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October 30, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Former President Bush helped reopen the observation deck of the nation's tallest building, calling the move a message that "the terrorists have failed." The deck at the 110-story Sears Tower in Chicago had been closed since Sept. 11. Now that it has reopened, visitors must pass through metal detectors and have their bags checked by X-ray machines. "By reopening this symbol of strength and vitality in America's heartland, you're sending a clear message that the terrorists have failed," Bush said.
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September 6, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Amid plenty of fanfare, Las Vegas's half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower welcomed its 10-millionth visitor Thursday. Five-thousand red, white and blue balloons floated skyward as the special guest, Martin Layton, a tourist from Britain, arrived with his fiancée, Sarah Connell, at the half-scale lookalike at Paris Las Vegas . They were greeted by colorfully dressed showgirls from " Jubilee!" along with other entertainers. David Hoenemeyer, president of the resort (which opened 14 years ago this month)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1998
Officials from the Playa Vista development gathered Thursday to mark the opening of a observation deck built by a local Eagle Scout in the Ballona Wetlands, part of a 1,087-acre site that is scheduled to contain thousands of residential units and commercial development as well as open space. The redwood deck, whose materials were paid for by Playa Vista officials, was built over the last few months by 18-year-old Venice resident Marcus Clinco, his father and some fellow Scouts.
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | By Chris Erskine
LAX says plane spotters and Tolkien enthusiasts will be able to catch a glimpse of the Air New Zealand Boeing 777-300ER aircraft that has been turned into a giant billboard for the upcoming movie, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” The plane touches down Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles. The viewpoint will be the Observation Deck at LAX's Encounter Restaurant. The flight typically lands between 1:20 and 2 p.m., the airport says. The Observation Deck is free, but usual parking rates apply . . . Note that Pacific Surfliner trains (San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara-Los Angeles and San Diego)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
The theme of the spidery structure with the soaring arches was the unbridled optimism of the future when it was built 50 years ago in the center of Los Angeles International Airport. It was called the Theme Building, in fact, as jet-age passenger terminals arose in a U-shaped cluster around the 135-foot-tall, restaurant-topped building. Part spaceship, part flying saucer, the unusual-looking circular structure was sometimes mistaken as the LAX control tower. A year after it rose, the futuristic animated show "The Jetsons" aired for the first time.
NEWS
April 18, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Decorated with balloons and glistening with polish, the World Trade Center observation deck reopened for tourists six weeks after a terrorist bombing in the building's underground garage killed six people and injured more than 1,000. Stanley Brezenoff, executive director of the New York and New Jersey Port Authority, which owns the building, said security had been tightened and visitors are subject to a random bag check before they buy tickets for the observation deck on the 107th floor.
NATIONAL
July 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The National Park Service is considering reopening Lady Liberty's crown for the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to documents released by U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). Liberty Island was closed for security reasons after the 2001 attacks. The statue's base, pedestal and lower observation deck reopened in August 2004, after a $20-million effort to improve fire safety. But the crown and its interior observation deck, which soar about 265 feet above New York Harbor, remained closed because park officials said there was no way to evacuate people safely in an emergency.
NEWS
March 3, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A musician who was shot in the head at the Empire State Building has awakened from a coma, his father said. Matthew Gross, 27, regained consciousness six days after he was shot on the building's observation deck. He was one of seven people shot by Ali Hassan Abu Kamal, a Palestinian who killed himself. Gross' family prayed, played Mozart and held his hand, his father, Peter Gross said. Killed in the attack was Chris Burmeister, 27.
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May 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Tokyo Skytree , the world's tallest communications tower, opened Tuesday. Twice the height of the Eiffel Tower, it stands 2,080 feet tall (only Dubai's Burj Khalifa is taller at 2,716 feet) with observation decks that offer amazing views of the densely packed Japanese capital. So how much does that view cost? Visitors going to the Tembo Deck at 1,148 feet above the city pay $31.25 for adults and $25 for children 12 to 17 from now until July 10 (and you have to buy tickets in advance and online with a credit card issued in Japan, according to Skytree website )
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Amid plenty of fanfare, Las Vegas's half-size replica of the Eiffel Tower welcomed its 10-millionth visitor Thursday. Five-thousand red, white and blue balloons floated skyward as the special guest, Martin Layton, a tourist from Britain, arrived with his fiancée, Sarah Connell, at the half-scale lookalike at Paris Las Vegas . They were greeted by colorfully dressed showgirls from " Jubilee!" along with other entertainers. David Hoenemeyer, president of the resort (which opened 14 years ago this month)
NATIONAL
August 24, 2012 | By Tina Susman
Gunfire broke out on the street outside the Empire State Building in Manhattan at the height of rush hour Friday, and initial reports said that multiple people have been shot and the shooter was dead. Media reports said at least three other people had been shot, but their conditions were not immediately known. The gunfire erupted about 9 a.m. EDT outside the iconic building at 34th Street and 5th Avenue. Police blocked off traffic around the building, which on a normal summer morning would be surrounded by tourists lined up to ride the elevator to its top floors, and commuters who work inside.
NEWS
May 23, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Tokyo Skytree , the world's tallest communications tower, opened Tuesday. Twice the height of the Eiffel Tower, it stands 2,080 feet tall (only Dubai's Burj Khalifa is taller at 2,716 feet) with observation decks that offer amazing views of the densely packed Japanese capital. So how much does that view cost? Visitors going to the Tembo Deck at 1,148 feet above the city pay $31.25 for adults and $25 for children 12 to 17 from now until July 10 (and you have to buy tickets in advance and online with a credit card issued in Japan, according to Skytree website )
NATIONAL
April 21, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
The Space Needle offered more than a spectacular view Saturday. It marked the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World's Fair by taking people back in time -- sort of. (After all, the Space Needle does resemble a UFO.)  Visitors who wanted to experience a 360-degree view of the Emerald City from the structure's observation deck could buy a ticket for $1, the price in 1962 -- although the 2012 skyline offers a different view.  The 605-foot-tall Space Needle was once the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, though it has since been dwarfed by Seattle's skyscrapers.  The spherical structure on top was painted its original color, “Galaxy Gold,” to mark the occasion, said Sara Thompson, program director for the Seattle Center Foundation, in a telephone interview with the Times.
NEWS
January 27, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Airplane aficionados, you’re clear to land. At the LAX Observation Deck, that is. On Sunday, LAX is holding its first “Sunday Morning Coffee” for aviation enthusiasts and the general public, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. atop the Observation Deck at the airport’s  landmark Theme Building.  Admission, coffee, cookies – all free. But not the parking, which will be at the usual rates. Scanners will allow visitors to listen in on transmissions between pilots and air controllers, and free telescopes will allow close-up peeks at three aircraft that will be arriving that morning -- a sort of a celebrity lineup of arriving flights:  -- Air New Zealand "All Blacks" A320 : Estimated arrival time 9:25 a.m.; departure time 11 a.m. -- Qantas A380:   ETA 9:45 a.m. (for evening departure)
NEWS
January 24, 2011 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
It’s hard to imagine that anyone could survive anything as brutal as a gunshot wound to the head. And yet about 10% of the time, such victims do live. But what happens next? What kinds of lives do – can – people go on to have? To get a sense of the possibilities, staff writer Melissa Healy interviewed four victims of such injuries and chronicled their lives since the event: Leonard Rugh, shot in 1969 while serving in Vietnam; Matthew Gross, shot on the observation deck of the Empire State Building in 1997; Jackie Nink Pflug, shot in Malta in 1985 during an airplane hijack; Danny Rodriguez, shot in 2009 during a run-in with a gang after a party.
TRAVEL
October 10, 2010 | By Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
They're a disparate lot ? museums, hotels, an observation deck, a sculpture park and a sundial-shaped bridge ? but these recent structures, none more than 10 years old, are redefining the West. Before we bow to them, though, let's admit that it's been a good decade too for landmark renewal, including San Francisco's Ferry Building (www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com), a transit hub reborn in 2003 as a foodie mall; Sausalito's Cavallo Point, an Army post born again in 2008 as a luxury lodge (www.
TRAVEL
June 27, 2010
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NATIONAL
September 11, 2002
"Jupiter started at Windows on the World in 1995. He loved being up so high. When I visited New York in 1991, he took me up top to the observation deck and he said, 'Look! We're so far up you can see the airplanes flying below us.' Jupiter told me, 'The next highest place is probably the moon.' I was watching TV and I saw the entire thing. I thought it was a Hollywood blockbuster until I noticed the words, 'Breaking News.' I thought, 'Oh, my God, that's where my brother is.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
The theme of the spidery structure with the soaring arches was the unbridled optimism of the future when it was built 50 years ago in the center of Los Angeles International Airport. It was called the Theme Building, in fact, as jet-age passenger terminals arose in a U-shaped cluster around the 135-foot-tall, restaurant-topped building. Part spaceship, part flying saucer, the unusual-looking circular structure was sometimes mistaken as the LAX control tower. A year after it rose, the futuristic animated show "The Jetsons" aired for the first time.
TRAVEL
June 27, 2010
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