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December 8, 2012 | By David Colker
At the Progressive International Motorcycle Show going on this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center, there's an odd sight at a few booths: people with large plastic syringes in their ears, getting shot with globs of colorful silicone. It's not a new body-modification fad, but instead the making of custom earplugs.  Wearing ear protection while riding is important -- researchers have found that motorcyclists who don't wear some sort of earplugs while riding can suffer hearing loss.
June 9, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter
Los Angeles Times More than 65,000 Californians will learn to ride a motorcycle this year. Many of them will do so through the California Motorcyclist Safety Program, which will not only teach them how to ride on bikes provided through the course, but prep them to pass a skills test and get a license. Here's how it works. Riders can find and register for the program either online ( or by phone at (877)-RIDE-411. They then go through 15 hours of training, typically on a weekend.
October 24, 2011 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
Two separate traffic accidents on the 5 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley left two people dead and two others injured on Sunday, amid a popular children's charity event that attracts hundreds of motorcycle riders, according to event organizers and the California Highway Patrol. Authorities and organizers were trying to determine whether the two people killed were taking part in a motorcycle ride from Glendale to Castaic Lake to help raise money for autism research. "Whether they were or not, this was a tragic accident," spokeswoman Susan Morrison said.
August 14, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Former state Assemblyman Richard E. Floyd, a tough-talking Democrat with a penchant for salty speech who was best known for championing a bill that requires motorcyclists to wear helmets, died Thursday. He was 80. Floyd, who represented the South Bay area in the Legislature from 1980 to 1992 and from 1996 to 2000, died at his Sacramento home of complications related to diabetes, said Martha Felix, his companion. Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) called Floyd "one of the legendary figures of California politics.
May 29, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
Thousands of tornado survivors lined Joplin's main thoroughfares Sunday in anticipation of President Obama's tour of the storm-ravaged city, holding American flags and banners declaring the city would come back from its devastation. Obama flew over the worst-hit area of the city, viewing it from above, before landing in Joplin just after 12:20 p.m. CDT. "This town is beat, but we're not broke," said Catherine Maples, who wore a T-shirt scrawled with the words, "A country town can survive.
May 26, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Thao Pham walks in her pink high-top sneakers along a row of motorcycle helmets at the eVo shop on Hai Ba Trung Street. Her current helmet, with a "Funny Love Pucca" cartoon character pattern, is so yesterday. And there's a sale, 30% off. The 21-year-old tries on a winged "Snoopy in Car" model, a red-and-white ladybug helmet and the "Monokura Boo," featuring a black-and-white pig, before wandering off. So many helmets, so little time. "I wear different ones depending on my mood," says Thao, an office worker.
December 22, 2009 | By Victoria Kim
Snowstorms they are not, but high winds and falling snow levels may complicate holiday travel plans this week in Southern California. A dry cold front is expected to move into the region early today, bringing along a chance of showers and snow in the local mountains, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service. Strong northerly winds are expected to begin today, with gusts reaching "damaging levels" of 60 mph in some mountain areas. High-wind watches are expected to go into effect this afternoon.
November 12, 2009 | Robert J. Lopez
An Irvine man who fled to South Korea to avoid arrest pleaded guilty to killing a motorcyclist while under the influence of alcohol. Youn Lee, 42, killed Ryan Dallas Cook in October 2005 as Cook was riding his motorcycle in the carpool lane on the 55 Freeway in Santa Ana, prosecutors said. Before the accident, Lee and six co-workers had consumed 14 bottles of soju, a Korean liquor, before heading to a karaoke bar where they continued drinking, according to the Orange County district attorney's office.
May 19, 2009 | Susan Carpenter
It's 9 a.m., and the toilet seat is, predictably, up at the Shell station in La Canada Flintridge. It is Sunday, sunny, warm. Perfect riding weather for the (predominantly male) motorcyclists making their pilgrimage up Angeles Crest Highway, where they will power through scores of turns over several miles at ever-increasing altitudes.
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