August 12, 2012 |
For a one-horse town, Los Alamos, Calif. (population 1,890), has an impressive assortment of art galleries, antiques shops and tasty restaurants. The picturesque community, near the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, also has two fun wine-tasting rooms that offer a breezy respite from those in nearby tourist-clogged wine towns. The bed The 1880 Union Hotel (362 Bell St.;  344-2744, http://www.1880unionhotel.com ; rooms for two, from $105) was built in 1880 as a stagecoach stop — and it looks as if it hasn't changed much since.
April 22, 2012 |
The gig: Tim League, 42, is chief executive and co-founder of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas. The quirky 10-theater chain has developed a cult following with its special events, themed movie nights and in-seat food and drink service. The Alamo recently launched its own film distribution company and is expanding nationwide, opening new theaters in New York and Denver and eyeing locations in Los Angeles. Career change: After a two-year stint at Shell Oil in Bakersfield, League quit the engineering profession and opened his first movie theater.
June 29, 2011 |
Los Alamos National Laboratory managers sought to allay fears Tuesday that an out-of-control wildfire burning near its boundary might lead to the release of radioactive material. Although the lab stores low-level contaminated waste in thousands of metal barrels in a section of its 25,600-acre property, the Las Conchas fire is two miles away and extremely unlikely to reach the site, said Carl Beard, the lab's operations director. "I just don't see any scenario where the public is going to be impacted," he said.
June 27, 2011 |
— A 50,000-acre wildfire raging through tinder-dry ponderosa forest sent up towering plumes of smoke, rained down ash and forced the mandatory evacuation Monday of Los Alamos, home to the nation's premier nuclear weapons research lab. The Las Conchas fire started Sunday in parched, windy conditions in the Jemez Mountains, 12 miles west of Los Alamos. By early Monday, it had destroyed 30 structures south and west of town and forced the closure of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, where scientists developed the first atomic bomb during World War II. The blaze stirred memories of a devastating fire in May 2000 that destroyed hundreds of homes and buildings.
April 4, 2011 |
Orbitz, one of the world's leading travel websites, is at the center of another pricing dispute — this time with the world's largest car rental company. Last year, the nation's third-largest airline, American Airlines, stopped posting its booking data on Orbitz after the two got into a dispute over fees that American had to pay to be listed on Orbitz. Now Enterprise Holdings Inc. has announced it is no longer doing business with Orbitz because of a fee feud. Enterprise Holdings, which operates the Alamo Rent a Car, National Car Rental and Enterprise Rent-a-Car brands, issued a statement saying it ended its relationship after Orbitz demanded "unacceptably high commission rates" and removed Alamo and National from the website and from its companion site, CheapTickets.
December 29, 2010
TODAY'S BOWL GAMES Military Bowl Maryland vs. East Carolina When: 11:30 a.m. PST. Where: Washington. On the air: ESPN. About Maryland (8-4): Outgoing Coach Ralph Friedgen earned Atlantic Coast Conference coach-of-the-year honors from the media after completing a dramatic turnaround, leading the Terrapins to eight wins after a 2-10 season in 2009. It just didn't save his job. Maryland was among the contenders for the ACC title thanks to the strong play of freshman quarterback Danny O'Brien, who completed 179 of 315 passes for 2,257 yards and 21 touchdowns with six interceptions.