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October 25, 2013 | By David Zucchino
Five people were injured, two seriously, on a carnival ride at the North Carolina State Fair on Thursday night, state authorities said. The ride, called "The Vortex," may have restarted suddenly as riders were getting off, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said at a news conference. Among those injured was the ride's operator, he said. The Vortex spins, flipping riders upward, then spins faster as riders are flipped downward.  Witnesses told local TV stations that people were thrown off the ride and some were knocked unconscious.
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February 24, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Spring is less than a month away, but be prepared to first pay the toll for its arrival with the return of the polar vortex.  Frigid air will be back in much of the nation this week, with temperatures expected to plummet by more than 30 degrees in some major cities in the Midwest and the East. The expectation is for even more snow in a season that has already seen record accumulations. “A cold mass of arctic air will bring temperatures that are 10 to 30 degrees below normal across the northern third of the U.S. on Monday,” the National Weather Service warned.
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January 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
As of Monday afternoon, the Midwest was battling uncommonly frigid weather that threatened to break some all-time-low temperature records. January is typically cold, but not  this cold, with several Midwestern cities such as Chicago gripped by daytime temperatures well below zero. So what's happening? A huge mass of arctic air has slipped away from the North Pole, settled over the U.S. and made everything really, really cold, meteorologists told The Times. You may know the phenomenon by a phrase you've seen in headlines lately: the ominous-sounding "polar vortex.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2014 | Hugo Martín
Flights canceled in January's "polar vortex" inflicted $2.5 billion in costs on stranded travelers, according to a new analysis. The 49,000 flights canceled last month more than doubled the number halted by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Snow, sleet and frigid temperatures also led to more than 300,000 delays, according to MasFlight, an aviation operations technology company based in Bethesda, Md. And two more storms are barreling toward the East Coast. The region is home to the nation's busiest airspace, where travel snafus ripple throughout the country.
SCIENCE
December 30, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
Scientists working on the Cassini mission have released a new image of the vortex above Saturn's north pole, and it looks like Dororthy's and Toto's worst nightmare. In the first image in the gallery above, you will see a massive cyclone with an eye 1,250 miles wide - about 20 times larger than what you would find on Earth. And the winds are blowing four times faster than a typical hurricane on our planet. The image was taken in infrared light in June and released Monday. Each pixel represents three miles.  Saturn: Views of rings, moons and more If you continue to click through the gallery, you will see the vortex in context.
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January 4, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Parts of the U.S. may see days of record-low temperatures beginning Sunday as forecasters expect a deep freeze to bring wind chill as low as 65 below zero in parts of the Midwest. Temperatures will hover around zero throughout the East Coast region early next week. "It's going to be very cold and the wind chills are going to be very low," said Bob Oravec, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. "It hasn't been this cold in several decades for the big East Coast cities.
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January 7, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
The so-called polar vortex continued its frigid march across the U.S. on Tuesday, bringing record lows to the East Coast and parts of the South. Fountains froze in typically balmier states like South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Texas. New York City reached a record low of 4 degrees. Farther south, Atlanta broke its record with a low of 6 degrees. Pipes burst in areas where homes were insufficiently insulated, said Ryan Willis, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Atlanta.
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January 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A brutal "polar vortex" gripped much of the Midwest on Monday, pushing temperatures to record subzero lows, grounding more than 4,000 flights and prompting authorities to urge residents to stay home or go to emergency warming shelters. In Chicago, temperatures dropped to a record 16 degrees below zero at O'Hare International Airport on Monday, spawning a new National Weather Service Twitter hashtag: #Chiberia. Records also fell in Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana. In Minneapolis, it was minus 18 - minus 40 with the wind chill - and the high was minus 12. Margaret Roth found herself stranded in the Twin Cities, where she had arrived from Florida for a wedding.
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March 31, 1991
This rap doggerel should be banished to the inner vortex of the inferno, next to the disco. EDWARD T. PURCELL Santa Monica
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May 8, 1997 | ROBIN RAUZI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Yeah, yeah, yeah, so Wade Sheeler won an American College Theatre Festival award for best new one-act play. So he gets into the Dramatists Guild. So Samuel French is going to publish his play, "Vortex." What Sheeler really wants to do is direct. No tremendous surprise there. After all, Sheeler, 32, is a graduate student in his third-and-final year in CalArts' Directing for Theater, Video and Cinema program and just completed a short film.
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January 21, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Snow began falling in parts of the Northeast on Tuesday, the vanguard of a major storm that has already led to the cancellation of thousands of flights, an unexpected closure of some federal offices and even prompted New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to drop plans for his inauguration party. The storm could bring eight to 12 inches of snow to Philadelphia and the New York metropolitan area and perhaps more than a foot in Boston as it works its way through New England. The storm -- an unwelcome sequel to the polar vortex whose icy grip choked the Midwest and East earlier this month -- is also expected to bring wind chills as nasty as 10 degrees below zero.  “A wave of low pressure is developing along a strong Arctic front currently sinking southward through the Mid-Atlantic, and this is expected to develop into a strong surface low off the coast of New England,” the National Weather Service said.
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January 19, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Much of the U.S. is about to get pretty cold again. A huge dome of arctic air will send temperatures plummeting across parts of the Midwest and Northeast early this week in a deep freeze reminiscent of early January's "polar vortex. " Temperatures are expected to go well below zero in Minnesota by Tuesday, with some lows potentially reaching 20 below. Wisconsin, Michigan and upstate New York are expected to see some of the worst of the subzero temperatures through the earliest part of the week.
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January 7, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
The so-called polar vortex continued its frigid march across the U.S. on Tuesday, bringing record lows to the East Coast and parts of the South. Fountains froze in typically balmier states like South Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Texas. New York City reached a record low of 4 degrees. Farther south, Atlanta broke its record with a low of 6 degrees. Pipes burst in areas where homes were insufficiently insulated, said Ryan Willis, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Atlanta.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"The Daily Show" returned from its holiday break and attempted to avoid controversy. Gone were the days of the so-called war on Christmas, Jon Stewart said. They planned to avoid hot-button issues such as politics and religion. Instead, they would focus on something more benign. Like the weather. As it happens, much of the country is caught in the grip of record cold temperatures and snow, caused by something called a polar vortex. And according to the hosts and pundits on Fox News, those freezing temps are further evidence that global warming is a hoax.
NATIONAL
January 7, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
A Montana judge who triggered public outrage after handing down a 30-day sentence to a former high school teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old student, will not seek reelection at the end of 2014. District Judge G. Todd Baugh, 72, told KTVQ-TV in Billings, Mont., on Monday that he would retire when his fifth six-year term is up at the end of the year, but said it was not related to the rape case. A staff member in his office confirmed to The Times that Baugh would step down.  In August 2013, Baugh sentenced former Billings Senior High School teacher Stacey Dean Rambold to 15 years in prison with all but one month suspended.
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January 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
A brutal "polar vortex" gripped much of the Midwest on Monday, pushing temperatures to record subzero lows, grounding more than 4,000 flights and prompting authorities to urge residents to stay home or go to emergency warming shelters. In Chicago, temperatures dropped to a record 16 degrees below zero at O'Hare International Airport on Monday, spawning a new National Weather Service Twitter hashtag: #Chiberia. Records also fell in Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana. In Minneapolis, it was minus 18 - minus 40 with the wind chill - and the high was minus 12. Margaret Roth found herself stranded in the Twin Cities, where she had arrived from Florida for a wedding.
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October 26, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
A Georgia man who was operating a ride at the North Carolina State Fair when five people were injured was arrested Saturday. Authorities say he tampered with the ride to harm people. Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow, 46, was charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious bodily injury, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison told the Los Angeles Times in an email. On Thursday night, Tutterrow was operating the Vortex -- a popular ride that flips and spins riders -- when witnesses say it restarted while people were exiting the ride.
NEWS
December 2, 2013 | By Laura E. Davis
Scientists may have figured out why Jupiter's Great Red Spot -- the massive storm that's two to three times the size of Earth -- has stuck around for so long, and the finding may give us more insight into similar vortices on Earth and the formation of stars and planets. The Red Spot has been around for centuries, and scientists didn't know why. Their theories led them to believe the vortex should have disappeared after decades, not stuck around for hundreds of years. So Pedram Hassanzadeh, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard, and Philip Marcus, a professor of fluid dynamics at UC Berkeley, decided to try to figure out why the Red Spot had endured.
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January 6, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
As of Monday afternoon, the Midwest was battling uncommonly frigid weather that threatened to break some all-time-low temperature records. January is typically cold, but not  this cold, with several Midwestern cities such as Chicago gripped by daytime temperatures well below zero. So what's happening? A huge mass of arctic air has slipped away from the North Pole, settled over the U.S. and made everything really, really cold, meteorologists told The Times. You may know the phenomenon by a phrase you've seen in headlines lately: the ominous-sounding "polar vortex.
NATIONAL
January 4, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Parts of the U.S. may see days of record-low temperatures beginning Sunday as forecasters expect a deep freeze to bring wind chill as low as 65 below zero in parts of the Midwest. Temperatures will hover around zero throughout the East Coast region early next week. "It's going to be very cold and the wind chills are going to be very low," said Bob Oravec, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. "It hasn't been this cold in several decades for the big East Coast cities.
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