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December 25, 2011 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
The opening date for the long-awaited Expo Line has been postponed several times, and a test ride last week showed how a spot of bad circuitry and a debate over six-letter words — "subway," "tunnel" and "trench" — continue to delay the system's operation. While examining a 0.6-mile stretch of railway that dips below ground level near USC, transportation officials on Thursday argued over nomenclature. "I think it's a subway, it's not a trench. There's special ventilation requirements on a subway," said Art Leahy, head of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
November 16, 2012 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
It's a familiar scene in car-centric Los Angeles: Motorist drives up in expensive car to sidewalk lectern with "valet parking" sign. Motorist tosses keys to total stranger wearing black pants and white shirt. Convenience to some, menace to others, L.A.'s myriad parking valets could soon, for the first time, be subject to regulation. Critics complain that fly-by-night valets have turned trusting souls into cynics by failing to cover damage to vehicles or by lifting valuables from glove compartments.
June 13, 2012 | By Dan Weikel, Los Angeles Times
The operators of busy Van Nuys Airport have agreed to dramatically reduce the number of days the main runway will be closed for major improvements. Plans call for the 8,000-foot runway to be closed for 10 days and 26 nights instead of 17 weeks — a lengthy closure that airport tenants said would hurt their operations, which have already been hit hard by the recession. Van Nuys is one of the busiest general-aviation airports in the nation, with more than 300,000 takeoffs and landings a year.
March 16, 2010 | By Anshul Rana
The Indian government's bid to cap liability for nuclear plants, seen by U.S. reactor-builders and operators as a prerequisite for entering the Indian market, was dealt a blow Monday when the ruling coalition withdrew legislation in the face of mounting opposition. The measure would limit to about $65 million the compensation that foreign nuclear operators would be liable for in the event of a nuclear accident. It would also cap the government's liability at about $385 million and mandate that all claims be presented within 10 years.
July 23, 2011 | By Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times
A large parking lot across the street from Staples Center that is considered a prime site for residential and retail development has been sold for $31 million to one of the city's largest parking lot operators. The L&R Group of Companies, which operates Joe's Auto Parks and WallyPark, bought the 2.7-acre parcel at 12th and Figueroa streets from Ektornet, which manages foreclosed properties for its parent company, Swedish bank Swedbank. The asphalt-covered property in downtown Los Angeles will continue as a parking lot, said Gilead Lumer of L&R. "We didn't purchase it with a long-term plan in mind," Lumer said.
February 15, 2013 | By Brian Bennett and Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - While a national debate has erupted over the Obama administration's lethal drone strikes overseas, federal authorities have stepped up efforts to license surveillance drones for law enforcement and other uses in U.S. airspace, spurring growing concern about violations of privacy. The Federal Aviation Administration said Friday it had issued 1,428 permits to domestic drone operators since 2007, far more than were previously known. Some 327 permits are still listed as active.
January 15, 1986
Bank of America said it will expand a department designed to help operators of toxic-waste facilities comply with government regulations for cleanup of the sites. Bank officials said the program will help operators make arrangements for cleaning up on closure, or even after closure, of the sites. They say the department will help operators meet state and federal regulations.
January 10, 1987 | Associated Press
The Palo Verde Unit 2 reactor will be shut down for about two months for federally mandated tests, operators of the nuclear plant have announced. Technicians began shutting down the reactor Friday.
February 8, 2013 | By Hugo Martín and Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
A massive manhunt in the Big Bear area for a former police officer suspected of killing three people is scaring off some visitors to nearby ski slopes just as resort operators were counting on fresh powder to help them rebound from an abysmal snow season last year. More than 100 officers, many in tactical gear and carrying automatic weapons, continued the search Friday in the San Bernardino Mountains for former Los Angeles Police Officer Christopher Jordan Dorner. The Bear Mountain and Snow Summit ski resorts opened as usual Friday morning after the manhunt forced the early closure of Bear Mountain on Thursday afternoon.
January 2, 1994 | JOHN LIPPMAN, This report was compiled by Times staff writer Donna K.H. Walters
CABLE: Operators will continue to be hotly pursued as partners and allies by telephone companies, leaving smaller cable companies to mop up market remnants and dividing operators into haves and have-nots in the rush to 500-channel systems.
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