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April 15, 2014 |
INDEPENDENCE, Calif. - One by one, a parade of Owens Valley residents rose at a public hearing Tuesday to assail the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's plan to meet its renewable energy goals by covering 2 square miles of high desert with 1 million solar panels. "We believe in economic development - but this is not the kind we want," Jane McDonald, who helps run a farmer's market, said at the DWP's first public presentation of the project during an Inyo County Board of Supervisors hearing.
April 14, 2014 |
According to Jared Diamond, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer ("The World Until Yesterday," "Collapse," "Guns, Germs, and Steel") who spoke to Patt Morrison about his work Sunday, Americans shouldn't waste time worrying about statistically rare crises like terrorism or plane crashes. "I've already done the most dangerous thing I'm going to do all day -- taken a shower," he said at the Festival of Books in his strong New England accent. Lest people conclude that he was irrationally obsessive, Diamond laid out the statistics: "I'm 76 years old. Life expectancy for a man is 91 years.
March 12, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Terrorism. An earthquake. A jet crash. Neighbors thought the worst when a deafening blast shook a busy Manhattan street Wednesday, leveling two buildings, killing at least three people and hurling bricks, concrete and other debris onto nearby rooftops. Officials said the explosion was caused by a gas leak, which was reported minutes before the blast on 116th Street in East Harlem, a vibrant neighborhood of corner bodegas, churches, shops and apartment buildings. 2:40 a.m. update: The Associated Press reports that a sixth person has been confirmed killed by the explosion that flattened two New York City apartment buildings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 |
A year ago, when the Republican National Committee's searing 2012 election postmortem was released, it was possible to imagine, for a fleeting moment, that the GOP might finally grasp why it has lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. RNC Chairman Reince Priebus' act of public self-flagellation showed that he was ready to ask tough questions of a party that has alienated the fastest growing demographic segment of voters in this country - Latinos - and failed to woo younger voters, women and gays.
March 4, 2014 |
A “rather large” gas line explosion in central New Jersey injured seven workers and wrecked parts of a suburban condo complex Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. Flames, debris and dark smoke soared into the Ewing Township sky about 12:50 p.m., and video from the scene showed fire crews still dousing the rubble with water two hours later. Public Service Electric & Gas Co., the energy utility for the area, said in a statement that a contractor reported damage to the gas line shortly before noon.
February 18, 2014 |
Prince William wants to destroy all the ivory artifacts in Buckingham Palace. Here at the other end of the ivory owner spectrum, I'm wondering what to do with my backup piano keys. Organized crime has turned ivory poaching from a worrisome trend that threatens endangered elephants into a raging problem fed by the new middle class in China that seeks out and can afford ivory tchotchkes. From 2002 to 2013, almost two-thirds of the forest elephants in central Africa were killed for their tusks.