March 24, 2013 |
MÉRIDA, Mexico - Until this winter, Mérida had just been a busy city I passed through on my way to the ancient Mayan ruins. Then, in mid-December, I made it my destination. I pretty much had to: I'd been hearing the city's name all fall, from house-hunting shows on TV to acquaintances in Minnesota trading tips about winter getaways. Even my new dog groomer turned out to be renovating a house here. Was Mérida, the capital of Yucatán state, going to be Mexico's next big Yankee magnet - a new Ajijic or San Miguel de Allende?
January 18, 2003 |
It's lunchtime aboard the nuclear attack submarine Jefferson City and the tired crew -- some bearing fresh grease stains on their work overalls -- fills the tiny dining room, clearly ready to chow down. On cue, mess specialist Richard Youhan begins slicing a 25-pound prime rib roast into half-inch-thick pieces, before gingerly transferring the second entree, baked lobster tails with spicy Old Bay Seasoning, onto a serving tray.
September 16, 2013 |
GIGLIO, Italy - Twenty months after it capsized off the Italian coast in a disaster that killed 32 people, the Costa Concordia cruise ship emerged from the Mediterranean on Monday thanks to a painstaking $800-million salvage effort. Fifty-six giant pulleys slowly heaved the half-submerged vessel back to an upright position in a 19-hour operation that went into the early hours of Tuesday, revealing a section of hull darkened by rust and algae during months underwater. "The rotation has finished its course, we are at zero degrees, the ship is resting on the platforms," said Italy's civil protection chief, Franco Gabrielli, at a 4 a.m. news conference on Giglio island, where he was applauded and cheered by residents.
January 13, 2014 |
About 400,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from 18 rail cars after after a Dec. 30 derailment near Casselton, N.D., the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary investigation report Monday. An ensuing explosion sent a massive mushroom cloud of fire above the prairie and forced the evacuation of 1,400 residents. Damage was estimated at $6.1 million, the NTSB said. The accident occurred when a BNSF Railway grain train derailed on the westbound tracks, obstructing the eastbound tracks less than a minute before the 106-car oil train arrived.
September 6, 2009 |
Big Sur, the 90 or so miles of rugged Pacific coast that unfurls south of Monterey, is known for pricey, reservations-only restaurants and as a capital of the New Age movement. It's a place, then, for well-fed people to get in touch with their inner selves in a spectacular natural setting. But before the arrival of $120 prix fixe dinners, before the human potential movement was founded at the Esalen Institute, Big Sur was associated with one of America's most austere and, for a while, famous artists.
April 5, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Above all else, Rachel Robinson remembers the kissing. When the taunts at the ballpark grew too fierce and the naysayers too loud, her husband, Jackie, would come home to their Brooklyn apartment and the couple would try to block out the world. "So many people are curious about how we were at home, thinking that we brought all the anger and chaos in there with us," Rachel Robinson, 90, said last week as she perched behind a desk at the gleaming offices of the education foundation she runs in lower Manhattan.
August 30, 2011 |
It's mid-April, and the gray-haired fisherman and his gray-haired son are not headed out for just another day of hoisting nets from the depths of Lake Michigan. For decades their workday has always started before dawn. But today the men don't climb aboard their battered commercial fishing boat until noon, because they aren't hustling to get to their normal fishing grounds three hours out in the middle of the lake — a place that, from the view out the little round windows of the wheel house, is still as wild and lonely as any on the globe.
August 26, 1987 |
Three workers apparently overcome by fumes died today inside a ballast tank aboard an inactive offshore oil rig, Coast Guard officials said. The three died after they went into a saltwater ballast tank, and their bodies were discovered by two other workers who apparently were not injured, Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Robert Diaz said in Port Arthur. "They were cleaning a tank when they got overcome by some type of fumes," said Don Merwin, Coast Guard duty officer in Galveston.