September 24, 2013 |
BONNEVILLE DAM, Wash. - The tiny fish-counting station, with its window onto the Columbia River, was darkened so the migrating salmon would not be spooked. And it was silent - until the shimmering bodies began to flicker by. Then the room erupted with loud clicks, as Janet Dalen's fingers flew across her stumpy keyboard. Tallying the darting specimens, she chanted and chortled, her voice a cross between fish whisperer and aquatic auctioneer. Her body swayed from left to right. Her tightly curled bangs never moved.
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August 22, 2013 |
C. Gordon Fullerton waited years for his chance to go into space but less than six minutes after the space shuttle Challenger took off in 1985, he was starting to rethink it. One of the Challenger's three main engines suddenly shut down and Fullerton, the mission's commander, didn't know whether the others would follow. "Absolutely, with no warning - kapow! - there was an immediate drop in acceleration," he later told reporters. "The red light came on, and there we were. " Fullerton and pilot Roy Bridges immediately dumped a load of surplus fuel, worked the two remaining engines harder, and maneuvered the Challenger into orbit just 45 miles lower than planned.
August 16, 2013 |
The seven-night “Legacy of Discovery” cruise takes you on a ride through history on the rivers of the Pacific Northwest. The newly refurbished, 88-passenger Legacy will travel round trip from Portland, Ore., on the Columbia and Snake rivers. Along the way, guests will encounter historians and other experts, experience onboard “living history” vignettes and visit museums, historic forts and wineries. Highlights include the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Multnomah Falls, transit through eight locks, jetboating into Hells Canyon and a private winery tour.
August 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Kaprice Williams has been waiting four years for a new birth certificate. Williams, 50, transitioned from male to female when she was 15, but some essential legal documents still do not recognize her as a woman. That had not been an issue until a job interview went sour when her paperwork revealed she is transgender. Efforts to change her birth certificate had stalled because Williams, a native of Washington, has not had sexual reassignment surgery and cannot afford thousands of dollars in lawyer's fees.
August 2, 2013 |
TriStar -- with its winged horse logo -- has been grounded as of late. Founded three decades ago, TriStar Pictures was once known for blockbusters and critical darlings such as “Total Recall” and “Jerry Maguire," but lately it hasn't had many major big-budget releases. Now Tom Rothman, the film executive who was recently ousted from 20th Century Fox, is teaming up with Sony Pictures Entertainment on a new joint venture, called...
July 6, 2013 |
Our family exists at the crossroads of two of the most controversial aspects of American society - sexuality and race. We're two gay white men raising two black children - a girl, 13, and a boy, 10. Both children were adopted out of the foster care system as toddlers, and they both landed in that system because their birth mothers could not care for them. Each day we struggle with the legacies of their troubled beginnings, which gives us all the more joy as we see them thrive. Dan and I are a long-lived couple.