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December 2, 2008
Re "Panic at gunfire in toy store," Nov. 29, and "Wal-Mart worker dies after stampede in N.Y.," Nov. 29 I was struck when reading these horrifying articles by how eerily similar they were to stories about holy-site violence and stampedes elsewhere in the world. Do we need any more proof that consumerism is the dominant "religion" of the United States? And can we opt out of this lemming race before it does us in? Reed Wilson Los Angeles
February 12, 2014 | By August Brown
Ten people have been charged in a massive stampede that killed 21 people at Germany's Love Parade electronic-music festival in 2010. Four city workers and six private event organizers face a range of charges from bodily harm in involuntary manslaughter. If convicted, they could face up to five years in jail. A reported 500,000 people attended the festival in Duisberg. The venue, a former rail yard, was equipped to handle only 250,000.   City prosecutor Horst Bien said that the event's failings, including a single entry point that was too narrow, were evident from the beginning, and that the city should not have issued a permit for the event.
July 22, 1995 | BRETT A. COLLINS
A memorial service will be held Sunday for Henny Yitzhak, the Woodland Hills teen-ager who was killed this week at a rock concert in Arad, Israel. Henny, vacationing in her birthplace, was trampled to death Tuesday during a stampede at a concert that was part of "Israeli Woodstock," a weeklong event featuring some of Israel's top performers. She was 16. During the service, a tree will be planted in Henny's honor.
October 13, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
NEW DELHI -- At least 89 people died Sunday in a stampede near a Hindu temple in central India when people panicked on a crowded bridge. In addition to the confirmed death toll, many of the 100 injured were in critical condition, so the death toll was likely to rise, according to Dilip Kumar Arya, Chambal Range deputy inspector general of police. [Updated at 9:33 p.m. Oct. 13: The death toll rose to at least 109. ] Hundreds of thousands of people had gathered at the Ratangarh temple in central Madhya Pradesh state Sunday morning for the last day of a nine-day religious festival when a crowd bolted on a packed bridge, authorities said.
It's 8:30 on a sunny Saturday morning and hundreds of people lugging empty tote bags are queued up in front of the Carson Community Center. That slabs of rubber affixed to wooden blocks would draw a crowd of 3,200 to a daylong convention seems improbable, but it is only one sign of the mania that's turning ordinary citizens, mostly women, into stamp-addicted fanatics. For the uninitiated, stamping is not about slapping "PAID" on an overdue bill.
May 3, 2010
Five people killed in stampede at Mexican concert MONTERREY, Mexico (Reuters) - At least five people were trampled to death Sunday when concert fans were panicked by the sound of gunfire and caused a stampede in this northern city, which has been on edge since drug violence flared in recent weeks. Hundreds of fans of the Norteno group Intocable at the show rushed for the exits after some people yelled that they had heard shooting, senior government official Ivonne Alvarez told reporters.
April 10, 2003 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
The White Stripes' "Elephant" album entered the national sales chart at No. 6 on Wednesday, an impressive showing for the raw-edged Detroit duo, which is at the forefront of a new wave of passionate rock 'n' roll bands that also includes the Strokes, the Vines and the Hives. There has been widespread critical and alternative-rock radio support for these bands in recent months, and the record industry is watching "Elephant" closely to see if that enthusiasm translates into strong sales.
June 4, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Zambian government launched an inquiry on the deaths of 12 soccer fans who were crushed Saturday as they tried to leave a stadium after the national squad defeated the Republic of Congo in an African Cup qualifier. Sports Minister Gabriel Namulambe visited Konkola Stadium in the town of Chililabombwe and said the government had ordered the Zambian Football Assn. to take steps to prevent a repeat of the tragedy.
Activists, police, educators and church leaders met in the Crenshaw district Friday to devise a strategy to prevent incidents similar to one this week in which scores of teen-agers stormed the Crenshaw-Baldwin Hills Plaza, frightening shoppers and starting a stampede by other youngsters inside. Most of about 50 people who attended the meeting at the office of state Sen.
October 4, 1993 | Reuters
At least 12 women were trampled to death during a stampede for free clothing in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu, local news agencies said Sunday.
October 13, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - India breathed a sigh of relief Sunday as assessment teams fanned out across the eastern part of the country in the wake of the biggest storm in 14 years and found extensive property damage but relatively little loss of life. The state news service, Press Trust of India, reported that 23 people died as a result of Cyclone Phailin, most from falling trees or flying debris. Many had predicted a far higher death toll from the storm in this country of 1.2 billion people, where crisis management, regulation, planning and execution are often inadequate and thousands lose their lives each year to natural disasters, building collapses, train accidents and poor crowd control.
July 5, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
I ask you: Is there anything nicer than a Canadian? A puppy? A nun? No, Canadians are definitely nicer than nuns. All cheekiness aside, even when you visit this country often, you can't help but be struck by the genuine character of the people - the friendly conversations at lunch, the attentiveness of the hotel front desk. So when recent floods ravaged Calgary, site of one of the world's great rodeos , it's probably no surprise that volunteers raced to the rescue. Not only did they show up by the thousands to help salvage the rodeo venues, but they also worked on the little places that were devastated by the high water, such as the southern Alberta town of, ironically enough, High River.
June 25, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
One of the world's great rodeos will go on “come hell or high water.” Calgary Stampede officials announced Monday that Canada's ultimate rodeo will run  as scheduled July 5-14, despite extensive flooding to the grounds and the city itself. "We have pumped millions of gallons of water from our facilities, scraped the mud from our tarmac, commenced the cleanup of our park, all to welcome guests from around the world," Stampede president Bob Thompson said. "We will be hosting the greatest outdoor show on Earth, come hell or high water," he said.
June 22, 2013 | By David Wharton
Massive flooding in southern Alberta, Canada, had many wondering if Calgary might be forced to cancel its famed annual rodeo. Asked about the Calgary Stampede, which is scheduled to begin in less than two weeks, Mayor Naheed Nenshi insisted the show will go on. "We're Calgarians," Nenshi told reporters on Saturday. "We're going to make it work. " However, he added, the 10-day event "may not look the same as last year. " More than 75,000 residents were told to leave their homes Friday as officials issued an evacuation order for the downtown area.
June 20, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
At least seven people were injured in China on Thursday after soccer fans stormed through a gate and a line formed by police and security guards to catch a glimpse of international soccer star David Beckham. Nearly 1,000 fans gathered at the Shanghai Tongji University stadium to see Beckham make an appearance with the school's soccer team in an event that ended up being canceled because of the stampede, the state-run news site Xinmin Net said. Among the injured were three police officers, two university security guards and two students, police said.
June 3, 2013 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
BEIJING - There was a loud bang, survivors said. Then the lights went out, and fire quickly engulfed a poultry plant in northeastern China, killing at least 119 workers who were trapped inside behind locked doors. The fire on Monday, perhaps the deadliest in China's poultry industry, erupted just after 6 a.m. in Jilin province's Mishazi township. Authorities said the explosion was caused by leakage in tanks of ammonia, which is used in the poultry industry as a coolant. At least 54 people were injured in the explosion and subsequent blaze.
February 27, 1989 | From Associated Press
Thousands of people on Sunday jammed a Tokyo restaurant that sold $15 steak dinners for 55 yen, or 42 cents, to celebrate its 55th anniversary. Lines began forming outside the Suehiro restaurant in the renowned Ginza shopping district three hours before the steakhouse opened Sunday. The bargain dinner included seven ounces of imported beef plus salad and rice. The restaurant expects more than 30,000 customers to take advantage of the three-day offer.
January 19, 1986
What's the urgency? On Jan. 7, the Long Beach City Council held its first hearing to consider the proposals by a self-appointed Committee to Evaluate a Full-Time Mayor and City Council. It is obvious that the committee is trying to stampede the council into placing a complex, proposed City Charter amendment on the June ballot. Councilman Tom Clark, whose proposal for a citywide-elected mayor was soundly defeated at the polls in 1982, is also pushing very hard. As evidenced by statements at the hearing, most of the recommendations in the committee's report are highly controversial.
January 1, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - At least 60 people died and about 200 were injured Tuesday in a stampede that followed a fireworks display at a football stadium in the Ivory Coast capital, Abidjan, according to emergency officials. Most of the dead and injured were children and teenagers. The stampede happened in the early hours of the morning as crowds were leaving the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium after a New Year's Eve fireworks display ended about 2 a.m. It is not known what triggered the stampede, officials said.
July 6, 2012 | By Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The Calgary Stampede , billed as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. " celebrates a century-long tradition beginning Friday (today) and continuing through July 15 in Alberta, Canada. A centerpiece of that greatest show is chuck-wagon racing, which is not merely a token event: There are Canadian chuck-wagon-racing circuits, and the Stampede is a premier event. Much of the horseflesh is thoroughbred material. In races at the Stampede, a team of horses pulls a chuck wagon around barrels and a racecourse.
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