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August 14, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
Cecelia Cichan wears a tattoo of an airplane on her wrist. It's a statement of sorts - one of cheating death and an acknowledgment that a luckless flight she took a quarter-century ago has stayed in her dreams and in her daily reality. Twenty-five years ago this Thursday, on Aug. 16, 1987, Cichan was aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 25, which crashed in the Detroit suburb of Romulus near Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, killing 154 people on board. Two people also died on the ground.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Los Angeles County coroner's officials have identified a fourth victim of a fiery single-car crash in Burbank this past weekend. Sugey Cuevas, 19, was among the five who died in the wreck that occurred at about 4:10 a.m. Saturday near the Scott Road off-ramp of the 5 Freeway. It appeared the vehicle was traveling south on San Fernando Boulevard at a high rate of speed when the driver apparently lost control and slammed into a concrete abutment, Burbank police said. PHOTOS: Deadly Burbank car crash Officers who arrived at the scene  found the sedan ablaze.
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WORLD
May 12, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A 10-year-old Dutch boy was believed to be the sole survivor Wednesday after a passenger jet bound from South Africa with 104 people aboard crashed while attempting to land in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, according to rescue officials and news organizations. The Afriqiyah Airways Airbus 330 was descending toward a runway at the Libyan International Airport about 6:10 a.m. on a flight from Johannesburg that was reportedly scheduled to continue on to Gatwick Airport in London. The Royal Dutch Tourism Board said that 61 of the victims were from the Netherlands.
NATIONAL
April 27, 2013 | By Michael Mello
An 11-year-old girl was the sole survivor of a house fire that killed four other children and an adult early Saturday in the western Georgia city of Newnan, about 30 miles southwest of Atlanta. The girl was awakened by her mother, who said the house was on fire and urged her to run, authorities told the Los Angeles Times. Authorities said the girl's mother, Alonna McCrary, died trying to save the other children, who ranged in age from 1 to 5. The surviving girl was treated at a local hospital for smoke inhalation, the Associated Press reported.
NEWS
October 7, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Two decades after Mao Tse-tung's chief bodyguard carried out the arrest of Mao's widow, Jiang Qing, and the three other members of her notorious "Gang of Four," its sole survivor was officially free. Yao Wenyuan, 64, had formally completed his 20-year prison term. Chinese sources said Yao has been effectively at liberty since 1994, living in utmost secrecy in his hometown of Shanghai.
BUSINESS
January 30, 1996 | JACK SEARLES
Sole Survivor of California, an Oxnard maker of outdoor clothing, has sold its headquarters building and moved to a larger plant in that city's Channel Islands Business Park. Sole's former headquarters at the corner of A Street and Wooley Road was purchased by Dynacorn International Inc., an Oxnard producer of auto body parts. Dynacorn paid $825,000 for the 15,000-square-foot building, according to Crocker DiMeo Realty, which represented both parties in the sale.
NATIONAL
August 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Legislation to ensure that "sole survivors" in military families will receive veterans benefits passed the Senate unanimously Friday. The House passed the bill earlier in the week, and President Bush is expected to sign it. The bill is called the Hubbard Act after a family from California's Central Valley that lost two of three sons in the Iraq war.
NEWS
October 17, 1989
Wesley C. MacIntire, 65, the sole survivor of Florida's 1980 Sunshine Skyway Bridge disaster. Thirty-five motorists were pitched to their deaths in Tampa Bay when a freighter rammed the bridge, toppling a 1,400-foot section of steel-and-concrete roadway. MacIntire, a Gulfport, Fla., resident, was driving across the bridge on his way to work the morning of May 9, 1980, when the Summit Venture smashed into the southbound span. MacIntire's pickup truck rode the bridge down.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2000 | STEVEN LINAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
First things first. Ubiquitous Richard Hatch does not have a cameo in "Sole Survivor," a two-part Fox film based on the Dean Koontz bestseller about a mysterious plane crash. In our book, that's a plus. On the negative side, this uneven thriller opens eventfully but ultimately can't deliver on the initially intriguing plot that unfolds in tonight's installment.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2008 | Ben DuBose, Times Staff Writer
Nearly eight months ago, Iraq veteran and Fresno County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Hubbard lost the second of his two brothers in Iraq, leaving him as a "sole survivor" under military guidelines and requiring that he leave combat operations. But after he returned home to Clovis, Calif., Hubbard, 33, was dealt another loss when the Army stripped him of his healthcare, took away GI Bill education benefits worth as much as $40,000 and demanded he repay his $6,000 enlistment bonus.
NATIONAL
August 14, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
Cecelia Cichan wears a tattoo of an airplane on her wrist. It's a statement of sorts - one of cheating death and an acknowledgment that a luckless flight she took a quarter-century ago has stayed in her dreams and in her daily reality. Twenty-five years ago this Thursday, on Aug. 16, 1987, Cichan was aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 25, which crashed in the Detroit suburb of Romulus near Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, killing 154 people on board. Two people also died on the ground.
WORLD
February 22, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Mumbai's high court on Monday reaffirmed the death penalty against the lone surviving gunman in the 2008 terrorist attack in which 166 people were killed and India's financial center came to a standstill for nearly three days. Pakistani national Ajmal Amir Kasab, 24, can appeal to India's Supreme Court within 30 days. India's preferred method of execution is hanging. In its 1,208-page order, the Bombay High Court said Kasab's actions in Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, exhibited "extreme perversity and brutality," making this a rare case in which life imprisonment was inadequate.
OPINION
May 18, 2010 | Norman Ollestad
How does it feel? Everybody wants to know. How does it feel? When I saw the photograph of the 9-year-old Dutch boy, Ruben van Assouw, who was the sole survivor of a horrific airplane crash in Libya last week that killed his mother, father and brother and 100 others, it felt familiar. He looked a lot like I did after surviving an airplane crash as a boy — the same black-and-blue eyes, belying our calm, matter-of-fact expressions. I was 11 when a Cessna carrying my father, his girlfriend, the pilot and me crashed into an 8,600-foot peak during a blizzard.
WORLD
May 13, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
A Dutch boy was believed to be the sole survivor Wednesday after a passenger jet from South Africa crashed after dawn with 104 people aboard while attempting to land in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, according to Libyan and Dutch officials. The Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 was making a final approach to Tripoli International Airport about 6:10 a.m. on a flight from Johannesburg, South Africa, that was scheduled to continue on to London's Gatwick Airport. The Royal Dutch Tourism Board said 61 of the victims were with two tour groups from the Netherlands.
WORLD
May 12, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A 10-year-old Dutch boy was believed to be the sole survivor Wednesday after a passenger jet bound from South Africa with 104 people aboard crashed while attempting to land in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, according to rescue officials and news organizations. The Afriqiyah Airways Airbus 330 was descending toward a runway at the Libyan International Airport about 6:10 a.m. on a flight from Johannesburg that was reportedly scheduled to continue on to Gatwick Airport in London. The Royal Dutch Tourism Board said that 61 of the victims were from the Netherlands.
SPORTS
February 8, 2009 | Maria Sudekum Fisher, Sudekum Fisher writes for the Associated Press.
When winter temperatures in the Midwest head into their single-digit death spiral, Rick Roeber goes for a run wearing tights, a turtleneck, sweat shirt, hat and gloves. But that's all. Yes, he skips the shoes. Roeber runs barefoot, and has been doing it that way since 2003. He's logged more than 13,000 unshod miles, including about 40 marathons. (In the first, he wore flip-flops for six miles because it was 110 degrees on the Boston streets, and his soles weren't conditioned yet.)
SPORTS
February 8, 2009 | Maria Sudekum Fisher, Sudekum Fisher writes for the Associated Press.
When winter temperatures in the Midwest head into their single-digit death spiral, Rick Roeber goes for a run wearing tights, a turtleneck, sweat shirt, hat and gloves. But that's all. Yes, he skips the shoes. Roeber runs barefoot, and has been doing it that way since 2003. He's logged more than 13,000 unshod miles, including about 40 marathons. (In the first, he wore flip-flops for six miles because it was 110 degrees on the Boston streets, and his soles weren't conditioned yet.)
NATIONAL
December 17, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The sole survivor of a 2001 Grand Canyon sightseeing air crash will receive $38 million, according to the terms of the settlement involving the tour company, the pilot and the helicopter manufacturer. A lawyer for Chana Daskal, 29, said the defendants agreed to pay the settlement in a lump sum within 30 days. "Chana is delighted to have this part of her life over with. She's pleased she doesn't have to travel to Las Vegas for trial.
NATIONAL
August 30, 2008 | Cynthia Dizikes, Times Staff Writer
When the Army honorably discharged Jason Hubbard of Clovis, Calif., last year after his two younger brothers died in the Iraq war, he lost his health insurance and other veterans benefits because he left before the end of his contract. Now, the 65-year-old statutory loophole that allowed that to happen is closed. President Bush on Friday signed into law the Hubbard Act, which secures the benefits of "sole survivor" veterans who are honorably discharged after the death of a parent or sibling also serving in the military.
NATIONAL
August 2, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Legislation to ensure that "sole survivors" in military families will receive veterans benefits passed the Senate unanimously Friday. The House passed the bill earlier in the week, and President Bush is expected to sign it. The bill is called the Hubbard Act after a family from California's Central Valley that lost two of three sons in the Iraq war.
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