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A fire early Saturday destroyed six large trailers loaded with donated clothing and forced the evacuation of two dozen guests at the Wagon Wheel Motor Inn, authorities said. The blaze began shortly after 1 a.m. in the 2700 block of Buckaroo Avenue and took 30 firefighters more than two hours to douse, said Mike O'Malia, a battalion chief for the Oxnard Fire Department. Damage to the trailers, owned by Goodwill Industries, topped $120,000, authorities said.
A homeless man who spent the last few weeks sleeping on a shabby yellow couch a few feet from the railroad tracks opposite an Oxnard rescue mission was crushed Tuesday by a train, police and witnesses said. Oxnard firefighters found Ralph Beyer's body pinned beneath a railroad car about 3:30 p.m. Next to Beyer were a blue sleeping bag, a near-empty case of beer and sections of a crushed yellow couch, Oxnard Fire Capt. Mike O'Malia said.
November 22, 2008 | John McCormick, McCormick writes for the Chicago Tribune.
Malia and Sasha Obama are headed for the Washington-area private Quaker school that Chelsea Clinton attended, aides to the future first family confirmed Friday. The Obamas picked Sidwell Friends School, where Vice President-elect Joe Biden's granddaughters also attend. The school is known for its rigorous standards and for educating children from some of Washington's most prominent and wealthy families. It is also the alma mater of President Nixon's daughters and Al Gore's son.
December 4, 1998
Paul Orfalea, who grew a single copy shop into the giant Kinko's Inc. chain, has pledged $2.5 million to the University of Southern California to endow the Kinko's Chair in Entrepreneurship. A graduate of USC's Marshall School of Business, Orfalea was named 1997 Entrepreneur of the Year by USC's Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Thomas O'Malia, director of the center, will be the first holder of the endowed chair. Privately held Ventura-based Kinko's has 900 sites.
July 15, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY
With painstaking care, a team of scuba divers from the Oxnard Police and Fire departments searched the depths near Channel Islands Harbor on Monday for the body of presumed drowning victim Alex Cabrera, 15. Alex disappeared into the surf on Friday while swimming with two friends at Oxnard State Beach near the Embassy Suites Hotel. A novice swimmer, Alex apparently was caught in the rough surf churned by a north wind and a south swell.
October 28, 2008 | Associated Press
No $150,000 wardrobe malfunctions for Michelle Obama. "Actually, this is a J. Crew ensemble," the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama told comedian Jay Leno on Monday on his talk show. She wore a yellow sweater, skirt and blouse. "You can get some good stuff online," she added.
January 21, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Same designer, second dance. It was either the mark of a true fashion independent or the missed opportunity of a lifetime. Michelle Obama chose the same designer, Jason Wu, to create her second inaugural gown as created the first. The second gown is a ruby red chiffon and velvet halter style. It has a similar romantic quality to the first. But it signals more maturity, assuredness and yes, power, than the feathery, all-white confection she wore in 2009. The Obamas have come a long way, and so has Wu, who has gone from an upstart designer to the toast of Seventh Avenue, with a lower-priced line named Miss Wu that recently came out, and an accessories line.
June 11, 2008 | Robin Abcarian
Tension in the Obama household? You be the judge. Every once in a while, Barack Obama mentions that one of his earliest campaign promises was to his two little girls, Malia, 9, and Sasha, who turned 7 on Tuesday: They can get a dog . . . when the campaign is over. The question came up again about a month ago at the dinner table. The Obamas told "Good Morning America" the other day that the family shook hands on a promise that next spring, the girls will get their pet.
August 28, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
Firefighters and dispatchers with the Union Pacific Railroad tried to warn a Metrolink train Thursday morning as it sped toward a truck stopped on the tracks, but the train couldn't stop in time, officials said. At 5:40 a.m., two firefighters were aiding the driver of the truck, who had been involved in an accident a few minutes earlier, when the warning gates came down and they saw the train coming, said Deborah O'Malia, a spokeswoman for the Oxnard Fire Department. The Oxnard dispatch center had contacted the Union Pacific response center to alert it to the disabled truck, and the response center in turn called the railroad's dispatch center, which tried to call the Metrolink engineer, officials said.
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