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March 14, 2001 | JASON DIETRICH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ask anyone who's ever ridden one and they'll tell you it's all about the feeling of wind on your face, the hair-dryer whine of the engine and the road whizzing by under wheelbarrow-size tires. After a generation removed from the American market, the Vespa scooter, retooled and in eight candy-store colors from bright red to pastel green, is back. Italian manufacturer Piaggio pulled the line from North America in 1983, citing its inability to meet California's stringent air-quality regulations.
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March 14, 2001 | JASON DIETRICH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ask anyone who's ever ridden one and they'll tell you it's all about the feeling of wind on your face, the hair-dryer whine of the engine and the road whizzing by under wheelbarrow-size tires. After a generation removed from the American market, the Vespa scooter, retooled and in eight candy-store colors from bright red to pastel green, is back. Italian manufacturer Piaggio pulled the line from North America in 1983, citing its inability to meet California's stringent air-quality regulations.
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TRAVEL
September 7, 2003
John HUNADAY'S rant about the disappearing American vacation ["American Workers Deserve a Vacation," Letters, Aug. 24] is nothing but rabid anti-Americanism, short on reason, facts and judgment. According to him, American workers are "cowards" and "stupid" in comparison to our European counterparts because we forgo earned vacation time when we feel that taking it would threaten our job security. It would seem obvious that the really smart and brave thing to do would be to find a job you enjoy doing so that giving up some vacation time to keep [the job]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1986 | Barry Surman
A Los Alamitos police sergeant single-handedly captured an armed-robbery suspect on Wednesday, freeing a hostage taken at the entrance of El Dorado Park in neighboring Long Beach. "It went down so fast," said Sgt. Bill Barrett. ". . . From the time I called it in to the time the suspect was in custody was less than five minutes. I didn't have time to think about it."
BUSINESS
November 8, 2004 | From Associated Press
The last Fiat 500 -- the tiny car with the big personality -- rolled off assembly lines nearly 30 years ago. But it's still fighting retirement. With more than 600,000 Fiat 500s out on the roads, two Italian senators are pushing a bill to make sure the beloved mini-car that thrust Italy into the motor age isn't done in by modern antipollution laws. Sens.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Kate Mather and Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
The elites of California freeways — carpoolers and hybrid owners — were adjusting to diverging fortunes as new rules of the road brought better commutes for some and worse commutes for others. Beginning Friday, owners of hybrid cars were kicked out of carpool lanes and forced to crawl to work with the rest of the solo drivers. Though the change is lamented by hybrid owners, some carpoolers are cheering. Transportation experts say the shift could reduce traffic in carpool lanes at a time when some of the lanes are becoming more congested.
OPINION
April 7, 2006
HAVING SOLD TENS of millions of iPods and more than a billion iTunes, Steve Jobs is turning Apple Computer's attention to selling ... Microsoft Windows? That's one upshot of Apple's latest move, which will give the latest Macs the ability run the Windows operating system. The point isn't so much to pad Bill Gates' quarterly revenues, of course. It's to sell more Macs, particularly to people who worry about the Mac's incompatibility with Windows programs.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2004 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
Mostly, it felt like a party, with martinis, couples on dates, loud music, the brandishing of cellphones and lots of animated talking. There were a few unusual notes: a line of people painting a very busy mural, two crestfallen young men stopped by guards as they tried to enter an art exhibition with an open bottle of wine. Even so, it was the kind of crowd not out of place at any hip Hollywood hangout. It was the second-ever art party at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a 7 p.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 2012 | From Times staff and wire reports
Sergio Pininfarina, who headed a family company known for its designs of sleek Ferraris and other cars, has died. He was 85. Pininfarina died Monday night at his home in Turin, the company announced Tuesday. No cause was given. The company founded in 1930 designed cars for Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Cadillac, Rolls-Royce and Volvo but is most closely associated with Ferrari, designing nearly all of its models since the 1950s. The design house was started by his father, Battista "Pinin" Farina, who later changed the family name to Pininfarina.
HOME & GARDEN
October 25, 2007 | Times staff writer
FIRST Cher, then Ozzy, now the Great One? Last year the pop singer and actress auctioned off her old Goth furnishings, and earlier this month, Osbourne and wife Sharon announced that they plan to shed some belongings with a sale of their own.
MAGAZINE
June 20, 1999 | Jason Dietrich
They putter playfully across IBM billboards high above the Sunset Strip. They pester SUV owners in Toyota commercials. Supermodels conspicuously straddle them in ads. While the Vespa motor scooter hasn't been sold Stateside since the early '80s, the plucky little two-wheeler is the advertising industry's new darling. "Open any issue of Vogue," says Derek Olry, owner of the Santa Ana shop Scooter Cafe, "and there'll be two or three scooters inside.
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