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November 3, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Christopher B. Shelton, 76, skipper of the ill-fated sailing ship Albatross when it sank in a sudden storm in 1961, died Oct. 5 of pancreatic cancer in Stamford, Conn. Shelton used the 92-foot Albatross as a floating classroom. He was traveling with his wife, Alice, and a group of high school students when the ship was hit by a squall about 180 miles east of Key West, Fla. His wife, four students and the ship's cook were lost in the storm.
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SPORTS
October 26, 2002 | Ross Newhan
Having been distracted by a World Series in which the hitters should be forced to swing noise sticks to compensate for the pitiful pitching, let's see if I have this right: * The New York Mets, unwilling to wait for Dusty Baker and unable (or is that unwilling as well?) to meet the compensation demands of the Seattle Mariners for negotiating rights to Lou Piniella, were suddenly willing to settle on Art Howe as their next manager, agreeing to overpay (four years, $9.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2002 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Russell A. Izor, the developer of the braided Space Age fiber fishing line he dubbed "Izorline," colorful sportfishing boat captain, conservationist and occasional thorn in the side of the California Department of Fish and Game, has died. He was 79. Izor died Saturday in Long Beach of pancreatic cancer. He had lived for many years in Torrance.
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September 5, 2002 | JOHN JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's the stuff of hackneyed adventure fiction. A creature rises out of the murky depths to attack hapless seafarers tottering about in their frail boats. Haven't we heard this somewhere? Not this time, you haven't. Believe it or not--and some marine experts have a hard time believing it--a whale damaged a 22-foot fishing boat and killed the boat's skipper in the waters off Central California this week. The way it happened is almost as astonishing as what happened.
NATIONAL
August 8, 2002 | From Associated Press
A thumbnail-size butterfly found only in northwestern Nevada and northeastern California was given permanent protection Wednesday under the Endangered Species Act. The listing published in the Federal Register makes permanent an emergency action taken in November by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the Carson wandering skipper.
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July 24, 2002 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and LEE ROMNEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Sailing legend Dennis Conner's newest America's Cup racing vessel sank abruptly off Long Beach on Tuesday when the rudder shaft snapped during a training exercise. The damage to the $5-million, 80-foot sloop dealt a setback to Conner, who will make a ninth appearance in the trials to challenge for the 2003 America's Cup in Auckland, New Zealand. The Stars & Stripes USA-77 was sailing alongside Conner's sister Stars & Stripes USA-66 in a routine two-boat testing session about 1 p.m.
NATIONAL
May 17, 2002
ALASKA * Thirteen years after the Exxon Valdez fouled Prince William Sound with crude oil, former tanker Capt. Joe Hazelwood has finished paying his official debt to Alaska with a $50,000 check. In 1990, a jury convicted Hazelwood of negligent discharge of oil, a misdemeanor. His sentence also included 1,000 hours of community service, which he completed last summer.
TRAVEL
February 3, 2002 | ALAN SOLOMON, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Folks, you have read about barge cruises on the Rhine or the Danube or through Provence, on those hotel boats with luxurious cabins and a chef. Or the deluxe charters serving foie gras accompanied by a noble Chablis. This wasn't that. This was a self-skippered cruise on Burgundy's Nivernais Canal. We paid our money (about $2,000) and got a motor-driven houseboat, some instructions, a map and a guidebook. No license required. No experience necessary.
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January 15, 2002 | DENNIS McLELLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gregorio Fuentes, who skippered Ernest Hemingway's fabled fishing boat, the Pilar, for more than 20 years and is said to have been the writer's inspiration for the embattled fisherman in "The Old Man and the Sea," has died. He was 104. Fuentes died of cancer Sunday at his home in Cojimar, the quiet Cuban fishing village about 10 miles east of Havana where Hemingway used to dock the Pilar.
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September 3, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They took away the wench-chasing pirates. Now, they've stopped shooting the hippos. Disneyland officials, who say they're only keeping up with today's sensibilities, have quietly disarmed the skippers of the Jungle Cruise, raising eyebrows among fans of one of the park's oldest, most cherished attractions. No more do the wisecracking skippers reach for their Smith & Wessons and fire a few blanks at hippopotamuses emerging from the river bottom.
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