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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
March 30, 2014 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Most people may take natural gas for granted. It fuels the flame on your stove, fires your furnace. It's there when you need it. For Sempra Energy, natural gas is big business. The San Diego company owns Southern California Gas Co., the nation's largest natural gas distribution company, and San Diego Gas & Electric, one of the largest publicly owned power companies in the country. Sempra reported net income of $1 billion last year on revenue of $10.6 billion. It has 17,000 employees worldwide and provides energy to more than 30 million people.
March 28, 2014 | Chris Erskine
Here I go thinking outside of the Xbox again. I believe that pizza is better than caviar, that Chicago is better than New York, that Venus is superior to Mars. And I believe, sincerely and with all cheekiness aside, that the young people we sometimes dismiss as a bunch of coffee-swilling slackers will wind up being the Greatest Generation Yet, topping the one Tom Brokaw celebrated in his bestselling 1998 book. That's right: The current crop of young people, the millennials (hatched roughly 1982 to 2004)
March 21, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Money habits are setting the millennial generation apart from older Americans, including the fact that fewer of them are affiliated with traditional banks. The findings come from a survey of more than 25,000 adults aged 18 and older by the Washington-based FINRA Financial Investor Education Foundation. The survey has an estimated margin of error of 0.5%. "Making up nearly a third of the population, millennials are a significant force in the U.S. economy," the survey said. About 12% of the generation born between 1978 and 1994 say they don't use the banking system, which is "more than any other generation, including GenX," the survey said.
March 12, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Ronan Farrow stopped by "The Colbert Report" on Tuesday night for a confab about the youth generation and just who exactly is the target demo for his new MSNBC show -- hint, it doesn't exclude grandmothers leaving church collection early. After introducing the 26-year-old wunderkind (against the background song from could-be/could-not-be father Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon") and listing his various achievements at a tender age, host Stephen Colbert teased Farrow about the purported generation his show, "Ronan Farrow Daily," intends to appeal to. The show airs at "1 p.m. weekdays to appeal to the youth demographic of people who are just waking up from not getting to their job," Colbert said.
March 12, 2014 | Doyle McManus
The young are different from you and me - unless, of course, you happen to be one of them. If you're older than 34, I'm sorry to break it to you, but you're no longer the wave of the future. That distinction belongs to those born between 1980 and 2002, dubbed the "millennial generation" because they began to come of age at the turn of the century. They've grown up, most of them have found jobs (although that hasn't been easy) and they're a bigger, more powerful part of the electorate every year.
March 10, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Mark Wahlberg once produced a show for a top-tier cable network that was inspired by his own experiences in Hollywood. Now another top-tier cable network will tip its hat to Wahlberg and his experiences in Hollywood--just as he promotes a movie based on that show. That entertainment-world ouroboros will raise its head for the "Entourage" producer at next month's MTV Movie Awards, where Wahlberg, 42, will accept its “Generation” prize, the show's version of a lifetime achievement award.
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.
March 9, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
The gig: Deryl McKissack, 52, is president and chief executive of McKissack & McKissack, a construction management and design firm with offices in Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago and Baltimore. The firm manages about $15 billion in construction projects. It has 160 employees. "We're managing the construction process, providing inspections, overseeing schedules and budgets," McKissack said. "With program management, you are managing more than just one project. You are managing an entire capital program for a client.
March 7, 2014 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON -- Members of the huge millennial generation are less religious, less likely to call themselves “patriotic” and significantly more‎ liberal than older generations, new research shows. Although adults aged 18-33 are much more likely to call themselves political independents than their elders are, they are also far more likely to vote Democratic. Their views favoring activist government, as well as their stands on social issues such as gay rights, reinforce that voting behavior, an extensive study by the Pew Research Center shows.
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