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September 20, 1990
And I could tell What form my dreaming was about to take. Magnified apples appear and disappear Stem end and blossom end, And every fleck of russet showing clear. My instep arch not only keeps the ache, It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round. I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend. And I keep hearing from the cellar bin The rumbling sound Of load of apples coming in. --Robert Frost, from "After Apple-Picking
December 5, 1987 | From Reuters
An 18-year-old East German man used a ladder to clamber over the Berlin Wall to the West, police said Friday. They said he dodged border patrols and then climbed over the wall into West Berlin's Neukoelln district Thursday night.
The most dangerous job during the Nissan Open Sunday belonged to Warren White, the guy who climbed the ladder and manually changed the numbers on the large scoreboard behind the 18th green at Riviera Country Club. White's partner, Scott McOwan, received updates on each player through his walkie-talkie. Every time one of the leaders completed a hole, up the ladder White went to add a number. The rain Sunday made getting up that ladder a little tricky. White, however, was not deterred.
October 25, 2012 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
Not long ago, while sorting through old books, I found a copy of Eric Carle's “Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me,” dedicated to his daughter Kirsten and first published in 1986. This was one of my favorite books to read to my son Noah when he was little, the story of a father, his daughter Monica and the moon. Part of what attracted me to the book was what attracted me to pretty much every other Carle title I can remember - its quality of tactile interaction, of literally pulling its readers in. And yet "Papa" is different, because the story it tells, with its various fold-ins and fold-outs, is not about a hungry caterpillar or a grouchy ladybug, but rather about a father so in love with his child that he will do anything for her, even capture the moon.
April 10, 1993
I take issue with the final sentence of your article, which states, "and even today, lumber prices are no greater in constant dollars than during the late 1970s." I own a ladder manufacturer and we buy Douglas fir from Oregon in carload quantities. Through the late '70s and the '80s we paid $1.00-$1.50 per foot. Last year we paid $2.85 per foot. This year we are paying $4.35 per foot and there appears to be no end in sight. We make ground ladders for the Los Angeles Fire Department and this rapid cost escalation is forcing us into ladder price increases--a direct extra burden on the city and the taxpayers.
Among firefighters there's a term for what happened at the Palomar Hotel last week. It was a "career fire"--the worst in a career. Nine days after the Hollywood apartment building exploded in an arson attempt that went awry, some firefighters continue to second-guess themselves for failing to save Norma Galindo, who fell to her death before their eyes after passing her two children to safety. They keep trying to figure how they might have gotten a few feet farther in a few seconds less. Capt.
A toddler drowned and his sister clung to life after the two apparently clambered up a ladder and fell into a backyard pool during a family get-together Sunday at their aunt's Rancho Cucamonga home, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Eddie Figueroa, 18 months old, died after being rushed to San Antonio Community Hospital in Upland.
September 1, 2002
Architect Scott Johnson's kitchen design [for his home] is not only "unconventional" but also dysfunctional ("Down to Earth," by Michael Webb, Style, Aug. 11). The storage area for dishes requires bending to get or put them away, and they do not appear to be near the dishwasher. Having dishes so near the floor where they can catch dust when sweeping doesn't sound appetizing. They are where your knees could knock the cups on the floor. The microwave also is inconveniently and awkwardly located.
August 20, 1985 | Associated Press
Police investigating a reported break-in at a dentist's office discovered a man sitting in the dentist's chair and inhaling laughing gas, officials said. Antonio Guerra, 35, of Levittown, was charged with third-degree burglary for allegedly breaking into the office Monday night. Officer Robert Wheeler said a maintenance man called police after noticing a metal ladder propped in a hallway outside the office. Several ceiling tiles were removed to make room to climb inside, Wheeler said.
October 11, 1987 | United Press International
Fire in a Manhattan apartment building killed a 2-year-old boy and injured four people Saturday, and firefighters said they were seriously hampered by "double- and triple-parked cars." Firefighter Frank Martinez said engines were delayed from entering the building's street because it was blocked by cars, and that when the cars were moved, firefighters found a hydrant blocked by still more illegally parked cars. By the time hoses from Ladder Co.
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