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NATIONAL
October 10, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
  At least one person was killed when a garage collapsed at a Miami college campus and two workers remain trapped in the rubble, authorities in Florida said Wednesday. More than 100 rescuers descended on the scene and were working feverishly to rescue the two workers trapped inside the garage being built on the campus of Miami-Dade College West, Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Griselle Marino said in a telephone interview with the Los Angeles Times. One worker found inside the fallen garage was pronounced dead at the scene, said Marino, the public affairs manager for the rescue unit.
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NATIONAL
October 10, 2012 | By Connie Stewart
Early Thursday morning, rescuers extracted a man who had been trapped in a collapsed Miami parking garage for more than 12 hours -- but had to amputate his legs to do it.  Officials had said getting him out could take days. They had been giving him oxygen and an IV while he remained buried in the rubble. The unidentified man had been in a vehicle when the five-story parking garage at  Miami Dade College   fell pancake-style about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday.  Rescuers decided shortly after midnight that they'd need to amputate his legs above the knee, the Miami Herald reported.
BUSINESS
May 20, 2012 | By Roger Vincent
Construction is set to begin Monday on a $200-million apartment and retail complex at one of the busiest intersections in the Koreatown district of Los Angeles. The project called the Vermont is the largest residential development to be built in Los Angeles since the beginning of the latest real estate downturn, J.H. Snyder Development Co. said. The Vermont will rise on two acres at the southeast corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Vermont Avenue. It will house 464 apartments in two towers - one 16 stories and the other 22 - that will rise above a seven-story podium containing stores and a parking garage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A Chapman University law professor who died after falling from a building may have committed suicide, authorities said Monday. Orange County Supervising Deputy Coroner Daniel Aikin said preliminary findings indicated that Mary Katherine Baird Darmer, 47, took her own life Friday. But an autopsy is still pending and "our investigations are not complete yet," Aikin said. An official cause of death has not been determined, authorities said. According to details released by the coroner's office, Darmer fell from a parking garage in the 19700 block of MacArthur Boulevard in Irvine at 11:30 a.m. Friday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2011 | By Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times
As hired killers slit Pamela Fayed's throat in a Century City parking garage, her "bloodcurdling" screams echoed throughout the structure. Bystanders turned their heads in the direction of the horrific attack, footage from security cameras shows. The only person within earshot who didn't react was the victim's estranged husband who was sitting on a nearby bench "texting on his cellphone, like he doesn't have a care in the world," Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy said Thursday, moments before sentencing James Fayed to death for the contract killing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 2011 | By Larry Gordon, Los Angeles Times
UCLA has chosen a new site for an on-campus hotel and conference center, abandoning a controversial plan to demolish the university's faculty club to make way for the new facility, officials said Tuesday. The meeting spaces and 250 guest rooms would replace a multilevel garage at the campus center, sparing the faculty club, a 52-year-old structure on the school's eastern edge. The revised plan is also expected to ease concerns about increased traffic in neighborhoods east of UCLA.
NEWS
October 5, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Add this stop to your next walking or driving tour of Helsinki, Finland: Europe's No. 1 parking garage. Stockmann Q-Park in the Finnish capital snagged the top award from the European Parking Assn . The parking area has 600 spaces on three levels and was built as deep as 125 feet beneath Stockmann, the city's landmark shopping center. What makes this parking garage top dog? Tunnels that take drivers off city streets and into the car park, heated ramps that discourage icy build up, charging stations for electric cars (which park for free)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2011 | By Carol J. Williams and Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
When Sonia Hermosillo was rolled into court last month in a wheelchair and handcuffs, the 31-year-old La Habra woman accused of killing her baby exhibited signs of the postpartum psychosis her husband says she suffered. She was too distraught and unresponsive, a week after 7-month-old Noe fell or was thrown to his death from the fourth floor of a parking garage, to enter a plea to charges of murder and assault on a child. Her arraignment in Orange County Superior Court has been put off to the end of September, and she remains under suicide watch at the county jail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2011 | By Nicole Santa Cruz and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
In less than 48 hours, a father's world had turned upside down. Noe Medina's 7-month-old son was dead by 9:25 a.m. Wednesday. Shortly after, his wife of 13 years was charged with murder and felony assault on a child. On the grounds of UC Irvine Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon, Medina, of La Habra, tearfully defended the mother of his three children, who is accused of pushing their infant son off a four-story parking garage at Children's Hospital of Orange County on Monday night.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2011 | By Scott Gold and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
When a patrol officer pulled over the tan SUV on Monday night in the city of Orange, there was an empty child's seat in the back. The driver, a mother of three named Sonia Hermosillo, was cooperative and polite. "Calm. Stoic. No emotion," said Orange police Sgt. Dan Adams. Her mood was striking, authorities said, considering that hours earlier, Hermosillo had allegedly done the unthinkable — dropped her son over the side of a hospital parking garage. The 7-month-old boy, Noe Medina Jr., who was dropped from the fourth story and landed on a concrete walkway near an ambulance pad, remained in extremely critical condition Tuesday at UC Irvine Medical Center.
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