CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 15, 2005 |
For your unclear-on-the-concept file, we turn to "The Men Who Stare at Goats," a new book by Jon Ronson about behind-the-scenes government intelligence. During the first Gulf War, Ronson writes, the Iraqis dropped leaflets on U.S. troops that were "designed to be psychologically devastating. They read: 'Your wives are back at home having sex with Bart Simpson and Burt Reynolds.'
February 9, 1997 |
High school health teacher Nina Hammerstein grew up eating pot roasts and steaks. But when the Culver City resident buys groceries for herself and her 6-year-old son, convenience and nutrition reign, and that usually means beef doesn't make the grade. Her grocery cart one recent afternoon held a ready-to-eat rotisserie chicken flavored with garlic and rosemary and some lean ground turkey for making tacos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2001 |
Rep. Gary A. Condit (D-Ceres) abruptly canceled appearances in three Fourth of July parades in his Central Valley district Wednesday, a day after denying he discouraged an airline flight attendant from cooperating in the search for missing Modesto woman Chandra Levy. Condit's chief of staff, Mike Lynch, said the congressman "was precluded from going to the events by other circumstances," but would not say what they were. They may "possibly" become clear in the next few days, he said.
February 7, 1988 |
People in agribusiness must develop new methods to reduce dependence on chemicals if they hope to increase the public's confidence in their products, a University of California researcher says. "Agriculture is a disturbed system," said William Liebhardt, director of sustainable agriculture at UC Davis. "We manipulate; we change; we make it different. We have used a heavy-handed approach to solve problems."
May 18, 2005 |
Strings of sausages hang from a pole, a dozen kinds. Beef loins are aging the leisurely old-fashioned way -- you can see them through windows. Behind the red marble countertop, a butcher is deftly cutting up chickens: One smooth slice and voila, the leg is free, another and it's neatly split into thigh and drumstick. If you said this scene was taking place in an old-time butcher shop, you'd be wrong: We're at the meat counter at a new Whole Foods supermarket in Thousand Oaks.
August 30, 2011
If all philanthropists were required to be morally upright, hospitals would be low on new wings and colleges would be starved for buildings. We'd also be missing a few beloved institutions outright — Stanford and Carnegie Mellon universities are cases in point. Charity is a virtue that should not be off-limits to scoundrels — if, in fact, they are truly giving to an institution rather than tethering their donations with strings that benefit them. Lowell Milken would probably be counted among the less pristine philanthropists, though not among the most scurrilous.
November 16, 2003 |
Through courtship and marriage, my wife and I have spoken many words but never these: "Honey, there are weights in the bathroom." Then Debora and I checked into the Renaissance ClubSport hotel in Walnut Creek, and they came tumbling out. I entered the spacious, sleek bathroom, and there -- atop the chrome storage bin and above the neatly folded towels, the hair dryer and the coffeemaker -- rested a pair of 2-pound weights. Multi-tasking run amok. "Decorating accents," Debora said.
November 1, 1998 |
With tears sliding down his cheeks, actor Jack Lemmon called for more humane treatment of animals. Tippi Hedren testified against the use of traps to catch bobcats and beavers. Robert Redford lent his name to a strongly worded argument for banning the slaughter of horses.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 2011 |
Southern California began 2011 with a traffic jam for the record books, as a powerful snowstorm stranded and stymied thousands trying to get between Northern and Southern California at the end of a long holiday weekend. Some motorists said drives that normally took four hours lasted 12 hours or longer as they inched through blinding snow, gridlocked roads and slippery black ice as well as a succession of accidents and stalled cars. And they were the lucky ones. Southern California's two key passes ?
November 30, 1991 |
A blinding dust storm trapped hundreds of holiday motorists on Interstate 5 in the San Joaquin Valley on Friday, leaving at least six people dead and more than 50 injured in a series of chain-reaction accidents, the California Highway Patrol said. A CHP spokeswoman said as many as 100 cars and big-rig trucks slammed into one another about 2:40 p.m. on the highway approximately 45 miles north of Coalinga.