CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 |
The tea had just arrived when "all hell broke loose. " It was as though someone picked up Canter's Deli and dropped it. Silverware, napkins and hot tea flew off Christopher Ducra's table and the restaurant went black before yellow emergency lights flickered on. He and his roommate rushed out of the building and into the middle of the street, hugging as the buildings thundered around them. Fairfax Avenue was still undulating, and a long stretch of swinging power lines cast an eerie blue light.
December 28, 2013 |
Flo Baerren of Lansing, Mich., was planning on giving her granddaughter a hand-knit quilt for Christmas when she went to Chicago to see family for the holidays. Instead, the 68-year-old found herself renting a room at a Hampton Inn in Jackson, 38 miles away, and eating Christmas dinner at Denny's. Baerren is among tens of thousands of people who were left in the dark, some for up to a week, in areas of Michigan and New England after ice storms felled power lines. “I understand it was a major storm.
December 27, 2013 |
Utilities in several states and Canada on Friday continued to work on repairs, hoping to bring tens of thousands of customers back on line after an ice storm last weekend shut off power to hundreds of thousands of people. Michigan and Maine, the states hit the hardest, reported progress but utilities acknowledged that some outages, caused by power lines downed by crusted ice, continued. In Michigan where nearly 600,000 homes and businesses lost power, about 64,000 customers remained in the dark, according to the Associated Press.
December 26, 2013 |
On the heels of her remarkable documentary "The Arbor," writer-director Clio Barnard returns to the Bradford area in northern England for a contemporary fable inspired by an Oscar Wilde fairy tale. In this version, "The Selfish Giant" is Kitten (Sean Gilder), the proprietor of a scrap yard, but the story centers on a character named Arbor (Conner Chapman) and his best friend, Swifty (Shaun Thomas), two misfit teenagers who skip school to scavenge metal for Kitten. Arbor's on meds for what's probably ADHD, his prescription routinely nicked by his older brother to sell on the street.
December 26, 2013 |
Utility companies worked to restore electricity after fierce ice storms felled power lines in Michigan, parts of upstate New York, New England and Canada during Christmas week, leaving tens of thousands in the dark. Parts of the nation enjoyed a white Christmas, according to the National Weather Service. But with the snow came frigid temperatures that slowed repair efforts and allowed the ice that has weighed down and snapped power lines to persist. “A quarter of an inch of ice is the equivalent of 500 pounds of weight on a span of power line,” Michigan utility company DTE said in a Facebook post Thursday afternoon.
December 25, 2013 |
All that tens of thousands of people really wanted for Christmas was to have their electricity back after fierce ice storms felled power lines in a wide swath from Michigan through parts of upstate New York, New England and Canada. More than half a million customers lost power when ice storms coupled with ferocious winds toppled power lines beginning last weekend. Repair crews from utilities across the region, helped by out-of-state workers, toiled to fix the lines, but tens of thousands of customers remained without power Wednesday.