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Song Guorong's genealogy gets hazy just a few generations before his own. But follow it back further--by 2,000 years--and he'll tell you exactly who lies at the root of his family tree. "I know my ancestors were Romans," the lanky 39-year-old says in a matter-of-fact voice as he navigates the rutted lanes of this dusty hamlet deep in China's interior. It's a remarkable claim to make, in a place as far east of Rome as New York is west.
March 27, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
As even the most casual student of American history knows, Theodore Roosevelt was a larger-than-life figure. Besides being our 26th president, he was an outdoorsman, an explorer, a historian and a war hero. T.R.'s adventures on the campaign trail, the battlefield and on African safaris have served as material for many works of fiction and nonfiction. In "Roosevelt's Beast," the novelist Louis Bayard takes on one of his lesser-known exploits - his 1914 expedition to map a Brazilian rain forest waterway with an appropriately harrowing and mythical name, "the River of Doubt.
November 23, 1991 | From the Washington Post
A sea-going barge bearing about $20 million in scientific equipment for explorer Robert Ballard's Jason Project expedition sank Friday off the coast of Ecuador while being towed to the Galapagos Islands. There were no injuries, but foundering with the barge may have been all prospects for the $4-million project, which would have telecast a multipurpose scientific research expedition live to 500,000 students in the United States and Canada beginning Dec. 2.
February 13, 2014 | By Ted Rall
"By early next year," reports The Times' Ben Welsh and Robert J. Lopez, " the [Los Angeles Fire Department] expects its dispatchers to be using new, streamlined scripted questions that will help get LAFD ambulances en route seconds - even minutes - faster during cases of cardiac arrest and other time-critical emergencies. " I won't be so churlish as to greet this decidedly positive news with a question: Isn't it a bit odd to announce that "time-critical emergencies" occurring between now and "early next year" will be treated like they're not, well, time-critical?
August 15, 1987 | From Deutsche Presse-Agentur
The French expedition searching the British luxury liner Titanic said Friday that it had located only a secondary safe in the wreck, and not the purser's main safe as originally thought. Bad weather in the stormy North Atlantic was preventing retrieval of the safe, according to a spokesman for Taurus International, part of the consortium backing the expedition. Efforts will continue to locate the ship's main safe, he said.
July 28, 1989 | Reuter
A Soviet military diver disappeared off Bermuda Thursday while trying to lure sharks and other fish as part of a joint Soviet-American photo research expedition, authorities said. "He might have been taken as bait himself," said an employee of Harbor Radio, the Bermuda government network that monitors maritime radio traffic in the area.
When a killer quake struck San Francisco in October and interrupted the World Series for a week, six men and 36 sled dogs were trekking toward the bottom of the world, scarcely aware of it. As Eastern Europe exploded in freedom, they trekked on. Noriega's overthrow was no cause for pause. All the while that the 49ers and Broncos were making their way from summer's training camp to the Super Bowl, they were trekking, and when the game is played Jan.
August 31, 1991 | From Associated Press
For Capt. Yuri Arsentiev and his crew, life aboard the Soviet tall ship Pallada this week has been a cruel reminder of life back home: a shortage of food, fuel and cash. The 356-foot, three-masted training vessel, stranded at dockside here since Sunday, was finally ready to set sail after being refueled Friday afternoon, thanks to generous local businesses and residents.
A joint American-Soviet expedition using a Soviet mini-submarine has uncovered "a living laboratory of evolution" around hot water vents at the bottom of Siberia's Lake Baikal, providing scientists with an unusual opportunity to study organisms found nowhere else on Earth. Biological communities around deep-water hot vents have frequently been found in oceans but never in fresh water. The discovery was announced Thursday by the National Geographic Society, which co-sponsored the expedition.
It wasn't John Alderson's fault. It was just that the crowd of earthquake enthusiasts he was leading on a quake-study expedition Saturday were in the wrong place to feel the temblor that registered magnitude 3.0. They were hiking along the rugged San Andreas Fault at the edge of Palmdale--not along the eastern Mohave Desert fault located nine miles northwest of Barstow where the 10:28 a.m. shaker was centered. Alderson is a Woodland Hills geologist who works for the Wilderness Institute.
February 5, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
The National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday reignited a debate after proposing rules that would speed up and streamline union elections, a move business groups immediately opposed. The NLRB, divided along party lines, faces a battle with business groups over the rules, previously proposed in 2011 and invalidated by a court ruling, that would allow for electronic filing of election petitions, include telephone numbers and email addresses in voter lists and consolidate election-related appeals.
December 22, 2013 | By Catherine Watson
The trans-Atlantic eclipse voyage was organized by Betchart Expeditions ([800] 252-4910, ), a California-based company specializing in science-oriented travel. It offers about two dozen science-themed trips a year to destinations around the globe. I'd traveled with Betchart once before, on a trip to Antarctica 20 years earlier, and I trusted the company, the intellectually oriented clientele its trips attract and the experts it chooses for daily lectures.
November 25, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
If you're getting ready to take a flight during the holidays, be prepared for more than the usual confusion at airport screenings. The combination of infrequent fliers and the Transportation Security Administration's new initiative that allows randomly selected passengers to receive expedited screening - an initiative that will continue during the holidays - has the potential to create passenger pileup. The TSA has moved from a one-size-fits-all security approach by allowing some passengers (75 and older)
November 6, 2013 | By Catherine Saillant
Los Angeles City Council members agreed Wednesday to dramatically cut the cost and speed up processing of sidewalk dining permits in the reawakening downtown core. Under a pilot program that was unanimously approved by the council, restaurant owners will pay about $577 for a sidewalk dining permit, compared to the typical $2,000 charged for city workers to process the paperwork. And instead of taking up to a year to obtain a permit, the wait should be just a few weeks, officials said.
November 3, 2013 | By Kate Mather
The Torrance Police Department unveiled a new forensics laboratory last week, filled with state-of-the-art equipment that officials said would expedite their analysis of evidence and better assist with investigations. Dozens of civic leaders, community members and law enforcement officials gathered at the Police Department to tour the new $1.5-million facility - a bright, gleaming space filled with cameras, computer screens and "CSI"-reminiscent machines with names such as the "fingerprint chamber.
May 17, 2013 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - President Obama said Friday he wanted to put more Americans to work by slashing the amount of time it takes to grant federal approval for big job-creating projects. But Obama's choice of venue for his remarks - a Baltimore company that makes mining and pumping equipment - provided fodder for Republicans. They noted that the company president had, just the day before, testified on Capitol Hill in support of the Keystone XL pipeline, which the Obama administration has delayed for years over environmental concerns.
The fabled lost city of Ubar, celebrated in both the Koran and "A Thousand and One Arabian Nights" as the center of the lucrative frankincense trade for 3,000 years before the birth of Christ, has been found by a Los Angeles-based team of amateur and professional archeologists.
January 10, 1988
Jerry Hulse's article, "Adventure Vacations" (Dec. 13), was well written, interesting and comprehensive. However, research expeditions, such as those sponsored by Foundation for Field Research, may also be considered adventure vacations. We explore areas never before visited by tourists and participants make a contribution to, and actually assist, with scientific research. For example, one of our ongoing expeditions takes participants to Sapo National Park, the first park ever established in Liberia, West Africa.
May 6, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you've ever longed to go on an expedition to Antarctica or the Arctic, Alaska or Mexico , Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic is offering free airfare on selected small-ship voyages for a limited time. The offer is good for more than a dozen itineraries that take you away for a week or as long as a month. The deal: Free airfare covers flights from gateway cities to destinations where trips with guides and naturalists begin. Here are some examples: The eight-day Journeys in the Sea of Cortez leaving Dec. 14 includes free round-trip airfare from L.A. to Los Cabos, Mexico.
April 21, 2013 | By Catharine Hamm
In the April 14 On the Spot column ["She Can't Wait for Her Next Passport"], reader Lisa Kim Davis of West Los Angeles expressed her concern about having her passport at the ready. Called away for business travel, often at a moment's notice, she couldn't risk having that document out of her control for the four to six weeks that regular passport processing would take. Further, a passport with less than six months until its expiration could present a problem in some countries that insist on a document that has at least three and sometimes six months until it's out of date.
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