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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 1990
A tractor-trailer rig overturned on the Santa Ana Freeway during rush hour Tuesday evening, spilling its load of 40 barrels of cooking grease into a ditch, the California Highway Patrol said. No injuries were reported in the accident, which occurred at 4:30 p.m. south of Magnolia Avenue. California Department of Transportation workers mopped up the mess from the leaking 55-gallon drums, which pooled into a ditch on the side of the freeway, CHP officials said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 28, 1999 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
A crash on the Ventura Freeway during rush hour Friday afternoon forced the closure of the southbound lanes for more than three hours and caused a massive traffic backup into Ventura, authorities said. The incident occurred about 4:45 p.m. when the driver of a Saturn sedan rear-ended a Toyota pickup, forcing the truck driver to lose control and overturn, authorities said. The crash happened just south of the Del Norte Road offramp.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1998 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT
A motorcyclist was seriously hurt and three other drivers sustained minor injuries in back-to-back collisions Tuesday during morning rush hour on Sunset Hills Boulevard, authorities said. The first collision occurred at 8 a.m. when Denise Prickett, 18, failed to yield and struck motorcyclist Christopher Esseff, 30, at Sunset Hills and Avenida Verano, Deputy Michael Panek said. Prickett and Esseff, both of Thousand Oaks, were taken to Columbia Los Robles Regional Medical Center, Panek said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1987 | KEVIN RODERICK, Times Staff Writer
Commuters in some parts of Los Angeles figure to gain a little break under a plan unveiled Wednesday to keep the curb lanes free of delivery trucks during rush hours. The answer is simple--just move the trucks off the street and into nearby parking lots. But it has taken years to bring off, requiring the clout of Mayor Tom Bradley's office and the threat of towing to win over truck operators and parking lot owners.
NEWS
December 13, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Rush Hour 2," starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, took in more than $200 million at the box office this year, making it the highest grossing film New Line Cinema has ever had. The DVD (New Line, $27) of the sequel to the popular 1998 action comedy is full of extras but most of them aren't anything special. Take "Jackie Chan's Hong Kong Introduction," which offers a very brief look at Hong Kong through Chan's eyes. It plays like a commercial for the Hong Kong tourist board than a DVD feature.
NEWS
January 19, 1995 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Solutions to the state's mounting transportation problems may lie in taxing motorists on how far they travel and how much they use freeways during rush hour, according to a report released Wednesday by a coalition of business, labor and transit agencies. "State and local transportation programs are flat broke," Arthur Bauer, executive vice president of the Californians for Better Transportation, said at a Sacramento news conference.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 1999 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One of the biggest hits and one of the biggest box-office disappointments of last year have recently made their DVD debuts. "Rush Hour" (New Line, $25), the blockbuster action-comedy starring comic Chris Tucker and martial arts superstar Jackie Chan, is a terrifically entertaining DVD. Not only is the film presented in wide-screen, but the disc also features several deleted scenes, two music videos, the original theatrical trailer and bios of the cast and crew.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 1991 | G. JEANETTE AVENT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A quick-moving thunderstorm pelted San Diego County with rain during the 5 p.m. rush hour Friday, precipitating a rash of fender benders and knocking out power, phones and cable TV service, authorities reported. A 20% chance of thunderstorms continues through this afternoon, forecasters say. The storm, which moved through in about 90 minutes, was caused by moist, unstable air circulating around a low-pressure system off Baja California, forecaster Wally Cegiel said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 23, 1998 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Emily Rios' baby daughter arrived unexpectedly Wednesday--during rush hour on Interstate 5 in the back seat of the family's green Volvo. "They were en route to the hospital and her husband was driving like in the movies, weaving in and out of traffic, when she told him she couldn't hold it any more, so they pulled over," said Eric Leverenz, a paramedic who arrived at the scene shortly after the baby was born.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2001 | RICHARD NATALE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Rush Hour 2" led a record-breaking rush to the box office over the weekend, grossing an estimated $66.8 million and teaming with "Planet of the Apes" and "The Princess Diaries" to form a triumvirate that helped set a new standard for three-day non-holiday weekends. According to box-office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations, the top 12 films grossed an estimated $163.8 million over the weekend--the second-largest three-day take ever, after Thanksgiving 2000, when "Dr.
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