January 21, 2012 |
The blame game surrounding the wreck of the Costa Concordia has spread like ripples on a tranquil Mediterranean bay. Eight days after the hull of the liner was ripped open by a rocky outcrop, the dynamics of the brutal interruption of a starry-night cruise past a small Tuscan island aren't clear. But that hasn't stopped an almost unseemly rash of finger-pointing. There appears to be no doubt about the personal responsibility of Capt. Francesco Schettino, who has acknowledged bringing the 1,000-foot-long floating city startlingly close to the craggy coast of Giglio island, leading to a Friday the 13th tragedy that has so far claimed 12 lives, including a woman whose body was recovered Saturday from a submerged ship corridor.
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July 13, 2011 |
Sherwood Schwartz, the comedy writer and producer who created "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch," which have remained two of the most enduringly popular TV series in worldwide syndication, died Tuesday morning. He was 94. Schwartz, who began his more than six-decade career by writing gags for Bob Hope's radio show in 1939, died of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said his son Lloyd. Schwartz once said he created "Gilligan's Island," which aired on CBS from 1964 to 1967, as an escape from his seven years on "The Red Skelton Show," for which he served as head writer and won an Emmy in 1961.
June 19, 2011 |
In the fall of 1996, a private treasure-hunting company discovered a shipwreck in shallow waters a mile off the coast of this colonial fishing harbor. Divers found a bronze bell dated 1705, an English musketoon gun barrel, and 18th century cannons and cannon balls. North Carolina's top marine archaeologists were pretty sure the wreck was the Queen Anne's Revenge, the cannon-heavy flagship of the notorious pirate Blackbeard that ran aground here in 1718. But being scientists, they used buzzkill qualifiers such as "believed to be" and "consistent with" to describe the wreck.
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June 12, 2011 |
As the sun rises over the Port of Long Beach, two hard-hat divers step off the edge of a harbor patrol dive boat and splash into the murky waters a half-mile offshore. Their mission: to investigate the sonar blips that suggest there is a large submerged object menacing a busy shipping lane. They disappear in a profusion of bubbles, descending 46 feet in 30 seconds to the ocean floor. A remote-controlled rover with a video camera plunges with them, so the crew can monitor their every move.
March 4, 2011 |
"Devolved" is a wan spoof of TV's "Lost" and "Survivor" as seen through the prism of high school dynamics. Writer-director John Cregan covers the basics of character, situation and theme here but never finds his comic footing, resulting in a debut feature that's more tired than inspired. After a whale-watching expedition goes bad, a group of San Diego high school seniors becomes shipwrecked on a desert island off the coast of Mexico, where the popular kids face off against the "unpopulars" in a battle for supremacy.
March 31, 2010 |
One South Korean diver died and another was hospitalized as rescuers Wednesday continued to search for survivors of last week's mysterious naval ship sinking, attempting three times to enter the hull of the sunken patrol vessel. The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said a 53-year-old diver perished after losing consciousness 80 feet down in the turbulent water of the Yellow Sea. It was not clear whether the accident took place inside the downed ship. Another diver was injured after he too lost consciousness in the murky depths.