October 11, 2007
The life of the Los Angeles Police Department is seasonal: There is the period of stability that gives way to rising tension that erupts in calamity that is followed by self-evaluation that produces reform; reform fixes some problems and helps restore stability until new tensions produce new catastrophes. And so on.
November 6, 2005 |
WITH all the disturbing images of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, it's been gratifying to watch the Crescent City's traditional identity as the birthplace of jazz seep back into the coverage. Jazz is nothing if not a music that looks trouble in the eye -- and celebrates -- as New Orleanians have been doing for a century at funerals. Not long after the tragedy struck, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival announced that the 2006 event would go on -- somewhere, sometime, somehow.
August 23, 2005 |
Exhausted and perhaps aware he was about to die, a flight attendant seized control of the doomed Cypriot airliner that crashed near Athens this month and repeatedly radioed a final mayday that was never heard, according to a report released Monday. Minutes later, the jetliner with 121 people aboard slammed into a wooded hillside near Athens on Aug. 14 after a loss of cabin pressure incapacitated the pilots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 2001 |
The county plans to spend $1 million to improve its troubled emergency radio network, responding to criticism that the system frequently fails. The radio system, which the Orange County Grand Jury called a threat to public safety, has drawn complaints from police officers and firefighters who report garbled calls and "dead spots" inside large buildings. County officials said they will probably use the money to build antennas in parts of South County, where problems are the worst.
June 15, 2001 |
If you want to find a lonely place, try St. Paul Island--a dot on the globe 300 miles off the coast of Alaska, in the middle of the Bering Sea. Then plot a point 235 miles farther northwest. Make it in the middle of the night, make it cold, put a small fishing boat there. And imagine, if you can, what happened when the Arctic Rose disappeared. The U.S. Coast Guard opened hearings here this week to try to unravel a mystery--a sinking that claimed 15 lives and became the worst U.S.
February 17, 2001 |
Two months after her husband, two young sons and nephew died at sea, Libby Cornett got a surprise visit from a U.S. Coast Guard commander who played for her a tape-recording of a three-second radio transmission. "May . . . Mayday, U.S. Coast Guard, come in," cried a tiny, frightened voice that Cornett immediately recognized as that of her 13-year-old son, Daniel.