August 20, 2009 |
The classroom swelters in 102-degree heat. The students, all boys in first and second grade, wipe the sweat off their faces as they bark out a spelling exercise in unison. " A-P-P-L-E, apple! B-O-X, box! M-O-N-K-E-Y, monkey!" School is back in session for the children of Swat, the verdant, mountainous valley that this year became the prime battlefield in the Pakistani military's bid to neutralize local Taliban groups. After more than two months of fighting, soldiers regained control of Swat's major towns, and thousands of refugees who fled the conflict have been returning home.
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April 5, 2012 |
In a move that seems designed to keep Occupy L.A.demonstrators from resuming nighttime protests at the park outside City Hall, a Los Angeles city councilman is calling for the park's hours of operation to be shortened and for rules regarding tents to be clarified. Councilman Jose Huizar on Wednesday introduced a motion that asks the city attorney to prepare an ordinance that would "help protect and maintain" the park by limiting the hours it's open to between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. The previous hours of operation were 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. The 1.7-acre park is expected to reopen in May, after city crews finish a nearly $400,000 restoration job. It has been closed since December, when police arrested hundreds of demonstrators who had been camped there as part of a national protest against income inequality and other economic and social issues.
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June 7, 2012 |
Looking to reopen the City Hall lawn without sparking a new and protracted occupation by demonstrators, the Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday to bar tents from being set up in more than 400 parks. Wednesday's vote also explicitly prohibits using sleeping bags or cots in a park once it closes for the day. The changes were spearheaded by Councilman Richard Alarcon, who supported the Occupy movement that brought encampments to major cities around the nation. The city has prohibited camping on city parkland for years, except in areas designated for that purpose.
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November 27, 2011 |
The white neon clock at the park couldn't be missed. It was 10:03 p.m. At the northeast entrance to Lincoln Park in Long Beach, a handful of people were on the move. Some were dragging a blue tarp from the grass to the sidewalk along Pacific Avenue while others were folding chairs. Nearby, sleeping bags were laid out, side by side, on the concrete. This is the nightly ritual for Occupy Long Beach. Unlike other demonstrators across the country, the three dozen or so Long Beach loyalists leave the ground they've staked as protest central by 10 p.m. to avoid violating a city ordinance that prohibits overnight camping in parks.
August 30, 2010 |
Gul Nar's new home is a canvas tent on the median of the Peshawar-Islamabad expressway. To get to the grassy shoulder where they can have room to play, her two boys dart across three lanes of 60 mph traffic. Her tent is one of hundreds along the dirt median of the M-1 where victims of Pakistan's catastrophic flooding have taken refuge. They've decided that despite the danger and the din of incessant traffic just a few feet away, the expressway is their best bet. Why? Because every once in a while, a car stops with a handout: a bag of rice, a carton of milk, a handful of dates, a small wad of cash.
February 10, 2010 |
Few things are certain in Jislene Brisson's life these days. The Haitian mother of four lost her husband and her house in the earthquake that ravaged this impoverished country a month ago. She has little money left and the emergency food deliveries that aid groups are still struggling to establish have yet to reach her and her children, she said. In fact, there is perhaps only one thing Brisson can count on and it terrifies her: The rains are coming to Haiti and she is not prepared.
January 8, 2012
If you go THE BEST WAY TO MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE From L.A., take Interstate 10 or 210 east to Interstate 15. It takes less than four hours to drive to Kelso, in the heart of the preserve. From Las Vegas, it's about 90 minutes. Those who want to dip into the preserve from I-15 between L.A. and Vegas have many options, including the memorably named Zzyzx Road. Entry to the preserve is free. WHEELS If you have a four-wheel-drive, the Mojave has more than 1,000 miles of dirt backroads to explore.
June 30, 2013 |
Glamour plus camping equals "glamping. " Thanks to this website, you'll never have to pitch a tent. Name: Glamping.com What it does: Sources glamorous camping options the world over - from floating lodges in Cambodia to luxe treehouses in Italy. What's hot: The site defines different glamping opportunities. I liked that it organized them both by destination and by categories, such as tents, villas and huts; cubes and eco-pods; yurts and tepees; and more. I found tented suites in Kenya, a Four Seasons tented camp in Thailand, solar-powered tents in Australia; and luxury yurts in Britain.
March 21, 2011 |
In 1995, I set off from Yosemite's Tuolumne Meadows toward Donahue Pass and the High Sierra country beyond. It was a splendid trip, and its memories, still vivid after 15 years, tugged at me like an old terrier longing for mountain trails that might be too steep for him now. Luckily, Yosemite National Park's High Sierra camps make it possible for old dogs like me to indulge youthful dreams of adventure without risking serious bodily injury. The five camps provide meals, canvas tents with beds, clean privies and hot showers.
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May 26, 1986
William C. Baer pontificates on how it is unimportant to preserve historic places. After tearing down City Hall, the L.A. Times building and other dated structures, perhaps Professor Baer would suggest setting up tents, which could be thrown away when they get dirty so the new tents might replace them. JIM WALKER Glendale