CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2012 |
The Coast Guard recovered the bodies of three men whose 24-foot recreational boat was found capsized near Santa Cruz Island after a family member reported it missing Sunday morning, officials said. Searchers spotted the body of a fourth man who was on the boat but were unable to recover it, Petty Officer Adam Eggers said Sunday night. None of the men was wearing a life jacket. Eggers said he was prohibited by Coast Guard policy from releasing the victims' names. No one answered the phone at the Santa Barbara County coroner's office, which is involved in the case.
March 5, 2012 |
For 53 days, Barbara Bagley waited for news of her Shetland sheepdog, Dooley. The 4-year-old dog vanished after a December car accident in a remote swath of Nevada that broke Bagley's ribs and punctured her lungs. Her husband, Brad Vom Baur, and their other sheepdog, Delaney, were killed. “But something inside me told me Dooley was still alive out there,” Bagley, 48, told the Associated Press. “I wasn't 100% sure, but I didn't grieve for Dooley like I did for my husband and our other dog.” Bagley, who lives in Salt Lake City, and a group of Nevada residents who heard about her plight on Facebook spent weeks combing the sagebrush near Battle Mountain, a blip of a town along Interstate 80. People there had repeatedly a spotted a skittish, “Lassie-type” dog. On Feb. 18, searchers finally cornered Dooley, who'd subsisted on roadkill and water from nearby ranches.
August 27, 2011 |
The dead were mainly mothers and grandmothers, middle-aged women who routinely stopped by the Casino Royale for an afternoon game of bingo or a shot at the slot machines. At least 52 people were killed Thursday when armed men set fire to the gaming hall in a busy commercial center of Mexico's wealthiest city. The attack, carried out in broad daylight, was the deadliest to target Mexican civilians in nearly five years of bloody drug warfare. "Mexico has witnessed one of the most terrible acts of barbarism in memory," President Felipe Calderon said Friday as he declared three days of national mourning.
April 22, 2011 |
"Nostalgia for the Light" won't make you nostalgic for anything because it's not like other documentaries you've seen. A film of rare visual poetry that's simultaneously personal, political and philosophical, it's a genuine art film that's also unpretentious and easygoing. As directed by Chilean director Patricio Guzmán, "Nostalgia" is a completely fascinating meditation on different aspects of the past and the interlinked ways we explore them. This may sound cold and distant but Guzmán's mastery of cinema means that what sounds artificial turns out to be moving in a surprising, even profound way. Beginning with the landmark "The Battle of Chile," that country's past has always been Guzmán's subject, specifically the Salvador Allende revolution and the Augusto Pinochet counter-revolution.
March 21, 2011 |
They covered the body with a child's blanket, a fluffy blue-green cloak decorated with white lilies. Beneath the cloth was a man, maybe in his 40s, missing his right arm from the elbow, a final insult to one of the countless victims of this agricultural town's tsunami nightmare. On a warm late-winter morning, four recovery workers bent low, slowly lifting the corpse in silent deference, before splashing through the muck and ooze of the rural rice field toward the road. On Sunday, the ritual was repeated again and again, at least a dozen times, as teams ?
November 30, 2010 |
Bob Saget has had one strange career. He morphed from R-rated stand-up to limpid-eyed single dad in the long-running family sitcom "Full House" and host of "America's Funniest Home Videos. " (He did the two shows simultaneously for six years.) Since then, he has appeared in a variety of TV shows, was featured telling the world's dirtiest joke in 2005's indie film "The Aristocrats" and, last year, took a shot at another sitcom called "Surviving Suburbia," which didn't last a season.
November 18, 2010
EVENTS Spend your Sundays with Swami Kriyananda as he dishes out the secrets of personal and spiritual enlightenment via the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda. Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Yogananda, founded Ananda in 1968, and his regular talks in L.A. are highly anticipated by believers and searchers alike. Ananda Ashram House, 425 N. Highland Ave., L.A. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sun. through Dec. 5. Free. (310) 396-9900; http://www.anandala.org.
August 12, 2010 |
Like most U.S. business sectors, the wine business has been transformed by e-commerce. Even if restrictions on interstate shipping have limited that commerce to 38 states, the Internet as a wine marketplace is robust by any measure. In the last four years, a single website, the search engine wine-searcher.com , has done more to transform that commercial landscape than any other, affecting every facet of the way the wine business is conducted, certainly in this country and increasingly on a global scale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2010 |
The searchers carved skid row into quadrants and advanced in small groups, aiming flashlights into the cold. They moved between nylon tents and cardboard lean-tos in the Toy District, where junkies had stripped the streetlights and left whole blocks in darkness. They roused the human bundles scattered around the tumbledown hotels and freshly painted lofts on Main Street, wasted faces blinking into their flashlights. They looked in the eastern section called the Bottoms, around the big missions and flea traps, and around the neighborhood's forbidding eastern edge, a zone of industrial warehouses and razor wire known as the Low Bottoms, where even now, hours before daylight, the crack trade was brisk.
May 21, 2010 |
The wreckage of an Afghan passenger plane missing since Monday has been discovered in rugged mountain terrain with no sign of survivors, officials said Thursday. There were 44 people aboard the Antonov-24 twin turboprop, including an American and three Britons. The flight, operated by private Pamir Airways, crashed on a domestic run from the northern city of Kunduz to the capital, Kabul. NATO's International Security Assistance Force, which helped with the search, said it would aid Afghan security forces in recovery efforts.