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June 17, 1997 | From Associated Press
A gunman opened fire during a thwarted robbery at a McDonald's restaurant Monday, killing a 9-year-old girl before an off-duty police officer mortally wounded him, authorities said. The gunman entered the restaurant through the employees entrance about 3 p.m. and handed a note to the manager, who then told employees they were being robbed, police said. An off-duty Barstow officer eating in the restaurant tried to confront the gunman, who opened fire, Police Lt.
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HEALTH
February 5, 2007 | From Times wire reports
McDonald's Corp. has finally selected a new trans-fat-free oil for cooking its famous french fries after years of testing, the fast-food chain said last week. While it has developed a healthier new oil, the company is not saying when it will be used in all 13,700 U.S. restaurants. Spokesman Walt Riker said the oil is in more than 1,200 U.S. restaurants after extensive testing. He said the new oil is canola-based and has corn and soy oils.
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NEWS
March 23, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A French appeals court upheld a radical farmer's three-month prison sentence for ransacking a McDonald's to protest unchecked globalization. Jose Bove, a 47-year-old sheep farmer, has become a symbol of anti-globalization activists in France and abroad since he led an attack on a McDonald's restaurant under construction in the southern town of Millau in August 1999.
BUSINESS
August 4, 2003 | Dave Carpenter, Associated Press
It's a McDonald's vision of the future: an automated fryer cooks and bags French fries while a vertical grill machine removes patties from the freezer and prepares them -- no burger flipper needed. Out front, customers choose between speedy counter lines and self-service kiosks that send orders straight to the tables of harried moms and their kids. And everywhere hover friendly staffers, computer-trained in McDonald's hospitality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1993 | MIMI KO
A children's "playland" consisting of slides and mazes will soon be built at the McDonald's restaurant on Valley View Street. The City Council this week unanimously agreed to give McDonald's the go-ahead for the addition though it will force the fast-food restaurant to decrease parking. Six parking spaces will be lost but officials said that since the restaurant is on the edge of a shopping center at Ball Road and Valley View Street, there's plenty of parking nearby.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1995 | KAY HWANGBO
A fast-food chain said Monday it has agreed to use a Spanish mission-style architecture to redesign a proposed McDonald's restaurant at Lankershim Boulevard and Riverside Drive, following the requests of nearby residents. After meeting with the Studio City Residents Assn., which had several reservations about the restaurant, McDonald's Corp. officials also agreed to do the following: * Improve proposed landscaping around the restaurant and plant trees in the parking lot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1993 | CAROL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
McTired? McHarried? McRushed? The folks who gave the world Shamrock Shakes and Big Macs think that they have the answer: McCurb. At a McDonald's restaurant in Studio City, waiters and waitresses hustle out to parked cars to jot down orders and deliver Big Macs. "It reminds people of years ago when they had carhops," store manager Miazel Harris said. "The only thing we're missing are the skates."
BUSINESS
June 2, 1998 | From Associated Press
Two McDonald's workers who led the nation's first strike against the hamburger chain went to the National Labor Relations Board on Monday to try to unionize their local restaurant. The workers joined leaders of Teamsters Local 416 and presented 21 union sign-up cards at the board's Cleveland office. They believe the cards are enough to force a representation vote among the approximately 40 non-management workers at the suburban Macedonia, Ohio, restaurant.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1999
Two Los Angeles families filed a lawsuit against a McDonald's restaurant in Colton, alleging that it refused to serve them because they are black. The McDonald's manager told the three adults and nine children that the restaurant had had "problems with black people lately," according to the complaint filed this week in San Bernardino County Superior Court. Karen Garcia, a spokeswoman for McDonald's, said she could not comment because she has not seen the lawsuit.
BUSINESS
December 4, 1996
An important part of fast-food history is in the process of being preserved. The nation's oldest surviving McDonald's restaurant--at Lakewood Boulevard and Florence Avenue in Downey--is going to reopen. The move is bound to delight McDonald's aficionados around the country who were upset when the restaurant closed. The restaurant is slated to open for business again Dec. 15.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
After a three-hour public hearing, a planning official said Tuesday he may decide in several weeks on a plan to build a McDonald's restaurant in Glassell Park, but gave no hint about how he might rule. "I have no idea what I'll do," city zoning administrator Albert Landini said after supporters and opponents argued the merits of the outlet proposed for the 3900 block of Eagle Rock Boulevard.
NEWS
April 6, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A small bomb exploded in a McDonald's restaurant in the Beirut suburb of Dora, wounding five people and highlighting the rising anti-American sentiment in Lebanon due to the Iraq war. The blast also damaged the restaurant, officials said. Police said they later found a car in the restaurant's parking lot that contained 121 pounds of TNT but had not exploded because the detonator failed. There have been several pro-Iraq demonstrations in front of the U.S.
WORLD
December 11, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
After a fierce campaign by artists and local protesters against McDonald's, Oaxaca's City Council turned down the fast-food company's request to open a restaurant in the colonial city's main plaza. "A McDonald's already exists in a modern shopping center, where it doesn't interfere with the cultural identity of the city," a city spokesman said. "They can open another restaurant in another street."
NATIONAL
December 6, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The FBI arrested a teenager accused of slipping razor blades into three apple pies at the McDonald's where he worked. A customer who bit into the dessert suffered a cut on the lip. Adam Joseph Fontenot, 18, was arrested Tuesday and jailed on tampering charges. He could face 10 years in prison. The incident occurred Nov. 24 at the restaurant in Eunice, 150 miles west of New Orleans. Federal prosecutor James McManus did not say what the motive might have been, but he said Fontenot knew the
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A man who raped a 12-year-old girl in the restroom of a McDonald's restaurant was sentenced Wednesday to 24 years in state prison. A Superior Court judge handed down the maximum term for Brandon Meeks, calling him a predator who has failed to recognize the harm he caused. Meeks, 20, of Long Beach did not offer an apology or show any remorse in his remarks before Judge Joan Comparet-Cassani. Meeks said he did not know how he "got here in this situation."
WORLD
October 20, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A car bomb exploded outside a McDonald's restaurant in Moscow that was crowded with lunchtime customers, injuring at least seven people. Officials disagreed on whether the explosion was a terrorist act or part of the criminal underworld violence that plagues Russia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
After a three-hour public hearing, a planning official said Tuesday he may decide in several weeks on a plan to build a McDonald's restaurant in Glassell Park, but gave no hint about how he might rule. "I have no idea what I'll do," city zoning administrator Albert Landini said after supporters and opponents argued the merits of the outlet proposed for the 3900 block of Eagle Rock Boulevard.
BUSINESS
August 4, 2003 | Dave Carpenter, Associated Press
It's a McDonald's vision of the future: an automated fryer cooks and bags French fries while a vertical grill machine removes patties from the freezer and prepares them -- no burger flipper needed. Out front, customers choose between speedy counter lines and self-service kiosks that send orders straight to the tables of harried moms and their kids. And everywhere hover friendly staffers, computer-trained in McDonald's hospitality.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 2002 | JENNIFER OLDHAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Under pressure from city officials to respond to complaints alleging that they violated labor laws, four McDonald's restaurants at Los Angeles International Airport have agreed to amend their concession contracts.
BUSINESS
December 15, 2001 | MARC BALLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In outlining a new strategy to serve up burgers at a competitive price, McDonald's restaurant operators in Southern California didn't mince words about why they were offering Big Macs for 99 cents. "There is a battle for customers currently raging among competitors and McDonald's is not keeping pace," said an internal memo, signed by Neal Ruby, head of the association of 560 McDonald's restaurants in the region.
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