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Once a month, small groups of men and women gather near this small Mojave Desert town to carry on the meticulous, methodical tasks of an archeological dig begun more than 25 years ago by famed fossil-finder Louis Leakey. Working out of deep, vertical pits on the slopes of a mountain and using dental picks, ball peen hammers, tiny brushes and trowels, the excavators have dug up literally tons of small rocks. In the process, they have become part of a scientific dispute.
January 5, 1985 | DEAN MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
For nearly seven years, rocks tossed from the nearby recreation field of John Muir Junior High School have clogged the swimming pool drain and cluttered the backyard deck and lawn of Grace and Jack Zinnato's Burbank home. Some have even gone clear over the house. But last month, when a rock--apparently launched from the field by a student--smashed through an upstairs window, the beleaguered Burbank couple had enough. "First big rocks and now small rocks," Grace Zinnato said Friday.
April 14, 1990
An Arleta man was arrested Friday for throwing softball-sized rocks from an overpass on the Golden State Freeway, hitting at least five cars and slightly injuring a teen-age boy, the California Highway Patrol reported. The man was held for CHP officers by a motorist who left the freeway and circled back to the overpass after a rock struck the roof of his truck as it passed beneath Branford Street in Arleta.
November 8, 2007 | Jessica Gelt
The indie-rock band Viva K says that opening Elf Cafe -- a tiny Echo Park vegetarian restaurant specializing in organic Eastern Mediterranean cuisine -- was a lot like making a record. "Being in a band can be a very political experience, when you have things to say to the world," says bassist/head chef Scott Zwiezen. "We're all vegetarians and we have strong feelings about cruelty to animals. Elf was a way to make a statement in a very tactile sense."
A San Ysidro man killed an illegal immigrant in self-defense because the victim was threatening him with a rock, his lawyer said Thursday as the defendant's murder trial began. Defense attorney Scott Rand said Harold Bassham, 20, confronted Humberto Reyes Miranda, 23, on April 20 after a group of six illegal immigrants crossed through his back yard. Bassham's home is one of the first that smugglers reach as they cross into the United States.
March 30, 1999 | Associated Press
A University of Alabama professor driving on Interstate 75 was killed by a 20- to 30-pound rock tossed from an overpass. Julie Catherine Laible, 32, was heading south under the Erie Road overpass, a few miles west of Tampa, when the rock crashed through her car's windshield Sunday, hitting her in the face.
April 30, 1996
Some see a magnificent eagle, wings spread as if it were taking off from a massive rock visible from the Ventura Freeway. Others see the whole rock as a giant eagle head in profile. Whichever it is, the 50-foot-high chunk of stone is the Eagle Rock, a historical landmark and namesake of the community that surrounds the formation. The rock is now officially the property of the city of Los Angeles.
September 1, 1990 | CHRISTOPHER PUMMER
An Oxnard man driving alone on Pacific Coast Highway near Sycamore Cove died Friday night after his car ran off the road and crashed on the rocks below, the coroner's office said. Humberto Flores, 22, was headed north about 6 p.m. when he veered across the southbound lane and over a small embankment, authorities said. His vehicle wedged between rocks halfway down the 40-foot cliff and Flores was ejected, Deputy Coroner Jim Wingate said. Flores was pronounced dead at the scene, Wingate said.
October 5, 1989 | LEE DYE, Times Science Writer
The oldest rocks ever discovered have been found in northern Canada, according to U.S. and Australian scientists who announced Wednesday that they have recovered two rocks that are 3.96 billion years old. The rocks were part of an ancient geological formation in the Northwest Territories, and they are about 100 million years older than the previous record holders found in Greenland and Antarctica. Samuel A. Bowring of Washington University in St.
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