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After 124 years of gracing dining tables with its delicate rose design and 24-carat gold rim and ring on a cream and white porcelain, the popular Rosalinde classic china pattern has reached its final year. Charles W. Thompson, president of Haviland & Co., has announced that Rosalinde, one of the French porcelain company's oldest patterns, will be available for replacements and add-ons only through the end of December. "It's a little saddening," said Terry Friend, marketing assistant at Haviland in New Jersey, "we're getting a lot of frantic responses from people--from grandmothers who started off with the set and passed it on from generation to generation; from a lot of young brides who are trying to find replacement pieces."
April 2, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Thousands of acres of Yosemite National Park that were closed to the public since last year's massive Rim fire have been reopened, park officials announced Wednesday. However, park officials cautioned visitors to the affected areas - which include Hetch Hetchy hiking trails and the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias - about potential risks such as "hazardous trees, uneven ground, potential rockfall, and down and dead debris on trails. " Fire restrictions also have been lifted, but could be put in place again later this year because of California's extreme drought conditions, the park statement said.
August 2, 2012 | By Ryan Faughnder
BlackBerry maker Research in Motion announced  Thursday the launch of a long-anticipated new version of its PlayBook tablet. The 4G LTE, 32-gigabyte device will be released in Canada only on Aug. 9 and will roll out in the U.S., Europe, South Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean in the “coming months,” the company said. This will be the first RIM tablet to support 4G technology. It will include a 7-inch display, front- and rear-facing HD video cameras, HDMI out and stereo speakers.
March 19, 2014 | By Chris Foster
When UCLA's basketball team prepares to open the NCAA tournament against Tulsa on Friday in San Diego, Norman Powell and Tony Parker represent the unknown. “They are our X factors,” Coach Steve Alford said. The Bruins have talent: Playmaker Kyle Anderson can score and leads UCLA in rebounding and assists; deadeye shooter Jordan Adams is cool in the clutch; the Wear twins, Travis and David, are a double-barreled matchup challenge; and UCLA even has a projected NBA lottery pick, Zach LaVine, coming off the bench.
November 12, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Can the BlackBerry smartphone make a comeback? Research in Motion, the troubled Canadian company that makes BlackBerries, has announced Jan. 30 will be the day it officially launches the first phones using BlackBerry 10, the next version of its operating system. Blackberry phones, once considered state-of-the-art, have been widely criticized for not keeping up with portable devices using Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems. RIM said it will hold launch events around the globe on Jan. 30 to mark the arrival of the much-delayed new operating system, which the company says has been thoroughly redesigned from what previously was offered.
September 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The mammoth Rim fire, which burned into the western portion of Yosemite National Park while scorching large swaths of the Stanislaus National Forest, is inching closer to its end. U.S. Forest Service officials say the fire is now 92% contained after consuming 402 square miles. Full containment is expected Sunday, they added. Fire activity continues to be limited to "isolated smoldering" within the fire containment lines, according to an incident update posted by the U.S. Forest Service.
August 23, 2013 | By Jill Cowan
The out-of-control Rim fire has crossed into Yosemite National Park, but the fire line is far from the pristine valley popular with tourists and campers, officials said Friday. The fire exploded in size overnight Thursday, and moved into the park after scorching more than 105,000 acres in the Stanislaus National Forest, authorities said. Because the fire is confined to the park's more remote northwestern section, though, campers in the Yosemite Valley have been largely unaffected, park ranger and spokesman Scott Gediman said.
August 28, 2013 | By Tony Barboza and Joseph Serna
As officials prepared Wednesday to close the main east-west route through Yosemite National Park to help firefighters gain access to the massive Rim fire, time was of the essence for a couple of tourists from Scotland. Earlier in the morning, Alan and Garcia Williamson were rushing to cram several days of sightseeing into a few hours and make it across Yosemite to Mammoth Lakes before the planned midday closure of Tioga Road. Firefighters planned to use the road through the park as they confronted the Rim fire, which had grown to roughly 281 square miles.
September 2, 2013 | By Scott Gold
Firefighting officials said Monday that they are gaining the upper hand on the massive Rim fire burning in and around Yosemite National Park. Containment jumped overnight from 45% to 60%, the weather was cooperating and some firefighters were beginning to be taken off the line, authorities said. By midday Monday, the fire - the fourth-largest blaze in California history - had burned 357 square miles. That was up from 348 on Sunday, but there were signs that the tide was turning in firefighters' favor.
August 26, 2013 | By Diana Marcum, Samantha Schaefer and Joseph Serna
GROVELAND, Calif. - On Day 10 of the Rim fire - even as the blaze scorched its way deeper into the northern end of Yosemite National Park - firefighters got their first small break Monday against massive forces of nature. As the fire reached higher elevations, climbing out of steep ravines, crews could take their stand on more level ground. Huge air tankers could finally drop retardant on accessible ridges. The fire has charred a swath of nearly 161,000 acres - including about 21,000 acres inside the park.
February 1, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Life is a little harder on the road. UCLA learned that in a men's basketball loss to Utah two weeks ago, and received a refresher course at Oregon on Thursday. The difference was the Bruins won in Eugene. It took a village - Jordan Adams , Tony Parker , Travis Wear , etc. But it certainly could not have been accomplished without junior guard Norman Powell . What the 6-foot-4 Powell does on the court has an effect away from home. He scored 17 points in UCLA's 70-68 victory over Oregon, 15 coming at the free-throw line or within inches of the rim. "He drives the ball so hard and is great in transition," Coach Steve Alford said.
January 14, 2014
"Gravity," "Pacific Rim," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" were among the nominees announced Tuesday morning for the Visual Effects Society's 12th VES Awards honoring visual effects artistry in film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Nominated for outstanding visual effects in a visual effects-driven feature motion picture are "Gravity," "Iron Man 3," "Pacific Rim," "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
January 4, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
The U.S. Forest Service is proposing an extensive salvage operation to log dead trees on about 46 square miles of timberland charred in last year's massive Rim fire in the Sierra Nevada. The project would be one of the largest federal salvage efforts in California in years. If approved, it could yield more lumber than the combined annual output of all the national forests in the state. But it is already triggering a fight by some environmentalists who argue that the post-fire logging would destroy valuable habitat for rare birds and other species that thrive in blackened forests.
December 29, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A recent study commissioned by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission estimates that damage from the Rim fire to the natural environment and to property values could total about $250 million to $1.8 billion. The preliminary assessment released last month places dollar amounts on losses in "environmental benefits," carbon storage and the asset value of property near where the fire burned. Researchers from Earth Economics found losses in environmental benefits of $100 million to $736 million, in carbon storage of $102 million to $797 million, and in private property values of $49.7 million to $265 million.
December 27, 2013
Re "Making the Rim fire worse," Editorial, Dec. 24 The emotional need to make the black go away after a wildfire, in addition to financial incentives, lead to counterproductive actions such as salvage logging, massive tree-planting projects and irrational clearance of valuable chaparral, California's distinctive shrubland habitat. Instead, we need patience; The Times' editorial makes this point clear. Salvage logging would only make the Rim fire damage worse by interfering with the natural healing process, encouraging the spread of flammable weeds, and would repeat mistakes the U.S. Forest Service made after a 1987 fire in the same area.
December 27, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A recent study commissioned by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission estimates that damages from the Rim fire on the natural environment and to property value could total between about $250 million and $1.8 billion. The preliminary assessment released last month places dollar amounts on losses in “environmental benefits,” carbon storage and the asset value of property near where the fire burned. Researchers from Earth Economics found that between $100 million and $736 million was lost in environmental benefits, between $102 million and $797 million was lost in carbon storage, and fire-related private property value loss ranges from $49.7 million to $265 million.
October 27, 2007
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March 23, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Canadians are shifting their preference to another fruit, er, smartphone. Apple's iPhone has taken over Research in Motion's BlackBerry in Canada, a blow to Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM. The company shipped 2.08 million BlackBerrys last year in Canada compared with 2.85 million units for Apple, according to data compiled by IDC and Bloomberg . In 2010, BlackBerry topped the iPhone by half a million. In 2008, the year after the iPhone made its debut, RIM outsold Apple by almost five to one, Bloomberg said.
December 24, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
The Stanislaus National Forest was a thickly forested wonderland of streams, wildlife and campgrounds until last summer's Rim fire - started by a hunter's illegal campfire - scorched more than 250,000 acres of it and the adjacent Yosemite National Park. To many people, it's a tragic sight now. What was once dense greenery is now scarred, gray and empty looking. But nature takes the long view. From its perspective, fire is about rejuvenation. It reinvigorates the soil and stimulates the growth of a greater variety of healthy new plants.
December 13, 2013 | By Kate Mather
President Obama signed a disaster declaration Friday for the state of California, making federal funds available for recovery efforts related to  the massive Rim fire near Yosemite National Park. The money is available to state and local governments and eligible private nonprofits for emergency work and to repair or replace facilities damaged by the blaze, the Federal Emergency Management Agency said in a statement. The 410-square-mile fire - the state's third largest on record - sparked Aug. 17 by a hunter's illegal campfire in the Stanislaus National Forest.
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