CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 2009 |
Fire investigators hunched under a scorched, 20-foot-tall oak tree off Angeles Crest Highway on Wednesday afternoon, using wire mesh sifters to search through the ash in an attempt to determine whether the largest brush fire in Los Angeles County history was deliberately set. The intensified search for the cause of the Station fire came as the blaze pushed southeast to the mountains high above Pasadena, Sierra Madre and Monrovia and hand crews...
February 14, 1991
The reason Martin Bernal's "Black Athena" has been at best ignored and at worst condemned by the academic Establishment is not because it "has enraged many right-wingers," but because it is very poor scholarship. His charge that existing classical scholarship rests on anti-Semitism is completely unfounded, impossible to disprove (because it attacks motives rather than actions), and permits him to dismiss existing scholarship without having to refute it. History is molded by the cultural and political climate in which it is written, so it is natural that most European classical studies reflect a Eurocentric approach.
April 6, 2008
David Lazarus' March 30 column ("Is the medicine you depend on made in a place you trust?" Consumer Confidential) suggests that there should be a global tracking system to prevent tragedies such as the recent heparin deaths and allergic reactions. I agree with your objective, but not with the methodology. I'm not certain if the consumer would know what to do with information on where a drug was actually made. Quality control must be exercised before any product is distributed in the U.S. market, irrespective of its origin.
June 5, 1986 |
Question: My husband and I have wondered about the origin of oxtails. Lately, they have been labeled beef oxtails. Surely we don't raise oxen just for their tails, yet I have never seen any other part of the ox on sale in the market. Answer: Oh, yes, you have--you just didn't know it. Understanding the origin of oxtails requires a bit of knowledge of history as well as some understanding of sex as it applies to beef cattle.
June 22, 2002 |
"Point of Origin" is an arson mystery laced with violence and eroticism, but the biggest surprise is how little heat it generates. Ray Liotta stars as a Ray Liotta type, a firefighter on the edge, in this HBO movie inspired by a true story. He plays John Orr, a veteran investigator from the Glendale Fire Department who hunted a serial arsonist during a rampage that killed four and caused millions of dollars of damage across Southern California in the late 1980s.
March 13, 2011
Why do we have a surgeon general, and what does she do? According to John Parascandola, former historian of the U.S. Public Health Service, the office of the surgeon general has its origins in the Marine Hospital Service, a system funded by the federal government in 1798 to treat merchant seamen arriving in U.S. ports. In 1870, the federal government centralized the operation and tapped former Civil War surgeon Dr. John Maynard Woodworth to head the system as the supervising surgeon, a position that was later renamed surgeon general.