October 17, 2013 |
Two German diesel sedans and three Japanese cars are the finalists for the Green Car of the Year Award to be handed out at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month. The finalists for the Green Car Journal award include the Audi A6 TDI, BMW 328d, Honda Accord, Mazda3, and Toyota Corolla. Whereas previously the field has been dominated by hybrids and electric cars, the selections this year reflect the auto industry's focus on improving the performance of internal combustion engines. "The diversity of this field of finalists illustrates not only that 'green' has gone mainstream, but also that there is no single approach to achieving ever higher levels of fuel efficiency and environmental performance," says Ron Cogan, editor and publisher of Green Car Journal and CarsOfChange.com.
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October 16, 2013 |
Hans Riegel, 90, a marketing executive who made German candy maker Haribo and its signature gummi bears a chewy hit across the globe, died Tuesday of heart failure in Bonn, the company announced. He had been recovering from an operation to remove a benign brain tumor. Riegel was the son of the company founder, also named Hans Riegel, who in 1920 set up Haribo - an acronym for "Hans Riegel Bonn. " In 1922, his father invented the "dancing bear," a small bear made out of fruit gum that laid the foundations for Haribo's later success with the "gold bear.
October 15, 2013 |
A quirky habit of German insomniacs and "chill-out" music fans has come to world attention thanks to the U.S. government shutdown. "Space Night," a nearly 20-year-old late-night broadcast by Bavarian Television, provides a music-sharing platform against a backdrop of NASA's video feed from the International Space Station. But the 15-day-old U.S. government shutdown has idled the NASA archivists responsible for relaying the imagery beyond Mission Control, cutting off fresh backdrops to mix with the music for "Space Night" broadcasts that were to have launched a new season Nov. 1. NASA archivists were put on unpaid leave at the start of October, when 700,000 government workers whose jobs weren't deemed essential to defense and security were furloughed until the contentious U.S. Congress passes a budget for the new fiscal year.
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October 3, 2013 |
Authorities are searching for a hiker who has been missing since Tuesday afternoon in Lake Arrowhead. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department reported that Alyof Krost, a tourist from Germany, became separated from his party while on the Pinnacle Trail in north Lake Arrowhead. Krost, 62, is an experienced hiker and hunter and was last seen by his party about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. He was wearing a light blue long-sleeve shirt, dark blue jeans and lightweight hiking shoes. He had no other equipment.
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October 2, 2013 |
Three people were taken to the hospital Tuesday after a pack of German shepherds attacked pedestrians in South Los Angeles. “They were wandering the streets,” LAPD Lt. Julie Patton, who was on duty Tuesday during the attacks, said of the dogs. Four women were attacked at or near Manhattan Place Elementary School, 1850 W. 96 th St. in Gramercy Park, Patton added. The dogs were attacking people as they exited the school, KABC-TV reported. Firefighters received a first call on the attacks about 12:50 p.m., said Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main.
October 1, 2013 |
German Currents: Festival of German Films kicks off its seventh edition Friday and continues through Oct. 7 at the American Cinematheque ' s Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. Presented by the Goethe Institut Los Angeles and Cinematheque, the festival shines a spotlight on recent German features, documentaries, short films and family fare. The U.S. premiere of Detlev Buck's 2012 epic "Measuring the World," about 19th century mathematician Carl Friedrich Gauss and scientist Alexander von Humboldt, opens the festival Friday evening.