Archive for ‘January, 2016’


ACLU files lawsuit against Catholic hospital

ACLU files lawsuit against Catholic hospital

A wooden gavel rests on a short stack of legal papers.; Credit: Flickr/Brian Turner A  San Francisco Superior Court will hear The American Civil Liberties Union’s lawsuit against Dignity Health today. The ACLU’s lawsuit was prompted when the Catholic hospital denied a patient’s request for a tubal ligation. According to The Sacramento Bee, the hospital’s […]

How to keep catch basins clean during El Niño; how to ride your bike through El Niño

How to keep catch basins clean during El Niño; how to ride your bike through  El Niño

Echo Park | Mary-Austin Klein Clogged catch basins, those openings in the curb that capture water run off, have been blamed for flooding in Boyle Heights and other neighborhoods. You can report a blocked catch basin to L.A. Sanitation by calling  1-800-773-2489. L.A. Sanitation How can cyclists avoid a spill during the rain? Slow down, […]

How to keep catch basins clean during El Niño; how to ride your bike through El Niño

How to keep catch basins clean during El Niño; how to ride your bike through  El Niño

Echo Park | Mary-Austin Klein Clogged catch basins, those openings in the curb that capture water run off, have been blamed for flooding in Boyle Heights and other neighborhoods. You can report a blocked catch basin to L.A. Sanitation by calling  1-800-773-2489. L.A. Sanitation How can cyclists avoid a spill during the rain? Slow down, […]

Stock up now on Echo Park sandbags

Stock up now on Echo Park sandbags

ECHO PARK — After paying someone to haul away dirt, the man who is terracing and landscaping a lot on Laveta Terrace near Sunset Boulevard figured out a way to get rid of the dirt without having to pay a penny. Since October, he’s been filling up sandbags with Echo Park dirt and stacking them […]

Stock up now on Echo Park sandbags

Stock up now on Echo Park sandbags

ECHO PARK — After paying someone to haul away dirt, the man who is terracing and landscaping a lot on Laveta Terrace near Sunset Boulevard figured out a way to get rid of the dirt without having to pay a penny. Since October, he’s been filling up sandbags with Echo Park dirt and stacking them […]

Frank Groucho

Frank Groucho

Frankly, one should be  a fan if choosing to attend An Evening with Groucho starring Frank Ferrante. Definitively and decisively. As a true Groucho Marx fan, this could be an evening that’s highly entertaining, producing aching sides and sore facial muscles. Ferrante resembles Groucho Marx and sounds a bit like him too, though his words […]

Sampling the Original: Star Wars 1977

Sampling the Original: Star Wars 1977

As of January 2, 2016, Star Wars: The Force Awakens had made $1.3 billion dollars worldwide. Our research shows that creating this blockbuster film cost $200 million. In contrast, Star Wars the original, released in 1977 had a production budget of $11 million and earned $786 million worldwide.¹ Isn’t that quaint? Star Wars (later retitled, […]

Return Rain to the Aquifer Beneath Us

Return Rain to the Aquifer Beneath Us

Landscape architect Orchid Black wants to “return rain to the aquifer beneath us!” On January 9, Black will offer ways to retain water on-site and filter it back into the soil and aquifer. With three days of rain predicted and hopefully more to come, this may be just the time to learn these techniques. Orchid […]

Armed Oregon activists speak

Armed Oregon activists speak

Members of a small militia at the entrance to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Headquarters property some 30 miles from Burns.; Credit: ROB KERR/AFP/Getty Images Armed activists have taken over a building on government land at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon. The activists split off from a peaceful protest regarding the imprisonment of two local […]

Wanna Cheeseburger?

Wanna Cheeseburger?

Once again the year begins with burger meat. And a slice of…what? Emmentaler? Wisconsin cheddar? Or maybe crumbles of Berkshire Blue? Shall it be a bare bones classic burger or one topped with anything from fried eggs and french fries to pineapple rings and carrot strings? January 10-15 is the 4th Annual Cheeseburger Week, where […]

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