December 22, 2002 |
For the fabled wolves and brown bears roaming the dark forests of Transylvania, communism wasn't all that bad. Romania's notorious dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu, who ruled for 25 years before communism collapsed, outlawed bear-hunting for all but himself and his friends. As a result, when Ceausescu was toppled and executed in 1989, the country's forests were teeming with bears and other animals. In fact, there were too many, environmentalists say.
February 12, 2006 |
At first, Richard Johnston thought nothing of an online auction house's offer to sell a letter written in 1900 by a member of Butch Cassidy's infamous Wild Bunch for $5,999. Later, the Old West history buff from Reno made a surprising discovery: The two-page letter from outlaw Willard E. Christiansen to Utah Gov. Heber Wells had been stolen from the Utah State Archives. "I checked my files and discovered that I had seen the letter there in 1976," Johnston recalled.
October 15, 2011 |
The clock is ticking, less than a year until the Pacific 12 Conference starts collecting on its historic $3-billion television contract. The largest broadcast deal ever negotiated by a college league, it will pour hundreds of millions into the member schools annually. And it cannot come a moment too soon. A sluggish economy has left athletic departments across the Pac-12 scrambling to cover costs, and some barely afloat, according to records acquired by The Times. Cash-strapped programs at California, Arizona State and Oregon State needed "allocated revenues" to balance their budgets last year.
January 29, 1991 |
In the ongoing battle over the future of American academia, the conservative movement is about to launch new weapons: guidebooks to help prospective college students choose a school. Both William F. Buckley's National Review magazine and the Madison Center for Educational Affairs, whose founders include former U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett and conservative scholar Allan Bloom, are publishing books that purport to lead students to solid, traditional educations.
December 29, 2002 |
When UCLA went shopping for a football coach this month, administrators at the university found themselves in a predicament. They could offer a high-profile job, a team steeped in tradition and a scenic campus. But the $600,000 salary wasn't sufficient to lure an established coach from another school. May we show you something in a coordinator? Perhaps an up-and-coming assistant?
November 10, 2003 |
Each year at this time, Dr. Peter Wolfe receives e-mail from people who consider him an idiot. They couldn't care less that he is an infectious-disease specialist who treats AIDS patients. They probably don't know that he speaks French and Portuguese and is a fan of Brazilian literature. Or that he is a pilot and classical pianist. "It is a little bracing to look at your inbox and see these people threatening you," he said. "The obscenities and all that."