CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2012 |
FRESNO -- Four men suspected in the heist of more than $1 million in gold and gems from the California State Mining and Minerals Museum in Mariposa have been arrested, investigators said, adding that more arrests were possible. Men dressed as ninjas and armed with pick-axes broke into the Sierra foothill museum Sept. 28, in broad daylight, and herded two employees into a far room before smashing display cases. But the thieves failed to get away with the facility's most prized possession: the Fricot nugget, nearly 14 pounds of crystalline gold believed to be the largest nugget to survive the California Gold Rush.
March 23, 2010 |
The Obama administration has set a record for deportations of illegal immigrants, much to the dismay of immigration reform advocates who had hoped the president would reverse the enforcement policies of his predecessor, George W. Bush. In fiscal year 2009, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported 387,790 people, a 5% increase in "removals" (in the parlance of immigration officials) over the previous year. President Obama may have made immigrant-friendly promises during the campaign, but viewed in the context of history, the deportations were practically inevitable.
April 25, 2009 |
The opening weekend of racing at Hollywood Park features the $1.3-million California Gold Rush program, with a 10-race card today that is limited to California-bred horses and has six races worth $150,000 or more. There's a good chance a horse related to Unusual Heat, California's most successful stallion, will win. Sons and daughters of Unusual Heat won 28 races at the Santa Anita meeting.
December 19, 2008 |
Charles B. Gillespie's iconic California Gold Rush artwork is no longer a family secret. Historians are hailing the obscure '49er's extensive collection of sketches and oil paintings after a descendant decided to put it up for sale this fall. "This is an important archive, particularly the sketches, which are charming and historically significant," Scott Shields, chief curator of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, says.
April 21, 2008 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- A double-edged joke runs through Zhan Wang's exhibition at the Asian Art Museum here. It's about turning rocks into gold. One of many Chinese contemporary artists who have found global fame and fortune in the post-Mao boom, the Beijing sculptor has struck it rich by making stainless-steel facsimiles of the oddly weathered stones known as scholars' rocks.
February 27, 2007 |
A UCLA linebacker shells out $11,100 to help a Republican senator in Pennsylvania. A businessman from the small Northern California town of Eureka spends $515,000 to defeat a powerful Democrat in South Dakota. A Silicon Valley couple funnels cash to elect Democratic secretaries of state in swing states like Ohio who will oversee voting in the coming presidential election. Those tidbits from campaign finance reports demonstrate why California lately feels like Iowa or New Hampshire next winter.