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November 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The Navy is coming to the rescue of one of its mightiest veterans, joining the operation to free the World War II aircraft carrier Intrepid from deep Hudson River mud that has blocked efforts to move the ship to a dry dock for renovation. The ship, which serves as the Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum, was moved only a few feet before its 16-foot propellers snagged in the sediment. The Navy will provide salvage support at a cost of about $3 million.
October 17, 2006 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
Three government SUVs guarded a road to nowhere. Nearby, a middle-age couple camping out in a trailer manned a round-the-clock checkpoint next to a locked gate, on the watch for environmental protesters. A few miles beyond, the drone of chain saws rose from a deep ravine while a hovering helicopter plucked blackened logs from the floor of the burned forest and carried them to the nearest road.
September 19, 2006 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
When the Macon was launched in 1933, the giant dirigible was more than just the biggest object ever to sail through the skies. To a nation laid low by the Depression, it was a symbol of hope. "Floating majestically in the sky, the Macon is a sight thrilling to every American and an impressive symbol of our Navy's airpower," crackled a newsreel of the day. Newspapers called the Macon "the queen of the airways."
August 1, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A member of a salvage team examining an abandoned ship drifting in the Aleutian Islands slipped down the ship's deck and suffered a fatal blow to his head, the Coast Guard said. The team was preparing to leave the Cougar Ace, which is listing almost on its side, when the naval architect lost his footing. His name was not released. The Japanese-owned ship carries about 5,000 cars. Its crew members were rescued July 24.
March 19, 2006 | Don Lee, Times Staff Writer
About once a month, Ying Guangwu tucks some cash inside his black shirt, slings a knapsack over his back, and hits the road. The square-jawed 33-year-old doesn't always know where he's headed or when he'll return. But he knows exactly what he's looking for: tons of scrap metal. A pen-shaped magnet in his pocket helps him determine the quality of some metals. In December, Ying spent two weeks in Guangdong province, a 20-hour bus ride away, rummaging through factory warehouses and scrap yards.
December 11, 2005 | Michael DiGregorio, Michael DiGregorio is a freelance writer based in the east Mojave Desert.
If the Chocolate Mountains were a spine laid sideways, Jacob Ray Taylor--J.R., of course, to those who know him--would be found down in the lumbar. The mountains trend in a languid southeasterly direction from Riverside County across Imperial County to just this side of the Mexican frontier.
May 25, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Researchers raised another cannon from an underwater site two miles offshore. They hope it will help prove the sunken wreckage was once the flagship of the notorious pirate Blackbeard. "We knew it the first day, and we still have absolutely no doubt that she's the Queen Anne's Revenge," said Phil Masters, whose Florida-based research firm located the wreckage in 1996. "There is no other ship lost at Beaufort Inlet with anything more than 10 cannon."
April 3, 2005 | Chuck Green
When it comes to selecting recycled materials, it's important for people to be flexible in terms of what they hope to create, said Scott Hill, who collects and resells salvaged materials as well as uses them in his own West L.A. home addition. "What can you do with this old lamp, that kind of wood or this stone? What will it look like after you sand or clean it?" he said. "You have to be open about what materials or type of wood you are going to use. You have to adapt to circumstances."
April 3, 2005 | Chuck Green, Special to The Times
Rene SPENCER was tooling around her neighborhood one day a couple of years ago when the sight of a home demolition stopped her in her tracks. The Long Beach resident had just purchased a Craftsman home built in the 1920s and wanted authentic materials for an extensive renovation the house required. With the contractor's permission, she retrieved door trim and a stove that would have been destined for the dump.
March 23, 2005 | Daryl Kelley and Spencer Weiner, Times Staff Writers
On a drizzly dawn after a sandbar scuttled the Irving Johnson outside an Oxnard harbor, a crew that had stayed with the beached tall ship overnight, and one that had arrived to help save it, huddled for an emotional group hug Tuesday morning. "The Irving Johnson has got to float again: I've got a lot of myself in that boat," said Marann Fengler, watching from Silver Strand Beach as the ship bobbed sideways in the surf near a rock jetty.
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