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November 30, 1997
Stop stooping in the shower. Here's a neat way to put the water where you want it. Teledyne Water Pik's flexible shower head fits any standard half-inch shower fixture and features a 15-inch adjustable arm. At hardware stores and home centers. $40-$50.
October 4, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
Before the Season 3 premiere of “Scandal,” you could count the things we knew about Olivia Pope on one hand: she liked wine, popcorn and highly impractical outerwear. And, oh yeah, she has a desperate and unstoppable attraction to the married president of the United States, Fitzgerald Grant, one that makes her do crazy things like steal elections. Beyond that, however, Olivia was always a bit of an enigma, someone who kept her own secrets deeply hidden in order to preserve her aura of invincibility -- like a female version of Don Draper.
June 9, 2010 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
Anita Cultrera Stern insists that the only flood she's experienced was the torrent of outrage she felt last August when she opened her DWP bill. Instead of the normal $20 or so worth of water she typically uses at her Woodland Hills home during two-month billing cycles, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power charged her $829.82 for June and July 2009. The billing statement explained that Stern appeared to be using 2,295 gallons of water a day, contrasted with the 61 gallons she had used daily during the same period the previous year.
July 5, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
I ask you: Is there anything nicer than a Canadian? A puppy? A nun? No, Canadians are definitely nicer than nuns. All cheekiness aside, even when you visit this country often, you can't help but be struck by the genuine character of the people - the friendly conversations at lunch, the attentiveness of the hotel front desk. So when recent floods ravaged Calgary, site of one of the world's great rodeos , it's probably no surprise that volunteers raced to the rescue. Not only did they show up by the thousands to help salvage the rodeo venues, but they also worked on the little places that were devastated by the high water, such as the southern Alberta town of, ironically enough, High River.
August 2, 2005 | Joe Robinson
With rivers raging faster than they have in years, fatalities and rescues have jumped dramatically at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks this year. Only one person had died by this time in 2004, but so far this year eight people have been killed. Four drowned, two were struck by lightning and two climbers were killed on icy rock on Mt. Whitney. In the most recent fatalities, a Boy Scout and a Scout leader were killed by lightning last week.
April 21, 2005 | Valli Herman, Times Staff Writer
Contemplating all the Prada, Gucci, Dior and more on display along Rodeo Drive is dizzying enough. The exhaustion of tempering all that consumerist desire with financial reality can wear a person down. Perhaps it's a good thing that within stiletto-tottering distance of Tiffany & Co. there's a new hotel bar where a lady can have a proper drink -- of water, designer water. Just enter the remodeled and renamed lobby bar and restaurant at the Regent Beverly Wilshire, now christened The Blvd.
The stubborn and canny old cuss is having a rough year and he won't give in, he just won't buckle. Not after a century of family farming will Ben Hillebrecht bow to bad times, although the price of water rose from $330 to $408 per acre-foot in June and this year's wimpy orange crop means no profit. "They used to say 30 years ago, 'How can you afford to farm at $35 an acre-foot?' Now it's $400," scoffs the 62-year-old grower, by many accounts one of the best and shrewdest farmers around.
November 19, 2006 | Shelley Jackson, Shelley Jackson is the author of "Half Life."
THERE are times when the end of the world feels nigher than usual. This is one of those times. How will the world end? Plague, poison, divine or human wrath -- we're spoiled for choice. In Chris Adrian's odd, ardent, extraordinary novel "The Children's Hospital," it ends with a second Flood, seven deep miles of water covering everything on Earth but a children's hospital that has been repurposed by an angel-assisted architect into an ark.
May 13, 1990 | from United Press International
A wide band of thunderstorms and showers dumped up to 2 inches of rain Saturday on waterlogged Arkansas and Texas as the swollen Trinity and Red rivers raged southward and threatened to drive more people out of their homes. The National Weather Service reported that tornadoes touched down Saturday morning near Lufkin and southwest of San Augustine in Texas.
Bob Gegg, deeply tanned and unlit cigar in his mouth, slammed the earthmover into gear and began to push the next load of limestone chunks uphill and into place on the levee. He had been doing this all Wednesday morning, going back and forth, back and forth, to the spot on Main Street where the huge dump trucks stopped and deposited their loads. He had, in fact, been doing the same thing for days on end as this small farming town struggles to save itself from the onrushing Mississippi River.
June 25, 2013 | By Chris Erskine
One of the world's great rodeos will go on “come hell or high water.” Calgary Stampede officials announced Monday that Canada's ultimate rodeo will run  as scheduled July 5-14, despite extensive flooding to the grounds and the city itself. "We have pumped millions of gallons of water from our facilities, scraped the mud from our tarmac, commenced the cleanup of our park, all to welcome guests from around the world," Stampede president Bob Thompson said. "We will be hosting the greatest outdoor show on Earth, come hell or high water," he said.
June 8, 2013 | By Charles Perry
One of the things that makes beer different from wine - apart from the fact that people don't wear funny hats to a wine tasting - is the range of flavorings that can be added to it: fruit, nuts, spices, coffee, chocolate; the list goes on. To make this beer, High Water Brewing throws 100 pounds of graham crackers into the brewing kettle. Yes, graham crackers, which may sound a bit gimmicky but, in fact, are quite successful. This is a stout, so expect caramel and molasses flavors, and like a lot of present-day stouts, its mash includes chocolate malt, so there's a trace of that.
May 7, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Ah, the postgame handshake line. What a great tradition in youth and high school sports. It's the perfect opportunity to show that no matter how intense things got in the heat of battle that it was really just a game, there's no hard feelings and the important thing is that everyone had fun. Or is it the perfect opportunity to get one last cheap shot in on your opponent? A high school water polo player from South Florida chose the latter route after his team lost in a state championship game late last month, and his actions were captured in a video that has gotten nearly 2.7 million views on YouTube.
December 5, 2012 | By Brian E. Clark
Officials at Mammoth Mountain were a little worried late last week when the forecast called for a big storm with temperatures on the warm side, which would have meant rain -- at least on the lower slopes. But the weather turned cold enough during the weekend so the precipitation that fell was snow, lots and lots of snow. By Monday, between 4 and 6 feet of the white stuff had landed on this big Eastern Sierra Nevada resort. The base is now an impressive 50 to 70 inches.   As a result, all of Mammoth's terrain, 28 lifts and the Canyon and Eagle Lodges will be open Friday morning.
November 16, 2012 | By Victoria Kim, Los Angeles Times
The owners of a Chino slaughterhouse that was at the center of the largest beef recall in U.S. history four years ago have agreed to pay more than $300,000 to settle a lawsuit that alleged fraud against the U.S. government. Donald Hallmark Sr. and Donald Hallmark Jr. were two of nine defendants in a federal False Claims Act suit brought by the Humane Society of the United States. As part of the settlement, the Hallmarks also agreed to a nominal $497-million judgment against the now-defunct Hallmark Meat Packing Co., which will not be collected because the company is bankrupt.
November 1, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
BABYLON, N.Y. -- "There was a fish in my kitchen," said Elizabeth Scoyen, standing on the deck of her apartment in the Babylon marina, two blocks from the Atlantic Ocean. "That is when I knew this was going to be bad," she said, as she arranged water-logged chair cushions, soaked clothes and lamps in the open air. Like many residents on the south shore of Long Island, Scoyen, 57, a retired high school teacher, came outside Wednesday as the rains let up, and tried to dry out her belongings and take stock of what just happened.
The first of five blasts from the sirens atop St. Mark's bell tower and other high points in this lagoon city sounded late one night in early April, unusually late for the high tide season. The alarm woke many Venetians and tired tourists and let night owls know they would have wet feet if they didn't make it home in a couple of hours before the acqua alta--high water--flooded in. In Venice, life and the sea are inseparable.
August 28, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Louisiana officials said Tuesday they're well-prepared to weather Hurricane Isaac, which had winds of up to 80 mph and was expected to make landfall overnight. “We are officially in the fight, and the city of New Orleans is on the front lines,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at an afternoon briefing. Although the storm remained a Category 1 hurricane, Landrieu cautioned residents not to underestimate the damage it could do . PHOTOS: Bracing for Isaac “Do not let this storm lull you into complacency,” he said, advising people to shelter in place.
August 10, 2012 | By Stacy St. Clair
LONDON - American swimmer Fran Crippen had hoped to be at the starting line Friday when the men's 10k open-water marathon got underway in Hyde Park. As a world bronze medalist and a two-time national champion in the event, it seemed likely he would. That dream, however, tragically - and needlessly - ended two years ago when he drowned during an international competition. And yet Crippen was everywhere Friday. PHOTOS: London Olympics, Day 14 In the water and at news conferences, swimmers paid tribute to Crippen, who died in October 2010 while competing amid unsafe conditions at a World Cup race in the United Arab Emirates.
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