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January 22, 2010
'Spartacus: Blood and Sand' Where: Starz and Encore When: 10 tonight Rating: TV-MA (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 17)
April 7, 2014 | By Jay Jones
Beautiful - if fleeting - works of art will be sculpted from sand when the the Original Imperial Beach Sandcastle Competition returns July 19 to the San Diego County town. Professional sand sculptors will compete for $17,000 in prize money as they spend five hours on the beach creating their masterpieces as part of the Sun & Sea Festival . The competition will take place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. During the same time, children can test their skills in the “Kids 'n Kastles” sand castle contest.
May 9, 2012
People who live along the shimmering coastline of Southern California have found many creative ways over the years to discourage the public from using the parts of the beach they would prefer to consider their own. They have put up gates that block public access and have taken down signs that say "public welcome. " The latest gambit, by residents in Newport Beach, involves planting lawns and hedges, installing sprinkler systems and fire pits, and plopping down furniture and ornaments that spill over from their property onto the public beach.
March 28, 2014 | By Vincent Bevins
Natal, a breezy beach city with vast blue skies and bright sun 1,220 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro, has much of the small-town feel common in the surrounding rural regions. Where you'll see soccer: The U.S. takes on Ghana on June 16 at the newly constructed Arena das Dunas in Natal, a towering homage to sea, sun and sand. FIFA is putting up a giant screen at Praia do Forte north of the tourist areas and stadium. In a calm city light on night life and heavy on fresh air, this is probably the best place to take in the action for those without tickets.
September 2, 2013 | By Todd VanDerWerff
Why does Walter keep Jesse alive? He insists to Skyler that Jesse is not some “rabid dog” to be taken out back and shot, playing off Saul's earlier suggestion that Jesse may be in an “Old Yeller situation.” And yet Jesse has just threatened to burn down Walt's house, once held a gun to Walter's head and threatened to pull the trigger, and has generally turned on his former mentor and father figure, to the degree that he's now working with...
August 30, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Emerging artists are continuing to push boundaries and involve visitors in their work at the P3 Studio at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The studio's fall lineup highlights the diversity of its artists-in-residence. Through Sept. 15, David Sanchez Burr is converting the public space into an experimental sound and interactive sculptural installation titled “New Citadel.” Sanchez Burr's website notes that his work “is based on the study of a material's physical response to natural processes such as decay, vibration [and]
June 6, 2013 | By Chris Barton
Here are two shows well worth a look this weekend. Also of note are the jazz power trio Kandinsky Effect at the Blue Whale on Friday and the Josh Nelson Trio with guitarist Anthony Wilson at Vitello's on Thursday. Blue Cranes and Dylan Ryan's Sand at the Blue Whale Portland's Blue Cranes and local drummer Dylan Ryan's ensemble Sand lead this meeting of two up-and-coming ensembles pushing at the edge of contemporary jazz on the adventurous label Cuneiform. The Blue Cranes' latest album, "Swim," finds the group's two front-line saxophones mining a darker, more contemplative vein with production help from the Decemberists' Nate Query, and Sand splits the difference between widescreen post-rock and the avant-garde adventurousness of John Zorn with the help of bassist Devin Hoff and guitarist Tim Young.
November 19, 2012 | By Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Wis. - Where County Highway A crests a knoll, Ken Schmitt pulls up to the edge of a farm and idles the car. Above a cornfield yellowed and brittle from a killing frost is a 100-foot hill with a wide section cut away, revealing bands of stone, clay and sand neat as a layer cake. In time, 800 acres of farmland will be mined to feed an energy boom sweeping the United States. No one is drilling for oil or gas amid the gently rolling farmland and wooded ridges of western Wisconsin.
October 23, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman
The sun is high and it's a slow day for selling and there's not much for a camel trader to do except scatter hay and greens and listen to the big beasts munch. Sounds like shoes walking through gravel. Essam Ammar lifts a cellphone from his tunic. "Hi, Ahmed. No, I won't lower the price." Eyes roll. Ammar pulls the phone from his ear and looks at it; Ahmed's words crackle in the air. Click. It's not even noon. The day seems in retreat. "I've been doing this for 29 years," says Ammar, who wears a white-lace cap and an even snowier pinstriped vest, a risky choice amid blowing dust and rubbish fires.
December 31, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
It took 1,282 truckloads of sand, but a 225-foot-wide sinkhole that opened in Deltona -- forcing some people to leave their homes as a precaution -- has been filled. An estimated 25,640 cubic yards of sand were used to plug the 50-foot-deep hole on Howland Boulevard, a major thoroughfare in the community halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach.
February 7, 2014 | By Deborah Netburn
A team of British scientists have found what they believe to be the oldest human footprints in Europe, dating back at least 800,000 years.  Analysis of the prints revealed they were likely made by five early humans including men, women and children who were making their way south along the muddy banks of an ancient estuary. The researchers cannot say for certain what species of early people made these prints. However, in a paper describing the discovery in the journal PLOS One, they note that the foot sizes are similar to those of Homo antecessor, also known as "Pioneer Man. " Pioneer Man fossils dating to this era have been discovered in southern Europe.
February 7, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Yee-haw! After perching near its tip for days, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity rode down the largest sand dune it has ever attempted on the Red Planet. “I'm over the moon that I'm over the dune!” the rover's Twitter account tweeted Thursday. Rover driver Matt Heverly at  Jet Propulsion Laboratory tweeted his relief. “Seeing this picture from the bottom of the sand dune put an even bigger smile on my face today,” Heverly wrote .  Riding this dune, about a yard high and 10 yards long, was risky,  but the engineers on the Mars Science Laboratory mission had led Curiosity here for a reason.
December 13, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
CONKLIN, Canada - Can the Keystone XL pipeline be built without significantly worsening greenhouse gas emissions and climate change? For President Obama, that is the main criterion for granting a federal permit to allow the pipeline to cross from southern Alberta into the United States. Canadian authorities and the oil industry say measures already in place or under consideration to cut greenhouse gases ensure that Keystone XL can pass that test. "We absolutely think we can maintain growth in oil and gas, and achieve greenhouse gas reductions," said Nicole Spears, a climate policy expert with Alberta's Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.
December 4, 2013 | By Roger Vincent
Fred Sands, whose name once was posted on for-sale signs on houses all over Los Angeles' affluent Westside, quit selling homes more than a decade ago. But he has quietly built another real estate empire. The striving son of a New York cabby and small-business man, Sands built the largest independent residential real estate brokerage in California with 65 offices and 4,000 employees. Fred Sands Realtors and affiliated companies generated $9.4 billion a year in sales when he sold it in late 2000.
November 23, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Leveraging the wildly anticipated, international, multimedia debut of the "Doctor Who" anniversary special, BBC America is smartly following "The Day of the Doctor" with the premiere Saturday of "Atlantis. " The new fantasy-action-adventure series is a crazy, narratively exasperating yet still quite appealing mess of Greek mythology, early mathematics (Pythagoras is a character) and vague Mediterranean history. It nicely capitalizes on the sly humor of icon tweakage, the growing popularity of genre heroes and the success of the Percy Jackson series.
November 12, 2013 | By Jay Jones
The popular, low-cost Kauai Sands Hotel is welcoming guests to one of “America's Prettiest Towns” -- Kapaa on the island of Kauai -- with a special offer that includes a free rental car and breakfast. The “Free Car Promotion” at the beachfront Kauai Sands includes an upgraded, pool-view room, a compact car and parking. Hotel guests also get a free continental breakfast. Rates are $135-$149 a night. The offer is good through Dec. 24. The hotel is near art galleries, boutiques and restaurants in Kapaa, recently singled out in Forbes magazine . One of the judges of the “Prettiest Towns,” travel writer Andrew Evans, sang the praises of the sleepy Kauai community.
The last of almost 100,000 tons of sand was dumped and spread onto Seal Beach on Monday, ending a two-year project to repair years of beach erosion. "The project is a success," said City Manager Keith Till. Already, he said, the imported sand has helped protect homes along the beach from storm flooding during the last two years.
July 28, 2010 | By Carla Hall, Los Angeles Times
An 11-year-old boy burrowing in a deep sand hole in Manhattan Beach ended up buried for five minutes before he could be rescued, authorities said Tuesday. The boy, visiting the beach at 8th Street with family members Sunday afternoon, was on his hands and knees about six feet down in a hole he was digging diagonally toward another hole his cousin was digging, said Battalion Chief Dave Shenbaum of the Manhattan Beach Fire Department. The boy was trying to connect the two holes into a tunnel when he was buried by an avalanche of sand.
November 3, 2013 | By Richard E. Meyer
Truth is overrated. Most of the time, it's boring. "The wind blew. " So what? "It blew so hard I saw a chicken lay the same egg twice. " Really? Sometimes telling the truth is necessary, but most of the time the plain truth is just that: plain. It is better to lie. I was reminded of this the other day when I came upon an obituary, published nearly two years ago, for someone I admired. His name was Jim Cook. He worked at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix, where I landed my first newspaper job. Jim was a gentlemanly, painstaking reporter who wrote with the grace of a slumming angel.
October 21, 2013 | By Neela Banerjee
FORT CHIPEWYAN, Canada - In the Cree language, the word "athabasca" means "a place where grass is everywhere. " Here in Alberta, the Athabasca River slices through forests of spruce and birch before spilling into a vast freshwater delta and Lake Athabasca. But 100 miles upstream, the boreal forest has been peeled back by enormous strip mines, where massive shovels pick up 100 tons of earth at a time and dump it into yellow trucks as big as houses. The tarry bitumen that is extracted is eventually shipped to refineries, many in the United States, to be processed into gasoline, diesel and other fuels.
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