December 18, 1996 |
A runaway train without lights, whistle or an engineer barreled across about 50 miles of western Nebraska on a moonless night earlier this month, coming within seconds of hitting a farmer and his pregnant wife. Operated only by a remote-controlled locomotive, the 55 train cars plowed through dozens of crossings, three railroad stop signs and passed several other trains before a train engineer stopped them. Officials said the train may have been sabotaged by an irate motorist.
March 9, 1989
An International Olympic Committee doctor who was in charge of the doping control facility at the Seoul Games dismissed the sabotage theory presented in testimony by Ben Johnson's coach Charlie Francis, this week at the Canadian federal inquiry into drug use in sports. Dr. Manfred Donike of West Germany said Wednesday in an interview with the Toronto Star: "I can tell you this is absolute nonsense . . .
November 26, 1989
A 135-mile off-road motorcycle race across the Mojave Desert that had been opposed by environmentalists was marred Saturday by almost a dozen injuries and an attempt at sabotage. Officials of the American Motorcyclists Assn. contended that someone had tried to interrupt the race from Barstow to Las Vegas by dumping four-pronged spikes along the course.
June 26, 1991 |
A disgruntled General Dynamics computer programmer, hoping to increase his salary by creating a problem only he could solve, planted a computer "logic bomb" that could have destroyed vital data in the San Diego defense contractor's Atlas rocket space program, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday. Federal officials allege that Michael J.
February 25, 1999 |
A Microsoft Corp. executive acknowledged during the company's antitrust trial Wednesday that he tried to get Apple Computer Inc. to adopt Microsoft's multimedia technology, but he denied sabotaging Apple in an attempt to get the task done. Eric Engstrom, general manager of DirectX multimedia at Microsoft, completed his testimony by denying an accusation made earlier in the trial by Apple Senior Vice President Avadis Tevanian.
August 19, 1985
The discovery that a children's roller coaster at the Santa Clara County Fair had been sabotaged has led to the arrests of a 21-year-old man and a teen-ager for investigation of attempted murder and child endangerment, police reported. Metal pins connecting two cars on the Kiddie Roller Coaster apparently were removed after the ride was shut down, sheriff's Sgt. Cary Colla said. The motive for the alleged tampering is unknown, he said.
October 17, 1988 |
A "highly sophisticated form of sabotage" that may have included the gassing of the flight crew through the use of low-intensity plastic explosives was responsible for the Aug. 17 air crash that killed President Zia ul-Haq, 10 of his top army generals and U.S. Ambassador Arnold L. Raphel, Pakistan reported Sunday.
November 19, 1989 |
Militant vegetarians and animal-rights activists are being blamed by the FBI for a growing problem with sabotage and vandalism on Western ranches, apparently aimed at undermining the region's beef and wool-growing industries. Richard Whitaker of the FBI office in Las Vegas warned the annual Nevada Cattlemen's Assn.
March 7, 1989 |
Ben Johnson's coach, Charlie Francis, said Monday that he believes the Canadian sprinter's drug test was sabotaged after Johnson had won the 100 meters at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, testifying that an unidentified stranger joined Johnson in a waiting room before the test and could have spiked his drink with an anabolic steroid.
February 21, 1992 |
California Teachers Assn. members are trying to sabotage efforts to gather enough signatures to place a school voucher initiative on the November ballot, the president of the measure's sponsoring organization charged Thursday. David J. Harmer, president of the Excellence through Choice in Education League, said those who gather petition signatures "are being physically blocked by people who identify themselves as CTA members."