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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2012 |
The House approved a bill Wednesday that rewrites two decades of water law in California, wiping out environmental protections and dropping reforms of federal irrigation policy that have long irritated agribusiness in the Central Valley. The legislation passed on a mostly party line vote of 246-175 in the Republican-controlled House. But its prospects of becoming law are poor. The White House has issued a veto threat, and it is unlikely to survive the Democratic-controlled Senate, where both of California's senators have vowed to work against it. "It essentially says farmers will get theirs and nothing for anybody else," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.)
February 16, 2008 |
With the issues concerning Santa Anita's synthetic track finally resolved -- at least for the time being -- the focus heading into Presidents Day weekend is on the racing. On tap today is the Grade II, $150,000 San Carlos Handicap, with 7-year-old gelding Greg's Gold heading a field of seven. Greg's Gold will be the sentimental favorite, although Surf Cat is the morning line choice. And by race time, the odds may favor Johnny Eves.
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
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 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."
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 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.
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.