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November 4, 2011
'Hell on Wheels' Where: AMC When: 10 p.m. Sunday Rating: Not rated
April 23, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Kate Mather
Images of footprints and handprints inside the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45 jetliner appear to bolster the fantastic story of a Santa Clara teenager who reportedly survived a frigid, perilous journey cooped up inside as a stowaway. The images, including of a footprint on the tire below the wheel well, were taken by Hawaii News Now,  and appear to support the boy's story of surviving the 5-1/2 hour flight from San Jose while enduring sub-zero temperatures and deathly thin air. Authorities said it was a miracle the 15-year-old boy survived in the wheel well, as oxygen was limited at the jet's cruising altitude of 38,000 feet, and the temperature could have dropped to 50 degrees below zero or lower.
April 7, 2009 | Associated Press
A solution to the world's urban transportation problems could lie in two wheels, not four, according to executives of General Motors Corp. and Segway Inc. The companies plan to announce today that they are developing a two-wheeled, two-seat electric vehicle designed to be a safe, inexpensive and clean alternative to traditional cars for cities across the world.
April 21, 2014 | By Robin Abcarian
The story of the 16-year-old Santa Clara, Calif., teenager who hopped a fence and stowed away in the wheel well of a Hawaii-bound jet is terrifying and astonishing. That he survived such a journey is the stuff of miracles. As my colleague Kurt Streeter wrote , the FAA has reported that stories like these are plausible: Heat from hydraulic lines in the wheel well along with retained heat in the tires can help keep stowaways warm, the FAA reported. In addition, a plane's steady climb to high altitudes can allow passengers to drift into an unconscious state as oxygen becomes scarce.
December 23, 2013 | By Amina Khan
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has gotten a brand new software upgrade, but the intrepid robot's wheels are a little worse for wear. Officials at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge reported last week that they upgraded Curiosity's software as it headed toward Mt. Sharp, the 3-mile-high mound in the middle of Gale Crater. The laser-shooting laboratory on wheels has already found habitable environments suitable for certain Earth-like microbes . They hope that Mt. Sharp's clay-rich layers could be awash in clues as to exactly how life-friendly the Red Planet could have been.
August 18, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Car rental giant Hertz Corp. is following the lead of the airline industry by selling more than just transportation to travelers. In San Diego, Hertz unveiled its newest model for car rental outlets, including a retail shop where renters can buy travel items like charging cords, beach bags, sunscreen and sodas. Car renters can also charge up their smartphones and tablet computers, print out maps and other documents and ship FedEx packages. Hertz Chief Executive Mark P. Frissora said the company is planning to expand the concept globally by 2015.
August 11, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Paddle wheel tours and wine tastings will be part of the second annual Sample the Sierra  festival in South Lake Tahoe on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend (Sept. 4) . . . . Ceiba del Mar, near Cancun, is touting 24-hour room service, including “breakfast discreetly delivered to each room through a hidden door ” . . . . Sand Masters (Rusty, Kirk and the team) jump into the deep end at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach on the Travel Channel, Aug. 21 at 7 p.m. . . . Tickets start at $19.95 for Herman's Hermits and the Turtles , at the Cannery Casino in Las Vegas,  Sept.
August 25, 2009 | Kim Janssen
As far as the Rev. Darrell Best knows, he has the fastest church in Illinois. His 1942 firetruck is by no means a Ferrari, but it is equipped as a fully functioning chapel. "I've had it up to 55 mph," Best said. "It gets a lot of attention on the highway." Mechanics from the Country Music Television show "Trick My Truck" did the conversion after Best's family wrote to the program last year. The chapel has stained-glass windows, a pipe organ, an altar and two wooden pews.
October 21, 2009
October 27, 2012 | By Roy M. Wallack
The invention of the wheel sometime around 4,000 BC suddenly made all kinds of things easier, from carrying to killing to athletics. Fitness is great on wheels; putting a circular ring with an axel on any athletic contrivance instantly gives it an exhilarating sense of speed that can turn any workout into fun. Here are some of the newest wheeled workout wonders sure to inspire feats of fitness at any age. A pole vault Sk8pole: ...
April 21, 2014 | By Joseph Serna, Kate Mather and James Rainey
The dark of night still draped Mineta San Jose International Airport when a 15-year-old boy from nearby Santa Clara wandered onto a secure airport ramp and toward a Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767. Then he disappeared. The slight teenager, first seen on a security camera video, would not appear again until later Sunday morning, when airline workers spotted him 2,350 miles to the west, walking on the tarmac at Kahului Airport on the island of Maui. In the interim, authorities say, the boy survived a perilous, 5 1/2 -hour odyssey - enduring frigid temperatures, oxygen deprivation and a compartment unfit for human habitation - as he traveled over the Pacific Ocean in the jet's wheel well.
April 21, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
Authorities said it was a "miracle" that a 16-year-old boy from Santa Clara survived a flight from California to Hawaii in the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines jet. Security video from San Jose's Mineta International Airport verified that the teen hopped a fence and made his way to Hawaiian Airlines Flight 45, then managed to climb up the wheel well of the plane and stow away without being detected. He emerged unharmed despite freezing temperatures and a lack of oxygen on a flight that reached an altitude of 38,000 feet, an FBI official said.
April 6, 2014 | By Garrett Therolf
As motorists crawled along the 110 Freeway below, members of several African American ski organizations gathered for a group photo on the Wilshire Boulevard overpass to celebrate their participation in the ninth CicLAvia festival. “We've been doing this for four years. Never going to stop,” said Bryan Miles, 51, of Los Angeles. The 6.3-mile CicLAvia ride is an off-season event for the 4 Seasons West Ski Club, Winter Fox Ski Assn. and the Snow Busters Ski Club - groups that organize sports outings and raise money so that African American youth can learn to ski. “Oh, this ride is so much fun,” said Robin Shaw, 49, of Rancho Cucamonga.
March 31, 2014 | By Jay Jones
The world's tallest Ferris wheel, the appropriately named High Roller, welcomed its first passengers on Monday in Las Vegas. The first tickets were sold for rides beginning at 1 p.m. The 550-foot-tall wheel is the anchor attraction of the Linq , the new entertainment and retail complex directly across Las Vegas Boulevard from Caesars Palace . The 30-minute ride isn't impressive at first because it's alongside undeveloped land behind...
March 29, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
Police are searching for a man they believe killed a woman, stuffed her body in a trash bin and wheeled it for miles to his ex-girlfriend's house. The ex-girlfriend discovered the body around 10 p.m. Friday and walked to the LAPD's 77th Street station to report it, said watch Cmdr. Rudy Alaniz. The victim was described as a Latina in her mid-20s. The suspect, who wasn't identified by police, was described as being in his mid-30s. Alaniz said details on where the trash bin came from were not immediately available.
March 26, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Watchers of Rupert Murdoch's empire are busy scrutinizing the new roles of his children Lachlan and James in an attempt to determine which may be the front runner to eventually succeed the media mogul. But as far as the day-to-day operations of 21st Century Fox go, Chase Carey is still steering the ship. Described by Rupert Murdoch as his "partner and trusted advisor," Carey, 60, is in the process of negotiating a new contract with the company. Since returning to become Murdoch's top lieutenant in 2009 after a stint running DirecTV, Carey has spent much of his time increasing revenue streams for the 21st Century Fox television unit.
December 10, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
The sinister-looking black coupe sits in a corner of the showroom floor, oozing macho and muscle. Square headlights. Evil sneer for a grille. Six cylinders of turbocharged fury. If Darth Vader drove a car, this is what you might find in his garage. This new car is 23 years old. It's a Buick Regal GNX, and in 1987 car enthusiasts including celebrity collectors Reggie Jackson, Burt Reynolds and Sylvester Stallone snapped them up. This menacing Buick ? one of only about 500 ?
February 18, 1996
Re the Orange County Newswatch of Jan. 15, in which Jerry Bellsmith says of Meals on Wheels, "We simply don't have any more money": I have been a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels for over six years and consider it a privilege to be able to do it. Most of the people who receive Meals on Wheels' services are adults who spent 30 or more years earning income and paying taxes to county, state and federal agencies. Now that they are in their "golden years" and need a very small amount of assistance from us, it seems we cannot find the funds to assist our needy seniors.
February 21, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Unimpressed by Michael Jackson's iconic moonwalk? How about a "Marswalk"? NASA's Curiosity rover showed off its fancy footwork on the Red Planet this week by driving backward. The Mars Science Laboratory robot just finished its longest drive in three months,  and it did so in reverse, riding 329 feet, reaching  a total of 3.24 miles since its 2012 touchdown in Gale Crater. But Curiosity's handlers aren't just testing the rover's skills for fun;  they're doing it to save the rover's thin aluminum wheels from further, more serious damage.
February 11, 2014 | Steve Lopez
Scarlet, Deakin, Fudge, Nugget and Shyla are in the prime of life and pretty good-looking to boot, but their puppy-making days ended for good Tuesday in the back of a big blue van in Sylmar. Nine dogs and a cat named Smokey marched up the stairs of the Lucy Pet Foundation's mobile spay and neuter clinic, unaware of what they were in for in the parking lot of Pet Supreme. Lucy, the Chihuahua whose picture is on the side of the bus, stood by for moral support. And here's the story: Actor Dick Van Patten, a guest on "The John Davidson Show" in 1981, struck up a conversation with the drummer in the show's band.
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