March 30, 2003 |
Genesis tells us that the first men had only one language: This made them so ambitious and skillful they began to construct a tower that reached the sky. God was offended by their audacity and punished them subtly: not by striking them with lightning but by confusing their tongues, thus making it impossible for them to carry on with their blasphemous work.
January 20, 2008
Whaling: In an article in Saturday's Section A about friction between Australia and Japan over whaling, Nobutaka Machimura was identified as Japan's foreign minister. He is the government's chief Cabinet secretary.
May 7, 1989 |
At Libby Beaman's request for a favor from "Father's old friend," President Rutherford B. Hayes, her husband, John, was appointed assistant agent overseeing the seal-fur trade in the Alaskan Pribilof Islands. Libby would be the first white woman to sail to these distant islands, much against the will of her husband's superior, identified only as the "Senior Agent, SA." More difficult than being "icebound, rockbound, weather-bound" during that first year was the fact that Libby and John would live in a single cabin with the senior agent.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 28, 1995
Q: How much does a cloud weigh? A: According to physicists at San Francisco's Exploratorium, the water in an average cloud weighs about 500,000 pounds, roughly the same as a 747 jumbo jet. In a typical cloud, there are about 2.8 billion droplets per cubic foot. The water does not plunge to the Earth like a meteor, however, because friction between the droplets and the air around them is greater than the force of gravity. It is only when the droplets become larger than 0.04 inches in diameter that they overcome friction and fall as rain.
September 24, 2000
In Ask the Inspector by Barry Stone, "When Buying an Older House, Ask Plenty of Questions" (Sept. 10), the question of whether lead paint disclosure is a requirement and, if so, what a homeowner should do about it was answered in a possibly misleading way. The article implied that lead poisonings are primarily caused because small children "known to teethe on painted woodwork" ingest the paint. While "eating" paint is one cause of lead poisonings (statistics from health departments show that paint chewing caused only a tiny fraction of all reported lead poisonings)
February 3, 1985 |
Whenever Samuel Benitez, who now lives in Portland, Ore., even thinks about his old job as a Los Angeles policeman, he says he starts coughing. And the closer he gets to Los Angeles, the worse the hacking gets. Benitez, 35, claims that the cough is caused by stress from working for the Los Angeles Police Department. Complaining that the cough disabled him, he recently won a lifetime tax-free disability pension of $1,480 a month, plus $51,390 in back benefits.