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November 4, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
Honda Motor Co. has announced it is voluntarily recalling more than 344,000 Odyssey minivans to correct a problem with the vehicles' stability control software. The recall affects 344,187 Odyssey vans from the 2007 and 2008 model years. In certain circumstances, an error in the software can prevent the system from calibrating correctly, leading to pressure building up in the braking system, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. If pressure builds to a certain point, “the vehicle may suddenly and unexpectedly brake hard, and without illuminating the brake lights, increasing the risk of a crash from behind,” the NHTSA said.
April 25, 2014 | By Alan Zarembo
An eastbound Metrolink train struck and killed a man a mile before the Van Nuys station late Friday afternoon, an agency official said. The incident, reported by the train crew at 4:43 p.m., occurred in an area where pedestrians are prohibited, according to Scott Johnson, a Metrolink spokesman. "It was not at a crossing," he said. Los Angeles police were called to the scene, he said. Authorities have not released details about the victim or what he was doing on the tracks.
March 17, 1995 | MAKI BECKER
Two new vans were presented to San Fernando Valley senior citizen groups by Los Angeles City Councilwoman Laura Chick on Thursday at the Organization for the Needs of the Elder in Van Nuys. The vans, which are equipped to transport frail and disabled elderly people, are to be shared by ONE and the Valley Senior Service and Resource Center in Reseda so that they can provide private and more efficient transportation for their members.
April 21, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Hillshire Brands Co., the maker of Jimmy Dean sausage links and Ball Park franks, said Monday it will pay $165 million to buy Van's Natural Foods from Catterton Partners, a private equity firm. The deal will add a line of healthful, frozen breakfast and snack foods to Hillshire's existing brands, which also includes Sara Lee foods. The addition is expected to generate net revenue of $60 million in 2014, the company said in a statement. Van's Natural Foods, based in Phoenix, makes gluten-free pancakes and whole-grain waffles.
December 22, 1991
The spectacular rescue on the morning of Dec. 4, executed by Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley fire departments, again points out the validity of having paramedics assigned to vans as opposed to engines ("Paraplegic Rescued from Fire," Dec. 5). This is the fourth citizen this year saved from a fire in which the rescue was spearheaded by the paramedics. While the spotlight is currently on the paramedics, it must be pointed out that these rescues are not the random act of one individual.
May 18, 2002 | From a Times Staff Writer
A flood of last-minute suggestions about how to make television news gathering safer may slow implementation of the nation's first safety rules for TV trucks, state officials said Friday. More than 100 people submitted testimony to state Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board members who met Thursday to hammer out safety requirements for microwave vans used for news show "live shots."
January 23, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The Copacabana, the famed New York nightclub that entertained the smart set with a young Frank Sinatra in the '40s and was the inspiration for Barry Manilow's signature song in the '70s, is looking for a new home again. Its third incarnation, on a commercial block on West 34th Street, has been condemned by the city to make way for an extension of a subway line. Owner John Juliano doesn't have a lease signed on a new location but has until July 1 before he has to be out.
March 18, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
General Motors Corp. recalled 90,573 of its 2001 and 2002 model vans to fix a faulty switch that prevents brake and hazard lamps from lighting, failing to alert other drivers that a vehicle is slowing or has stopped. The flaw affects 77,055 Chevrolet Astro and GMC Safari vans sold in the U.S., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. An additional 13,518 of the vans sold in Canada and other foreign markets are being recalled, GM said. GM shares fell 66 cents to $28.
September 26, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Ten members of the Whittier College women's volleyball team were injured Friday when their van overturned in a field near Tracy, in Central California. The injured were taken by ambulance to three area hospitals. None of the injuries was life-threatening.
December 19, 1993
Your article "Community Groups' Free Use of Vans to End" (Dec. 10) clearly shows why the vast majority of children and adults who rely on nonprofit organizations for assistance never seem to grow beyond needing government or charitable aid. The leaders of these organizations criticize the corporations for not donating the vans after the agreement clearly stated a 12-month loan program. Why didn't these groups organize fund-raising projects throughout the year? The children, parents and homeless would have gained a sense of community, developed a sense of accomplishment and earned money together.
April 18, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
As it turns out, we all got the question wrong. How would the Dodgers split playing time among four outfielders? By the time the Dodgers finally got their four headline outfielders healthy at the same time, they had decided to split time among five outfielders. For now, the Dodgers have a stable outfield rotation. If they face a right-hander, the outfield consists of Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, and either Matt Kemp or Yasiel Puig. If they face a left-hander, the outfield consists of Kemp, Puig and Scott Van Slyke.
April 17, 2014
Phillip Hayes Dean Actor, director wrote one-man play 'Paul Robeson' Phillip Hayes Dean, 83, a playwright, director and actor who wrote the one-man play "Paul Robeson" starring James Earl Jones on Broadway in 1978, died Monday in Los Angeles from a heart condition, according to a family spokesman. His plays include "The Last American Dixieland Band," "Moloch Blues," "Freeman," "The Owl Killer and Dink's Blues" and "The Sty of the Blind Pig," which Time magazine called one of the best plays of 1971.
April 15, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
James Van Der Beek of “Dawson's Creek” fame has sold a house in Valley Village for $1,155,250. The 3,017-square-foot house, built in 1936, features a great room with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, a bonus room and an open kitchen with bar seating. There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms. French doors off the master suite overlook a swimming pool at the rear of the one-story home. Van Der Beek, 37, was on "Don't Trust the B-- in Apartment 23" (2012-13) and stars in new series “Friends With Better Lives.” Striking contemporary in Beverly Crest He paid $1.26 million for the house in 2005 and had been leasing it out for nearly $5,000 a month, according to the MLS. The property was listed at $1.155 million.
April 11, 2014
Van Vlahakis Ecology-minded entrepreneur founded Earth Friendly Products Van Vlahakis, 79, an ecology-minded entrepreneur who manufactured and marketed environmentally safe cleaning products, including the best-selling ECOS laundry detergent, died Sunday at his home in Key Largo, Fla., his family said. The cause of death was not known. The Greek-born Vlahakis founded Venus Laboratories in the garage of his Chicago home in 1967. A decade later he changed the name to Earth Friendly Products and opened a headquarters and factory in Garden Grove.
April 7, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
A 67-year-old Van Nuys skier who crashed into a tree at a Lake Tahoe resort has died, according to authorities. The skier was identified by Fox40 as Marc L. Coleman. The skier was injured Sunday while skiing on Rail Splitter, one of the advanced runs at Northstar Ski Resort, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. When rescue team arrived, the skier was unresponsive and later was pronounced dead. Deputy coroners determined Coleman's death to be caused by an apparent skiing accident.
March 29, 2014 | By Susan King
Carl Reiner wakes up each morning with the same thought - it's time to start writing. It's still the top priority for the Emmy Award-winning funny man who created the landmark CBS sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show," wrote and directed such comedy film favorites as 1970's "Where's Poppa?," 1977's "Oh , God!" and 1979's "The Jerk" and who, along with his lifetime friend Mel Brooks, performed the "2000 Year Old Man" routines. "I get to my computer and I either play solitaire or do some tweets," said Reiner (who, for the record, has more than 62,000 Twitter followers)
May 28, 1993 | ED BOND
The city of Burbank has applied for a $116,000 federal grant to replace part of an aging fleet of vans used to ferry the disabled and elderly. But the competition could be tough. "We really don't know at this point in time," said Eric Hansen, deputy director of parks and recreation which oversees the program. "We've never applied for this type of grant." The City Council Tuesday approved the application under the Federal Transit Grant Act, which is being distributed through Caltrans.
Many Orange County employees will be commuting to work in state-subsidized vans by the end of the year, state and county transportation officials said Friday at Anaheim Stadium. Businesses in Orange County have applied for about $1.8 million worth of state funds to buy or lease passenger vans to drive employees long distances to work, said Patrick Merrill, head of the state Department of Transportation's Ride-Share Program.
March 27, 2014 | By KTLA
A California Highway Patrol officer was injured Thursday during a pursuit that began in Downey and ended in East Los Angeles, officials said. Around 1 a.m. the Downey Police Department requested assistance from the CHP after a call about a residential burglary resulted in a pursuit, CHP Lt. Paul Medeiros told KTLA-TV . CHP officers pursued the Ford Econoline van on the 605 and 5 freeways and side streets for about an hour, Medeiros said. A crash occurred on Paramount Boulevard, nearing Slauson Avenue in Pico Rivera, when a CHP officer swerved to avoid hitting a third party not connected with the chase, Medeiros said.
March 21, 2014 | By Scott Glover and Lisa Girion
An Orange County pain doctor caused the deaths of three patients by negligently prescribing them powerful narcotics, state medical authorities said in a complaint made public Friday. The Medical Board of California is seeking to suspend or revoke the license of Dr. Van H. Vu, who was linked to more than a dozen patient overdose deaths by a Times investigation in 2012. The medical board alleged Vu was grossly negligent in the deaths of a 22-year-old woman who had been planning her wedding, a 43-year-old mentally ill man who was prescribed drugs by Vu the day he was released from a hospital after an earlier overdose, and a 51-year-old single father who became addicted to pain drugs after a car accident.
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