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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2013 | By Nita Lelyveld, Los Angeles Times
It's hard to be a tree in the city, even one planted for peace. Three times the Children's Tree of Life has been destroyed - twice by vandals, once by a city vehicle that accidentally backed into it. Three times, through replanting, it has been resuscitated. Now a fourth New Zealand Christmas tree has been allowed to grow into young adulthood, standing strong and tall in front of its small plaque. Every day in Palisades Park, people walk by and bike by and run by its home just east of the cannon, just north of the Santa Monica Pier.
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NEWS
April 22, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
The Grand Canyon Railway is sprucing up its 90-year-old steam train with a green makeover for Earth Day, which is Monday (today). The former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe train will run on eco-friendly recycled vegetable oil for the ride to the Grand Canyon. Grab a seat this month and receive half off a future visit. The deal: Diesel trains operate daily from Williams, Ariz., to the south rim of the Grand Canyon. It's a 130-mile round-trip ride with observation cars that provide a front-row seat to the spectacular desert landscape.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
Huntington Beach City Hall reopened midday Monday after an evacuation caused by a suspicious package. After examining an envelope containing what appeared to be a firecracker and a sandy substance, the bomb squad and hazardous materials team gave evacuated employees the OK to return to work, according to Fire Capt. Bob  Culhane . The envelope was delivered about 8:30 a.m. to a Fire Department office on the fifth floor of City Hall at 2000 Main St. A concerned worker who opened the envelope placed it in a stairwell and called authorities, according to Culhane.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos
Heija Yan took a drag from his cigarette as he approached Powell Library on the UCLA campus Monday, not noticing that the ashtrays were empty and askew. The electrical engineering graduate student had no idea that the university had enacted its tobacco ban on Earth Day. He was profoundly apologetic. “I know others don't like the smell around them, but I know [the library] is a popular place to smoke so I thought I'd be OK,” he said, while flicking the cigarette butt into the tray.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
Tobacco users on the UCLA campus will have to find a new place to light up as the university enacted its tobacco ban on Earth Day. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block announced the change last October following a call from UC President Mark Yudof to go smoke-free across the UC system by 2014. The Westwood campus' new policy will prohibit “cigarettes, pipes, cigars, chewing tobacco and all other forms of tobacco, as well as e-cigarettes,” according to a statement on the school website.
SCIENCE
April 22, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Happy Earth Day, Earthlings. For Earth Day 2013, take a moment to appreciate your home for what it is -- a blue pinpoint on a vast black canvas. In a 2009 post on NASA Science, Dauna Colter wrote about the 40-year anniversary of Apollo 11, and her words -- and a historic picture from 1969 -- resonate today. The photo, taken by astronaut Bill Anders, showed Earth rising over the moon's horizon. The effects of that image were deeply felt. "For the first time in history, humankind looked at Earth and saw not a jigsaw puzzle of states and countries on an uninspiring flat map," Colter wrote, "but rather a whole planet uninterrupted by boundaries, a fragile sphere of dazzling beauty floating alone in a dangerous void.
SCIENCE
April 22, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Happy Earth Day! It's been 43 years since Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson celebrated the very first Earth Day on April 22, 1970. It's not yet a federal holiday, but Earth Day is celebrated by schoolkids from coast to coast (along with many adults). Of course, it goes without saying that for some folks, every day is Earth Day. Here are seven things you might not have known about Earth Day (and the spirit of environmentalism it represents): * More than 1 billion people in 192 countries are doing something to mark Earth Day this year, according to estimates from the Earth Day Network . In Veracruz, Mexico, volunteers will clean up beaches to improve the habitat for sea turtles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2013 | By Dalina Castellanos, Los Angeles Times
Heija Yan took a drag from his cigarette as he approached Powell Library on the UCLA campus Monday, not noticing the ashtrays were empty and askew. The graduate student in electrical engineering had no idea the university had enacted its tobacco ban on Earth Day. "I know others don't like the smell around them, but I know [the library] is a popular place to smoke, so I thought I'd be OK," Yan said, flicking the butt into an ashtray. UCLA is the first school in the UC system to implement the ban, following a call by President Mark G. Yudof for all 10 UC campuses to go smoke-free by 2014.
NEWS
April 22, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Earth Day 2013 gets its own Google Doodle today, an honor that kicks off a day dedicated to reminding us to tread gently on this planet that we all share. The Earth Day 2013 Google Doodle unveils a scenic mountain meadow, with a babbling brook and a lake that's home to a school of fish. Click around and you'll see more: fireflies, a bear emerging out of a cave, a -- what is that? a badger? -- as well as ants, and dandelions you can "blow out. " The passing of the seasons provides a backdrop, all under the watchful, alternating eyes of the sun and the moon.
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Yellowstone, Yosemite and Sequoia were the first national parks, and Pinnacles in Central California the most recently designated one, though the land had been set aside as a national monument since 1908. National Park Week provides an incentive to go see "America's best idea" firsthand with free entry and free events on Earth Day and beyond. The deal: The 401 national parklands - parks, monuments, historic sites, etc. - will be fee-free for five days during National Park Week, which runs Saturday through April 28. Not all parks charge an entrance fee, but those that do will waive them.
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