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April 11, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A man killed when his scooter collided with a Jaguar driven by a 98-year-old woman was identified Thursday as Oscar Alaniz of Orange. Alaniz, 35, died Wednesday afternoon when he drove into a Costa Mesa intersection on a green light and collided with a vehicle turning left in front of him. Officials with the Costa Mesa Police Department said the car was turning on a green light. The woman driving the car stopped at the scene and was interviewed by police. Alcohol did not appear to play a role in the crash, and she was released pending an investigation, they said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2014 | By Alicia Banks, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
A man who died after a collision with a Santa Monica police vehicle Saturday was identified by coroner's officials Wednesday as a 30-year-old Highland resident. Walter James was driving  a dark-colored 2013 Taotao scooter east on Pico Boulevard when he collided with a Santa Monica police officer's patrol car, which was traveling north on 4th Street, officials said. The patrol car was marked and equipped with emergency lights, said Karina Munoz, a spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol, which is investigating the crash.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Under a June-gloom sky, thousands of bikers filled Wilshire Boulevard in the first hours of CicLAvia. Some had speakers in their bike baskets blaring hip-hop, rock and other kinds of music - one man blaring Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" - as they passed one another on the street. One rider made his own music, singing Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" as he rode along. Others rode slowly, peering up at the buildings as they passed and pointing out features they otherwise might have missed driving by in their cars.
BUSINESS
February 5, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
The scooter market is an increasingly crowded and competitive segment of the U.S. motorcycle business. Going after the urban commuter dollar are everything from inexpensive rides like the Kymco Like to high-powered freeway fliers like the Suzuki Burgman to super deluxe $10,000 models like the Vespa 946. Honda is splitting the difference and aiming for the middle of the target with its 2014 Forza. LANE-SPLITTING CONTROVERSY: Guidelines from the CHP   Sharing some genetic material with Honda's earlier Helix and Reflex scooter lines, the Forza is a sleek, smart-looking 300cc unit that features smooth power, a liquid-cooled and fuel-injected engine, an optional anti-lock ABS braking system and capacious storage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 98-year-old woman driving a Jaguar in Costa Mesa collided with a man on a scooter in an accident that left the man dead, police said Wednesday night. Witnesses told investigators that the red 2003 Jaguar turned left in front of 35-year-old man who had a green light, Sgt. Joyce La Pointe of the Costa Mesa Police Department said.  La Pointe told The Times that the woman was released pending an investigation of the accident, which was reported about 2:30 p.m Wednesday near Superior Avenue and Industrial Way. The man was transported to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. He was pronounced dead about 3:30 p.m. Anyone with information is asked to call Officer Darren Wood at (714)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 | By Frank Shyong
A 28-year-old Highland Park man died after a scooter he was riding collided with a Santa Monica police cruiser Saturday morning, authorities said. The man was heading east on Pico Boulevard about 7:40 a.m. when the collision occurred. The cruiser was heading north on 4th Street. The scooter driver was taken to a hospital, where he later died. The police officer suffered minor injuries. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Neither the scooter driver or the officer were identified.  ALSO: Body found stuffed inside suitcase in Glendale is identified Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck says he wants a second term Deadly L.A.-area meningitis outbreak raises concerns in gay community Twitter:  @frankshyong frank.shyong@latimes.com
NEWS
August 16, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The big heat gripping Southern California leaves me daydreaming about big ocean adventures, like this one in Honolulu. It's described as an underwater scooter and snorkeling experience in Maunalua Bay, where you can see fish and sea turtles up close. For a limited time, the excursion is on sale for $99 per person, courtesy of Travelzoo . The deal: The Travelzoo discount cuts the cost of this two-hour excursion in half. As always, you purchase a voucher that can be redeemed with the dive company Island Water Sports based in Honolulu.
WORLD
March 15, 2012 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
Three members of a French parachute regiment were gunned down Thursday in a busy town center in southwestern France by an assassin on a scooter. It was the second drive-by shooting of French soldiers in less than a week, leading investigators to fear military personnel were being targeted. The three soldiers, all in uniforms, were standing by a bank ATM machine in the town of Montauban when the gunman opened fire shortly after 2 p.m. Two of the men, 24 and 26 years old, were killed instantly; the third, age 28, was in critical condition in a hospital Thursday night.
MAGAZINE
July 15, 2001 | Mark Ehrman
Invited to: Vespa Fashion Extravaganza celebrating the reintroduction of the Italian company's iconic scooter, on Cosmo Street in Hollywood. * Leader of the pack: "It's a really nice summer night, and they've turned this street into a party place," says "American Beauty's" Thora Birch, arriving over a blacktop ramp to the blatter of engines and the beeping of horns. Of course, she's hearing piped-in sound effects. The real scooters are all silent and stationary.
NEWS
December 4, 2001 | J. MICHAEL KENNEDY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ginger is here at last and it's a scooter after all. But not just any scooter. It's electric and it has no brakes. Do little more than think about moving forward and off you go. Think about stopping and you do just that. Ditto for going backward. It has a turning radius of zero. Ginger, also known as "It," is the brainchild of multimillionaire inventor Dean Kamen, who has kept his pet project under tight security since news of it surfaced almost a year ago. He unveiled the scooter, now known as the Segway, Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Wondering where the grown-ups are in Justin Bieber's life? Well, his dad was with him Thursday, but in the wake of the singer's arrest on suspicion of DUI, resisting arrest and driving without a valid license in Miami, manager Scooter Braun has briefly commented. "Been a long day," Braun said on Twitter late Thursday. "Bottom line is we are defined by how we handle adversity. Be there when it counts. Love fully in good times and bad. " Previously, he'd addressed a tweet directly to 19-year-old Bieber: "@justinbieber love you and i will act in the manner of someone who truly cares.
SPORTS
August 31, 2013 | By Tim Hubbard
While most fans are focused on teams still in the playoff chase, fantasy owners understand the benefit of trolling the rosters of the also-rans. Staff writer Tim Hubbard looks at some newer talent currently on display in the MLB's outposts. Scooter Gennett 2B | Milwaukee Amid the Ryan Braun turmoil and disappointing 59-75 record before Saturday, Milwaukee is having a season to forget. But all is not blue with the Brew Crew, as the emergence of Gennett and shortstop Jean Segura could give them a strong middle infield for years to come.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
"I feel like I'm 50 again," exclaims a giddy octogenarian biker in "Go Grandriders," a sweet, slight documentary chronicling the two-week, 730-mile journey by scooter a handful of adventure-seeking seniors take around the perimeter of Taiwan. With an average age of 81, the 17 riders count among them a calligraphy master, a former kamikaze-pilot instructor, a pastor and a housewife. The trip is bumpy and eventful: On the first day alone, the group's sprightly captain succumbs to an ulcer and another senior dozes off at the wheel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2013 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Under a June-gloom sky, thousands of bikers filled Wilshire Boulevard in the first hours of CicLAvia. Some had speakers in their bike baskets blaring hip-hop, rock and other kinds of music - one man blaring Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" - as they passed one another on the street. One rider made his own music, singing Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" as he rode along. Others rode slowly, peering up at the buildings as they passed and pointing out features they otherwise might have missed driving by in their cars.
AUTOS
June 1, 2013 | By Peter Pae, Los Angeles Times
For years I contemplated selling my car and riding a bicycle to work. I would ride to the Tustin train station four miles from my Irvine home on a bike path that would put me just half a mile from the station. From there I would take the Metrolink train to work in downtown Los Angeles. But the few times I tried riding my road bike, I was exhausted by the time I got home. Getting there was easy - all downhill - but coming home was sheer agony, grinding up hills after a long workday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha
    This post has been updated. See below for details. A 10-year-old boy who told Glendale police he couldn't remember falling off his electric scooter Tuesday night was put in a medically induced coma after his condition worsened while en route to the hospital for evaluation. The boy, who was not identified, was spotted by a resident lying next to his scooter in the 1900 block of Alpha Road. When officers arrived and started talking with the boy, they noticed a bump on the right side of his head, but he reportedly couldn't remember what caused it, according to police.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2013 | By Inkoo Kang
"I feel like I'm 50 again," exclaims a giddy octogenarian biker in "Go Grandriders," a sweet, slight documentary chronicling the two-week, 730-mile journey by scooter a handful of adventure-seeking seniors take around the perimeter of Taiwan. With an average age of 81, the 17 riders count among them a calligraphy master, a former kamikaze-pilot instructor, a pastor and a housewife. The trip is bumpy and eventful: On the first day alone, the group's sprightly captain succumbs to an ulcer and another senior dozes off at the wheel.
NEWS
May 12, 1985 | RHONDA GIVENS, Times Staff Writer
Like a mother protecting her young, Scooter, a 4-year-old pit bull, kept her eyes on the new puppies in the puppy ward. Scooter looked over the puppies, found the frightened ones and licked their faces through the wrought-iron fence. When any whined, she nudged them. It's all part of the job. As mascot of the San Gabriel Valley Humane Society and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center here, Scooter helps make all newcomers feel at home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A man killed when his scooter collided with a Jaguar driven by a 98-year-old woman was identified Thursday as Oscar Alaniz of Orange. Alaniz, 35, died Wednesday afternoon when he drove into a Costa Mesa intersection on a green light and collided with a vehicle turning left in front of him. Officials with the Costa Mesa Police Department said the car was turning on a green light. The woman driving the car stopped at the scene and was interviewed by police. Alcohol did not appear to play a role in the crash, and she was released pending an investigation, they said.
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