January 1, 2014 |
ROME - In a verdant valley east of Rome, Fabrizio Baldi admires a forgotten stretch of a two-tier Roman aqueduct, a stunning example of the emperor Hadrian's 2nd century drive to divert water from rural springs to his ever-thirstier capital. But Baldi, 36, is less interested in the graceful arches than in where the aqueduct's span ends, hidden in a wooded slope across a stream, halfway up the side of the valley. Scrambling through thick brambles, he comes across a large hole in the ground that appears to be the start of a tunnel.
September 17, 2013 |
Amid the intense law enforcement search for the Navy Yard shooting suspect Monday, social media site Reddit halted attempts by amateur sleuths on its site to locate the gunman. Within hours after the first shots were fired, a subreddit called “findnavyyardshooters” had already cropped up - and was subsequently banned - on the website. Reddit General Manager Erik Martin said in a statement to The Times that the site banned the forum because it violated its rules regarding the posting of personal information.
August 22, 2013 |
"Wampler's Ascent" is certainly an inspiring story: Stephen J. Wampler, who turns 45 this week, has been afflicted with cerebral palsy since birth, but he doesn't let that stop him from climbing El Capitan, one of the biggest rock faces in the world. His goal is to reach the top, of course, but also to raise awareness and funding for Camp Wamp, a wilderness experience for physically disabled kids. As cinema, however, the film comes up short. The documentary by Stephen's wife, Elizabeth, charts his incredible undertaking through newscasts about the feat and home video shot during his six-day ascent.
August 14, 2013 |
Amateur chefs will have the chance to learn from professionals as the Venetian begins a series of cooking classes. The Venetian has partnered with Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts to provide guests with six-hour classes during which students will learn how to use master chefs' skills in their own culinary creations. At the end of each class, participants will dine on the lunches they have prepared. The classes will feature a variety of cuisines and techniques.
August 2, 2013 |
USC will be well represented at next week's U.S. Women's Amateur golf championship. Sophomore Annie Park, the defending NCAA champion, is one of six Trojans players who will participate in the tournament at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C., the school announced. Senior Sophia Popov, junior Doris Chen, sophomore Kyung Kim and incoming freshmen Gabriella Then and Karen Chung form the USC contingent. Park, from Levittown, N.Y., won the NCAA title in May at Athens, Ga. USC won the NCAA team title, finishing 21 strokes ahead of second-place Duke.
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August 2, 2013 |
Lights, camera ... police action? An amateur film crew's robbery scene took a dangerous real-life turn Thursday when police, unaware the takeover at a Glendora coffee shop was staged, swarmed the building with their weapons drawn. It began just before 7:20 a.m., Glendora Police Capt. Tim Staab said, when a woman walking up to Classic Coffee saw a man inside who was wearing a bandanna covering his face and carrying what appeared to be a gun. She ran back to her car and called 911, Staab said, prompting all eight of the Police Department's on-duty officers to rush to the scene.