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The Fabulous ForumThe criticized response to a fire that threatened IndyCar driver Simona De Silvestro at Texas Motor Speedway this month was due to "human error" by safety crews, and changes will be immediately introduced, the Indy Racing League said Wednesday. The......
Brand XNow that most of the nation is basking in warm weather, more people will be out washing their cars. It turns out that there's an environmentally friendly way to get the task done, according to Ford Motor Co. You might start at the local carwash, the...
It was just after 9 a.m. when William Mims got busted in a Hancock Park driveway. Slowly, he set down the gushing hose, which lacked an automatic shut-off nozzle, stepped away from the gray BMW he was washing and put his hands up. "Hey, man, I confess....
Even before L.A.'s new water restrictions were scheduled to kick in, I'd been using a bucket to haul the murky bath waters from my dirt-encrusted 6-year-old's nightly scrub-down into my garden. I was on a mission to save as much water as possible, and the...
The Speech Race and Barack Obama's "A More Perfect Union" T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting Bloomsbury: 272 pp., $18 In March 2008, Barack Obama gave himself an extended audition for president with "A More Perfect Union," his now-famous speech on race...
Tags: Barack Obama, Book, Social Issues, Politics, Racism
The Daily MirrorLesson for Today A group of firemen have been engaging lately in baffling exercises with the fire hose at the north end of Echo Park Lake and a lady who lives nearby says she is losing her mind with curiosity and wonderment. They squirt water into the...
The Sunstar's ancient twin diesels fire up like an old man clearing his throat. Terry Herzik cocks his good ear to listen. They are losing compression, but sound as if they should make the three-day trip. Dawn glows faintly behind the gantry cranes and...
Tags: Boats, Explosions, Middlebury, Aquaculture, Financial Planning
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterBryce Carrier's cellphone rang at 3 a.m.: Help! The fire is almost to my house. Carrier hopped into his heavy-duty red Ford F-550 and sped to northeast Poway, dodging fallen eucalyptus and heading straight toward the wind-whipped blaze. He arrived to...
Los Angeles Times staff writerJason Falarski was on the books for a 24-hour shift at the Santa Clara Fire Department, starting at 8 a.m. Sunday. But if you were a firefighter in California last week, the books didn't count for much. Falarski, a 35-year-old captain, had tiptoed out of...
Tags: Fires, Death, Family, Disasters and Accidents
Last of five partsIt was brutally hot, 108 degrees, and the wind was howling. Bushfires were raging in the hills, making their way inexorably toward the Baker farmstead at the foot of the Brisbane Ranges. John and Carlene Baker had moved here to get away from the hurly-...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterI was never more excited to do laundry, and it wasn't because my son and I were running out of clean underwear. I had just installed a system to divert gray water from my washing machine to my xeriscaped frontyard, and I was anxious about whether the $312...
Growing up in this township where razor wire crowns shop roofs like curly hairdos, a 10-year-old boy learns some simple truths. Teachers are liable to thrash you with a rubber hose if you misbehave. It's hard to sleep at night when you hear gunfire. Be...
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