CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2011 |
Creative-writing instructor Dick Wimmer's best lesson for would-be authors may have had more to do with persistence than prose. His first novel, the well-reviewed "Irish Wine," was published in 1989 after being turned down by publishers and agents 162 times over more than 25 years. He once laid claim to being history's most-rejected published novelist. At the time, his closest official competition was Steven Goldberg's "The Inevitability of Patriarchy," which sold after 69 rejections, the Guinness Book of World Records told The Times in 1989.
July 26, 2010
Another season, another press release from a pest-control association warning us that bedbugs are baaack in the United States! (We can’t think what they have to stand to gain by reminding us of this.) Bedbugs are more common than they used to be: Read this L.A. Times article about bedbugs from 2007, for example. That article quotes a fellow from the National Pest Management Assn., the same organization that just saw fit to alert the press today. And here’s another article we ran on the topic, last year—about bedbug-sniffing dogs , of all things.
June 6, 2010 |
If you're even slightly concerned about the privacy of your personal information, Jim Stickley is your worst nightmare. The chief technology officer of TraceSecurity, a risk management firm based in Louisiana, breaks into banks and steals their customers' most confidential information such as Social Security numbers and the details of their banking transactions. He could take your cash too, but says you probably have less money in your account than he could get by starting new credit in your name.
January 20, 2010 |
More evidence emerged Tuesday to suggest that the voracious Asian carp is threatening to reach the Great Lakes, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reported for the first time finding DNA samples of the carp beyond the locks in the Chicago area. The news came hours after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to intervene and issue an emergency order closing off all the locks that connect Illinois' rivers with Lake Michigan. "We have one sample positive in the Calumet Harbor above the breakwater, so that is in Lake Michigan," Maj. Gen. John Peabody said in a conference call with reporters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 11, 2009 |
California's Department of Food and Agriculture plans to continue efforts to eliminate an invasive moth that it says poses a risk to fruit and ornamental plants, despite protests from scientists and environmentalists who say the measures are unnecessary. Moth detection has led to quarantines in 3,500 square miles in 15 counties, including Los Angeles, causing millions of dollars in lost revenue, said Michael Jarvis, deputy secretary for public affairs at the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
May 16, 2009 |
Texas may soon experience swarms of zombie fire ants, but that is a good thing. Really. Turning the invasive ants into addle-brained wanderers is the latest attempt to control the non-native species, which has afflicted the South for half a century and causes an estimated $1 billion in damage in Texas each year. The insects swarm on circuit breakers and other electrical equipment, damaging them severely.