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June 17, 2013 | By Joe Piasecki, Los Angeles Times
Pasadena officials are negotiating a proposal to convert the city's long-vacant former YWCA building into a 150-room boutique hotel, the city announced last week. Completed in 1921 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the three-story building near Pasadena City Hall was designed by Julia Morgan, believed to be the country's first independently practicing female architect. Morgan also designed Hearst Castle and the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner building. The city invoked eminent domain to acquire the former YWCA from a Hong Kong investor for $8.3 million in April 2012 after it stood vacant at Marengo Avenue and Holly Street for 14 years.
February 11, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
The Pantech Element isn't the best Android tablet on the market and it doesn't promise to be. But the Element is the only tablet I know of that can be dropped into a sink full of water or held under a faucet for a few minutes and come out unaffected -- two things I've done myself. For that reason, the Element is a tablet that appeals to my gadget-loving heart, though it didn't entirely win me over. While it may not be the most common of problems, nearly all of us know someone who has lost a cellphone, MP3 player or other gadget to water damage -- a pool, a toilet or a washing machine is often the culprit.
Of all the destruction caused by the Jan. 17 earthquake, among the most striking failures was the collapsed Bullock's store at the Northridge Fashion Center, where hundreds of shoppers might have been injured or killed if the temblor had struck during business hours.
January 21, 1990
In "Know Your Rights, Obligations If Home Is Damaged by Fire" (Dec. 31), Merle Henkenium wrote: "Don't settle before knowing extent of cost." That is certainly a rule that should be followed. We had extensive water damage a few years ago and learned that water damage is insidious and doesn't always show up right away! Our insurance agent was anxious to settle our claim as quickly as possible, and we finally agreed, not realizing that we would no longer be covered when other water-damage problems surfaced.
February 22, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
KYAN KHINN SU, Myanmar - No matter what anyone else says, antique-aircraft buff David Cundall remains adamant about finding valuable World War II Spitfires buried somewhere in Myanmar. The 63-year-old English farmer and aviation fan told reporters in Yangon this week that he would continue his search even though his main sponsor had backed out. Cundall has already led a 21-member team digging and surveying for several weeks this year near Yangon's international airport in Mingaladon, convinced that dozens of the planes were buried unassembled in wooden crates at the end of the war in 1945.
March 18, 1991 | MARK LANDSBAUM
A roof fire of unknown origin caused about $100,000 damage to a two-story condominium in the 2200 block of East Vista del Sol on Sunday, authorities said. Although a family was at home in the condominium when the fire broke out shortly after 1 p.m., there were no injuries, said fire dispatcher Jonathan Wilkes. The cause of the fire, which was contained in 22 minutes, is under investigation.
June 13, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
NORTHERN IRELAND * In another sign of heightened sectarian tensions, attackers hurled a gasoline bomb at a Roman Catholic elementary school in west Belfast, police said. Police said the bomb was thrown through a window of a classroom at the Holy Rosary School, near Ormeau Road, scene of recent clashes between Protestants and Catholics. The classroom suffered severe smoke and water damage and the windows of four other classrooms were broken, a spokesman said. Nobody was injured.
May 11, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
A water main rupture flooded a Baltimore residential neighborhood 5 feet deep, floating cars down streets and forcing dozens of people to flee their homes, some of them by boat. Seventeen homes were condemned by the city because of water damage, and part of one street collapsed and swallowed a car after the main broke Friday shortly before midnight. At least 30 other homes were damaged, a city official said. No injuries were reported.
December 20, 1996
A fire early Thursday caused about $300,000 in damage to a company that manufactures decorative waterfalls, authorities said. A California Highway Patrol officer about 3:40 a.m. saw smoke billowing from the roof of Troyco Co. in the 18400 block of Mount Langley Street and summoned firefighters. It took about 30 minutes to control the blaze, city spokesman Donal Heinbuch said. Two adjacent units in the business complex received smoke and water damage, Heinbuch said.
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