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August 28, 2013 |
A tour bus pulled up outside of a sun-baked strip mall in Monterey Park and 30 sightseers stepped out. They had come to behold Wing Hop Fung, a sprawling tea and herb emporium that moved here several years ago from Chinatown to serve the growing population of Chinese immigrants living in the San Gabriel Valley. With its barrels of dried ginseng and jasmine tea tastings, the store exemplifies the area's "complete transformation" from a one-time white suburb, tour guide Richard Schave explained.
August 27, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Wind-power turbines, which are increasingly dotting California's mountain and desert regions, don't appear to be having a negative effect on home values, according to a new report by the Lawrence-Berkeley National Laboratory. The research, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, analyzed more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind farms in 27 counties across nine states. "We find no statistical evidence that operating wind turbines has had any measurable impact on home sales prices," said Berkeley's Ben Hoen, the lead author of the study.
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August 25, 2013 |
GROVELAND, Calif. - On Day 9, the sweeping Rim fire reshaped lives and topography from pristine wilderness areas to a famed national park to mountain communities that could be in the direct line of fire, depending at any moment on which way the wind blew. In Groveland, Abby Esteres nervously puffed on a cigarette Sunday morning after her first night back in her Pine Lake Mountain home. "I haven't been able to eat not knowing if our house burned down or not," said the 27-year-old housekeeper, who went through a week of evacuation.
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August 21, 2013 |
The investigation into Hannah Anderson's kidnapping - and the grisly killings of her mother and brother - is "winding down," a spokeswoman for the San Diego County sheriff said this week. Jan Caldwell told The Times on Tuesday that the detectives now are working to "close the book" on the case, and that in doing so, the 16-year-old girl who endured six days in captivity before being rescued in the Idaho wilderness will also see less media attention. "Our investigation is winding down, and we hope that the attention does as well," Caldwell said.
August 19, 2013 |
A small southern Utah town is in shock over the death of a 9-year-old girl who was killed last week after a strong wind gust picked up the backyard trampoline she was sitting on and sent it flying more than 150 feet. Sheriff's officials in Garfield County say Oaklee Sidwell was playing with friends on the trampoline last Tuesday at her home in Panguitch, a town of about 1,600, when the freak gust of wind descended on the area. The girl was the last one sitting on the large trampoline, putting on her shoes, when the trampoline was sent airborne by the wind.
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August 9, 2013 |
The Silver fire in Riverside County continued to advance overnight, growing to 16,000 acres, officials reported Friday. More than 1,400 firefighters, meanwhile, had achieved 25% containment as better weather conditions were poised to turn in their favor. “The best news is that the wind will be a little lighter,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Brandt Maxwell. “Conditions will improve somewhat. The only question is if winds will change directions. That might give them kind of a curveball.” The wind is expected to shift north, pushing the flames into the flat lands and away from the steep hillsides that have hindered efforts to slow the fire's pace.
August 6, 2013 |
In a first, wind energy became the No. 1 source of new U.S. electricity generation capacity in 2012, according to a report released by the Energy Department on Tuesday. Wind energy accounted for 43% of new electric additions last year, adding more than 13 gigawatts of new wind power capacity to the U.S. grid, the report said. That's double the capacity installed the year before. But Energy Department officials warn that future growth...
August 3, 2013 |
Inbee Park's now longshot hopes to win a record fourth consecutive Grand Slam event in the same year is on hold after high winds forced play to be suspended for the day at the Ricoh Women's British Open in St. Andrews, Scotland. Park was preparing to putt on the fourth green during the third round on Saturday when 40 mph gusts at the Old Course moved her ball. The third round was suspended a short time later. Officials waited nearly six hours before deciding to resume the third round at 6:15 a.m. local time Sunday.
July 22, 2013 |
Wind turbines tend to be overshadowed by solar power projects, which get most of the attention from the public and policymakers. That's the case again in a new government plan for renewable energy projects in the California desert. Though the wind industry shouldn't get all the land it wants, the desert master plan should provide more and better space for wind farms. Despite its second-class status, wind is a much bigger producer of electricity than solar. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, wind is now the source of 3.5% of the nation's electricity supply.
July 18, 2013 |
God only knows what Nicolas Winding Refn had in mind when he made "Only God Forgives. " The Danish filmmaker's latest theater of the macabre is brutal, bloody, saturated with revenge, sex and death, yet stunningly devoid of meaning, purpose, emotion or decent lighting. Seriously. Artful shadows can certainly set a mood; too many and it merely looks like someone is trying too hard. That sense of overreach haunts "Only God Forgives. " Starring Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas and Vithaya Pansringarm, the film comes as a disappointment after the provocative intrigue of the brutal bad guys Refn diced so deliciously, if not delicately, in his brilliant 2011 neo-noir "Drive.