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September 5, 1986 | ROXANA KOPETMAN, Times Staff Writer
A 3-year-old girl trapped inside a whirling washing machine in a Garden Grove laundromat was rescued by a workman who shattered the glass with a hammer, police said Thursday. "I could see a little leg going around and a hand pass by," said Scott S. Norman, who happened on the scene about 8:35 p.m. Wednesday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
One firefighter was injured early Tuesday when a fire ripped through a strip mall in Whittier, destroying the five-unit building. Firefighters rushed to the 15000 block of Leffingwell Road about 3:20 a.m., KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported. “It started in the attic of the laundromat [and] spread throughout the building,” Los Angeles Fire Department Inspector Scott Miller told KTLA. “We did have a partial collapse of the structure.” The blaze burned until dawn, finally being extinguished at 6:30 a.m., NBC4 reported.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Brenda Sanford has spent the last two decades as the desk attendant at the only public laundromat on skid row. She does more than just help people choose the right wash cycle and retrieve money from jammed dryers. "They come in here with their problems and I talk to them, listen to them and feedback them," Sanford said. "You think that you have problems, then you listen to some of these stories. " From her perch behind the counter, Sanford keeps an eye on those coming through the door, some toting garbage bags stuffed with clothes and the blankets they use as sidewalk bedding.
OPINION
August 3, 2013
Asubstantial number of poor mothers have difficulty affording disposable diapers for their babies, according to a study reported on Monday by The Times. The article spotlighted a disabled, out-of-work single mother who said buying diapers for her 11-month-old son was a financial hardship. The reaction from readers? Sympathy for low-income moms and their children? Hardly. Of the two-dozen letters responding to the article, all but two had stern words for the single mother and anyone else who uses disposable diapers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2008 | David Haldane
A 17-month-old girl died Tuesday after running into the path of a pickup truck that then ran over her in a parking lot behind a laundromat. Police did not release the toddler's name. The accident occurred about 10:45 a.m. when the girl's mother parked her black Chevy pickup truck behind the laundromat on the 1000 block of North State Boulevard, to either load or unload clothes, said Anaheim Police Department spokesman Sgt. Rick Martinez. At some point, Martinez said, the girl dashed out from behind her mother's truck into the path of the oncoming white GM pickup, Martinez said.
OPINION
August 3, 2013
Asubstantial number of poor mothers have difficulty affording disposable diapers for their babies, according to a study reported on Monday by The Times. The article spotlighted a disabled, out-of-work single mother who said buying diapers for her 11-month-old son was a financial hardship. The reaction from readers? Sympathy for low-income moms and their children? Hardly. Of the two-dozen letters responding to the article, all but two had stern words for the single mother and anyone else who uses disposable diapers.
SPORTS
July 9, 1989 | CHRIS FOSTER, Times Staff Writer
They called him "The Rock," as in Rocky Rossiano. He didn't like it. To Vince Colandrea, a.k.a. Vinnie Rossiano, there was only one Rocky. And he didn't do sequels. But in 1961, Colandrea came out of Fresno billed as another Rocky Marciano, with a little Tony Galento thrown in. Fighting under the name Vinnie Rossiano, Colandrea had a brief, somewhat bizarre fling with boxing. In all, he had five fights before a head injury--away from the ring--ended his career in 1962.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
One firefighter was injured early Tuesday when a fire ripped through a strip mall in Whittier, destroying the five-unit building. Firefighters rushed to the 15000 block of Leffingwell Road about 3:20 a.m., KTLA-TV Channel 5 reported. “It started in the attic of the laundromat [and] spread throughout the building,” Los Angeles Fire Department Inspector Scott Miller told KTLA. “We did have a partial collapse of the structure.” The blaze burned until dawn, finally being extinguished at 6:30 a.m., NBC4 reported.
NEWS
May 5, 1986 | SHELLY MATTHYS
I crave quarters. I want quarters. I need them. I collect them. I horde them. They are my obsession. Up on the top of my refrigerator sits a yellow plastic baby bottle, and in that bottle I keep quarters. Those quarters are vital to the well-being of my household. Without them my family's life would grind to a halt. To keep things running smoothly we need at least five of them every day, three for the washer and two for the dryer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 1999 | ERIC C. SANITATE
Simi Valley's blowtorch bandits have apparently struck again, taking about $5,000 after gutting a change machine at a coin-operated Laundromat, according to police. The incident occurred last week and was the second at that store in the past seven months. It was the fourth theft of a coin Laundromat in Ventura County this year and follows closely on the heels of a July 27 burglary in Moorpark in which burglars, also using a blowtorch, stole $1,500 in change. The theft took place between 11 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2010 | By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times
Brenda Sanford has spent the last two decades as the desk attendant at the only public laundromat on skid row. She does more than just help people choose the right wash cycle and retrieve money from jammed dryers. "They come in here with their problems and I talk to them, listen to them and feedback them," Sanford said. "You think that you have problems, then you listen to some of these stories. " From her perch behind the counter, Sanford keeps an eye on those coming through the door, some toting garbage bags stuffed with clothes and the blankets they use as sidewalk bedding.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2010 | Bloomberg News
John Kluge, a billionaire entrepreneur and pioneer in independent television-station ownership whose Metromedia Inc. stations formed the basis for News Corp.'s Fox network, has died. He was 95. Kluge died Tuesday at his home in Albemarle County, Va., said University of Virginia spokeswoman Marian Anderfuren, who gave no cause of death. Kluge donated more than $63 million to the university during his lifetime, including his Albemarle estate, which was valued at more than $45 million in 2001.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2010 | Cyndia Zwahlen and Shan Li
Customers toting pockets of quarters to a new laundromat next wash day might be in for a surprise. Many laundromats have switched to prepaid plastic cards — like gift cards — that operate the washers and dryers. Some new laundromats are providing free wireless Internet, flat-screen televisions and attendants who sell services and are ready to help out if anything goes wrong. It's part of a trend to spruce up an industry long touted as a collect-your-quarters-and-leave opportunity for investors.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 2010 | By Susan Josephs
It's probably accurate to assume that most civilized visitors to Los Angeles City Hall's third-floor rotunda do not try to climb the marble columns, balance on the historic light fixtures or lie on the ground directly under the enormous bronze chandelier for perspective's sake. But on a recent Saturday, Heidi Duckler and two of her dancers did exactly that, laying claim to the notion that if you can't fight City Hall, you might as well dance in it. During a first rehearsal for a new site-specific production by Duckler's Collage Dance Theatre, Marissa Labog and Roberto Lambaren experimented with rigorous horizontal and inverted balance poses between walls and columns that reflected formidable break-dancing skills while Duckler pointed out various Roman and Byzantine architectural details of the cavernous rotunda to a reporter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2008 | David Haldane
A 17-month-old girl died Tuesday after running into the path of a pickup truck that then ran over her in a parking lot behind a laundromat. Police did not release the toddler's name. The accident occurred about 10:45 a.m. when the girl's mother parked her black Chevy pickup truck behind the laundromat on the 1000 block of North State Boulevard, to either load or unload clothes, said Anaheim Police Department spokesman Sgt. Rick Martinez. At some point, Martinez said, the girl dashed out from behind her mother's truck into the path of the oncoming white GM pickup, Martinez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2007 | Robert J. Lopez, Times Staff Writer
Acclaimed author Luis J. Rodriguez and his wife, Maria, had a dream of bringing art and culture to a community long ignored by theaters and bookstores. So they took out a second mortgage on their San Fernando home and began renting what was once office space in a small strip mall. Thus was born Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural in Sylmar.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 13, 1993 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Billed as the "world's first combination Laundromat and art gallery," Launderland, at 12505 S. Beach Blvd., is stuffed with more than 100 "thrift store" paintings and lithographs. As hokey as they come, the amateur scenes range from an all-blue lakeside with a pagoda to a flock of fierce-looking sea gulls, from fishermen at sunset to kids in yellow slickers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 1995
A man was shot to death while waiting for a friend inside a Laundromat Wednesday night, and police are looking for two men who were seen talking to the victim. About 7:45 p.m., officers responding to a call at Trask Avenue and Hoover Street found a man in his 20s with at least one gunshot wound, Police Lt. Andrew Hall said. The man, who was not identified pending family notification, died at the scene, Hall said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2006 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Police on Monday continued to search for a gunman who, without an apparent motive, fatally shot two men and wounded a pregnant woman as they sat in a car outside a North Hollywood laundromat. About 10:15 p.m. Sunday, John Cortez Alonzo and Alejandro Lopez Perez, both 19, were killed and Alonzo's 20-year-old girlfriend was injured when a gunman walked up to her parked BMW and fired at least six times, Los Angeles Police Det. Mike Coffey said.
BUSINESS
July 31, 2006 | Michael Tarm, The Associated Press
One of Tom Benson's claims to fame, announced in 5-foot letters across his storefront, is that he owns the "World's Largest Laundromat," complete with 153 washers, 148 dryers and 15 flat-screen TVs. But that's not the claim that excites advocates of renewable energy. It's that, perched atop the airplane hangar-size facility in this working-class Chicago suburb, is one of the largest, most cost-effective solar systems in the country.
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