CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 6, 2011 |
Larry Eisenberg had a vision. "Amazing," he called it. "Spectacular. " The Los Angeles Community College District would become a paragon of clean energy. By generating solar, wind and geothermal power, the district would supply all its electricity needs. Not only would the nine colleges sever ties to the grid, saving millions of dollars a year, they would make money by selling surplus power. Thanks to state and federal subsidies, construction of the green energy projects would cost nothing upfront.
November 24, 2010 |
It is an annual ritual, a pilgrimage that Mexicans living in the United States make to visit hometowns and families for the holidays. But this year, the terrifying drug war violence sweeping parts of Mexico is taking its toll. The Mexican government is warning travelers driving into Mexico for the holiday season ? many from Southern California ? to move in convoys and only during daylight hours. These convoys can be "escorted or monitored" if travelers check in with federal agents upon crossing the border, the government said.
October 29, 2010 |
Daylight saving time ends this weekend in the United Kingdom, where the Brits will turn back their clocks one hour at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. But Mayer Hillman wishes they wouldn’t. Preserving that extra hour of daylight at the end of the day would make it a whole lot easier for people to go outside and engage in some physical activity – something that would improve public health, he argues in an essay published Thursday in the British Medical Journal. Hillman, a senior fellow emeritus at the University of Westminster’s Policy Studies Institute in London, has been making this argument for quite some time.
September 15, 2010 |
I wrote that he should do it, but I never thought he would. Of all the futile requests I've made in this column over the years — buy this shortstop, hire this coach, dump that Manny — my latest was surely my craziest. Reggie Bush should give back his 2005 Heisman Trophy? I've believed it, I typed it, but I was certain this newspaper's space was wasted on it. No celebrated pro athlete ever admits to a mistake, do they? Especially not an athlete raised on USC arrogance.
March 4, 2010 |
Since she was hired two years ago as a medical assistant, Jennifer Simonsis has come to an agreement with her employer: During the winter, she gets time off to see her doctor, frequent breaks and help in setting up a light-therapy lamp at her desk. Simonsis gets workplace accommodations for seasonal affective disorder, or SAD -- depression triggered by limited daylight in winter. Pointing to a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against the disabled, some SAD sufferers say they are entitled to schedule changes, access to windows and other modifications.
September 23, 2009 |
It didn't take long for the Minnesota Vikings to figure out Brett Favre 's best play. Walk up to the line. Take the snap. Hand it to Adrian Peterson . After two weeks, Peterson leads all NFL rushers with 272 yards and four touchdowns, and has been the driving factor in Minnesota's 2-0 start. Sunday, the showdown: The Vikings play host to the surprising San Francisco 49ers, also 2-0, who have the NFC's No. 2 rusher in Frank Gore . Against Seattle on Sunday, Gore rushed for 207 yards, with the two longest touchdown runs of his career, 79 and 80 yards.
March 6, 2009 |
The residents of this city of cafes, culture and good food always thought they were different. Even when a few suicide bombers targeted the metropolis starting a couple of years back, most considered themselves relatively insulated from the worst of Pakistan's problems, the violence over the horizon in outlaw country near the Afghan border. Residents consider Lahore the arts capital of Pakistan and feel proud of its free, open atmosphere, its tolerance, sense of fun and vibrant street life.
January 20, 2009 |
A masked assassin with a silencer on his gun crept up behind Stanislav Markelov, a human rights lawyer with an insurgent spirit and a penchant for underdogs, and shot him dead in broad daylight on Monday. A freelance reporter with Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper was also killed in the attack.
January 6, 2009 |
His name rhymed with Al Capone and he came to a bad end behind the wheel of a rented white Volkswagen. Until the moment a bomb planted on his car exploded on a Tel Aviv street, mob boss Yaakov Alperon was living large. He and his Carmela Soprano-blond wife, Ahuva, were media darlings who even took part in a 2006 reality show in which a famous Israeli model moved in with their family.