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March 21, 2013 | By Chris Willman
Playing Judy Garland in the months leading up to the actress' fatal 1969 overdose, Tracie Bennett spends much of "End of the Rainbow" horizontal - though rarely for more than 10 seconds at a time. The central prop of the bio-musical now playing at the Ahmanson Theatre is a hotel suite's fainting couch, but there's little fainting going on. Bennett throws herself onto or drapes herself across that beleaguered piece of furniture in every manic contortion possible. Even momentarily prone, she has enough manic energy to repower the San Onofre reactors.
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May 30, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
A brush fire in the Angeles National Forest north of Castaic burned out of control Thursday night, destroying one structure and forcing authorities to evacuate residents as flames burned near homes and threatened high-voltage power lines. The Powerhouse fire spread quickly amid high winds throughout the afternoon and had charred at least 1,000 acres of dry brush and chaparral along San Francisquito Canyon, fire officials said. As night descended, a helicopter was searching for hikers who may be missing in the area, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2011
Bob Pease, 70, a prominent Silicon Valley engineer and author of several books on analog chip design, died Saturday evening when his car crashed into a tree in Saratoga, Calif., southwest of San Jose. Pease, who was not wearing a seat belt while driving his vintage Volkswagen Beetle, struck the tree head-on and died instantly, according to the California Highway Patrol. Authorities said Pease was coming out of the Mountain Winery driveway, but it was not clear if alcohol played a role in the crash.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 13, 2013 | By August Brown, Los Angeles Times
Sometimes even the most devoted ravers outgrow their fairy wings and neon bikinis. The 160,000 people expected to attend Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the next two weekends will find a new electronic music tent with the kind of accouterments rarely seen at these venues - including air conditioning, a hardwood floor and comfy chairs. The new Yuma tent is a world apart from the bare grass floors and body heat of other tents, reflecting maturing tastes and older fans.
BUSINESS
June 9, 1987
Microsemi Corp. of Santa Ana has agreed to purchase the San Diego-based high-voltage rectifier assembly operations of Solitron Devices Inc. for an undisclosed sum. A rectifier converts alternating current to direct current. Microsemi Chairman Philip Frey Jr. said the acquisition will expand Microsemi's existing line of rectifiers to include high-voltage assemblies used primarily as power sources for radio transmitters and radar installations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1985
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has announced plans to build a new electrical distribution station in the Canoga Park area. DWP officials, who have scheduled a community meeting Nov. 19 to discuss the project, said they are considering a site on the north side of Victory Boulevard between Randi Avenue and Calabasas Creek. They said the station would not burn fuel or cause pollution.
NEWS
July 20, 1985 | United Press International
The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday ordered the Smithsonian Institution to begin repairs within 48 hours on high-voltage transformers that are leaking deadly PCBs in its museums. An EPA engineer found several transformers that were leaking the chemical. However, the agency said he "did not see any situation in which the public would come in contact with PCBs. The violations were in the storage area."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 8, 2009 | DAVID STRICK
It's not easy being Chev Chelios. Just ask Jason Statham, the actor who played the assassin in 2006's "Crank." In that movie, Chelios learns he has been injected with poison and must keep his adrenaline flowing to stay alive. In "Crank 2: High Voltage," opening April 17, Statham is back as Chelios, and this time he's in hot pursuit of the Chinese mobster who has stolen his now nearly indestructible heart.
REAL ESTATE
September 18, 1994 | JAMES DULLEY
QUESTION: I want to install outdoor lighting myself for security and landscaping because I cannot afford an electrician. What is new for 1994 in efficient do-it-yourself low-voltage lighting? ANSWER: There have been many improvements to do-it-yourself outdoor low-voltage (12-volt) lighting over the past several years. The new designs are easier to install with brighter lights, automatic controls and more styles available (tier, brick, flood, globe, well, spot, deck, bollard and spread).
NEWS
October 23, 2003 | Annie Zaleski, Special to The Times
Growing up in communist East Berlin during the 1980s before the fall of the Berlin Wall, pioneering German electronic artist-DJ Paul van Dyk relied solely on what he calls "the actual waveform of music which came through the radio" to discover and fall in love with bands like New Order and the Smiths.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2013 | By Chris Willman
Playing Judy Garland in the months leading up to the actress' fatal 1969 overdose, Tracie Bennett spends much of "End of the Rainbow" horizontal - though rarely for more than 10 seconds at a time. The central prop of the bio-musical now playing at the Ahmanson Theatre is a hotel suite's fainting couch, but there's little fainting going on. Bennett throws herself onto or drapes herself across that beleaguered piece of furniture in every manic contortion possible. Even momentarily prone, she has enough manic energy to repower the San Onofre reactors.
SPORTS
January 5, 2013 | T.J. Simers
Everything is just a bit off for the Lakers so far. Jimmy couldn't make it through a weekend and got Mike D'Antoni; Jeanie was willing to wait 13 years to land Phil. Kobe said the Lakers are old and slow, while proclaiming the Clippers "fun to watch," and "spectacular. " Vinny Del Negro said the Clippers are the best team in Los Angeles because their record says so, and Kobe won't argue. "I think they're expected to blow us out," he said. Kobe usually knows what he's talking about.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2011
Bob Pease, 70, a prominent Silicon Valley engineer and author of several books on analog chip design, died Saturday evening when his car crashed into a tree in Saratoga, Calif., southwest of San Jose. Pease, who was not wearing a seat belt while driving his vintage Volkswagen Beetle, struck the tree head-on and died instantly, according to the California Highway Patrol. Authorities said Pease was coming out of the Mountain Winery driveway, but it was not clear if alcohol played a role in the crash.
BUSINESS
October 28, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Even as General Motors Co. and Nissan Motor Co. get ready to launch electric cars into the marketplace, a new report from auto industry market research company J.D. Power & Associates said that sales of such vehicles would lack juice. Technology geeks and environmentalists are expected to go wild over the first mass-market electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles when they hit auto showrooms in the coming months, but most consumers will balk because of technology concerns and because gas prices aren't high enough to send them searching for an alternative-fuel option, according to the study.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2009 | Noel Murray
Crank: High Voltage Lionsgate, $29.95/$34.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 "Crank: High Voltage" has Jason Statham reprising his role as Chev Chelios, a resourceful hitman who'll do anything to keep his faulty heart pumping. In the first movie Chelios needed to make sure his adrenaline never stopped racing to stay alive; in the sequel he's stuck with an artificial heart that requires frequent jolts of electricity, via jumper cables, shock-collars, tasers or whatever else is handy. Like its predecessor, "Crank: High Voltage" is a big, gross cartoon, full of broad stereotypes and slapstick violence.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2009 | Susan King
Is Jason Statham the latest actor to get a swelled head? It certainly looks that way in this photograph from a set visit last year to "Crank: High Voltage." But it's actually stuntman Dave Kilde wearing a Statham mask, which was used for a surreal sequence in the thriller, opening Friday. In the sequel to the 2006 hit "Crank," hitman Chev Chelios (Statham) is kidnapped by a gang of Chinese medics who attempt to harvest his organs. But Chev has other ideas.
SPORTS
February 24, 2001
That Dale Earnhardt perished from the earth on the last turn of the last lap at his favorite race on his favorite track is almost poetic. That he perished while guarding victory for his friend and his son is more than heroic. In life, he transcended his sport. In death, he resides in Valhalla. RHYS THOMAS Van Nuys You must have heard from countless shocked readers by now concerning Dale Earnhardt's appalling lack of judgment in driving a passenger vehicle 60 mph in rain so hard he couldn't see the highway, narrowly averting collision with numerous vehicles stopped in front of him because of the bad visibility ["An Unforgettable Drive," Feb. 20]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2007 | Alison Williams, Times Staff Writer
A group of cabin owners in the northern reaches of the Angeles National Forest has added its voice to a rising chorus of opposition to the development of renewable energy -- in this case, a high-voltage line that would transmit electrical power generated by wind turbines. Slated for a scenic 12-mile stretch of the forest near Santa Clarita, the project would convey electricity from windmills in the Tehachapi Mountains to the fast-growing Antelope Valley.
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