April 17, 2013
Re "Litter by litter, he's helping," Column, April 14 It was a pleasure reading Steve Lopez's column about Hans Svanoe and his service to the community by keeping his environment trash-free. Svanoe, who picks up litter on his morning walks, listed the "three kinds of people in the world" but left off the fourth: the people who see litter and step over it. Indeed, the litterers are "slobs. " I have been picking up trash and litter in my neighborhood by Aliso Creek for 35 years and have removed auto parts, junk motorcycles, furniture, tires, shopping carts and blue bags of dog poop from the creek and adjacent bike trail.
April 17, 2013 |
A hotel room was left in such disgusting condition after February's NFL scouting combine that the manager took pictures and sent them to the event's organizer. National Football Scouting president Jeff Foster confirmed to Yahoo!Sports that a room in the Crowne Plaza in Indianapolis was found after the combine with feces and urine scattered in the bathroom, toothpaste on a mirror and garbage, including uneaten food, all over. "I can confirm that a room was left in an inappropriate condition and we're disappointed by both players who occupied the room," Foster said.
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April 17, 2013 |
A Sacramento County woman was arrested this week after an infant found dead under a bed. The woman, identified as 24-year-old Courtney Addington, was examined in January by personnel at Mercy General Hospital for excessive bleeding. Although hospital staff said she showed signs of recently giving birth, Addington reportedly denied those claims, officials said. The hospital contacted Sacramento County sheriff's deputies, who stopped by Addington's home later that night.
April 15, 2013 |
BOGOTA, Colombia - Nohra Padilla spent her childhood at a garbage dump here in Colombia's capital before going on to organize the city's poor recyclers. Now the activist, who travels the world giving talks about waste management, has won one of the world's most prestigious environmental prizes. Padilla is a 2013 winner of the San Francisco-based Goldman Environmental Prize, which comes with a $150,000 cash award, the group announced Monday. She helped organize and formalize the work of 5,000 poor trash collectors and recyclers who spend most nights fanning out over Bogota's streets to cull recyclable paper, plastic, glass and metals for resale.
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April 13, 2013 |
In the beginning, it was about losing a few pounds. Hans Svanoe, 64, would leave his house in Encino at 5:30 a.m. and walk for an hour before driving over the hill to Century City, where he works as a butler. A what? "A corporate executive butler," said Svanoe, who caters to the domestic needs of media mogul Haim Saban and his business partner, Adam Chesnoff, when they're at the office. Before that, the Norwegian-born Svanoe was a domestic for Milton Berle, who once responded to a Svanoe quip by saying: "I'll tell the jokes around here.
April 5, 2013
Re "'Unusual mortality event,'" April 2 After reading the heartbreaking article about the demise of so many sea lion pups, I'd like to state what to me is an obvious cause of this "baffling" event. We are turning our oceans into toxic septic tanks filled with human waste and industrial pollutants, also known as poison. In a futile effort to feed an unsustainable global population growth, we are stripping the oceans of life, leaving dwindling fish populations that can't sustain the basic needs of the seals.