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October 4, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
SUTTER ISLAND, Calif. - As a child, Brett Baker learned farming fundamentals from his grandfather, who taught him to drive a tractor and gave him some advice about water. "There may come a time," his grandfather said, "when you have to grab a shotgun and sit on the pump. " The vast delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers east of San Francisco, where Baker's family has lived and farmed since the 1850s, has long been the center of the state's chronic water conflicts. It is the switchyard of California water, the place where the north's liquid riches are shipped to the irrigation ditches of the San Joaquin Valley and the sinks of Southland suburbs.
September 11, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
TEMECULA - To visit Cpl. Juan Dominguez in his new "smart home" adapted to his combat injuries, his friends will wind through streets with names from the traumatic event that led to the Marines being sent to Afghanistan. Off Meadows Parkway, they'll cruise along Nacke Drive, then Bradshaw Drive, Dahl Drive and Lyles Drive, all named for people who died aboard United Airlines Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked by terrorists on Sept. 11, 2001. From Lyles Drive, they'll come to Rivera Drive, also named for someone who was on the flight that crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers and crew members thwarted the terrorists' plan to crash the aircraft in Washington.
August 28, 2012 | By Frank Shyong and Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously adopted a resolution Tuesday that joined a chorus of voices opposing plans to extend the 710 Freeway north either above ground or by tunnel. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority on Thursday narrowed the 12 possible options down to five and decided to cease exploration of any above-ground extension. But a tunnel connecting the 710 Freeway to the 210 Freeway is still on the table. MTA officials have said they do not prefer a single option, but foes believe the tunnel is the favored option because it provides a route for trucks from the Port of Los Angeles to move cargo inland.
August 23, 2012 | By Adolfo Flores, Los Angeles Times
Residents are calling for a criminal probe of Caltrans and a local lawmaker wants to spike plans to extend the 710 Freeway in the wake of last week's stinging audit of the transportation agency. Caltrans and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority are studying whether to build a tunnel extending the 710 from its terminus in Alhambra to the 210 Freeway in Pasadena. Many residents of the area and some nearby cities including South Pasadena, Glendale and La Cañada Flintridge oppose an extension, citing concerns about truck traffic, noise and pollution.
August 8, 2012
The Bay Delta Conservation Plan has the potential to untangle some of the expensive and inefficient knots in California's water supply system while repairing some of the damage done over the decades to the landscape and wildlife of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. Gov. Jerry Brown's "preferred alternative" of tunnels around the delta may work - or it may not, and Californians still need to know more before committing the state to a new water diversion project. Analysis and environmental review are ongoing.
August 4, 2012 | By Nika Soon-Shiong, Los Angeles Times
Esteemed biologist E.O. Wilson famously observed that "a principle difference between human beings and ants is that whereas we send our young men to war, they send their old ladies. " And so do termites. When they become too old to help their colonies perform risky foraging tasks, elderly members of a termite species called Neocapritermes taracua provide one final service by sacrificing themselves to defend against predators, researchers reported last month in the journal Science.
July 30, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
It was an unlikely setting for a bike race. But as night fell Saturday, more than 2,000 spectators filed into the 2nd Street tunnel in downtown Los Angeles to cheer on riders. With their heads down and legs pumping as fast as they would go, the cyclists blazed through the tunnel in pairs at a pace that reached well over 30 miles per hour. The best of the riders didn't even have brakes - slowing down was not their concern. "You just give it all you can, just pedal as fast as you can," said 29-year-old Mike "The Cheetah" Chitjian of Monterey Park, who was one of about 200 participants.
July 26, 2012 | By Bettina Boxall and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times
Gov. Jerry Brown's administration said Wednesday that it is pushing ahead with a $23-billion proposal intended to improve water deliveries to the San Joaquin Valley and Southern California and stop the ecological free fall of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The plans, which would involve construction of the most ambitious water supply project in California in decades, call for the building of two massive tunnels beneath the delta to transport water south, and the restoration of tens of thousands of acres of delta habitat.
July 12, 2012 | By Rene Lynch, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
U.S. and Canadian authorites weren't taking any chances Thursday: They temporarily closed an underwater tunnel linking the two nations after a bomb threat was phoned in to officials in Canada. The Detroit-Windsor Tunnel -- the world's only underwater vehicular tunnel that runs through an international border -- was closed about 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon. No bomb was detected, however, and the tunnel was expected to be reopened in both directions for evening rush hour, officials said.
July 12, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
As authorities in Yuma, Ariz., on Thursday announced the discovery of a significant cross-border drug tunnel, a federal expert on such passageways discussed the significance of the find -- as well as the cat-and-mouse game of border drug smuggling. Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in San Diego, told the Los Angeles Times that 156 tunnels have been uncovered along the United States' southwestern border with Mexico since the early 1990s. Three out of four were discovered after 2001, the majority of which were incomplete.
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