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2008-10-15 08:00:00

By Oren Dorell Firefighters in the hills around Los Angeles hope a break in winds today will help them douse two major wildfires, one of which doubled in size to 10,000 acres Tuesday. Fire crews used hose lines and tools to keep the fire from reaching homes in the hill towns north of Los Angeles such as San Fernando, Granada Hills and Chatsworth, said Inspector Ron Haralson of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Helicopters and airplanes saturated brush and trees from the air "so when...

2008-10-12 21:00:17

Firefighters backed by water-dumping helicopters and planes gained ground Sunday on a wildfire that destroyed two homes and forced the evacuation of about 1,200 people in a rugged area 20 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman Ron Haralson said the blaze charred up to 750 acres and also burned a garage, several sheds and three motor homes. No one was seriously injured. A firefighter and one resident reported minor breathing problems. Haralson...


Word of the Day
callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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