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July 1, 1988 | LESLIE BERKMAN, Times Staff Writer
In the current real estate rush, an ocean-view house should be a snap to sell. But there are exceptions. Take the converted water tower that Dr. Robert Odell is selling, for example, the one perched a breathless 85 feet above Sunset Beach--with an equally breathless price of $3.5 million. There have been some nibbles in the two months the tower has been on the market, but not many. Odell says he was offered nearly $3 million for the home but decided to hold out for more.
Many people would be happy to get rid of an old, rusty water tank towering 130 feet above their homes. Not in west Torrance. Residents of this middle-class enclave harbor warm feelings for their familiar "quiet neighbor"--a white, 750,000-gallon tank visible for miles. "We all use it as a focal point for directions," said homeowner Karen Beverly.
June 18, 1992 | ANNA CEKOLA
An old water tower teetering precariously on rotted wooden legs near the historic Buddy Forster home is slated to come down soon, but Councilman Jerry Harris plans to step in to preserve the landmark. In a spur-of-a-moment decision at the City Council meeting Tuesday, Harris said he will pay to relocate the water tower to another site, most likely the Rancho Sierra Vista equestrian center. "I probably should have gone to look at the thing first," Harris said Wednesday, laughing.
June 30, 1999 | ROY RIVENBURG
Lethal Seafood Bureau: Something has to be done to stop the violence in this country. No, we don't mean gun control. We're talking about mandatory background checks on people who want to buy fish. For example, in San Diego last week, a 37-year-old boat worker was arrested for allegedly beating a customer with a 20-pound tuna. The victim suffered broken vertebrae and a concussion. It was the second assault-with-a-deadly-fish incident this month.
March 24, 1994 | LYNN SMITH, Lynn Smith is a staff writer for The Times' View section
It takes some maturity to understand, or even be interested in, the deadening effects of long-term sacrifice. It also takes a little media savvy to get all this film's nuances and symbols, such as cars that won't start and heights that are climbed. So it's not surprising that kids' appreciation for this mostly adult, lump-in-the-throat drama increased in direct proportion to age. "It just was weird. It's not the type of movie I usually see," said 9-year-old Heather Peirce, who much preferred "My Girl 2."
February 7, 1999
A roundup of unusual news stories: You Too Can Walk on Water: Tourists will soon be able to simulate Jesus' walking on water on the Sea of Galilee. Israel's National Parks Authority has authorized construction of a submerged bridge in the lake, which has been a pilgrimage site since at least the 3rd century. "In the beginning we thought it was a joke," said the agency's head of planning, Zeev Margalit.
Living in a 90-foot water tower is great for ocean views, but lousy if you want to buy furniture. Whenever Jerry Wallace decides to replace his sofa--or, heaven forbid, his refrigerator--he will have to haul the thing up nearly 60 feet by means of an I-beam and pulley built onto the side of the tower. The job will require 120 feet of rope, a pickup truck to pull the loose end of it, and nerves--oh, man, the nerves of a safecracker.
November 22, 1985 | BARRY BEARAK, Times Staff Writer
Hurricane Kate, the first November hurricane to hit the U. S. mainland in 50 years, slammed into the Florida Panhandle late Thursday afternoon, whipping furious tides across coastal highways and snapping trees with 100-m.p.h. winds. More than 100,000 people fled coastal communities. Tornadoes touched down here and in neighboring Calhoun County, and forecasters said Kate brought 5 to 10 inches of rain and tides 8 to 12 feet above normal.
November 15, 1993 | Jack Smith
Army life is no bed of roses. My grandson, Chris, a specialist with an infantry battalion in Panama, sent his parents the following letter. I do not often turn this space over to someone else's prose, but I think his letter is so graphic, so vivid, so hilarious in its anguish, that it deserves publication. "Dear Family: "Well, we just came back from the jungle and we're planning to move out again in two days. . . .
March 23, 2008 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
Dusk was approaching high up on the rim of Mulholland Drive and Warren Beatty, relaxed at poolside, looked down on the twinkling lights of the Valley before he recounted a quarrel he had four decades ago at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. "I was arguing with Jack Warner about 'Bonnie and Clyde,' and he said to me, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, that's fine, kid, that's your opinion.' Then he says, 'You have your opinion, but you do know whose name is up on the water tower, right?' So I said, 'Yeah, hey, look, it's got my initials!
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