July 22, 1994 |
Summer in the San Fernando Valley might be ideal for pool hopping, mall crawling or frying an egg on the sidewalk, but it's murder on the average fuchsia. As the mercury ticks past 90 and the Santa Anas start ripping, local gardens can literally dry up and blow away if nobody's watching. Hot-weather garden vigilance often means more watering and more mulching, as well as introducing shade where it's needed to cool things down.
HOME & GARDEN
August 10, 1996 |
With so many palm trees soaring above the Southern California landscape, it seems a natural assumption that they're indigenous. But it was settlers from Mexico who brought with them Washingtonia robusta, popularly called Mexican fan palm. With their thin trunks, they soar and sway to heights of 60 feet to 100 feet at maturity and today are the most common in the region.
February 8, 2006 |
WHEN the generic description "police procedural" attaches itself to a novel, Sweden is hardly the location that comes immediately to mind. This after all is the country whose authorities still haven't really figured out who gunned down then-Prime Minister Olof Palme and his wife as they walked home from a movie on a wintry Saturday night in 1986.
May 1, 1995 |
It took a terrorist's bomb to introduce America to the Oklahoma City Fire Department, an unsung force that has galvanized the nation with unflinching courage and down-home charm. But here in Oklahoma's capital, where a special sales tax generates $20 million a year for fire services, nobody is surprised that the men and women of the OCFD have emerged from the rubble as heroic figures in the public eye.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 25, 2010 |
Fantasy often mixes with reality in the work life of Deputy Sheriff Robert Hamilton of Humboldt County, the center of California's marijuana outback. It happened again a few months ago in the isolated coastal resort of Shelter Cove, where Hamilton lives and patrols. The deputy came upon nine young men tending a marijuana plantation. They said they'd come from Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Washington and Ohio. They'd rented a few apartments, then bought a half-acre of hillside.
November 16, 2008 |
I arrived in eerie, old Mineral de Pozos in the middle of a half-sunny afternoon, with cotton-candy cloud shadows creeping all over the adobe rubble, the reclaimed ruins, the cactus thickets and the little-trod cobblestone streets. Never heard of the place, a hotel clerk had said in Spanish as I prepared to make the 50-mile trip here from Queretaro. Another clerk piped up, I have. It's small. Very small, said a taxi driver.