May 10, 2011 |
Last week, at a place called Bird's Point, just below the confluence of the Ohio and the Mississippi rivers, the Army Corps of Engineers was busy mining a huge levee with explosives. The work was made dangerous by outbreaks of lightning, but eventually the charges were in place and corps Maj. Gen. Michael Walsh gave the order: A 2-mile-wide hole was blasted in the earthen levee, and a wall of water greater than the flow over Niagara Falls inundated 130,000 acres of prime Missouri farmland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 |
Los Angeles County supervisors proclaimed a state of local emergency Tuesday in Bouquet Canyon, an unincorporated area in Santa Clarita Valley, paving the way for officials to take flood control measures without going through the usual permitting process. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, whose district includes Bouquet Canyon, said a series of fires and storm events have led to a buildup of sediment in Bouquet Canyon Creek. That reduces its carrying capacity, which results in water flooding Bouquet Canyon Road after heavy rains, Antonovich said.
January 17, 2012 |
A record number of investors and second-home buyers flooded the Southern California real estate market in December, though not enough to give sales in the region a bump over the same month a year earlier. With the investor dominance, low-cost homes reigned. That helped push the region's median home price back down to its lowest level in 12 months, according to San Diego real estate firm DataQuick. Sales fell 1.4% from the same month a year earlier, with a total of 19,247 homes bought throughout the six-county region.
September 11, 2012 |
Tuesday is the 11th anniversary of one of the darkest days in U.S. history, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Several sports stars have taken to Twitter to discuss their thoughts on what happened that day. From the Lakers: Pau Gasol: All my support to the everyone that lost a family member or a friend 11 years ago in New York. #NeverForget #9/11 Matt Barnes: Being in NY on 9/11/12, 11yrs after the planes hit the towers it's amazing to see how we've rebounded. From the Dodgers: Brandon League: #NeverForget911 Shane Victorino: 9/11 is a day that #wewillneverforget!
September 17, 2013 |
BOULDER, Colo. -- Search teams resumed their efforts Tuesday to rescue hundreds of people still stranded by the Colorado flood waters as the death toll climbed to eight. Although hundreds of residents remain unaccounted for, according to state officials, the number has fallen in recent days to 648, state officials said. Harder to know is the number of people waiting to be rescued, Liz Donaghey, a spokeswoman for the Boulder office of Emergency Management, said by telephone on Tuesday.
February 27, 2014 |
“Myths, like inquisitive children, keep asking: why?” Marina Warner observes in an essay posted at the London Review of Books. “They answer with stories of origin and destiny, luck and catastrophe.” If anyone should know about this, it would be Warner . A professor at England's University of Essex, she may be our foremost authority on fairy tales. This is not, lest we think otherwise, kids' stuff; what Warner is after, rather, is what we might call the substance of our imaginative DNA. “Stories come from the past but speak to the present (if you taste the dragon's blood and can hear what they say)