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2009-12-14 15:50:00

For a generation of students raised and nurtured at the computer keyboard, it seems like a no-brainer that computer-assisted learning would have a prominent role in the college science classroom. But many difficult scientific concepts are still conveyed through dry lectures or ponderous texts. But that could change if science professors take a cue from a new study on the use of interactive animations in the college science classroom. The findings, presented here today (Dec. 14) at the fall...

2008-09-03 21:00:14

By Art Marroquin An American Airlines jetliner hobbled by a flat tire on a main landing gear aborted its trip to Toronto on Tuesday and returned to Los Angeles International Airport for a safe emergency landing. Flight 1586, with 130 passengers and five crew members on board, landed at 12:47 p.m. after circling the area for about an hour burning off fuel, said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. A main landing gear tire beneath the left wing of the Boeing...

2008-08-13 15:00:39

By Art Marroquin American Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating reports that some oxygen masks failed to work during an emergency landing last week at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said Monday. Several masks did not deploy from overhead bins or completely failed to provide oxygen to passengers aboard the Boeing 757 aircraft, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. "We're looking into those reports, but we don't know how many oxygen masks were...

2008-08-13 12:00:41

American Airlines has been hit with another round of negative feedback over rumors it charges baggage fees on traveling members of the U.S. military. The latest bit of false information concerning American stems from a newspaper article about a letter requesting the airline industry waive baggage fees for soldiers, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Wednesday. American Airlines spokesman Tim Wagner says his company exempts troops traveling on duty from any of the recent charges...

2008-08-11 21:00:36

By Art Marroquin American Airlines and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating reports that some oxygen masks failed to work during an emergency landing last week at Los Angeles International Airport, officials said today. accident and incident reports Several masks did not deploy from overhead bins or completely failed to provide oxygen to passengers aboard the Boeing 757 aircraft, according to FAA spokesman Ian Gregor. "We're looking into those reports, but we don't...

2008-08-06 12:00:35

By Melody McDonald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Aug. 6--An American Airlines aircraft carrying about 200 passengers made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport Tuesday morning after flight crew members smelled an odor and detected a possible haze in the passenger cabin. No one was injured and officials were working to get the passengers on another aircraft as quickly as possible, said Tim Wagner, a spokesman for American. Wagner said Flight 31, which left...

2008-08-01 09:00:44

By Trebor Banstetter, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Aug. 1--Lost or delayed baggage has always been a major headache for airline travelers, who can find themselves in a strange city without a change of clothes, basic toiletries or their favorite pillow. But the sting of mishandled luggage can be particularly painful after a traveler has paid a hefty fee, sometimes up to $100, to check those bags that went to Fort Wayne instead of Fort Lauderdale. "It's awful in any case, but you can...

2008-07-28 12:00:49

DALLAS (AP) -- American Airlines changed instructions that mechanics use to decide how to inspect planes suspected of being hit by lightning. The change is intended to end a standoff between the nation's largest airline and some of its mechanics, who complained to federal safety regulators. The new instructions cover Boeing 767 aircraft that travel over water and are subject to more rigorous inspection standards. They took effect this month. Tim Wagner, a spokesman for American,...

2008-07-21 08:44:58

By Bryon Okada, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Jul. 21--D/FW AIRPORT -- Doreen Wybranowski is standing in Terminal B baggage claim, and her load is lighter than usual. "I learned my lesson," the Grand Rapids, Mich., resident said. "I just came with one bag." Wybranowski is in town for a Mary Kay convention in Dallas. Bag fees she incurred on a recent vacation to San Antonio convinced her to smash her formalwear into a single suitcase this time. Her carrier of choice, United Airlines,...

2008-07-19 00:00:28

By Jim Fuquay, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas Jul. 18--American Airlines has told union officials that about 1,300 mechanics positions, plus about 200 support personnel, could be eliminated this fall as part of the carrier's plan to trim its route network and workforce. American spokesman Tim Wagner said that, as the airline has done with flight attendants and pilots, the company will first offer buyouts to senior workers. The airline previously said it intends to eliminate 900 flight...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'