CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 |
Tucked on the Ventura County border a good 23 miles from Hollywood and Vine, Calabasas is far beyond the reach of any celebrity tour bus and unplotted by most star maps. The city of 23,000 is built for privacy. About 40% of the homes are hidden behind guarded gates, and the priciest homes are protected behind a second set of gates accessible only by car-mounted transponder. Drawn by the seclusion and high-performing schools, actors, athletes and other A-listers have flocked to Calabasas and surrounding communities such as Hidden Hills over the years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 29, 2013 |
The 17-year-old high school student who was at the wheel when his car spun out of control in a horrific Memorial Day crash in Newport Beach did not have a valid driver's license, according to DMV records. The crash left five teens dead, all high school students from Irvine. Two sisters were among the casualties. Police said speed was a contributing factor to the wreck. Investigators didn't say how fast the teen's Infiniti was going, but the mayor in the beach city said he was told the car may have been traveling at 100 mph or faster.
May 23, 2013 |
As Socrates so sagely suggested when he stopped by the set of "Fast & Furious 6" - "Yo, know thyself... " Dom and crew certainly took the words to heart. For all the excess in the latest installment of the adrenaline-injected street-racing action franchise, its humble, low-budget 2001 beginnings are still visible today in the rear-view mirror of Dom's super souped-up 1969 Dodge Daytona Charger. Buildings topple, bridges crumble and speed limits are shamelessly broken as "Fast & Furious 6" roars through the streets of London.
February 26, 2013 |
Nevada State Sen. Don Gustavson knows how long and boring some of those drives across the Silver State can be. So he wants to speed things up a bit. On Monday, he introduced a bill that paves the way for Nevada to increase the maximum speed limit to 85 mph in those areas where state transportation officials determine that speed is safe. If enacted, the new speed limit would match the one in Texas for the nation's fastest. “I drive on rural roads a lot here in northern Nevada -- my district is huge,” he told the Los Angeles Times.
January 30, 2013 |
Mayor Mick Ireland had seen enough traffic scofflaws, the lead foots and stop-sign runners. On leisurely patrols atop his bike, the top official in Aspen, Colo., had watched countless motorists cut through the Rocky Mountain resort town's West End to avoid congestion along nearby Highway 82. Every time traffic slows along the city's main thoroughfare, cars whiz out of traffic and onto the residential streets, rushing through a series of stop signs...
September 6, 2012 |
Texas has approved the nation's fastest speed limit -- 85 miles per hour -- about the speed associated with the winds in a Category 1 hurricane. The move by the Texas Transportation Commission on Aug. 30 had been expected since the state Legislature last year approved the 85 mph limit for stretches of new road. A transportation department spokesman told the Associated Press that the commissioners would not comment on their decision. Many U.S. highways have limits of 75 miles an hour, though some roads go as high as 80 miles an hour.