November 15, 2013 |
A master bedroom, a porch, a 14-foot boat and most of two houses were swallowed by the earth when a sinkhole opened up in a family's backyard in western Florida. The gaping hole in the waterfront town of Dunedin was more than 70 feet wide by Friday. The ground began to collapse Thursday morning, and seven houses around the hole were evacuated, Fire Chief Jeff Parks told The Times. No one was injured. Though local officials were shocked by the size of the crater, sinkhole disasters are about as common in Florida as alligators and sunshine.
October 31, 2013 |
The cryptic pull of masterful French filmmaker Claire Denis ("Beau Travail," "White Material") - stories told through faces, time rendered elliptically, visuals and sound in dreamlike sync - betrays a noirish stain in her unsettling new film, "Bastards. " Tanker captain Marco (Vincent Lindon) is called back to Paris to attend to a family disaster involving a wrecked business, a distraught sister (Julie Bataille) whose husband has committed suicide, and their traumatized daughter (Lola Créton)
September 18, 2013 |
File this under “Things that make you go 'Huh?,' California section”: The city of San Juan Capistrano has banned flip-flops at two city parks. And better yet: City officials apparently didn't know they'd done it. And even better yet: It's a rule, but no one is enforcing it. OK, insert your “crazy Californians” joke here. But really, what's next: banning bikinis at the beach, or Ray Bans, or fire pits ? (Oh, wait, scratch that last one.) Now, to most of the country, San Juan Capistrano is the place the swallows return to. To generations of Southern California schoolchildren, it's where you go to see a Spanish mission; and then you coerce mom or dad into making a model of it for you for your school mission project, part of a time-honored tradition.
August 30, 2013 |
A few years ago, Kellogg Co. embarked on an ad campaign to convince parents that eating Frosted Mini-Wheats cereal would make star students of their children, with higher levels of attention and memory. "Clinical studies" - a revered term - showed that a breakfast of the cereal improved children's attentiveness by "nearly 20%," the ads said. There are studies, and then there are studies. This one, sponsored by Kellogg itself, compared children who ate its cereal with those who ate no breakfast at all. So it was misleading to the extent that it suggested that Frosted Mini-Wheats were better at improving attention than any other sort of breakfast.
June 11, 2013 |
Generic prescription drugs have to meet exacting standards for ingredients and quality, which you'd think would make them uniformly priced at pharmacies. But that, of course, isn't the case. Generic drug prices can be all over the map, depending on where and how you buy them. Bruce Lowther, 45, takes five generic prescription meds daily for a heart condition. He had a heart attack a few years ago. Lowther was paying nearly $370 every three months for supplies of his drugs at Target.
May 20, 2013 |
A coalition of environmental groups has filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing transportation agencies of violating migratory bird laws by installing protective netting across two bridges in the Petaluma, Calif., area that has injured and killed dozens of migrating cliff swallows. A Caltrans contractor draped the nylon netting over the Petaluma River and Lakeville Overpass bridges along Highway 101, about 30 miles north of San Francisco, as part of an effort to deter cliff swallows from nesting under them, according to the lawsuit.