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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1991 | MARK A. STEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Backed by the Highway Patrol and police, the state Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday conducted surprise safety inspections of 45 shuttle vans at Los Angeles International Airport, ordering 26 off the road for safety or paperwork violations. One van was so dangerous that authorities refused to let its operator drive it out of the shuttle-van holding lot near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and 96th Street. It was towed back to its garage instead.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2006 | Cynthia H. Cho, Times Staff Writer
Brand shout-outs in hip-hop songs are nothing new -- but most focus on luxury names. Kanye West tells of a cutie with a "baby Louis Vuitton under her arm" in "Gold Digger," Missy Elliott raps about a Cadillac Escalade in "Lick Shots" and anyone who has heard Busta Rhymes' "Pass the Courvoisier" knows his Cognac of choice. Few songs, though, make a product or company their main focus. There was Run-DMC's "My Adidas" in 1986.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 2000 | PETER M. WARREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lacking health insurance, Cristobal Acosta's parents hoped home care would heal his earache, sore throat and upset stomach. Once the symptoms had lingered for days, making it hard for the 3-year-old to eat and sleep, his worried father carried him to a clinic they'd heard about. Inside the 38-foot van of Children's Hospital of Orange County, Dr. Mark Colon gingerly touched the boy's belly, probing for clues.
BUSINESS
March 22, 1991 | JENNIFER TOTH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal officials Thursday ordered that manufacturers of minivans, light trucks and other multipurpose passenger vehicles begin phasing in front-seat air bags or automatic safety belts starting in 1994--a regulation already in force for automobiles. Extending the "passive restraint" safety requirement to the increasingly popular classes of vehicles could save as many as 2,000 lives a year, according to Jerry Ralph Curry, administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 1998 | SUE McALLISTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In an effort to avoid dashing the hopes of would-be visitors who arrive at the Getty Center via a tour operator's van only to be told that the museum is full, Getty administrators today will begin requiring that shuttle vans have special permits to drop off passengers.
BUSINESS
November 23, 1992 | MICHAEL PARRISH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Solar Electric Engineering Inc., the tiny Santa Rosa, Calif., company that produces more electric cars than any other U.S. manufacturer, has formed a joint venture with a Florida specialty auto maker to produce an electric-powered utility van. The first electric van commercially available in the United States, it will be designed to meet demand spurred by tax incentives favoring electric vehicles in the National Energy Policy Act of 1992. Consulier Automotive of Riviera Beach, Fla.
NEWS
August 20, 1999 | CARL INGRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A bill to require seat belts on farm worker vans and tougher enforcement against violators won swift approval in its first legislative appearance Thursday. A state Senate committee approved the $1.75-million legislation, which later got the endorsement of Gov. Gray Davis, as a needed protection for "some of the hardest-working people in our society" whose lives "are put in jeopardy around harvest time."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 5, 1991 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Television reporters and camera operators who cover press conferences at City Hall say Los Angeles police are using pens to retaliate for coverage of the Rodney G. King beating. Police are writing a blizzard of parking tickets and traffic citations for news crews who drive TV vans onto the sidewalk outside the offices of Mayor Tom Bradley and City Council members.
BUSINESS
April 10, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In an unusual warning to consumers, the government reported Monday that 15-passenger vans--such as those used to transport college teams and church groups-- have a dramatically higher risk of rolling over when fully loaded. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also said the vans, often driven by students or volunteers, should be operated only by experienced drivers who are aware of their propensity to flip over in abrupt steering maneuvers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1999 | SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Van services for senior citizens and the disabled would be put in private hands under a proposal that Orange County transit leaders say could save more than $1 million each year. The Access program lets users make appointments for van transportation that takes them door-to-door. Privatizing van services, which costs roughly $17 million a year, would also lead to better service, concedes a spokesman the Orange County Transportation Authority. "It frees [nearly] $1.
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