July 30, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Nationwide public opinion on abortion has remained largely unchanged for the last two decades, but that overall steadiness masks a widened gap between conservative and liberal parts of the country, new polling data indicate. Opposition to legal abortion has significantly increased since the mid-1990s in the most antiabortion part of the country, the south-central swath of states that stretches from Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky west to Texas and Oklahoma, according to new data released by the Pew Research Center.
June 7, 2013 |
The Dodgers took Jacksonville right-hander Chris Anderson with their first pick Thursday in Major League Baseball's annual amateur draft, which might leave fans wondering how the team's most recent top picks are faring. So here you go: As they did today, last season the Dodgers had the 18th overall pick, and used it to select Corey Seager, a North Carolina high school shortstop. Seager is playing for the club's Class-A affiliate at Great Lakes in the Midwest League, and he is batting .256.
June 7, 2013 |
Your browser does not support iframes. When a group of Dodgers scouts traveled to Mexico last spring, Yasiel Puig wasn't the only top prospect they signed. In fact, he wasn't the first. Days before they signed Puig, the Dodgers reached an agreement with Mexican left-hander Julio Urias . Urias, 16, is now pitching for the Dodgers' Class-A affiliate based in Great Lakes, Mich., becoming the Midwest League's youngest player in more than two decades. Urias earned his first professional victory Thursday night, as he held West Michigan to one hit over five scoreless innings.
August 5, 2012 |
Wait! Don't get sick from swimming. See if the water is clean before you dive in. Name: Swim Guide Available for: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android What it does : The app helps you find clean water at beaches, lakes and rivers in California, the Great Lakes, the East and the South, as well as in British Columbia, Canada. Includes descriptions, photos and color-coded safety warnings. Cost: Free What's hot: The corresponding website didn't work for me, but the app was terrific.
April 29, 2012 |
American Canopy Trees, Forests and the Making of a Nation Eric Rutkow Scribner: 407 pp., $29 Every book has its quirks. In the case of the newly published history "American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation," the prevailing eccentricity is that it's not primarily about trees. The leitmotif of author Eric Rutkow is wood, chiefly how North American virgin forest gave rise to a new nation, and how the U.S. has reduced that resource from close to a billion acres of ancient woodland to what is now more like 750 million acres of often young trees.
January 22, 2012 |
At dawn on the dock, a few sailors kiss spouses and dogs goodbye. Then we muster on the quarterdeck: 17 crew (nine volunteers and eight professional sailors) ranging from a 19-year-old South Carolina college student to a 76-year-old Michigan farmer. I have cruised the South Pacific, the Atlantic and the Mediterranean on the most luxurious ships afloat and have been crew on sailing and racing sailboats for decades in inland lakes, the Great Lakes and the Caribbean. As a volunteer on a tall ship, however, I knew I'd have a rare chance to learn classic skills and be part of a genuine adventure.