August 14, 2012 |
In a state with nearly 38 million residents, it's inconceivable that there's a county with a peewee population. But Alpine County, with just 1,102 residents, is by far California's smallest. But what this county, in the Sierra Nevada about half an hour south of Lake Tahoe, lacks in numbers, it more than makes up for in recreational opportunities. The bed Although Markleeville (population 210) is the county seat, the best bet for cozy lodging is about 15 miles north at Sorensen's Resort (14255 Highway 88, Hope Valley; 
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August 10, 2012 |
Even before last week's stinging reprimand from her House colleagues, Democrat Laura Richardson's reelection bid was in trouble. She had been burning through campaign strategists and congressional staffers for months. Debts were mounting. She had finished far behind rival Janice Hahn (D-San Pedro) in the June primary, under new election rules that produced several November contests between members of the same party. Hahn had also won the endorsement of California's Democratic Party, which typically furnishes money, mail ads and volunteers for its chosen candidate.
December 15, 2010 |
The majority of the nation's sparsely populated rural counties lost even more residents in the last decade, though some of the counties ? particularly those in the Mountain West ? saw population gains that may be the result of retirees striking out for areas that are both scenic and affordable, according to a Times analysis of figures released by the Census Bureau on Tuesday. The data offer the first detailed portrait of heartland America in a decade, covering the roughly 1,400 counties of fewer than 20,000 people.
May 26, 2010 |
Joe Mozingo's fine article, "An old diary throws him a curve," (May 17) rightly focuses on his family story, but it brushes up against one of the biggest untold stories in American race relations. "There's no coloreds," Mozingo's relative says, discussing Greensburg, Indiana. "They don't let them come back after sunset." Indeed, there aren't any. In 1906, whites drove them out. They proceeded to post signs at the edge of Decatur County, of which Greensburg is the county seat, saying, "Nigger, don't let the sun set on your back in Decatur County," complete with a picture of the sun going down.
April 14, 2010 |
Chinese authorities raced against time, distance, altitude and wind in a remote corner of the Tibetan plateau as they tried to rescue victims of a magnitude 7.1 earthquake that killed at least 617 people and injured 9,110 others. As dawn broke Thursday over Yushu county in western China, members of the military worked with residents and crimson-clad Buddhist monks using shovels, pickaxes and wooden planks to dig away at the wreckage.
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February 16, 2010 |
As a boy, Esteban Avila had only a skinny old horse and two pairs of pants, and he lived in a swampy neighborhood called The Toad. He felt stranded across a river from the rest of the world and wondered about life on the other side. He saw merchants pay bands to serenade them in the village plaza and dreamed of doing the same. He had a girlfriend but no hope of marrying her because her father was the village butcher and expected a good life for his daughter. Then Avila found an elixir and took it with him when, at 19, he went to the United States.