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April 14, 2007
DOES anyone other than me find it at all comedically ironic that Al Gore & Co. want to throw seven different concerts worldwide to raise awareness of the imminent threat of global warming ["All-Star Lineup for Live Earth Concerts," April 11]? Yet he'll probably be using an obscene amount of electricity for the instruments and lights, as well as all the gas needed to run backup generators in case anything should go awry. Plus there's all the littering the fans will do in the parking lots, and all the gas people will use to get there.
April 26, 2014 | Chris Erskine
I'm nothing if not a futurist, so as we explore here the nuances of postmodern parenting, we look ahead to what kind of parents our own offspring will one day be: well-meaning pushovers or total tyrants? "I'm going to be such a Nazi," the daughter of a co-worker announces. "I'm going to be the perfect compromise of the two," predicts my older daughter, lovely and patient and - at 30 - eager to start a family of her own. Not even a mother yet, and you can spot my daughter's maternal instincts starting to kick in, softening her feisty, bossy-pants exterior.
December 24, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Dynegy Inc. and NRG Energy Inc. on Thursday won the California Energy Commission's approval to build two generators at an El Segundo power plant. The 630-megawatt expansion will replace two gas turbines that the companies shut down because they were too costly to operate, said David Byford, a Dynegy spokesman. The project will take four years to complete once construction begins, he said. "Before we begin construction, we would need to enter a long-term contract," Byford said.
April 25, 2014 | By David Willman
WASHINGTON - Amid concerns about its effectiveness and multibillion-dollar cost, the Department of Homeland Security has canceled plans to install an automated technology that was meant to speed the 24-hour operations of BioWatch, the national system for detecting a biological attack. The cancellation of the "Generation 3" acquisition was made Thursday at the direction of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, according to a memorandum circulated by Michael V. Walter, the BioWatch program manager.
May 21, 2010 | By P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
Locking up his station wagon, the one with the scratched paint and unpaid bills covering the floor mats, Cam Slocum crossed the parking lot and stepped into the kitchen of the swanky French restaurant Mélissein Santa Monica. A cook set down his knife and walked over to greet the stranger. Slocum held out a Ziploc bag filled with lettuce. "Hi," said Slocum, 50, his deep voice straining to be heard. "I grow Italian mache in my backyard. It's really good, only $8 a pound.
May 10, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire
Officials at San Francisco International Airport spent $5 million on a set of backup generators only to discover the sprawling complex is exempt from rolling blackouts. But airport officials say they will fire up the generators when power emergencies hit. The airport leased the 10 generators, which run on jet fuel, to keep escalators and baggage conveyors running uninterrupted this summer.
January 8, 2012 | By Mike Reicher, Los Angeles Times
Waves at the Wedge are legendary for hurling bodysurfers into the air and sweeping tourists off their feet. But the walls of water that rise up at the end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach also could serve a far more utilitarian purpose: producing electricity. A pair of Newport Beach entrepreneurs have been testing a wave-powered turbine near the famed bodysurfing spot for years and have now approached city officials for permission to set up a more permanent prototype, possibly off one of the city's two piers.
July 2, 2011 | By Kate Mather, Los Angeles Times
Southern California Edison officials are preparing to move four massive retired steam generators from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in San Diego County to a disposal site in a remote area of Utah. And, at 700,000 pounds each, moving the generators will be no small task. Beginning this summer, each of the generators will be placed on a specially designed 400-foot-long truck and will make the 800-mile trek from the plant to Clive, Utah, passing through San Diego, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, as well as Nevada.
July 18, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - Southern California Edison Co. has started legal action against the manufacturer of steam generators that failed and forced the permanent closure in June of the San Onofre nuclear power plant on the northern San Diego County coast. As expected, the electric utility filed a formal notice of dispute early Thursday with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries of Japan and its United States subsidiary, Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems. The action sets in motion negotiations that involve finding fault and assessing financial damages.
May 5, 2006 | From Bloomberg News
Mirant Corp., a U.S. power plant owner that emerged from bankruptcy protection Jan. 3, said it might shut down a pair of electricity generators near San Francisco because the company lacked a contract for the power. Atlanta-based Mirant filed a 90-day notice to California regulators of its intent to shut the Pittsburg 7 and Contra Costa 6 units, the company said.
April 22, 2014 | By Barbara Demick
ANSAN, South Korea - For South Korea, a country that pulled itself out of abject poverty to become the world's 15th-largest economy, the most stinging accusation about last week's ferry sinking is that it looks like a Third-World disaster. While the captain escaped and the crew dithered and bickered with emergency officials, hundreds of passengers, most of them high school students, obediently remained in their cabins as the ferry rolled and slipped beneath the surface of the cold, gray sea. Mistake piled atop mistake turned a near-shore mishap into the nation's worst maritime disaster in decades.
April 22, 2014 | By Shan Li
The oil and gas industry creates about 49,000 jobs in Los Angeles County and billions of tax revenue in California. That's according to a new report conducted by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. and commissioned by the trade group Western States Petroleum Assn., which takes a look at the role of oil and gas on the Golden State economy in 2012. In the county of Los Angeles, more than 17,000 people are employed in oil and gas extraction, while an additional 12,000 work at gas stations, the report said.
April 19, 2014 | By Kari Howard
I have seen the future (and the past) of Britpop and its name is Jagwar Ma. Never mind that the band isn't even British. These three young Australians look like they were barely alive when Oasis hit it big, but they managed to channel Primal Scream, Beta Band and (yes!) the Stone Roses on the Gobi stage at Coachella on Friday. Lead singer Gabriel Winterfield even wore a Kangol-style hat (but no baggy trousers), and gangly bassist Jack Freeman did a bit of a Bez of Happy Mondays dance routine when he wasn't playing.
April 19, 2014 | By Kurt Streeter
A votive in a glass holder, etched with the Star of David and the words "In memory," sits on the granite table. "We will remember the terrible tragedy," Ron Wolfson says, referring to the previous day's shootings at two Jewish facilities in Kansas. The three deaths seem particularly painful on this Monday night Seder, which marks the start of Passover, the eight-day Jewish celebration of the Israelites' flight from bondage in Egypt. Wolfson and his wife are gathered in their Encino home with four generations - 16 people in all, family and friends from as far as New York.
April 19, 2014 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
When she was 4, Doris Pilkington Garimara was uprooted from her home in western Australia and sent to a camp for "half-caste" aboriginals, where she grew up believing she had been abandoned and forgotten by her mother. Decades passed before she learned the full story - one that would not only answer painful questions about her past but help Australians understand one of the ugliest chapters in theirs. Pilkington Garimara and her mother belonged to "the stolen generations" - the estimated 100,000 children of mixed aboriginal and white ancestry who by government edict were snatched from their homes and reared in desolate settlements.
April 6, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - It can take Moscow residents two hours in dense traffic to drive the first 10 miles on the highway to St. Petersburg, in the direction of their country cottages surrounded by lakes and birch groves. Then the road's real limitations become apparent. The potholed two-lane route connecting Russia's two largest cities has never been upgraded into a proper highway. Anyone who cares to drive its entire 440-mile length - mostly truckers - will need at least 12 hours. But 5,600 miles away, the government spent more than $1 billion on less than a mile of bridge connecting Vladivostok with Russky Island, previously inhabited only by a military garrison so isolated that four soldiers starved to death in 1992.
July 13, 1999
South Orange County cities have discovered that the new high-tech services being offered by their local cable company come with a controversial and sometimes noisy side effect: big generators in residential neighborhoods. Cox Communications Inc. is installing the emergency backup generators in a number of Orange County cities to keep its cable television, high-speed Internet and telephone services online if a power outage strikes.
April 5, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
HOUSTON - The velocity of the home run off Mike Trout's bat Friday night was about the same as the speed Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig was clocked at in his white Mercedes when he was arrested in South Florida in December. In other words, it was really, really fast. According to ESPN's home run tracker, Trout's first-inning rocket to left field off Houston Astros right-hander Lucas Harrell left the bat at 111.6 mph. The average speed off the bat for all of the home runs hit in the first week of the season through Friday was 103.3 mph. Puig, by the way, was clocked at 110 mph in December, though the charges against him were eventually dropped.
April 1, 2014 | By David Schenker
Three years into the Syrian civil war, neighboring Lebanon is fraying at the seams. Over the last year, as Lebanese Sunni Muslim jihadis and their counterparts in the Shiite militia Hezbollah fought each other in Syria, at least 16 car bombs detonated in Lebanon, in both Shiite and Sunni neighborhoods. In December, a leading Sunni politician was assassinated. Meanwhile, more than 1 million mostly Sunni refugees have streamed in from Syria, increasing Lebanon's population by more than 20% and skewing its delicate sectarian balance.
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