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October 24, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
A man whose truck exploded in North Hollywood while he was huffing propane inside the cab turned himself in to police, but wasn't arrested, authorities said. The truck mysteriously exploded Tuesday morning in the  11300 block of Miranda Street. The blast blew open the truck's roof, shattered windows and startled neighbors. No one could explain what happened -- until Tuesday night, when a man with a burned scalp and face walked into Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood substation.
September 6, 2013 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
San Francisco police on Friday identified the city worker suspected of driving over and killing a woman as she sunbathed in a park with her baby and dog. Thomas Burnoski -- a 57-year-old employee of the city's parks and recreation department -- was arrested and booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run, according to San Francisco police officer Albie Esparza. He was arrested a short distance from the park after allegedly driving over the woman, identified as 35-year-old  Christine Svanemyr.
August 27, 2013 | Ricardo Lopez
At least 15 port truck drivers with a Carson-based trucking firm went on a 24-hour strike scheduled to culminate in a Tuesday rally, alleging their employer is trying to thwart their efforts to unionize. The action against the company, Green Fleet Systems, began late Monday when truck drivers and their supporters picketed outside the company's Carson facility. Truckers contend that company supervisors have been illegally dissuading them from joining a union -- an allegation Green Fleet denied.
August 27, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
At least 15 port truck drivers seeking to unionize at a Carson-based firm went on strike Monday night, kicking off a week's worth of planned labor actions. Labor groups organizing strikes and rallies are aiming to draw attention to low-wage workers in industries including fast food and logistics.  On Monday, port truck drivers picketed  outside Green Fleet Systems' Carson facility. They allege their employer has tried intimidating workers in an effort to discourage them from organizing.
July 10, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
For generations of children, it is the pleasing sound of summer: the tinny, high-pitched rendering of "La Cucaracha" and "It's a Small World" coming from ice cream trucks trudging through their neighborhood. The music sparks Pavlovian desires for Popsicles, Bomb Pops, 50/50 bars and ice cream sandwiches. For some residents of Long Beach, though, the repetitive - and sometimes competitive - warbling has become an annoying nuisance, more like nails on a blackboard. The City Council this week took a step toward reining it in, drafting an ordinance that would require ice cream truck drivers to turn off the music when they are serving customers.
May 15, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Two truck drivers have sued one of Southern California's largest trucking companies, alleging they were denied breaks, lunch hours and overtime because they were treated as independent contractors rather than employees of Harbor Express Inc. The lawsuit filed this week is one of several complaints lodged against trucking companies in recent years and is seeking class-action status. Lawyers for the plaintiffs said it could affect as many as 400 truck drivers who worked for the Wilmington-based company since May 2009.
April 20, 2013 | Neal Broverman, Broverman is managing editor at the Advocate and an editor for Curbed LA
From the well-lighted Argentine restaurant -- my suggestion via Yelp -- to the 70-degree night, all is well on this second date. As Dylan tactfully yanks shrimp from their shells, he tells me about his Japanese father, who strictly regulated all behavior in his mixed-race Kentucky home, from TV viewing to bowel movements. How disturbing and interesting. Go on, I tell him with nods and eye contact. "We couldn't swear -- ever," he says. "Not even d-a-m-n. " He still tries not to curse.
February 28, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The hand that once wrote about daily NBA schedules on a greaseboard in the Lakers' locker room now composes daily specials on a surfboard propped against a sunset-colored truck. Kona Sunset Shrimp Tacos, two for $7. The distinctive voice that once boomed through the halls of Staples Center now is heard from underneath a tiny window; instead of ordering Lakers players into their uniforms, it is now taking office workers' orders for lunch. Welcome to Sam Choy's Pineapple Express, may I help you?
December 7, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri
In the wake of last month's deadly Texas train crash, the Midland Police Department does not plan to file charges against the man who drove a parade float carrying 12 veterans and their wives onto railroad tracks, a city spokeswoman said Friday. The Nov. 15 crash in the West Texas town killed four veterans and seriously wounded five other people. The driver, Dale Andrew Hayden, was not physically injured in the crash. “We don't have any plans to file against the driver,” spokeswoman Sara Higgins told the Los Angeles Times.
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