October 6, 1989 |
Last December, Jill Krementz, the well-known photographer, sat quietly in the back seat of a taxicab. Nothing unusual in that, except that the entire East Side was crazed and cranky over "Gorbylock." All around her, cabbies and truckers, pedestrians and passengers fumed and growled over the immovable traffic stalled by the departure of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Krementz just sat there and hummed to herself.
April 28, 2012 |
The most remarkable achievement within Charlotte Rogan's debut novel, "The Lifeboat," is how neatly it exceeds, and defies, expectations. The plot seems basic: Some people clamber aboard a lifeboat as a ship sinks, and we think we're all set for a tale in which someone inevitably will be eaten for dinner. But Rogan delivers something entirely different (rest easy, no one gets eaten) by using a familiar setting to explore moral ambiguity, human nature and the psychology of manipulation.
April 29, 2011 |
Away from the spotlight of a presidential visit and the glare of national publicity, this rural town of 5,000 in northeast Alabama nursed its tragedy. The walls of the Rainsville Civic Center were blown out. Across the street, the Huddle House, a popular eatery, and the local credit union, were wiped out. Rainsville is part of DeKalb County, which is reporting 32 deaths from the tornadoes that have turned Alabama in the worst-hit state by the deadliest storms in decades. The county ranks right behind Tuscaloosa, where there are 38 confirmed deaths of the state's 210 reported deaths so far. President Obama visited Tuscaloosa on Friday.
November 14, 2010 |
Few thinkers have had quite the same effect as Charles Darwin. His theory of evolution was so powerful and compelling that it became the new orthodoxy, affecting how we think about many aspects of our lives. Not least of these influences has been on the way we do business. So-called social Darwinism has played an important role in shaping our understanding of economics, markets and organizations. For example, when discussing business organizations we often speak of them "adapting" and "evolving" to meet conditions in their changing "environment," as if our business organizations were some sort of Galapagos seabird and not large and highly complex institutions.
December 30, 1991 |
What individuals do right after learning that they will be laid off could have a dramatic impact on how well they survive the furlough, financial experts say. Those who act quickly to tally and preserve their assets are likely to emerge reasonably intact, while those who delay could find themselves financially devastated long after they've found new employment. What should you do the moment you receive a layoff notice? * Apply for unemployment compensation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2001 |
A 55-year-old hiker missing overnight in the Cleveland National Forest walked out Sunday morning cold and wet but uninjured. Bill Cunningham of Mission Viejo said he got lost Saturday in the snow falling in the highest parts of the Santa Ana Mountains. "My goal was to reach Santiago Peak and come back," Cunningham said Sunday. He reached the peak, but during his descent "it was snowing heavily and I couldn't see . . . and I missed a turnoff point."
January 4, 1988
An 18-year-old woman jumped or fell from the Golden Gate Bridge more than 200 feet into chilly San Francisco Bay and survived, authorities reported. A Coast Guard cutter rescued weeping Sara Rutledge Birnbaum, administered oxygen and delivered her to shore where she was rushed to Letterman Army Medical Center, said Coast Guard spokesman Ken Freeze. The Piedmont woman was conscious, coherent and able to answer questions, he said.
December 27, 1988 |
Lance Cpl. Jayson J. Rother was one tough Marine, but the stark, chocolate-brown mountains and the furnace-hot desert of San Bernardino County where he was lost proved to be tougher. Left stranded by his outfit last summer, Rother, 19, disappeared somewhere out on the firing ranges of the 932-square-mile Marine Air-Ground Combat Center north of here.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1999
Mike Edwards' June 27 comments regarding Agustin Gurza's columns depict Gurza's common theme as one of "victimhood." I offer an amended perspective: The common theme of Gurza's columns is survival. After working for more than 10 years with men, women and teens in substance abuse and domestic violence prevention programs, I was wisely corrected and came to understand that those who seek recovery and turn their lives around are no longer victims. They are survivors, and that is what some of Gurza's columns characterize.
June 5, 1997 |
Preparing for an outdoor activity, such as hiking or mountain climbing, calls for more than just being in shape. Because nature can play havoc with any excursion, it's important to be knowledgeable of the surroundings and have good survival skills. Dr. Edward Otten, president-elect of the Wilderness Medical Society and a professor of emergency medicine at the University of Cincinnati, said proper preparation can mean the difference between an enjoyable outing and a disaster.