December 1, 2013 |
About this time of year there are precious few hours of daylight in the small town of St. Mary's in faraway western Alaska, and so it was already dark and frigid by the time paramedics arrived at the wreckage of a Cessna 208 airplane outside town. What they found Friday night was tragic: The plane carrying 10 people had crashed on a snowy slope, killing the pilot and three passengers - one of them an infant. But rescuers say there could have been more casualties if it weren't for the courage of one survivor - the infant's mother - who climbed out of the wreckage and trudged through the dark and icy fog to find rescuers, who had set out from town into the wilderness to look for the crash.
November 19, 2013 |
He might have become a doctor like his father, but a grad school (Harvard) summer job researching health policy changed all that. Now as the head of the Kaiser Family Foundation, Drew Altman deals not with lab numbers for a few patients but with healthcare data for millions. For years he headed up state and federal programs on welfare reform, homelessness and Medicaid. Since 1991, he's shaped the Menlo Park-based foundation as "a trusted source of information in a healthcare world dominated by vested interests.
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September 25, 2013 |
Maddie and Abby Starkey enjoy the misty confines of "Fog Grotto" at the Huntington Children's Garden in San Marino. The fog is "generated by nearly 100 high-pressure nozzles," according to the garden's website . The image was made by Cyrena Hillyard while the children were visiting Southern California. This week, we're featuring Instagram photos! Submit them to our reader gallery below or with the #SoCalMoments hashtag on instagram. Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
September 11, 2013 |
TORONTO -- At a film festival, when you're hoping to cram 20 or more movies into a week of nearly nonstop watching, by about Day 4 your brain goes into a fog -- all the faces and the stories start blurring together. I made it to Day 6. And then ... Desperate to shake it off Tuesday night, I opted for the Zen meditation of “Tracks,” the new film from John Curran. If you've seen the director's “The Painted Veil,” you know he has a way with meditative beauty in even the most difficult of circumstances.
September 3, 2013 |
TELLURIDE, Colo. - Donald Rumsfeld is no Robert McNamara. Just ask filmmaker Errol Morris, who has taken on both controversial former Defense secretaries as documentary subjects in their twilight years: McNamara in 2003's "The Fog of War," and now Rumsfeld in "The Unknown Known," which had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend. "The Fog of War," which won a documentary Oscar, revealed McNamara, a chief architect of the Vietnam War, as a reflective man in his late 80s willing to acknowledge errors of judgment.
July 11, 2013 |
It is easy to get absorbed "In the Fog," Sergei Loznitsa's gritty treatise on the art of war. Set on the Russian western front in 1942, the skirmishes between German occupiers and the partisans rage somewhere off-screen. Loznitsa's film, based on the Vasili Bykov novel that gives the film its name, examines what combat does to men in the moment, in the mind, without ever taking us to the battlefield. Using three of the region's rural poor and a single event, the film spins into a philosophical examination of how such conflicts create accidental martyrs, guilt-ridden sinners and weak-willed betrayers out of ordinary men. PHOTOS: Summer Sneaks 2013 Intimate in the telling, sweeping in the implications, Loznitsa has created an unusually incisive film.