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January 6, 2000 | ALLISON COHEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Each Saturday, she changed the tires on wheelchairs, rotated their brakes, even scrubbed their seats and shined their handles. But Giselle Nguyen, 17, wanted to deliver the wheelchairs to people in Vietnam whose legs had been rendered useless by war, polio, childhood disease or simply from lack of medical attention. Volunteering each week at Wheels for Humanity's warehouse wasn't enough.
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BUSINESS
December 14, 1989 | LINDA WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Hong Kong investment company with interests in several American firms said Wednesday that it reached agreements on stock purchases that would give it voting control of Everest & Jennings International of Camarillo, the world's largest manufacturer of wheelchairs. Industrial Equity Pacific Ltd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1989 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times Urban Affairs Writer
The state attorney general has filed a lawsuit accusing the Orange County Transit District of violating a state law requiring that new bus service be accessible to the disabled. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Orange County Superior Court, argues that when OCTD contracted with Greyhound last July 1 to operate so-called freeway coaches between Fullerton and Los Angeles, it should have required that Greyhound use vehicles equipped to handle wheelchairs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 1988
A paraplegic whose customized wheelchair was lost at a Sept. 30 baseball game at Dodger Stadium has sued the Los Angeles Dodgers seeking at least $10,000 in damages. Gordon Page said in his Superior Court suit that he was made immobile after ushers at the Chavez Ravine stadium took his $2,500 wheelchair for safekeeping. After the game, the usher was unable to find the custom wheelchair and replaced it with a chair that Page says was much heavier and difficult to operate.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1992 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eleven-year-old Allison Smith's wheelchair is more than just a way of getting around. It's her lifeline. Until it was stolen from her mother's car Monday night, the customized wheelchair gave the mentally and physically disabled Woodland Hills girl the freedom to do at least some of the things children her age take for granted. The purchase of the $5,000 wheelchair was partially covered by Allison's mother's health insurance.
NATIONAL
June 8, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Ben Carpenter got the ride of his life when his electric wheelchair became lodged in the grille of a big rig and was accidentally pushed down a highway for several miles at about 50 mph. Carpenter's father, Donald, was incredulous when police called to tell him his 21-year-old son was OK after the ride. "I said, 'What happened?' " Donald Carpenter recalled Thursday. He said his son, who has muscular dystrophy, had started to cross an intersection Wednesday afternoon in Paw Paw, Mich.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1995 | JOHN DART
Joni and Friends, an international Christian ministry to the disabled based here, took 120 wheelchairs to Ghana in West Africa in February of 1994, but found they fell far short of the need. A quick return trip would have strained the budget of the evangelical ministry founded in 1979 by evangelical artist-radio commentator Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadriplegic since a diving accident in 1967 who starred in a Billy Graham-produced movie of her life titled "Joni."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 1994 | PHIL SNEIDERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The sturdy tires turned furiously. The racers bore down as they approached each turn, trying to edge ahead of their rivals. The onlookers cheered for their favorites. * But the Indianapolis 500 this most certainly was not. The "track" was a paper oval fixed to the floor inside the Antelope Valley Convalescent Hospital. And the competing vehicles were chrome wheelchairs propelled only by elbow grease and foot power--no motors allowed.
NEWS
February 14, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
A federal appeals court on Monday ordered the U.S. Department of Transportation to require transit authorities across the country to equip new buses with wheelchair lifts. Attorneys who brought the lawsuit that led to the ruling called it the most important decision ever handed down for handicapped people needing public transportation. The 2-1 decision by the U.S.
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