March 14, 2001 |
On Aug. 1, 1988, scores of Los Angeles police officers descended on two apartment buildings on the corner of 39th Street and Dalton Avenue in southwest Los Angeles. It was an all-out search for drugs and a massive show of force designed to deliver a strong message to the gangs.
March 13, 1996 |
Whether clipped into lollipop shape or allowed to spread thick evergreen canopies, ficus trees have transformed the look of Southern California cities from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. They also have garnered great affection and, more recently, blossoming antagonism. Hailed as a miracle tree able to thrive under tough urban conditions, two ficus varieties commonly called "Indian laurel fig" were planted in enormous numbers throughout Southern California in the late '50s and early '60s.
February 17, 1988 |
An earthquake measured at 3.2 on the Richter scale jolted the three-state corner of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia on Tuesday. Residents reported minor property damage but no injuries, authorities said.
October 28, 1989 |
Insured property damage caused by Hurricane Jerry earlier this month is estimated at $35 million, the American Insurance Services Group reported Friday.
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June 2, 2005 |
A landslide that sent multimillion-dollar homes crashing down a hill Wednesday in Laguna Beach was apparently a delayed consequence of last winter's heavy rains in Southern California, and could foreshadow more devastation to come, authorities said. No deaths or serious injuries were blamed on the slide, which announced itself with a bang just before 7 a.m., and sheared away part of the face of Laguna's scenic Bluebird Canyon.
July 20, 1994 |
Engineers on Tuesday sifted through the debris of what had been billed as the world's tallest sign, trying to determine why the $4-million structure crumpled during a vicious storm. The top quarter of the 362-foot-tall sign atop the Las Vegas Hilton came crashing to the ground Monday night as winds of 78 m.p.h. raked the Las Vegas Valley. The marquee was designed to withstand winds of 130 m.p.h., a spokeswoman for the builder said.
March 15, 1994 |
In a decision that angered many Los Angeles-area veterans, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jesse Brown announced Monday that the quake-damaged Sepulveda VA hospital will be demolished and replaced with a $65-million outpatient care center. The 431-bed federal hospital has been closed since the Jan. 17 temblor wrecked operating rooms, knocked out heat and water supplies and littered corridors with broken glass, forcing the evacuation of 331 patients.
February 1, 1990 |
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that the landmark California Art Preservation Act--enacted a decade ago to protect artworks from unauthorized alteration or destruction--is powerless to prevent demolition or painting over of murals. But in issuing the ruling, Judge Harvey A. Schneiderman observed that there is virtually no case law to act as a road map for judges called on to adjudicate cases of mural destruction and urged artists and their lawyers to appeal.
October 17, 1999 |
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the Mojave Desert northwest of Twentynine Palms early Saturday, knocking an Amtrak passenger train off its tracks and damaging two highway bridges, but otherwise causing remarkably little harm and no deaths. Four people on Amtrak's Southwest Chief from Chicago to Los Angeles were injured, none seriously, when the temblor--the fourth strongest in Southern California this century--rocked the region at 2:46 a.m.
November 20, 1998 |
Restaurant manager Mike Borrayo closed out the cash register and locked up the Moby Dick seafood house for the night around 9:30 Wednesday, with no sign of any trouble. Within minutes, he was hearing radio reports of a raging fire and did a speedy U-turn to find the restaurant engulfed in a wall of flame, the victim of the latest disaster to hit one of California's most historic piers. "The building was secured. To see it in an inferno in five or 10 minutes, I'm just speechless.