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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 2013 | By Dan Weikel
In the wake of September's deadly jet crash, Santa Monica officials sued the Federal Aviation Administration on Thursday to gain control of the city's embattled airport, which local groups want to turn into a park. Filed in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles, the lawsuit seeks a declaration that the city holds clear title to the 227 acres containing the oldest continuously operating airport in the county. It also challenges the constitutionality of a 1948 agreement between the city and federal authorities that requires the historic property and its 5,000-foot runway to remain an airport in perpetuity or be returned at the option of the FAA to the U.S. government.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 27, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
There are so many good reasons to bag "The Bag Man. " Where to begin? Director David Grovic, who co-wrote the mobster thriller with Paul Conway, seems to be inspired by the seedy crime-noir sensibility the Coen brothers brought to 1984's cult classic "Blood Simple" or Quentin Tarantino to the brilliant bruising of 1994's "Pulp Fiction. " The filmmaker is also confused by it apparently, because both aforementioned films have believable underpinnings and interesting characters who are put through their twisted paces by artists who actually have an endgame in mind.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2008 | Evan Halper and Michael Rothfeld, Times Staff Writers
Like many of the Californians he represents, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger now spends more than three hours commuting because he lives so far from the office. But his ride is a private jet. After flirting briefly with buying a Sacramento abode for his family, then living alone for a while in a 2,000-square-foot hotel penthouse across from the Capitol, the governor has decided to stay nearly every night at his Brentwood mansion. The commute costs hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, which aides say the governor pays for himself.
NEWS
June 28, 1986 | From Reuters
Two British engineers held in Nigeria for more than two years were released from prison Friday. Kenneth Clark, 39, and Angus Paterson, 41, won an appeal of their conviction and 14-year jail terms on charges of conspiracy and stealing a private jet.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
In Zedd's latest club number, "Find You," he implores the listener to "turn up your night. " The Russian-born DJ and producer's electro-house number is a quintessential dance club anthem, but there's also something more at work here than just the same old party mantra. The lyric "turn up your night" also happens to be the slogan of a new Bud Light Platinum campaign. The song (featuring vocals by Matthew Koma and Miriam Bryant) is the lead single on the "Divergent" soundtrack, and the music video for "Find You" costars bottles of the beer.
NEWS
January 5, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A private jet bound for the United States crashed on takeoff at Birmingham airport in central England, killing five Americans on board. The twin-engine Canadair Challenger carrying three crew and two passengers crashed just after noon. AGCO Corp., a farm equipment manufacturer based in Georgia, said its president, John Shumejda, and a senior vice president, Ed Swingle, died. The crew members' identities were not available.
NEWS
November 27, 1987 | Associated Press
Saudi Arabian Princess Shoaa Al-Farhan is being treated for third-degree burns to 93% of her body and began undergoing skin grafts today, hospital officials said. The princess, 43, a cousin of the late King Faisal, was burned at her home in Saudi Arabia on Nov. 17 when a gas fire ignited her clothes. She arrived Wednesday by private jet and was taken to the Baltimore Regional Burn Center.
NEWS
April 11, 2013 | By Rosemary McClure
Well-heeled travelers bound for the turquoise waters and white sand beaches of the Maldive Islands now have a new place to park their private jets.  Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa  has put paradise on the radar with a private jet airport terminal. The terminal, at Gan International Airport in Addu Atoll, is a five-minute speedboat ride to the resort and is for the exclusive arrival and departure of the resort's guests. A private lounge offers one-stop immigration, custom and baggage screening services.
NATIONAL
November 10, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
David Banach, 39, pleaded guilty in Newark to interfering with pilots of an aircraft by shining a hand-held laser into the cockpit of a private jet and could be sentenced to two years in prison, federal court officials said. Banach, who originally blamed the incident on his 7-year-old daughter, was charged with interference with pilots of a passenger aircraft -- a Patriot Act offense that carries a maximum of 20 years in prison.
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