September 26, 2012 |
Christian Powell never viewed football quite like this - from seven yards behind the line of scrimmage. He was a fullback. His high school buddy was the tailback. Then Colorado Coach Jon Embree changed Powell's job description. Powell, a 6-foot, 235-pound freshman from Upland, went from being a guy who could block out the sun to one who runs to daylight. He was moved to tailback two weeks ago and hasn't looked back. "It just happened," Powell said. "I'm just going with it. " This was not the career path Powell was on when he switched his commitment from UCLA to Colorado in January, deciding to join Upland High teammates Donta Abron and Marques Mosley in Boulder.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 1986 |
There will be more than a whimper but less than a big bang today when explosives experts blow up four dangerously cracked granite cliffs in Griffith Park that have become hazards to hikers and motorists. Rainwater has badly eroded the rocks, leaving large boulders teetering 50 feet above Vista del Valle Drive, the scenic park road from Commonwealth Avenue up to Mt. Hollywood, and along a popular woodlands trail near the Griffith Observatory.
September 17, 2013 |
LEFTHAND CANYON, Colo. - By late summer, Left Hand Creek is usually a gentle stream that gurgles through this tranquil, tree-shaded neighborhood of spacious lots. It was anything but that last week when rain-swollen waters enveloped houses, turned roads into riverbeds and sent cars tumbling downstream. Hui Lam fled before dawn Thursday after the creek came thundering across his driveway and down Streamcrest Drive. "It's completely surrounded by water," Lam, 41, said as he surveyed the area Tuesday, his house perched precariously against the current of brown, rushing water at the mouth of Lefthand Canyon.
April 24, 2011 |
The San Fernando Valley is 260 square miles of suburbia. Actually, make that suburbia on nutritional supplements. And antidepressants. With perhaps a little cosmetic surgery south of Ventura Boulevard, where the big money is. Or maybe - now that it's grown to more than 1.7 million people in nearly three dozen cities and neighborhoods rich and poor - the Valley isn't even a suburb anymore. It begins just 10 miles northwest of Los Angeles City Hall, sprawling west to the Simi Hills, north to the Santa Susana Mountains, and east to the Verdugo and San Gabriel mountains.
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April 28, 1989 |
As a beloved ex-President, Ronald Reagan almost always gets what he wants these days. But this week, one of Reagan's personal wishes was blocked by a federal convict with a typewriter. Last Friday, Reagan personally telephoned the National Park Service in Washington to add his support to proposed national historic landmark status for a mitten-shaped hill in the Santa Monica Mountains that includes prized Chumash Indian cave paintings. But on Monday, when the Park Service's advisory board met, it concluded that its hands were tied.
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January 13, 1993 |
Caltrans workers intentionally blew it Tuesday. The result was a rocky midmorning commute for motorists on the Antelope Valley Freeway in Santa Clarita. Traffic was briefly halted in both directions so Caltrans could blow up two auto-size boulders perched precariously on a rain-soaked slope above the west side of the freeway near San Fernando Road.
September 26, 2010 |
Clayton Sellers'voice echoes off the sheer rock walls that rise from his vantage point along the Colorado River in Black Canyon, just downstream from the base of Hoover Dam. "[The dam] was started in 1931 and completed in 1935, about two years ahead of schedule and under budget," he says as he maneuvers a pontoon raft across the water. Sellers' passengers, mostly tourists staying in nearby Las Vegas, are awed by that fact, and even more so by the massive engineering marvel standing before them.
May 31, 1993 |
In the adrenaline-stoked realm of vertical rock climbing, Derek Geoffrey Hersey was regarded as one of the world's best, a daredevil among daredevils who did not use a rope. But for reasons that authorities said Sunday may never be known, the 36-year-old Hersey plunged to his death from the granite face of Yosemite National Park's Sentinel Rock. A native of Manchester, England, Hersey for the past decade had lived in Boulder, Colo.
September 6, 1992
Vernon Howard, 74, author of "do-it-yourself psychology" books and founder of the New Life Foundation. Howard taught himself to write, starting with magazine fillers and one-line gags and moving on to pen more than 100 self-help books expressing his philosophy. He also founded the New Life Foundation, which Desi Arnaz Jr., the group's spokesman, has credited with helping him overcome drugs and alcohol addiction.
April 17, 2011 |
Time may heal all wounds, but the scars that remain can be unsightly, itchy, stiff and painful. Pharmacy aisles beckon with "clinically proven, doctor-recommended" scar products, and the Internet teems with anecdotes of different creams and elixirs that supposedly erase old scars or prevent new ones from forming. But not all of those claims stick. "There are a thousand wives' tales and a whole bunch of things you can buy, but none have scientific validity to speak of," says Dr. Terence Davidson, a professor of surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine.