CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 8, 2009 |
A retired Marine officer is crediting the dog he smuggled home from Iraq with alerting him Wednesday morning that two thieves were trying to burglarize his wife's car outside their La Jolla home. Retired Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman said the 4-year-old dog, Lava, began growling and barking about 2 a.m. When Kopelman went outside to investigate, he saw two men inside his wife's Subaru. After running inside to grab a cellphone, Kopelman followed the men in his car and called police. Officers arrested Joseph Anthony Verdugo, 29, and Leonard Eric Williams, 40, on burglary and drug charges, officials said.
June 29, 2004
My wife Heather and I kayaked a grueling one-way, 17-mile trip along the rugged and scenic Na Pali coast of Kauai. Wind and white-capped waves repeatedly capsized other kayakers in our group, requiring lots of "self-rescue" maneuvers. Huge swells made our kayaks zigzag to where we must have actually paddled nearly 25 miles! We launched at 7:30 a.m. and landed six hours later, while exploring several sea caves, rocky reefs and lava tubes with occasional sea turtles watching us. Bartley D'Alfonso Orange
October 5, 1986
There was a time when I thought that Stan Delaplane was a pretty good writer, but I have to take exception to his Sept. 14 story, "Cowboys, Culture on the Big Island." His reference to the Parker Ranch roper who got drunk and missed the island boat, I am sure is of Eban Low who did go to Cheyenne and who did win the roping title. Stan makes it sound like the Big Island's volcanoes are continually erupting, with flows crossing the Chain of Craters Road. The road was closed from 1969 until around 1980 because of flows that had crossed the road, but except for very minimal short-time closings has remained open ever since, even during the series of eruptions of Kilauea during the past few years.
November 20, 1985 |
Exhausted and grimy rescue workers who refused to give up after being told there was no one left alive in the volcanic mud Tuesday found 13 more survivors of the slide that killed thousands of people last week. The rescue of the 13, six days after being buried under the mud, was reported after officials had abandoned further hope. "There are no survivors to rescue," Colombian Red Cross director Carlos Martinez said at a news conference earlier Tuesday.
December 18, 2005 |
Nicolas Muhamiriza remembers sitting atop a small hill as red rivers of molten lava crept over the city and swallowed his sprawling villa. Muhamiriza, 47, once owned a thriving bottling plant. Now he is among thousands in the eastern city of Goma who struggle to pay rent for wooden shacks, their livelihoods destroyed nearly four years ago when lava submerged schools, hospitals and houses. Scientists and officials fear Goma will one day be incinerated by Mt.
April 25, 1997 |
"Volcano" glows with heat. Lava heat. The coast may be toast, but it's the lava, covering everything like a malevolent tide of melted butter, that makes this a disaster picture that's tastier than usual. Hollywood's last volcano movie, the misbegotten "Dante's Peak," was particularly stingy in the lava department, barely letting it flow.
January 26, 1989 |
The owner of the vanity license plates MOONEM, which have provoked some controversy, has surfaced, but asks not to be identified. Obviously this owner, like those who practice mooning, prefers to express himself anonymously. The question was raised, you may recall, by Zoila Conan Rickard, a reader who had protested MOONEM to the Department of Motor Vehicles, and who sent me the DMV's reply, explaining why they would not recall the plates. (I found the reply literate and enlightened.
April 2, 1998 |
Dressed in flower-patterned skirts called lava lavas, vivid headdresses and painted body art, the Polynesian members of Magnolia's track and field team typically draw a fair amount of curiosity during their meets. "It's a way for them to unite with each other," Magnolia Coach Rick Penn said. "They're so outgoing and so comfortable with themselves and their culture. Of course they tried to get me in a lava lava too." But this season there is substance to go with their style.
May 13, 1991 |
Palikapu Dedman stalks across the slick lava rock, crouches for a moment, then pounces on his prey with one quick swipe of his stainless-steel butter knife. "You have to make it a good shot the first time," said the burly Hawaiian, explaining a tradition more than 1,000 years old, "(otherwise) there's no space between the shell and the rock to let your knife through."
June 21, 1987 |
Trade winds blow across desolate lava beds and funnel up the slopes of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea and the sky smolders with the sun's final flame. It is here, along the peaceful Kohala Coast, that Hawaii's sunsets are legend; few places on earth are more haunting. Except for the fiery glow of lava during near-forgotten eruptions, the stretch of shoreline between Kailua-Kona and Mauna Kea has been left untouched through the centuries.