October 13, 2013 |
NEW DELHI - India breathed a sigh of relief Sunday as assessment teams fanned out across the eastern part of the country in the wake of the biggest storm in 14 years and found extensive property damage but relatively little loss of life. The state news service, Press Trust of India, reported that 23 people died as a result of Cyclone Phailin, most from falling trees or flying debris. Many had predicted a far higher death toll from the storm in this country of 1.2 billion people, where crisis management, regulation, planning and execution are often inadequate and thousands lose their lives each year to natural disasters, building collapses, train accidents and poor crowd control.
September 25, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant hasn't played basketball since hobbling off the court on April 12, a torn Achilles' tendon ending his season and the Lakers' already-slim chances of doing any playoff damage. Naturally, General Manager Mitch Kupchak faced a flood of questions about Bryant on Wednesday as he spoke with reporters. First and foremost: "There have been no contract extension talks," Kupchak said. Bryant, 35, will be off the Lakers' books after making $30.45 million this season. Kupchak said he would eventually meet with Bryant and his agent to discuss a "road map for the future.
September 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Emissions of methane from natural gas well sites across the United States have fallen in a key part of the drilling process, despite the boom in natural gas development, according to a study published Monday. The rise in natural gas production through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has stoked concerns about leakage and venting into the atmosphere of methane, a chief component. Far more carbon dioxide is emitted than methane, but methane is 72 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period.
September 14, 2013 |
Have you ever forgotten the code to one of those little combination locks? Or maybe one of the numbers mysteriously shifted, and you couldn't get the lock to lock or you couldn't get it to open? Finally, here's backup for what fails you. The Dual Combi/Key Lock opens and locks with a three-digit combination mechanism on the bottom or a keyhole on the front (two keys included). Either method can override the other. Then you can reconfigure the lock so it can serve another day instead of getting trashed.
September 6, 2013 |
A raspy boxer engine hangs off the back end. Two oval headlights and a flat hood point toward the asphalt. A large tachometer occupies the prime real estate on the instrument panel of this perfectly preserved 1967 Porsche 911. That the modern-day 911 still includes these character traits testifies to the car's enduring shape and spirit. Yet the differences emerge in a drive of this Sand Beige classic up a forgotten road in Carmel Valley, Calif. It's smaller, simpler, lighter. And it oozes personality with every flick of the large wood-trimmed steering wheel.
September 5, 2013 |
They had to talk him into it. That's the thing, which should actually surprise no one who's had the great gift of listening to Vin Scully through the decades. “It's not my nature to lead a parade,” Scully said. Yet the biggest surprise in learning Thursday that Scully has been selected as the grand marshal for the 125 th Rose Parade is that it hadn't already happened. It may be the parade's most natural and comfortable selection ever. Yet Scully, forever humble and private, initially balked.
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September 2, 2013 |
California communities spend close to half a billion dollars each year trying to prevent litter from mucking up the sensitive ecosystems of rivers, lakes and coastal waters, according to a report released recently by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Yet urban runoff remains a serious problem for fish, birds, turtles and marine mammals that ingest it: clogged intestines, restricted movement, suffocation, loss of vital nutrients and starvation. Then there is the derelict fishing gear - monofilament line, nets, poles, toxic lead sinkers and plastic lures that can last thousands of years - that can become deadly snares for marine life.
September 1, 2013 |
When friends invited my husband, Tim, and me to their wedding in Occidental, Calif., I had to look up the place, even though I'm the author of a guidebook that covers much of Sonoma County. Occidental, I learned, is a postage stamp-sized hamlet (population 1,115) about 70 miles north of San Francisco and 10 miles east of the coast. As we drove in, I was surprised by its Old West flavor. In a region obsessed with all things French and Italian, Occidental is pretty darned American. It has saloons, checked-tablecloth restaurants and a white-steepled church built in 1876.
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August 28, 2013 |
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. - Every year at this time, tens of thousands of visitors flood the trails and scenic byways of Yosemite National Park in search of one last summer communion with Mother Nature. But now, as the devastating Rim fire rages through the High Sierra and spreads deeper into Yosemite, would-be park visitors are having to decide whether to cancel plans made months or years in advance or press ahead with a visit that could potentially end in a smoky evacuation.
August 28, 2013 |
Who knew James Corner, the landscape architect best known for his work on the acclaimed High Line elevated park in Manhattan, had such a picturesque streak? The British-born Corner and his New York firm Field Operations have just finished their first major project in California. The $46.1-million park covers seven acres just west of Santa Monica City Hall, two blocks from the beach. It will open officially with a ceremony on Oct. 19 but could be accessible to the public, once the construction fencing is taken down, as early as a few days after Labor Day. It's actually two parks in one. A small park right at the foot of City Hall, partly open already, is called Ken Genser Square, in honor of the city's late mayor.