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May 12, 2004 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
A good set of tires has always made a big difference in safety, fuel economy and handling, but one area that is getting new attention is the quality of tires to reduce or increase the amount of noise a vehicle makes. Tire manufacturers are racing to develop tires that reduce noise, aiming to meet tough new standards mandated by European and Asian nations that want to reduce noise pollution. Though U.S.
April 23, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Mather
Images of footprints and handprints inside the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 jetliner appear to bolster the fantastic story of a Santa Clara teenager who reportedly survived a frigid, perilous journey cooped up inside as a stowaway. The images, including of a footprint on the tire below the wheel well, were taken by Hawaii News Now,  and appear to support the boy's story of surviving the 5-1/2 hour flight from San Jose while enduring sub-zero temperatures and deathly thin air. Authorities said it was a miracle the 15-year-old boy survived in the wheel well, as oxygen was limited at the jet's cruising altitude of 38,000 feet, and the temperature could have dropped to 50 degrees below zero or lower.
June 12, 2013
Re "Tire rentals capitalize on the flat broke," June 9 It's hard to imagine a more Orwellian bluster than one rent-to-own maven's boast about sensing a "tremendous opportunity serving people" who need tires. In this realm of charging usurious loan rates to people who can't afford to pay for new tires upfront, "serving" equates to "exploiting. " What matters most to those running rent-to-own businesses is profit. These people have no qualms about how their contracts' extortionate terms serve to keep poor people from getting ahead (and to think that those dead set against prudent regulation cite the "upward mobility" of the poor)
April 21, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
The Dodgers are in first place, but they might not be for long if something doesn't change. "I don't think we can sustain this pace," Manager Don Mattingly said. The bullpen is overworked, enough to where the Dodgers decided to face the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday with a four-man bench so they could add hard-throwing reliever Jose Dominguez to their roster. BOX SCORE: Phillies 7, Dodgers 0 Whatever Chone Figgins' demotion to triple-A Albuquerque did to address the potential crisis was almost immediately undone by Paul Maholm, who pitched only five innings of a 7-0 defeat at Dodger Stadium.
October 7, 1999
Re "Tire Fire Casts Worrisome Pall in Central Valley Town," Oct. 1: If memory serves me well, there have been experiments in the past in grinding up old tires and mixing this with asphalt to build roads. Why are we building mountains of discarded tires that breed dangerous insects and are an invitation to mischief and fire? Beverage containers in many states carry a mandatory deposit, and programs are legislated to deal with this problem. We are recycling garbage; why aren't we recycling old tires into something more useful and less dangerous?
April 29, 1999
Re "Tire Fire Sets Legislative Wheels Turning," April 23: Anyone who has driven in Baja California has seen one creative use for old tires: Cut in half, painted bright yellow, they are stood on their cut ends to use as we use orange traffic cones. They are clearly visible, last a long time and will not harm a vehicle that hits them. MICHELE HART Hollywood
April 23, 1987
Reader Philip Rask from Newport Beach (Letters, Feb. 26) is exactly correct in his mathematical calculations, that if Oxford Energy burns tires at the rate of 500 per minute to produce the electricity at its new Modesto plant, the electricity would only last 55 1/2 days. Unfortunately, a typographical error appeared in the news article, which created a lot of unnecessary work for Rask. Our $41.5-million plant, the first plant in the United States that will burn whole tires to generate energy will be burning 50 tires per minute to create steam for a turbine to provide power for 14,000 homes--not 500 tires per minute.
April 10, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha, Times Community News
A series of tire slashings on luxury cars and SUVs early Saturday in northwest Glendale was a "random act" of vandalism, according to police. In some cases, all four tires were slashed on the high-end cars, most of which were parked in home driveways and on the dimly lighted streets of Vista Drive, West Mountain Street, Grandview and Winchester avenues, and Cumberland and Kenneth roads, according to Glendale police. One of the cars, a Cadillac CTS, belonged to City Manager Scott Ochoa and had all of its tires slashed.
September 19, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
Tweaks and adjustments are common in theme park attractions. The abominable snowman was not added to Disneyland's Matterhorn Bobsled ride until more than a decade after it opened in 1959. The Pirates of the Caribbean ride was remodeled in 2006 to include the likeness of Johnny Depp, who played Capt. Jack Sparrow in the popular movie series. The latest adjustment of a Disney attraction is not that severe: Disney California Adventure Park has eliminated the giant beach balls from Luigi's Flying Tires.
August 12, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
The auto industry's efforts to increase fuel economy and reduce emissions may pay off with the development of self-inflating tires. Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. said it was experimenting with what it calls Air Maintenance Technology, which will enable tires to remain inflated at the optimum pressure without the need for external pumps or electronics. All components of the AMT system, including a miniaturized pump, will be fully contained within the tire. The company said Thursday that it had a $1.5-million grant from the Department of Energy to launch a demonstration of the system in commercial truck tires.
April 11, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius complained he was “tired” Friday in his murder trial in South Africa, prompting Judge Thokozile Masipa to ask if that was “the reason you're making all these mistakes” in testimony. The Olympic athlete, charged with murder in the death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, several times contradicted himself, recanted or apologized for “mistakes” in his statement. He said he was tired, adding that this was not going to change. But Masipa cautioned Pistorius that if he was making mistakes because he was tired, he must say so. “It's important that you should be all here when you are in that witness box," she told him. "If you are tired and that's the reason you're making all these mistakes you must say so. It doesn't help to say it won't change.” “The question is, are you too tired to proceed, because you can be at a disadvantage when you're in that witness box. Are you making the mistakes because you're too tired?
April 8, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Tensions were high Tuesday following a clash between Jewish extremists and Israeli troops in the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar that injured about a dozen people on both sides. The violence erupted overnight when security personnel entered Yitzhar, an ideological stronghold of Jewish settlers, to demolish several homes that were declared illegal by Israeli authorities. Settlers blocked the road with burning tires and showered rocks on security troops, who fired tear gas at the settlers.
March 27, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
In a sign that the definition of prime office space is undergoing a dramatic shift, an old downtown Los Angeles office complex - once considered second rate - is now outperforming many of its newer, glitzier competitors. PacMutual Plaza, which dates to 1908, was one of the best addresses in Southern California until an unprecedented office building boom in the late 1980s and early 1990s brought a stately new crop of skyscrapers to town. For decades to follow, PacMutual - in the same block as the Biltmore hotel in Pershing Square - was a lower-cost alternative to such elite enclaves of corporate America as U.S. Bank Tower, Two California Plaza and the Gas Company Tower.
March 26, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
American Tire Distributors Inc., one of the nation's largest tire distributors, has agreed to rent a massive new $65-million warehouse near Bakersfield in the Kern County city of Shafter. Landlord Roll Real Estate Development will build the 1-million-square-foot distribution center for the North Carolina tire and wheel seller at Roll Real Estate's Paramount Logistics Park. The new industrial building for American Tire will sit on more than 45 acres and include 234 trailer stalls and 201 loading docks.
March 26, 2014 | By Richard Winton
The Porsche that Paul Walker was riding in when it crashed and burst into flames, killing the "Fast & Furious" actor and his friend behind the wheel, was on tires that were more than twice the recommended age for the high-performance car, investigators found. At least two of the tires were more than nine years old; Porsche recommends that tires be replaced after four years. As a result, CHP investigators wrote that "the driveability and handling characteristics" of the car "may have been compromised.
March 23, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
The race was Jimmie Johnson's to lose, and he unknowingly found a way to lose it. Johnson was sailing toward a record sixth NASCAR Sprint Cup win in Fontana on Sunday when his No. 48 Chevrolet blew a left-front tire with only six laps remaining. It was the latest in a spree of tire failures that plagued several cars and it brought out a caution flag, setting up a two-lap overtime finish at Auto Club Speedway. That was the opening Kyle Busch needed, and he drove his No. 18 Toyota into the lead and held off rookie Kyle Larson to win the Auto Club 400 for the second consecutive year.
April 29, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Nissan will recall more than 123,000 new Altima sedans after a spare tire blew out -- while locked away in the trunk of a car. The recall affects 2013 model year Altimas that were produced for about a yearlong period, ending on March 26. According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan had a faulty inflation gauge on an air pump that was either over-inflating or under-inflating spare tires. FOR THE RECORD: Safety recall: In the April 30 Business section, an article about a Nissan safety recall said that Maxxis - Nissan's spare tire supplier -- had a faulty inflation gauge on an air pump and was either overinflating or underinflating spare tires.
June 8, 2013 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
When the tires on their Dodge Caravan had worn so thin that the steel belts were showing through, Don and Florence Cherry couldn't afford to buy a new set. So they decided to rent instead. The Rich Square, N.C., couple last September agreed to pay Rent-N-Roll $54.60 a month for 18 months in exchange for four basic Hankook tires. Over the life of the deal, that works out to $982, almost triple what the radials would have cost at Wal-Mart. "I know you have to pay a lot more this way," said Florence Cherry, a 57-year-old nurse who drives the 15-year-old van when her husband, a Vietnam veteran, isn't using it to get to his job as a prison guard.
March 14, 2014 | By Kate Mather
The co-founder of frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for beating a homeless man with a tire iron, an attack a Los Angeles judge declared "fairly merciless" and "horrendous. " Dressed in an orange, jail-issued jump suit, Young Lee stared straight ahead as Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Henry J. Hall handed down the maximum penalty the 49-year-old faced. A jury in November convicted Lee - who helped found Pinkberry in 2005 but is no longer involved with the company - of assault.
March 13, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
A US Airways jet carrying 149 passengers and five crew members crashed in Philadelphia on Thursday evening after a tire blew out during takeoff and the plane's nose gear collapsed when the pilot decided to abort the flight, officials told the Los Angeles Times. Flight 1702 was headed to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but the Airbus 320 jet instead saw its journey conclude at the end of a Philadelphia International Airport runway, where it skidded off the tarmac with its nose to the ground.
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