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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1987 | Herbert J. Vida
Lynn Sarkisian admits he's afraid of riding in big roller coasters. But he's not afraid to build them, albeit on a miniature scale. "I've been on a couple of real roller coasters," he said, while standing next to his miniature creation, "and I was scared to death." His biggest fright occurred years ago on the old Long Beach roller coaster when he slid off the seat and had to hold on for dear life. "I didn't enjoy the rides then, and I still don't enjoy them," he said.
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OPINION
March 27, 2014
Re “One-track mind hits new height,” Column One, March 25 What a cool story about the Cyclone Racer on the Pike. When I was a kid in the late 1950s (I'm 71), a few friends and I would take the ferry from San Pedro to Terminal Island and hitchhike the rest of the way to the Pike. If we couldn't find a hole in the fence surrounding the Cyclone Racer, we would make one so we could look for change that had fallen from riders. We would use that to ride the roller coaster ourselves or for other attractions on the Pike.
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SPORTS
November 19, 2009
Quarterback coaster UCLA quarterbacks, and their coaches, have experienced ups and downs this season. A summary: UCLA started 3-0 -- including a 19-15 victory over Tennessee, after which starter Kevin Prince, who had suffered a broken jaw, sat in the training room listening to Coach Rick Neuheisel dissect his performance. Kevin Craft directed UCLA's Game 3 win over Kansas State but couldn't come up with the needed plays the next week against Stanford, a loss to the Cardinal starting a five-game slide by the Bruins.
NEWS
February 24, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
A $10-million first-of-its-kind attraction coming to Canada's Wonderland will combine a 4-D interactive dark ride with a roller-coaster track inside the Toronto-area amusement park's decades-old Wonder Mountain centerpiece. Photos: Wonder Mountain's Guardian at Canada's Wonderland Debuting on May 4, Wonder Mountain's Guardian will carry riders up a 60-foot-tall coaster lift hill on the exterior of the man-made mountain before dipping inside a cavern and slowing down for a dark ride experience complete with wind, motion and other special effects.
NATIONAL
July 22, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A roller coaster manufacturer is sending investigators to Arlington, Texas, to determine what led to the death of a woman on a ride at the Six Flags Over Texas amusement park. The dead woman has not yet been officially identified but local media reports have named her as Rosy Esparza, who with her son climbed aboard the 14-story Texas Giant roller coaster about 6:45 p.m. on Friday evening. Witness Carmen Brown who said she was next in line, said she saw the woman fall. "She goes up like this," Brown said raising her hand up in the air. "Then when it drops to come down that's when it released and she just tumbled.” Gerstlauer Amusement Rides, the German company that built the cars for the Texas Giant, is sending experts to look at the shuttered ride and investigate the incident, Tobias Lindnar, a project manager for the company  in Munsterhausen, Germany, told the Dallas Morning News.
NEWS
January 28, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
California's Great America has announced plans to remove the third coaster in less than a decade – a period in which no new coasters were added to the amusement park in Santa Clara, Calif. Invertigo , an inverted shuttle coaster that made its debut in 1998, will be removed to make room for a new attraction planned for 2012, officials said. In 2002, the Greased Lightning looping shuttle coaster was removed from Great America and relocated to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo in Northern Caifornia.
BUSINESS
July 10, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Two men who say they were barred from riding a roller coaster at Universal Studios Hollywood because they are missing limbs have sued the theme park. Angel Castelan, whose forearms were amputated after an electrical accident as a child, and Marvin Huezo, whose legs were amputated after a car accident, say they were kept off Revenge of the Mummy: The Ride, an indoor roller coaster. The suit, filed last month in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, contends the men were kept off the ride in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A spokeswoman for Universal Studios Hollywood said the park does not comment on pending litigation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Bob Pool
What goes around comes around, some in Long Beach are saying about a proposal to rebuild the city's famous seaside roller coaster. City Council members will be asked Tuesday night to authorize a feasibility study into the construction of a two-lane “racing” roller coaster on a 2½-acre site near either the Long Beach Aquarium or the Queen Mary. Backers of the project say they have lined up investors for what designer Larry Osterhoudt calls the Cyclone Racer coaster. City Council member Gerrie Schipske wants the city manager to determine the feasibility of the coaster project, which she said “would create considerable tourism dollars” for Long Beach.
BUSINESS
September 11, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Most Disneyland visitors would describe the old cars on the Matterhorn ride as aging and cramped. The chairman of the National Roller Coaster Museum and Archives is calling the cars "the holy grail" of roller coaster artifacts. Disneyland announced Tuesday that it had donated two of the cars from the Matterhorn Bobsled attraction at the Anaheim theme park to the museum in Arlington, Texas. Museum officials couldn't be happier. “The Matterhorn started the modern era of roller coaster design and launched the themed ride industry,” said museum Chairman Gary Slade.
NEWS
February 4, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
What I've dubbed the " most anticipated new roller coaster of the summer " has arrived at Six Flags Magic Mountain --and I'm already salivating. Magic Mountain took delivery this week of the rocking and spinning Green Lantern coaster trains, which join portions of the emerald green track already on site at the Valencia amusement park. (Watch the concept video of the Green Lantern .) Ground clearance is currently under way for the first-of-its-kind ride in the U.S., with vertical construction expected to begin in March in advance of a scheduled Memorial Day weekend unveiling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown stepped out from behind the podium holding a green marker, ready to assume the role of professor. As he laid out his new budget plan, he circled the spot on a chart showing California's budding surplus. Some people think "we should go on a spending binge," he said. He wouldn't do that, Brown said: "We see the lessons of history. " If anyone in the Capitol knows California history, it's the 75-year-old governor serving his second stint in office.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
The Golden Globes showdown for supporting actress includes four names familiar to those who tuned into the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations Wednesday - Lupita Nyong'o for "12 Years a Slave," June Squibb for "Nebraska," Jennifer Lawrence for "American Hustle" and Julia Roberts for "August: Osage County" - plus a new contender, Sally Hawkins of "Blue Jasmine. " The British actress unseated Oprah Winfrey, who had taken the fifth SAG slot for her role in "The Butler. " Hawkins was nominated for her role as Ginger, the working-class sister to Cate Blanchett's troubled socialite in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
What a difference (not having) R. Kelly makes. Last week the R&B star gave a shot of energy to Justin Bieber's so-called Music Mondays series with his long-rumored appearance on " PYD ," an appealingly raunchy slow jam that got listeners talking about Bieber's music (as opposed to his antics) for the first time in what felt like forever. A mere seven days later, though, no one seems to be talking at all about Bieber's latest Music Mondays single, "Roller Coaster," which appeared online late Sunday -- just as Kelly was driving attention elsewhere with his presidential performance with Lady Gaga on the American Music Awards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2013 | By Bob Pool
What goes around comes around, some in Long Beach are saying about a proposal to rebuild the city's famous seaside roller coaster. City Council members will be asked Tuesday night to authorize a feasibility study into the construction of a two-lane “racing” roller coaster on a 2½-acre site near either the Long Beach Aquarium or the Queen Mary. Backers of the project say they have lined up investors for what designer Larry Osterhoudt calls the Cyclone Racer coaster. City Council member Gerrie Schipske wants the city manager to determine the feasibility of the coaster project, which she said “would create considerable tourism dollars” for Long Beach.
OPINION
September 14, 2013
Re "Obama administration's 'roller coaster' on Syria," Sept. 12 Saying President Obama's Syria strategy is like a roller coaster is too simplistic; it seems to conflate strength with reaching an unwavering decision. Would we want such complete certainty from our leader in a situation like this? I prefer a president who actually changes his mind as new information and advice require. Describing Obama's quick embrace of Russia's plan to disarm Syria of its chemical weapons as desperate implies that his main goal should be not to appear foolish.
WORLD
September 11, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - In the last two weeks, President Obama has brought the United States to the brink of another military operation, then backed off unexpectedly. He went abroad and tried to rally international partners to join his cause, but returned empty-handed. He launched one of the biggest public relations and lobbying campaigns of his presidency, then aborted the mission. He called the nation to its televisions to make the case for using force, but made the case for more diplomacy. The White House's stop-and-start response to the chemical weapons attack in Syria three weeks ago could at best be described as deftly improvisational and at worst as impulsive and risky.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2013 | By Hugo Martín and Adolfo Flores
The death of a roller coaster rider in Texas has focused attention on the vexing problem theme park operators face trying to accommodate passengers of various shapes in one-size-fits-all seats. News reports about a woman who fell to her death from a Texas roller coaster suggest her girth may have played a role. The accident follows one in 2011 in which an Army veteran who had lost both legs fighting in Iraq plummeted to his death from a New York roller coaster. Theme park ride designers and operators say the nation's obesity problem and the improved mobility of people who are missing limbs have forced them to bar more patrons from thrill rides that are designed for passengers of certain proportions.
NATIONAL
July 20, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Authorities in North Texas are investigating how an adult woman apparently fell to her death while riding a roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park Friday evening.  The accident occurred just after 6:30 p.m. at the Six Flags Over Texas park in Arlington. The ride, the Texas Giant roller coaster , remained closed Saturday morning, “We are working closely with authorities to determine the cause of the accident,” Sharon Parker, a park spokeswoman, said in a statement.
NATIONAL
August 15, 2013 | By Tina Susman
NEW YORK -- A 5-year-old boy was recovering from a broken leg Thursday after he became frightened while riding a kiddie roller coaster at Coney Island, wriggled his way out of the car he was in, and fell. Witnesses said the little boy, whose name was not released, became wedged between the track and the cars of the Sea Serpent ride. Deno's Wonder Wheel, which operates some of the rides on the boardwalk at Coney Island, said the bright green Sea Serpent -- a ride designed for young children -- had never had an accident in its 15 years in operation.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 12, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
I wonder whether the 9,985 who showed up at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday to hear Gustavo Dudamel conduct a wild and properly woolly concert performance of "Aida" included any of the Hollywood producers responsible for this summer's crop of unsuccessful blockbusters. It would be nice to think so, because Verdi's opera is an object lesson in the art of blockbusterism without the bluster. Bring on the camels and camp it up if you like. But this is also a showstopper opera open to ethereal eloquence.
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