October 22, 2009 |
The old man in the front seat turned around to deliver a final admonition. "Remember, your name is Nazu," he said. Blinking through the blue mesh of my burka, I nodded. But we both knew that a Pashtun name wouldn't do me much good if we were stopped at a Taliban checkpoint -- a very real hazard on this stretch of road in northern Afghanistan. Our route was the main highway running between two provincial capitals, precisely the kind of vital link that ordinary Afghans expect their national police to be able to safeguard.
April 12, 2009 |
Mark Wetzel can't tell you exactly what his wife or children look like. He can, however, tell you how to hit a 95 mph fastball. Even one of baseball's greatest hitters, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn, has taken the advice of the man known simply as the "blind guy." Left legally blind 45 years ago by macular degeneration, the 59-year-old Wetzel has immersed himself in the study of the swing for the last two decades. His "laboratory," as he calls his training facility, is just a few paces from the front door of the home he shares with wife, Judy, on some land on the north edge of Omaha.
January 28, 2007 |
IN the months before the 1992 Los Angeles riots, I lived in an Echo Park bungalow complex called Sunset Villas. There were about a dozen units, modest one-bedrooms with hardwood floors and red tile roofs that faced each other across a concrete courtyard, making our private lives somewhat public. That's the way we wanted it. We were Jewish from San Diego, white from Florida, black from Detroit, brown from Costa Rica.
August 30, 2004 |
The tiny, streamlined, "eye-socket" goggles you saw in the pool last week at the Athens Olympics may save top swimmers valuable milliseconds, but they can be too uncomfortable and vision-restricting for average folk. That's why oversize performance goggles were an instant hit with recreational and open-water swimmers when they debuted several years ago, leading to the inclusion of more comfort features on small goggles. The four models below are among the best of the new breed.
July 9, 2000 |
Marla Runyan is often asked how different her world would be if she could see it the way most people do. "If suddenly I had normal sight, and I went outside, I'd be like, 'Wow!' This is amazing. This is what everyone else sees?' I would have something to compare it to," says Runyan, her green eyes peering slightly to the side. "But I don't have that. This is the way I see the world. It's the only thing I know."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 12, 1999
* I read with interest "A Mixed Bouquet" (Nov. 30). The first time I saw these flower panels was as I negotiated the Orange Crush from the southbound 57 to the southbound I-5, and I nearly rear-ended the car in front of me trying to see what these eyesores were. Artwork on the sound walls ought to be something easy on the eyes and easy to absorb in our peripheral vision.