CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Day 4 of the regional commuter rail strike began for many in pre-dawn darkness Monday, as several hundred thousand residents who rely on Bay Area Rapid Transit trains instead poured onto buses and ferries or inched their way across gridlocked bridges. The mood was a mix of resignation and frustration as residents adapted. Free BART round-trip shuttles running from many East Bay stations were filled ahead of schedule: Of the nine stations that began running buses at 5 a.m., only Hayward and Lafayette still had availability by 7:35 a.m. Still, buses from the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit district -- which is in the midst of its own labor discord -- picked up the slack, loading thousands of additional passengers for standing-room only express trips to San Francisco.
September 12, 2013 |
The race to claim the world's biggest Ferris wheel just took a dramatic turn, with New York City officials giving the go-ahead to a planned 625-foot ride as Las Vegas moved closer to completing its massive, spinning specimen. Just as Las Vegas' replicas of the New York City skyline and the Eiffel Tower are dwarfed by the real things, though, so too will be its High Roller Ferris wheel, according to developers of the New York ride. Las Vegas' High Roller , which is expected to open early next year, will be 550 feet high and be able to carry 1,120 people at a time.
August 11, 2013 |
The home seared into moviegoers' memories in the 1986 film “Ferris Bueller's Day Off” is on the market now in Highland Park, Ill., for $1.5 million. Cantilevered over ravines, the Mid-Century Modern-style home and guesthouse include four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 4,300 square feet of living space and floor-to-ceiling windows through which a red Ferrari crashes in the movie. The two steel-and-glass structures look out on an acre of surrounding woods. There is interior parking for four cars.
June 23, 2013 |
JUNEAU, Alaska - I'd been told she'd had a little work done. Who can blame her? She was turning 50, and her life had been hard. The miles were starting to show. But after an $8-million update, she was as good as new and ready to celebrate - and I got to join the party. Meet the Malaspina: Fifty years ago she made the voyage that launched the Alaska Marine Highway System, a ferry network that opened the state's isolated coastal towns to tourism and gave residents easier access to the outside world.
June 23, 2013
THE BEST WAY TO SOUTHEAST ALASKA From LAX, Alaska and Delta offer connecting service (change of plane) to Bellingham, Wash. Restricted round-trip airfares begin at $238. Alaska offers connecting service (change of plane) to Ketchikan and Juneau, Alaska. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $665 and $745, respectively. The Alaska Ferry System can be accessed from Bellingham, Wash., or anywhere along its route north. Walk-on passengers can travel for as little as $329 from Bellingham to Juneau; a cabin with a view would add an additional charge of $352 or more depending on amenities.
June 21, 2013 |
The gig: Leading the fight against Medicare fraud in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii, Glenn Ferry is special agent in charge for the Los Angeles regional office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general. Scene of the crime: Ferry's first brush with crime-fighting came at age 7. On a trip to the grocery store with his mother in the Philadelphia suburbs, they stumbled upon a robbery in progress. Within seconds, the police arrived and gunshots were shattering glass.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 2013 |
The capital of car culture is increasingly making room for bicycles. A neon-green pathway runs down downtown's Spring Street, begging drivers to pay attention to cyclists. Hundreds of miles of less-flashy lanes are spreading across the region. And in April, about 150,000 bikers swarmed Venice Boulevard for the largest-ever CicLAvia. Now the next big thing in bikes is slowly riding in on three wheels. Pedicabs will hit the streets of Santa Monica this summer, and city officials hope the service will offer people on bustling Main Street a way to get around without their cars.
March 29, 2013 |
Pam Ferris , who plays the cantankerous nun Sister Evangelina on PBS ' “Call the Midwife,” is deep in conversation about her admiration for Anglican sisters (portrayed on the series) during a recent trip to Los Angeles - “they're not judgmental” and “there's no condemnation" and "when they sing together it's so uplifting. " Then things get serious. “Oh, but I hate the wimple!" she said, referring to the garment worn around the neck and chin. "It's such a constraint.
March 21, 2013 |
Ferris wheels are totally old-school fun, but they're becoming the latest pop-up landmarks worldwide. Travel + Leisure magazine 's March issue names Pacific Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier among the coolest in the world for the ride that debuted in the 19th century. Here's why we should cherish our local spinner: It's the only solar-powered Ferris wheel on the planet, which makes it a pretty clean ride for those concerned about their carbon footprint, and at night it's illuminated with 160,000 energy-saving LED lights.
March 10, 2013 |
PORT MacKENZIE, Alaska - The late Sen. Ted Stevens is perhaps best remembered for the millions of dollars in federal booty he steered toward Alaska during his reign as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. One of the Republican senator's more notable legacies was the construction of a $78-million amphibious assault vessel for the Navy - a military prototype that he diverted to his home state as a ferry to haul commuters from the rapidly growing suburbs north of Anchorage to jobs downtown.