May 13, 1988
Instead of suggesting that people cement over their thirsty lawns, why not promote the use of plants and trees that require little or no watering? Cement is not the answer. It creates extra heat, therefore people use more air conditioning that creates a need for more energy, which puts additional demands on our limited water supply; whereas plants and trees give off oxygen that this smoggy city sorely needs, they create a cooler and healthier climate and collectively attract more rain . . . all of this, tosay nothing of the aesthetics involved.
May 2, 1987
After reading the letter written by C.A. Rodriguez (Viewpoint, April 25), I became sick to my stomach. His thunder against Hollywood Park and Marjorie L. Everett, the chairman of the board and chief executive officer, was an abuse. I did not like his denunciation. When he goes to Del Mar later this year, he can continue to the ocean and cement his shoes. JAMES BARBEE JR. Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 1993
I was raised in southern Louisiana; Lafayette to be precise. A few weeks ago here in Los Angeles, it rained four inches in one day. That same day, Lafayette had 12 inches. And nobody drowned. They had over 70 inches of rain last year. I grew up with floods and water. We didn't have washes, barrancas or creeks. They were called "coulees"--a Cajun-French term. Big coulees are bayous. As kids we were drawn to the raging coulees during floods to play in the fast water. In town they're lined with cement but hardly anybody drowns for a couple of reasons.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 16, 1995
After 30 years, cities and counties across the nation have discovered that skateboarding is here to stay. As with other youth sports that used to be practiced on the street, communities from Maryland to California have been coming together, creatively providing a safe environment for skateboarders too. As any parent of a skateboarder will tell you, most of these youths are drug-free, anti-gang, hard-working, creative, independent-thinking and...
January 7, 2009 |
German billionaire Adolf Merckle committed suicide after his business empire ran into trouble in the financial crisis, throwing himself in front of a train near his home, authorities and his family said Tuesday. The 74-year-old's business interests ranged widely, including pharmaceuticals and cement, and his troubles had recently been compounded by losses on shares in automaker Volkswagen. Merckle's body was found Monday night on railway tracks at Blaubeuren in southwestern Germany, prosecutors in nearby Ulm said.
January 5, 2009 |
Leftist President Evo Morales said he would launch a state-run daily newspaper this month to counterbalance the "anti-government" local media. Morales has nationalized energy, mining and telecommunications firms since taking office in 2006. He is also starting an airline and plans to launch state paper, cement and sugar companies in an effort to tighten the government's control over the economy. "The state's going to have its own newspaper and . . . we should launch it on Jan. 22," Morales was quoted as saying by official news agency ABI.
April 9, 1989 |
Land in the heart of the Nepalese capital nowadays costs more than 50 times what it cost two decades ago. The phenomenal rise in real estate prices is the result of large-scale construction projects undertaken to accommodate the thousands of country people who are moving into the city each month in search of jobs and a better standard of living. The character of the capital, long regarded as a living museum with its Nepalese-style houses and pagoda temples, is threatened by the building boom.
October 5, 2004
Regarding "Tame Is Lame" [Sept. 28], about TV programmers' bias toward big brutes in wildlife films: As a supporter of the reintroduction of large predators to their former ranges, I found the attitudes expressed by Mr. Fairclough repugnant. All they do is cement in the public's consciousness the idea that big predators have no place in the modern world. "Shark attacks," "bear attacks," "tiger attacks" -- one would think all these magnificent animals have on their minds is to harm any human who happens by. Michael S. Fields Columbus, Ohio