July 13, 2012 |
SEATTLE -- Only weeks before it is set to begin drilling exploratory oil wells in the Alaskan Arctic, Shell has asked the Environmental Protection Agency for a last-minute revision in its air emissions permits, conceding it has not been able to meet all of the rigorous standards required for the main generator on the drill bit for its Chukchi Sea drilling rig, the Discoverer. In a filing with the EPA, the company said it was still able to meet overall ambient air quality and annual emissions standards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2005
The debut of the new $25-million Hollywood Bowl shell last season has opened a new chapter in the history of the landmark, retaining its iconic scalloped shape while incorporating a halo-like canopy into the design to improve acoustics. The new Bowl is the latest in a series of shells that date back to the early 1920s.
November 19, 2009 |
A tortoise's zookeepers in Cleveland are the ones feeling slow after discovering after more than 50 years that "Mary" is actually a male. Officials at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo say it can be tough to establish the sex of a Aldabra giant tortoise because the reproductive organs normally aren't visible. But Mary's maleness was revealed this month during a routine exam. A spokesman says the zoo is renaming the tortoise Terry. When the reptile arrived at the zoo in 1955, it was assumed he was a she because of a flatter shell, shorter tail and smaller size than most males.
August 12, 1992 |
Elvis has returned. As a Raider. Suspended defensive back-special teams captain Elvis Patterson, his career as a Raider and perhaps in the NFL in jeopardy, has been reinstated by the Raiders. The 31-year-old Patterson was suspended by Coach Art Shell on July 31 after Patterson got into a dispute with defensive backfield coach Jack Stanton. That argument ended when Patterson body-slammed the 54-year-old Stanton to the ground. The incident occurred in Flagstaff, Ariz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2005 |
Residents of a Morongo Valley neighborhood were startled Friday morning to find what appeared to be a Russian Scud missile on a truck parked on their street. California Highway Patrol officers determined that the missile, destined for an Air Force facility in Tonopah, Nev., was an inert shell used for training -- and not a threat.
December 29, 2012 |
If you ever needed a reminder of how much good there is in the world - and these days, who doesn't? - just cook a Dungeness crab. It is so easy to prepare; the meat is so sweet and tender; it is so nearly perfect just as it comes in its original wrapper. Surely, some greater power must love us mightily to give us anything that delivers such pleasure and demands so little. Every year at the holidays my family has a ritual dinner of crab. We sit around and eat as much of it as we possibly can and tell the stories of our year.
February 1, 2010 |
Throughout history, there wasn't all that much to making a drum. Get a strong tubular shell. Stretch a skin over it. Hit it. The general principle hadn't changed much, even in modern times. Then William J. Bausch III had a dream. "I was building a drum shell out of stray pieces of wood," he recalled. In his dream, he cut wedges off the tops and bottoms of the wood, and used them to separate the vertical staves. Three years later, Bausch has a fledgling drum-making business and a 20-year patent for his so-called vertically vented drum shell design.
November 18, 2013 |
Ming is a clam. An ancient clam. You know when Columbus first arrived in America? That's about the time when Ming was born. For more than half a decade scientists believed that Ming the clam was 405 years old when it died, but new testing has revealed that it was in fact a lot older. In a paper published in the journal Palaeo 3, researchers from Bangor University in North Wales say Ming was 507 years old when it was discovered in 2006. Clam, that's old. Ming is an Artica islandica bivalve mollusk, also called an ocean quahog.
March 14, 2010 |
They're not as menacing as Burmese pythons proliferating in the Everglades, but giant African snails are targets of the government too. The invasive mollusks are considered a major plant pest and a potential public health threat because they can spread diseases, including meningitis. Now federal and state authorities are seeking to prevent the large, slimy, shell-toting snails from reestablishing themselves in Florida. Once established, agricultural officials said, the mollusks "can create a giant swath of destruction."