CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1995
Q: Why do some trees lose their leaves in winter, while pine trees do not? A: Trees that lose their leaves during the winter are called deciduous, from the Latin word meaning "to fall off," and the loss of leaves allows them to survive. Broad leaves, such as oak or elm, have a high surface area to capture sunlight for photosynthesis, but they also have many pores that allow water to escape into the air. When the ground is frozen, they would not be able to replace the water lost through leaves, and they would die, said biologist Eric Davies of the University of Nebraska.
September 21, 1992 |
Can a tanker explosion have a greater purpose? Late one Saturday morning eight years ago, Dennis A. Haight, who had recently been laid off from his job as a steelworker and was several months behind on his home mortgage, was reading the paper when an Atlantic Richfield tanker crashed in flames near the front yard of his rural Pennsylvania home. Damage to his property proved to be minor--some scorched paint and torched pine trees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1999 |
Illustrating the need to appease constituents as well as the business community, the City Council last week unanimously approved plans for a 24-hour Chevron service station with a 406-square-foot cashier building in Culver Plaza, at the corner of Culver and Irvine Center drives. Councilman Dave Christensen met with both sides to reach the compromise, which will require the installation of three layers of landscaping for a total of 44 trees.
August 26, 2009 |
With a wildfire contained after raging for days near Athens, opposition parties and media lambasted the government Tuesday over its response to the blaze. Firefighters patrolled smoldering areas north and east of the Greek capital, guarding against flare-ups while assessing the damage. At least 150 homes have been damaged, officials said, while thousands of acres of pine forest, olive grove, brush and farmland have been destroyed. Experts said it would take generations to replace the forests, and that many were burned beyond the hope of natural regrowth.
April 13, 1996 |
When is a good time to start getting nervous at the Masters? For some, it's just about the time you start driving up Magnolia Lane. But that's for rookies. There are plenty of opportunities for major nervous reactions out there on the course. How about when you are the U.S. Open champion and you are four over par after the first five holes on the first day? Obviously, this not a good place to be. Your drives are in the pine needles and your clubs ought to be in Rae's Creek.
March 18, 1985 |
A tornado roared through a residential area in this community before dawn Sunday, killing at least two persons, injuring 41 others and destroying dozens of homes and businesses, authorities said. A second tornado touched down at Fort Ogden, 40 miles southeast of Venice, and a third skirted the northern edge of Lake Okeechobee, 100 miles east of Venice, causing only minor damage and no injuries. "We heard people screaming less than a block away. The devastation is about total.