusty junkyard, even with their so-called water sprinkler system. If it is going to generate millions of dollars for the Harbor Department and thousands in taxes for the city of Los Angeles, San Pedro seems to get the lion's share of money from the Harbor Department and city.
August 17, 1986 | H.G. REZA, Times Staff Writer
Life would be "ever so simple," says E.L. Scholder, if the city and courts would leave him alone to run his used car and junkyard business as he pleases. Unfortunately for Scholder, "life is but a compilation of rules," said his attorney Richard J. Boesen. And it is not made any easier by a judge who is all over the 70-year-old Scholder "like flies over roast beef," he said.
August 5, 2004
Your feature and photos depicting "decorative and intimate" exterior decorating ("Out Under the Sky," July 29) brought one thing to mind -- the ambience of Fred Sanford's junkyard. Terry Schauer Sherman Oaks
March 1, 1986
It's not hard to see why people aren't happy with the money that they have. They don't like the things that they spend their money on! A friend of mine at the office is upset because he has finally finished four years of car payments and all he has to show for it is a piece of junk with 50,000 miles on it that is just about worth its weight in scrap metal and used junkyard parts. Somebody else I know has decided to spend his money on a girlfriend who is one of these girls who is "not pretty but a nice person to talk to."
May 28, 1992 | From Associated Press
From factory worker in Mexico to restaurant owner in Brooklyn, Uvalda Alvarado has traveled a long way. The short but sturdy woman doesn't miss a beat. Walking with pride through the door of her Mexican eatery, she notices a refrigerator door slightly ajar. "Psst," she says, casting a disapproving look toward one of three employees behind the counter. It's immediately clear who's boss.
October 18, 2011 | by Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Mater's Junkyard Jamboree promises to be the dizziest and noisiest of the new rides coming to Cars Land in 2012 at Disney California Adventure. The racket begins before you even board the spinning tractor and cart ride: A play area near the main entrance will feature an interactive junkyard of bangable hubcaps and honkable horns. > Photos: Mater's Junkyard Jamboree at Disney California Adventure Visitors enter the ride via a queue lined with a ramshackle fence made from old gasoline pumps, toppling barrels, balding tires and junk-trimmed trees.
February 1, 2011 | By Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times
On a pretty day from a vista point a few miles south of here, you can look over green grazing lands, almond orchards, row crops and the blue ribbons of canal water that run through California's Central Valley. This isn't a pretty day. The valley's infamous Tule fog has leached the color from the scene, leaving the hills pale and the sky gray. The water in the Delta-Mendota Canal is rust-brown ? and day after day yields ugly secrets as divers search for what they hope they won't find: the body of 4-year-old Juliani Cardenas, kidnapped from his grandmother's arms two weeks ago. A farmworker said he saw a car go into the canal 45 minutes after Juliani was taken.
August 5, 2009 | Alana Semuels
The Lincoln Continental with leather seats, the shiny gray Mercedes-Benz, the immaculate Lexus ES 300 and the impeccable Cadillac DeVille seem out of place in this San Fernando Valley junkyard, where wrecks of VW bugs and pickup trucks bare their smashed hoods like fangs at the pretentious newcomers. They may be luxury cars in name, but now they're just like the other clunkers surrendered for car-buying cash in the government's Car Allowance Rebate System, or CARS. It might seem like a waste.
July 15, 2007 | Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press
From afar, the ghostly warships recall a fierce phalanx ready for battle. A closer look, though, shows the rust and rot of ships unfit for duty or even dismantling, a quandary that is costing taxpayers millions of dollars and could cause environmental misery that will cost millions more. This is the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet, a collection of once-valiant troop transports, tankers and other vessels dating to World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
March 25, 2007 | John Johnson Jr., Times Staff Writer
Mounds of titanium and steel glinted in the afternoon sun, valves and pipes protruding in all directions like half-formed metal organisms. In one corner of the warehouse was a twin of the Apollo command module engine that brought Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong back from the surface of the moon nearly 40 years ago. Nearby was the second-stage motor for a Saturn V, the most powerful rocket ever used in the U.S. space program.
September 9, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Erk Russell, 80, who led the University of Georgia's "Junkyard Dog" defense under football coach Vince Dooley and then built a small-college powerhouse of his own at Georgia Southern, died Friday after a single-vehicle accident in Statesboro, Ga. Russell was pronounced dead on arrival at East Georgia Regional Medical Center. A hospital official said his death was not from injuries related to the wreck, adding that the examination was not complete.
November 9, 1986 | Jesus Salvador Trevino, Trevino is a writer/director whose current project is "Birthwrite," a documentary on Hispanic American writers. and
Life for a wizard at the end of time isn't all that it's cracked up to be. In fact, it can get downright lonely. So what's a wizard to do? If you're the wizard in Terry Bisson's second novel, "Talking Man," you can dream reality into being. So you dream yourself a companion, a woman named Djene. But you get more than you bargained for. It seems you forgot to dream her up a soul. As a result, Djene's out to destroy the world that you created, the reality that we are all a part of.
March 24, 1985 | JACK SMITH
Los Angeles is almost always depicted in novels as uninhabitable except by perverts, sadistic cops and runaway children. It is described as a junkyard of vulgar architecture; a haven for crackpots; a sinkhole with no past and no future; a Sodom where exploitation is the only occupation. It is said to be permanently covered with a layer of air so foul that one cannot see the sun, and to breathe it is to cough and weep.
November 1, 2005 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
With Halloween theatrics, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger appeared at an Ontario junkyard Monday with a staffer dressed as "Count Cartaxula," who threatened to raise the state vehicle license fee from the dead if voters didn't approve Proposition 76 in next week's special election. The governor rallied 50 to 70 supporters and costumed children to back his proposal to impose state spending limits.
July 8, 2005 | Eric Stephens, Times Staff Writer
Ronny Turiaf understands that being drafted in the second round offers no guarantees in the NBA. The Lakers took the gregarious power forward as the 37th overall selection, but all it means now is that they have an interest in him. But then, there were no guarantees either when Turiaf left his family on the tiny Caribbean island of Martinique as a teenager to embark on a basketball odyssey that carried him to Paris and Spokane, Wash.
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