CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 |
The cost of fighting the massive Rim fire - which on Tuesday became the seventh-largest wildfire in California's recorded history - has topped a reported $27 million. That means the fire, which on Tuesday grew to roughly 280 square miles, has burned through 15% of the $172 million the California Legislature set aside for the wildfire season. And with the Rim fire just 20% contained, the $27-million price tag reported by the San Jose Mercury News was sure to go higher. More than 3,700 personnel had been assigned to fight the blaze, along with six air tankers and more than a dozen water-dropping helicopters, according to Dick Fleishman, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service.
August 16, 2013 |
At least 300 inmates are now several weeks into a fast that could soon lead to organ failure and death for many of them. Events are moving rapidly, but as I write, nothing has been resolved. And, as California corrections chief Jeffrey Beard made clear recently in an Op-Ed for this newspaper, the sides are far apart. Beard, presumably reflecting Gov. Jerry Brown's views, paints the strike leaders as dangerous gang leaders who are pressuring inmates into a hunger strike to "restore their ability to terrorize fellow prisoners, prison staff and communities throughout California.
August 14, 2013 |
Who said a little band drama would hurt record sales? Despite not touring -- or even speaking to one another -- the Civil Wars have earned their first No. 1 album. The Grammy-winning folk duo's self-titled sophomore album sold 116,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The follow-up to 2011's “Barton Hollow,” which debuted at No. 10, might be a hit for Nashville singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White, but the album's success comes at time when tensions between the duo are so high they aren't promoting the album together, let alone speaking to each other, according to Williams.
July 20, 2013 |
For a long time, John Loerop just wanted revenge. After he had heard the screams, after he had tried to revive his daughter with CPR, after he had attended her funeral, he wanted the boy who had hit her with his car to pay. But eventually, Loerop's heart changed. DeAndre Wolfe, then 16, was driving home after picking up a Mother's Day present in 2011 when his car struck 4-year-old Annabella Loerop, who had gone into the street in her Tinley Park neighborhood to recover a wayward basketball.
July 8, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Former Gov. Eliot Spitzer, once dubbed the “Sheriff of Wall Street” for his pursuit of crooked financiers and later known as “Client 9” for his pursuit of high-priced prostitutes, relaunched his political career Monday, after announcing plans to run for New York City comptroller. Spitzer, who was forced to resign the governor's post in March 2008 after his patronization of a prostitution ring was revealed, is facing a tight deadline: He has until Thursday to gather 3,750 signatures to get his name on the ballot for the September primary.
July 5, 2013 |
Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey returned to his locker Friday to find a text message that made him grin wide and respond quickly. Angels ace Jered Weaver may be Lackey's opposing pitcher Sunday night, but the friendship rooted in their past as teammates still runs deep. Lackey was on the short list of friends and family who received the text from Weaver on Friday that his wife, Kristin , had just delivered a baby, Aden David Weaver , 8 pounds, 21 inches long.
July 3, 2013 |
These days, Greta Van Susteren isn't just covering the news, she's making it. Speculation is rampant that Van Susteren may be getting ready to walk away from her 10 p.m. Fox News Channel show and head back to CNN, where she rose to prominence in the 1990s as a legal analyst. One catalyst behind such a possible move? This week's announcement that hard-hitting anchor Megyn Kelly will get a prime-time slot after she returns from maternity leave later this year. Word is that Kelly could get the 10 p.m. real estate, which might leave Van Susteren with no home in prime time, between 8 and 11 p.m. PHOTOS: Cable versus broadcast ratings Meanwhile, CNN is in the middle of yet another reinvention, this one overseen by former NBC Universal boss Jeff Zucker.
June 22, 2013 |
In a perfect world, "Devious Maids," a new drama written by Marc Cherry and produced by Eva Longoria, both late of "Desperate Housewives," could be judged simply by its own merits, as an attempt to translate a popular telenovela to American television, in this case Lifetime. Taken as such, "Devious Maids" is just unfortunate - a silly, hyperactive version of "Downton Abbey," relocated to Beverly Hills and populated with as many cliches and stereotypes as can fit upstairs and down.
June 18, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - The idea of a Palestinian state is at a "dead end," the Mideast conflict is an intractable problem and Israel has "to live with it," Israel's economy minister said Monday in some of the bluntest comments yet by a member of the country's coalition government. "Never have so many people spent so much energy on something so pointless," Naftali Bennett said in a speech to a sympathetic audience of settler leaders in Jerusalem. He added that what Israel must do in the West Bank is "build, build, build.
June 6, 2013 |
The specifics behind the Kings' 3-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday, their first loss at Staples Center since March 23 and perhaps their final home game this season, were painfully clear. They made bad line changes that contributed to two goals. Had defensive breakdowns that once were uncharacteristic but have been occurring with more frequency as they drag their tired bodies deeper into the Western Conference finals. Made too many turnovers in the neutral zone, where games are often lost or won. From a big-picture perspective, there's one overriding reason they could come home from Chicago on Saturday with no games left on their schedule and no chance to repeat as Stanley Cup champions.