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February 23, 1996
Hitachi representatives entered the Neighborhood Church of God on Wednesday morning, and they brought their power tools. The company donated more than $5,000 worth of power tools and an $850 television and VCR system to World Vision, a Monrovia organization that helps provide and renovate houses for homeless families, said David Hall, national coordinator of Project Home Again, a division of World Vision.
January 23, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
The hundreds of cameras installed inside Los Angeles County jails in response to an inmate abuse scandal have been powerful tools in vetting allegations against jailers, according to a watchdog report released Thursday. For years, critics of the Sheriff's Department's jails pushed the agency to install cameras in the lockups since independent witnesses are rarely present when deputies use force. In 2011, after an onslaught of inmate abuse allegations, the department began installing hundreds of cameras.
"Andy Warhol was there . . . so were Andy Summers, Malcolm McLaren, Annie Lennox," said Jon Sidel, reminiscing about the opening of the Power Tools dance and art club two years ago. "There were only 100 people, but Warhol was (one of them). That's why everybody started talking about us." That word of mouth enabled Power Tools to evolve into the hippest after-hours rock spot in town. At its peak, the club occupied several large rooms of the Park View Hotel, across from MacArthur Park.
April 30, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien, Los Angeles Times
At times, Andy Shih still finds himself overwhelmed by the groundswell of interest in autism apps he's seen in the three years since Apple Inc. released the first iPad. In his role as senior vice president for scientific affairs at Autism Speaks, a national advocacy organization based in New York, Shih helped organize a "hacking autism" event in San Francisco with cosponsor AT&T Inc. that drew 135 developers. It was the group's third event, following previous hackathons co-sponsored with Hewlett-Packard Co. and Microsoft Corp.
July 23, 1989 | A. J. HAND
Back when I was a kid, my father had a standing rule that I was not allowed to work in his home shop when he wasn't around to supervise. For some reason, he didn't trust me to obey this rule, so he installed a 1-inch dead bolt on the shop door and kept it locked whenever he left the house. He made one mistake, however. When he partitioned off the shop from the rest of the basement, he cut a slot about 8 inches high and 5 feet wide through the wall.
March 11, 1994 | JILL LEOVY
For firefighters, the collapse of the Northridge Meadows Apartments tested not just mettle but hardware as well. It was the latter that was found lacking, said Capt. Craig Morrison of the Los Angeles Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue Team. In the confined space, the heavy gas-powered tools used to break through the floor to reach victims spewed fumes, and were deafeningly noisy. Rescuers had to wrestle with unwieldy saws to free human bodies from the rubble.
March 3, 2000 | JANA J. MONJI
Kevin McCarthy makes a suitably world-weary King Arthur in California Repertory Company's "Knights of the Round Table" at the Edison Theatre, but director Eberhard Kohler sets a torturously plodding pace. Playwright Christoph Hein's drama (translated from the original German) strips Camelot bare of fanciful romance. The knights have scattered, some searching for the Holy Grail. The older knights, Kay (Ashley Carr Jr.
January 11, 1997 | From Associated Press
Six inmates who tunneled out of a maximum-security prison used a jackhammer and other prison-issue power tools, along with blueprints of the place, guards said. The men--two of them convicted killers--apparently used tools assigned for use by inmates working on a steam-pipe installation project, according to the guards, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Some prisoners worked unsupervised on the pipe-installation project for as much as an hour at a time, one guard said.
Alonzo G. Decker Jr., the engineer who conceived and led a weekend revolution with do-it-yourself power tools, has died. He was 94. Decker died Monday of heart failure at his home near Cecilton, Md. In his seven decades with Black & Decker Corp.--the business co-founded by his father in 1910--he was credited with driving a movement that saw consumers spend their Saturdays doing chores around the house with his drills, saws, hedge trimmers and DustBusters.
July 10, 2003 | Doug Smith Times Staff Writer, Times Staff Writer
In a town where many people don't even own a mower, my little garage comfortably contains a tractor, complete with chipper-shredder and trailer. Let me explain. Fifteen years ago, we bought a sprawling, overgrown and weed-tormented property in the hills of Pasadena. The one-car garage immediately was clogged with my collection of tools. I merely had the basics for automotive repair and carpentry, plumbing, electrical and masonry projects.
April 11, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The bank heist crew didn't carry demand notes or confront tellers. The robbers' tools of choice included power saws, hand-held radios and ladders. They allegedly walked away with at least $6 million by cutting through the rooftops of San Gabriel Valley banks under the cover of darkness, according to law enforcement authorities. Once inside, the men used power tools to break into concrete vaults, then fled with bags of cash. FOR THE RECORD: Bank heists: An article in the April 11 LATExtra section about a series of nighttime heists at San Gabriel Valley banks described the crimes as robberies and the criminals as robbers.
June 7, 2012 | By Dan Schnur
While most of the country was focused on the back-alley brawl of Wisconsin's recall election Tuesday, a quieter but equally important political revolution was unfolding here in California. Two recent voting reforms - one that changed the way legislative and congressional districts are drawn and another that sends the top two finishers in a primary on to the general election regardless of party affiliation - drew little interest outside the circles of obsessed political insiders.
January 22, 2012 | By Eve Mitchell
After years of living in the mountains of northern Nicaragua as an agricultural aid worker trying to make life better for the country's poor farmers, Paul Rice woke up and smelled the coffee - specifically, fair-trade coffee. That was 12 years ago. Today, Rice heads Fair Trade USA, an Oakland nonprofit that is the country's leading certifier of fair-trade products. Such certification helps farmers living in countries with emerging economies receive a fair price for coffee, tea, chocolate, rice and other products they produce instead of selling at the lower market price to a middleman.
July 26, 2011 | Sandy Banks
The crowd was small but energetic and ready to give an earful to city officials. They'd been struggling for months to draw attention to a big problem in a small section of their West Adams neighborhood. An onslaught of prostitutes, pimps and johns had turned their quiet network of side streets into an urban combat zone. Fed-up neighbors had pushed for the meeting at the LAPD's Southwest Division last month. It was a collegial affair. Police officers and city officials opened with facts about shrinking budgets, criminal networks, law enforcement's balancing act. Residents submitted questions on index cards, then segued into indignant complaints.
July 5, 2011 | David Lazarus
What is it about consumer protection that Republican lawmakers don't like? Is it that they want to see their constituents fleeced and flimflammed by businesses? Is it that they don't care? Or is it something as craven as carrying water for corporate interests simply because that's where the money is? Whatever the reason, the Republican-controlled House Appropriations Committee has approved a spending bill that not only slashes the budget of the Consumer Product Safety Commission but also cuts off all funding for a recently launched database of product-safety complaints.
April 18, 2011 | Seema Mehta
Four years ago, Barack Obama kicked off his presidential campaign on the steps of Illinois' Old State Capitol, speaking in front of thousands of supporters and a throng of media. Earlier this month, when he formally announced his reelection campaign, he did so without public appearance, in an online video. The shift in part represents the difference between the candidacies, from one starring an upstart challenger to one featuring an incumbent president. But it also underscores how dramatically social media have become a defining force in modern-day politics.
Amid San Marino's grandiose homes and manicured lawns, city leaders this week will ponder the all-important issue of how to ensure life, liberty and the pursuit of a quiet weekend. The City Council in this wealthy, conservative enclave Wednesday will consider a ban on the use of motorized landscape equipment on Saturday afternoons, Sundays and public holidays. Simply put: Use a power lawn mower, chain saw or weed whacker, you'll be cited and may even go to jail.
January 22, 2007 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
Avant-garde music's goal is to bring noise back into the concert hall -- philosophically as well as literally. The Kronos Quartet has continually disrupted the listening habits of its avid followers, making a racket for more than 25 years. On Saturday at Royce Hall, the San Francisco foursome went a step further, seemingly taking the name of the evening's co-headliners -- Bang on a Can -- as a mandate.
November 5, 2010 | David Lazarus
It hasn't gotten a lot of press, but a case involving AT&T that goes before the U.S. Supreme Court next week has sweeping ramifications for potentially millions of consumers. If a majority of the nine justices vote the telecom giant's way, any business that issues a contract to customers ? such as for credit cards, cellphones or cable TV ? would be able to prevent them from joining class-action lawsuits. This would take away in such cases arguably the most powerful legal tool available to the little guy, particularly in cases involving relatively small amounts of money.
July 1, 2010 | By Rachel Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
A well-dressed miller from Hungary, a 6,500-year-old child found in Peru, a baby crocodile — these aren't your mother's mummies. You can see all three of them, along with more than 40 others, at the world premiere of "Mummies of the World," starting Thursday at the California Science Center. Don't worry, there are a few linen-wrapped Egyptian mummies too. But this exhibit isn't limited to one ancient civilization. Made up of specimens lent from 20 international institutions, it showcases the incredible variety of mummies, highlighting how they're created and all that can be learned from these relics of the past.
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