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September 10, 1989
While I was thrilled to see my home state of Vermont pictured on the front of the Travel Section ("Autumn in New England," Aug. 20), I must point out an error in the caption. The Black River is that which is shown on the front page. The Williams River does not flow through Ludlow. At least it didn't flow through Ludlow the last time I saw it! Nonetheless, thank you for showing Californians the splendor of New England. I only hope you didn't encourage too many of them to visit. STEPHEN J. FRAZIER San Diego
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NEWS
April 25, 2014 | Kerry Cavanaugh
The fight over transparency at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is only escalating, with yet another lawsuit filed this week over two secretive nonprofits that have received $40 million in ratepayer money. For the last six months, Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Controller Ron Galperin have made it their mission to audit how the money was spent. They argue that the public has a right to know how public money is used. And last month a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge agreed , saying Galperin has the authority to audit the nonprofit institutes.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 9, 2013 | By Jason Wells
All northbound lanes of the 5 Freeway north of Burbank were closed Wednesday afternoon after flooding sent mud and debris across the interstate. Flooding also closed all but southbound one lane, backing up traffic into Sun Valley. The California Highway Patrol closed the northbound lanes about 2:30 p.m. as authorities diverted traffic at Glenoaks Boulevard. Several southbound lanes were also closed at Roscoe Boulevard, according to the CHP, which requested bulldozers and other equipment from Caltrans to clear the roadway.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By Margaret Gray
Among the revivals and West Coast premieres that dominate our theatrical offerings, the startling phrase “world premiere” implies an exhilarating, possibly risky novelty: You can't help expecting pyrotechnics. But Rachel Bonds' “Five Mile Lake,” receiving its world premiere at South Coast Repertory, is a small, quiet play in which nothing particularly momentous happens. In fact, you may forget you're watching a play at all, and that the people in whose every fleeting expression you have become so deeply absorbed are actors reciting memorized lines.
SCIENCE
September 21, 2010 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
The dark dust thrown up by human activity in the deserts of the Southwest hastens the melting of Rocky Mountain snow and ultimately reduces the amount of water flowing into the upper Colorado River by about 5%, scientists reported Monday. The lost water amounts to more than 250 billion gallons — enough to supply the Los Angeles region for 18 months, said study leader Thomas H. Painter, a snow hydrologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. "That's a lot of water," said Painter, whose study was published online by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 19, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Every time it rains, workers in Long Beach rush to the mouth of the Los Angeles River to scoop up the floating islands of plastic bottles, grocery bags and other debris before it's all swept onto local beaches or pulled out to sea. Now, a deceptively simple solution is underway to fight the ongoing problem of river trash by intercepting it before it's washed into the river in the first place. Over the next year, 16 cities in southeastern Los Angeles County are installing screens beneath nearly every storm drain that flows into the lower Los Angeles River.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2011
ART Two- and three-dimensional art created by Laguna Beach and national artists abounds at Art-A-Fair 2011. View works in every medium, including oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, photography, digital art, mixed media, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, glass and wood, and watch the artists as they create. 777 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sun.-Thu. through Aug. 28. $7. (949) 494-4514. http://www.art-a-fair.com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2010 | By Tony Barboza, Los Angeles Times
Caltrans could have to pay between $1 million and $4 million to a church whose San Bernardino Mountains retreat was buried by a catastrophic debris flow after jurors found the agency partly responsible for the 2003 disaster that killed 14 people. Jurors decided last week that Caltrans, which built and maintained a highway above St. Sophia Camp and Retreat Center, was 31% responsible for the massive Christmas Day slide. Rains sent mud, boulders and trees rushing down Waterman Canyon just two months after a major wildfire, leaving families gathered at the camp for a holiday party little opportunity to escape.
NEWS
February 6, 2013 | By Betty Hallock
The U.S. division of La Marzocco , the Italian espresso machine manufacturer founded by the Bambi family, brings its "Pressure + Flow" tour to Los Angeles this month. On Feb. 13, La Marzocco will offer hands-on brewing lessons on its flagship Strada EP , which some called a game-changer and "the most advanced espresso machine on the planet" at the time of its unveiling. Most espresso machines extract coffee at a set pressure of 8 to 9 bars (or atmospheres), but the Strada EP is capable of continuously variable extraction between 1 and 12 bars with computers and microcontrollers that adjust the speed of the pump motors rather than the barista having to do so by hand -- and then having to replicate it for each extraction.
SCIENCE
August 5, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Time
Salty water may flow on Mars in the form of strange, dark lines on the terrain that grow and fade with the seasons, according to recent images. The findings, reported in the journal Science, provide a new line of evidence that life could exist on the Red Planet. The findings, released Thursday, describe images taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, currently circling the planet. The otherwise unremarkable lines on the planet's slopes grow more prominent during the warm season, proliferating from late Martian spring into early fall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
Police were alerting residents in fire-scarred neighborhoods along the San Gabriel Mountains late Tuesday that rain cells expected to hit the area could cause mudslides. Advisories were issued by the Azusa and Glendora police departments for neighborhoods north of Sierra Madre Boulevard where the Colby fire burned nearly 2,000 acres in January. Several storm cells were expected around 1 a.m. Wednesday and could drop 0.25 to 0.50 inches of rain, officials said. The showers could last as long as 30 minutes each.
SPORTS
February 25, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
They share a common bond because of the point guard position. That has helped strengthen the relationship between Clippers All-Star Chris Paul and Coach Doc Rivers . Paul is widely considered the best point guard in the NBA, and Rivers played point guard throughout his 13-year NBA career, and so the two of them often think the same way when it comes to running the Clippers' offense. "We obviously are starting to get a better feel for each other, and our communication," Paul said after Monday night's game in New Orleans.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Part sword-and-sandal spectacle, part disaster epic, "Pompeii" accomplishes its ambitious agenda to largely engrossing effect. Sure, it's not the brainiest of outings, but director Paul W.S. Anderson (the man behind four of the "Resident Evil" films) keeps the action apace and the lava a-flowing with workmanlike energy and sufficient visual dazzle. Set in AD 79, immediately before and during the cataclysmic eruption of southern Italy's Mt. Vesuvius, the script by Janet Scott Batchler & Lee Batchler and Michael Robert Johnson places a star-crossed romance at the center of one of the ancient world's most legendary calamities.
SPORTS
February 12, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
James Harden is long gone, presumably never to return. Russell Westbrook is probably coming back soon, though the right knee that has required three surgeries since April makes his long-term durability somewhat questionable. That leaves Kevin Durant, which means everything is going to be OK(C) for the Thunder. It almost seems as if the spindly forward is all Oklahoma City needs on many nights. Durant recently scored 30 or more points in 12 consecutive games, a streak that ended only after he sat out the entire fourth quarter of a blowout victory over the Brooklyn Nets.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon on Thursday updated its iPhone app with a feature that lets users find items within the online store by simply holding them in front of their iPhone's camera. The feature is called Flow, and it's designed to be a quicker way to search for products than by typing their name or scanning their bar code, as were already possible through the Amazon app. The Seattle online retailer is marketing the feature as a way for users to quickly find items that they need to restock on a regular basis, such as their groceries.
HEALTH
January 24, 2014 | By Charles Fleming
This unexpectedly pleasant waterfall destination will seem a little off the map for some Angelenos, but I found it well worth the drive to Thousand Oaks and very much worth the walk. Note: It includes a short water crossing that in damp weather could involve some slippery stepping stones. 1. Begin your walk from Wildwood Park and look for the trail head at the lower end of the parking lot. Drop down a flight of wooden stairs and head right, following signs for Moonridge Trail to Paradise Falls.
TRAVEL
June 16, 2013 | By April Orcutt
Despite the drought that plagued Southern California last winter, river rafters can still get their paddles wet: Parts of Northern California and other Western states got the rain and snow that missed SoCal. California's Kings, Kern, Kaweah, Merced and Tuolumne rivers have shortened or nonexistent rafting seasons this year, thanks to the drought, but many rivers in the West have plenty of water for rafting, kayaking and tubing. Here's a sampling of outfitters that are running rafting trips on rivers in Northern California and the West as well as on other rivers predicted to have good flows through August and maybe even September.
NATIONAL
January 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Lava from Kilauea Volcano crept toward a largely abandoned subdivision on the Big Island that was nearly wiped away by an eruption that began 25 years ago. The lava flow was about a mile from the upper reaches of Royal Gardens, posing an immediate threat to the subdivision, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. A fire department helicopter was sent to warn any remaining residents of the flow, he said.
SCIENCE
December 10, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Perhaps the Red Planet's dry equatorial region is still a little wetter than we thought. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered strange dark lines that vanish and reappear with the seasons, and scientists think they could be signs of salty water that may intermittently flow near the surface of Mars. These recurring thin lines are typically less than 16 feet wide and can stretch for three quarters of a mile. They fade in cooler times and reappear in warmer ones - perhaps because in the warmer seasons or in direct sunlight the water would evaporate, leaving the salt marks behind.
SPORTS
December 9, 2013 | Chris Erskine
I always feel fleeced after going to Staples Center; the prices are just enormous. This might be the worst value in America, and that includes the Kardashian sisters and overpriced Bavarian sedans. Still, I go because "that's where the money is," as Willie Sutton purportedly said when asked why he robbed banks. Were he alive today, even Sutton could not afford a Lakers game. Yet, there is a buzzy, irresistible splendor to the joint. I hate that I like it. Honestly, there is a giant Christmas tree outside Staples that looks to be made of recycled Toyotas.
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