CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 2006 |
Surprised by the abrupt resignation Saturday of his corrections secretary, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday said finding a new leader for the massive and dysfunctional prison system would not be easy. In a statement, Schwarzenegger praised the outgoing prisons chief, Roderick Q. Hickman, for performing "one of the toughest jobs in state government" and vowed to keep the correctional system "on the path toward change." The governor also named Jeanne S. Woodford acting secretary.
October 23, 2005 |
Libby Roderick never set out to write a song heard round the world. But her simple folk tune "How Could Anyone" has been embraced by a global audience ranging from prisoners to politicians. It has been sung at a China women's conference, by monks and AIDS orphans in Zambia, and in Spanish by Texas nuns. The lyrics have been reprinted in a Japanese book for people recovering from eating disorders.
January 18, 2004 |
In February 1922 Sylvia Beach set out the first copies of an experimental Irish novel in the window of her Paris shop, festooned with blue-and-white Greek flags. A law student called George Seferiadis noticed the flags and the title -- "Ulysses" -- but did not buy the book. A few months later, his cosmopolitan hometown, Smyrna, was razed by Turkish troops after a Greek incursion into Asia Minor; many of its Armenian and Greek inhabitants were slaughtered.
March 1, 2003 |
Roderick Warrick died this week at the age of 64. Details about when and how are still unknown, as are plans for his memorial. But history has already reserved a place for him. Warrick was the security guard on duty at the Brookings Institution one summer evening in 1971 when two men carrying attache cases entered the front lobby. They wanted to visit one of the scholars, Morton Halperin, a known critic of the Vietnam War at the capital's premier liberal think tank. Warrick stopped them.
October 2, 2002 |
The pride of the military collection at the 82nd Airborne museum at Ft. Bragg, N.C., is the battered helmet of Sgt. Roderick Morgan. It bears a nasty dent from when Morgan was shot in the helmet by a Serbian militiaman in July 1999 and somehow survived. Now the museum is begging Morgan for a second helmet. While serving in Afghanistan in July, Morgan was once again shot in the helmet, this time by an Afghan gunman. Once again, he survived. But this time, he held on to his damaged helmet.
February 10, 2002 |
The bedroom. Most of us have one. Some of us even like our bedrooms, which is fortunate since we all spend so much time in them. They are where we peruse magazines, watch Leno (or sneak in the guilty pleasure of Martha Stewart), work out and gab on the phone with friends. We groom the cat, sort the laundry and fret over the next day's appointments. And we also sleep, lying inert through a good third of our lifetimes--or more for some of us.
October 28, 2001
For two decades, the MacArthur Awards have celebrated smart people who follow their own muse. This year's 23 winners, announced last week, show that the awards also play a vital social role. By recognizing a quirky and eclectic sort of genius, the MacArthur Awards value the sort of accomplishment increasingly slighted by U.S. universities, which tend to place a premium on corporate grant-getting and academic specialization. The late insurance executive John. D.
September 9, 2001 |
In Southern California, we tend to think of the San Fernando Valley as the prototypical American suburb, but it's actually much more than that. For almost a century, it has served as the canvas for the evolving story of how urban American lives. Around the time of World War I, it was quite literally the receptacle of Los Angeles' dreams of destiny, when the aqueduct from Owens Valley began spilling large quantities of water onto the Valley floor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1999 |
Roderick Thorp, a best-selling author of detective novels probably best known for the books "Die Hard" and "The Detective," has died. Thorp died Wednesday in Oxnard of a heart attack, according to his son, Roddy Thorp. He was 62. In the hard-boiled world of detective novels, Thorp was considered by many critics to be a master of suspense and characterization. In an interview with The Times some years ago, he described himself as "a seat of the pants writer."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1997 |
Swirling steam turned Roderick "Rick" Hutchinson into an apparition as he paddled across the continent's largest near-boiling hot spring in an extraordinarily stable and well-insulated rowboat designed for the purpose. "Steady now," he said, leaning toward a port in the bottom of the boat and lowering instruments to gauge depths never measured before.