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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 2007 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
With red-and-blue lights flashing and sirens wailing, LAPD Officers Garrett Breegle and Paul Rodriguez were hurtling into law enforcement's future. Maybe hurtling is not the right word. Breegle and Rodriguez were doing all of 10 mph as they patrolled the area between downtown's toy and flower districts. They were aboard Space Age-looking scooters that have come to symbolize the high-tech turn that police work is taking in Los Angeles. "It's Robo Cop!"
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BUSINESS
October 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Razor USA is recalling about 20,000 of its E300 electric scooters over concerns that the handlebars can break off, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said. The recall covers scooters with bar codes of 100620-03 through -09. Consumers were asked to stop using the scooters and contact Cerritos-based Razor for a repair kit. Information is available at www.razor.com/recall.
AUTOS
August 15, 2007 | SUSAN CARPENTER
With interest in alternative-energy vehicles reaching an unprecedented fever pitch, Vectrix couldn't have timed its arrival any more perfectly. Its new Vectrix Maxi Scooter, which has been in the works for more than 10 years, was approved for sale in California just last week and is now officially on the market. Cue excited screams here.
NEWS
July 22, 2007 | Noaki Schwartz, Associated Press
Thousands of miles from the Alaskan wilderness, a pair of huskies charge down a dusty path with their master in tow. There is no sled under the feet of Rancy Reyes. Instead, his hounds work up a lather pulling his two-wheeled scooter through the brush of a Southern California park as he shouts commands that are as foreign in this sunbaked part of the world as snowflakes. In a city better known for its high-end indoor mall than high-energy outdoor activities, "urban mushing" has taken hold.
NATIONAL
July 21, 2007 | P.J. Huffstutter, Times Staff Writer
There were questions about Segway scooters, Scooter the Muppet and a child's toy scooter. But Patrick J. Fitzgerald drolly dodged questions about the one scooter everyone was curious about during his guest appearance on National Public Radio's quiz show "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!"
OPINION
July 4, 2007
Re "Bush spares Libby from prison," July 3 As alleged conservatives celebrate President Bush's commutation of the prison sentence of former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, they show their true colors. They are not principled, as they would have us believe. Only partisan. MICHAEL OLSON Pasadena * Any defense lawyer can now maintain that the president says there should be no jail sentence for perjury. What a precedent this sets for our judicial system.
NATIONAL
May 17, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Police officers assigned to parks and beaches for the summer will get around on Segways, the motorized scooters once described as the first great invention of the 21st century. Patrol officers earlier used the two-wheeled vehicles in Central and Prospect parks on a trial basis, but they were recalled because they tended to fall over when the battery ran low. The problem has been fixed, and now the New York Police Department has spent $53,000 to buy 10 for use beginning today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 10, 2007
A 9-year-old Santa Ana boy was in critical condition Monday after being struck by a car while riding a motorized scooter on a street with another boy. The second child, who is 3, was in stable condition, authorities said. Police did not release either boy's name. The accident occurred about 6 p.m. near Pacific and Marion avenues when the pair rode into the path of an oncoming car, said Sgt. Brad Sadler, a spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department. No arrests were made.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2007 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
Most legal experts were not surprised Tuesday when jurors convicted I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby on four of five counts of lying to federal investigators. What puzzled some of the experts were the statements Libby made to investigators about when and how he learned that Valerie Plame was a CIA agent. Libby said NBC reporter Tim Russert told him during a July 2003 phone conversation.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2007 | Richard B. Schmitt, Times Staff Writer
I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby told a federal grand jury three years ago that he did not believe he had discussed the wife of an administration critic with officials from the CIA and the State Department, contradicting sworn testimony by the officials at Libby's perjury trial here. The revelation came Monday as prosecutors began playing audiotapes of Libby's eight hours of testimony before a grand jury investigating how the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame became public.
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