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August 24, 2001 | Associated Press
Dale Earnhardt's longtime car owner reacted angrily Thursday to seat-belt maker Bill Simpson's claim that he repeatedly warned the late driver that belts in his car were not properly installed. "In the 16 years that Dale and I were together, Dale never said anything to me about any conversation with Bill Simpson or any of Bill's representatives regarding the installation of the seat belts," car owner Richard Childress said at Bristol, Tenn., site of this weekend's Winston Cup racing.
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August 24, 2001 | MARTIN HENDERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A headstrong behemoth, NASCAR revealed the results Tuesday of its six-month investigation into the death of Dale Earnhardt but failed to provide much satisfaction. There was no concrete reason cited for Earnhardt's death, although heavy play was given to the seat belt that broke in Earnhardt's car during his accident on the last lap of the Daytona 500 Feb. 18. In other words, business as usual.
SPORTS
August 22, 2001 | Associated Press
Six months, 54 experts and $1 million later, there are no definitive answers to all the questions about stock car driver Dale Earnhardt's fatal crash. Still, NASCAR, the body that sanctions and runs Winston Cup racing, keeps coming back to the broken seat belt. NASCAR's investigation determined Tuesday that a broken seat belt was a factor in Earnhardt's fatal wreck on the last lap of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 18, but its report does not recommend widespread changes to improve safety.
SPORTS
August 20, 2001 | Associated Press
Dale Earnhardt Jr. wore a head-and-neck-restraint system in the Pepsi 400 on Sunday, six months after his father died of a skull fracture in a crash at the Daytona 500. It's the first time Earnhardt Jr. has raced with the safety device in his brief Winston Cup career and came two days before NASCAR is scheduled to release a report on the fatal accident involving Dale Earnhardt Sr. "It hurts a little," Earnhardt Jr. said during a rain delay. "It's uncomfortable but I'm going to make it work."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly 10 months after a preschooler was trapped beneath the ride and severely brain-damaged, Disneyland reopened its vastly overhauled Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin on Thursday afternoon. While saying the ride was safe from the start, the amusement park went beyond state orders to fix problem areas. The state-ordered additions include automatic latching doors and sensor-equipped bumpers that sit 2 1/2 inches off the ground so that riders cannot be trapped underneath.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2001 | ERIC SONDHEIMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Attendance at the city's only skate park, in Encino, has dropped about 50% since the construction of a 10-foot security fence allowed officials to begin enforcing a city requirement that skateboarders wear protective gear. Kevin Regan, superintendent of operations for the Valley region of the Department of Recreation and Parks, said he is not concerned about the drop in park usage. "It's become a benefit for those using the facility," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2001 | Times staff and wire reports
Attendance at L.A.'s only skate park, in Encino, has dropped about 50% since officials began enforcing a city ordinance requiring skateboarders to wear protective gear. Pedlow Field Skate Park, which opened in February, was drawing several hundred skaters a week, but many refused to wear the required helmets or knee and elbow pads despite requests from park rangers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2001 | ERIC SONDHEIMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city is ready to crack down on people not wearing safety gear at Los Angeles' only skate park. For more than two months, the city Department of Recreation and Parks has tried to coax skateboarders at the Encino park to wear helmets, kneepads and elbow pads as required by a city ordinance. Signs, threats, gentle pleading--nothing has worked to get the skateboarders to conform.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2001 | ERIC SONDHEIMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city is ready to crack down on people not wearing safety gear at L.A.'s only skate park. For more than two months, the city Department of Recreation and Parks has tried to coax skateboarders at the Encino park to wear helmets, kneepads and elbow pads as required under a city ordinance. Signs, threats, gentle pleading--nothing has worked to get the skateboarders to conform, officials say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2001 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The man in the pinstripe suit, fingers bare, levels his gun and tries to shoot. Nothing happens. "I do not have the ring on!" he yells. In a flash, he slips a silvery ring over his middle finger and grabs the gun. The weapon springs to life, firing six rounds in a blaze of noise and smoke. For a moment, Daniel Hinerfeld could almost pass for the hero of a sci-fi comic strip.
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