September 8, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - People who do business at California's Capitol witness a lot of odd events outside the building's main entrances. Even so, some were jarred to see a handful of stained, lumpy mattresses covering the north steps. The bedding was a backdrop for a pep rally last week promoting a bill to create a state recycling program for mattresses and box springs. Supporters of SB 254 - including politicians, mattress manufacturers, retailers and environmentalists - said the proposal would combat urban blight.
May 30, 2013 |
Truman Templeton saw something and said something. A minor mystery swirled around Albany, Ore., after police arrested West Albany High School student Grant Acord last week on suspicion of plotting to shoot up and blow up his school. Who turned him in? It was Templeton, 17, a classmate and a friend. “It's kind of hard to believe that it's me, when I see it," Templeton told KATU-TV in an interview , reflecting on all the coverage the arrest has gotten. "It's just like, is this really me they're talking about?
August 13, 2011 |
Jamie Dimon's getting-to-know-you bus tour of the West Coast, planned last spring, couldn't have come at a more awkward time for the JPMorgan Chase & Co. chief executive. With financial shares flopping around like penny stocks, the Fed keeping interest rates near zero and fears of a global recession, it's not exactly a comfortable time for bankers. But Dixon — dressed in jeans and polo shirt — took to the tour this week from Seattle to San Diego like a head cheerleader.
July 5, 2011 |
There was no room left so the students piled onto stools and folding chairs and sat on the floor, clogging the aisles of this stifling classroom on a recent Saturday morning. They shifted in their seats as the teacher, who wore his politics on his sleeve in the form of a red "We Stand With Wisconsin" T-shirt, started to lecture. At first they checked their cellphones, doodled on the pages of their notebooks, and munched on the free chocolate chip cookies and potato chips they were provided, uninterested.
June 18, 2011 |
It was the four-month anniversary of the popular uprising against the Libyan regime, but the throngs converging Friday on Tripoli's Green Square came to praise Moammar Kadafi, not to bury him. Hundreds of celebratory gunshots crackled and triumphant posters of Kadafi were hoisted aloft in front of the ancient stone walls of the capital's downtown market. Several thousand buoyant Kadafi supporters — including entire families and young men and women in civilian clothes toting semiautomatic weapons — took part in a closely choreographed pep rally for their leader.
February 1, 2011 |
I was surprised to walk out of Tuesday's standing-room-only pep rally to find Farmers Field, L.A.'s new downtown football stadium, has yet to be built. From what everyone was saying inside the West Hall of the Convention Center, it's a done deal. I kept waiting for the San Diego Chargers to make a grand entrance, since they will be playing in the new joint. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was so pumped up he was already angling for tickets to Super Bowl 50. He reminded everyone he won't be mayor in 2016, but really wants to go to the game.