October 6, 2013 |
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - I was inept at moonwalking. My rocket was a dud. And I crashed the space shuttle. Fortunately, I was just an astronaut wannabe and not the real deal. But it's as close as this middle-aged space geek is going to get. That geekiness, inspired by IMAX documentaries on space and news coverage of NASA's final shuttle launch in 2011, was what brought me to Adult Space Academy. The trip was a gift from my wife. The three-day program is among more than a dozen versions of Space Camp, which the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville created more than 30 years ago to give visitors a taste of what it's like to train as an astronaut.
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July 7, 2013 |
Charles Carr, who was just 18 and a college freshman when he drove country music legend Hank Williams on his final journey more than 60 years ago, died July 1 after a brief illness. He was 79. His death was confirmed by Beth Petty, director of the Hank Williams Museum in Montgomery, Ala. "When he was younger, he didn't have an interest in being defined by that moment in his life," said his son, Charles "Lands" Carr. But after the museum embraced the elder Carr later in life, he became more comfortable talking about the last days of Williams, who died during the car trip at 29. The elder Carr was a friend of the Williams family and found himself behind the wheel after the singer hired him to drive him from Montgomery to a New Year's Eve show in Charleston, W.Va., and then to another concert scheduled for Jan. 1, 1953, in Canton, Ohio.
May 20, 2013 |
Jean Nouvel, the French architect, is credited with creating "installations" for the Los Angeles Philharmonic production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," although "transformations" would be more accurate. Azzedine Alaïa designed the striking costumes. The result is a stunningly high style and wonderfully performed French "Figaro" that customized Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday night in more ways than one. But since when do the French have a problem with French fries? The most noticeable thing upon entering Disney on Friday night was that Nouvel has audaciously covered up Gehry's signature sculptural organ pipes, nicknamed French fries.
May 17, 2013 |
When Carmen Cervantes was growing up in the 1960s in East Los Angeles, it would've been nearly as surprising to find a Spanish-language bookstore in her neighborhood as it would be to unearth an Aztec pyramid in the middle of Beverly Hills. The problem persists today for local readers who are either Spanish-dominant or bilingual, said Cervantes, citing her mother, who lives in Montebello. "She goes to these stores and finds very limited things," said Cervantes, director of cultural and special events for the University of Guadalajara Foundation USA. "We read, and we want to read in our language as well, but we just don't have the books.
April 25, 2013 |
Three people were in critical condition with burns Thursday after a series of blasts and fires tore through two barges in Mobile, Ala. Officials reported a series of seven explosions on the Mobile Bay that started on one barge late Wednesday night, apparently setting two barges on fire. The flames were extinguished early Thursday morning. It's unclear if any of the explosions came from the second barge. The U.S. Coast Guard reported that one of the barges belonged to Kirby Inland Marine and said it was an empty compressed natural gas barge that had been docked for cleaning.
April 24, 2013 |
Three people were hurt in multiple explosions aboard two fuel barges in the Mobile River in Alabama on Wednesday night, according to the Mobile Fire Department. The department said the three victims were taken to a hospital. The Coast Guard said they had been burned, and their conditions were unknown. The fire department said the barges experienced four blasts, with the first reported about 9 p.m. The incident occurred in the vicinity of the Carnival Triumph, the cruise ship that lost power in the Gulf of Mexico and later broke loose of its moorings at a Mobile shipyard.