December 18, 2011 |
Hajime Shiraishi's moment of truth came when her online video news show, at the time relatively unknown, decided to buck the government line and call a story as it saw it. On March 11, after an earthquake-driven tsunami damaged the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the world waited anxiously to see how its fragile reactors would fare. Later that day, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co., or Tepco, announced on national TV that all was well: The utility was on top of the accident.
December 15, 2011 |
Acting on their best behavior, the two Republican front-runners essentially called a cease-fire Thursday night in their fratricidal primary fight, using the last full-scale presidential debate of the year mainly to assail President Obama. A few heated exchanges marked the two-hour debate, but they were largely spurred by those struggling to catch up to Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney in opinion polls. Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, whose hopes may live or die in Iowa's Jan. 3 caucuses, continued to assail Gingrich for his work for Freddie Mac, the federal mortgage guarantor he has criticized for contributing to the housing crisis.
December 4, 2011 |
Kazuo Okawa's luckless career as a "nuclear gypsy" began one night at a poker game. The year was 1992, and jobs were scarce in this farming town in the shadow of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. An unemployed Okawa gambled and drank a lot. He was dealing cards when a stranger made him an offer: manage a crew of unskilled workers at the nearby plant. "Just gather a team of young guys and show up at the front gate; I'll tell you what to do," instructed the man, who Okawa later learned was a recruiter for a local job subcontracting firm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2011 |
A state ballot initiative proposed for next fall would force California's two nuclear power plants to immediately shut down, causing rolling blackouts, spikes in electricity rates and billions of dollars in economic losses each year, a nonpartisan analyst has found. The report by the Legislative Analyst's Office says the shutdown of San Onofre in northern San Diego County and Diablo Canyon in San Luis Obispo County would disrupt one of the state's most reliable power sources and have profound effects on government and the economy.
October 3, 2011 |
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has determined that the Aug. 23 East Coast earthquake caused only minor damage to the North Anna nuclear power plant, but federal regulators declined to say when the facility could restart operations. At a crowded public hearing Monday at the power station, 12 miles from the quake epicenter near Mineral, Va., officials said a monthlong investigation indicated that the temblor shook the ground more than the nuclear facility was designed to withstand.
September 12, 2011 |
At least one person was killed and four injured when a furnace exploded Monday at the Marcoule nuclear waste treatment site in southern France. Authorites say there was no radioactive leakage to the outside. Evangelia Petit of the Agency for Nuclear Safety confirmed the explosion but declined to provide further details, according to the Associated Press. The Marcoule nuclear plant is located in Langedoc Roussillon, in southern France, near the Mediterranean Sea. The site of the blast does not reportedly contain any nuclear reactors.
July 20, 2011 |
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday offered India continued U.S. support in its fight against militants as the two nations signed a preliminary agreement on cyber-terrorism less than a week after three bombs exploded in the city of Mumbai, killing 20 people. But strains remain between the partners in an area some have characterized as a cornerstone of their relationship: a civilian nuclear agreement signed in 2008 aimed at easing India's perennial energy shortages and opening markets for U.S. suppliers.
July 20, 2011 |
Just over four months after it was crippled by an earthquake-generated tsunami, Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has stabilized and workers are on track for achieving a cold shutdown within six months, government and utility officials say. Officials made a positive prognosis after scaling several hurdles in decommissioning the facility, which was damaged on March 11 when a tsunami disabled the plant's cooling system. The flooding led to partial meltdowns of the reactors, which released radioactivity in the atmosphere and prompted the evacuation of tens of thousands of nearby residents.
July 2, 2011 |
As a matter of fact, he is a nuclear engineer. And through all of the titles Albert Carnesale has taken on in the upper reaches of academia -- professor and provost of Harvard and dean of its Kennedy School, chancellor of UCLA, where he is still a professor -- one thread has been a constant: his work on the science and the political science of matters nuclear, both peaceable and belligerent. He now serves on the Blue Ribbon Commission on America's Nuclear Future, which presents its draft report to President Obama at the end of this month.
June 22, 2011
MUSIC Bell X1 The Irish indie rockers make a strong return to form on their latest release, "Bloodless Coup," an amalgamation of soaring anthems, melodic ballads and even atmospheric electronica. Catch them along with Jarrod Gorbel of the Honorary Title. Troubadour . 9081 Santa Monica Blvd. 9:30 p.m. $17. (310) 276-6168. http://www.troubadour.com My Morning Jacket The Louisville, Ky., indie band has been going strong for well over a decade and shows no signs of slowing down with its heartfelt blend of psychedelic, roots and country rock.