CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 2014 |
Martin Byhower has trekked across Chadwick School's Palos Verdes Peninsula campus for 30 years. Fossils scattered across the hilltop grounds often caught the eye of the seventh-grade life sciences teacher. Two years ago, he spotted one that particularly interested him. And on Wednesday, staff from the Natural History Museum excavated it and carefully loaded it onto the bed of a truck. Soon, researchers will begin cleaning it to learn more. This much is known: It appears to be the skull of a juvenile sperm whale, and it is 12 million to 15 million years old. Byhower contacted different groups to ask them to identify the fossil; he got a response from the county museum.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 |
A construction worker died Monday when an excavator he was driving onto a barge slipped off and fell into the Sacramento River, state officials said. The Sacramento Bee identified the man as 49-year-old Richard Wayne Alexander of Pittsburg. Alexander died after 1:30 p.m. when the excavator he was driving fell into about 15 feet of water, said Cal/OSHA spokesman Greg Siggins. The agency, which investigates possible workplace safety violations, will issue the findings of its review into the incident by April, he added.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 |
Authorities were excavating a grave site Wednesday in unincorporated Victorville after finding multiple sets of human remains in a deserted area. A motorcyclist stumbled upon the first set of remains Monday morning in the desert area between Quarry Road and the 15 Freeway, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department. Coroner's officials confirmed the remains were human and returned with homicide investigators Tuesday to continue the investigation. Now, "investigators believe they have located the remains of more than one person," the Sheriff's Department said, adding that it appears the remains have been there for some time.
October 26, 2013 |
With each scrape of the Florida Panhandle soil by an excavator's metal claw, anthropologists are moving a step closer to unraveling a century of mystery over the fates of missing boys from an infamous reform school. Some of those sent to the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys as "incorrigible" never returned. Those who survived have described decades of beatings, rapes - and possible murders - at the school in Marianna, Fla., from 1900 until it was shut down in 2011. A team of anthropologists is carefully digging on the school grounds in search of boys buried in unmarked graves.
September 29, 2013 |
The conflict in Syria is destroying not only the lives of the Syrian people but their heritage - the world's heritage - as well. Syria is a treasure house of history. Damascus, Aleppo, Palmyra and almost 10,000 other archaeological sites there hold the remains of thousands of years of culture. Greeks, Romans, Persians, Christians and Muslims lived and fought in what is now Syria. As the U.N. special envoy to Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, explained at a recent UNESCO meeting, "Few countries are as rich culturally, have had such a glorious past, are so important for what we are, all of us, for all the things that make, have made, human civilization.
September 2, 2013 |
The men remember a manicured campus stained by the blood of teenage boys. They remember the explosion of the leather strap - 30 lashes, 50 lashes, more than 100 - and the bloody classroom chairs they scrubbed down later. For more than a century, the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in the Florida Panhandle town of Marianna took in damaged children and turned out shattered men. The state closed the school in 2011 after the U.S. Justice Department documented some of the abuse. But the sprawling campus may still be hiding horrors.