CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Now that Gov. Jerry Brown is back from his ancestral tour of Germany and Ireland, his attention is turning to priorities for the closing weeks of the legislative year, which ends Sept. 13. Though many of the governor's major policy initiatives - overhauling the state's education funding system, eliminating enterprise zones and expanding Medi-Cal under the new federal healthcare law - were handled as part of budget negotiations last month, there are still some things on his to-do list.
July 21, 2013 |
As Americans, we like to say that we work hard and play hard. But what happens when work invades our play time? A new survey conducted by Harris Interactive found that 61% of Americans plan to work during summer vacation this year, compared with 52% last year. The survey of 1,094 employed Americans shows that the economy is pushing workers to do more. Just ask John Husing, an economist from Redlands who communicated with clients and reporters by Internet during a recent adventure trip on a boat from Tasmania to the Antarctic coast.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday jets off to Ireland and Germany for a two week summer vacation. Brown said he plans to meet with the Irish prime minister and German government officials while there, but hopes to spend most of his time as a tourist and reconnecting with his family roots. Two of Brown's great-grandfathers emigrated from the countries, and he still has relatives in both. He will be staying on the same farm in Tipperary, Ireland, where his relatives once found shelter in a "little mud hut," and also visit cousins in Germany, include one who owns a little pub. "It's a working vacation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has set the date for elections to fill two legislative seats vacated when Bob Blumenfield and Curren Price took their seats on the Los Angeles City Council last weekend. Democrats are expected to hold on to both seats. The elections for Blumenfield's former San Fernando Valley Assembly seat and Price's former Senate post, representing an area that includes Culver City and Ladera Heights, will be held Sept. 17. If no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote, the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, will advance to a Nov. 19 runoff.
June 26, 2013 |
Which famous family would Americans most like to go on a road trip with? The Obamas came in first, and acting couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner came in a close second, according to a recent survey conducted by Choice Hotels. The survey asked more than 1,200 adults and a sample of more than 500 families who plan to travel with children this summer for their opinions about summer trips. Twenty-three percent of respondents chose the Obamas and 22% selected the Affleck-Garner clan.
June 19, 2013 |
For the 12 European-based players on the U.S. national team, Tuesday's World Cup qualifier with Honduras was a little like the last day of school. They were going on summer break no matter what happened in the game, but a passing grade on the final exam was going to make that break a whole lot more fun. So striker Jozy Altidore, who spends his winters playing in the Dutch Eredivisie with Alkmaar, and goalkeeper Tim Howard of England's Everton, made that happen with Altidore scoring in the 73rd minute and Howard posting a shutout in a 1-0 victory over Honduras.
June 17, 2013 |
With the economy on the rebound, Americans once again are cracking open their pocketbooks to take family vacations and other leisure trips. But corporate managers in charge of spending for business conferences and conventions remain tightfisted with their money. That is one conclusion from a study of bookings at nearly 4,000 hotels by TravelClick, a New York company that provides booking software and business data for major hotel chains. Hotel bookings for leisure travelers in North America for the next 12 months are up 4.6%, while bookings for individual business travelers are up 7% compared with the previous period, according to TravelClick.
June 13, 2013 |
I am supposed to be resting after a trying week of golf in the Lake Tahoe area. But my blood is boiling, the Dodgers are infuriating and so why do we let our youngsters watch baseball? I begin with Monday night. I like listening to Vin Scully . He relaxes me, not to say his stories put me to sleep, but he would laugh if I hinted as much. The Dodgers are winning, and everyone knows they will win if they don't bring in Brandon League , except the team's manager. League bombed out as a closer in Seattle, which is why he's now employed by the Dodgers.
June 11, 2013 |
Florida, land of the giant invasive snail, and the giant invasive python, is also home to a giant, indigenous mosquito, which may come out in force this summer, if the rains are just right. The extra-large Psorophora ciliata , known colloquially as a shaggy-legged gallinipper, or simply a gallinipper, is three to five times the size of an average mosquito, as you can see in the photo above. It also happens to be an especially handsome mosquito, if you are into that kind of thing.
June 6, 2013 |
The Aussie import "Wish You Were Here" offers a distinctive, highly effective take on the vacation-from-hell thriller. First-time director Kieran Darcy-Smith, working from a powerful script he wrote with wife - and the film's co-star - Felicity Price, so consistently tightens the screws on the unfolding events you can practically hear the irrevocable twists. The story, told largely in the present but with slowly revealing, well-structured flashbacks, outwardly involves the disappearance of a Sydney, Australia, businessman, Jeremy (Antony Starr)