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April 16, 1989
I found "Scotland By Train" very interesting. The antique steam engines have been restored to operation by Britain's steam enthusiasts. Their ranks have grown during the last few years as an active hobby and are only outnumbered by gardeners and fishermen. To add to the variety of routes and locations of steam train travel, British Rail just announced that steam will return to the North Wales route for the first time in 20 years, with travel from Crewe, England, to Holyhead, Wales. This exciting development will allow some of the finest preserved engines to flex their power.
March 3, 2014 | Sergei L. Loiko and Carol J. Williams
The Kremlin power play in Ukraine's strategic Crimea region escalated Sunday with Russian-backed authorities ordering Ukrainian army and navy units to surrender their weapons as an outraged international community warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that he risks censure for violating Ukraine's sovereignty. The United States accused Moscow of reinforcing an estimated 6,000 naval and ground troops in Crimea with additional personnel and announced that Secretary of State John F. Kerry would fly to Kiev, Ukraine's capital, on Tuesday in a show of support for the beleaguered Ukrainian government.
February 5, 1987 | MINNIE BERNARDINO, Times Staff Writer
There's something missing in many American kitchens that always has been an essential cooking tool in the kitchens in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and countless other parts of the world. Remember the pressure cooker? Is it finally slowly being rediscovered? Again? "It's a cycle, and the cycle has turned with more women in the work field . . .
March 1, 2014 | By Julie Cart
IVANPAH VALLEY, Calif. - The day begins early at the Ivanpah solar power plant. Long before the sun rises, computers aim five square miles of mirrors to reflect the first rays of dawn onto one of three 40-story towers rising above the desert floor. The 356,000 mirrors, each the size of a garage door, focus so much light on the towers that they pulsate with a blinding white light. At the top of each tower is an enormous boiler where the sun's energy heats water to more than 1,000 degrees, creating steam that spins electricity-generating turbines.
March 10, 1987 | GREG JOHNSON, Times Staff Writer
San Diego Gas & Electric plans to eventually close an uneconomical, underground steam system that has supplied steam to as many as 100 downtown buildings during the past 46 years. The steam loop, which sends wisps of steam up through manhole covers throughout downtown, now serves 41 customers, including Home Federal Savings & Loan, the Westgate Hotel, the San Diego County Courthouse and the City Concourse, most of which use it to heat air and water.
May 6, 1989 | DOUG SMITH, Times Staff Writer
In the last seconds before everything degenerated into tourists' shrieks, mariachi bands and great hisses of steam that made words impossible, two of the great old locomotives of the past met Friday afternoon on railroad tracks northeast of downtown. One coming from the west, the other from the east, the two steam locomotives traveled side by side Friday for the last half-mile of railroad tracks into Union Station to kick off the terminal's 50th anniversary celebration. The locomotives had thundered through mountain and desert to get to Union Station, where a crowd of about 1,000 railroad buffs, spectators and workers cheered as the two pampered survivors of the age of steam came to rest.
March 12, 2011 | Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Attempts to control a nuclear reactor that exploded after the 8.9-magnitude earthquake in northern Japan continued Sunday using sea water injections and steam releases to cool the reactor, authorities said. Photos: Scenes from the earthquake Friday's quake and tsunami left the No.1 reactor at Tokyo Electric Power Co's Fukushima Daiichi power plant with a crippled cooling system, causing the reactor temperature and pressure to increase. "We are doing the two things at the same time - venting air out of the reactor and supplying water into the reactor," Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said during a Sunday press conference broadcast and streamed live online by NHK. "Radiation released in the process is low enough not to affect people's health," Edano said.
September 15, 2009 | BILL DWYRE
A U.S. Open tennis tournament that had something for everybody this year offered up one more juicy tidbit on its last day Monday. Roger Federer lost. That hasn't happened here in six years and 40 matches. He's like USC with a lead at halftime, Tiger with a five-foot putt. But the man who played in all four Grand Slam tournament finals this year, winning the French Open and Wimbledon and extending his men's record for most major titles to 15, ran up against a new sheriff in town.
November 18, 2012 | By Ryan Ritchie
Motorists have plenty of reasons to stop in Las Vegas, but for those whose final destination is Ely, Nev., the most important is gas. That's because the three-hour drive north on U.S. 93 is filled with so much nothing that they'll start to ask themselves two questions: First, have those scientists who claim our planet is overpopulated ever driven this route? Second, does Ely, a town of about 4,000, really exist? The answer to the latter, thankfully, is yes. The bed Upon check-in at the Hotel Nevada & Gambling Hall (501 Aultman St.; [775]
May 9, 2010 | By Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times
Let's face it. When it comes to a spa visit, men frequently get the short end of the loofah. No amount of salt crystals and elbow grease can scrub away the fact that the spa experience is predominantly tailored to pamper, knead, wax and unwind women. But there are some local places where guys can comfortably cool their calloused heels, seek out some steam and solitude, and kick back for a few hours without feeling like a square peg in a round hole. Here are a few worth exploration: Beverly Hot Springs If the possibilities emanating from naturally heated, mineral-rich waters bubbling up from 2,200 feet below the surface of Los Angeles, a bubbling man-made rock waterfall and the warming sun streaming through a skylight into a hushed grotto just off Beverly Boulevard in East Hollywood don't nudge you toward Nirvana, you'll probably never get there.
February 2, 2014 | By Betty Hallock
For decades, Toshiaki Toyoshima has followed the same ritual each morning at his downtown restaurant: He ties on his indigo happi - a short-sleeved Japanese chef's jacket - and dons a white cap before he begins cutting fish for nearly 500 customers who dine at Sushi Gen daily. But in January, Toyoshima's tradition-bound routine was upset. He had to add a step: A new law now forces him to snap on a pair of thin vinyl gloves before he can touch the fish. His gloved hands seem to move no less deftly as he stands behind mounds of tuna fillets glistening on his counter and slices the raw fish with a long knife.
January 30, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
The five Academy Award nominees for animated short film this year split up into two disparate groups: happy meal and white tablecloth. Originally shown with the Disney feature film "Frozen," "Get a Horse!" is the best known and most seen of the bunch. As with "Saving Mr. Banks," Disney has mined its archives to bring us a 3-D meta update of 1920s Mickey Mouse cartoons. It's a blend of folly and nostalgia that won a nomination over "The Blue Umbrella," the whimsical Pixar short that ran before "Monsters University.
January 22, 2014 | By Amina Khan
Before Pluto's fall from planetary grace, there was Ceres. Depending on your definition, it's either the largest asteroid or the smallest dwarf planet -- but for a few glorious decades in the 1800s, the rocky sphere was a full planet in the solar system's pantheon. Now, astronomers have discovered water vapor steaming off this mysterious little planetoid - - and the discovery, published in the journal Nature, could have fascinating implications for the evolution of our solar system.
January 19, 2014 | Eric Sondheimer
It's time for the California Interscholastic Federation and its member schools to have a philosophical debate on whether it should be easy or hard for athletes to switch high schools. So far, there doesn't appear to be a whole lot of outrage in how schools are welcoming transfer students with open arms. Transfers in large numbers have been happening in Southern California for years, but a 2012 CIF statewide rule that reduced the penalty for transferring without moving from one year to one month has given parents the green light to move without worrying about consequences.
November 15, 2013 | By Bob Pool
It's been sitting around in Pomona for nearly 53 years, but now the beast they call Big Boy is making tracks for Wyoming. Officially known as Union Pacific steam engine No. 4014, the locomotive has been parked at the RailGiants Train Museum in Pomona since 1962, a displaced piece of the past. Now Union Pacific has reacquired the behemoth and has begun inching Big Boy No. 4014 toward mainline rail tracks that will take it to Cheyenne, where it will be rebuilt and begin life afresh as a rolling museum on steel wheels.
November 9, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - The Chinese leadership is hyping a Communist Party meeting that began Saturday as the greatest financial rethink since leader Deng Xiaoping launched China's economic revolution in the late 1970s. In keeping with past patterns, the Chinese will not divulge specifics of the four-day session here until it concludes. But proposals that have leaked out in recent weeks include easing business regulations and liberalizing interest and currency exchange rates. The economic revolution launched more than three decades ago is still unfinished, leaving the country with a hybrid economy sometimes waggishly referred to as "capitalism with Chinese characteristics.
April 14, 2012 | By Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO — California's largest oil company failed to warn employees of the dangers in an oil field where a worker was sucked underground and boiled to death last year, state authorities found — and then they fined the firm $350. The small regulatory penalty, levied after a first investigation cleared Chevron, has angered labor leaders and reignited a debate over the risks of the extraction technique that led to the worker's death. The method, in which a rush of steam heats the ground and loosens oil deposits, yields much of California's crude.
May 24, 1989
Fluor Corp. in Irvine said two of its subsidiaries have started work on a $62-million contract for a coal-fired cogeneration plant in Michigan. The plant--scheduled for completion in September, 1990--will produce electricity for Consumers Power Co. and steam for Packaging Corp. of America. Fluor Daniel will oversee the project and Fluor Constructors International will build it, according to a spokesman. When finished, the plant will contain two boilers. Each will produce as much as 300,000 pounds of steam per hour.
October 3, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Only one word describes the effect of watching Ben Affleck slowly dial down the temperature one degree at a time in "Runner Runner": Cool. Frank Sinatra cool. He stars as sociopathic online gambling mogul Ivan Block, and if that role doesn't sound cool, you haven't seen Affleck at the controls. Justin Timberlake costars as Richie Furst, a Princeton whiz kid, also cool. Not as cool as Block. Nor as keen on the whole sociopathic lifestyle. The money's great, but feeding enemies to the crocodiles crosses some lines.
October 2, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
I mark the author's passing Tuesday in a Baltimore hospital at age 66 not as a fan--I found his books impenetrable and, truth be told, boring--but as an observer of a remarkable publishing paradigm, the rise of the technobabble thriller.  The best description of Clancy's technique was given by Louis Menand in the The New Yorker way back in 1991. Clancy, Menand wrote, had discovered that: "instead of writing 'The submarine started to submerge' you could write: The reactor coolant pumps went to fast speed.
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