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.
June 28, 1987 |
We continue to stockpile nuclear weapons, to pollute our water and air, and to build on what empty land is left us. Will planet Earth survive? "Reflections on Survival," a multimedia exhibition Friday to Aug. 7 at the Woman's Building, takes up the question. Initially, the exhibit was conceived as an observance of Hiroshima Day, the anniversary of the Aug.
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.
February 6, 2014 |
After an atomic apocalypse, only 10 people out of a group of 21 can live in a specially outfitted bunker for a year, at which point they will restart civilization as we know it. Which 10 would you pick - and why? This is the set-up of "After the Dark," an unusually creative and ambitious film of ideas that offers so much more than its forgettable title and sensationalized publicity may imply. Impressively written and directed by John Huddles, this existential sci-fi thriller follows a so-called thought experiment in which one Mr. Zimit (James D'Arcy)
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.
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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.
October 23, 2011 |
A Thousand Lives The Untold Story of Hope, Deception, and Survival at Jonestown Julia Scheeres Free Press: 320 pp., $26 Before Julia Scheeres came along, Thom Bogue had not talked publicly about Jonestown. But when he realized that, like him, she had also been a troubled teen sent to a tropical religious camp - which she chronicled in the bestselling memoir "Jesus Land" - he decided to share his experiences. At 15, Tommy was sent from California to Guyana, where he lived for two years under the increasingly bizarre control of the Rev. Jim Jones.
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.
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.