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April 23, 1989 | From Associated Press
A man was critically injured in a 50-foot fall from a pumping station tower onto a floating pontoon in the Los Angeles River in Long Beach early Saturday, authorities said. Firefighters using ropes and a stretcher managed to rescue Jay Gomez, 19, of Long Beach more than an hour after his fall was reported by a friend around 3 a.m., Fire Department spokesman Bob Caldon said. Gomez suffered internal injuries and several broken ribs. He was flown to Memorial Hospital.
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April 12, 2014 | By Kari Howard
One of the qualities I value most in the writers of the Great Reads are their powers of observation. I'm a big believer in showing, not telling -- in giving those little scenes and details that make readers connect to people whose lives might seem impossibly remote from theirs. The writer of Friday's powerful Great Read, Raja Abdulrahim, is particularly gifted: She finds those moments when she's directly in the line of fire in Syria. In Friday's story, Raja, who has made her way into rebel-held territory many times during the three-year conflict, wrote from Aleppo, where life alternates between terror and a grotesque version of normalcy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2008 | Deborah Schoch
Army Corps of Engineers officials announced Wednesday that they would stand by their decision to label the Los Angeles River as not navigable. The ruling sparked criticism from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and conservationists, who warned that it would weaken federal Clean Water Act rules protecting the river's 834-acre watershed. Critics said the decision will make it easier to develop large areas of the San Gabriel, Santa Monica and Santa Susana mountains because landowners will not be required to obtain certain federal permits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2014 | By Catherine Saillant and Louis Sahagun
Faced with losing an ambitious $1-billion plan to revamp the Los Angeles River, Mayor Eric Garcetti on Friday raised the stakes by offering to split the cost with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The corps, which manages the river as a flood control channel, last year recommended a $453-million package of parks, bike paths and other enhancements to make the river more inviting to Angelenos. It recently informed the mayor's office that it was sticking with that plan rather than pursuing the $1-billion version, known as Alternative 20, that Garcetti backs.
HEALTH
August 23, 2012
Los Angeles River walk Distance : Short walk, 2 miles; long walk, 4.5 miles Duration : short walk, 30 minutes; long walk, 1.5 hours Difficulty : 1.5 on a scale of 1 to 5. Details : Dogs on leashes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1989
I walk along the Los Angeles River every day from Glendale Boulevard to Los Feliz Boulevard; either early morning or at sunset. Over the last few years the river has become beautiful. There are all kinds of water fowl and birds living in this section of the river. It is so peaceful, and hard to believe it's so near the Golden State Freeway. Please spend that $100,000 to clean up the river where thoughtless people have thrown all kinds of trash, stuck in the middle of the river.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2014 | Angel Jennings
The Los Angeles River that runs through Andrea Iniguez's Boyle Heights neighborhood looks exactly as it does in the movies, with just a trickle of water, graffiti spray-painted on the concrete walls and no wildlife. But Saturday, the 15-year-old experienced a part of the river that conservationists have been fighting for years to bring back: a majestic channel with ducklings wading in the water, greenery sprouting from the center and water rushing over rocks. "I saw this river and I didn't even know it was the L.A. River," said Andrea, a freshman at Boyle Heights High School.
OPINION
March 4, 2014
Re "Rain brings mud, misery," March 2 Last Thursday evening, with the first of our recent storms moving into Southern California, I pedaled steadily along the Los Angeles River bike path. Trying to make it home before the heaviest rain came, I noticed all the sprinklers watering the landscaping. This, just after our governor unveiled his drought relief plan. The storms were given much media attention, so they didn't take us by surprise. Of all local water users, the city should have been paying attention and setting an example of conservation.
OPINION
March 4, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Over a period of several decades, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers encased the Los Angeles River in concrete to protect the region against the kind of flooding that had surprised and damaged the city in the 1930s - but also, crucially, to withstand the rare but even more torrential floods that were known to sweep across the basin every generation or so. The Army Corps did its job too well, and its top thinkers and planners now acknowledge that flood...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Authorities are investigating a dead body discovered Monday in Lincoln Heights along the Los Angeles River. The body, reported to authorities at about 7:20 a.m., was on the riverbed near the 1700 block of North Spring Street, said Los Angeles police Officer Rosario Herrera. The victim's gender had not yet been determined, Herrera said. The Los Angeles Fire Department, along with L.A. County sheriff's and coroner's officials, was assisting the LAPD with the investigation. ALSO: California storms did little to ease drought conditions Video shows huge wave crashing into Santa Barbara restaurant Disney to cut funding to Boy Scouts over ban on gay adult leaders adolfo.flores@latimes.com Twitter: @AdolfoFlores3
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a 21-year-old man whose body was discovered Monday morning alongside the Los Angeles River in Lincoln Heights. The body, found facedown in the riverbed near the 1700 block of North Spring Street, was reported to police about 7:20 a.m., said coroner's and LAPD officials. It was identified as Pearson Kim Taing of Los Angeles. The cause of death has not been determined, said L.A. County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz. Sgt. Barry Montgomery of the Los Angeles Police Department said detectives don't know if Taing was the person reported to have fallen into the river near Fletcher Drive during the weekend storm.
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February 26, 2014 | By Kerry Cavanaugh
A month after he was convicted of voter fraud and perjury, state Sen. Roderick Wright requested and was granted Tuesday a paid leave of absence until he is sentenced on May 16 or granted an appeal. It's about time Wright made an exit from the Legislature - he is, after all, a convicted felon. But a paid leave of absence? The only reason Wright still has a job is because his Senate colleagues decided to go easy on him and wait until the judge affirms his conviction and decides the sentence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 15, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
The order issued by city engineers was formal and clear: demolish the 76-year-old Figueroa-Riverside Street Bridge by early spring, clearing the way for completion of a new bridge across the Los Angeles River. The order came after the Los Angeles City Council granted authority to tear down the old concrete and metal truss bridge between San Fernando Road and the 5 Freeway, a connection between the communities of Elysian Valley and Cypress Park. Now, with the $68-million replacement being built mostly with federal funds, a group of architects and activists have launched a campaign to spare the old bridge and transform it into an "elevated green space" for bicyclists and pedestrians.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
On a bright December day last week, Luis Lopez shot this photo of Sunnynook Bridge over the Los Angeles River in Atwater Village.  Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  latimes.com/socalmoments  for more on this photo series.
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