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November 17, 2011
EVENTS To go with its ongoing mod scooter exhibit, "Scooters: Size Doesn't Always Matter," the Petersen Automotive Museum celebrates the reissue of the Who's landmark 1973 album, "Quadrophenia," with a special listening party. View actual scooters from the golden age of mod while listening to the remastered rock opera, which was produced and overseen by Pete Townsend himself. Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 6-9 p.m. Thurs. $10. (323) 930-2277. http://www.petersen.org.
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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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BUSINESS
January 13, 2001 | Reuters
After a swift run as the toy of choice for American kids, sales of the formerly high-flying scooters are drying up, leaving retailers with stacks of them at discounted prices. Salespeople at Brookstone Inc., Modell's Sporting Goods and Sharper Image Corp. stores said they have discounted several brands of scooters since the holiday rush, and they didn't seem too eager to order any more.
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
October 9, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The City Council approved an ordinance that outlaws motorized scooters on a portion of a popular paved oceanfront hiking trail. The Tuesday night vote bans stand-up and sit-down motorized scooters. It does not apply to motorized wheelchairs. The trail along the bay is one of the city's most popular park spaces.
BUSINESS
March 25, 2005 | From Associated Press
A Chinese manufacturer of Bratz Stylin' Scooters is recalling about 297,000 scooters because the wheels can break or become damaged, which can lead users to fall or suffer injuries, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The distributor, MGA Entertainment Inc. of Van Nuys, has received six reports of cracked wheels. All the incidents resulted in cuts, scrapes and bruises. In one case, a child suffered a broken arm. The recall includes scooters manufactured by Jurong Dumar Bicycle Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2000
Sheriff's deputies armed with a search warrant seized more than 27,000 counterfeit Razor scooters at a warehouse in Compton on Wednesday night, officials said. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lt. Shaun Mathers said deputies began their investigation after receiving a tip from Razor U.S.A. that counterfeit scooters were being stored at the warehouse on Artesia Boulevard.
NEWS
March 4, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Unless they're supervised by adults, children younger than 10 shouldn't use skateboards and those younger than 8 shouldn't use non-motorized scooters, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics. Non-motorized scooters have soared in popularity--with an accompanying rise in injuries--in the last two years. The recommendations update the academy's 1995 skateboard policy, which says children younger than 5 shouldn't use them at all.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 2001 | MASSIE RITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 67-year-old man died Sunday after falling off a scooter in a Van Nuys intersection, Los Angeles police said. The victim, whose name was withheld pending notification of relatives, fell from a motorized scooter just before 9 a.m. in the crosswalk at Sepulveda Boulevard and Stagg Street, Police Sgt. Charles Swanson said. "He took a header without wearing a helmet--landed on his head," Swanson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 14, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An 11-year-old boy who neighbors said had a heart condition died after he was knocked off his scooter by other youths in Compton on Monday, according to authorities. The boy collapsed and died after the altercation in the 1000 block of South Castlegate Avenue about 4:35 p.m., said Sheriff's Deputy Harry Drucker. Sheriff's homicide detectives were investigating. An autopsy is expected to determine the cause of death.
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.
NEWS
April 24, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Purse-snatchers beware: Atlanta police are riding shiny new $9,000 scooters--and it will take at least a brisk jog to get away from them. The city's finest unveiled a battalion of Segway Human Transporter vehicles. The battery-powered, two-wheeled scooters can hit 15 mph. Inventor Dean Kamen introduced the gyroscope-stabilized scooters last fall after keeping them secret for months under the code names IT and Ginger. Police in Atlanta are borrowing six of the scooters for a test.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2001 | TINA DAUNT and BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Cracking down on a fad, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to ban motorized scooters on the Venice Beach bike path and boardwalk. The ban is the first of its kind in Los Angeles. Last year, the state Legislature passed a law permitting the motorized scooters on bike paths and in bike lanes unless specifically prohibited by local ordinance. Council members are studying the possibility of banning the popular scooters in other crowded city areas.
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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