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June 2, 2013 | By Devin Kelly, Los Angeles Times
Three storm chasers killed by a tornado near Oklahoma City last week were not risk-takers or thrill-seekers, but experienced researchers dedicated to advancing the field of meteorology, family and colleagues said Sunday. Tim Samaras, 54, was well-respected in the meteorological community and widely considered a leader in tornado research and data collection, experts said. He died along with his 24-year-old son, Paul Samaras, and partner Carl Young, 45, while tracking an EF-3 tornado that struck the Oklahoma City suburb of El Reno on Friday evening.
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June 2, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Three storm chasers were among those killed by violent storms in the Oklahoma City area last week, family members said Sunday. Tim Samaras, a veteran storm chaser considered a leader in tornado research and data collection, died along with his 24-year-old son, Paul Samaras, and partner, Carl Young, while tracking an EF-3 tornado that struck the Oklahoma City suburb of El Reno Friday evening.  All three were known from the Discovery Channel show...
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June 2, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Tim Samaras and Carl Young, formerly of the Discovery Channel program “Storm Chasers,” along with Samaras' 24-year-old son Paul, died Friday in a tornado that struck the Oklahoma City area, killing at least nine. It was the second deadly storm to hit the region in less than two weeks.   Young and the Samarases were near El Reno, Okla., on Friday when an EF-3 storm descended on the area during rush hour.  “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Tim Samaras his son Paul and their colleague Carl Young.
NATIONAL
June 2, 2013 | By Devin Kelly, Los Angeles Times
Three storm chasers killed by a tornado near Oklahoma City last week were not risk-takers or thrill-seekers, but experienced researchers dedicated to advancing the field of meteorology, family and colleagues said Sunday. Tim Samaras, 54, was well-respected in the meteorological community and widely considered a leader in tornado research and data collection, experts said. He died along with his 24-year-old son, Paul Samaras, and partner Carl Young, 45, while tracking an EF-3 tornado that struck the Oklahoma City suburb of El Reno on Friday evening.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Chancy Smith, who is in charge of his county's emergency response unit, had never seen anything like it. A "funeral procession" of cars trekked through county roads as a tornado bore down on Solomon, Kan., Smith said. Gawkers clogged the streets. Photographers stood in the middle of highways with tripods. Some vehicles drove over downed power lines. Like some kind of paparazzi, obsessed with storms instead of stars, the chasers converged in tornado alley last weekend to capture images and perhaps profits from a deadly twister outbreak that scoured the Central Plains.
NEWS
August 16, 1991 | AMY KUEBELBECK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Of all the things you'd do during a lightning storm, chasing it might not be one of them. Unless you're someone like Jeff Wright. He lives for the smell of the electricity, the roar of the clouds, and he doesn't mind how many miles he puts on his car to score. Wright, a 31-year-old mail clerk from Los Angeles, remembers one particular trip of abandon that took him across two states.
NEWS
September 15, 2002 | CARYN ROUSSEAU, ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
His car windshield is cracked. The tail lights are splintered. The hood is cratered with hundreds of dings. "Every little possible thing on the car is damaged," Scott Blair said proudly. "This car's been through hell and back." It's just one of the hazards that go with being a storm chaser. Blair, who is studying atmospheric sciences at the University of Louisiana in Monroe, chases storms across his native Arkansas and the Midwest during the spring and fall.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 13, 2010
SERIES America's Next Top Model: In this new episode, the models head to Rodeo Drive for a photo shoot with fashion photographer Patrick Demarchelier that finds them strutting down the fabled thoroughfare in outfits handpicked by fashion stylist Lori Goldstein (8 p.m. KTLA). The Middle: After Axl (Charlie McDermott) is suspended for playing hooky, Mike (Neil Flynn) makes the boy go to work with him at the quarry to teach him a life lesson. But Axl likes the job so much he wants to drop out permanently (8 p.m. ABC)
BOOKS
May 15, 2005 | Susan Salter Reynolds
Big Weather Chasing Tornadoes in the Heart of America Mark Svenvold Henry Holt: 304 pp., $26 "Every tornado," writes weather watcher and poet Mark Svenvold, "represents a supreme, if momentary, trouncing of the second law of thermodynamics, the glum law of entropy that states that all things move from order to chaos."
NATIONAL
May 19, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Tornadoes touched down in Kansas and Oklahoma on Sunday evening from a massive storm system stretching from Texas to Minnesota. Several homes were heavily damaged near the Oklahoma towns of Carney and Wellston, where tornadoes reportedly ripped off roofs and walls in the rural center of the state, according to local media footage. Earlier Sunday, a tornado touched down southwest of Wichita in southern Kansas. That storm system knocked out power lines, dumped golf-ball-sized hail and caused some flash flooding.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Tim Samaras and Carl Young, formerly of the Discovery Channel program “Storm Chasers,” along with Samaras' 24-year-old son Paul, died Friday in a tornado that struck the Oklahoma City area, killing at least nine. It was the second deadly storm to hit the region in less than two weeks.   Young and the Samarases were near El Reno, Okla., on Friday when an EF-3 storm descended on the area during rush hour.  “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Tim Samaras his son Paul and their colleague Carl Young.
NATIONAL
May 19, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Tornadoes touched down in Kansas and Oklahoma on Sunday evening from a massive storm system stretching from Texas to Minnesota. Several homes were heavily damaged near the Oklahoma towns of Carney and Wellston, where tornadoes reportedly ripped off roofs and walls in the rural center of the state, according to local media footage. Earlier Sunday, a tornado touched down southwest of Wichita in southern Kansas. That storm system knocked out power lines, dumped golf-ball-sized hail and caused some flash flooding.
NATIONAL
April 22, 2012 | By Matt Pearce
Chancy Smith, who is in charge of his county's emergency response unit, had never seen anything like it. A "funeral procession" of cars trekked through county roads as a tornado bore down on Solomon, Kan., Smith said. Gawkers clogged the streets. Photographers stood in the middle of highways with tripods. Some vehicles drove over downed power lines. Like some kind of paparazzi, obsessed with storms instead of stars, the chasers converged in tornado alley last weekend to capture images and perhaps profits from a deadly twister outbreak that scoured the Central Plains.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2011
Storm Chasers: This new episode takes viewers behind the scenes with the cast and crew (7 p.m. Discovery). You Deserve It: The altruistic game show wraps its first season(9 p.m. ABC). Cake Boss: Next Great Baker: In this new episode the bakers work together to create cakes that move, spin, spark and smoke (9 p.m. TLC). Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives: This new episode is about foods made from scratch, and includes a chef in New York who makes his own pretzels; a turkey pot pie and burgers served at a bakery and diner that started out as a butcher shop; and a family run restaurant in Santa Barbara that offers traditionally-made delicacies (10 p.m. Food)
NATIONAL
April 29, 2011 | By Richard Fausset and Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times
A historic tornado outbreak battered six Southern states, swooping like a deadly scythe from Mississippi to New York, killing hundreds, injuring many more, flattening neighborhoods and forcing the closure of a nuclear power plant in Alabama, the hardest-hit state. Search and rescue teams combed through the matchstick remains of homes and businesses in several states Thursday looking for survivors or bodies as residents grappled with grief and the struggle for food, water and shelter.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2009 | Jason Felch
In the top-floor ballroom of a downtown San Francisco hotel, Steve Slepcevic took the podium to share the story of his success. The son of Serbian immigrants, he began working on construction sites at the age of 12. By 17, he had started his own general contracting business. Soon enough, he was chasing natural disasters, looking to help victims rebuild their property and put their lives back together.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2009 | Jason Felch
In the top-floor ballroom of a downtown San Francisco hotel, Steve Slepcevic took the podium to share the story of his success. The son of Serbian immigrants, he began working on construction sites at the age of 12. By 17, he had started his own general contracting business. Soon enough, he was chasing natural disasters, looking to help victims rebuild their property and put their lives back together.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 2007 | Holly Myers, Special to The Times
FOR a museum whose stated mission is to "inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds" -- I'm quoting from the business cards of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County -- the work of Los Angeles artist Susan Silton would seem an ideal fit. One recent series, "Aviate," drew on images from early 20th century bird books. A video piece, "hemidemisemiquaver," explored the physics of motion.
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