CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2013 |
When the lights were flipped on, the 90-foot Christmas tree at Fashion Island stood as another enormous sentry in the forest of arbors that sparkle to life during the holidays in shopping centers throughout Southern California. But the white fir, which cost roughly $1,000 a foot, still came up 25 feet short of being the tallest in the region. That's because the title of tallest tree comes at a premium and is covered by a contract so precise that the buyer is guaranteed a 15-foot height advantage over the next loftiest competitor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013 |
Authorities are investigating how about 2,000 used hypodermic needles were scattered on a Bay Area roadway, prompting a hazardous-material team to respond. The needles were discovered early Tuesday morning on Santa Rita Road near Appian Way in the community of El Sobrante north of Richmond. Contra Costa County fire crews used brooms and shovels to pick up the needles and put them back in the container they appeared to have come out of, Fire Marshal Lewis Broschard told CBS SF Bay Area.
November 1, 2013 |
A beached whale that stranded itself off the coast near Tampa, Fla., early Thursday was euthanized later in the day, but not before attracting hundreds of onlookers. The 30-foot sperm whale was about 20 feet offshore and near death already, the Associated Press reported. The whale, a deep-water species that has no business coming close to shore, was already skin and bones and didn't move significantly in the time it was observed, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman told the AP. In the early afternoon, a strong sedative was administered to the animal and then a six-foot needle was plunged into its chest cavity and a drug was injected to stop its heart, according to WTSP Channel 10 News.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 25, 2013 |
Rain soaked the Southern California desert Sunday, stranding motorists on a water- and mud-choked section of highway near the Nevada border. There were no reports of any injuries. The California Highway Patrol shut down the Interstate 40 and U.S. Highway 95 interchange near Needles Sunday afternoon, and a dispatcher said there was no indication when it would reopen. The area had been doused with heavy rain, which meteorologists described as the remnants of Tropical Storm Ivo. A flash-flood watch has been issued through 8 p.m. Monday for San Bernardino County and parts of Arizona and Nevada, according to the National Weather Service , meaning rain could fill normally dry washes and channels and make roads impassable.
August 9, 2013
The only people more hypocritical or dishonest than Alex Rodriguez are sportswriters, sports talk radio people, Bud Selig and anyone in Major League Baseball. They all keep saying they wish A-Rod would go just away, yet the writers dedicate a full column or page to writing about him, the talk-show hosts talk about him for an hour or more, and Selig and Major League Baseball ignore performance-enhancing drug users and even celebrated them when they resurrected baseball in the late 1990s.
July 22, 2013 |
Don't run with scissors, and don't inhale homemade blow-gun darts. Pediatric surgeons issued a warning about accidental inhalation of homemade blow-gun darts, after treating three teenage boys in three months at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. All three required bronchoscopic procedures under general anaesthesia to remove the darts, which can be an inch or more in length, according to Dr. Kris R. Jatana, a pediatric surgeon and otolaryngologist at the hospital, a teaching facility of Ohio State University.