| Jun 13, 2010
A rerun of "Animal Planet" flickered across the TV screen as my roommate yawned deeply, lay down on the floor in front of me and rolled over on his back, his long, gangly legs sticking straight up.
"I get the message," I said. "Too much TV. So let's go...
| Dec 19, 2009
It's hard to imagine a world in which polar bears don't exist in the wild. Alun Anderson, former editor-in-chief of New Scientist magazine, asserts that it most likely will occur in our lifetime.
In his book, "After the Ice: Life, Death, and...
| Mar 20, 2011
The Red Garden
Crown: 275 pp., $25
"The Red Garden" is a fantastical history of Blackwell, Mass., from 1750 to the present, replete with intermarried families, melancholic bears and altruistic mermaids. If you have trouble with...
| Mar 21, 2011
Despite the rumble of locomotives idling on a track just a few yards away, there's a sense of serenity at a memorial tucked into the foothills of the Tehachapi Mountains southeast of Bakersfield.
Statues of St. Francis of Assisi and Our Lady of Guadalupe...
| May 23, 2011
"Too Big to Fail," which premieres Monday on HBO, is the latest of that network's high-toned original films ("Recount," "The Late Shift," "From the Earth to the Moon," the upcoming "Game Change") in which a large cast of medium-big-to-big-named actors...
| Jun 26, 2011
The Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway yawns languidly for 500 miles from the southern reaches of California's Cascade Range to lower Oregon. The landscape is at once harsh and ridiculously beautiful, crafted by the alchemy of volcanic eruptions and the...
| Oct 14, 2008
| 11:32 AM
I'm out the door at 4:32 a.m. on a Sunday and heading for the highway, praying that AM radio can keep me awake. From Chicago I'm going 90 miles west, to Rockford, where I will catch a 7 a.m. flight to Niagara Falls, a place I've never been.
| Dec 2, 2009
| 9:33 PM
A Victorville man who shot and killed a black bear on the shore of Lake Mary in late September has been charged with two misdemeanors: unlawful take of a bear and shooting in an unlawful area. Roy Flores, 60, had......
| Dec 10, 2009
| 4:33 PM
Remember that 10% stock market âcorrectionâ that much of Wall Street was anticipating a few months ago â but it never came? Hope springs eternal: The percentage of investment newsletters expecting a 10%-or-so decline, or correction, in the short...
| Dec 15, 2009
| 9:32 PM
It's decision time on drilling for oil and gas in America's Arctic, and a group of Native Alaskan whalers have joined forces with a broad range of conservation groups to try and halt Shell Offshore Inc.'s latest plan to conduct......
| Aug 22, 2008
State wildlife officials are investigating a possible poaching case in which someone removed the gallbladder of a black bear -- which can sell for thousands of dollars in Asia -- after the animal was struck and killed this week by a car in the Lake...