September 25, 2012
Re "The last dance," Sept. 22 I have been struck by the outpouring of positive emotion over Endeavour's final flight. I wish the space shuttle could have flown over every major American city, sparking patriotism for some peaceful national goal that supersedes politics. People of all political stripes are sick of all the negative energy and want to believe in what has made our country the envy of the world. We need another national goal to re-dedicate our imagination to the evolution of mankind.
September 21, 2012
Re "Endeavour to begin California adventure," Sept. 20, and "Shuttle gets final clearance," Sept. 18 It is too late now, but did those in charge of planning Endeavour's trip from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center consider removing the wings of the shuttle rather than requiring the destruction of so many trees? Considering that the shuttle will never again be launched into space, why couldn't the wings be removed at the airport and reattached at the museum?
April 19, 2012 |
A small aircraft has crashed off Florida after it was seen aimlessly circling the Gulf of Mexico and repeated attempts by authorities to make contact with the pilot failed. At one point, military aircraft were called in for a possible attempt to intercept the troubled plane to protect public safety. The fate of the pilot -- the only person on board -- remains unclear. But there were some suggestions that the plane hit the water "gracefully," according to CNN commentators who were watching the dramatic situation unfold live.
February 21, 2010 |
Bangkok's pigeons are little winged street toughs, nurtured on dust, dirt and noise. So, the local government, out of the goodness of its heart (or maybe after a look in its pocket), has decided they need a little "holiday" in the country. We're sending them to the forest, officials said recently, to live a life of luxury, clean air and food aplenty. "It's friendlier in the forest," said Teerachon Manomaiphibul, deputy governor of Bangkok, and pigeon relocator in chief.
September 4, 2009 |
When Colbie Caillat sings on her new album about being fearless, you figure she's speaking in relative terms. After all, this 24-year-old artist from Malibu has ascended to the ranks of pop's top-selling stars thanks to a series of hit singles that virtually define the absence of creative risk: "Bubbly," "Realize," "The Little Things" -- each arrives on a gentle wave of acoustic guitar and laid-back vocals, with safe-as-milk lyrics that wouldn't upset...
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May 28, 2009 |
When Clifton Moore ran the Los Angeles airport system from 1968 to 1993, there wasn't much emphasis on dining and shopping for people waiting for their planes at LAX. About all they could get were the basics: a newspaper, a cup of coffee, cafeteria fare and a preflight libation. The mantra was "We are an airport, not a shopping mall," and people on the staff were proud that Los Angeles International Airport had the least concession space of any major airport in the United States. Not anymore.