CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2013
Retired Army Lt. Gen. Sidney Berry, a decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam and Korean wars who led the U.S. Military Academy during a turbulent period in the 1970s when a cheating scandal rocked West Point months before he was forced to admit the first female cadets, has died. He was 87. Berry died July 1 of complications from Parkinson's disease at a retirement home in Kennett Square, Pa., said his daughter, Nan Berry Davenport. In 1974, Berry, at age 48, was named superintendent of West Point.
January 22, 2012 |
When I was a teenager in the 1970s, the hottest thing on girl radar was Judy Blume's young-adult novel "Forever. " My family was living in Ireland on a sabbatical year when it came out, and so a friend packaged it up (in actual brown paper) and sent me a copy from Berkeley. In Ireland at that time, not even adults could have bought a book like "Forever," let alone girls in their summer dresses. Every time I re-encounter the book, I expect to find an amusing curio, a reminder of a more innocent age. And each time I am surprised again — shocked — at how explicit and intentionally erotic a book it is. The protagonist, Katherine Danziger, was a new kind of girl hero.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2011 |
A handful of residents living along a busy stretch of Glendale Avenue say city officials are forcing them to take down mirrors they've attached to trees in the public right-of-way so they can better see oncoming traffic while exiting their driveways. The residents, who live north of the Ventura Freeway, say that in the absence of any speed-reduction enhancements — such as humps — the convex mirrors are one of the few safety measures they have. City officials, though, say the mirrors aren't allowed on city-owned trees.
May 12, 2011
London restaurant details St. John Hotel, 1 Leicester St., London, 3301-8069, http://www.stjohnhotellondon.com . Appetizers, $12.50 to $30; main courses, $30 to $42; desserts, $7 to $13.50. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London, 7201-3833, http://www.dinnerbyheston.com . Appetizers, $21 to $27; main courses, $34 to $60; dessert, $13.50 to $17. To call from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code)
June 8, 1989 |
Parliament on Wednesday banned videos and sound recordings that show excessive violence. The lawmakers unanimously approved a revision of the penal code to set unspecified jail terms or fines for violators.
May 16, 1985 |
Robert Monk was poking through the rubble, looking for salvageable items before the bulldozer comes next month and flattens the Boys Club branch in northwest Pasadena. "A lot of kids have come through here," said Monk, the executive director of the Boys Clubs of Pasadena, looking around the darkened basement as if he could see the neighborhood children who once played there.
September 26, 2010
How to Bixi 1. Find the nearest station on the pocket-sized fold-out Bixi map, available around town, or download the unofficial iPhone app. 2. Following the touch-screen guidance (in French or English), insert your credit card into the kiosk, select a plan, OK the terms and conditions and receive a five-digit code. 3. Choose a bike and enter the code to remove it from its slot. 4. When you're done, return the bike to any Bixi station by inserting the front wheel into a slot.
February 28, 2009 |
A company that sold nearly 80,000 tubes of Chinese toothpaste containing a poisonous ingredient has pleaded no contest to violating California's health and safety code, prosecutors said. Selective Imports Corp. of Vernon entered the plea Thursday to a misdemeanor health code violation of selling an adulterated drug product. The company will be placed on three years of probation and must follow U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines for recalling the toothpaste, said Supervising Deputy City Atty.