(Reuters) – A Somali immigrant whose 15-year-old son survived a flight from California to Hawaii stowed away amid freezing temperatures and low oxygen levels in the wheel well of a jet said in a radio interview that he thanks God his son is alive.
The 15-year-old boy from the San Francisco Bay area city of Santa Clara, who ran away from home and sneaked into Mineta San Jose International Airport to creep into a Boeing 767 that took off on Sunday, is one of a fraction of stowaways to walk away alive from such a treacherous trip.
(Reuters) – A teenage stowaway who survived a flight to Hawaii in the wheel well of a passenger plane told investigators he spent the night sleeping in the jet’s cramped compartment at a California airport before the flight took off, an FBI official said.
The 15-year-old boy from the Northern California city of Santa Clara, whose name has not been released, is one of a fraction of stowaways to survive such a treacherous trip.
April 22 (Reuters) – A teenage boy who stowed away on a
flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived
wheel well of a passenger jet was resting in hospital on
Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the
Pacific, a Hawaii official said.
The teenager, whose name has not been released, is “resting
comfortably” at a hospital in Hawaii, Kayla Rosenfeld,
spokeswoman of the state’s Department of Human Services, said in
(Reuters) – A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet remained hospitalized on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific Ocean, a Hawaii official said.
The teenager, whose name has not been released, is “resting comfortably” at a hospital in Hawaii, spokeswoman Kayla Rosenfeld of state’s Department of Human Services said in a statement.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The former city administrator of Bell, California, who came to represent local government corruption when news surfaced of his annual salary of nearly $800,000, was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years in prison, officials said.
An apologetic Robert Rizzo, 60, who pleaded guilty last year to 69 state criminal counts – from perjury to misappropriation of public funds – also was ordered to pay $8.8 million in restitution to the city, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.
(Reuters) – Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found.
The study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused on chronic, heavy users of cannabis.
(Reuters) – Naturalist Peter Matthiessen, an award-winning American author who helped create the Paris Review and brought to life tales from the wilderness centered on his excursions to faraway lands, died on Saturday at age 86, his publishing company said.
“Peter passed away this evening,” Riverhead Books said in a statement on its Facebook page. “We are honored to have known him and his beautiful and wild mind.”
March 10 (Reuters) – Journalist Joe McGinniss, an author who
got up close to his subjects for revealing books such as “The
Selling of the President” and “Fatal Vision,” died on Monday at
age 71, his friend and attorney said.
McGinniss died of complications from prostate cancer at
UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts,
lawyer Dennis Holahan said in an email. The author had announced
last year that he was in the advanced stage of the disease.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Waiting for a bus in her heavily immigrant Los Angeles neighborhood, cleaning lady Yesenia Hernandez looked up at a new apartment block across the street that will boast such luxuries as a rooftop pool and dog park, with rents far beyond her reach.
“I want to move,” said Hernandez, 38, standing in the shadow of another sleek residential building, the Wilshire Vermont Station. “The houses are being fixed but the rent is going higher. So people can’t afford it.”
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Bears in Yosemite National Park in California have adopted the wildlife version of a health food diet after increased safety measures largely blocked them from scavenging for food in campgrounds over the last 15 years, a study showed on Tuesday.
An estimated 350 to 400 black bears roam Yosemite, one of the most popular U.S. tourist destinations. Interactions between the park’s bears and people reached a record level in 1998 as the animals raided campgrounds and broke into cars in search of groceries and leftovers, according to Yosemite spokesman Scott Gediman.