November 8, 2013 |
QUITO, Ecuador - The vice president of Ecuador on Friday denounced illegal mining as growing scourge a day after a violent confrontation between soldiers and miners in an Amazonian region left one civilian dead and nine soldiers wounded. The violence occurred after soldiers attempted to confiscate river dredges and dislodge mostly indigenous miners in the province of Morona Santiago, about 200 miles southeast of Quito, the capital. Foreign mining concerns and small-scale miners, often without permits, have ramped up gold-mining projects in the region in recent years.
November 7, 2013 |
"Symphony of the Soil" is a documentary on the advantages and the necessity of farming organically: without synthetic pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge and genetically modified seeds. It's far from one of those propaganda films that hammer their messages home, though. It does have a point of view, but the intended conclusion ripens for the picking in a roundabout way. You certainly have no idea what it's getting at during its National Geographic-esque primer on the evolution of soil, the different types of soils, nutrients contained and organisms that thrive within.
November 6, 2013 |
The torch relay for the 2014 Sochi Olympics is scheduled to continue Thursday with an unlit torch riding into space aboard a Soyuz rocket. The torch will be delivered to the International Space Station, where cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky plan to carry it on a spacewalk, organizers said. An American astronaut, Richard Mastracchio, will also be part of the mission. Back on Earth, Russia's Olympic chief contended that despite problems organizers have faced, Sochi has delivered on its promise to build a modern, compact site for the Games.
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November 1, 2013 |
The Red Cross, the Salvation Army and a neighborhood medical clinic catered to the needs of some of the injured as well as travelers stranded outside Los Angeles International Airport on Friday after a lone gunman's attack on transportation security agents brought air traffic to a standstill. The Reliant-LAX Airport Medical Clinic treated a security agent with some surface metal fragment wounds -- presumably from a gunshot --to his lower leg, as well as several passengers, said clinic director Dr. Max Lebow.
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October 29, 2013 |
Organizers of the long-running lunar new year celebration in the largest Vietnamese American community in the United States are asking city leaders in Westminster to help save the event, which was abruptly canceled last week after a financial dispute. City officials in Garden Grove effectively pulled the plug on the three-day Tet Festival after halting negotiations, saying that organizers had refused to show them how much money they were making and how it was being spent. Now, organizers are asking neighboring Westminster to give them a home.
October 25, 2013 |
Glendale-area residents looking to get rid of expired, unused or unwanted medications can do so anonymously Saturday by dropping them off at various pharmacies. The Crescenta Valley Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition has teamed up with local and federal law enforcement agencies to organize the drug drop-off sites, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. throughout the area in an effort to curb prescription- drug abuse and theft, the Glendale News-Press reported . In April, local officials collected more than 950 pounds of prescription and nonprescription drugs during a nationwide drug take-back day. Officials are also collecting prescription ointments and medicinal drops.
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October 24, 2013 |
The long-running Tet Festival, a celebrated tradition in America's largest Vietnamese American community, has been abruptly canceled in a dispute between organizers of the Lunar New Year event and city officials in Garden Grove. The three-day festival, which organizers claim is the largest event of its kind outside Vietnam, is an annual favorite in the Little Saigon community, a bustling ethnic enclave that sprawls over four cities in the center of Orange County. The event has traditionally been held at Garden Grove Park, which can accommodate the tens of thousands who attend the colorful celebration.
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October 23, 2013 |
Steve Glazer may represent the California Legislature's wave of the future. Then again, he may just crash on the rocks. Glazer is a moderate Democrat running for the Assembly while bucking powerful organized labor. That just is not done in California for the most part, at least successfully. A "Jerry Brown Democrat," he calls himself with some credibility. Not only was Glazer the governor's chief strategist during his lopsided election victory in 2010, he also espouses fiscal restraint like Brown.
October 21, 2013 |
Tim Bogar, who managed the Angels' double-A Arkansas team to the Texas League championship series this past season, left the organization on Monday to become the bench coach on Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington's staff. Bogar, a former big league infielder who was believed to be a candidate for the Angels' third-base coach job, spent 2009-2012 as a Boston Red Sox coach. He replaces Jackie Moore, who was let go by the Rangers after the season. Bogar is one of several recent player development departures for the Angels, who let go of roving minor league catching coordinator Orlando Mercado, Arkansas hitting coach Ernie Young, Class-A Inland Empire Manager Bill Haselman and pitching coach Brandon Emanuel, and Class-A Burlington (Iowa)
October 17, 2013 |
It's official: Breathing dirty air causes lung cancer. The World Health Organization on Thursday declared air pollution a human carcinogen like tobacco smoke, asbestos and arsenic, calling it a leading cause of cancer deaths globally. Health experts have known for years that air pollution increases the risk of a wide range of ailments, including respiratory problems and heart disease. Some compounds in the air we breathe, such as diesel exhaust, have already been deemed cancer-causing.