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September 3, 2013 |
FRESNO -- In 1948, a plane chartered by U.S. Immigration Services went down in Los Gatos Canyon, in the hills above Coalinga. All 32 aboard were killed in a fiery crash , including 28 farmworkers, many of whom were part of the former bracero work program. The workers were buried unnamed in a mass grave in Fresno. Stricken by the anonymity of the grave and the plight of farmworkers in general, Woody Guthrie wrote the poem "Plane Crash at Los Gatos. " It was later set to music by schoolteacher Martin Hoffman and the song lived on, recorded by a string of artists, including Bruce Springsteen and Johnny Cash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. FRESNO -- At a memorial service that was 65 years in the making, decades after Woody Guthrie sang "all they will call you will be deportee," the real names of 28 Mexican nationals killed in a plane crash were read at a Mass here on Monday. The unexpected moment came when the large crowd spontaneously repeated each name. In 1948, a plane chartered by U.S. Immigration Services went down in Los Gatos Canyon, in the hills above Coalinga.
August 26, 2013 |
Shopping carts full of bottled water. Your hippie neighbors renting an RV the length of a city block. No lines at your favorite coffee shop. Yep, it's Burning Man week in Silicon Valley. And Nellie Bowles of the San Francisco Chronicle has a fun look at how the desert gathering draws the local techies. Actually, this isn't really new. Way back in the dot-com days, techies flooded the place and companies paid their way, including setting up ostentatious discos and camps. But the anecdotes in the story are great.
August 20, 2013 |
As still as a statue, Taylor Swift stood before her 15,000 adoring fans at the Staples Center on Monday night, absorbing the screams of an electrified crowd. Glowsticks and multi-colored LEDs glistened all around. Cameras flashed. She'd already performed "State of Grace," her majestic ode to "the golden age of something good and right and real," and had traversed the catwalk that led from her main stage to a second one in the middle of the arena. She stared straight ahead, Aphrodite in red lipstick and high-waisted shorts.
August 20, 2013 |
Quarterbacks are the most protected players in the NFL. The league revolves around them. Running backs are the least protected players. Even helmet-to-helmet hits are legal against them. In a read-option offense, a scheme rapidly gaining popularity in the league, a quarterback often looks like a running back, whether he actually has the ball or is simply pretending to hold it. So what happens when an irresistible force - a defensive player hellbent on taking a free shot at the quarterback - meets an otherwise untouchable object?
August 15, 2013 |
Talkler, an app that, once upon a time, could read aloud only email from Gmail, can now read most email and record replies, thanks to a recent update. The update allows Talkler to access most email services including iCloud, Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft Exchange and Gmail. “You can TapAnywhere on Talkler's teleprompter-style screen to pause/play, skip, delete. Or say 'Hey, Talkler' - it's always listening,” says Jeffrey Korn, founder and chief executive of Talkler. Vocal commands , touch taps and swipes, etc. are detailed under Talkler Tips onboard the app. “Most of the improvements came from user requests,” Korn says.
August 14, 2013
Two Hemet men arrested after reading the Bible aloud outside a California Department of Motor Vehicles building were acquitted by a judge. Prosecutors claim the men, Brett Coronado, 44, and Mark Mackey, 60, illegally demonstrated without a permit on Feb. 2, 2011, when their church evangelism team gathered outside the DMV office in Hemet to recite Bible verses, the Times' Matt Hamilton reported. Mackey was arrested by a California Highway Patrol officer on suspicion of preaching to a captive audience.
August 5, 2013 |
Lady Gaga is a big fan of Marina Abramovic, and vice versa. The two outré personalities -- the former from the pop-music world, the latter from the realm of performance art -- have sung each others' praises about their shared taste for provocative visual statements . On Saturday, Lady Gaga teamed up with the artist by lending her time and speaking voice to a marathon reading of the sci-fi novel "Solaris" that took place at the Wythe Hotel...
August 5, 2013 |
The Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black" has many pleasures, but it wasn't immediately apparent that literature would be one of them. Based on Piper Kerman's memoir of the same name, the main character, Piper Chapman, is a middle class woman who leaves behind her literate life for a stint in prison, bringing books with her for sustenance. So it makes sense that the producers have planted books as a virtual Easter egg hunt in the background of prison life. In recent weeks, the Tumblr "Books of Orange Is the New Black," decided to find and capture the literary references on the show, from bestsellers like "50 Shades of Grey" and Taystee's quotable line about "Harry Potter" to Red's reading of the YA book "Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters" and Jonathan Tropper's "This Is Where I Leave You. " For Piper Kerman, whose memoir served as the inspiration for the series, books were important to her life in prison.
July 31, 2013 |
Nova Diabetes Care is recalling up to 62 million glucose test strips that show an incorrect high sugar level reading, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday. The voluntary recall was announced by the company Friday for products sold as under the brand names of Max Blood Glucose Test Strips and Nova Max Plus Glucose Meter Kits. The strips were sold in the U.S. and in 13 countries and Puerto Rico, the FDA said in statement. Top 10 riskiest industries for investors The federal agency warned that the inaccurate reading could cause users to administer an incorrect dosage error, leading some to seek immediately medical attention.