September 19, 2013 |
DENVER - When the worst of the flooding began for Weld County last week, Cliff Willmeng, on a hunch, took his 2003 Subaru and drove east. The county's roads and bridges had begun to disintegrate under the might of the historic floodwaters, to the point that Willmeng, an environmental activist, had trouble navigating. Yet what his gut had told him to look for had been, as he put it, "unfortunately easy to find. " What Willmeng saw, and also photographed, was the drowning of Weld County's extensive oil and gas drilling operations - hundreds of fracking wells that were underwater, and an unknown number of storage tanks and other industrial facilities assaulted by the untamed waters.
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September 18, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- An independent commission with the task of examining the future of California's troubled park system held its first public hearing on Wednesday. The commission, called Parks Forward, was created by the Legislature in the wake of an accounting scandal at the Department of Parks and Recreation last year. In addition, the department has struggled to maintain its network of 280 parks covering 1.7 million acres. Officials said they would seek new ways to bring revenue and visitors to parks while maintaining their natural beauty.
September 15, 2013
What place lifts your spirits? We asked a group of seasoned travelers to describe their happy places, the destination they conjure in times of trouble. The allure is aesthetic, but it's also emotional. The place is reminiscent of home - or the polar opposite of home. It is exotic - or ordinary. Wherever it is, it beckons these travelers to lay down their burdens and put their cares at bay. Here are their choices. To tell us about yours, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
September 14, 2013 |
The booing stopped. The Coliseum was barely half full, but at least those sunny souls willing to venture into the darkness that has enveloped USC football did not lose their temper. The chants to fire the head coach stopped. Lane Kiffin gave a giant noogie to the fans by ordering a deep pass on the game's first snap - a play that was rarely repeated the rest of the afternoon - and fans fired back with only sarcastic cheers. A temporary truce was forged. That is the best that can be said for the Trojans' 35-7 victory over Boston College on Saturday.
September 14, 2013 |
Is what we eat eating away at us? Millions of Americans have reflux disease, with symptoms ranging from annoying to dangerous, and experts believe our diet is a major factor. Reflux is partly a matter of stomach acid moving upward to where it doesn't belong. But a leading researcher, Dr. Jamie Koufman, says an even bigger threat is the digestive enzyme pepsin, which lingers in the esophagus and throat where it is activated by acidic foods and beverages. She preaches that we need to change what, how and when we eat. Koufman, the director of the Voice Institute of New York, says many people have no idea that reflux is behind their health problems.
September 13, 2013 |
Bear Bryant would have turned 100 this week, and that's fitting because there are about that many story lines leading into Alabama's big game at Texas A&M. Bryant coached both schools to their most famous football glories. In one College Station corner you have Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, so talented and polarizing that CBS is devoting an extra camera - the "Johnny Cam" - to follow his every gesture. This does not necessarily comply with the mantra all coaches preach about selflessness and teamwork.
September 13, 2013 |
Max Ataka loves insects. All kinds, from the beetles on his T-shirt to the Anise swallowtail butterfly perched on the back of his hand. The 12-year-old loves the colors, the weird behaviors, the fact that he can actually handle them. "When I was a baby, my first insect was a grasshopper," he said, recalling the memory as if it were from a distant era. Max is the youngest member of the Lorquin Entomological Society, an organization of Southern Californians who prefer six legs to four (or two)
September 13, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - When Friday's weigh-in was over, Saul "Canelo" Alvarez started his plan of packing on 14 pounds in 30 hours by eating a rib-eye steak, pouring Tapatio salsa on it. The 23-year-old Mexican star had weighed in at the catchweight maximum limit of 152 pounds for his Saturday night fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. at MGM Grand. Making 152 pounds was "easy. I reached weight yesterday, and reached it today," Alvarez said in Spanish to an interpreter. Alvarez had been irked by comments from Mayweather's camp that they had put one over on Canelo by forcing him to weigh in two pounds lower than the usual 154-pound junior-middleweight limit.
September 5, 2013 |
DENVER -- The Denver Broncos lived up to the mile-high expectations of their fans Thursday, and that's saying something. Peyton Manning threw an NFL-record-tying seven touchdown passes - two each to Julius Thomas, Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas - as the Broncos roasted the Baltimore Ravens, 49-27, exacting a measure of revenge on the team that knocked them out of the playoffs eight months earlier. "We've all said it enough, but he's a phenomenal football player," said tight end Julius Thomas, who reeled in Manning's first two touchdown passes.
September 4, 2013 |
Books can start wars, or shape how they are fought. Abraham Lincoln famously told Harriet Beecher Stowe that her book, “Uncle Tom's Cabin,” started the Civil War. In the 1990s, two books helped inform the policies of President Clinton in the Balkans. Robert D. Kaplan's "Balkan Ghosts: A Journey Through History" portrayed many centuries of irreconcilable ethnic enmity and gave the impression of a morass that would swallow up any country that intervened there; David Remnick of the New Yorker called it a “marvelous alibi for inaction.” But later Clinton read Noel Malcolm's "Bosnia: A Short History," which portrayed the conflict in that country as the product of the Machiavellian political calculations of Slobodan Milosevic.