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August 8, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The Swarm winged coaster at the United Kingdom's Thorpe Park will take riders through post-apocalyptic scenes of war and destruction when the $29.5 million ride opens in spring 2012. > Photos: The Swarm coaster at Thorpe Park The Bolliger & Mabillard Wing Rider would be the second coaster of its kind in the world following the 2011 debut of Raptor at Italy's Gardaland . Billed as the U.K.'s first winged coaster with riders sitting on either side of the track in a "winged" formation, Swarm has salivating fans eagerly waiting to see if the cutting edge ride is also the U.K.'s first fourth dimension coaster featuring rotating seats (like Six Flags Magic Mountain's X2)
June 18, 2011 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
June gloom might not be the only thing keeping people away from beaches in the South Bay this weekend. Swarms of black kelp flies — scientifically known as Coelopa frigida — have invaded beaches in Torrance, Redondo Beach, Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, covering trash cans and lifeguard stands and annoying visitors. Though the flies are typically found in Redondo Beach near the rock-laden Topaz Street jetty, lifeguards said, there are definitely more this year.
June 16, 2011 | By Henry Chu and Anthee Carassava, Los Angeles Times
Angry protesters pushed the Greek government close to collapse Wednesday, putting Europe on notice that deep budget cuts to tame the region's debt crisis face heavy public resistance and could crash on the rocks of national politics. Thousands of people packed downtown Athens in an effort to block lawmakers from debating brutal austerity measures that European finance officials say are essential if near-bankrupt Greece wants their help to pay its bills. The gathering descended into violence — with some protesters hurling water bottles, rocks and firebombs — that took riot police hours to quell and helped spark a dramatic offer by Prime Minister George Papandreou to quit in favor of a unity government.
May 7, 2011 | Sandy Banks
I've grown accustomed to the bugs that flit around my desk at home while I write. They're the buddies of my office mate, a puppy who naps straddling the doggy door, with his head propping open the plastic flap to outside. That's an open invitation to insects sweltering in our Valley backyard. Rio spends entire afternoons chasing down the flies that venture inside. But Rio didn't know what to make of the buzzing that greeted us on the hottest afternoon of the year last week.
February 18, 2011 | By Dan Hinkel and Nicholas Riccardi, Los Angeles Times
Wisconsin was in political limbo, if not chaos, on Thursday as more than 20,000 protesters swarmed the state Capitol to denounce the new Republican governor's plan to strip collective bargaining rights from most public-sector unions, and Democratic lawmakers fled the state, denying the GOP majority the quorum it needed to pass the bill. Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill has sparked days of demonstrations and is one of a number of attempts by newly elected Republicans to strike at public-sector unions, one of the pillars of the Democratic Party.
January 11, 2011 | By Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
The house on Soledad Avenue is comfortably in sync with the Sonoran desert, landscaped with cholla, nopal and saguaro cactus and mesquite. But since Saturday, the family home of Arizona shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner has been swarmed by investigators and news media. Loughner's parents, Randy and Amy Loughner, have kept out of the public eye since their son was apprehended at the scene and even skipped their son's first court appearance on Monday. In their first public comments, the Loughner family released a one-paragraph statement Tuesday distributed by aides to their son's public defender, Judy Clarke.
November 27, 2010 | By Andrea Chang and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Armed with store floor plans, stacks of coupons and money to spend, hordes of shoppers hit the malls early, late and every moment in between on Black Friday. Most important, they said they were buying more this holiday season than last. Even so, shoppers said they had no intention of spending wildly this weekend and were still determined to score the best deals out there. "We are in it to win it," said Ilene Agan, 27, who arrived at a Toys R Us in Torrance two hours before the store opened, hoping to score Barbie dolls for her daughters.
November 25, 2010 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Black Friday came early this year for many bargain hunters as several major retailers opened their doors on a day usually reserved for sleeping in and crowding around the turkey. With big chains such as Sears joining Wal-Mart and Kmart in opening on Thanksgiving, swarms of shoppers hit stores in numbers normally not seen until Friday, the traditional kickoff to the holiday shopping season. In Baldwin Park, a line of cars had to wait up to 10 minutes to turn into the packed parking lot of the Wal-Mart Supercenter.
November 18, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC's Chris Galippo knows that his third consecutive start at middle linebacker will be his toughest. Oregon State junior Jacquizz Rodgers is the Pacific 10 Conference's third-leading rusher. "Being the middle linebacker, you take it upon yourself to really shut down the run game," Galippo said Thursday. USC failed to slow Rodgers in two previous games. As a freshman in 2008, Rodgers ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns in 37 carries as the Beavers upset the top-ranked Trojans, 27-21, at Corvallis, Ore. Last season, he gained 113 yards and scored twice in a 42-36 USC victory at the Coliseum.
October 31, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
As security forces swarmed Tehran on Saturday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepared his country in a live television interview for deep cuts in subsidies that have kept the price of everything from bread to gasoline artificially low. Iranian leaders have sought for decades to remove heavy government subsidies on fuel and food. Ahmadinejad has been struggling for months to implement a so-called targeted subsidies law that redirects cash toward infrastructure and the needy and away from middle-class consumers.
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