December 2, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - In a sprawling complex of laboratories and futuristic gadgets in Golden, Colo., a supercomputer named Peregrine does a quadrillion calculations per second to help scientists figure out how to keep the lights on. Peregrine was turned on this year by the U.S. Energy Department. It has the world's largest "petascale" computing capability. It is the size of a Mack truck. Its job is to figure out how to cope with a risk from something the public generally thinks of as benign - renewable energy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 2006 |
High scrap-metal prices led criminals to steal copper wire from about 750 streetlights, costing the city nearly $250,000, officials said. Copper sells for about $3 to $4 a pound, said Dave Row, a supervisor with the Public Works Department. The amount of copper stolen between two streetlights can weigh between 60 and 80 pounds. Workers will retool electrical boxes on the lights with special locks and screws. Officers are following up on leads provided by scrap-metal business owners, Police Capt.
May 26, 1994 |
Those with connections, declares Dorothy Thompson, get the jobs. Organizations with connections get grants. And while she has become a connection for the trainees who have gone on to establish careers as production assistants, she worries that she can't get the funding needed for the survival of Streetlights, the program she started two years ago that trains troubled young people for entry-level jobs in the entertainment industry.
January 15, 2006 |
EVEN now, Charlene De La Rosa recalls how pretty the model homes were. She remembers the well-dressed and conscientious sales staff, the professional-looking office. Rancho Las Flores was to be a 550-home, 135-acre development offering homes in the mid-$100,000s to mid-$200,000s in the growing Riverside County city of Coachella. In April 2004, De La Rosa, a court services assistant, put a $2,500 deposit on a $219,000 five-bedroom, four-bathroom home planned for the development's second phase.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 15, 2002 |
The city begins a five-phase streetlight replacement project today along the western end of Ventura Boulevard, said a spokesman for the Los Angeles Department of Public Works. The $1.35-million project, stretching from Corbin Avenue to Valley Circle Boulevard in Woodland Hills, will take the Bureau of Street Lighting five years to complete, said public works spokesman Robert Reed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2012 |
Earlier this summer, thieves in Pico Rivera made off with a 200-pound brass bell from a Catholic church. Burglars around California have torn up train tracks, carted off bleachers, nabbed park statues and helped themselves to copper wiring serving neighborhoods, hospitals and airports. The state is in the throes of a metal theft epidemic, fueled by scrap yards' willingness to pay high prices for copper and steel that can be resold to hungry factories in Asia. In Southern California, a proliferation of unpermitted scrap yards - which have set up shop here to take advantage of access to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach - has exacerbated the problem.
February 22, 2007 |
Southern California Edison Co. is taking a first step toward supporting municipal wireless Internet networks after holding up such projects in cities throughout the region for more than 18 months. The state's second-largest power utility has agreed to let EarthLink Inc. build a small network using Edison streetlights in Santa Ana as part of a wider-ranging trial of wireless gear. "This is long overdue," said Esme Vos of MuniWireless.com, an authority on such high-speed wireless projects.
July 17, 2011 |
Eight years ago, as I watched a building near my work be converted from vacant offices into lofts, I couldn't stop thinking about it. If I lived there, in that beautiful old building, I could walk less than a block to work. That micro-distance was important: Any farther and I wouldn't have felt safe walking home after dark. There were no streetlights on the block back then. Homeless people curled up in doorways and under cardboard boxes. On the sidewalk was a row of public outhouses, which I soon realized were "owned" by drug dealers.
November 3, 1996
The age-old question "Am I my brother's keeper?" was eloquently answered in Celeste Fremon's insightful article ("Can Hollywood Save Crazy Ace?" Oct. 6). I worked teaching classes within the prison system for several years before such programs were dismantled by the government. I came to know many young men who sincerely wanted to change their lives but needed help in order to do so. The trend away from rehabilitative programs in the prisons is a step in the wrong direction. Let Robert (Crazy Ace)