CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 2013 |
Imagine the book you need to ace the exam showing up at your door, care of your friendly neighborhood drone. A textbook rental company is trying to mimic the instantaneous speed of e-book delivery for printed books by utilizing civil drones in Sydney, Australia. Zookal, a service that rents textbooks to university students, has partnered with Flirtey, an outfit specializing in unmanned aerial vehicles, to aerially deliver print books to customers within minutes after an order is placed.
October 22, 1985 |
A Thai court sentenced an Australian to death Monday for possessing 4.4 pounds of heroin intended for sale, court officials reported. They said that Donald Tait, 52, a pilot from Sydney, was arrested in July last year at a hotel in Phuket, 580 miles south of Bangkok. He denied the charge and has 15 days to appeal the sentence, officials said.
October 26, 1993 |
Troy Waters of Sydney took command in the fourth round and stopped former Olympic gold medalist Robert Wangila at 1:08 of the sixth round in their scheduled 12-round junior-middleweight bout Monday night at the Forum. Waters (21-3) opened the sixth with a flurry of blows that drove Wangila (21-4) around the ring.
June 23, 1987 |
Classified security arrangements for Secretary of State George P. Shultz and Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger were accidentally broadcast over a taxi radio network, officials said Monday. The security breach occurred when Australia's Department of Communications gave U.S. security agents a radio frequency it thought was not used, said Joel Webster, a department spokesman. However, the messages were clearly heard by the radio dispatcher of Sydney's largest cab company, Taxis Combined.
January 5, 1986 |
Much has been made lately about the renaissance in American rock, spearheaded in the mainstream by the gym-toughened Bruce What's-His-Name and shored in the underground by a Del This or a Les That. But while "American rock" with its unpretentious emphasis on guitar, bass and drums celebrates the back-to-populism basics, another continent is providing much of the same musical no-frills excitement: Australia. Australia.
February 9, 1992
I would like to comment on a remark made in the Jan. 19 article "Authentic Aussie Items in Sydney," concerning the Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery in the Rocks. Perhaps the large number of international tourists that visit the Rocks in Sydney has made some of that area's shopkeepers a little less patient with visitors' requests for information. I had a very different experience in 1990 when I visited the original Coo-ee Aboriginal Art shop and gallery (two separate establishments a block apart)
January 3, 2002 |
As blazes continued raging around Australia's largest city and thousands fled their homes today, police discovered the remains of what might have been two homemade bombs used by arsonists to set tinder-dry forests afire. More than 100 bush fires burning out of control near Sydney and in its suburbs were being fanned by hot, dry and swirling winds. Smoke clouds towered above the city of 4 million people.
June 6, 2013 |
The Aussie import "Wish You Were Here" offers a distinctive, highly effective take on the vacation-from-hell thriller. First-time director Kieran Darcy-Smith, working from a powerful script he wrote with wife - and the film's co-star - Felicity Price, so consistently tightens the screws on the unfolding events you can practically hear the irrevocable twists. The story, told largely in the present but with slowly revealing, well-structured flashbacks, outwardly involves the disappearance of a Sydney, Australia, businessman, Jeremy (Antony Starr)
January 17, 2013 |
The International Olympic Committee released the following statement Thursday regarding its decision to strip Lance Armstrong of the bronze medal he received in 2000: "Following the recent decisions of [ the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency] and the [International Cycling Union, or UCI] regarding the competitive cycling results of Lance Armstrong, the IOC has disqualified Armstrong from the events in which he competed at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, namely, the men's individual road race, where he finished 13th, and the men's individual time trial, where he finished 3rd and was awarded with a bronze medal and a certificate.