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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2013 | Martha Groves
A throbbing hip-hop beat spilled from the speakers, and ceiling lights splashed colorful mosaic dots across the darkened maple planks. Skaters -- four here, six there, maybe eight ahead of them -- grabbed one another's hands and formed circles. Like miniature planets orbiting a sun, the groups glided counterclockwise around the oval rink, occasionally caroming off other skaters. The regulars' ecstatic smiles masked a pervasive sadness. World on Wheels, the last full-fledged indoor roller skating rink in the city of Los Angeles, will hold its final lace-up Sunday night.
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NEWS
April 23, 1998 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When beat cop Tony Lamacchio pulled on his in-line skates for the first time, he was pretty sure he'd be a flop. And he was. "Bad" is the word he uses to describe his debut on wheels several weeks ago. Front Page Cafe manager Steve Trowl said that when he first saw Lamacchio pass by, "Frankly, I was worried. He was terrible. He could hardly move and he was looking down. So he couldn't see if anything was happening." What's worse, Lincoln Road Mall is no place for uncool.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2004 | Bernadette Murphy, Special to The Times
The childhood memory might go something like this: A cold Christmas morning. You take your first bicycle, shining with brand-spanking-newness, out for a solo spin. The air is silent as you whiz along hushed streets, the sound of dead leaves under your tires punctuating the quiet. And then it hits you: The world is yours. You can go anywhere you want. The intoxicating feel of utter freedom mixes with the first taste of speed and self-mobility to forge a moment you'll never forget.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2011 | Sandy Banks
I felt a little out of place on Sunday as I unloaded my creaky beach cruiser from the trunk of my car and strapped on a helmet so new it still had the price tag attached. I hadn't ridden a bike in years; there was rust on my fenders and in my knees. But it didn't take more than a few wobbly blocks for me to realize that I fit in just fine with the thousands of bicyclists who turned out at Sunday's CicLAvia in downtown Los Angeles. There were plenty of pros in padded shorts on bikes that cost more than my first car. But there were also kids with training wheels, middle-aged couples on tandem bikes and plenty of folks whose labored breathing on modest inclines suggested that they hadn't been out in a while.
WORLD
January 8, 2012 | By Barbara Demick
Even the police are driving Porsches. Chinese officials love their cars - big, fancy, expensive cars. A chocolate-colored Bentley worth $560,000 is cruising the streets of Beijing with license plates indicating it is registered to Zhongnanhai, the Communist Party headquarters. The armed police, who handle riots and crowd control, have the same model of Bentley in blue. And just in case it needs to go racing off to war, the Chinese army has a black Maserati that sells in China for $330,000.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2009 | DAN NEIL
I'm quite certain that somewhere right now, emotionally shattered BMW technicians are gathering in a church basement for a support group, huddled around the cookies and the coffee urn, their hands fairly vibrating with frustration. For as well deserved as is the title Ultimate Driving Machine, BMWs also have earned the reputation as the Ultimate Hangar Queen, taking up residence in dealership service bays and sending mechanics over the crumbling edge of insanity. Hello -- sob!
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 2013 | By Martha Groves
World on Wheels, the last full-fledged indoor roller skating rink in the city of Los Angeles, will hold its final lace-up Sunday night. For three decades, the Mid-City institution has won loyalists as an indoor amusement park, party venue, fitness center, haven for young people and hip-hop incubator. It has even played matchmaker. But a bankruptcy proceeding, a change in ownership and evolving neighborhood tastes have conspired to end its free-wheeling days. "It's like losing a member of the family," said Nelson Bracamonte, 55, a weekly regular at the rink since its opening on Halloween 1981.
HEALTH
October 11, 2013 | Roy Wallack, Gear
The folding bike is riding the cycling commuter wave, and the clever engineering is making it quicker than ever to carry on a subway or in a car trunk. Now found in some regular bike shops as well as specialty urban-transportation stores, better designs are helping the bikes shrug off a nerdy-professor stereotype of being ugly, tiny-wheeled, poor-riding machines. Breakthrough models come with chainless belt drives, electric engines and even recumbent formats. Most sport 20-inch wheels to make the bikes compact when folded, with elegant frames that hinge and lock at mid-frame.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Auto Critic, Los Angeles Times
The car: 2013 Nissan GT-R The power: 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque coming from a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter V-6 engine mated to a six-speed, dual-clutch transmission with magnesium paddle shifters. The photos: 2013 Nissan GT-R The speed: 0-60 in a startling three seconds. Some tests have shown that number as low as 2.7 seconds. The bragging rights: If being one of the world's fastest production cars to do 0-60 isn't enough, maybe try world's cheapest supercar.
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