CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2013 |
Huddled in the soot-blackened tunnel that burned in the aftermath of last Saturday's freeway crash in Elysian Valley, a team of fluorescently dressed, hard-hatted engineers peered at the mottled ceiling. One shined a penlight into a far-away corner. Another took pictures. A drilling machine nearly drowned out their voices as they discussed the fire-eroded surface, a roughened texture of stones and concrete that looked like a neo-Expressionist art installation. They had just come from a conference room where they spoke in the easy shorthand of the trade, words passing among them like "carbonation," "incipient spalls" and "surface delamination.
June 7, 2013 |
One swing of the bat and more than 44,000 fans in Dodger Stadium erupted. As the ball sailed over the right-field fence - with the bases loaded - even Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully was at a loss. "I don't believe it!" he exclaimed to television viewers. "A grand-slam home run!" On the Dodgers radio broadcast, veteran announcer Charley Steiner shouted, "This doesn't happen even in Hollywood!" As the stadium shook with emotion and Dodgers in the dugout exchanged high-fives and hugs, a chiseled 6-foot-3, 245-pound ballplayer circled the bases.
January 29, 2013 |
It's slightly more than halfway through the season and already there have been some defining moments and games for the Clippers. There was the NBA-best 17-game winning streak, and victories over such teams as the Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls and the Lakers. And now the Clippers are about to enter another defining period, a season-high eight-game, 13-day trip that could determine the course of their season. This will be the longest trip for the Clippers since an 11-game excursion during the 2010-11 season.
October 30, 2012 |
WEST BEACH HAVEN, N.J. -- Sandy's departure from the Northeast on Tuesday brought no hint of relief, revealing instead a tableau of splintered trees, severed beaches, shuttered businesses and the harsh reality that the storm will test even the most hardened resolve in weeks to come. The U.S. death toll rose to 50, including three children, and estimates of the property damage soared to $20 billion, which would make Sandy among the nation's costliest natural disasters. More than 8 million homes and businesses in 17 states were without power, half of them in New York and New Jersey.
October 10, 2012 |
Beyonce won't be hitting the stratosphere for Clint Eastwood, as the singer announced Wednesday she was no longer available to star in his adaptation of "A Star Is Born. " "For months we tried to coordinate our schedules to bring this remake to life but it was just not possible. Hopefully in the future we will get a chance to work together," Mrs. Jay-Z said in a statement. It's been a long road for the film, which has had previous incarnations starring the likes of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2012 |
Cash was so tight in San Bernardino that potholes went unfilled, burned-out streetlights were left untouched and ball fields languished unmowed. That was two years ago, when the City Council learned that San Bernardino's $22-million budget shortfall would jump to $38 million by 2012, sending the city into financial ruin. City leaders slashed the workforce, extracted temporary concessions from labor unions and auctioned off public land. But they failed to heed warnings that those steps weren't nearly enough to address endemic problems in the Inland Empire city.