February 6, 2014 |
EDEN, N.C. - An environmental group Thursday challenged Duke Energy's assurances that drinking water from the Dan River in North Carolina and Virginia remained safe despite a massive spill of toxic coal ash that released a deluge of murky gray sludge into the river Sunday. The Waterkeeper Alliance said its tests of water collected just yards from the spill site here showed dangerous level of toxins, including arsenic, chromium, lead, iron and other heavy metals. Arsenic levels in the samples were 35 times higher than the maximum containment level set by the Environmental Protection Agency for drinking water, the group said.
February 5, 2014 |
From “American Idol” to Congress? Clay Aiken hopes so. The former “Idol” runner-up has formally announced his run for Congress as a Democrat in his native North Carolina. (And yes, we are just as confused as you are.) Aiken officially launched his campaign for the seat held by Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers on Wednesday, and he's already issued a campaign video. In the nearly five-minute video -- it's on YouTube and is featured on his new campaign site -- the 35-year-old pop crooner stands in a modest living room, saying it's the home of a family friend who took him and his mother in years ago. PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times "For most Americans, there are no golden tickets.
February 5, 2014 |
This is one contest in which Clay Aiken really doesn't want to finish second: The singer is running for Congress, aiming to represent a district in North Carolina. Aiken, 35, who finished a close second to Ruben Studdard in the second season of "American Idol," announced his candidacy Wednesday via YouTube, Twitter and his own official website . He'll have to make it through a Democratic primary to take on the incumbent, Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers, who also has a primary challenger in what's reportedly a GOP-leaning district.
February 4, 2014 |
Tens of thousands of tons of coal ash have spilled into the Dan River from a closed North Carolina coal plant since Sunday, but drinking water supplies have not been affected, according to municipal officials and the plant's owner, Duke Energy. Between 50,000 and 82,000 tons of ash have poured into the Dan River, which flows between North Carolina and Virginia, Duke Energy said. Corporate officials, who blamed a broken storm water pipe, said Tuesday that the utility was still working to stop the leak at the Dan River Steam Station in Eden, N.C. About 24 to 27 million gallons of basin water from a 27-acre coal ash reservoir at the retired plant also spilled into the river, Duke Energy said in a statement.
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February 3, 2014 |
Neil Morgan, noted journalist, author and civic force in San Diego for more than six decades, has died. He was 89. Morgan died Saturday at his home in La Jolla after a long illness, including respiratory distress, according to his wife, travel writer Judith Morgan. With his column, first in the San Diego Daily Journal and later the San Diego Evening Tribune, Morgan chronicled the city's coming-of-age beginning after World War II. Among American cities, few were transformed by the war more than San Diego, Morgan often noted.
January 30, 2014 |
When John McCain gets censured by members of his own party - McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee who has one of the most conservative voting records in the Senate - it is clear that the biggest problem facing Republicans is the looniness in their own ranks. Largely a rural, Southern, aging white people's party, the GOP faces a big demographic challenge down the road, but this year the party has a clear shot at winning control of the Senate by gaining at least six seats. The liveliest Senate races are expected to be in South Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana, Alaska, North Carolina, Iowa, Georgia and Kentucky.