November 18, 2002
Re "Senate OKs Broad Waiver for Pentagon on Migratory Birds," Nov. 14: Neither President Bush nor those whom he surrounds himself with have ever shown concern for the home we all share, planet Earth. But now, in the guise of defense, comes another piece of legislation proving not merely callousness but total blindness. The U.S. military will be allowed to bomb areas on which migratory birds, some already endangered, depend for survival. Kill, kill, kill is the refrain. Frogs, whales, dolphins, birds, etc. The circle of life has been ripped and has given way to a murderous ellipse, the apogee of which was reached when a nameless government lawyer stated that the forthcoming bird kill should be appreciated by bird-watchers who "get more enjoyment spotting a rare bird than they do spotting a common one."
June 12, 2005
When reading the Travel section I always make sure I don't look at the My Best Shot photograph on the last page until I'm finished with the section. I save it as a treat. Lately, I've been disappointed with the pictures chosen: pretty snapshots but not great pictures. However, the shot of the leopard cub ["Spotting Game in South Africa," May 29] was an outstanding exception -- beautiful animal, beautiful photograph. Tom Ireland La Crescenta
May 17, 1987 |
Joe Paterno shifts uncomfortably on the couch of his office at Penn State University and makes a confession about his holier-than-thou image. "It scares the heck out of me," booms the hallowed football coach. "Because I know I'm not that clean. Nobody is that clean." "I don't want to appear to be any more than I am," says Paterno, now speaking in a near whisper. "And that's a good, hard-working coach who is a decent guy, a family guy, who doesn't want to cheat." "I lose my temper sometimes.
July 20, 2008 |
Craig Johnson comes as advertised. Standing outside the Autry National Center on a boiling summer afternoon, the Wyoming-based crime novelist is decked out in a long-sleeve shirt made of heavy cotton, scuffed brown boots and a 10-gallon hat that provides shade, but not nearly enough. Spotting his interlocutor, Johnson sticks out his hand and delivers a booming "How ya doin'?!"
July 18, 2012 |
Astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope have discovered the oldest known spiral galaxy, a 10.7-billion-year-old anomaly that by all rights shouldn't exist. The galaxy was present in the early universe, about 3 billion years after the Big Bang, at a time when galaxies were still forming and normally looked clumpy and irregular. "The vast majority of old galaxies look like train wrecks," said UCLA astronomer Alice E. Shapley, one of the discoverers of the unusual spiral galaxy.
March 13, 1995 |
Tonight, four days after the 50th anniversary of Anne Frank's death--memorialized around the world last week by public readings of her eloquent diaries--South Coast Repertory weighs in with its own Holocaust commentary: a NewSCRipts presentation of Peter Sagal's "Denial." The Harvard-educated writer, 30, believes that the SCR Mainstage reading of his new play could not come at a better time or in a more appropriate place.