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HOLD THE ENLIGHTENMENT More Travel, Less Bliss By Tim Cahill Villard 300 pages, $24.95 Reading "Hold the Enlightenment: More Travel, Less Bliss," a collection of essays by adventure travel writer Tim Cahill ("Pass the Butterworms"), is like visiting a theme park that offers thrills for all types, from easygoing Dumbo-caliber rides to the most hair-raising roller coasters.
January 4, 2012
City Councilman Jose Huizar is asking his colleagues to ban medical marijuana dispensaries in Los Angeles. It's a great idea. Or rather, it would have been a great idea three or four years ago — before the city purported to regulate the storefront cannabis-selling shops. The idea would not be to ban dispensaries forever but to track court rulings, determine what regulations are and are not allowable, and then construct a smart and enforceable ordinance. But it's too late for that now. L.A. city government took its seat on a legal roller coaster when it first signaled that it couldn't or wouldn't block dispensaries from opening, then stayed for a second ride when it adopted and tried to enforce ordinances regulating where and when purveyors could operate.
July 10, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A malfunction on an amusement park ride sent 27 people to hospitals, most with minor chest and neck injuries, police said. Witnesses reportedly saw the Son of Beast roller coaster at Paramount's Kings Island just northeast of Cincinnati come to an abrupt stop.
June 5, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Witnesses saw a woman "virtually standing up" while riding a roller coaster at an amusement park moments before she fell to her death, investigators said. Tamar Fellner, 32, fell from the ride Saturday while it was in the midst of a 69-foot drop, said officials of the Holiday World park in Santa Claus. Just before the accident, a person matching Fellner's description "was seen in the last car of the roller coaster virtually standing up while the ride was in progress," investigators said.
July 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A roller coaster at a Six Flags amusement park in Largo stalled nearly 140 feet off the ground, stranding 24 passengers for more than two hours before workers repaired the ride. No one was injured. The malfunction occurred at about 4 p.m. on Two Face: The Flip Side, a roller coaster billed as a ride "for those who want to look terror in the eyes." Maintenance workers got the ride running at 6:10 p.m., said Prince George's County fire spokesman Mark Brady.
June 29, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A teenager was decapitated by a roller coaster after he hopped a pair of fences and entered a restricted area at Six Flags Over Georgia in Austell, authorities said. Six Flags officials are uncertain why the 17-year-old from Columbia, S.C., scaled two 6-foot fences and passed signs that said the restricted area was off-limits and dangerous to visitors, spokeswoman Hela Sheth said in a news release. Authorities were investigating reports from witnesses who said the teen jumped the fences to retrieve a hat he had lost while riding the Batman roller coaster, said Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce.
April 2, 1990 | United Press International
About 40 riders suffered minor injuries when one roller coaster train ran into the rear of another Saturday, officials of the Worlds of Fun amusement park said. The most serious injury reported by medical personnel at the park was a broken nose. Adults and children on the ride also suffered cuts and facial bruises, and some complained of whiplash.
September 6, 2001 | From Times staff writers
State investigators gave Knott's Berry Farm the go-ahead Wednesday to reopen a roller coaster ridden by a 25-year-old woman who collapsed and later died. Officials from the Orange County coroner's office determined that the young woman died of a ruptured brain aneurysm early Saturday, a few hours after she was found slumped over the safety bar of Montezooma's Revenge, a roller coaster that accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in three seconds and makes loops up to seven stories high.
August 29, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
The Stratosphere hotel-casino wants to build a record-breaking roller coaster that will launch riders from 740 feet down across Las Vegas Boulevard at speeds topping 120 mph. The proposal has neighbors lining up in opposition. The project would break the record for height and speed, now held by a ride in Ohio. The Stratosphere will seek plan approval at a Las Vegas Planning Commission meeting next week.
September 7, 2001
Friends deliberately misidentified a visitor from Africa who died after riding a roller coaster because they feared she would not be able to receive medical treatment, the family's lawyer said Thursday. The woman was Justine Dedele Bolia, 20, said family attorney Aime Katambwe. The woman died of a brain aneurysm early Saturday at Western Medical Center-Santa Ana after lapsing into unconsciousness during a ride on Montezooma's Revenge at Knott's Berry Farm.
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