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AUTOS
December 13, 2006 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
High horsepower and diverse opinion exist in abundance on the issue of motorcycle safety, including from those who ride bikes, share the road with motorcycles, operate racing tracks and enforce the law. An outpouring of e-mails from readers followed a column I wrote two weeks ago about a horrific crash in Long Beach that took the life of a Long Beach City College teacher and a student at the school.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 2006 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
Several radar upgrades that air traffic controllers say are essential to help identify potential collisions on the ground at Los Angeles International Airport are months behind schedule. In one case, equipment that eliminates blind spots and false alarms that plague an existing collision-alert system will not be operational until 2009.
AUTOS
November 29, 2006 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
A distraught husband, three daughters, dozens of friends and hundreds of students are trying to come to grips with the death of Elisa Gigliotti. A Suzuki racing bike screaming at 80 mph in a 25-mph zone slammed into Gigliotti on Oct. 4 as she was leaving her job at Long Beach City College, igniting a fireball inside her Ford Escort.
TRAVEL
October 8, 2006 | Kathleen Doheny, Special to The Times
IN the last four years, Michael Osborn, a 50-year-old Laguna Beach marketing consultant, has flown to 14 countries for business and pleasure. He is always accompanied by Hastings, his 75-pound yellow Labrador. Hastings has been the perfect traveler, Osborn says, spending much of every flight dozing under his master's seat. Osborn hopes things can stay that way, but like other fliers who rely on guide dogs, he is wary of some proposed changes to the Air Carrier Access Act of 1986.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 2006 | Valerie Reitman, Times Staff Writer
A recent rash of equipment malfunctions that delayed hundreds of flights and nearly caused accidents prompted Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) on Thursday to call for a federal investigation of Los Angeles-area aviation control systems. She also called on the Bush administration to allocate more funding for airport and airline security equipment, including chemical-explosive detectors and reinforced aircraft cargo holds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 17, 2006 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
When she boards the train each workday, Lorraine Martinez looks around for suspicious packages and passengers behaving strangely. Martinez, an office clerk, said she's become more attentive in recent months. She's among the thousands of Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees enlisted to keep a watchful eye on public transit. "Everybody's got a safety responsibility here," said Roger Snoble, the MTA's chief executive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2006 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
Top Los Angeles International Airport officials Monday publicly questioned whether the Federal Aviation Administration was adequately maintaining its air traffic control equipment after a key landing system malfunctioned, the fourth mishap in less than a month. "Enough is enough," said Frank Clark, executive director of the nonprofit organization that represents airlines operating at the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2006 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
Two small airliners on the ground at Los Angeles International Airport came within moments of colliding earlier this week after a malfunctioning system designed to alert controllers to potential collisions was partially disabled. The pilot of one of the planes, which was taking off, averted disaster by pulling up suddenly -- risking a stall -- to avoid a regional jet that had just landed and strayed onto its runway.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 28, 2006 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
State legislators Tuesday rejected a proposal to ban the practice of pushing passenger trains from the rear with locomotives -- a technique called into question after a Metrolink crash near Glendale killed 11 people in January 2005. The Senate Committee on Housing and Transportation voted unanimously to defeat the measure by Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer (D-Glendale), who, based on state hearings last summer, considers push operations dangerous.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 24, 2005 | Jennifer Oldham, Times Staff Writer
Years of efforts to improve runway safety at Los Angeles International Airport have failed to reduce close calls between airplanes on its four busy runways, a Times review of federal records shows. Millions of dollars have been spent to install signs and paint markings on the airfield to guide pilots as they navigate the closely spaced runways. Maps have been created for pilots to highlight danger spots.
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