HOME & GARDEN
November 15, 2013 |
I was done. At 57, I had three cratered marriages behind me, all with intelligent women and mutually agreed upon endings that separated them from me and me from my money and a couple of nice homes. It was like I was in the major leagues and just couldn't seem to hit the curve. And they kept throwing it. So I got out of the game. No more long-term relationships, no shared keys, no traveling toothbrushes, none of that. And the strategy worked for a while, not spectacularly, but it worked.
November 9, 2013 |
BEIJING - The Chinese leadership is hyping a Communist Party meeting that began Saturday as the greatest financial rethink since leader Deng Xiaoping launched China's economic revolution in the late 1970s. In keeping with past patterns, the Chinese will not divulge specifics of the four-day session here until it concludes. But proposals that have leaked out in recent weeks include easing business regulations and liberalizing interest and currency exchange rates. The economic revolution launched more than three decades ago is still unfinished, leaving the country with a hybrid economy sometimes waggishly referred to as "capitalism with Chinese characteristics.
November 5, 2013 |
Chinese animal-rights activists are combing a forest in eastern China with the hope of finding more than 1,000 kittens. The cats, some as young as 4 months old, were rescued from a meat supplier last week - destined to end up on dinner plates - an organizer told Agence France-Presse on Monday. "They were being sent to Guangzhou to be eaten by people," Ni Zhijiang, the head of the Wuxi City Assn. for the Protection of Small Animals, told the news outlet. Instead the kittens were released into the forest.
November 3, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown's vision to build electric buses in California may be giving him a black eye. In April, Brown visited the factory of Chinese vehicle manufacturer Build Your Dreams, or BYD, and announced that the company would make similar vehicles in the high-desert city of Lancaster. "It's very significant," Brown said at the Shenzhen plant of BYD. "I think it's very important that we start replacing the bus fleet with electric buses. " But BYD has run into trouble with Brown's own labor regulators, now that the Lancaster assembly plant is gearing up for production.
November 2, 2013 |
Feng Xiaogang, the prolific Chinese director whose "Back to 1942" is China's submission for the foreign language Oscar this season, left his handprints at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Friday. He's the first Chinese film director to have his prints immortalized in cement at the historic venue. Feng's works encompass a wide range including feel-good family dramas, romantic comedies and historical epics; his "Aftershock," about the devastating 1976 Tangshan earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands, was China's submission for the 2011 foreign language Academy Award.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2013 |
Yosemite High School once offered six wood shop classes. Now there are three. Things got worse when a new high school opened in a neighboring district and many students transferred. Campus enrollment is down from 1,100 five years ago to about 700 today. School officials are now looking to a faraway place for salvation. As soon as next fall, Yosemite High could welcome 25 students from China who would pay $10,000 or more in tuition to enjoy an American public education amid mountain scenery.