CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - The California Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously overturned the first-degree murder conviction of a man who stole appliances and caused a fatal accident an hour later when a stove fell off his truck. Cole Allen Wilkins of Long Beach was convicted under the "felony-murder rule," which says a defendant may be convicted of first-degree murder if someone dies while the suspect is committing a felony, such as a burglary or rape. Intention to kill is not required for conviction.
February 16, 2013 |
NORTH POLE, Alaska - In Krystal Francesco's neighborhood, known here as the "rectangle of death," the air pollution recently was so thick she could hardly see across the street. Wood stoves were cranking all over town - it was 40 below zero - and she had to take her daughter to the emergency room. "She's crying because she can't breathe, and I can just see her stomach rapidly going in and out. Sometimes, she's coughing to the point of throwing up," Francesco said of her 2½-year-old daughter, Kalli, who uses two different inhalers.
January 22, 2013 |
Sometimes nothing beats smoking a nice cut of meat outdoors on a lazy, hot day -- that is, as long as the weather cooperates. But the great outdoors can get a little testy, especially during these winter months. Even in Southern California. Next time you're hankering for a smoked rack of ribs, consider smoking in the great indoors, right on your stove top. Stove-top smoking is certainly not a new concept: Scatter some wood chips in a roasting pan, put the meat on a rack to sit above it. Loosely cover the pan with foil, and heat.
July 25, 2012 |
Hanging with my homies at a Galaxy game — or are they hooligans? That's what I'm here to find out. To be specific, I am with the L.A.-based fan club of Tottenham Hotspur of the English Premier League, a boisterous but likable bunch of chaps with British accents and David Letterman hairlines. Most are transplants from across the pond, which leaves you thankful — after a few beers — that there is indeed a pond (I now think of it as more of a moat). Thanks to transplants like them, and the global spread of pro sports in general, U.S. interest in the Premier League seems to grow every year.
December 25, 2011 |
When Peter Kupec was a boy, his mother cooked on a coal stove in the kitchen, which heated the whole house. Now 80, Kupec still uses coal to heat his Lansford home in Pennsylvania's anthracite region, which is estimated to have billions of tons of coal deposits to fuel industry and warm living rooms for centuries. So he was surprised when he called a dealer a few weeks ago to buy two tons of coal. "They said 'My God, I don't know when we can deliver it,'" Kupec said. "It might be six to eight weeks.
December 8, 2011 |
A quick look at my home kitchen and you might think I was an avowed minimalist. One pot, a few saucepans and a cherished cast-iron skillet. A cupboard of bakeware and bowls and counter space for just a few appliances. All the gadgets that can fit in one small drawer. A few chosen knives. Noble? I wish. A would-be cookware junkie, I'm saved from bingeing on tools and equipment only by the postage-stamp size of my cooking space. To make it in my kitchen, an item has to be essential.