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October 6, 1999
"Will We Rule the Skies?" (Commentary, Oct. 1) by Gen. Michael Ryan, the chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, left two little facts out: The number of F-22 Raptors to be built. (Some say 20, others say three times that number.) That each F-22 Raptor will cost the American taxpayer over $200 million. I'm sure this was just a little oversight. GENE POE Los Angeles
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February 9, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
The Flight of the Demon winged coaster debuting March 29 at Germany's Heide Park will swoop through the dark along a twisting track bathed in devilish lights and lasers. Photos: Flight of the Demon winged coaster at Germany's Heide Park Known as Flug der Damonen in German, the $20-million coaster built by Switzerland's Bolliger & Mabillard is currently undergoing on-track testing at the Hamburg-area theme park. Custom painted by German graffiti artist Markus Genesius , the coaster trains will be themed as flying demons with gleaming red eyes and dagger-like fangs.
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BUSINESS
July 21, 2011 | By David Undercoffler
Imagine Batman and the Joker are interested in fractional ownership of the same pickup truck. The caped crusader would want it all-black, eminently capable of off-roading, with a penchant for getting airborne. His nemesis might favor it in a crazy shade of orange, with a maniacal engine under the hood and an anarchists' disregard for fuel economy. The truck would be order and chaos fused together. Yin and yang. It would be the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Based on the F-150, a truck that's been the most popular vehicle in the U.S. for decades, the Raptor package adds a whole mess of menace and off-road accoutrement.
SPORTS
February 7, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
Friday night's game was all about Clippers All-Star power forward Blake Griffin dominating the Toronto Raptors, when he wasn't getting in foul trouble. But this game was also about DeAndre Jordan staying the course when he was intentionally fouled by the Raptors and it was about Willie Green providing the Clippers with a spark when it was needed. Griffin, who played just 28 minutes and 19 seconds because of foul problems, had 36 points on 13-for-18 shooting and eight rebounds to help the Clippers to a 118-105 victory over the Raptors at Staples Center.
OPINION
September 29, 2002 | WILLIAM M. ARKIN, William M. Arkin is a military affairs analyst who writes regularly for Opinion. E-mail: warkin@igc.org
If only we'd had the F/A-22 Raptor jet on the morning of Sept. 11. The ultra-fast stealth aircraft could have intercepted and shot down the second airliner heading for the south tower of the World Trade Center in New York City--and possibly those that crashed into the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania as well. This claim--complete with the computer modeling to back it up--has been circulating in hushed whispers inside the Air Force recently, along with news that the Air Force's new fighter, scheduled for deployment in the next five years, is being recast as an essential part of any missile defense of the United States.
NEWS
September 12, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The $20-million Wild Eagle at Dollywood in Tennessee is on track to be the first winged coaster in the U.S. when it opens in March 2012. > Photos: Wild Eagle winged coaster at Dollywood With riders sitting on either side of the track in a winged formation, Dollywood's sixth coaster will feature trains themed as bald eagles with outstretched wings. The Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider would be the second coaster of its kind in the world following the 2011 debut of Raptor at Italy's Gardaland . Similar B&M Wing Rider coasters also are scheduled to open next year at Six Flags Great America outside Chicago ( X-Flight )
NEWS
February 9, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
The Flight of the Demon winged coaster debuting March 29 at Germany's Heide Park will swoop through the dark along a twisting track bathed in devilish lights and lasers. Photos: Flight of the Demon winged coaster at Germany's Heide Park Known as Flug der Damonen in German, the $20-million coaster built by Switzerland's Bolliger & Mabillard is currently undergoing on-track testing at the Hamburg-area theme park. Custom painted by German graffiti artist Markus Genesius , the coaster trains will be themed as flying demons with gleaming red eyes and dagger-like fangs.
NEWS
April 11, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The X-Flight coaster coming in May to Six Flags Great America will take riders seated in a winged formation through a near-miss keyhole fly-through that serves as the new ride's signature element. PHOTOS: X-Flight wing coaster at Six Flags Great America Themed to look like a stealth fighter jet, the new wing coaster at the Chicago-area amusement park will feature trains with seats that straddle the track, giving riders the sensation of having nothing above or below them.
NEWS
August 8, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Swarm winged coaster at the United Kingdom's Thorpe Park will take riders through post-apocalyptic scenes of war and destruction when the $29.5 million ride opens in spring 2012. > Photos: The Swarm coaster at Thorpe Park The Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider would be the second coaster of its kind in the world following the 2011 debut of Raptor at Italy's Gardaland . Billed as the U.K.'s first winged coaster with riders sitting on either side of the track in a "winged" formation, Swarm has salivating fans eagerly waiting to see if the cutting edge ride is also the U.K.'s first fourth dimension coaster featuring rotating seats (like Six Flags Magic Mountain's X2)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 6, 2009 | CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT, ART CRITIC
Congress is closing in on the down payment of a huge spending package, designed to create jobs to ward off double-digit unemployment and begin a revival of the tanking U.S. economy. So here is a modest proposal: The federal government -- which means you and I -- should pump $62 billion into the nation's nonprofit cultural infrastructure. Yes, that's billion-with-a-b, not million-with-an-m. Forget about the silly dickering over an anemic $50-million boost for the National Endowment for the Arts.
SPORTS
February 3, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
  DENVER -- Clippers All-Star point guard Chris Paul is inching closer to playing basketball again, perhaps as soon as Friday night when his team hosts the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center. Paul, who has sat out 16 games because of a separated right shoulder, has been doing some shooting and running drills on his own. He hasn't practiced with the team because the Clippers haven't practiced recently. But after the Clippers had a shootaround Monday, Coach Doc Rivers said Paul "gets on the floor and we go over plays.
SPORTS
January 25, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
TORONTO - The Clippers took it on the chin from Toronto's Terrence Ross, who staggered them at times with his career-high 51-point outburst. But the Clippers never went down during Ross' historic night for the Raptors franchise, because they had their own scoring duo to combat Toronto's second-year player. Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick combined for 55 points to help the Clippers get past Ross and the Raptors, 126-118, Saturday night at the Air Canada Center. BOX SCORE: Clippers 126, Raptors 118 "When you can absorb a 50-[point game]
SPORTS
January 25, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
TORONTO  - J.J. Redick was full of doubt about being able to return after he left the Clippers' game Saturday against the Toronto Raptors in the first quarter, saying "No, three times," about the prospect. Redick, already dealing with a sore right shoulder and bruised left knee, suffered back spasms and was forced to the locker room to get treatment. However, once Redick got what he needed, , he went to work for the Clippers, scoring 10 points in the final six minutes, 22 seconds of their victory over the Raptors.
SPORTS
January 24, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
CLIPPERS AT TORONTO When: 4 p.m. PST. Where: Air Canada Centre. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1220. Records: Clippers 30-15; Raptors 22-20. Record vs. Raptors (2012-13): 1-1. Update: The Clippers have lost their last four games in Toronto, last winning there in 2008. It is the sixth game of a seven-game trip. The Clippers are 3-2 on trip.
SPORTS
January 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
  TORONTO - Imagine how much happier the Lakers would be if they played in the Eastern Conference. No severe losing streaks. Fewer excruciating nights on defense. More victories. If only. But so far they're taking advantage of six consecutive games against the East, beating the Toronto Raptors, 112-106, Sunday at Air Canada Centre. Their winning streak stands at two after they also beat Boston, and they've won consecutive games for the first time in almost a month (Dec.
SPORTS
January 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
TORONTO -- The Lakers won consecutive games for the first time in almost a month, beating the Toronto Raptors, 112-106, on Sunday at Air Canada Centre. Swingman Nick Young had 29 points off the bench after serving a one-game suspension for punching Phoenix guard Goran Dragic. Rookie forward Ryan Kelly had 17 points in his first NBA start. The Lakers were sharp from three-point range, especially Young, who made five of seven. The Lakers were 12 for 22 (54.5%) from long range as a team and improved to 2-1 on their annual Grammy trip.
NEWS
May 31, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Cedar Point theme park in Ohio plans to add a $25-million record-setting winged roller coaster in 2013, according to local media reports. Photos: Winged roller coaster at Cedar Point The Swiss-based Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider, dubbed "CP Alt.Winged," would be the world's fastest and longest winged coaster with a taller initial drop than any similar ride, according to a memo obtained by the  Sandusky Register newspaper....
NEWS
July 20, 2008 | Vladimir Isachenkov, Associated Press
At a once-secret airfield outside Moscow, test pilot Sergei Bogdan proudly introduces reporters to what was billed as the latest in Russian military aircraft technology, the Su-35 fighter jet. But the plane is only an upgrade of a 20-year-old model -- and it can't match the speed and stealth of the latest U.S. fighter, the F-22 Raptor, which entered service in 2005. Former President Vladimir V. Putin, now Russia's prime minister, has boasted of new weapons systems and of strengthening the armed forces, raising fears in the West of a Cold War-style military buildup.
SPORTS
January 19, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers (15-25) visit the Toronto Raptors (20-18) on Sunday morning. Toronto beat the Lakers at Staples Center in early December, the day the team traded Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings. Amir Johnson dominated with 32 points on 14-for-17 shooting.  DeMar DeRozan scored 26 while Kyle Lowry contributed 23. Kobe Bryant made his season debut for the Lakers, before going down with a knee injury less than two weeks later. None of the Lakers starters scored in double figures against the Raptors.  Nick Young was the team's leading scorer, with 19 off the bench.
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