February 8, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg had a welcome message for New Yorkers on Friday: Leave work early. If only the reason for his warning were something other than an approaching snowstorm, the third bout of foul weather to slam the city since Hurricane Sandy devastated it in late October. It was a message repeated by officials from New York up through northern New England, where blizzard warnings were in effect and where predictions of snowfall ranged from a foot to 3 feet.
January 12, 2013 |
JERUSALEM -- Palestinian activists were evicted Sunday from a tent village they had set up Friday on a large plot of land east of Jerusalem that Israel has designated as the site of a new settlement. Israeli police raided the site known as E-1 after the Israeli government told the Supreme Court that evacuating the activists was a top national security matter. The court Friday had delayed eviction proceedings, giving the government six days to explain why it would want to remove the protesters.
January 11, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - About 250 Palestinian activists set up dozens of tents Friday on a large plot of land east of Jerusalem that Israel has designated as the site of a new settlement. The Palestinians hope the tent village - called Bab al-Shams, or Gate to the Sun - will prevent Israel from going forward with the E1 project, said a spokesman for the group, Abdullah abu Rahmeh. Israel plans to build thousands of housing units as part of the project, which Palestinians and much of the international community have condemned as a step that could disrupt travel between the northern and southern portions of the West Bank and make it more difficult for the Palestinians to create a cohesive state.
December 15, 2012
Re "Not a club for Christians," Opinion, Dec. 11 I applaud Jonah Goldberg for questioning the GOP's approach to non-Christians and other minorities. It is a positive development that he recognizes the exclusion so many feel from the GOP. But while the GOP may be very strong in proclaiming its Christianity for all to see, it doesn't fare as well in following many of Jesus' teachings, including helping the poor, healing the sick, turning the other cheek and valuing the peacemakers.
November 12, 2012 |
For the last six months, Jessica Peachman's husband worked overtime at his car mechanic job so he could help send his wife on her dream vacation. The $8,000 that the couple eventually cobbled together wouldn't deliver Peachman to the shores of Fiji, the Eiffel Tower or DisneyWorld. Instead, the money allowed the 25-year-old to fly 7,500 miles from her native Australia to downtown Los Angeles, where this past weekend she and hundreds of others spent four nights sleeping in flimsy tents anxiously awaiting Monday night's world premiere of the fifth and final "Twilight" movie.
October 21, 2012 |
As the outré Euro-style dinner-theater called Teatro ZinZanni parks its vintage 1910 Belgian spiegeltent on the scrubbed architectural grounds of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for the next three months, there's much cooing among the ZinZanni staff about the luxuries of this Costa Mesa locale. "Marble bathrooms," says associate artistic director Reenie Duff. "It's a huge deal. " On a break from retooling scenes for the three-hour vaudeville revue "Love, Dinner & Chaos," ZinZanni Artistic Director Norm Langill and star improvisational comedian Kevin Kent concur about the lush surroundings.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 2012 |
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK -- The brass padlocks on the signature tent cabins at Curry Village are the first sign that something is amiss as one of the park's last busy weekends of the year gets underway. Then there's the medical masks that Jil Johnson, 50, packed for herself, her 8-year-old son and his friend. The locks bar entrance to the park's 91 signature tent cabins, where park officials believe a deadly outbreak of hantavirus originated in June, sickening four people and killing two. The cabins are now closed indefinitely as officials wait to see if their efforts to close gaps between the cabin walls are enough to keep out virus-carrying deer mice.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 31, 2012 |
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - The number of hantavirus cases linked to Yosemite National Park rose Thursday as authorities said three more cases of the rare, rodent-borne disease have been confirmed. The California Department of Public Health announced two new cases and confirmed reports of the death of a Pennsylvania man and a non-fatal case involving a Californian, bringing the total number of cases linked to the park to six. Two people - the Pennsylvania man and a California man - have died.
August 30, 2012
On its way to disrupting the Republican National Convention in Florida and several days before it made landfall in Louisiana, Hurricane Isaac narrowly missed delivering another catastrophic blow to Haiti, still recovering from the January 2010 earthquake that left thousands dead and briefly - too briefly - focused international attention on that country's many troubles. Isaac did not claim thousands of lives, as feared, and it quickly moved on to more newsworthy locales. But for those of us who were in Haiti, it offered a stark reminder of how much remains to be done.
August 30, 2012 |
In an interview on the eve of his acceptance of the Republican Party's nomination for president, Mitt Romney sought to distance himself from his running mate and criticized those who would, as he put it, "chain us together. " "I mean, who is Paul Ryan?" Romney said, referring to the member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin who is the party's vice presidential nominee. "He's just some congressman who happens to be highly opinionated, as it turns out. But why should that reflect on me, just because I picked him?