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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 1989
Rail commuters faced major delays on Amtrak's early morning trains through Orange County on Tuesday after a power failure caused switches to fail between San Diego and San Juan Capistrano. One southbound train and one northbound train were affected, Amtrak officials said. Mike Monte, an Amtrak reservation sales agent, said that without the switches the trains had to reduce speed to 20 m.p.h. for safety. Normally the trains travel 65 to 70 m.p.h.
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SPORTS
January 25, 2000 | LARRY STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Channel 9 viewers and KLAC listeners were left in the dark by technical difficulties at the worst possible time during the Lakers' double-overtime loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday night. With six seconds left in regulation and the score tied 81-81, Utah's John Stockton was falling out of bounds trying to call a timeout. At that exact moment, everything went blank. Channel 9 was without a picture for about 12 minutes, from approximately 7:50 to 8:02 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 1988
City firefighters had to force open elevator doors to release trapped passengers at the Century Plaza, and shoppers in stores, diners and hotel guests suddenly found themselves groping in the dark at the dinner hour Friday night when a major power outage struck the Century City area, authorities said. The outage affected the main portion of the Century Plaza and 40 other businesses in the upscale shopping and business area.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2003 | Nancy Rivera Brooks and Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writers
The cascading power outages in the Northeast on Thursday underscore what energy experts have been warning about for years: The system can go down anywhere at any time. Years of neglected investment in the vast and antiquated network that moves electricity around the country -- combined with steadily growing power needs -- have left the nation's electricity grid vulnerable to disruptions, analysts say. "If people think there is a bullet-proof electrical system, they are mistaken," said Carl R.
NEWS
May 15, 1989 | From United Press International
A high-voltage power line failure caused a blackout at the Kentucky State Reformatory, forcing officials to put the state's largest prison on lock-down status, authorities said. No one was reported injured in the blackout Saturday. Power was later restored to most inmate dormitories, but appliances and equipment requiring 220-volt power still could not be used, authorities said.
SPORTS
June 14, 1986 | MIKE PENNER, Times Staff Writer
The Anaheim Stadium lights, taking a cue from the Angels' offense, blacked out Friday night. The lights, after a 38-minute delay, came back on. The Angels never did. Those 38 minutes proved to be the Angels' best moments during a 10-2 loss to the Kansas City Royals before a crowd of 35,992. It was the only time all evening the Royals went a such a long time without scoring. Kansas City led, 5-0, before the power outage. Less than two innings after the lights were restored, it was 10-0.
BUSINESS
October 12, 1996 | AMY HARMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Some of the country's leading high-technology companies were virtually cut off from the Internet on Friday after a power failure at Stanford University knocked out a switching station for one of the country's largest Internet service providers. The service provider, BBN Corp., said its 400 Silicon Valley customers--including Apple Computer Inc., Sun Microsystems Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 1, 1991 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
November left town in a huff. Continued strong, gusty winds rattled windows, blew sand and tumbleweeds and kept power repair crews busy Saturday, but it all brought smiles to the faces of windsurfers at Southern California beaches. "This is perfect weather for windsurfing, when the gusts scoot right along the shore," said an enthused Shawn Collins, a surfing forecaster with Surfline/Wavetrak, a wave conditions information service for surfers.
BUSINESS
May 9, 1999 | ASHLEY DUNN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Haverkamp's first take on the year 2000 problem at the San Onofre nuclear power plant was that it would be a daunting task, akin to finding technological needles buried in a huge haystack of steel, silicon and wire. There were 190,000 separate devices at the sprawling facility south of San Clemente--any one of which might fail because of the computer glitch. But as he and his team began to dig in, they quickly realized that it was not quite the haystack they had imagined.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 2003 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
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