June 27, 2004 |
In a kitchen window, where most people set violets or unripe tomatoes, Barbara Joe Hoshizaki has a row of jars, each containing a misty, creeping plant. Jungle green, they spread like clouds behind the glass, fogging it with transpiration. Ferns as short as grass blades; ferns with parsley-shaped fronds; doll-size, enchanting ferns. Even Hoshizaki, a botanist who has studied ferns for more than 50 years, is enchanted. "Ah, miniatures," she exclaims. "So much small, fine detail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 9, 2004 |
The traditional fern-collecting season in the San Bernardino National Forest near Skyforest has been canceled to allow the plants to grow back from last fall's fires, forest officials said. Japanese and Korean cooks in particular come from Los Angeles and desert communities to collect the newly bloomed bracken fern each spring.
March 16, 2004 |
Sawsan Barrak turns on her home computer and kisses the picture that appears on the screen. It is of a slight, blond-haired, blue-eyed young woman with a warm smile and a look of determination -- not dissimilar from Barrak herself. The screensaver is Barrak's tribute to Fern Holland, 33, an American homecoming queen turned aid worker who was establishing women's centers across Iraq when she was slain a week ago.
March 12, 2004 |
A U.S. woman killed with another American and an Iraqi along an isolated stretch of road this week was an advocate for women's rights and often seen driving in this area south of Baghdad without a security escort, police said Thursday. "She had no security, no weapons," said a police officer who asked to not be named. "This is the way she always worked."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2003 |
Joel Chun unloaded his four children and picnic and set to work scouring the San Bernardino National Forest for young bracken ferns. Like hundreds of other Korean Americans in Southern California, picking kosari, Korean for the young plants, is a springtime family tradition. The tiny ferns are used in special traditional dishes. "Every time we have a family party, we cook it," said Mira Loma resident Gina Chun, whose family has come to this forest to pick the ferns for the last eight years.
July 31, 2002 |
Some people find stray cats or dogs at their doorstep. Allegra Woods finds plants. Sickly succulents, hydrangeas without hope, falling ferns. Plants left in the quiet of the night by neighbors cleaning up, moving on; in the light of day by relatives and friends who know that if anyone can give a sad plant a lift, it is Woods. The plants bring to life an outdoor corridor at the French Normandy-style garden apartments where Woods lives in the Mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 2001
A common fern known as the brake fern or Pteris vittata has been found to soak up extraordinary amounts of arsenic without any ill effects, potentially offering a natural way of cleaning up polluted soil and water. It is the first plant known to accumulate arsenic in extremely high concentrations--as much as 8,000 parts per million--and still flourish, researchers from the University of Florida report in today's Nature.
November 6, 2000 |
Spanish Fern, pulled up by jockey Victor Espinoza shortly after the start of Saturday's Filly & Mare Turf at Churchill Downs, died Saturday night at an equine clinic in Lexington, Ky. Spanish Fern, a 5-year-old mare owned by Juddmonte Farms and trained by Bobby Frankel, broke her pelvis and later hemorrhaged badly. "She must have severed an artery," Frankel said. "What a freak thing. It's a shame. She was a nice, nice mare."
HOME & GARDEN
September 2, 2000 |
When Barbara Joe Hoshizaki was in graduate school, her professor asked her to identify and tally all of the ferns available on the market. That was 1950. Today, the retired Los Angeles City College botany and biology teacher is still counting. "The list of ferns available for the home garden keeps growing," said Hoshizaki, who lives in Los Angeles.
October 3, 1999 |
One of the paradoxes in the Breeders' Cup record book is that horses trained by Bobby Frankel have earned almost $3 million--putting him 10th on the money list--without winning a race. From 30 Breeders' Cup starters, Frankel has had four seconds, five thirds and four fourths, but the closest he has come to winning one of the races was when Manila beat his Theatrical by a neck in the Turf Stakes at Santa Anita in 1986. "It's a big deal until I win one," Frankel said Saturday.