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January 31, 1999 | PATT MORRISON
Why is it, people wonder, that there's often so little resemblance between the local news they read in the paper and what they see on the TV news--why a freeway chase that kept TV anchors rapt for an entire hour before it ended peaceably gets only a few paragraphs on a back page. Here is why. Television is about the visual, first and last. TV needs pictures to tell stories.
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January 31, 1999 | PATT MORRISON
Why is it, people wonder, that there's often so little resemblance between the local news they read in the paper and what they see on the TV news--why a freeway chase that kept TV anchors rapt for an entire hour before it ended peaceably gets only a few paragraphs on a back page. Here is why. Television is about the visual, first and last. TV needs pictures to tell stories.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1992 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A shopping mall Santa under investigation by police for allegedly pretending to rescue a woman from robbers portrayed his accusers Saturday as Scrooges. Dressed in full Santa regalia and flanked by youngsters carrying signs that said "We Believe in Santa Claus," Daniel Hobbit, 40, said he did not stage the rescue of Gloria Margolis from a man who demanded her car keys in a Granada Hills shopping center Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1998
An Alhambra fire captain will receive the Medal of Valor on Saturday for saving the life of a UCLA student who threatened to jump from an eight-story building last year. Brian Savage responded to a potential suicide call from the Wysong Plaza retirement center. When Savage and his firetruck crew arrived, they found a suicidal UCLA student on the rooftop. While police officers distracted the student, Savage climbed up to the roof and got on top of a small structure that encased the stairwell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1989 | JOHN KENDALL and NIESON HIMMEL, Times Staff Writers
A suspected arson fire that started in a construction site near MacArthur Park early Friday spread to an adjacent fourplex, leaving 31 people homeless, authorities said. No one was seriously injured. Residents were quickly evacuated after two Rampart Division police officers, Tom Walker and Ken Sanchez, spotted the flames and sounded the alarm at 1:22 a.m. with the siren of their patrol car and with a loudspeaker warning in English and Spanish. The officers joined RTD police officers, who were cruising in the area, and hurried through the building, knocking on doors and waking residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1989 | PHILIPP GOLLNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a Los Angeles County Disaster Communications specialist, Edward Watts makes his living preparing for emergencies. But he said his expertise failed to prepare him for the 10-hour ordeal that began Thursday morning when his truck went out of control on a fogged-in, unpaved stretch of Mulholland Drive in Encino and plunged and rolled 100 yards down a steep ravine, throwing him from the cab. He suffered a broken hip and deep cuts on his head and arms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1998
An Alhambra fire captain will receive the Medal of Valor on Saturday for saving the life of a UCLA student who threatened to jump from an eight-story building last year. Brian Savage responded to a potential suicide call from the Wysong Plaza retirement center. When Savage and his firetruck crew arrived, they found a suicidal UCLA student on the rooftop. While police officers distracted the student, Savage climbed up to the roof and got on top of a small structure that encased the stairwell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1989
When his mother began choking on a lozenge in their Van Nuys condominium Tuesday, 3-year-old Jameson Rodgers knew exactly what to do. He called 911, just as his parents had trained him. "My mom's on the floor. She can't breathe," he told a Los Angeles Fire Department dispatcher in a calm and articulate voice. Minutes later, three paramedics arrived from a station only a third of a mile away and found Peggy Rodgers on her hands and knees, on the verge of becoming unconscious.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1995 | JEANNETTE DeSANTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three people were rescued from Pacoima Wash on Tuesday evening after a 7-year-old boy was seen floating in the water and two men, including a police officer, jumped in to save him and then had to be saved themselves, authorities said. At 6:35 p.m., two girls called 911 to report that the boy, Jordan Bastasin, had fallen into the wash near Gladstone Avenue, according to authorities. The foot-deep water in the mossy-bottomed channel, moving at 12 m.p.h., quickly washed Jordan down the waterway.
NEWS
July 28, 1991
A contingent of Los Angeles County's women lifeguards will travel to New York this week to defend their national title in a competition that tests lifeguards from around the county. The National All-Women championship, hosted by the U.S. Department of the Interior, will be held on Wednesday at the Gateway National Recreation Area in Queens, N.Y.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1995 | JEANNETTE DeSANTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three people were rescued from Pacoima Wash on Tuesday evening after a 7-year-old boy was seen floating in the water and two men, including a police officer, jumped in to save him and then had to be saved themselves, authorities said. At 6:35 p.m., two girls called 911 to report that the boy, Jordan Bastasin, had fallen into the wash near Gladstone Avenue, according to authorities. The foot-deep water in the mossy-bottomed channel, moving at 12 m.p.h., quickly washed Jordan down the waterway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 1992 | TRACEY KAPLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A shopping mall Santa under investigation by police for allegedly pretending to rescue a woman from robbers portrayed his accusers Saturday as Scrooges. Dressed in full Santa regalia and flanked by youngsters carrying signs that said "We Believe in Santa Claus," Daniel Hobbit, 40, said he did not stage the rescue of Gloria Margolis from a man who demanded her car keys in a Granada Hills shopping center Wednesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1989 | PHILIPP GOLLNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As a Los Angeles County Disaster Communications specialist, Edward Watts makes his living preparing for emergencies. But he said his expertise failed to prepare him for the 10-hour ordeal that began Thursday morning when his truck went out of control on a fogged-in, unpaved stretch of Mulholland Drive in Encino and plunged and rolled 100 yards down a steep ravine, throwing him from the cab. He suffered a broken hip and deep cuts on his head and arms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 1989
When his mother began choking on a lozenge in their Van Nuys condominium Tuesday, 3-year-old Jameson Rodgers knew exactly what to do. He called 911, just as his parents had trained him. "My mom's on the floor. She can't breathe," he told a Los Angeles Fire Department dispatcher in a calm and articulate voice. Minutes later, three paramedics arrived from a station only a third of a mile away and found Peggy Rodgers on her hands and knees, on the verge of becoming unconscious.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 24, 1989 | JOHN KENDALL and NIESON HIMMEL, Times Staff Writers
A suspected arson fire that started in a construction site near MacArthur Park early Friday spread to an adjacent fourplex, leaving 31 people homeless, authorities said. No one was seriously injured. Residents were quickly evacuated after two Rampart Division police officers, Tom Walker and Ken Sanchez, spotted the flames and sounded the alarm at 1:22 a.m. with the siren of their patrol car and with a loudspeaker warning in English and Spanish. The officers joined RTD police officers, who were cruising in the area, and hurried through the building, knocking on doors and waking residents.
NEWS
April 7, 1994
The San Gabriel Fire Department is perfecting a rescue plan to save people who may fall into one of the dozen concrete-walled washes that snake across the San Gabriel Valley carrying rainwater from the foothills to the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel rivers. "Our flood-control channels are all vertical-wall channels," said Fire Chief Gene Murray, pointing out the difficulties of freeing someone caught in water rushing down the steep-walled washes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1987 | TED THACKREY JR., Times Staff Writer
A dry northeast breeze that meteorologists called "a mild Santa Ana condition" blew into Southern California Sunday, bringing the second day of record temperatures--and singeing the Earth with a breath of brush and forest fire. The temperature at the Los Angeles Civic Center hit 108 degrees for the second day in a row, setting a new record for the date (the old one was 100 degrees, set in 1953) and coming within two degrees of the city's all-time record of 110.
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