CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2006 |
For the millions of gamblers motoring toward Vegas on Interstate 15, this tiny town dotted by billboards and gas stations hardly registers. But for residents in the desert hamlet of 4,200, plunked midway between Los Angeles and Nevada, the conga line of Sin City revelers makes even the simple task of driving to the grocery store a major headache. "It's been this way forever," said Geoff Berner, 57, who has lived in Yermo for nearly a quarter-century.
July 19, 2006 |
SOCRATES served as an Athenian hoplite or infantryman in the Peloponnesian Wars. Tradition suggests it was with some distinction. When he came to formulate the philosophy that changed the world, however, he drew no applicable lessons from his battlefield experiences. Xenophon was the most martially inclined of Socrates' students and openly admired the Spartans' soldierly qualities.
May 14, 2006 |
ALARMED by skyrocketing gas prices and the prospect of an ever-weakening American economy, my husband casually announced one morning that maybe we should "rethink" the two trips we plan to take to Europe this year: three weeks in Amsterdam and Germany in July and two weeks in Paris at Christmas. "We're not rich, you know," he said from behind the safety of the shower door.
March 22, 2006 |
An emotional and visual roller coaster, sadly comic and in-your-face confrontational, "The Stones," which opened Saturday at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, tackles the slippery issue of crime and punishment. Written by Aussies Tom Lycos and Stefo Nantsou, this thought-provoking work, presented by Center Theatre Group's P.L.A.Y. company, is based on a true case involving teenagers who threw stones at cars as a prank with deadly results.
December 4, 2005 |
I MET STANLEY Tookie Williams, co-founder of the Crips street gang, at San Quentin. Several times we sat locked together in a metal cage and talked, sharing food I'd purchase from the vending machines. He's the same age I am, early 50s, a big man gone gray at the temples. You can see how imposing he'd have been in his youth. Now he's surprisingly soft-spoken, picks his words carefully, has a writer's ear for language. Before meeting him, I'd read several of his books.
November 3, 2005
Re "Bush's Flu Plan Stresses Vaccine," Nov. 2 I could drain the English language dry in describing the colossal foolishness of President Bush's plan to vaccinate 20 million Americans against the current strain of avian flu. Why so? Because the current strain of avian flu, due to its lack of human-to-human transmissibility, poses no significant threat. The virus must mutate to achieve the feared scenario of rapid human-to-human transmission while retaining its lethal potential. Vaccination against the current strain will most likely provide little to no protection whatsoever against the new, deadly, mutated strain.