March 18, 2011 |
Japan's top government spokesman said Friday that the country's leadership was overwhelmed by last week's earthquake and tsunami, which slowed its ability to respond to the following humanitarian crisis and nuclear emergency. "The unprecedented scale of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, frankly speaking, were among many things that happened that had not been anticipated under our disaster management contingency plans," Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said, according to the Associated Press.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2010 |
It has been six months since Mitrice Richardson vanished in the dark in Malibu, and the mystery surrounding the young woman has only deepened. Richardson is the 24-year-old Cal State Fullerton grad who crashed a dinner party at a swanky oceanfront restaurant, was arrested for not paying her $89 tab, then released from jail in the middle of the night without her purse, cellphone or automobile. No one she knows has heard from her since that September night. Searches of Malibu canyons and hills have turned up nothing to suggest that Richardson succumbed to the elements, was abducted or killed.
June 29, 2009 |
President Obama on Sunday called a House-passed energy bill "an extraordinary first step" toward halting global warming and reducing the use of fossil fuels, but he expressed reservations about a controversial provision that would slap tariffs on imports from countries that did not similarly crack down on greenhouse gas emissions. He predicted that the measure would spark innovation and jobs, and that its costs to consumers would fall well short of critics' warnings.
February 28, 2009
The Lakers traded Shaquille O'Neal for Lamar Odom and Caron Butler in what was then considered a debacle. We then traded Butler for Kwame Brown, and then traded Brown for Pau Gasol. So, essentially we traded Shaq for Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol. How's that trade looking now, Lakers fans? Jeff Shiffman Los Angeles
November 29, 2008
I don't know what Steve Keegan of Minden, Nev., does for a living, but he needs to quit, as he is the greatest evaluator of talent in baseball history. He knew, for example, that Dallas McPherson (despite a .300+ batting average in almost every minor league season) would be bad, but that Bobby Jenks (who was 19-31 with no saves in five years) would be an All-Star closer. Mr. Keegan, for your letter and subsequent bashing of Messrs. Moreno and Stoneman to carry any weight, it should have been written in 2004, when McPherson had 40 dingers and Jenks had a 10.42 ERA. I can't wait for your thoughts on whom the Angels should take in the next draft.
October 26, 2008 |
Along a twisting dirt road in the heart of the Manzano Mountains was a piece of property that caught Paul Davis' eye. There was a lush meadow, a stream on one side and an expansive hill covered with towering pines. This would be the perfect spot for his family's home -- a home that he and his father would build and where nearly 30 years of memories would be made. "This was a natural meadow so the insurance company actually thought it was well protected when they came out. I didn't clear any trees around the backside at all or that side," Davis said, pointing to an area of the blackened landscape where his house once stood.