January 22, 2010 |
Today, most people understand that animals can become extinct, whether as a consequence of a giant asteroid or because of our own pattern of habitat destruction, climate change and pollution that have endangered hundreds more. But just 200 years ago, the word "paleontology" hadn't been invented and Britain's Geology Society was just a few years old, its very existence a careful negotiation between science and religion, where some believed that Earth was formed on a specific date (Oct. 23, 4000 BC)
HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009 |
In 1887 along the San Gabriel Mountains, the community of Altadena launched with great promise to compete against mighty Pasadena to the south. Some wood and shingle houses by local architects went up, planted with showy flower gardens, but the hamlet stayed a countryside stop for year-end holiday visitors. Winter blossoms, orchards and poppy fields -- what more did a tourist need? Town founders John and Frederick Woodbury were from a pioneer Iowa family. In 1883 on a 400-acre ranch bordered by Marengo and Lake avenues, Altadena Drive and Woodbury Road, Fred built a white clapboard mansion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 2009 |
As Roman Polanski enters his second week under house arrest at his Swiss chalet today, his American legal team is scheduled to face off with the prosecutors seeking his extradition in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. The issue before a state appellate court predates Polanski's September arrest in Zurich and concerns the nuances of a 19th-century legal doctrine. But if the three-judge panel sides with Polanski, the ruling could set the stage for the possible dismissal of the director's 1977 case and his release from detention.
September 6, 2009 |
The Bride's Farewell A Novel Meg Rosoff Viking: 214 pp., $24.95 Meg Rosoff, a London-based American, writes harrowing, psychologically complex novels for young adults. In "How I Live Now," 15-year-old Daisy leaves the United States for England to spend the summer with her cousin, and ends up on a perilous journey in the midst of war. An international bestseller, it was shortlisted for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and took the Printz Award and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.
August 30, 2009 |
Wilmot Greene was sitting on a stoop next to the hulking Georgia Theatre, the movie-palace-turned-music-club that was supposed to be his ticket to a carefree future in this rock 'n' roll college town. It was a hot Monday afternoon and Greene, the club's co-owner, was pulling drags on a Camel and talking into his iPhone in his deep, emphatic and subtly Southern voice. These days, there are charity concerts to pump up, and Greene was practicing the art of the pump. "Oh, they're huge," he was saying to an ex-girlfriend.
August 3, 2009 |
In Colorado, judges don't simply have the power to send people to prison. In rare circumstances, they can also decide whether a person should be charged as a criminal -- a rarely invoked authority upon which two cases now hinge. Under a 19th century state law, obscure until recently, two judges have been asked to decide whether four men should be tried in rape and murder cases.
July 14, 2009 |
Hugging spiteful coastline along with 14th-century castle ruins and a 19th-century lighthouse, within view of an island that's a volcanic-rock bird sanctuary with 36,000 gannets, and mysterious enough that even Tiger Woods had never seen it, here is Turnberry, the British Open rotation's estranged beauty.
June 24, 2009 |
Habibullah owns the last box camera still standing on Kabul's Char-e-Sadart Street. It's a classic: a battered, brightly painted box with a dusty lens at one end and a crude darkroom inside. As recently as a year ago, Habibullah, 42, who uses one name, was one of hundreds of professional photographers who plied their trade with handmade box cameras, sort of slow-motion Polaroids using late 19th century technology.
May 31, 2009 |
It was one of those spring days in Paris that makes even the French smile. The trees along the Boulevard St. Germain were celery green, and the air was filled with the smell of bakery goods. I'd just spent three hours with Monet and Renoir in the Musee d'Orsay. When I walked outside, I felt as if I'd walked into an Impressionist painting, all bright color and sparkling light. Lunch at the nearby Cafe Voltaire and an afternoon in the Louvre were on my agenda.
March 8, 2009 |
Her father's chair sits beneath the window to catch the morning light, where he once held court with villagers who wanted him to discipline their sons, chase away thieves and settle land and dowry disputes on the lush fields between the Nile and the desert's edge. She eases into the high-back chair with the worn wooden armrests.