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November 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A 19-year-old New York University student was recovering on Monday after he was freed from a coffin-sized space between two buildings in Manhattan. Asher Vongtau, 19, was freed about 5 p.m. Sunday by the New York Fire Department from the space, described in reports as a two-foot shaft between a university dorm building and a garage in downtown Manhattan. The student had been missing since Saturday morning. Vongtau was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was listed in stable condition on Monday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Seventy feet below Wilshire Boulevard, cater-corner from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's street-lamp installation, fresh air roaring from giant ventilation pipes dulled the sickly sweet smell of petroleum. Amid the clatter of jackhammers and the whine of a mini-excavator, paleontologist Kim Scott scouted the tarry muck for relics from a long-buried beach. She had plenty of choices. Major construction on the highly anticipated Westside subway extension won't begin until next year, but an exploratory shaft dug at the corner of Ogden Drive to assess soil conditions for future stations and tunnels has burped up a bonanza of prehistoric swag.
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NEWS
June 16, 2000 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA
Forget Regis and his uptown millionaire matching shirt and tie look. Shaft is back--and so is his suave, unstuffy style. But, gentlemen, you don't need to break the bank to carry off the designer look. Take it from Ruth Carter, the film's costume designer, who offers these tips for the guy who wants to get, how shall we say, Shafted. * For starters, "You've got to have a black leather jacket or blazer, and it can't be crummy."
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
California's Gold Rush may have started at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, but Empire Mine in Grass Valley proved to be among the largest gold-producing mines in the state. For more than two decades, the state historic park had plans to relive those glory days by taking tourists on mining carts into the historic shaft -- plans that cost the agency $3.5 million before they were scrapped last year over budget and safety concerns. California State Parks spokeswoman Vicky Waters said Tuesday that the agency put the brakes on re-creating the mine-shaft experience at the park in October.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Martha Groves
Seventy feet below Wilshire Boulevard, cater-corner from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art's street-lamp installation, fresh air roaring from giant ventilation pipes dulled the sickly sweet smell of petroleum. Amid the clatter of jackhammers and the whine of a mini-excavator, paleontologist Kim Scott scouted the tarry muck for relics from a long-buried beach. She had plenty of choices. Major construction on the highly anticipated Westside subway extension won't begin until next year, but an exploratory shaft dug at the corner of Ogden Drive to assess soil conditions for future stations and tunnels has burped up a bonanza of prehistoric swag.
WORLD
October 10, 2010 | By Chris Kraul, Los Angeles Times
When the drill finally broke through to the miners Saturday, sounds erupted in a symphony of relief: the cheers of family members, the blowing of horns throughout the mine, and the shouts of the men 2,300 feet below. For more than two months, the 33 miners have been trapped in their pitch-dark claustrophobic refuge after a cave-in at the mine in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. At one point, they were even left for dead. But at 8 a.m., the whine of the rescuers' powerful drill as it punched through the rock to reach a tunnel used by the men signaled that the end of their ordeal could be near.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Honda Motor Co. said it would recall approximately 50,000 of its 2012 Civic passenger cars in the U.S. to inspect the left drive shaft. The automaker said the driver's side drive shaft in some Civics might not have been properly assembled, potentially allowing it to separate from a joint while the car is being operated. If that happened, the engine would no longer propel the vehicle in any gear, and the vehicle might roll away if the parking brake has not been set when the gear selector has been placed in the park position, increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury, Honda said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 1999
While we give our destitute our compassionate shaft, Germany is about to give its prostitutes health insurance and retirement (Oct. 21). LUIS FELIPE ALVAREZ Los Angeles
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2006
NO knock on Christian Bale's ability to get deep into any part he chooses to play, but his latest turn as a "thuggish Iraq vet" is either a step up or a backslide into the guy he played in the remake of "Shaft" a few years back ["Here Comes Trouble," Nov. 12]. Same guy now with a lot less hair and, as Bale says, more "Celtic flush." And why wasn't the "Shaft" role even mentioned by writer Fred Schruers, who didn't seem shy about filling space by running down almost every film Bale's appeared in since age 12?
NEWS
November 25, 1993 | Reuters
A 16-ton winch plunged 487 feet down a shaft in a water tunnel under construction Wednesday, killing one worker and injuring 10 others, police said. The winch landed on a group of workers on platforms near the bottom of the tunnel. Seven were taken to nearby hospitals and three were treated at the scene. One worker said he was left hanging by his fingertips when his ladder collapsed from the impact. He was rescued by firefighters.
NATIONAL
November 4, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A 19-year-old New York University student was recovering on Monday after he was freed from a coffin-sized space between two buildings in Manhattan. Asher Vongtau, 19, was freed about 5 p.m. Sunday by the New York Fire Department from the space, described in reports as a two-foot shaft between a university dorm building and a garage in downtown Manhattan. The student had been missing since Saturday morning. Vongtau was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was listed in stable condition on Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 2013 | By Bettina Boxall
A sprinkler that may have been accidentally activated by a film crew sent water pouring down stairs and elevator shafts in Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday afternoon. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said one or more sprinkler heads turned on in a fourth-floor room on the northwest side of the building. The water spread to portions of the first, second and third floors and the mezzanine by way of stairs, a service elevator shaft and an elevator shaft. Firefighters, called to the scene at 2:27 p.m., checked a fire alarm panel to find the activated sprinkler and quickly turned it off. “I don't believe there was any damage to council members' offices or furniture,” Scott said, adding that the mini-flood was not on carpeted floors.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
There are train wrecks, and there are train wrecks. Then there's San Onofre. You probably know San Onofre as the full-figured fiasco overlooking the Pacific Ocean near the Orange/San Diego county line. Beginning in 2004, Southern California Edison, the nuclear power plant's principal owner, oversaw a $770-million project to replace its two aging steam generators with new models. The new units, which were supposed to last 20 years, lasted scarcely 20 months before showing alarmingly severe wear and tear.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Honda Motor Co. said it would recall approximately 50,000 of its 2012 Civic passenger cars in the U.S. to inspect the left drive shaft. The automaker said the driver's side drive shaft in some Civics might not have been properly assembled, potentially allowing it to separate from a joint while the car is being operated. If that happened, the engine would no longer propel the vehicle in any gear, and the vehicle might roll away if the parking brake has not been set when the gear selector has been placed in the park position, increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury, Honda said.
BUSINESS
June 12, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Honda Motor Co. said it will recall approximately 50,000 model-year 2012 Civic passenger cars in the U.S. to inspect the left drive shaft. The automaker said the driver's side drive shaft in some Civics might not have been properly assembled, potentially allowing it to separate from a joint while the car is being operated. If that happened, the engine would no longer propel the vehicle in any gear, and the vehicle might roll away if the parking brake has not been set when the gear selector has been placed in the park position, increasing the risk of a crash or personal injury, according to Honda.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2012
George Murdock Character actor often played the 'heavy' George Murdock, 81, a veteran character actor who had a recurring role as Lt. Scanlon on the television sitcom "Barney Miller" and played God in the 1989 film "Star Trek V: The Final Frontier," died Monday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, said his close friend and fellow actor Jennifer Rhodes. He had cancer. Murdock's craggy facial features and booming bass voice helped him land a steady stream of "heavy" parts in theater, film and television productions.
OPINION
August 16, 2008
Re "Isaac Hayes, 1942-2008," Aug. 11 I have to disagree with The Times' repeated use of the term "blaxploitation" in describing Isaac Hayes' Academy Award-winning song from the Gordon Parks movie "Shaft." By using this term, you do Hayes a great disservice. "Shaft" stands on its own as an action thriller. Certainly its makers didn't set out to make a so-called blaxploitation movie -- those came later -- and I doubt Hayes set out to score such a film. William Sottile Palmdale
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2008 | From the Associated Press
A Northern California man died after he fell into a mine shaft in northern Nevada, authorities said. Sheriff's deputies in Lyon County, Nev., said Terry Berardy of Mokelumne Hill, about 55 miles southeast of Sacramento, was unconscious and unresponsive after he was extricated Saturday from the shaft around the Ludwig Mine near Smith Valley. Deputies said Berardy fell at least 80 feet as he and friends and family were exploring the area. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
NEWS
April 23, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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WORLD
October 13, 2010 | Chris Kraul, Kraul is a special correspondent.
The first of 33 gold and copper miners entombed half a mile below ground for more than two months were hauled into the frigid Chilean desert air early Wednesday morning, emerging from a cramped, life-saving haven and into the embrace of family members once forced to confront the likelihood of their deaths. Foreman Florencio Avalos, 31, was the first of the miners to ride up the shaft that rescuers hope will serve as the lifeline for all. Wearing sunglasses to protect his eyes from aboveground lights, Avalos squeezed into a specially fitted, bullet-shaped capsule only a shade smaller than the 28-inch diameter of the tunnel and was winched to the surface over 14 agonizing minutes.
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