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December 21, 1986 | United Press International
Thirty-eight pilot whales have died after dozens stranded themselves along a 20-mile stretch of Cape Cod seashore, rescuers said Saturday. Rescue crews used front-end loaders and heavy rubber rafts in attempts to refloat some of the survivors among 43 whales that came ashore Friday at Cook's Brook Beach and other sites along the popular vacation area. Three were pushed back out to sea and two were brought to an aquarium, where one later died.
January 27, 1991 | MIKE DOWNEY
Just the other night, I went to see the Clippers play basketball, which is always a treat. For me, an evening at a Clipper game is exactly like a quiet, relaxing, romantic evening at home, except at home I don't have hardwood floors.
May 14, 1988
In his article loftily instructing Americans about our "failure" in Vietnam, French journalist Todd has the colossal nerve to ask, "Why, for example, do communists so often manage to confiscate a national liberation or anti-colonial struggle?" He ought to know. It was the French who plundered, oppressed and brutalized the Vietnamese so that capitalism, which the French represented, became synonymous with hell. Communism seemed a viable alternative. Paul Doumer, who became the French governor general of Vietnam around the turn of the century, stated the French attitude quite succinctly when he wrote in his memoirs, "When France arrived in Indo China, the Vietnamese were ripe for servitude."
January 12, 1986
Jerry Goldsmith's score for "Legends" being replaced with one by Tangerine Dream is mindlessly depressing, but hardly surprising ("Movie Music: Is It Becoming Hit or Miss?," by Steven Smith, Jan. 5). What else is to be expected in a business where corporate decisions have spent $48 million on a two-character sci-fi story ("Enemy Mine") in which one of the characters wears a rubber suit and mask that looks like a rubber suit and mask, where $23 million resulted in a filmed play ("A Chorus Line")
January 1, 2007 | Roy M. Wallack
If there's a sport, there's a shoe specifically made to help you do it better -- even if you seldom need to touch the pavement. Here are a few examples of highly functional footwear for some of the most popular off-asphalt pastimes. --- Climbing soles that grip Five-Ten Gambit: The rock-climbing shoe Spider-Man would love.
August 27, 2000
The Firestone-Ford tire debacle is eerily reminiscent of NASA's Challenger disaster. For months or even years, many people suspected that brittle rubber in a defective O-ring design might contribute to hot-gas penetration of the solid rocket boosters, which could lead to catastrophic failure of the shuttle. Similarly, for years many have suspected that brittle and defective rubber used in tire manufacturing could result in tire delamination and catastrophic failure, especially in under-inflated tires.
June 23, 1987 | WARREN VIETH, Times Staff Writer
On the credenza in Peter Churm's office is a ruled writing pad with a cryptic inscription, "250 in 5," at the top of each page. It is the last of the dozens of pads that Churm, the affable 61-year-old chairman and chief executive officer of Fluorocarbon Co. in Laguna Niguel, ordered four years ago in an effort to inspire his executive team. At that time, Fluorocarbon was a mid-size rubber and plastics manufacturer with annual revenues of $74 million.
September 7, 2008 | Frank Eltman, Associated Press Writer
RIVERHEAD, N.Y.-- At a crowded racetrack on a Saturday night, the spectators begin chanting a countdown to the evening's final event. When they hit zero, chaos follows. A dozen cars thunder off in every direction, blasting into each other's fenders in a growing percussion of gut-thumping thuds. Soon, smoke is billowing from engines, rubber tires are shredded down to steel wheels that screech and squeal as the competitors squeeze every last breath out of their dying machines. Sparks fly in all directions as torn-off steel scratches pavement and the odor of burnt rubber and God-knows-what burning under the hoods fills the lungs.
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