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Special to the Los Angeles TimesOn a blustery late-winter afternoon at Manassas, where a muscular statue of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson marks the spot where the Confederate general earned his nickname, the Civil War lives, not separate from life in Virginia, but intricately entwined with...
Visitors to Kauai who venture beyond the beach may be rewarded with a few hours in a town where time has slowed, at a Hindu monastery high in the hills, a small museum chronicling the history of Kauai and a garden of the gods. HANAPEPE On a typical...
Tags: Transportation, Science, McDonald's, Invasive Species, Mountains
Another season, another press release from a pest-control association warning us that bedbugs are baaack in the United States! (We can’t think what they have to stand to gain by reminding us of this.) Bedbugs are more common than they used to be:...
Tags: Dog (animal), Family, Invasive Species
Today's topic: Biologist Stephen J. Gould famously observed that religion and science deal with different but compatible realities. Was he correct? A god definable by science is no god Point: Michael Shermer Cartoonist Sidney Harris once illustrated...
Los Angeles Times Staff WriterHere on the open ocean, 12 miles from ground zero of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the gulf is hovering between life and death. The large strands of sargassum seaweed atop the ocean are normally noisy with birds and thick with crustaceans, small...
Special to the Los Angeles TimesJay-Z is a great American artist — and he'd be the first to tell you so. "Decoded" is an elegantly designed, incisively written bid for cultural legitimacy by a man whose XXL ego is underscored by an equally outsized inferiority complex (as big egos...
Tags: Entertainment, History, Journalism, Conservation, Oprah Winfrey
Bedbugs combine all of the bloodsucking annoyance of mosquitoes with the survival instinct of cockroaches. No bigger than apple seeds, the adult bugs hide in ingenious places — inside electrical outlets, behind baseboards, deep in carpet fibers ...
In Japan they call them the "Faceless 50." They are the workers at the ravaged Fukushima nuclear plant who stayed to fight the fires and keep the reactors from melting down. Watching news reports of the 50 risking everything for the common good, the...
Elmer E. Lewis, professor emeritus at Northwestern University and author of two textbooks on nuclear power, took questions about the effort to contain reactors damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Lewis' research has focused on the broad...
City officials have no explanation for a series of giant footprint-shaped impressions that appeared on Southland beaches overnight. Forensics experts say that the highly detailed impressions — and especially the distribution of weight and pressure...
-- A smashed white pickup wedged beneath another vehicle was marked "Day 13, 3:15 p.m." in Japanese characters. The numbers indicated the day of the month and time two bodies had been found inside the truck. A team of eight soldiers struggled to remove...
Los Angeles TimesThere's a lot more than pixie dust swirling through the air at the Disneyland resort as construction crews, excavators and towering cranes work on several new theme-park rides set to debut this summer and beyond. The tandem Anaheim theme parks haven't...
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