CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2014 |
Francisco Morataya drives a vanload of empty bottles and cans to Victar Recycling Center in Echo Park every week or so to supplement his wages as an office janitor. The 61-year-old Eagle Rock resident had been making $200 per load, enough to pay his daughter's cellphone bill. But that was before a new state law tightened the redemption rules, making it harder for people at the economic fringes to scrape by. Now his take is only $50 to $60, Morataya said. "It's really bad," he said this week, flinging plastic bottles into a garbage bin. "I can't help my daughter.
January 10, 2014 |
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Hundreds of thousands of West Virginia residents have been left dry with no idea when they will be able to again trust the water from their taps after a chemical used in the processing of coal spilled into a river. As state and federal agencies rushed emergency water supplies to nine stricken counties, officials were promising to investigate how the chemical, 4-methylcyclohexane methanol, spilled into the Elk River. It flowed into a water treatment facility about 1.5 miles away, and officials worried it could have polluted water eventually sent to about 300,000 residents.
December 28, 2013 |
Since the 19th century, French Champagne producers have skillfully cultivated an image of full-tilt glamour and luxury, spending millions promoting their brands. That would include sponsoring athletic competitions, society events and the $400,000 in Champagne that Perriet-Jouët supplied gratis for reality star Kim Kardashian's (first) wedding. Champagne's Grandes Marques - Krug, Dom Pérignon, Bollinger, Pol Roger, Taittinger and about 20 more - each have their passionate adherents.
December 26, 2013 |
As an experienced documentarian who turned to feature filmmaking, director Paul Greengrass is comfortable improvising. His free-flowing style was a perfect match for "Captain Phillips," the new fact-based drama about the hijacking of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama and the kidnapping of its captain, Richard Phillips, by Somali pirates in April 2009. At the Envelope Screening Series , Greengrass' leading man, Tom Hanks, talked about how they improvised the film's final scene. [Spoiler warning: Some plot details follow.]
December 14, 2013 |
The holidays are packed tight with exuberant, noisy parties for work and family. Sometimes you need to give yourself the gift of a quiet dinner with friends. That's exactly the excuse you need to break out that bottle of wine (or several bottles) you've been saving for a special occasion. You could wait forever - and find the wine is over the hill. Or you could make your own occasion, a simple dinner to showcase the wine. Think of it as an evening spent in the company of a few good bottles - and a few good friends.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 |
SAN DIEGO - U.S. Border Patrol agents confronting more than 100 suspected illegal border crossers were pelted by rocks and bottles during a tense standoff Sunday afternoon along the U.S.-Mexico border, federal authorities said. Nobody was seriously injured and it was unclear whether the crowd was trying to enter the U.S. illegally or hold a demonstration. One Tijuana newspaper reported that a crew working on a feature film may have orchestrated the incident. Whatever the case, the sight of the large group of people surging beyond the border within a few blocks of San Diego homes rattled agents' nerves.