CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 30, 2014 |
Neighbors of elementary school teacher William Buchman in Santa Ana said they thought someone had died in his home because the stench was so strong. Instead it was 404 snakes -- more than half of them dead -- that were packed inside the five-bedroom house. There were also scores of rats that scampered over furniture when officers first entered the home. "We thought someone was dead," said Forest Long Sr., 62, who lives next door to Buchman on Fernwood Drive.
June 20, 2011
Evan Rachel Wood faced a double challenge in tackling the role of eldest daughter, Veda, in the HBO miniseries "Mildred Pierce": She not only had to portray the unsympathetic partner in a famous pas de deux, she also had to be believable as a coloratura soprano. While it isn't her voice heard performing the arias — that belongs to Seoul-born opera star Sumi Jo — Wood still had a lot of work to do. "For two months, I listened to that music and only that music, and worked with an opera coach to learn the breathing and posture.
June 21, 2013 |
The Empress of the North riverboat, which was pulled from service when its former operator, Majestic America Line, went out of business in 2008, will again ply the rivers of the Pacific Northwest. The five-deck, 223-passenger vessel was recently bought by the Memphis-based American Queen Steamboat Co. and renamed the American Empress. Next year it will begin cruising the Columbia and Snake rivers between its home port, Portland, Ore., and Clarkson, Wash. Among the ports of call will be Astoria and the Dalles in Oregon and Sacajawea State Park in Washington.
January 22, 2013 |
“Being newly single in middle age.... It's like opening one of those child's toys where the snake pops out of the can.” So goes “The Snake Can” at the Odyssey Theatre. Kathryn Graf's wry, insightful dramedy about three longtime girlfriends and their internecine midlife crises surmounts some post-larval structural blips with pertinence, humor and heart. Meet fetching, successful Meg (Sharon Sharth, funny and convincing), a twice-divorced New Yorker unable to sustain even casual relationships, and her party posse.
January 24, 2013 |
In Shanghai , guests at the Peninsula Hotel will greet the Chinese New Year by snaking through the lobby doing a lion dance. In Bangkok and Beijing , they will celebrate at the Peninsula's afternoon tea. And in Hong Kong , they will watch the city's colorful holiday fireworks show explode over Victoria Harbour while sipping Champagne on the Sun Terrace. Most of the events are taking place Feb. 10, when the Chinese New Year kicks off in Asia and around the world. Peninsula Hotels, whose history in China dates to 1866, is welcoming the Year of the Snake with special events and rates at its nine properties.
February 5, 1987
San Francisco International Airport officials have taken proposed expansion plans "back to the drawing board," in the words of one official, because the planned development would threaten the habitat of an endangered species of snake. A three-year study by the state Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Wildlife Service recommended that 120 acres across the Bayshore Freeway from the airport in San Bruno should not be developed because doing so would require moving the snakes.