July 11, 2010 |
Golden Gate The Life and Times of America's Greatest Bridge Kevin Starr Bloomsbury Press: 216 pp., $23 Colossus Hoover Dam and the Making of the American Century Michael Hiltzik Free Press: 498 pp., $30 The Golden Gate Bridge and Hoover Dam are more than just icons of American engineering. They are Depression-era monuments that transformed not only California's physical landscape, but its social one as well. The bridge linked San Francisco to rural Marin County, hastening the consolidation of the Bay Area into a huge metropolis.
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December 17, 2009 |
Hundreds of workers at a Sonoma County hospital are scheduled to go to the polls today in a bitter and closely watched union vote pitting the giant Service Employees International against an upstart rival. The balloting at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital has drawn intense scrutiny in labor circles nationwide because of the nasty underlying conflict between the SEIU and its breakaway competitor, the National Union of Healthcare Workers. The NUHW doesn't yet have a single dues-paying member but is waging a David versus Goliath campaign against the behemoth SEIU, which boasts more than 2 million members nationwide, almost half in the healthcare sector.
July 5, 2008 |
For years, Spain's famed Prado museum had its suspicions about one of its most prized Goyas. Now the museum says it is certain the painting is not by the 18th century master. The Prado's announcement about "Colossus," a large oil painting depicting the torso of a giant bursting through the clouds as he marches above a terrified village, is causing a furor among experts, some of whom still believe the painting is genuine. Francisco de Goya y Lucientes' "Colossus" has always been one of the Prado's major attractions and a highlight of his series on Spain's war against Napoleon, whose troops invaded in 1808.
March 21, 2007 |
The chairman of the Senate's antitrust subcommittee Tuesday blasted the proposed merger of the country's two satellite radio providers, saying it would create a "business colossus" that would raise prices for listeners. "You have every right to ask ... but it's another thing to grant you that permission to be virtually unrivaled, unchallenged in this whole area," Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) said at the third hearing on Capitol Hill over the merger. "What a business!
October 29, 2003 |
Novelist Colson Whitehead's latest, "The Colossus of New York," isn't a work of fiction, but it reads like a collection of stories in which his native city is both plot and protagonist. In short essays such as "Central Park," "Downtown" and "Times Square," the author riffs and ruminates on the place and its people. In his two novels, "The Intuitionist" and "John Henry Days," Whitehead displayed grand ambition.
December 17, 2001 |
Dominic Rhodes thought he could run for 200 yards. He settled for 177 and a victory. Rhodes scored two touchdowns and nearly set a Colt rookie rushing record as Indianapolis ended a five-game losing streak with a 41-27 victory over Atlanta on Sunday. "I finally got that 100-yard game that I've been looking for," Rhodes said. "I've been trying to get 200 for my O-line. It eluded me again." Rhodes' total, which came on 29 carries, was the highest single-game effort by a Colt rookie since 1956.