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October 20, 1991 | RUSTY WESTON, San Francisco-based Rusty Weston writes about crime, technology and pop culture
ROGER L. MCCARTHY WAS STUCK IN FRIDAY-afternoon traffic on July 17, 1981, when he heard the first radio reports of a catastrophe at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency. In the middle of the hotel's afternoon tea dance, about 1,500 people had been listening to an orchestra play "Satin Doll" when a walkway that spanned the lobby collapsed onto another walkway; both crashed to the lobby floor. As his Buick Centurion inched along U.S. 101 through Silicon Valley, bulletins updated the story.
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October 20, 1991 | RUSTY WESTON, San Francisco-based Rusty Weston writes about crime, technology and pop culture
ROGER L. MCCARTHY WAS STUCK IN FRIDAY-afternoon traffic on July 17, 1981, when he heard the first radio reports of a catastrophe at the Kansas City Hyatt Regency. In the middle of the hotel's afternoon tea dance, about 1,500 people had been listening to an orchestra play "Satin Doll" when a walkway that spanned the lobby collapsed onto another walkway; both crashed to the lobby floor. As his Buick Centurion inched along U.S. 101 through Silicon Valley, bulletins updated the story.
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April 6, 1986 | STEVE WILSTEIN, Associated Press
Computer animation on a video screen gave jurors a pilot's view of the frightening moments just before a DC-10 crash during the recent trial pitting World Airways against the Massachusetts Port Authority. It was the latest in a growing trend by cities and companies to use computer graphics to simplify complex, high-stakes cases for jurors. The computer can re-create events as witnesses claimed they happened, or change events as they might have occurred under different circumstances.
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December 15, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee, Washington Bureau
  The petroleum industry and federal regulators focused more on exploration and production than safety in the years leading up to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, helping to set the stage for the worst offshore environmental disaster in U.S. history, according to a new independent report by the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council. Conducted at the behest of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, the report said the "multiple flawed decisions that led to a blowout" on the Deepwater Horizon rig resulted from "a deficient overall systems approach to safety" among the corporations that ran the drilling of the Macondo well, including BP, Transocean and Halliburton.
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