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June 16, 1992 | LARRY SPEER
A USC professor who drowned last month while diving off the coast of Ventura County was not the victim of faulty scuba gear, a medical examiner said Monday. Results of an investigation conducted by Aqua Ventures, a Camarillo dive shop, suggest that equipment failure did not cause Willard Van Tuyl Rusch, 58, to drown during a dive off the southern coast of San Miguel Island on May 27, deputy coroner Jim Wingate said. "All the gear came up fine," Wingate said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2014 | By Richard Winton and Samantha Schaefer, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Fourteen teens accused of throwing a clandestine party at an unoccupied La Habra Heights mansion -- and then looting it of everything from  collectible medieval armor to a mounted snow leopard -- are due in court Wedesday to face trespassing and burglary charges. The 9,000-square-foot home sustained more than than $1 million in losses and damage in the November incident, authorities said. Among the looted items were  collectible medieval armor, scuba gear, designer suits and the snow leopard, valued at $250,000.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 1992 | LARRY SPEER
Diving gear used by a USC professor who drowned off the coast of Ventura County on Wednesday will be examined by scuba experts later this week, a medical examiner said Thursday. Investigators hope the examination will help explain why Willard Van Tuyl Rusch, 58, an experienced diver, drowned while diving off the southern coast of San Miguel Island, Deputy Coroner Jim Wingate said.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Chris Erskine
Arrrrgh! Last weekend's snow and heavy rains ravaged Big Bear's iconic Pirate Ship, which sank Friday night in heavy winds. The popular tourist attraction , a one-third scale replica of a 16 th century Spanish galleon, had been docked at Holloway's Marina. Owner Loren Hafen said the fully winterized vessel was last inspected about 4 p.m. Friday, and a marina employee discovered it submerged at 8 a.m. Saturday. Using scuba gear, Hafen inspected the hull Monday and found no holes or significant structural damage.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1993 | CONNIE CASS, ASSOCIATED PRESS
It might have been ice or air or earth, but it was the sea that captivated Walter Munk. Munk, one of the world's best-known oceanographers, wandered into the study of oceans as a college physics student looking for a summer job near his girlfriend's coastal home. Now he's 75, the girl is a memory and the ocean is his life. Sitting in his home on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Munk said his scientific specialty easily could have been something else. "I love the ocean," Munk said.
NATIONAL
November 9, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A decorated Navy veteran who robbed a credit union and then hid in the Mississippi River in scuba gear was sentenced in St. Paul to 11 years in prison. Mark W. Samples, 41, of Hager City, Wis., was convicted in May of stealing more than $70,000 in the holdup. Witnesses said he fled on a mountain bike, then made his way to the river's edge, donned scuba gear and drifted downstream to his car.
OPINION
August 30, 2009 | Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. His work also appears in USA Today.
There is no one better to pay tribute to the "Lion of the Senate" than Pat Oliphant, leader of editorial cartooning's pride, whose journalism career overlapped most of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's tenure in Washington. Oliphant, then drawing for the Washington Star, delightedly employed his cruelest and most vicious Chappaquiddick imagery in assessing Kennedy's presidential fitness, no doubt contributing to the senator's decision to remain in Congress. He went for it again, with Jimmy Carter in scuba gear, in a legendary classic.
NATIONAL
September 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
A Tennessee man beat his own record for staying underwater with scuba gear after five days in a lake -- complete with recliner, a checkerboard, music and good friends to keep him company. Then Jerry Hall cheerfully signed a pledge to his wife never to do it again. "I had the easy job," Hall said. "It was my dive team that did all the work. I kept them hopping all the time, and they never once complained. Whatever I wanted or needed, they were there for me." Hall, 39, of Bluff City, Tenn.
NEWS
April 10, 2013 | By Jay Jones
An Austrian couple is ditching a hitching at a Vegas wedding chapel and instead will tie the knot inside the giant aquarium at the Silverton Casino Hotel . The public is invited to join in the April 18 celebration, observing the underwater ceremony through the tank's 12-by-25-foot viewing window. Stephan Fletzberger and Andrea Fischer adore scuba diving (and each other, of course). With the help of resort staff, they arranged to get married amid the thousands of sharks, sting rays and other fish that live in the 117,000-gallon aquarium.
NATIONAL
July 27, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Michael Marin, an outdoor enthusiast and former Wall Street trader, killed himself by swallowing cyanide in an Arizona courtroom moments after he was convicted of arson, officials have ruled. Marin, 53, was sitting at the defendant's table in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix when the verdict was returned June 28. He was caught on video, slumping forward, head in hands, and he appeared to swallow something that had been hidden in his fingers. He also drank from a water bottle.
NEWS
April 10, 2013 | By Jay Jones
An Austrian couple is ditching a hitching at a Vegas wedding chapel and instead will tie the knot inside the giant aquarium at the Silverton Casino Hotel . The public is invited to join in the April 18 celebration, observing the underwater ceremony through the tank's 12-by-25-foot viewing window. Stephan Fletzberger and Andrea Fischer adore scuba diving (and each other, of course). With the help of resort staff, they arranged to get married amid the thousands of sharks, sting rays and other fish that live in the 117,000-gallon aquarium.
TRAVEL
March 10, 2013
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NATIONAL
July 27, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Michael Marin, an outdoor enthusiast and former Wall Street trader, killed himself by swallowing cyanide in an Arizona courtroom moments after he was convicted of arson, officials have ruled. Marin, 53, was sitting at the defendant's table in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix when the verdict was returned June 28. He was caught on video, slumping forward, head in hands, and he appeared to swallow something that had been hidden in his fingers. He also drank from a water bottle.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2012
UNDERRATED Joe Henry's 'Reverie' : An in-demand producer who collects Grammy nods the way some collect stamps, Henry may be best known for the warm glow he's cast on award-winning records by Solomon Burke and the Carolina Chocolate Drops. But he deserves as much notice for his own work as a singer-songwriter. Colored by rich acoustic instrumentation and Henry's lyrical literary flourishes, this 2011 album is a great place to get to know Henry's voice. 'How It's Made' : A fixture on the Science Channel, there's something strangely meditative about this program's steady diet of bustling factories churning out random ephemera, including artificial eyes, scuba gear and hockey skates.
OPINION
August 30, 2009 | Joel Pett, Joel Pett is the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Kentucky. His work also appears in USA Today.
There is no one better to pay tribute to the "Lion of the Senate" than Pat Oliphant, leader of editorial cartooning's pride, whose journalism career overlapped most of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's tenure in Washington. Oliphant, then drawing for the Washington Star, delightedly employed his cruelest and most vicious Chappaquiddick imagery in assessing Kennedy's presidential fitness, no doubt contributing to the senator's decision to remain in Congress. He went for it again, with Jimmy Carter in scuba gear, in a legendary classic.
NEWS
May 17, 2005 | Scott Doggett
More than 60 years have passed since underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau and engineer Emile Gagnan freed divers from heavy helmets and cumbersome diving suits with their self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA), which has since gone through more transformations than Madonna. Nick Icorn, one of the first people in the U.S. to use the equipment, has been collecting scuba gear since it was first introduced. Now 76, he dreams of opening a history-of-scuba museum.
NEWS
March 13, 1985
A man who donned scuba gear to clean boats has been arrested on suspicion of burglaries at several waterfront homes in Newport Beach and is suspected of stealing as much as $1 million in jewelry and family heirlooms, police and Tuesday. Steven Scott Warren, 23, of Costa Mesa was arrested and charged with three counts of burglary and was being held Tuesday in lieu of $50,000 bail at Orange County Jail. Warren had worked for a Costa Mesa boar maintenance firm, police said.
NEWS
May 17, 2005 | Scott Doggett
More than 60 years have passed since underwater explorer Jacques Cousteau and engineer Emile Gagnan freed divers from heavy helmets and cumbersome diving suits with their self-contained underwater breathing apparatus (SCUBA), which has since gone through more transformations than Madonna. Nick Icorn, one of the first people in the U.S. to use the equipment, has been collecting scuba gear since it was first introduced. Now 76, he dreams of opening a history-of-scuba museum.
NATIONAL
November 9, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
A decorated Navy veteran who robbed a credit union and then hid in the Mississippi River in scuba gear was sentenced in St. Paul to 11 years in prison. Mark W. Samples, 41, of Hager City, Wis., was convicted in May of stealing more than $70,000 in the holdup. Witnesses said he fled on a mountain bike, then made his way to the river's edge, donned scuba gear and drifted downstream to his car.
NATIONAL
September 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
A Tennessee man beat his own record for staying underwater with scuba gear after five days in a lake -- complete with recliner, a checkerboard, music and good friends to keep him company. Then Jerry Hall cheerfully signed a pledge to his wife never to do it again. "I had the easy job," Hall said. "It was my dive team that did all the work. I kept them hopping all the time, and they never once complained. Whatever I wanted or needed, they were there for me." Hall, 39, of Bluff City, Tenn.
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