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March 21, 2013
Pietro Mennea, 60, an Olympic sprint champion from Italy who held the world record in the 200 meters for 17 years, died Thursday at a hospital in Rome, the Italian Olympic Committee said. The cause was not disclosed. On Sept. 12, 1979, Mennea, competing in the World University Games at the high altitude of Mexico City, set the 200 world record of 19.72 seconds. He broke U.S. sprinter Tommie Smith's record of 19.83, set on the same track at the 1968 Olympics. Mennea's record stood until Michael Johnson ran 19.66 on June 23, 1996, at the U.S. Olympic trials.
February 16, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
The uncle of Oscar Pistorius, the South African sprinter who became the first double amputee to race in the Olympics, says his family is "battling to come to terms" with his nephew's being charged with murder and it strongly disagrees with the prosecution's seeking a premeditated murder charge. Pistorius is accused of killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, who was shot four times and found dead at his residence in Pretoria. The police said Pistorius is the only suspect in the case.
February 14, 2013 | By David Wharton
Blake Leeper, a rising U.S. star in Paralympic track, expressed shock Thursday after learning that his chief rival and mentor, Oscar Pistorius, was charged with murder in South Africa. Pistorius, known as "Blade Runner," was a superstar in the sport and the first Paralympian to compete in the Olympics, running in the 400 meters and 4x400 relay at the London Games last summer. The 26-year-old athlete is facing a murder charge after his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, was shot four times inside his Pretoria home during predawn hours.
February 14, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The former coach of Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius said he was stunned by the news that the double-amputee was arrested Thursday in connection with the slaying of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. "It's incredible for anyone involved with Oscar, especially his family," Andrea Giannini, who coached Pistorius from 2009 through 2011, told the Associated Press. "I knew Oscar well. I'm hoping it was just a tragic accident. He's a marvelous person, a really sweet and calm guy. It seemed like this was a calm time for him. He seemed really happy and well-balanced.
December 11, 2012
When the Los Angeles City Council voted last week to reaffirm its 2-year-old policy of ticketing cars parked in spaces with broken meters, blogs lit up with outrage from Los Angeles drivers. It's hard enough to find an empty, legal parking spot in car-choked L.A. It seems downright churlish to penalize drivers for parking at faulty meters that won't even accept their money. Back before the 2010 policy went into effect, the city would let you park at a broken meter for free. But those were the old coin-only meters, and according to a city transportation spokesperson, 10% of them were broken at any one time - the result, for the most part, of vandalism.
December 9, 2012
Re "Broken parking meter no free ride," Dec. 6 The Los Angeles City Council's vote to retain the practice of ticketing cars parked at broken meters is an act of theft. In a city with far too few parking spots, what possible sense does it make to punish someone for parking at a meter that the city has failed to repair? Kudos to City Councilwoman Jan Perry for voting against this travesty. Derrick Chevalier Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: Occupy, today Letters: Skid row woes Letters: Fresh & Easy's weakness
December 6, 2012 | By Paul Whitefield
I admit it: I am a parking Scrooge. I hate to pay for parking.  How cheap am I? Visiting the L.A. Auto Show this week, I parked farther away because my lot charged $7 while the lot one block closer charged $10. Which may explain why I'm even more outraged than most folks here in La La Land -- ground central of valet parking -- at this decision by the overpaid, underworked, sometimes clueless people who run our city (otherwise known...
December 6, 2012 | Wesley Lowery
Los Angeles motorists beware: If the parking meter won't take your change, find another spot. The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to uphold a policy that makes it illegal to park at spaces with broken meters. City transportation officials said violations issued at non-working meters generate about $5 million a year in revenue for the city. The action exercises an option for cities to override a new state law that greatly limits the practice of issuing tickets to drivers who park at malfunctioning meters.
October 22, 2012 | By Donald Shoup
Cities should set the right prices for curb parking because the wrong prices do so much harm. A yearlong study in 1984 estimated that cruising for underpriced and overcrowded curb parking on 15 blocks of Westwood Village created about 950,000 vehicle-miles of travel a year, equivalent to 38 trips around Earth or four trips to the moon. This cruising wasted 47,000 gallons of gasoline and produced 728 tons of greenhouse gases. Studies have found similar results in other cities. Because underpriced curb parking causes so much cruising, transportation experts around the world are watching California's experiments with flexible prices at curb parking meters.
October 13, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
In West Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard has long been the odd street out. It is the only one where parking meters tick until 2 a.m. Not so on other streets in this 1.9-square-mile city, not even along Santa Monica Boulevard, where metering ends at 6 p.m. So as clubs and restaurants fill up along the storied Sunset Strip that begins in Hollywood, it's a sure bet many of those folks parked for free - even all night - in WeHo. That could soon change. FOR THE RECORD: Parking meters: In the Oct. 13 LATExtra section, an article about potential changes to West Hollywood parking meter hours misspelled the last name of UCLA urban planning professor Donald Shoup as Shoupe.
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