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August 19, 2001 | Associated Press
Most residents returned home Saturday, a day after a tornado destroyed 10 houses and knocked out telephones and electricity. "In looking at the damage; we're very fortunate," Lt. Gov. Dave Maurstad said at a news conference Saturday. "We're very lucky that there were no fatalities." Only minor injuries were reported after the twister struck late Friday afternoon. One woman had a broken ankle and two children had cuts and bruises. Utility crews worked until almost 4 a.m.
March 27, 1998 | Associated Press
About 300 students returned Thursday to their school, which was extensively damaged last week when a tornado swept through northeast Georgia. Because of the damage from the tornado that killed 11 people and injured more than 80 last Friday, the school's 300 other students were bused to other schools. Debris from the classrooms and offices destroyed by the tornado had been removed and the area swept clean.
May 27, 1996 | JAN E. MORRIS, Jan E. Morris, controller for an audiovisual company in Burbank, is also a poet and freelance writer and the West Coast representative for the Doors Collectors magazine
Three nights before "Twister" was released, four tornadoes ripped paths of destruction within miles of my childhood home in Gage County, Neb. The next morning in Beatrice, the county seat, people counted the blessings of no loss of life and began the long process of clearing away the damage, estimated roughly at $10 million.
March 1, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Penny Hall and Kevin Taylor planned to be together in marriage. Instead, they were united in death, buried side by side, a week after they perished in a fierce night of tornadoes. More than 300 mourners came to the funeral for the couple and Hall's parents, Ed and Debra, who also were killed when a twister demolished the family's mobile home early Monday morning.
August 15, 1996
The Splash scored five goals in the fourth quarter to beat the Indianapolis Twisters, 12-10 Wednesday at Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. With the score tied, 7-7, at the end of the third quarter, the Splash (9-5) took a two-goal lead mid-way through the fourth quarter on goals by Raffaele Ruotolo and Dale Ervine. The Twisters rallied, however, with a goal by Matt Blackbourne to come within one, but Ervine scored again to give the Splash a 10-8 lead.
February 6, 1986
Four tornadoes spawned by fast-moving thunderstorms struck East Texas around Houston, killing one person and injuring dozens of others as they tore down homes, buildings and power lines, authorities said. Twisters hit two apartment houses, several homes and a doctor's office in Tomball late in the afternoon, and about 90% of the houses in town suffered some damage, said Police Chief Derwood Kennedy.
April 24, 1988
Patricia Ward Biederman's piece, "Teachers of Russian Are Spreading the Word About Their Language" (Times, April 7), brought back memories of my attempts to acquire a smattering of Russian in the interests of glasnost. My adventures began in New York City at the New School for Social Reserach and Columbia University and continued at Beverly Hills High School and UCLA Extension. My classmates and I were in agreement that while our Russian teachers were affable and patient and made learning fun, the language was, to put it mildly, a challenge.
May 28, 2013
Re "An Okie's spin on twisters," Column One, May 24 The delightful portrait of Gary England - the beloved, colorful TV weather forecaster in Oklahoma City - highlights the importance of advance warnings of tornadoes. But the real hero in saving lives from the monster in Moore was science - specifically, the unsung scientists at the National Severe Storms Laboratory just south of Moore, in Norman, who developed the Doppler weather radar system used by England and everyone else now. In 1981, I watched those scientists - including Howie Bluestein, the model for the lead character in the movie "Twister" - as they compared observations of storms and tornadoes in the field (sometimes calling from pay phones)
May 25, 1996
Moviegoers are not strangers to special-effects-laden "thrill ride" spectacles lacking in other areas like story and character development. Unbelievably, the movie "Twister" has reached a new low for the summer blockbuster genre. With a script of exhausted cliches barely cobbled together and a cynically packaged assembly of grating characters, "Twister" is offensive "movie product" at its worst. The amazing tornado effects are so deflated by every other aspect of the movie that instead of achieving the drama of even a roller coaster, the movie feels like the spinning teacups--whipping you around for a while until you exit feeling nauseous.
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