July 30, 2000 |
Marcia Muller's series character Sharon McCone, who made her debut in 1977's "Edwin of the Iron Shoes," is generally considered the godmother of today's independent female private investigators. She wasn't fiction's first woman PI. Rex Stout's Dol Bonner and Erle Stanley Gardner's Bertha Cool were just a couple who'd made it into print decades before. She wasn't even the first female shamus to come from a woman's pen.
June 12, 1989 |
It's all in the family--wrenching conflicts between responsibilities at home and workplace demands, disintegrating support systems and, for the first time, the specter of the next generation being downwardly mobile. That was the message from the Legislature's year-old Joint Select Task Force on the Changing Family, whose first report, "Planning a Family Policy for California," was presented by co-chairs, State Sen. Diane E. Watson and Assemblyman Thomas H. Bates. The California family is in trouble and the report is "an urgent call to action," Watson said at a breakfast Friday in Beverly Hills.
November 4, 1995 |
A nuclear power plant that frightened Germans as it was being built will thrill them now that it's finished. A Dutch investor plans to turn the never-used Kalkar nuclear reactor complex into an amusement park, perhaps using the plant's cooling towers to hold up a roller coaster. Nuclear Water Wonderland will feature rides, water sports, movie theaters, restaurants and a 2,000-bed hotel, says amusement park builder Henny van der Most.
May 9, 1986 |
The conference in Ontario was billed as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Social Security Act of 1935, which mandated the nation's first permanent maternal and child health program. But concerns addressed by the speakers would have been incomprehensible 50 years ago in a nation marking the end of Prohibition and mourning Will Rogers.
June 9, 1987 |
In the final session of the National Council for Families and Television's annual conference, Dr. Ella Taylor of the University of Washington surprised her listeners by attacking television's No. 1 program: "The Cosby Show."
February 29, 2004 |
When Denise Brock sat with her cancer-stricken dad in the 1960s, she made lots of racket, hoping that the noise would prevent his dying on her watch. Today, Brock, 43, is clamoring all the louder, a full-time activist on behalf of aging Cold War-era nuclear workers and their survivors. "I'm obsessed with this," she said. "If I don't help them, who's going to?" A 3-year-old federal law requires the U.S.
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April 10, 1998 |
The Atomic Cats of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Neutron, are going home today. More than two years after the litter of black cats was born with radiation contamination at the plant, they are going to live with two plant employees. The kittens were found near a defunct nuclear unit in January 1996. When their mother could not be found, employees tried to carry them off the grounds, triggering the plant's nuclear-contamination-detecting alarms.
July 18, 2002 |
Legal recognition of same-sex marriages presents no threat to heterosexual couples, Germany's Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday in a blow to conservatives who have waged a campaign for traditional family values in this emotionally charged election season. Conservatives in the three states that challenged the year-old gay marriage law conceded defeat but continued to loudly lament what they see as deterioration of official support for the nuclear family. Bavarian Gov.
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June 23, 2001 |
For Mary Palevsky, ground zero wasn't a remote test site in far off New Mexico but the living room of her Long Island home. It was there as a 9-year-old, confronted by photographs of the first atomic blast, that she began asking her parents what they did during the war. She was troubled by the answers--answers that led to a book and now a major Japanese documentary. For the past month, a camera crew from the nationally-owned Japan Broadcasting Corp.