June 27, 2010 |
The Madonnas of Echo Park A Novel Brando Skyhorse Free Press: 204 pp., $23 The Madonnas of Echo Park, in Brando Skyhorse's debut novel of the same name, are a group of Chicanas who flock every Friday night to El Guanaco, "a mercado near Angelino Heights that [sells] rock-hard Twinkies, Colt 45s, and homemade tacos and burritos in the back." It's the same mercado prominently featured in Madonna's 1984 music video "Borderline," and Skyhorse uses the women as a metaphor to explore the growing pains of one Los Angeles community facing demographic, economic and cultural shifts.
September 6, 2006 |
French oil and gas field surveyor Compagnie Generale de Geophysique plans to buy U.S. rival Veritas DGC Inc. for $3.1 billion in cash and stock, the companies announced Tuesday, establishing a major new global player in the booming oil exploration industry. Geophysique and Houston-based Veritas said both boards had unanimously approved the deal to create CGG-Veritas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1986
The article by Edward Kutler and Glenn Sweetman (Editorial Pages, Feb. 7), "Oil Taxes Are a Step Backwards," presented weak arguments against an oil import tax. No tax is imposed without some complicating side effects. The best reason for this tax is that almost every other industrialized country in the world has used this form of taxation successfully for the past 40 years. If most of the world pays $2 to $3 for a gallon of gasoline, why should not Americans be progressively eased toward making the same sacrifice?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1987
Working as a geologist in petroleum exploration since 1981 has required that I come to terms with a personal dilemma. My deep respect for environmental concerns is now complicated by some insight into the increasing difficulty, expense, and risk of searching for new petroleum reserves. From this perspective, I appreciated the comments of Curtiss on the energy policy expressed by the Reagan Administration and Interior Secretary Hodel. There are many ways to approach the issue of national energy security.
March 20, 2005
Re "Senate Votes for Drilling in Arctic Refuge," March 17: The federal government is moving to solve our energy problems once again. First we invaded Iraq and now we are going to "develop" the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge so we have plenty of oil, for now. Oil is a finite resource that will eventually be expended. Why is there a dearth of visionaries running the federal government? Would not the most intelligent course of action be to develop other sources of energy while some oil still exists?
September 12, 2012 |
Jazz fans who are also Spotify subscribers probably can just say goodbye to their afternoon with the release of a new app from Blue Note Records. The free app opens up the iconic jazz label's catalog in a way that allows a depth of exploration tough to achieve in the analog world. Fans can search through a variety of entry points, including chronological, style ("tradition," "groove" and "voices") or instrument. Let's start with a straightforward search along a timeline that primarily breaks the label's output into four- to five-year chunks, which also functions as a mini-museum of the label's clean, evocative design aesthetic under the direction of Reid Miles since 1956.
August 11, 1985 |
A controversial agreement on offshore oil drilling, reached last month by California legislators and the Interior Department, will protect 90% of the California coastline and nearly all of Santa Monica Bay until the year 2000, Rep. Mel Levine told a group of elected officials from local beach cities at Santa Monica City Hall on Thursday. But Levine (D-Santa Monica), one of five California legislators who negotiated with Interior Secretary Donald P.
May 28, 2011 |
History's unexpected symmetries are endlessly instructive. We passed through one of those Wednesday, when the scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge announced that the rover Spirit's seven-year exploration of Mars had come to an end. Originally designed to send back data on a few hundred yards of the Red Planet for just three months, Spirit roamed for miles over years before giving up the ghost to a...