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November 26, 2010 | By Dean Kuipers, Los Angeles Times
Put solar panels where it's sunny, wind farms where it's windy. If only it were that simple. Choosing the best sites for renewable energy projects is a challenge for clean-power developers; selecting the right location and securing permits can take months, even years. That's because seemingly prime parcels may have endangered species, tricky topography or poor access to transmission lines. The local government could be hostile to incentive programs. Banks and utilities need to know exactly how much power is going to come off a site hour by hour and how much money it will make ?
October 12, 2002
Why would we expect small towns to be portrayed any more accurately in cinema than, say, murderers or attorneys, or big-city life ("Small Towns Needn't Be This Dreary," by Mimi Avins, Oct. 5)? A small town is usually just another character in a film, and like most, is not only misunderstood but regurgitated from other films or television. Only rarely does someone get it right. As a product of a small town (pop. 725; at least that's what the sign says), I can always tell which filmmakers are from one, have gotten to really know one, or even gotten a flat tire in one. Unfortunately, "The Good Girl" didn't even stop for gas and, like most of Hollywood, thinks that small towns and small-town folk are the ones lost.
October 13, 1996
Over the years, hundreds of volunteers at the Stagecoach Inn have worked to present a true picture of the history of the Conejo Valley. They present a beautiful interwoven picture combining the history of the Chumash, the Spanish and early settlers in the Conejo Valley. There are independent structures depicting the history of each and how the combining of all led to the development of the Conejo Valley as we know it today. To eliminate the Chumash display would destroy the complete picture they have tried to depict.
March 20, 1998 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
How deflating. Just when you're satisfied that your knowledge of television is encyclopedic, along come 240 scholars to prove you wrong. Their essays nourish and fatten the "Encyclopedia of Television," a much-welcome, much-needed three-volume work (nearly 2,000 pages) recently published by Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications. Priced at $300, the set is aimed primarily at libraries and college campuses.
July 23, 1989 | DICK RORABACK
Watch out, Russia, here comes William Watson! Sponsored by the YMCA's New Perspectives program, Watson has just left for a month in the Soviet Union, where he'll meander some, stay with a Russian family and actually take part in Communist Youth Organization activities. All of which may not be so unusual in these days of neo-detente. What's rare is the young traveler himself.
March 2, 2006 | Richard Schickel, RICHARD SCHICKEL is a film critic for Time magazine and the author of "Elia Kazan: A Biography."
HOMOSEXUALS treated with tender respect and understanding. An Israeli undercover operative haunted by the deaths he must deal out to Palestinian terrorists. McCarthyism condemned in a drama that draws strong inferential comparisons between the assaults on civil liberties then and now. A great American city teetering on the edge of chaos in part because of its brutal and racist policing.
October 6, 1991 | IRWIN L. KELLNER, IRWIN L. KELLNER is chief economist at Manufacturers Hanover in New York
Pity those economists who sit at their screens all day, scrutinizing the minute-by-minute minutiae of the financial markets. They tend to immerse themselves so much in the ebb and flow of the data that they are unable to see the forest for the trees. Some work for bond houses; they seemingly never met a statistic they liked.
April 4, 1991 | TED JOHNSON
Nick Chapman is convinced that the only way to break into The Industry is to make a mercurial rise to the top. So just out of college, he sets out to get a deal with a studio and make "The Big Picture." At first, Nick (Kevin Bacon) believes it will be no problem making his movie, an artsy love triangle of two men and a woman snowbound in a cabin for two weeks. After all, he has just won the top student film award from the National Film Institute.
February 19, 2000
Nice of you to find space for a small picture of Phil Mickelson (the guy who actually won) in your all-Tiger-all-the-time format! Enough already. D.S ADAM Newhall Byron Nelson's string of 11 tournament victories is indeed an accomplishment, but it is overblown when you consider that a great many of the top pros at that time were in the armed forces--Sam Snead and Ben Hogan, to mention a couple. AL MEYERS Los Angeles Editor's note: Snead and Hogan did serve in the military during World War II but both played tour events in 1945, the year of Nelson's streak.
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