August 6, 2013 |
Authorities in Canada are investigating the deaths of two young brothers who are believed to have been killed by an escaped python in an apartment in the New Brunswick city of Campbellton. The Globe and Mail newspaper reports that the boys -- identified as Connor and Noah Barthe, aged 7 and 5 -- were found early Monday morning in an apartment above an exotic pet store called Reptile Ocean. An autopsy was scheduled Tuesday. The two boys were sharing a room at a sleepover with the child of the shop's owner, police told local news outlets.
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July 21, 2013 |
His escape from the Nazis was more like "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory" than "The Sound of Music," Leon Prochnik admits. Prochnik was 6 when his family fled Poland as Hitler's army invaded the country. As they were smuggled out of the country, they left behind a luxurious life made possible by their Krakow chocolate-making business. "There was this big, giant tub of chocolate in the factory" that was used in Milka candy bars, Prochnik said. "When nobody was looking, I'd stick my arm in up to my elbow and then lick off the chocolate.
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July 16, 2013 |
An inmate who walked away from a minimum-support facility at Pelican Bay State Prison was apprehended within hours of being discovered missing, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced Tuesday. Tore Digirolamo, 44, went missing Monday afternoon from his bunk at the prison's minimum-support facility, spurring a search by Pelican Bay officers, the California Highway Patrol, the Crescent City police, the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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July 15, 2013 |
An inmate from Los Angeles County walked out of a minimum-support facility Monday afternoon at Pelican Bay State Prison, correctional authorities said. Tore Digirolamo, 44, arrived at Pelican Bay in 2011 from Los Angeles County with a four-year sentence for second-degree burglary, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He was found missing from his bunk. The minimum-support facility at Pelican Bay is a 400-bed unit that houses nonviolent inmates outside the secure perimeter of the main prison.
July 12, 2013 |
We discovered the Ruin about 12 years ago when it was a small, abandoned stone house. We were hiking in Pioneertown's Pipes Canyon, and there it was, all by itself in a cove-like setting of boulders and desert plants and barely the remains of a road to get to it. We hiked back about a year after and the roof had been knocked in, or it had caved in after years of weather and neglect. A few months later, on another visit, we saw the western wall where the front door and window once stood were gone.
July 8, 2013 |
If you were as glued as I was to TV over the weekend watching news of the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport, you'd be forgiven for feeling exasperated over the evidence-free speculation meant to fill hours of airtime in the hopes that some official explanation would come along. Of course, government investigators rightly take much longer than a normal news cycle to collect evidence and announce their findings, so in the meantime we had to hear (almost surely false)
July 1, 2013 |
The 19 wildland firefighters killed in Arizona appeared not to have established an escape route to a safe site large enough for the entire group, a forestry official said Monday. Safety protocols require crews to have a place to go in case fire overtakes them. That did not happen in the Yarnell Hill fire Sunday. The bodies of 19 members of the Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew were found in or near their emergency fire shelters, leading officials to believe they were overrun by the wind-driven flames.
June 20, 2013 |
It appears that Joe Torre is no longer the best catcher in the family. Torre's daughter, Cristina Torre, was having coffee at a Brooklyn cafe Wednesday when a man rushed in asking people to call 911: A 1-year-old boy had crawled out onto the fire escape of a nearby apartment building. “I quickly got up and looked, and there was a baby kind of straddling the fire escape between the second and the third floor,” Cristina Torre told CNN. “All of a sudden, it slipped, and it was dangling and holding on with its hands.” The boy then lost his grip, bounced off an awning below the fire escape and right into the waiting arms of Torre.
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June 19, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Given half a chance - any rationale at all - governments invariably will try to restrict the citizenry's access to public information. Especially if it might shine the light on official stupidity or misbehavior. That's just human nature. Companies do it too. The difference for governments, of course, is that they're living off of, and are supposed to be working for, the public. The people have a right to know whether officials are performing like dunces, as in building a new span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge with weak bolts, or lining their pockets with taxpayers' money, as they were in the city of Bell.
June 16, 2013 |
Many Napa Valley wineries are beginning to welcome visits from families, and they're making a serious effort to keep the kids engaged. Lest we forget, wineries are farms, and in many cases they have farm animals, game birds, fish ponds, picnic grounds and other kid magnets. Not all of wine country is kid-friendly, mind you, but you can find ample attractions to make this a satisfying destination for serious wine lovers … and grape juice lovers too. The tab: We spent about $647 for a family of four, including $315 for one night at the Villagio Inn, $260 on meals and $72 on a castle tour and wine tasting.