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August 9, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Emily Foxhall
SAN FRANCISCO - Three days after a "person of interest" in the disappearance of an Oakland woman was taken into custody, searchers located a body in tall brush about 45 miles northeast of her home. While the female remains discovered outside Lagoon Valley Regional Park near Vacaville had not been identified by Friday evening, the development suggested a tragic conclusion to the search for Sandra Coke. The 50-year-old capital case investigator for the federal public defender's office in Sacramento disappeared Sunday after leaving her home to pick up a prescription for her 15-year-old daughter.
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August 9, 2013 | By Lee Romney and Emily Foxhall
SAN FRANCISCO - Three days after a "person of interest" in the disappearance of an Oakland woman was taken into custody, searchers located a body in tall brush about 45 miles northeast of her home. While the female remains discovered outside Lagoon Valley Regional Park near Vacaville had not been identified by Friday evening, the development suggested a tragic conclusion to the search for Sandra Coke. The 50-year-old capital case investigator for the federal public defender's office in Sacramento disappeared Sunday after leaving her home to pick up a prescription for her 15-year-old daughter.
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June 7, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
A first-of-its-kind vertical roller coaster debuting June 30 at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will take riders through a pair of twists, a towering heart-line roll and a non-inverting loop. Dubbed Superman Ultimate Flight, the custom Premier Rides launched coaster at the Northern California park combines a unique blend of elements from other coasters, including Cedar Point's Wicked Twister, Universal Orlando's Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and Green Lantern: First Flight at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
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June 7, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
A first-of-its-kind vertical roller coaster debuting June 30 at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom will take riders through a pair of twists, a towering heart-line roll and a non-inverting loop. Dubbed Superman Ultimate Flight, the custom Premier Rides launched coaster at the Northern California park combines a unique blend of elements from other coasters, including Cedar Point's Wicked Twister, Universal Orlando's Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit and Green Lantern: First Flight at Six Flags Magic Mountain.
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October 7, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Next year is shaping up as the year of the tower swing ride, with variations of the thrill ride heading to six theme parks — and counting. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif., on Thursday announced plans for a 150-foot-tall SkyScreamer tower swing ride for spring 2011. SkyScreamer will be in the front of the park and rise to a height equal to Discovery Kingdom’s tallest roller coaster, the floorless Medusa . The open-air swings, similar to classic wave swinger rides, will accommodate 32 riders.
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September 6, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 2-year-old giraffe died Wednesday morning in a barn fire at an amusement park that authorities have blamed on a faulty electrical outlet. The giraffe, Makonnen, succumbed to smoke inhalation shortly after the 2 a.m. blaze at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, park spokeswoman Nancy Chan said. Firefighters brought the flames under control within half an hour, Vallejo Fire Department spokesman Bill Tweedy said.
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July 15, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Known as "America's Roller Coast," Cedar Point has been home to many record-breaking rides over the years and boasts a towering skyline of steel unmatched by any other amusement park. Photos : View the Top 10 Cedar Point roller coasters With 17 coasters, Cedar Point remains just behind Six Flags Magic Mountain's 18 coasters in a fierce back-and-forth battle for the coveted title of "Roller Coaster Capital of the World. " The Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park is about mind-blending speeds, gut-wrenching drops and scream-inducing thrills of the wooden- and steel-coaster kind.
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November 25, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Wham! Bam! Ka-Pow! A bruising brawl involving comic-book superheroes, Saturday morning cartoon characters and extreme sports icons will change the ride and roller coaster landscape of Six Flags' 11 U.S. amusement parks in 2011. An intellectual property housecleaning at the amusement park chain has left Bugs Bunny, Superman and Scooby-Doo victorious and Thomas the Tank Engine, The Wiggles, Evel Knievel and Tony Hawk vanquished. In a sudden about-face, Six Flags is undoing several licensing agreements established since 2007 for 60 amusement park rides and attractions.
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August 28, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk plans to replace a 20-year-old steel coaster with the $5.5 million Undertow spinning coaster in summer 2013. > Photos: Undertow spinning coaster at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Undertow is being billed as Northern California's only spinning coaster after Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo removed Pandemonium, a short-lived 2008 Gerstlauer spinning coaster formerly known as Tony Hawk's Big Spin. The 50-foot-tall Undertow will reach speeds of 40 mph along a 1,400-foot-long track.
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January 28, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
California's Great America has announced plans to remove the third coaster in less than a decade – a period in which no new coasters were added to the amusement park in Santa Clara, Calif. Invertigo , an inverted shuttle coaster that made its debut in 1998, will be removed to make room for a new attraction planned for 2012, officials said. In 2002, the Greased Lightning looping shuttle coaster was removed from Great America and relocated to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo in Northern Caifornia.
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October 7, 2010 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Next year is shaping up as the year of the tower swing ride, with variations of the thrill ride heading to six theme parks — and counting. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo, Calif., on Thursday announced plans for a 150-foot-tall SkyScreamer tower swing ride for spring 2011. SkyScreamer will be in the front of the park and rise to a height equal to Discovery Kingdom’s tallest roller coaster, the floorless Medusa . The open-air swings, similar to classic wave swinger rides, will accommodate 32 riders.
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September 1, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Six Flags unveiled its 2012 lineup of new roller coasters, thrill rides, water slides and live shows at the amusement park chain's 12 North American locations. > Photos: New attractions coming to Six Flags parks in 2012 New Six Flags President and Chief Executive Jim Reid-Anderson said a full slate of new additions would become an annual event, promising to add a new attraction at "every Six Flags park every year. " Six Flags ' 2012 attractions include two new roller coasters, two relocated coasters, three tower rides, three water slide complexes and at least one show.
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December 24, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
Shortly after Christmas, the same question arises every year: What are we going to do on New Year's Eve? Here's what some California amusement and theme parks have planned for the last night of 2012: Disneyland in Anaheim will stay open until 2 a.m. with live bands, DJs and midnight fireworks. Across the way, Disney California Adventure will remain open until 1 a.m. with live bands, the Mad T Party dance party and a midnight showing of the "World of Color" nighttime water spectacular.
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