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May 6, 2009 | Alexandra Zavis
The U.S. Coast Guard has called off the search for a boater who went missing near Santa Catalina Island, authorities said Tuesday. Lawrence Nash of Redondo Beach was last seen early Sunday morning leaving a bait barge near Cabrillo Beach Marina. He called an emergency tow service from a mobile phone about 3:30 a.m. Monday and said he was aboard a 12-foot skiff that was disabled and adrift half a mile north of the island, said a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard. -- Alexandra Zavis
December 28, 2008 | David L. Ulin, Ulin is book editor of The Times.
It's always tricky when an author's name becomes an adjective. Orwellian, Machiavellian, Faulknerian -- these designations make it hard to see a writer on his or her own terms. This is perhaps most true of Franz Kafka, whose sobriquet, Kafkaesque, has become a catchall for the weird and inexplicable. Yet 84 years after his death of tuberculosis at age 40, Kafka continues to defy such simplifications, to force us to consider him anew.
October 27, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
After combing nearly 5,000 square miles of ocean around the Aleutian Islands, the Coast Guard says it has stopped searching for two remaining crew members missing after the sinking of a fishing boat off Alaska. Eleven crew members were aboard the fishing boat as it sank early Tuesday. Four survivors were rescued from a life raft. Five were found dead in the water. Testimony by survivors is to begin today at an investigative hearing in Anchorage.
September 18, 2008 | Jessica Garrison, Times Staff Writer
A downtown Los Angeles hospital accused of recruiting homeless people and putting them through unnecessary procedures to collect millions in fraudulent Medi-Cal and Medicare payments is now under fire for the disappearance of a mentally disabled 76-year-old man in failing health. Richard Steingard, a lawyer for City of Angels, said hospital officials were surprised by the allegations in a lawsuit filed by the family of Lawrence Garcia.
September 16, 2008 | From Times wire reports
A plane carrying the U.S. and Mexican heads of the International Water and Boundary Commission disappeared while touring floods along the Rio Grande. Commissioners Carlos Marin, of the U.S. section, and Arturo Herrera, from Mexico, were flying to Presidio from El Paso but the plane did not land as scheduled, Presidio County Judge Jerry Agen said. Agen said searchers were looking in a rough, mountainous section of desert about 60 miles west of Presidio.
July 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
The search for adventurer Steve Fossett, who vanished in September after taking off by plane from a remote Nevada ranch, resumes today when a team of athletes and mountaineers starts hiking through rugged mountains on the California-Nevada border where he may have crashed. The 10-member team is headed by Simon Donato, 31, a Canadian geologist whose avocation is adventure racing through wilderness areas around the world.
July 13, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Lebanon's Hezbollah has told Israel it does not know what happened to an airman missing for more than two decades, but it believes he is dead, Israeli officials said. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert received the Hezbollah report on the fate of Ron Arad, missing since he was captured alive when his fighter jet went down over Lebanon in 1986. The report was part of a deal to swap prisoners.
May 25, 2008 | Jean-Paul Renaud
A 41-year-old Sun Valley man with diminished mental capacity was missing Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said Phok Lim was last seen around 5 a.m. Thursday picking up recyclables near his home in the 10800 block of White Street. Lim is 5 feet 4, weighs 149 pounds, and has black hair and brown eyes, police said. He is blind in his left eye, police said, he walks with a severe limp and speaks only Cambodian. Anyone with information on Lim's whereabouts is asked to contact the LAPD North Hollywood Division at (818)
May 7, 2008 | Mark Magnier and Henry Chu, Times Staff Writers
The death toll continued to climb in Myanmar as state media reported Tuesday that more than 22,000 people had died due to a weekend cyclone and more than 41,000 were missing. Efforts to reach the victims and help the estimated 1 million people left homeless by Tropical Cyclone Nargis remained mired amid bureaucracy, logistical problems and the isolation of many affected areas.
April 25, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Brazil's air force suspended its search for a Roman Catholic priest who vanished after sailing into the air under 1,000 colorful balloons. His family chartered a plane to continue the hunt and the navy was searching with a helicopter and two boats. The Rev. Adelir Antonio de Carli has been missing since Sunday, when he lifted off from the port city of Paranagua wearing a helmet, a thermal flight suit, waterproof coveralls and a parachute. Jose Carlos Bom, a member of De Carli's technical support team, said the priest could be well if on land, but "if he is still out in the ocean somewhere, I am afraid the chances that he is alive are almost zero."
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