CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2005 |
A fire near the San Bernardino County community of Pioneertown was fully contained Sunday afternoon after burning about 1,800 acres of desert brush since Saturday, fire officials said. Authorities called the fire, which burned at the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest, the first major blaze of the new fire season. No major injuries or damage were reported, and the cause of the blaze is still being investigated, California Department of Forestry spokesman Mark Streck said Sunday.
June 14, 2005
Re "Africa's Suffering Is Bush's Shame," Opinion, June 12: The suffering of Africans is not caused by stingy Americans. Africans are not helpless. They lack the fundamental requirement to live productive, happy lives: They need political freedom, not charity. Freedom unleashes the enormous human potential for production. America is the best example, having turned a largely empty continent into the most productive and happy nation in history. The same is available to Africans by learning the principle of individual rights and installing it in their governments.
HOME & GARDEN
March 31, 2005
Re "A Glorious Flock" [March 24]: Your article on the bird of paradise credited my Uncle Manfred (Manfred Meyberg) with getting it named the city flower of Los Angeles, but in truth it was my Aunt Elza, his wife, who did the legwork. She had 5,000 tulips in their front yard on Copa de Oro Road in Bel-Air, and when they bloomed each spring they were a tourist attraction. I often marveled at her perspicacity in choosing the bird of paradise. It is so well suited to our city (of which I am a fourth-generation native -- my great-grandparents arrived in 1853)
February 13, 2005 |
All Jake Meredith needed to do was avoid getting pinned, but that thought never crossed his mind. Instead, the Temecula Valley freshman staged a late comeback and sent his team and fans into a frenzy and clinched a 48-9 victory over San Clemente in the Southern Section Division I dual-meet championship at Anaheim Esperanza. Meredith's 7-6 victory in the 125-pound weight class gave the Golden Bears their third consecutive dual-meet title. They outscored four opponents, 215-57.
February 5, 2005
Re "So, Exactly What's Changed?" Commentary, Feb. 2: Arianna Huffington is at it again -- whining and complaining. Courageous Iraqis, interestingly enough led by women, braved bullets, bombs and threats of beheadings to stream to the polls, yet all Huffington can do is carp and criticize for her own political advantage. She offered not a single positive suggestion as to what the U.S. and its allies should do at this point in Iraq. Her friend John Kerry did the same thing on "Meet the Press" right after the Iraqi election.
January 30, 2005 |
Yucca Valley may have started as a 19th century cow town and rest stop on the way from Arizona to the San Gorgonio Pass, connecting the Coachella Valley with the San Bernardino Valley, but in recent years the city has experienced growth that is changing its Western cultural identity. Local geography Yucca Valley is in the Little San Bernardino Mountains, above the Coachella Valley, at an elevation of about 3,200 feet.
December 5, 2004
My favorite spectator sport of the moment is watching the rats jump ship from the USS Bush. Aren't we all going to miss Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft or Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge (who can come up with a five-level color code that can appeal to any pre-kindergarten mind, and claim that it helped stop terrorists in their tracks)? Of course, it will be fun to watch the hangers-on, like Condoleezza Rice, the anti-role model for blacks, women and Stanford students. No more blaming the Democrats for terrorism, Iraq and the economy.
November 27, 2004
In "Cultivating Opium, Not Democracy," Commentary, Nov. 23, Robert Scheer trumpets with his usual invective the Bush administration's alleged inability to deal effectively with the spread of Afghanistan's opium crop. Notice that Scheer does not discuss how or why this destructive drug ends up "bought and sold" in black ghettos all over America. Notice also that he offers no real solution in combating this serious problem. He just continues to hone his vituperative demagoguery against anything and everything Republican, conservative, religious or moral.
November 7, 2004 |
Touches of Tibet, Morocco and the Old West pervade this retreat in the Town of Yucca Valley, an unincorporated community about 25 miles northwest of Palm Springs. Eric Mueller, a furniture designer-manufacturer with such clients as Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn, designed and built the hilltop home. It's on 40 acres near Pioneer Town, a movie set built in the '40s, where about 200 westerns were filmed.
July 7, 2004
With all due consideration to the others on Sen. John Kerry's short list, Sen. John Edwards is the best choice Kerry could make for a running mate. Edwards' energy and dedication to the same middle class that the current administration has so badly neglected make him the right man at the right time. Now maybe we'll have a vice president who is more than just a conduit for big-buck economic interests. I just hope Kerry and Edwards don't waste a lot of words answering the cheap shots that the Bush boys are going to launch.