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February 6, 2010 | By Victoria Kim and Ruben Vives
A surprisingly fierce rainstorm overnight and Saturday morning is prompting evacuations in the La Cañada Flintridge burn area, centered at the top of Ocean View Boulevard. Several homes in the area have been damaged by mudslides, cars have been swept down Ocean View in a torrent of debris and mud has flowed nearly a mile to Foothill Boulevard. No injuries have been reported. Fire officials were expected to go door to door warning residents, and they plan to use the reverse 911 warning system to make notifications.
April 23, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Bomb squad investigators cleared a suspicious package Wednesday at Los Angeles International Airport after the buzzing object turned out be an electric toothbrush. Workers were loading baggage onto a flight at Gate 26 in Terminal 2 when they noticed an object vibrating, said LAX spokeswoman Mary Grady. Airport police responded to the reports about 11:25 a.m., LAX police Sgt. Belinda Nettles said. No evacuations were ordered, but the area around the gate was cleared so officials could investigate.
August 22, 1986
The Times published a story (Aug. 11) concerning the 1985 Delta Air Lines crash in Dallas-Fort Worth. The thrust of the story is that very few losses have been filed by the families because Delta has been very sensitive and fair to the plight of the victims and has apparently offered prompt and fair settlements. Apparently the U.S. district judge who is hearing the case was very surprised by the low number of lawsuits that were actually filed. There is a lesson to be learned from this story for all concerned with the current insurance crisis.
April 17, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The mayor of Peoria, Ill., might have saved his Police Department and a handful of residents some grief if he had just joined Twitter. Instead, someone set up a phony but official-looking Twitter account in the name of Mayor Jim Ardis and proceeded to tweet about drugs, sexual exploits and even crack-smoking Rob Ford, the disgraced Toronto mayor who's seeking reelection. Although Twitter suspended the account, the fraud was reported to the Peoria Police Department, which launched an investigation because the account impersonated a public official, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, Police Lt. Willie King Jr. told The Times on Thursday.
September 2, 2009 | Susan Carpenter
Stephen King "couldn't stop reading" it. Stephenie Meyer was so "obsessed . . . I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table." Publisher's Weekly called it "the best book of 2008." What's the source of all the buzz? Suzanne Collins' novel "The Hunger Games" -- an action-packed, post-apocalyptic, young adult fantasy in which 24 children are selected to compete to the death before a television audience. The hang-on-the-edge-of-your-seat dystopian fiction is now in its ninth printing, with foreign publishing rights sold for 35 territories and a movie in the works.
March 17, 2007
There's certainly nothing like a prompt denial to clear the air. Thanks, Gary. RON REEVE Glendora
July 30, 1989
My deepest gratitude to the good Samaritan, who, early July 11th, observed my plight when I broke my ankle at the entrance to Crown Valley Community Park. Thanks to your prompt action in calling the paramedics, I had help within 12 minutes of my fall. EVA M. HOLEMAN Laguna Niguel
June 3, 1999
Re "Who Decides How Much to Tip," Voices, May 29: Etymology lesson! In olden days, the amount one tipped was determined by the price of the cheapest (alcoholic) drink. That's where the word tip comes from: the British "tipple." In French, it's called pourboire, which translates literally to "for to drink." In German, it's trinkgeld (or "drink money"). David Stockman's assertion that "tips" is an acronym for "To Insure Prompt Service" is a popular misconception, reflecting the American love of slogans, buzzwords and platitudes (and presenting them as facts)
September 16, 1990
The most recent tragedy of the handgun shooting of an 18-year-old boy by a 16-year-old points up the urgency of the passage of the Brady Bill (H.R. 467), which would require a seven-day cooling off period for handgun sales. At present, this bill is seven votes short of passage in the House of Representatives and needs voters to prompt its support by their congressmen who, like ours, are still undecided. The price for delay will be more innocent children killed in the crossfire.
June 9, 1985
Jerry Hulse has very kindly written about me several times, starting more than 13 years ago. It is that long ago that I started specializing in travel for singles. I have just moved to a larger office and am now associated with Schulman Travel Ltd. at 16820 Ventura Blvd., Encino 91436. With the added space and equipment I will be able to give more prompt and efficient assistance. My new phone numbers are (213) 770-2090 and (818) 783-0333. I also have a 24-hour number, (818) 981-6724.
April 10, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
Police and SWAT officers were engaged in a standoff Thursday with someone inside a West Covina home after callers reported hearing gunshots from within, officials said. West Covina police responded to the calls about 2:50 a.m. from residents who reported hearing "random" shots coming from a home in the 1900 block of East Cortez Street, Lt. Jerry Pearman told KTLA-TV . The shots were directed from one home to another, with one round hitting its target, Pearman said. An unidentified person remained inside the home from where gunshots had been fired as police and SWAT officers continued to try to remove the individual from the home, Pearman said.
March 19, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
A Santa Ana charter school said it would keep an armed guard on campus at least until spring break after a student allegedly created a "hit list" of schoolmates and threatened to carry out a campus attack. The 16-year-old male sophomore at NOVA Academy Early College High School was arrested after he sent an email to a former girlfriend that contained a threat to shoot other students, Santa Ana police said. The student, whose name was not released because of his age, named 10 fellow students on his "hit list" and said he planned to recruit other classmates to help him carry out the attack, Santa Ana police said in a statement.
March 12, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
Gusty winds, low humidity and expected high temperatures Wednesday prompted the National Weather Service to issue a red flag warning from Ventura to Orange counties. The conditions were considered a “high fire weather concern," the weather service said. Forecasters said winds could reach up to 40 mph in mountain areas with gusts up to 65 mph later in the day. Isolated gusts up to 75 mph could blow over western peaks, forecasters said. Winds could reach up to 60 mph in the coastal foothills of the Santa Ana Mountains.
March 11, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
Strong, gusty winds and low humidity prompted forecasters to issue a high-fire-danger alert for most of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Tuesday will bring a period of “high fire weather concern,” according to the National Weather Service. Winds with gusts of up to 50 mph were expected in parts of Southern California starting Tuesday morning and were forecast to last until early evening, forecasters said. The winds have the potential to bring “extreme fire behavior” if a fire is started, according to the weather service.
March 10, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Forecasters with the National Weather Service late Monday issued a wind advisory and accompanying high fire danger alert for the Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area and the Interstate 5 corridor. Weather experts said northwest winds reaching 30 mph, with gusts of as much as 45 mph, could be expected through Monday night. Winds will shift to the northeast at about dawn Tuesday, with gusts of up to 50 mph during the day. Officials warned that tall vehicles such as trucks should expect difficult driving conditions along canyon roads, Pacific Coast Highway and Interstate 5. Forecasters also urged homeowners to secure loose outdoor furniture.
March 10, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
With Jamal Crawford out again because of a strained left calf and J.J. Redick still out because of a bulging disk in his lower back, the Clippers are missing a big part of their offense. Crawford is the reserve shooting guard who became the starter when Redick went down. Redick is the starting shooting guard when he's healthy. Together, they average a combined 34.4 points per game for the Clippers. Crawford, considered one of the leading candidates for the NBA's sixth-man-of-the-year award, is second on the team in scoring, averaging 18.7 points.
April 7, 1997
I cannot believe that 26% of the L.A. voting populace objects to $5.50 a month to repair our public schools. People who have received the benefit of clean, safe schools in good repair for themselves and yet deny this to our children, all of our children, are truly mean-spirited, shortsighted and just plain cruel. For those who sink between $3,000 and $15,000 a year into private education for their "own" child, what is $66 for all children? Who do you think populates this Earth? We are all interdependent.
December 20, 1998
We have lived north of the El Toro Marine Corps Air Station for 35 years and have noticed how quiet it is in the mornings since the F18s recently moved to Miramar in San Diego. There was noise, but it had an important national purpose that we understood and accepted. With the aircraft went some very fine men and women who were pilots, ground crews and other support groups. The Marines have always been good neighbors and have provided prompt and valuable assistance during fires, floods and various accidents.
March 10, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
Elevated levels of lead have been found in the soil of homes and a preschool near a battery recycling plant in Vernon, prompting officials to issue health warnings and order more testing in adjacent neighborhoods. State toxic waste regulators said the initial results from 39 homes as well as two schools concerned them enough that they have directed Exide Technologies to create a plan to protect children and pregnant women living in affected homes, as well as perform the additional testing.
March 10, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - Warning that truancy has reached a crisis level in California elementary schools, state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris and half a dozen lawmakers proposed a raft of bills Monday aimed at keeping kids in school. Harris said 30% of elementary school students were truant in the 2012-13 school year. "California's Constitution guarantees our children the right to an education, yet our elementary schools face a truancy crisis," Harris said. "When children in kindergarten through sixth grade miss school, they fall behind and too many never catch up. " A child is considered truant after missing school or being tardy by more than 30 minutes without a valid excuse on three occasions during a school year.
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