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May 6, 1989 | From Associated Press
At least 12 people were killed Friday when thunderstorms packing tornadoes, high winds and heavy rain raked the South, trapping some residents inside their destroyed homes and leaving thousands of people without power. Three died when a twister struck Lawndale, N.C., "leveling homes and everything in its path," said Gene Morrison of the Lawndale Rescue Squad. Seventeen people were injured, some seriously, he said. "It's like you took a chain saw and cut down all the trees and leveled all the houses," said Bill Seagle, a member of the Upper Cleveland Rescue Squad.
August 29, 1991
This is in response to Ron Taylor's article "Scouts Out at Catalina" (Times, Aug. 17). Let's see if we can convince the Catalina Island Co. to let the Scouts continue their campsite and select another site for the Cousteau Society. I'm a founding member of the Cousteau Society, and I was a member of BSA Troop No. 1, Santa Monica, and among the first to open Emerald Bay Camp in 1924. We had four WWI tents with eight cots in each tent; cooked over open fires with fire by friction or flint stone.
October 11, 2008
Re "Shantytown, U.S.A.," Opinion, Oct. 5 I commend Camilo Jose Vergara for his heartbreaking photographs of homeless encampments. During the Depression, such shantytowns were called Hoovervilles. Will the current versions be called Bushvilles? In today's economic panic, homelessness is bound to rise. Given the lack of shelter beds, perhaps we should set up encampments on vacant land where the homeless could stay safely overnight, in their cars or in tents. This is being done in Santa Barbara.
September 4, 2002 | John O'Dell
Harley-Davidson Inc. is warming up for its 100th birthday bash in Milwaukee next year with a 10-city road tour that arrives Friday at the California Speedway in Fontana. Based on crowds that showed at the first two stops, in Baltimore and Atlanta, the three-day Southern California blowout is expected to draw thousands of Harley riders and fans of the big bikes and the Harley culture they have spawned.
November 15, 2013 | By Gale Holland
PLACERVILLE, Calif. - At Hangtown Haven, Wednesdays were family night, and on movie night 30 to 40 residents watched DVDs on a mammoth outdoor TV. Residents nursed one another through drug and alcohol detoxification and helped heart and stroke patients recover in their tents. The mayor championed the endeavor, churches embraced it and one police chief said it brought down crime. But on Friday, what is believed to be California's only authorized, self-governing campground for homeless people shut down.
March 7, 2010 | Susan Silk, Susan Silk is a Detroit-area psychologist in private practice.
Susan Silk is a Detroit-area psychologist in private practice. But for years, she has had another life as well. As Michigan coordinator of the American Psychological Assn.'s Disaster Response Network, she has volunteered with the Red Cross to provide crisis counseling after disasters throughout the United States and its territories. She was dispatched to Oklahoma City in the aftermath of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, to Washington after 9/11, to Blacksburg, Va., after the Virginia Tech shootings, to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and to many other places.
August 17, 2008 | John Curran, The Associated Press
Fourteen-year-old Thula Martin knows exactly what she'll say if her teacher asks the class what they did this summer: "I ran away and joined the circus." She did, sort of: Thula, a ninth-grader from Pahoa, Hawaii, is one of 30 teenagers from around the world spending their summer performing in Circus Smirkus, a youth circus that barnstorms the Northeast each summer, showcasing school-aged acrobats, jugglers and clowns under a one-ring big top. It's not the Greatest Show on Earth, but it may be the youngest.
August 19, 2007 | By Kimi Yoshino, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
When 6-year-old Ethan Bondick told his mom and dad he wanted to go fly-fishing in Montana, his well-heeled parents were stumped. "We looked at each other and said, 'Oh, god, now what?' " said Gigi Bondick, 37, a "reformed" attorney whose husband works as a private-equity partner in Massachusetts. "We're just not the camping kind of people. We don't pitch tents. We don't cook outdoors. We don't share a bathroom. It's just not going to happen. This is a kid who has never flown anything but first class or stayed anywhere other than a Four Seasons.
June 29, 1987 | HEIDI YORKSHIRE
The first Girl Scout camping trip in 1913 was a far cry from this weekend's 13,000-girl Diamond Jubilee Roundup, according to Mildred Guckenheimer Kerr, 94, of Savannah, Ga., one of the "guide-mistresses" (leaders) who accompanied the Scouts on a two-week excursion to Ossabaugh Island, off the Georgia coast. "It was the biggest mess, when you think of it," Kerr recollects in her soft Savannah drawl.
October 13, 2011 | By Geraldine Baum, Los Angeles Times
Wall Street protesters were preparing Thursday for a confrontation with authorities who are expected to enforce new rules in the Lower Manhattan park where the demonstrators have been camped out for almost a month. The protesters were told to clear out while Brookfield Office Properties Inc., the owner of Zuccotti Park, power-washes the area Friday morning. But company representatives — accompanied by police — handed out leaflets Thursday notifying the protesters that they could return only if they abide by new rules, which include no tents, tarps or sleeping bags on the ground, no lying on benches and no storing of personal property on the ground.
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