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March 9, 2014 | By Dinah Hatton
If you're a city person, you might only have read of chamber pots, an inconvenient though useful contraption from an earlier time. In the part of Texas where I grew up, the term "chamber pot" was a tad too genteel. We called these essentials "slop jars" or just "the pot. " Whatever you called it, I had to empty it. Our house sat on a slight rise facing busy Highway 31. The outhouse was back of the house, toward the woods, maybe 50 feet away. PHOTOS: 5 Senate women to watch in 2014 It was tricky running with the pot to the outhouse.
March 9, 2014 | By Gary Klein
Players and coaches for USC's 2013 NCAA champion men's and women's water polo teams are scheduled to be among the national championship teams honored Monday at the White House, a USC official said. The teams are scheduled to meet with President Obama. The USC women's team won the title by defeating Stanford. The men's team won a record sixth consecutive championship by defeating Pacific. The last USC teams to visit the White House were the 2009-10 men's and women's water polo and men's tennis teams.
March 9, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Forget farmers vs. fishermen - or south state vs. north state. California's current water war is being waged most intensely by farmers against fellow farmers. It's a Central Valley civil war. And within that vast food-producing region - Bakersfield to Redding - it's the San Joaquin Valley vs. the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Southern California is a paying participant, siding with the San Joaquin, but in a less combative role. Its goal is to ensure a more reliable flow of delta water over the Tehachapi.
March 9, 2014 | By Laura Bleiberg
The classical repertory is a never-ending temptation for ballet choreographers to revise to suit their visions. But something fetid happens when updating “Swan Lake,” to Peter Tchaikovsky's 19th century musical masterpiece. The rare successes notwithstanding (think Matthew Bourne's male swans), each succeeding generation aims low, then sinks lower. The shock values pile up for no purpose other than their own sake. And so this weekend at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, we had “Lac,” Jean-Christophe Maillot's 2011 production with an unrelentingly nasty story dreamed up by Maillot and French author Jean Rouaud.
March 9, 2014 | By John M. Glionna
CORNUCOPIA, Wis. - On some days, Kevin Hunt stands at his Star North gas station in this eye-blink of a town on mighty Lake Superior, marveling at Mother Nature and his own dumb luck. Everywhere he looks: ice and people. Months ago, many warned him not to invest in a place where fair-weather tourists flee in the fall and the big lake's waters turn cold and storm-tossed, forcing the 100 or so hardy full-time residents of Cornucopia to hibernate for the winter. He'd be out of business by March, they said.
March 8, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Scientists have made a surprising discovery in the waters off the coast of Iraq: a coral reef made up of more than half a dozen species of the marine animals. A team of divers from the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology in Germany and the Marine Science Center at the University of Basrah in Iraq captured video footage of the murky waters where the Shatt al-Arab river flows into the northwestern portion of the Persian Gulf. (You can watch the video above.) The river carries sediment -- and frequently oil -- into that portion of the gulf, which is often churned up by strong winds and currents.
March 7, 2014
Re "Liquid energy," Opinion, March 3 In referring to the energy used to pump imported water over mountains, Catherine Wolfram and David Zetland should remember that what goes up must come down. Water that is pumped up a mountain comes down the other side, where electricity is generated at hydroelectric plants. Of course, some energy is lost, but a good rule of thumb is that this process is about 80% efficient. But unlike electricity, water can be stored. Pumping generally occurs during off-peak hours when electricity is cheap and energy comes from the most efficient generators on the grid.
March 7, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Lindsay Lohan stopped by "The Tonight Show" on Thursday to promote her Oprah Winfrey Network docu-series and catch up with her old friend Jimmy Fallon.  Unlike the late-night skewerings the embattled star has experienced, Fallon was friendly and warm to the newly clean starlet, who also appeared on his first episode of "The Tonight Show" last month. On Sunday, OWN will premiere "Lindsay," Oprah Winfrey's docu-series, which is being credited with helping Lohan get back on her feet since she left her court-ordered rehab in July 2013.
March 6, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to carry a water bottle there. Why? Because the Board of Supervisors voted this week to ban the sale of single-use bottles of water in city buildings and parks and at city-permitted events, making San Francisco the largest municipality in the country to phase out plastic water bottles. The ban will cover indoor events starting Oct. 1, and will be extended to all events by 2016. There would be exceptions for some sports outings, such as foot races, and planners could apply for waivers if they can't secure a water supply.
March 5, 2014 | By Bettina Boxall
A court ruling issued Wednesday could throw up obstacles to operation of a Kern County groundwater bank that has helped billionaire Stewart Resnick build a nut empire in the southern San Joaquin Valley. In the latest development in a two-decade legal fight, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge found that the state Department of Water Resources didn't properly analyze the environmental impacts of the Kern Water Bank, which is partly controlled by Resnick's Paramount Farms enterprise.
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