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January 15, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
Scientists who gathered decades of measurements from hundreds of thousands of trees all over the world are punching a hole in the common assumption that large, old trees are biologically pretty much over the hill. To the contrary, researchers found that the senior trees have rapid growth rates and keep capturing carbon - lots of it. "The growth rate just keeps increasing as trees get bigger," said study leader Nate Stephenson, a California-based research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.
January 10, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
On a short jaunt to the desert between Christmas and New Year's Day, my friends and I (four in all, in a rented house) ran out of coffee rather precipitously. Without coffee -- strong coffee --how are you going to ever get up for an early morning hike in the park? We had a four-cup French press with us, and I didn't relish trying to make some decent joe in that with a can of Folger's from the general market. Bingo! At the farmers market in town that Saturday morning, we found a stand where Royce Robertson and his wife, Ikeke, were selling fresh, certified organic coffee beans.
December 23, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Seven members of a Hemet family lost their home and all their Christmas presents when lights on their dry Christmas tree sparked a fire, according to a report in the Riverside Press Enterprise . The family was being housed Monday in a hotel by the Red Cross, and members of the Hemet Fire Department donated $500 in gift cards for Sears and Kmart to the family. Neighbors were also donating items. The blaze broke out Friday at the mobile home where Juan and Irma Alvarado lived with their five children, who range in age from 4 to 19, the report said.
December 21, 2013 | By Alissa Walker
The apartment building at 2602 Broadway in Santa Monica doesn't scream "affordable housing. " Rather, its proportions and details are more like that of the neighboring 1960s buildings, and that's because 2602 Broadway takes a cue from those iconic structures, architect Kevin Daly said. "What we've done is take the typical L.A. dingbat, which I would characterize as a four-sided doughnut of a building, and break it apart and move toward the extreme edge of the property," Daly said.
December 13, 2013 | By Louis Sahagun
In recent years, California's Agassiz's desert tortoise population has been decimated by shootings, residential and commercial development, vehicle traffic, respiratory disease and predation by ravens, dogs and coyotes. Now, dwindling populations of the reptiles with scruffy carapaces and skin as tough as rhino hide are facing an even greater threat: longer droughts spurred by climate change in their Sonoran Desert kingdom of arroyos and burrows, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.
December 12, 2013 | By Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown reflected on the tradition and history of Christmas in his remarks Thursday at the lighting of the Capitol Christmas tree. "I was just thinking as I sat there -- with the moon coming up and that Grecian Capitol building of ours and the tree and the event -- that we're all celebrating something very, very old," Brown said. "Christmas goes back to Bethlehem, so many thousand years ago. " Brown also slipped in a bit of California history in his brief remarks, telling the audience that the first European to come to California was on his mind.
December 11, 2013 | By Richard Winton
A man who authorities said killed his ailing wife in their Canyon Country home and then fatally shot his near-comatose sister Wednesday at a North Hills nursing home had recently given away the family Christmas tree, saying he didn't need it this year. Lance Holger Anderson, 60, was arrested by the Los Angeles police on suspicion of killing his sister just hours after being taken into custody at the nursing home where he waited for detectives.  Neighbors in the quiet apartment couple said Anderson and his wife moved in five or six months ago. The man cared for his ailing wife.
December 10, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Alicia Banks
Blustery conditions toppled trees across Los Angeles on Tuesday during the peak of strong Santa Ana winds and cold temperatures. Trees all over the city were impacted, with some falling on cars, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The department was not aware of any deaths or life threatening injuries, he said. “The winds have subsided for the most part and all is well,” he said. Trees can be tricky because they can be damaged by previous winds, said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
December 10, 2013 | By Jay Jones
How do Hawaiians get in the Christmas spirit? With a festive parade, a gift fair, a gingerbread creation and a colorful tree. In December, at least 17 Oahu communities will celebrate with parades, and visitors are welcome to join in. Saturday will mark the return of the West Oahu Holiday Electric Light Parade to Kapolei, about 25 miles northwest of Waikiki. The procession, which will include 40 units -- two marching bands will take part too -- begins at 6 p.m. at the Kapolei Fairgrounds and travels to the Kapolei Hale (city hall)
December 7, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
Four people were killed and one person was injured when their vehicle struck a light pole and a palm tree in San Clemente early Saturday, authorities said. The impact of the 1:30 a.m. single-vehicle crash split the white BMW in half and ejected four people from the vehicle, said Lt. Steve Gil of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. A preliminary investigation indicate that speed and alcohol may have been factors in the crash, Gil said.   “This area is not known for having bad collisions,” Gil said.
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