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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1998
Why do news accounts of heavy weather invariably anthropomorphize nature with words like: wrath, raging, unforgiving, unrelenting, punishing, brutal, mercilessly, mean, fierce, ferocious, cruel, nasty, furious, violent, etc. I really don't believe that nature bears a personal grudge against us or expresses attitudes, which are uniquely ours. RICHARD MATHESON, Calabasas
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2012 | By Matthew Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 29 - Aug. 4 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Auction Kings: A buggy from the 1800s and a piece of movie memorabilia from 1963's "Cleopatra" are among the objects featured in this new installment (9 p.m. Discovery). Trip Flip: Two people get a surprise vacation to Edinburgh, Scotland, in this new episode (9 p.m. Travel). Burn Notice: Michael and Fiona (Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar)
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NATIONAL
June 22, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
Officials at Mt. Rainier National Park battled wind, clouds and snow Friday as they searched for one of their own, a ranger who died on the mountain during a rescue attempt of four injured hikers. Nick Hall, 33, slid more than 3,000 feet down the mountain Thursday while helping rescue climbers who had fallen into a crevasse near the 14,411-foot summit. After his fall from the steep Emmons Glacier, Hall did not move or respond. The four hikers were identified as Stuart Smith, Ross Vandyke, Stacy Wren and Noelle Smith, all of Waco, Texas, park spokeswoman Fawn Bauer said.
NATIONAL
June 22, 2012 | By Laura J. Nelson
Officials at Mt. Rainier National Park battled wind, clouds and snow Friday as they searched for one of their own, a ranger who died on the mountain during a rescue attempt of four injured hikers. Nick Hall, 33, slid more than 3,000 feet down the mountain Thursday while helping rescue climbers who had fallen into a crevasse near the 14,411-foot summit. After his fall from the steep Emmons Glacier, Hall did not move or respond. The four hikers were identified as Stuart Smith, Ross Vandyke, Stacy Wren and Noelle Smith, all of Waco, Texas, park spokeswoman Fawn Bauer said.
NEWS
March 1, 1991 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After months of unrelenting dryness, the biggest storm in years slashed Southern California on Thursday with heavy downpours and a rare tornado that touched down in Irvine, damaging about 50 condominiums and several mobile homes, but causing no injuries. The rainfall at the Los Angeles Civic Center totaled 2.44 inches in the 24-hour period that ended at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The last major storm was on Feb. 14, 1986, when 2.5 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period, according to WeatherData Inc.
OPINION
March 18, 1990 | Ross K. Baker, Ross K. Baker, a professor of political science at Rutgers University, is the author of "House and Senate" (W.W. Norton)
There is an old observation among Washington political types that whenever the Democrats organize a firing squad, they array their riflemen in a circle. So while President Bush takes collect calls from mythical mullahs, tells the states to jack up their taxes to fill in potholes and wondrously cruises along with high popularity ratings, the Democrats are shooting at each other. The spectacle is both unseemly and engrossing. Watching it is like gawking at a particularly grisly highway accident.
NEWS
September 17, 1997 | D. JAMES ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A divine force with a little name is the talk of the beach. Surfers can't wait for El Nino, a weird weather condition named for the Christ child and expected to bring historic storms--and surf--from November to March. El Nino usually appears every two to seven years when the waters of the equatorial Pacific warm like a sauna, setting off a series of weather reactions that include a winter storm track aimed straight for Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1998
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering an eight-week course on boating "rules of the road" for recreational sailors and boat enthusiasts, instructors announced Monday. The course includes lessons on boating safety, seamanship, legal requirements, heavy weather, radio use, navigation and knot tying, among other skills. "This class is for everyone, from the guy with the Jet Ski to the guy with the 55-foot boat," said instructor Eric Moberg, who has taught the course for five years.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2003 | Hanah Cho, Times Staff Writer
Higher labor costs stemming from last month's winter storms forced California Pizza Kitchen Inc. to lower its first-quarter earnings estimate, the Los Angeles-based company said Tuesday. The sit-down pizza chain said it now expects to earn 20 to 22 cents a share for the quarter ending March 31, down from earlier estimates of 22 to 24 cents. In the year-ago period, the company's first-quarter earnings were 20 cents a share. CPK shares gained 31 cents Tuesday to $24.11 on Nasdaq.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2012 | By Matthew Cooper
Click here to download TV listings for the week of July 29 - Aug. 4 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Auction Kings: A buggy from the 1800s and a piece of movie memorabilia from 1963's "Cleopatra" are among the objects featured in this new installment (9 p.m. Discovery). Trip Flip: Two people get a surprise vacation to Edinburgh, Scotland, in this new episode (9 p.m. Travel). Burn Notice: Michael and Fiona (Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2010 | By Chris Lee
This summer, the music industry has been repeatedly rocked — not by big beats, keening vocals and loud guitars, but by lackluster ticket sales and concerts canceled by a growing list of major artists. This month, pop diva Rihanna postponed six dates on her "Last Girl on Earth" tour. The Lilith Tour was forced by poor attendance to cancel 10 concerts, and Christina Aguilera pulled the plug on her 20-date tour because of "prior commitments" in June. The Eagles scrapped stadium shows with country superstars Keith Urban and the Dixie Chicks because of sluggish ticket sales in May. U2 postponed its North American tour after lead singer Bono underwent emergency back surgery.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2003 | Hanah Cho, Times Staff Writer
Higher labor costs stemming from last month's winter storms forced California Pizza Kitchen Inc. to lower its first-quarter earnings estimate, the Los Angeles-based company said Tuesday. The sit-down pizza chain said it now expects to earn 20 to 22 cents a share for the quarter ending March 31, down from earlier estimates of 22 to 24 cents. In the year-ago period, the company's first-quarter earnings were 20 cents a share. CPK shares gained 31 cents Tuesday to $24.11 on Nasdaq.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1998
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering an eight-week course on boating "rules of the road" for recreational sailors and boat enthusiasts, instructors announced Monday. The course includes lessons on boating safety, seamanship, legal requirements, heavy weather, radio use, navigation and knot tying, among other skills. "This class is for everyone, from the guy with the Jet Ski to the guy with the 55-foot boat," said instructor Eric Moberg, who has taught the course for five years.
NEWS
April 19, 1998 | JOHN HANNA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Each spring, with every ugly dark green cloud, Jamey Wright's father would usher the family into a cellar, out of storms' way. Wright professes no fear today, but he learned early to respect the weather. That may be good, because since 1950 the geographical center of tornado activity in the continental United States is Fordland, about 175 miles southeast of Kansas City --and, more precisely, on Wright's 136 acres.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1998
Why do news accounts of heavy weather invariably anthropomorphize nature with words like: wrath, raging, unforgiving, unrelenting, punishing, brutal, mercilessly, mean, fierce, ferocious, cruel, nasty, furious, violent, etc. I really don't believe that nature bears a personal grudge against us or expresses attitudes, which are uniquely ours. RICHARD MATHESON, Calabasas
NEWS
September 17, 1997 | DUANE NORIYUKI, Times Staff Writer
As a child, my wife was informed that raindrops were tears from God, and so when buckets poured from heaven, she would wonder why there was such despair beyond the darkened sky. Even now, I sense a melancholy when such tears fall upon her. I recall no such stories from my childhood, but being raised on a Colorado farm, rain was significant in my life.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 1993 | MIKE BOEHM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you wanted to write a song about the folk concert Thursday night at the Celebrity Theatre, you might call it "The Wreck of the Gordon M. Lightfoot." Perhaps that's overstating things a bit. This venerable Canadian vessel didn't sink. But he looked badly weathered, sounded markedly diminished, and gave a too-sedate performance that left his music becalmed.
NEWS
August 15, 1989 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, Times Staff Writer
The first sign of the place where Rep. Mickey Leland's last humanitarian journey ended is the appearance of American helicopters hovering like dragonflies over the rocky mountaintop. Then, the crash site itself comes into view: a nearly vertical green cliff, a clearing smudged with black, dotted with shards of metal and the red flags that U.S. search teams placed there Sunday.
NEWS
September 17, 1997 | D. JAMES ROMERO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A divine force with a little name is the talk of the beach. Surfers can't wait for El Nin~o, a weird weather condition named for the Christ child and expected to bring historic storms--and surf--from November to March. El Nin~o usually appears every two to seven years when the waters of the equatorial Pacific warm like a sauna, setting off a series of weather reactions that include a winter storm track aimed straight for Southern California.
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