CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 2013 |
"Banana" George Blair loved yellow. When he water-skied barefoot, which he did into his 80s in theme park shows, he wore a yellow wetsuit and was towed by a yellow boat. But it didn't stop there. "Banana" George, who drove a yellow Lincoln and lived in a yellow house in central Florida, also had yellow cowboy boots, watches, sunglasses and wallets. People may have thought he was just clowning around, but Blair laughed all the way to the bank - and when he went there, it was in a yellow business suit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2013 |
FRESNO - A mosquito that can carry dengue and yellow fever has been found in California, prompting intense eradication efforts in the Central Valley and warnings from officials about how to keep the pest from spreading. "It could change the way we live in California, if we don't stop it," said Tim Phillips of the Fresno Mosquito and Vector Control District. "Imagine not feeling safe to sit out in your backyard in the afternoons. " The yellow fever mosquito, or Aedes aegypti - a white polka-dotted bug that bites during the day and can lay its eggs in less than a teaspoon of water - was first detected in June in Madera.
October 7, 2013 |
Ed Orgeron continues to put his stamp on USC's program. The Trojans' interim coach -- who reopened practices to the media, brought desserts back to the training table and let players coach in a "Trojan Bowl" scrimmage during the bye week -- eliminated nearly all music from practices except for during a few periods. "The music creates a little energy," Orgeron said, "but I like them to hear us coaching. " Orgeron also stripped quarterbacks of the yellow jerseys they have traditionally donned to warn against contact.
September 27, 2013 |
Walk past the signs for Krispy Kreme sloppy joes. Head toward the massive servings of curly fries. Turn left at the stall for chocolate-covered bacon. Out on the edge of the L.A. County fairgrounds in Pomona is a 1-acre space packed with Mother Nature's answer to extreme food. There you might find the Australian finger lime, a pickle-shaped green citrus whose pulp looks like golden caviar. Nearby is the Buddha's hand plant, whose tentacled fruit dangles from its spiny branches like a canary-colored octopus.
September 25, 2013 |
Dorothy had to follow the yellow brick road to find her heart's desire. Barry Clifford is following his own metaphorical yellow brick road, an underwater trail littered with gold and artifacts to find his heart's yearning -- the treasure from a pirate vessel sunk in 1717 off of the coast of Massachusetts. In 1984, Clifford discovered the site of the wreck of the Whydah and has since retrieved more than 200,000 artifacts, some of which are displayed in the Whydah Sea-Lab and Learning Center at the Whydah Museum in Provincetown, Mass.
September 20, 2013 |
Like most little girls, I loved the movie “The Wizard of Oz” even though, or maybe because, it left me with so many questions. Is Dorothy's visit to the garish Technicolor Oz really supposed to be a dream (that crushing departure from L. Frank Baum's book)? When she wakes up in Kansas, why doesn't anybody mention Miss Gulch's threat to kill Toto? Also I've never felt right about Dorothy's farewell confession to the Scarecrow, “I think I'll miss you most of all.” It's one of the most romantic moments in cinema, but, Dude!