September 6, 2013 |
CINCINNATI - The Dodgers began the weekend with the second-largest division lead in baseball. Their opponents, the Cincinnati Reds, started Friday with a seven-game advantage in the race for the National League's final wild-card playoff berth. But anyone looking to bill the series as a playoff preview isn't getting any help from Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, who said he won't look ahead to the postseason "until we're drinking champagne. " Mattingly can read a schedule without the help of champagne, though, and the schedule shows the Dodgers play just one more team with a winning record after they leave Cincinnati.
September 5, 2013 |
The less seriously the genial French comedy "Populaire" takes itself, the more amusing it is. Fortunately, with small exceptions, this film doesn't take itself very seriously at all. Nominated for five Cesars and a box-office hit in France, "Populaire" is, for the most part, the fluffiest of French light comedies, though its accomplished stars, Romain Duris and Déborah François, have previously made strong impressions in serious roles: Duris in...
August 30, 2013 |
The super-sleek 2013 Castol Rocket is headed home from the Bonneville Salt Flats after making test runs for the world's top land-speed record. Powered by twin turbo-charged Triumph Rocket 3 engines, specially souped by designer Carpenter Racing, burning methanol and operated by veteran motorcycle racer Jason DiSalvo, the Castrol Rocket went through several days of practice runs but was deterred from setting any records by wet and windy weather....
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August 28, 2013 |
One of the worst railway chokepoints in the nation was eliminated Wednesday with the opening of a $93-million overpass that separated two busy tracks at historic Colton Crossing in San Bernardino County. Under a hot morning sun, federal, state and local officials cut the ribbon for the 1.4-mile concrete flyover designed to speed cargo through Southern California and stop harmful diesel emissions from trains that used to wait up to four hours for their turn to go through the old street-level crossing.
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August 24, 2013 |
GROVELAND, Calif. -- Dramatic images are emerging on social media -- some taken by local residents -- showing the size and destructive power of the Rim fire as it burns in and around Yosemite National Park. The fire has burned more than 125,000 acres, destroyed nine structures and is threatening the power supply of San Francisco. Officials say 4,500 additional structures remain in its path. Residents say they were stunned by the fire's power. "I've been up here 11 years," said Shirley Sarno, owner of the Gunn House Hotel in Sonora.
August 23, 2013 |
Suppose, for the purpose of argument, that by the time you read this Time Warner Cable and CBS have settled their schoolyard dispute over transmission fees, and your CBS and Showtime shows are available again on your Time Warner cable box. Problem solved, right? No. The problem's just beginning. I bet you know it, though you may not know you know it. Let's say that as a Time Warner Cable residential customer, you made up for the loss of CBS programming by watching more on Netflix.
August 16, 2013 |
Visionary technological proposals generally trace a life cycle of three stages. First comes the thrill of the unveiling (the "gee-whiz" stage); then there's the hard work of research and development to convert rough sketches into practical form; finally comes the crash, when the original dream has to confront cold, hard reality. Let's hope there aren't any passengers aboard when Elon Musk's Hyperloop hits stage three. If you've been a sentient creature during the last week, you've heard something about the Hyperloop.
August 16, 2013 |
It wasn't the world-record speed Norman Dewis was traveling at in 1953 that gave him pause, or that the Lucite canopy on the custom-built Jaguar XK 120 had no clearance for a helmet, or that his engine was spinning above the safe limit. It was that his two timed 172-mph runs on a clear October day in Jabbeke, Belgium, attracted so many onlookers that they walked right up to the edge of the pavement along the two-lane stretch of highway to get a better look. "I thought, hooo, this is dangerous," recalled Dewis of his record-setting run. Now a spry 93 years old, Dewis was on hand in Carmel with a restored version of the Jaguar he drove back in 1953.
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August 14, 2013 |
Finally, some good news about the effects of climate change. It may have triggered a growth spurt in two of California's iconic tree species: coast redwoods and giant sequoias. Since the 1970s, some coast redwoods have grown at the fastest rate ever, according to scientists who studied corings from trees more than 1,000 years old. "That's a wonderful, happy surprise for us," said Emily Burns, science director at the Save the Redwoods League, which is collaborating on a long-term study with university researchers on the effect of climate change on redwoods, the world's tallest trees, and giant sequoias, the largest living things by total mass.
August 12, 2013 |
It's easy for Californians to get breathless about Elon Musk's futuristic Hyperloop, considering how much bad news they've gotten about the high-speed rail line they voted for in 2008. So when Musk revealed details of his idea Monday afternoon in a blog post , Golden Staters could be forgiven for wishing they could have a do-over on that ballot initiative. But regardless of its superior coolness factor, Musk's idea faces some of the same hurdles that have been so problematic for the train project -- plus a few unique ones.