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June 23, 2013 | By Martha Groves
World on Wheels, the last full-fledged indoor roller skating rink in the city of Los Angeles, will hold its final lace-up Sunday night. For three decades, the Mid-City institution has won loyalists as an indoor amusement park, party venue, fitness center, haven for young people and hip-hop incubator. It has even played matchmaker. But a bankruptcy proceeding, a change in ownership and evolving neighborhood tastes have conspired to end its free-wheeling days. "It's like losing a member of the family," said Nelson Bracamonte, 55, a weekly regular at the rink since its opening on Halloween 1981.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2013 | Martha Groves
A throbbing hip-hop beat spilled from the speakers, and ceiling lights splashed colorful mosaic dots across the darkened maple planks. Skaters -- four here, six there, maybe eight ahead of them -- grabbed one another's hands and formed circles. Like miniature planets orbiting a sun, the groups glided counterclockwise around the oval rink, occasionally caroming off other skaters. The regulars' ecstatic smiles masked a pervasive sadness. World on Wheels, the last full-fledged indoor roller skating rink in the city of Los Angeles, will hold its final lace-up Sunday night.
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NEWS
September 24, 2010
If you've ever watched a roller derby, you know the contact sport is fast-paced and super competitive. So who are those tough skaters whizzing by? Sixty-three percent of roller derby skaters are 25 to 34 years old and 31% have children under 18, according to the Women's Flat Track Derby Assn., the governing body for the sport, which has almost 100 member leagues across the country. (Read more: Women's Flat Track Derby Assn. ) But what if you want the workout without the body slams?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2013 | By Martha Groves
World on Wheels, the last full-fledged indoor roller skating rink in the city of Los Angeles, will hold its final lace-up Sunday night. For three decades, the Mid-City institution has won loyalists as an indoor amusement park, party venue, fitness center, haven for young people and hip-hop incubator. It has even played matchmaker. But a bankruptcy proceeding, a change in ownership and evolving neighborhood tastes have conspired to end its free-wheeling days. "It's like losing a member of the family," said Nelson Bracamonte, 55, a weekly regular at the rink since its opening on Halloween 1981.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 1986
Skateboarding and roller skating, both popular modes of transportation among college students, have been banned at California State University, Northridge. "I don't have anything against skateboards. It's just that they do present a danger, and a university campus is not the proper place for them," CSUN Police Chief Stanley Friedman said. "It may slow some people down, even to the point of being late for class, but what we're talking here is risk management."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 1990
The Palos Verdes Estates City Council is considering legalizing roller skating and roller blading in the city--provided that "good skates" are cautious and stay out of traffic. Police Chief Gary Johansen was directed by the council to draft an ordinance that would continue to forbid skateboarding but would permit the use of roller skates and roller blades, which resemble ice skates but have wheels.
NEWS
March 11, 1989 | NEIL FEINEMAN
Skating, which has had a low profile for the last decade, is once again on a roll. In the late 1970s, roller-skating was the workout of choice for many Los Angeles skaters who often outnumbered--and outpaced--cyclists on area bike paths. After a rash of injuries and confrontations with pedestrians and cyclists, which prompted increased community pressure to ban skating from the coastal bike path, many skaters hung up their skates or went back to indoor rinks.
SPORTS
July 3, 1994 | MIKE HISERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No matter how far she travels, Jill Moreno can't duck the inevitable mix-ups. Just the other day a young man who probably should know better asked her which of the 37 Olympic Festival athletic events she was participating in. Moreno answered. "Roller skating, huh? You mean like this?" he said, jabbing with both his elbows. This from another athlete no less. "People think I do roller derby," said Moreno, a 17-year-old student at Rio Mesa High. Not even close.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1991 | GREG HERNANDEZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As she carefully laced her black roller skates, Becky Tripp smiled and looked around the familiar setting of Skate Ranch, the popular Santa Ana roller rink where she spent countless summer nights as a teen-ager. "When I was younger, this was the hangout, especially on Friday nights," Tripp, 38, said before cautiously making her way onto the rink's large wooden floor.
SPORTS
August 12, 1998 | TRIS WYKES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Darcy Wooten dedicated much of the last 10 years to competitive roller skating before reaching one of its highest levels almost as an afterthought. An injury last year prompted Wooten, a Chatsworth High senior, to turn her focus from skating and embrace other activities. School, soccer and running became priorities. So how did Wooten wind up at the 62nd National Artistic Roller Skating Championships this week in Fresno? Apparently practice isn't everything when a sport is ingrained.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2011 | By Daniel Siegal, Los Angeles Times
It was 1:30 a.m. at Coachella 2010, and thousands of weary festival-goers waited in long lines of dusty cars to exit the parking area. But just a field away, in the camping zone, hundreds of less-than-sober revelers were partying like the concert never ended. Pushing the Coachella experience deep into the night, they were roller-skating to the sounds of the '70s, starting impromptu soccer games, dancing to a surprise set from one of the day's electronic acts, and sharing drinks in the crisp night air. Welcome to the Coachella campgrounds, where Indio's midnight noise ordinance is as irrelevant as the need for a designated driver and everyone is your friend.
NEWS
September 24, 2010
If you've ever watched a roller derby, you know the contact sport is fast-paced and super competitive. So who are those tough skaters whizzing by? Sixty-three percent of roller derby skaters are 25 to 34 years old and 31% have children under 18, according to the Women's Flat Track Derby Assn., the governing body for the sport, which has almost 100 member leagues across the country. (Read more: Women's Flat Track Derby Assn. ) But what if you want the workout without the body slams?
SPORTS
August 2, 2008 | Pete Thomas and Dan Arritt, Times Staff Writers
Street skateboarding has millions of fans and many more spectators. Anyone who drives, walks outside or looks out windows is a spectator. All those kids tooling around on skateboards on sidewalk or street corners? Street skaters. They're everywhere. In fact, skateboarding has experienced 74% growth in the last decade -- more than any other sport or form of recreation, according to a recent study -- and the number of skateboarders in the U.S. now totals more than 10 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2008 | Tatiana Simonian
THERE are combinations in life that make no sense yet seem to work. Chicken and waffles. Run-DMC and Aerosmith. And roller skating and gothic industrial music. The latter pairing makes for a quite a spectacle at World on Wheels on a recent Monday night. Yes, that's a trauma victim circling the rink, not far from the top hat-wearing Victorian gentleman and other daringly costumed devotees done up as if they take their fashion cues from the Cure's Robert Smith.
HEALTH
November 28, 2005 | Roy M. Wallack
Suddenly, skating is on a roll. Wild new wheel configurations, expandable-length frames, even modernized versions of the old "quad" skate are breathing new life into the activity. Although participation in skating has plunged by nearly half from its peak of 32 million in 1998, according to Sports Data Group Inc., these innovative products might jump-start a rolling revival. * Something completely different Landroller: The only skate with two wheels -- giant, side-mounted ones that angle inward.
NEWS
August 21, 2003 | Julia Gaynor, Special to The Times
On any given Friday night around 9:30 on Main Street in Santa Monica, when most people are unwinding -- finishing a dinner out, dropping into spots like the Circle Bar for a vodka tonic, or settling into the Library Ale House to nurse a few pints with friends -- there's a different end-of-the-week ritual racing down the street.
SPORTS
July 16, 1991 | BARBIE LUDOVISE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They are the defending world champions, but few people know it. They practice for hours, but few people care. They dream of the Olympics, but the Olympics doesn't want them. They could give it all up, but what would that prove? They are roller skaters Tina Jerue and Larry McGrew, world-class athletes in an economy-class sport. "When most people think of roller skating, they think of roller derby," said McGrew, a Santa Ana resident.
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January 9, 1992 | ANDREW LU, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; Andrew Lu is a junior at Sunny Hills High School, where he is a reporter for The Accolade, the student newspaper, and the vice president of the Key Club. and
Laurie Fitzgerald makes a move on the roller-skating rink. "Do it again," her coach says for the 10th time. Fitzgerald skates the movement again. "No, no, no," her coach says. "Be more fluent in your moves." She goes back and tries again. "No. Your motion just isn't right," her coach says. For Sunny Hills High School students Laurie and Andrea Fitzgerald and Tiffany Costello, roller-skating is a tedious drive for perfection.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2003 | From Times Staff Reports
Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, who starred in the 1970s show "Welcome Back, Kotter," was arrested Sunday on suspicion of domestic abuse, police said. Jacobs, who played Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington on the show, was roller-skating with his girlfriend at 2:30 p.m. near Pacific Avenue and Washington Boulevard when they got into an argument, authorities said.
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