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August 14, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Police were investigating Wednesday a car crash involving an alleged drunk driver who lost control and smashed into a Long Beach home. The incident occurred about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 2600 block of East 7th Street when the car hopped a curb, barreled through a fence and slammed into a house, KTLA-TV reported. A photo of the crash showed the vehicle resting on its two left wheels, its front end lodged awkwardly inside the residence. A neighbor told KTLA that when the driver got out of the vehicle, empty beer cans came spilling out. “Just empty cans…it sounded like 'clank, clank, clank'…like a slot machine,” witness Korel Bouley told the TV station.
April 16, 2014 | By Alicia Banks and Kate Mather
At least 15 people, including six firefighters, were injured Wednesday afternoon when two firetrucks collided in Monterey Park, causing one to smash into a small restaurant. Monterey Park Fire Chief Jim Birrell said no fatalities were reported. The injuries ranged from minor to at least one critical. The injured firefighters are equally split between Birrell's department and the Alhambra Fire Department. He said both agencies were responding to a house fire in Monterey Park when the collision occurred shortly after 3 p.m. at the intersection of Garfield and Emerson avenues.
September 3, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK - Ninth-seeded John Isner, who was called for a foot-fault during his serve and later angrily smashed a racket, was an upset loser to 19th-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, in a fourth-round match at the U.S. Open that began Sunday night and ended at 2:26 a.m. Monday in New York. As the second week of the biggest tennis tournament in the U.S. gets started, there is only 20th-seeded Andy Roddick and 23rd-seeded Mardy Fish left in the men's singles draw from the United States.
April 16, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
MAALOULA, Syria - From the debris-strewn front garden of the Safir Hotel, Syrian military commanders barked orders to troops taking cover in the smoke-shrouded maze of streets below. "If you hear any movement, throw hand grenades immediately!" a general advised on his two-way radio as he peered at the battle unfolding like a distant video game at the bottom of the hill. On Tuesday, Syrian forces were targeting the remnants of a rebel force in this historic town, long a center of Christian worship and pilgrimage.
February 4, 2010 | By Ashley Powers
Two casino patrons were killed and at least seven injured Wednesday in the southern Nevada resort town of Laughlin when a driver smashed through the glass doors of the Edgewater Hotel & Casino and plowed into several banks of slot machines. Driver Walter McGie, 70, of Kelso, Wash., was arrested late Wednesday on suspicion of two counts of reckless driving causing death, said the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, which patrols much of Clark County. The crash remains under investigation.
March 30, 2010 | By Amina Khan
The Large Hadron Collider in Geneva succeeded early Tuesday in colliding subatomic particles at three times the highest energy levels previously recorded. Scientists gathered in a room at Caltech and in similar groups around the globe witnessed the achievement at 3:58 PDT. "There were cheers in all the control rooms," said Caltech physicist Harvey Newman. "As soon as we get the data, we're analyzing it. ... It's been a long time coming." Researchers were waiting for the promised flood of data that would come as protons from two particle beams from the 17-mile-circumference collider smashed into each other.
August 21, 2009 | Philip Hersh
As they passed time before the start of the 200 meters, Usain Bolt feigned a jab to the jaw of U.S. sprinter Wallace Spearmon, who ducked it with a little movement of his head. If only it were that easy to get away from Bolt's punch on the track. Like everyone else, Spearmon is nothing more than a sparring partner, real or pantomimed, for the Jamaican who is knocking out rivals, world records and concepts of human limits as if they were so many palookas. By setting a world record of 19.19 seconds in Thursday's 200-meter final at the World Championships, Bolt took the sport into FloJo territory, where a single sprinter is light years rather than hundredths of a second ahead of the past and the present.
Hmm. How to put this delicately? We'll simplify: Mime-like, stringy-haired man in black hat smashes food with mallet on stage for living. Man, who no espeakey no Spanish, hears Spanish, thinks Spanish good, Spanish muy muy dinero. Man spends one month learning important Spanish words such as cerveza, caca and culo (butt). Man invents Spanish words, such as "sperm-o" and "embarazamante." Man decides this is enough Spanish to put on show for Latinos.
August 31, 1986
I, like most people, was shocked to hear about the disgruntled postal worker who massacred 14 of his fellow co-workers. But then I got to thinking: Our children are raised on cartoons that are often chock full of violence. Our shelves are stocked with war toys. We teach men not to feel. We make movies like "Rambo," "Dirty Harry," "The Terminator," and they become box-office smashes. We make a gun easier to obtain than a credit card. We slaughter, without batting an eyelash, millions of animals a year for every conceivable reason.
March 24, 1996
Regarding Robert Riebling's diatribe (Letters, March 17) in which he characterized the outpouring of support and help for accident victim Angela Armstrong as "another self-serving story about Ojai's elite inner circle." Mr. Riebling doesn't seem to grasp the fact that when you devote time and energy to causes in which you believe--which Angela has done tirelessly--you establish connections with people. Then, when you're in trouble--say, because you're severely injured when some reckless driver smashes into your 30-year-old car, and you were unable to afford major medical insurance--people come to your aid. Maybe if Mr. Riebling spent more time doing something for his community, he wouldn't have so much energy to devote to finding fault in something that is good.
April 11, 2014 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
If the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival guarantees festival-goers anything, aside from wickedly high temperatures, it's this: Leave your expectations outside the gates. As the festival kicks off Friday, much of the buzz undoubtedly will be dominated by OutKast's highly anticipated reunion. What will their set look like? How will the pair sound after seven years apart? Do they still have it? And even more, who might possibly join them onstage? The surprise guest appearance is a festival staple, and Coachella acts have turned it into an art form.
March 31, 2014 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - The government of President Enrique Peña Nieto says a proposed new telecommunications law would finally break up Mexico's powerful and much-criticized TV and telephone monopolies. The proposal and other reforms have generated considerable praise abroad for Peña Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, which ruled the country for seven decades before a 12-year hiatus and a return to power in late 2012. But a growing number of domestic critics are reading the fine print of the telecommunications plan and finding many things to worry about.
March 29, 2014 | By Bradley Zint
The railroad buffs who operate Goat Hill Junction just can't seem to catch a break. Just weeks after thieves broke into the model railroad grounds and stole $9,000 in aluminum tracks and other material, vandals broke into the 40-acre Costa Mesa attraction and caused $4,000 in damage by smashing six picnic tables and prying open an irrigation box. "This is the first time we've seen wholesale destruction like that," said Hank Castignetti, spokesman...
March 6, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Watching a film won't make you smarter, but if there ever was one that could, it would be "Particle Fever," a movie so mind-bending you can almost feel your brain cells growing as you're watching it. As directed by Mark Levinson, a physicist turned filmmaker, with another physicist, David Kaplan, as one of the producers, "Particle Fever" is about ideas so big - What are the origins of the universe? How did matter itself get created? - that they're hard to get your head around. FOR THE RECORD: "Particle Fever" review: A review of the documentary film "Particle Fever" in the March 7 Calendar section said that the Large Hadron Collider was constructed near Lucerne, Switzerland.
February 19, 2014 | By Patt Morrison
You'd think someone whose very life and livelihood are all about history would be a little more mindful of it - even the bad bits. Of all people, Prince William, the heir presumptive to the British throne, should know something about the dangers of forgetting history, accidentally or deliberately. And yet, in his passion for the deeply, harrowingly important cause of ending the killing of animals for the ivory trade, he wants to get rid of the evidence of the crimes he wishes to expose.
February 13, 2014 | By Kate Mather
A man accused of smashing the windows of a Los Angeles police cruiser and stealing a laptop inside was charged Thursday, prosecutors said. Leyston Rice, 27, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on one count each of vandalism, grand theft and burglary from a vehicle, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. If convicted on all counts, Rice faces up to three years in jail. Authorities allege it was Rice who broke five windows of the unoccupied patrol car as it sat near Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue on Tuesday afternoon.
October 6, 1986
The United States, led by Steve Timmons and Karch Kiraly, won the 1986 World Men's Volleyball Championship Sunday in Paris, defeating six-time titlist Soviet Union 12-15, 15-11, 15-8, 15-12. It was the first world championship for the United States, which won the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics. The United States was 13th in the last world championships in 1982.
September 11, 2009 | BILL PLASCHKE
The story was dead. The story came alive. After USC's final practice before flying to Ohio State on Thursday, Pete Carroll suddenly announced that his plane-catching players didn't have time to talk to the media. I had come to talk to Stafon Johnson. He jogged away quietly. It was perfect. For four years, attention has sought him, controversy has nagged him, bitterness has chased him. He has jogged away quietly. In the last two seasons here, among USC's running backs, he has been the most consistent, and consistently ignored.
February 12, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
The Force wasn't with a man who smashed the windows of four LAPD patrol cars with a metal rod on Hollywood Boulevard as Darth Vader looked on. He was apprehended by police as a man in a Superman costume stood in the background. Just another day on Hollywood Boulevard.   The incident occurred about 1 p.m. Tuesday as the man smashed the windows -- except for the windshields -- of the four cruisers near Highland Avenue, said Los Angeles Police Officer Bruce Borihanh. Raw video shot by a KTLA photographer working in the area showed someone dressed as Darth Vader holding a light saber and pointing at passersby as the man smashed the windows of a patrol car behind him. It showed some people staring as they walked past the car. The oblivious Vader stopped and looked as the man pulled a laptop from the car and took it to a kiosk, where he proceeded to open it. Then the super-villain suspect walked away from the scene.
November 6, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Two people were killed Wednesday morning when they were ejected from a speeding BMW after it crashed into a light pole in Riverside at 100 mph, police said. The BMW was going "at least" 100 mph about 2:20 a.m. when it ran a red light and smashed into a light pole, burst into flames and careened into a palm tree, setting the tree on fire, said Lt. Russ Schubert. The car was speeding eastbound on Colorado Avenue when it passed two Riverside police officers in a cruiser going the opposite direction, Schubert said.
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