October 11, 2013 |
Among the virtues of bicycle riding - not burning fossil fuel, not adding to car traffic, enjoying the scenery - is, of course, the health benefit. You get a real workout, especially if you're cycling against the wind or uphill. So when I came across a chart comparing forms of transportation in the Los Angeles city government's 2010 Bicycle Plan, I knew it would confirm that bicycling burned a lot of calories. Sure enough, bicycling 10 miles in an hour burns 484 calories, according to the chart.
September 8, 2013
Re "Tax dollars up in flames," Opinion, Sept. 6 Jamie Simons' piece was an excellent summary of the difficulties associated with wildfire policy, namely that lawmakers inadequately fund efforts to prevent massive events such as the Rim fire in California. One thing not mentioned is the willful ignorance of members of Congress and others in positions of authority. They are as uneducated on the ecology of fire as they are dedicated to denying the impacts of human activity on the global climate.
April 23, 2012 |
Mark Twain moved to Carson City, Nev., in the 1860s and fell in love with the area, though a campfire he built accidentally started a low-burning forest fire. The question of where exactly Twain camped on Lake Tahoe has inspired the Gatekeeper's Museum in Tahoe City to host the "Mark Twain Tahoe Mystery Public Festivity," featuring two authors with competing theories. The event takes place June 21 at the museum. Info: www . northtahoemuseums .org . . . . Airline industry consultant Robert Herbst says to expect a merger of American Airlines and US Airways in the next two years . Fresh out of their own bankruptcies, Delta and Northwest merged in 2008, he notes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 2013 |
A Los Angeles firefighter was taken to a hospital Tuesday night after he was burned in a West Adams house fire that was being investigated by arson squad members. The burns to the firefighter's hand were described as minor by a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. It was not immediately clear how the firefighter sustained the burns. The cause of the blaze at the single-story home in the 4100 block of West Jefferson Boulevard was under investigation by the LAFD's arson section, department spokesman Erik Scott said.
February 21, 2013 |
Call this the story of Bo the Wyoming Wonder Dog. A few months back, the severely injured 3-year-old shepherding dog rushed into his owner's home in rural Worland, Wyo. (population 5,487), about 150 miles north of Casper. He'd been shot twice and then burned inside a barrel. The blue-heeler was bleeding from the face, and third-degree burns covered most of his body. But he was alive. Barely. Talk about an animal with nine lives. PHOTOS: Rescued animals “If Bo does have nine lives, he certainly used up at least a couple of them with this incident,” the dog's owner, Abby Redland, told the Los Angeles Times.
May 25, 2012 |
Firefighters on Friday fought a fast-growing blaze in New Mexico where two smaller fires have merged into a fierce blaze covering extreme terrain that is making containment efforts difficult. A total of 82,252 acres have been burned by the fire, known as the Whitewater-Baldy Complex in the Gila National Forest, fire officials reported . The Baldy fire was reported May 9 and the Whitewater on May 16. They merged on Wednesday, and almost all of the growth has come since then as winds have whipped through the difficult terrain.