September 15, 2009 |
The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project is now comatose, if not dead. And that puts us back at square one on a crucial question: What are we going to do with all the radioactive waste being discharged by U.S. nuclear power reactors? Many conservatives on Capitol Hill favor the French "solution": spent-fuel reprocessing. But reprocessing isn't a solution at all: It's a very expensive and dangerous detour. Reprocessing takes used or "spent" nuclear fuel and dissolves it to separate the uranium and plutonium from the highly radioactive fission products.
September 30, 1990 |
A chain of low hills began to rise. Moving plates beneath the earth's crust pushed them skyward. They climbed imperceptibly at first, fractions of an inch over centuries. On the western flank of the central range, a river accelerated into a torrent. The crashing water cut a narrow, V-shaped canyon out of the granite. Twenty-three million years passed. An icecap enshrouded the summit of the range. Tongues of ice streamed down into the canyon. The ice thickened.
December 17, 1999 |
For all the madness and hype of modern-day Super Bowls, it's interesting to note how the NFL came to have its first championship game, 66 years ago today. In the 1932 season, the Chicago Bears and Portsmouth Spartans ended the regular season with 6-1 records, and the league quickly put together a title game--indoors--at Chicago Stadium. Chicago won, 9-0, and claimed the title, although the result was listed as a regular-season game.
September 9, 1988 |
Republican vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle, a member of a wealthy newspaper family, was on the defensive again today over a report that he won entry to law school under a program aimed at minorities and needy students.
September 11, 1988 |
Republican vice presidential candidate Dan Quayle, a member of a wealthy newspaper family, was on the defensive again Friday over a report that he won entry to law school under a program aimed at minorities and needy students.
November 18, 1990 |
Orange County wasn't born yesterday. But most of its high-rise hotels were born after 1974--the year that California adopted an ordinance mandating automatic sprinkler systems in new buildings taller than 75 feet. Therefore, the vast majority of high-rise hotels in the county are protected by sprinklers in every room.
October 18, 2002 |
MINNEAPOLIS -- In 1974, the year I was elected Minnesota's secretary of state, my state was the first in the nation to implement election-day registration. Over 24 years in office, I supervised a registration process that consistently gave our state the highest voter turnout rate in the nation, with no increase in election fraud. On Nov. 5, voters in California will decide on election-day voter registration.
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September 13, 2006 |
Joachim Fest, a journalist and historian who wrote one of the best-regarded biographies of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, has died. He was 79. Fest, who worked closely with Hitler's architect Albert Speer on his memoirs, died Monday at his home in Kronberg of unspecified causes, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported Tuesday. Fest worked at the newspaper for two decades before leaving in 1993.
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January 28, 2009 |
Lorene L. Rogers, who served as president of the University of Texas in the 1970s and was believed to be the first woman to head a public university in the United States, died Jan. 11 at an assisted living facility in Dallas. She was 94. A niece, Donna O'Dell, told the Austin American-Statesman that Rogers had broken her leg in October and never fully recovered.
December 18, 2013 |
The Federal Communications Commission wants to eliminate its almost 40-year-old sports blackout rules, which serve primarily to prevent NFL games being televised in markets where the home team failed to sell out the stadium. In a notice of proposed rule-making released Wednesday, the FCC said the sports marketplace has "changed dramatically" and that the "economic rationale underlying the sports blackout rules may no longer be valid. " Adapted in 1975, the blackout rules were designed to prevent pay-TV distributors, including cable and satellite operators, from circumventing agreements between sports leagues and television rights holders regarding the blacking out of games that were not sold out. ON LOCATION: Where the cameras roll For example, if a San Diego Chargers didn't sell out a few days before kickoff and thus the broadcaster with the rights to show the game couldn't, the FCC's rule prohibits a pay-TV distributor from importing the signal of the game from elsewhere and showing it there.