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AUTOS
September 19, 2007 | SUSAN CARPENTER
The results are in. After a year's analysis of testimony from the National Transportation Safety Board's first-ever forum on motorcycle safety, the NTSB has finally made its recommendations. The biggest take-away: Helmets save lives. That message wasn't for riders but for state governments, which the safety board is encouraging to adopt universal helmet laws.
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WORLD
March 28, 2007 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
Navigating a country of 17,500 islands scattered across three time zones has never been easy. Now it's downright scary for many air travelers. Twice this year, Indonesian airliners have crashed, leaving more than 120 people dead. A Transportation Ministry audit released late last week found none of 20 major Indonesian passenger and cargo airlines fully met national safety regulations.
NATIONAL
February 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Flight restrictions on small aircraft imposed around Manhattan after New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle crashed his single-engine plane into an apartment tower will be made permanent, government documents indicate. The plan for the rule change was revealed as the National Transportation Safety Board released papers detailing its investigation of the Oct. 11 crash that killed Lidle and his flight instructor. The NTSB's documents do not contain final conclusions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein and Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writers
At least four subway passengers either touched or stepped on six ounces of mercury that a man dropped onto a downtown L.A. subway platform, with one commuter finally alerting authorities about the spill eight hours after it occurred. Among those exposed to the mercury was a woman who lives in downtown Los Angeles. She got the mercury on her red house slippers minutes after the man dropped it, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Det. Danny Regalado.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2007 | Dan Weikel, Times Staff Writer
A collision-avoidance system that transportation safety board investigators say could have prevented the fatal collision of two trains in Placentia nearly five years ago was approved for use on freight trains by federal regulators Monday. The system, called positive train control, will warn crew members of dangerous situations and automatically apply the brakes if they fail to act.
NATIONAL
December 14, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The gate that James Kim drove through before getting lost and dying of exposure deep in the Rogue River Canyon was never locked and was not broken open by vandals, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management said. The federal land agency with jurisdiction over the road that Kim and his family drove down had said last week that the road had been blocked by a locked metal gate since Nov. 1, but that someone broke the lock and left the gate open.
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.
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.
NATIONAL
October 13, 2006 | Ellen Barry, Times Staff Writer
On any given day, a small swarm of day-trippers, paramedics, traffic reporters and downtown executives flies along the East River. A day after New York Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle's small aircraft slammed into a condominium tower, several politicians called for strict curbs on such flights, saying they offer terrorists easy access to the city's landmarks. Gov. George E. Pataki said the crash "brings into sharp focus the need to gain greater control of the airspace around New York."
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