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March 16, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The head of the Army Corps of Engineers said that excessive vibration problems with defective pumps at three major drainage canals in New Orleans would be fixed within seven weeks, before the 2007 hurricane season opened. "By the end of April, we will have those pumps operating effectively," Lt. Gen. Carl Strock told members of a Senate subcommittee. "We know what the problems are and we have the solutions in place."
April 11, 2014 | By Anne Harnagel
The Panama Canal will celebrate the 100th anniversary of its opening on Aug. 15, but there's much more to see in this often overlooked country than the impressive waterway. Travelers on Collette 's nine-day Discover Panama tour will begin their journey with three nights at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort , where their stay will include nature walks and a trip by dugout canoe to an Emberá village to learn about their indigenous culture. Next is a two-night stay at Los Mandarinos Hotel , in the mountainous region of the Anton Valley.
February 15, 1988 | Compiled by Times Science Writer Thomas Maugh II from research presented at the meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science in Boston last week
Archeologists have discovered an ancient canal north of Tucson, Ariz., that may have been a major source of drinking water for a now-vanished society of Native Americans called the Hohokam. Paul R. Fish and his colleagues at the University of Arizona said that the six-mile long structure carried water from the Santa Cruz River to a Hohokam village called the Marana Platform Site.
February 6, 2014 | Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- A long-planned $5.25-billion expansion of the Panama Canal, one of the world's most important shipping lanes, is under threat by cost overruns and acrimonious disputes among builders and managers. Negotiations to resolve some of the issues -- namely who should pay more than $1.6 billion in unexpected costs -- broke down Wednesday, according to the Panama Canal Authority, which administers the 50-mile route that links the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Jorge Quijano, Canal Authority administrator, accused the Spanish-led consortium in charge of widening the canal of ordering all work to stop.
May 7, 1989 | PAUL LASLEY and ELIZABETH HARRYMAN, Lasley and Harryman are Beverly Hills free-lance writers
The late afternoon sun glinted on the water as we sped along the canals of Ft. Lauderdale in our water taxi on the way to dinner. We passed pastel-colored homes with louvered windows and manicured yards dotted with palms. It was nearly dusk when our boat pulled up to the dock at Stan's restaurant; tiny white Tivoli lights glowed along the railing. Lou Vassaluzzo, the tuxedoed maitre d', ushered us to an upstairs room, with a polished oak bar at one end and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.
January 28, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
There are few things more frustrating than being hungry in Venice. Yeah, I know, talk about your First World Problems. But for all of its beautiful sights, of all Italian cities, Venice may have the lowest percentage of decent restaurants; being a tourist magnet for several centuries will do that. Plus, the very canals and winding narrow streets that make that Italian city so lovely are also bound to frustrate the casual visitor -- at least one that hasn't memorized the street maps.
February 28, 1992
Restoration of the historic Venice canals began Thursday, after four years of debate among lawmakers and residents on how to rehabilitate the area while protecting wetland habitats. City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter joined public works officials and community leaders at a ground-breaking ceremony for the $6 million effort. The rehabilitation plan was approved last year by the City Council, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the California Coastal Commission.
December 23, 1990
At the public meeting on the Venice canals rehabilitation project (Times, Dec. 13), an objection was raised to the city's plan to construct a public boat launch facility for the canals and to rezone the canal waterways to "Ocean Submerged Land." Councilwoman Ruth Galanter responded that the purpose of the rezoning is to prohibit any construction on the submerged portion of the canals. This response, which must have reassured the canal residents, was a complete fabrication. On Page 78 of the city's proposed Venice Coastal Land Use Plan it states, in part, that the purpose of the new zone is to provide "for other uses which would benefit the public and the city."
April 8, 1988
A project to line the dilapidated canals in Venice with mesh-like concrete mats is being studied by city engineers as a way to preserve wetland habitat while controlling further erosion of the canal banks. The waterways, built in the early 1900s by a developer who wanted to re-create Italy's Venice in Southern California, have fallen into disrepair. But neighborhood feuds over how the canals should be restored have for years delayed any work.
October 29, 1995 | Associated Press
Archeologists have found what they believe is the world's oldest paved canal, built about 4,500 years ago near the pyramids of Giza, an Egyptian scholar said Saturday. The canal was probably used to carry water from the Nile for the ritual bathing of the body of Pharaoh Chephren, who ruled from 2558 BC to 2532 BC and whose pyramid is the second largest of the three at Giza, said Zahi Hawass of the Egyptian Antiquities Authority.
November 28, 2013 | Christi Parsons and Don Lee
PANAMA CANAL ZONE - After waiting out an early-afternoon downpour, Vice President Joe Biden and the U.S. delegation emerged into the humid heat to tour the $5.2-billion canal expansion. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake snapped pictures with her cellphone. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter beamed with curiosity as he walked and questioned a site supervisor. "Something big is happening here," Biden said in an obvious understatement, eliciting laughs from the group of mayors and lawmakers from several seaport cities and states.
November 13, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
River tours of Europe continue to be the rage, but there's another way to hit the water on a smaller, more intimate vessel: barge cruises. They're super small -- 12 cabins accommodating 24 passengers -- and go at a more leisurely pace than river cruises. CroisiEurope offers a seven-day cruise on the Madeleine along the Marne-Rhine Canal in eastern France. The trip begins in Strasbourg and ends in the Moselle region, traveling past the fields of the Zorn Valley and villages on the way to Saverne.
September 22, 2013 | By David Schenker
Most of the attention these days is on Syria, but there is also a growing problem in Egypt with global implications. Nine Egyptian policemen were wounded by a bomb in the northern Sinai Peninsula on Monday. The week before, suicide bombers killed nine soldiers in the peninsula. Shootings, kidnappings and bombings - roadside, car and suicide - have become routine occurrences in Sinai. And the burgeoning Islamist insurgency is spreading to other parts of Egypt. In early September, the interior minister narrowly survived a car-bomb attack in Cairo reportedly perpetrated by a Sinai-based jihadist group.
September 20, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Chris Kraul
MEXICO CITY - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is making an expanded push for more territory in the Caribbean Sea, appealing to international jurisprudence and rankling many of his neighbors. Colombia was especially vocal, calling Nicaragua's new claims "excessive" and reiterating that it would defend itself against "unfounded pretensions" of the Central American country. Ortega's government formally petitioned the International Court of Justice on Monday to define the maritime border between Nicaragua and Colombia and to include an eastward extension of what Nicaragua claims as its continental shelf deep into the Caribbean.
August 22, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON - In February 2011, when Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak bowed to a popular uprising and relinquished power, President Obama welcomed the change and declared, "Egypt will never be the same. " Two and a half years after the elation of the "Arab Spring," Egypt looks much as it did under the aging autocrat, only more violently polarized. Critics say Obama has mostly watched from the sidelines. Mubarak's court-ordered release from prison Thursday in effect capped the end of Egypt's brief experiment with democracy and its return to military rule.
July 26, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
It's not too early to think about a fall color vacation on Blount Small Ship Adventures. Each ship holds 88 passengers and is small enough to travel to places big ships can't - along the inland Erie Canal, for instance, on a  trip from New York to Canada. Blount is discounting selected New England cruises in September and October for a limited time. The deal: Blount takes 25% off these fall cruises: - $2,999 per person, double occupancy, for 13-day sailings between New York and Montreal by way of the Erie Canal.
July 16, 1988 | ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writer
They won't be all that much, really. Just a couple of strips of interlocking concrete blocks, each strip about 8 feet wide and perhaps 10 to 12 feet long. But when city workers put them in place today on the muddy banks of Sherman Canal at Dell Avenue, they will be tangible evidence that a 34-year drive to renovate the sadly decayed Venice canal system is still alive. This is not to say that the often delayed Venice Canals Rehabilitation Project is finally under way. That would be premature.
June 13, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - The project is of mind-boggling proportions: It would cost $40 billion, take a decade to complete and be more than twice the length of the mighty Panama Canal. Yet on Thursday, the Nicaraguan legislature controlled by President Daniel Ortega approved just such a plan, for a sea-to-sea canal from the Pacific to the Caribbean, with a little-known Chinese firm footing much of the bill. Proponents say the canal megaproject could bring to Nicaragua and the region a major share of the expanding global maritime trade business, especially from U.S. and Asian markets, worth trillions of dollars.
February 22, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez, Los Angeles Times
Port and city officials have called for expediting planned upgrades at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to stave off the threat of losing cargo traffic when the $5.25-billion Panama Canal expansion is completed next year. At a hearing Friday at Los Angeles City Hall, state officials heard testimony from trade economists, shipping line representatives and labor groups on how the state can promote the ports so they keep their share of U.S. cargo traffic, which harbors on the East and Gulf coasts are eager to lure away.
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