Friday, September 16, 2011
Monday, September 5, 2011
* Security Trust and Savings Bank (1924)
* Amelia Earhart Library (1928)
* El Portal Theatre (1926)
* St. Paul’s First Lutheran Church
* NoHo Arts District
* NoHo Fire Station #60
* Lankershim Arts Center (1939) (S. Charles Lee, architect)
* So. Pacific Railroad Depot (1896)
* Commonwealth Savings & Loan Building
* Weddington Family History
* North Hollywood Masonic Temple Lodge 542
* Air raid siren
* Lankershim Elementary School (Marilyn Monroe attended)!
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
A gust of wind blew through Indianapolis at 8:44 p.m. Saturday, causing a stage setup for the planned Sugarland concert to collapse, killing five people and injuring more than 40 at the Indiana State Fair.
The fair is closed today, and activities are scheduled to resume on Monday. No information on what events might be cancelled at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand including the Janet Jackson or Train concerts scheduled for later this week.
UPDATE: 10:30 a.m.
The names of the five people who died in the accident were reported at a press conference this morning.
The four who died at the scene are Tammy Vandam, 42, Wanatah, Ind.; Glenn Goodrich, 49, Indianapolis; Alina Bigjohny, 23 Fort Wayne; Christina Santiago, 29, Chicago. Nathan Byrd, 51, Indianapolis, died at Methodist Hospital earlier today.
There's still a possibility of further fatalities, State Police 1st Sgt. Dave Bursten said.
In the conference that began at about 10 a.m. at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Gov. Mitch Daniels was joined by State Fair Director Cindy Hoye and Bursten.
Gov. Daniels was choked up as he began talking about emergency response.
"What you saw last night was a display of best qualities, both public and private, of Hoosiers," Daniels said.
Bursten updated previous injury numbers that 45 people were taken to the hospital last night. He said the early indication is it was an "isolated significant wind gust" and the midway and other areas on the ground weren't damaged as severely.
Daniels said he stands by the State Fair's preparedness measures, citing that this was an unexpected occurrence -- the storm was expected at 9:15, but arrived 30 minutes earlier.
Hoye said the fair will reopen at 8 a.m. Monday with a memorial service at 9 a.m. on the Free Stage.
Hoye said the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration, IOSHA, is investigating the structure of the stage.
UPDATE: 8:06 a.m.
Several area hospitals this morning were still treating patients who were injured by collapsed stage rigging at Saturday's Indiana State Fair Grandstand concert.
Among the five killed and about 40 who were rushed to hospitals after the 8:44 p.m. collapse were fans and stage crew members. Still unclear this morning was the extent of the injuries or the patients' conditions, but at least a handful are reportedly in critical condition or intensive care units. Three children were still being treated at Riley Hospital for Children.
Family members and friends of the injured are waiting to hear good news, but the Indiana State Police has said more deaths were possible. Outside Methodist Hospital at 6:30 a.m., a stage crew member who worked at Saturday's Sugarland concert said his worst fears had just been confirmed -- his friend, another crew member from Indianapolis, was declared dead just before dawn, he said.
The report of another fatality has not yet been confirmed by authorities, and the stage crew member declined to be interviewed. He did say his friend had been working up in the rigging when the collapse happened, and was crushed. Both are members of Local 30 of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees.
Thirteen patients were brought to Methodist following the collapse. IU Health officials did not release patients' conditions this morning, but a statement issued at 6 a.m. said 12 patients were still being treated. Wishard Memorial Hospital, which also received a stead stream of ambulance traffic last night, said it took in 18 patients, all having non-life-threatening injuries.
Methodist reported another 10 "walk-in" patients, several of whom were still hospitalized. According to WTHR (Channel 13), The Star's newsgathering partner, walk-ins were also reported by Community East Hospital and Wishard.
WTHR reported that a 17-year-old boy at Methodist has a broken back and his mother says he may never walk again.
All three patients taken to Riley following the collapse were still hospitalized this morning, IU Health said.
At Methodist, according to the IU Health statement, about 60 nurses and doctors were on hand last night -- double the 25 to 30 typically working on a Saturday night.
Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard were touring the State Fairgrounds about 9 a.m.
Sugarland issued a statement to fans on its website late Saturday: "We are all right after our stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair tonight. Many of our fans and friends in Indianapolis may not be. Please keep them in your thoughts, prayers, or whatever form of strength you are able to send. They need you. Thank you."
From today's paper
By Robert King and David Lindquist
The crowd was poised in anticipation, including scores of people pressed up against the stage, just seconds before country music sensation Sugarland was to perform at the State Fair on Saturday night.
Above the stage, nestled in the rigging, a crew member had taken his position, ready to shine a spotlight on the action.
But the weather near the Indiana State Fairgrounds was starting to get dicey. Backstage, State Police special operations commander Brad Weaver was watching an ugly storm moving in on radar via his smartphone. He and fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye decided it was time to evacuate the crowd.
But a minute later, when WLHK program director Bob Richards addressed the crowd, the word was that the show would go on, and that the crowd should be prepared to find shelter if things changed. Some of the crowd sensed the danger and left without further word. But the majority remained.
Seconds later, a fierce wind blew in from the direction of the midway, kicking up what one witness described as "a canopy of dust."
In a moment that eyewitnesses described as both terrifying and in slow motion, the massive rigging above the stage bearing lights, sound equipment and at least one crew member swayed menacingly and then came crashing down on the crowd.
Four people were killed and 40 were injured severely enough that they needed to be taken to local hospitals. More than 150 were treated at a makeshift triage unit at the fairgrounds itself. It was a fairgrounds tragedy eclipsed in scale only by a 1963 propane tank explosion at the Coliseum that killed 74 people.
The scope of the disaster even cast doubt -- at least as of 1 a.m. -- on whether the fair would resume today as scheduled.
Concertgoer Brittany Pangburn, 23, Carmel, saw it all happen from the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand.
Seated there with some girlfriends, she saw the dust whip up, the roof of the stage twist and then come crashing down.
In the tumult and the dust, Pangburn said all she could hear was wind -- and screams.
"It was terrifying," Pangburn said.
"It really did look like slow motion," said Jamie Roberts, 25, who came to the concert with Pangburn. "All we could do was hold hands."
Witnesses described seeing children at the scene in shock.
At Wishard Memorial Hospital, one of the places the injured were taken, ambulances stacked up outside the emergency room. Inside, people sat in wheelchairs with blood on their heads and faces as medical staff did triage.
Outside, concertgoers waiting in cowboy boots and short shorts -- the unofficial uniform of Sugarland fans -- were in tears and disbelief. Family and friends of concertgoers started jumping out of cars to look for their loved ones.
At Methodist Hospital, Jennifer McGuire, an 11-year-old Greensburg girl who had waited with her mom and sister for more than an hour to get Sugarland seats up close to the stage, said she was hit in the knee and back of the head by the falling rigging. She had blood splotches all over her clothes, including a T-shirt saying "All I want to do is hug you."
Indianapolis Star music reporter David Lindquist was in the fifth row of the Grandstand when the disaster unfolded.
"The entire stage rigging collapsed," Lindquist said. "This is bad. This is very bad."
According to Lindquist, opening act Sara Bareilles finished her set by commenting what a beautiful night it was. Less than 30 minutes later the stage set was on the ground.
"The gust of wind came, there was no rain yet and the production fell from left to right," Lindquist said. "And you could see, you could clearly see people were under the footprint of the rigging."
Emergency crews and fans quickly converged on the collapsed stage and worked to free those who were trapped, he said.
Marion County Coroner Frank Lloyd said the four victims died at the fairgrounds and were not transported to the hospital.
It took less than 20 minutes to free those who were trapped, Lindquist said, crediting fast action by everyone despite the inclement weather.
Medics and rescue crews throughout Indianapolis converged on the State Fairgrounds. Roads in and around the fairgrounds were blocked to allow ambulances to get in and out of the track area.
About 12,000 people were at the concert, Lindquist said.
The announcement from Richards, the WLHK program director, advised patrons that in the event the show needed to be stopped for bad weather, to seek shelter at the Pepsi Coliseum or the swine barn.
That advice likely prevented many injuries because some people left then, Lindquist said.
But many more remained. And it stands to reason that those least likely to leave were those who were closest to the stage, closest to the band they had come to see.
"This is as bad as it gets," a videographer for Sugarland said during the chaos that followed the collapse.
Heavy rain and winds estimated as high as 60 mph were reported from the storm after the collapse.
The grim nature of the tragedy stood in stark contrast to the music the concertgoers came to hear.
Sugarland, which mixes country and pop, serves up among the sunniest and most optimistic music on the airwaves.
Late Saturday, the band delivered a message about the disaster via Twitter: "We are all right. We are praying for our fans, and the people of Indianapolis. We hope you'll join us. They need your strength."
Star reporters Cindy Marshall, Gregg Montgomery, Tim Evans, Bill McCleery, Heather Gillers, Andrew Scoggins, Diana Penner and Vic Ryckaert contributed to this story.
Call Star reporter Robert King at (317) 444-6089.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Berlin's 10th Annual Bread & Butter urban street fashion festival defined Fall's upcoming fashions. Among the V.I.P. crowd was Dirk Thomas, a former nightlife director who is helping to revive Merz b. Schwanen, a German label that produces high-end T-shirts woven on vintage circular knitting machines. Schwanen is now a cheerleader for heritage brands like Red Wing boots paired with worn, vintage Wranglers or Levis.
“Nigel is the next big thing,” Mr. Thomas said, referring to Nigel Cabourn, a British designer who revived his brand four years ago. “He travels around the world to find clothing with a history, like the jackets made for early climbers of Mount Everest, and then reinvents them with modern details and coloring.”
Bread & Butter is one of the world's most important urban street trade shows and artistic spectacles. It can only be described as orchestrated urban chaos on the historic grounds of Tempelhof, the site of the Berlin Airlift.
With performances by Mos Def, the Australian metal group Airbourne and the German hip-hop band Deichkind. A 'gang' dressed as 1950's greasers broke in windows of cars with baseball bats and encouraged the crowd to join in. One group even flipped a car over.
Even the mayor, Klaus Wowereit, showed up in his Levi's and welcomed the 10th anniversary of Bread & Butter.
Stop in The Country General Store for a new pair of Red Wing Boots with Wranglers or Levi's for the hit new Urban Style for Fall.