April 23, 2012 |
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are in Ecuador with the kids in the wake of their engagement news, but as usual it's something of a working vacation for Jolie, who last week was promoted from goodwill ambassador to special envoy in her continuing gig with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. It was destination Galapagos Islands for the six kids and their folks, with Mom making time to visit a refugee settlement as well. Over the weekend, Jolie met with Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino in the capital city, Quito, and also showed up at Providencia, a settlement in the rain forest near the banks of the San Miguel River, which forms Ecuador's border with Colombia.
January 10, 2013 |
"A Dark Truth" is a would-be eco-thriller as forgettable as its generic title. Writer-director Damian Lee might have thought he had something to say about Third World water rights but this whole wan enterprise has little to impart except that - wait for it - greed is bad. And so is this unconvincing potboiler. Andy Garcia stars as Jack Begosian, an ex-CIA agent holed away in Toronto as a half-there family man and platitudinous radio talk show host. But when the co-heir (Deborah Kara Unger)
February 28, 2012 |
Even though the Clippers fly on a private jet, the players remain anxious throughout their flights. When Caron Butler dozes off, he plants one of his long legs in the aisle as a booby trap to alert him if anyone is approaching. Blake Griffin sleeps with a blanket tied around his head. "I don't know how he [is] breathing under there," Reggie Evans said. What do the players fear? Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. Jordan co-founded a movement he calls "got 'em," in which he patrols the team plane searching for a teammate who has fallen asleep.
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October 6, 2013 |
The Los Angeles County coroner's office on Sunday identified the fourth and last of the victims killed in a crash last weekend at Santa Monica Airport. The agency officially identified Lucas Benjamin, 28, of Malibu, as among the dead in the crash involving a twin-engine Cessna Citation. Benjamin, a senior project engineer with construction company Morley Builders, was aboard the plane with his 63-year-old father, Mark Benjamin, the Los Angeles-based company's chief executive, the firm previously said.
October 3, 2013
Re "Crash renews concerns about safety of airport," Oct. 1 The Times writes that crashes at Santa Monica Airport like the one Sunday of a private jet have "highlighted the perils of having an airport so close to homes. " Given that the airport has been there since early last century, it would seem that none of the current homeowners lived there before the opening of the airport. If airplane crashes are of such concern for them, why did they buy their homes knowing full well the airport existed?
January 5, 2014 |
The Thompson family was sitting in Aspen's airport early Sunday afternoon, waiting for their flight back to Houston, when 13-year-old Will heard shouting outside his earphones. Outside the window, a small private jet had just crash-landed at the mountain-ringed Colorado airport. The crash killed a pilot and injured the two others aboard. “All of a sudden, we look to the right and you see this private jet come in and turn into a fireball and go 500 yards down the runway, on fire," Will's brother John, 21, told the Los Angeles Times.
November 9, 2005
MAYBE IT'S THE THIN AIR. Something about flying seems to make this state's two most prominent public officials lightheaded and forgetful, as if the ethical standards that they uphold and even defend on the ground somehow don't apply above 30,000 feet. Last week, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa accepted -- nay, requested -- a flight on a private jet to attend the funeral of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks in Detroit.
November 8, 2007 |
Flying in a private jet has been typically reserved for the privileged few who can easily drop $20,000 for a weekend ski trip to Aspen, Colo. But two Santa Monica High School graduates are starting a no-frills discount "air taxi" service that could allow more people to join the jet set. Next year, the company, JetAviva, will begin offering seats on a new line of small planes that it says will bring airline affordability to the private-jet experience.
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July 12, 1986 |
A 9-year-old boy, abducted in Oregon and missing for four years, reportedly was reunited with his mother in Bangor, Me. late Friday night, and the two were flying back to Orange County's airport. Kristopher Michael Siegel and his mother, Janice Siegel of Riverside, were en route from Maine in a private jet and were expected to land in Orange County between 3 and 4 a.m. today, said Susan Davidson, executive director of the Adam Walsh Resource Center in Orange, which helps abused youths.
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October 1, 2013 |
Officials for the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that their investigation into the crash of a private jet Sunday evening in Santa Monica has been suspended due to the federal government shutdown. The agency, however, is recovering the wreckage of the Cessna Citation 525 and moving it to a secure site, where it will be stored until the investigation can resume. Local authorities, meanwhile, haven't stopped working. The airport was expected to reopen to air traffic by Tuesday afternoon and the Los Angeles County coroner said its office recovered four bodies and three pets -- two cats and a dog -- from the crash site in the morning.