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August 27, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
WASHINGTON - The soaring white obelisk is a defining feature of the capital's architectural landscape, so visitors to the Washington Monument this summer may be disappointed that the view of the iconic memorial has been obscured by its renovation. Or not. Covered by a web of scaffolding and semi-transparent blue scrim to allow repair of the damage caused by a rare East Coast earthquake two years ago, the monument has undergone a modern makeover that has inspired buzz about the 129-year-old edifice - and even some calls to make the look permanent.
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October 22, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - Visitors to Washington have seen the iconic Washington Monument don a blanket of scaffolding while it undergoes repairs from an earthquake. Soon they will see a similar look at the opposite end of the National Mall. For about two years the Capitol dome will be covered with scaffolding while it gets its first complete restoration in more than five decades, starting next month. The project, budgeted at nearly $60 million, is handled by the office of the architect of the Capitol, while the National Park Service oversees the Washington Monument's repairs just more than a mile away.
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NEWS
March 11, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Investigators worked to determine why scaffolding outside the John Hancock Center building in Chicago fell more than 40 floors during a windstorm, killing three women in cars. Sections of broken scaffolding held by cables from the top of the building had been secured Sunday. The scaffolding crashed to the ground Saturday afternoon as 58 mph winds whipped the area, the National Weather Service said.
NATIONAL
August 27, 2013 | By Alexei Koseff
WASHINGTON - The soaring white obelisk is a defining feature of the capital's architectural landscape, so visitors to the Washington Monument this summer may be disappointed that the view of the iconic memorial has been obscured by its renovation. Or not. Covered by a web of scaffolding and semi-transparent blue scrim to allow repair of the damage caused by a rare East Coast earthquake two years ago, the monument has undergone a modern makeover that has inspired buzz about the 129-year-old edifice - and even some calls to make the look permanent.
NEWS
July 22, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Creaking metal and shouts from workers above scattered Times Square pedestrians during the morning rush just seconds before a 20-story chunk of scaffolding collapsed, killing a 73-year-old woman in her living room across the street and injuring 12 people. The scaffolding fell onto the roof of the 12-story Woodstock Hotel, a home for the elderly. New York City officials were investigating the incident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1994 | WILLSON CUMMER
Permanent scaffolding that draws attention to a new shopping center will be allowed, though city planners said the 25-foot-high metal scaffolding does not blend visually with the rest of the commercial neighborhood. Shaheen Sadeghi, owner of the LAB at 2930 Bristol St., persuaded the Planning Commission on Monday to let him continue putting up the scaffolding, which he started without building permits.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 1985
A man fell 25 feet to his death Thursday from scaffolding attached to a building under construction in Van Nuys, the Los Angeles city Fire Department said. The victim, whose name and age were not immediately known, fell off the two-story commercial building being built by the Jayport Development Corp. near the intersection of West Sherman Way and Sepulveda Boulevard, department spokesman Jim Wells said. Paramedics found the victim dead at the scene when they arrived at 6:40 p.m., Wells said.
NEWS
June 7, 1987 | Associated Press
Metal scaffolding being moved by construction workers toppled and hit a power line, electrocuting two workers and injuring five others, authorities said. The accident Friday at the Argent Square Depot shopping center occurred as the workers were pushing the scaffolding to make way for other construction equipment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 2001 | THUY-DOAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 30-year-old worker from Victorville died in Irvine on Friday when scaffolding broke away from a building under construction and he plunged nine stories, officials said. Michael Ballou was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:45 p.m. by Orange County Fire Authority paramedics, Irvine Police Sgt. Leo Jones said. Ballou was part of a crew building the Marriott Residence Inn at 2855 Main St.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2001 | HECTOR BECERRA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five people were injured, one seriously, when scaffolding set up for Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony collapsed at the Shrine Auditorium on Thursday. Cal/OSHA said it will investigate the cause of the 2:30 p.m. accident and whether any workplace violations occurred. Academy officials said they expect preparations to resume this morning and that the ceremony will go on as scheduled.
BUSINESS
May 16, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
The iconic Matterhorn Bobsled ride at Disneyland has been closed for a six-month renovation and is scheduled to reopen June 15. The overhaul is the first top-to-bottom construction project of the 147-foot-tall peak since it was built in 1959. Through the use of time-lapse photography, Disney released a video Wednesday that shows workers wrapping the snow-dusted summit in scaffolding and then removing the scaffolding again in only 47 seconds. Disney officials said they plan no significant changes to the ride itself.
NEWS
February 15, 2011
For Lights, Camera ? we ask a craftsperson to talk about a specific scene in his or her latest film. This week, cinematographer Danny Cohen writes about creating tension in "The King's Speech" and the tricky lighting issues of filming in a recording booth. In the climax of "The King's Speech," Colin Firth comes within 2 inches of a microphone to deliver a speech announcing the outbreak of war. Public speaking is something the monarch he plays has always dreaded due to a paralyzing speech impediment.
WORLD
November 15, 2010 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
A high-rise apartment building under renovation in Shanghai erupted in flames Monday, killing 53 people and injuring 90, the official New China News Agency said. A witness said the blaze started when building materials caught fire and spread up scaffolding surrounding the 28-story tower, the news agency reported. Firefighters facing difficulty reaching the upper levels set up hoses on top of an adjacent building to finally contain the blaze, which raged for more than four hours.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2010 | By Andrew Zajac, Tribune Washington Bureau
The Food and Drug Administration acknowledged Thursday that it made a mistake in overruling its scientists and approving a knee implant after the agency was lobbied by four members of Congress. The FDA said in a statement that it would seek to remove the device from the market, but also would meet with the company that makes it, ReGen Biologics Inc. of Hackensack, N.J., to see if there is a process through which they could apply again for approval for the implant. The device, called a Menaflex Collagen Scaffold, was approved by the FDA in December 2008 to repair and reinforce the meniscus, a C-shaped disc of tissue that cushions and helps lubricate bones in the knee joint.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2010 | By Bob Pool
Peter Gowland, whose exuberant, sun-drenched swimsuit photos and self-designed large-format cameras helped define glamour photography for six decades, has died. He was 93. Gowland died March 17 at his Pacific Palisades home of complications from surgery for a broken hip, said his wife of 68 years, Alice. The son of actors Gibson Gowland and Sylvia Andrew, Gowland was born in Hollywood on April 3, 1916, and grew up on motion picture sets. After attending Hollywood High School, he worked as a dress extra -- often in tuxedos and other formal wear -- in movies.
NATIONAL
June 1, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A scaffold holding three painters at an industrial complex collapsed, killing two of them and injuring the other. The men were painting a fuel tank at the International-Matex Tank Terminals in Bayonne when a bolt failed, said Hudson County prosecutor Edward DeFazio. The tank was about 60 feet high, and DeFazio described the accident as "the equivalent of a multistory fall."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 2005 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
A construction worker fell 80 feet to his death and another man briefly dangled in the air Wednesday after scaffolding gave way inside the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, officials said. Both men were wearing safety harnesses, said Costa Mesa Fire Battalion Chief Keith Fujimoto. The accident occurred inside the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, which is under construction as part of the arts center's expansion.
NEWS
August 18, 1992 | CHRISTINE COURTNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The 26-foot bamboo shaft that B. K. Lee bends with the aid of his feet and hands is so flexible that for a moment he resembles a pole vaulter about to be catapulted across the room. But it's also strong enough to form the basis for one of Hong Kong's more unusual businesses--erection of the bamboo scaffolding that, much to the surprise of many Western visitors, dominates virtually every building site in the city.
WORLD
June 5, 2006 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
Visitors to Rome could be forgiven if they concluded that the city is awash in refurbishing. Everywhere one looks, it seems, scaffolding hugs the facades of churches, obelisks and Renaissance-era palaces. In reality, there is more going on here -- or less, actually -- than meets the eye. Billboards are prohibited in Rome's historic center, the site of ancient ruins and some of the world's most famous monuments.
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