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November 11, 1992 | From Associated Press
A fire that raced through an apartment house Tuesday killed three children, but two were saved when firefighters climbed through flames to pluck them from a window. "I've never seen anything as brave," Deputy Chief Douglas Moran said of Lt. Chris Reynolds, the first up the ladder. "From now on I am calling him Sir ." Five families lived in the five-story building, and at least 19 people were inside when the blaze broke out before 7 a.m. in this Connecticut River mill city.
July 4, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Pamela Knox doesn't remember exactly how many times she has driven down that street near downtown Toledo, Ohio, but she knows it's been a lot. Then on Wednesday, while returning home from errands, her 2010 Chevy Malibu suddenly plunged into the dark. “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!” the 60-year-old elementary school principal cried as she felt the car continue sinking. Her husband, Kenny Knox, 53, was headed to work when he noticed emergency vehicles going the other way. Then he got a call.
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.
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.
October 28, 2011 | By Kathleen Hennessey
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called for a “Steve Jobs plan” on Friday in an economic speech outlining the Virginia Republican's views on upward mobility and economic opportunity in the U.S. “In a Steve Jobs plan, no American -- regardless of their current condition -- believes that they are unable to rise up. And in a Steve Jobs plan, we don't believe that those who succeed somehow take away from those still working their way up the...
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.
February 13, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Democrats will seek to force a House vote on raising the federal minimum wage, party leaders said Thursday, but even getting the proposal to a vote will be an uphill fight. As the minority party in the House, Democrats cannot set the agenda for when bills are brought to the floor. So they will use a procedural tool known as a discharge petition to bring up their proposal to raise the minimum hourly pay to $10.10. Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Los Angeles), who announced the move at a three-day policy retreat for House Democrats, said the party decided to push the issue after President Obama signed an executive order this week setting a new minimum wage for workers employed by federal contractors.
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