Monthly Archives: January 2014

Capitol Alert: Days before death, Pete Seeger wrote to head of California Voter Foundation

By (Jeremy B. White) It's not every day you receive encouragement from the dead. But that's what Kim Alexander, president and founder of the nonprofit California Voter Foundation, found in her mailbox earlier this week.

FILE - In this Tuesday, July 27, 2004 file photo, Pete Seeger, 85, sits on his porch above the Hudson more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Welcome to Salt City, where cars, sidewalks, and shoes bear winter’s briny crust

By Steve Hendrix The snow is almost gone. The salt isn't. Salt is everywhere, lingering far longer than our gratitude for its service. It coats our cars in gray talcum. It covers our sidewalks in long saline swirls. It appears as ghostly footprints across our floors in spite of the extra towels more

Source: The Washington Post


California officials forecast “zero” water deliveries

By (Matt Weiser) State officials announced today that 29 water agencies serving 25 million people across California can expect “zero” water deliveries from the state delivery system this summer due to the worsening drought.

Raindrops appear on a windshield following the first rain of the year, early Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, in Novato, Calif. more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Former aide accuses Christie of lying about bridge scandal

By Robert Costa, David A. Fahrenthold One of the key players in the scandal surrounding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie accused him on Friday of lying about his role, while another said he would refuse to testify before a state legislative committee investigating the episode. Read full article >> more

Source: The Washington Post


Ackman's Pershing Square trims holdings of Beam

BOSTON (Reuters) - Hedge fund manager William Ackman sold 7.3 million shares in Beam Inc this week, according to a regulatory filing on Friday, trimming his holdings three weeks after the share price spiked on news of a planned takeover by Japanese whiskey maker Suntory Beverage & Food Ltd more

Source: Reuters


Pacific castaway's tale: a year lost at sea, drinking turtle blood

By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC News GIFF JOHNSON / AFP / Getty Images fileOutrigger canoes in the Marshall Islands on Aug. 29, 2013. By Tracy Connor, Staff Writer, NBC NewsPolice on a remote Pacific Island are investigating the incredible account of a Mexican man who says he spent a year lost at sea — living off more

Source: NBC


Pic of the Week: The Arctic Blanket

Earlier this week I shared a visualization of the recent Arctic blast that swept across much of the United States. Today I thought I'd feature another extraordinary view — a weather satellite image from Jan. 28th showing much of the United States covered by an Arctic blanket of frigid air.

The more

Source: Discover Magazine


Company tied to Rams owner Kroenke buys L.A. land

A company tied to St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke has purchased a prime piece of land in the Los Angeles area amid speculation the NFL franchise is considering a return to the city it left for the Midwest nearly two decades ago.

The Hollywood Park race track starting gate, at more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Editorial: Mr. Obama’s sensible plan to help Americans save for retirement

By Editorial Board PRESIDENT OBAMA put his finger on a serious problem in his State of the Union address by announcing that new “starter” retirement accounts will be made available to workers who lack access to employer-sponsored savings plans — about a third of all American workers. A fifth of those who do more

Source: The Washington Post


Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor: Twitter reacts to Batman/Superman casting

Jesse Eisenberg will star as Lex Luthor in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Jim Lee / DC Entertainment; Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Jeremy Irons will play Alfred Pennyworth in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Brian Bolland / DC Entertainment; Ethan Miller / Getty Images)
Ben Affleck has more

Source: Los Angeles Times


'NO MORE EXCUSES': Obama urged to OK Keystone after environmental review

By ADVOCATES OF THE CANADA-TO-TEXAS Keystone pipeline are raising pressure on President Obama to greenlight the project after a State Dept. report raised no major environmental objections to its construction. VIDEOS: Rail accidents put Keystone Pipeline back in focus more

Source: Fox News


Critic of Online Ad Firm Blinkx Is Part of the Controversy

By By DEALBOOK Benjamin G. Edelman, a Harvard Business School professor, has raised pointed questions in an article about an Internet advertising company, prompting a plunge in its stock price. He himself, though, is now a subject of controversy, reports Mark Scott for The New York Times. more

Source: The New York Times


Ex-Port Authority official says ‘evidence exists’ that Christie knew about bridge closures

By Jaime Fuller A former political ally of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie charged today that Christie gave an incorrect account of what he knew about the infamous traffic backup on the George Washington Bridge — and the ally said he knows of evidence that would prove it. Read full article >> more

Source: The Washington Post


What's behind a No. 1 ranking? Open-source LineUp software enables granular analysis of subjective ranking systems

Behind every "Top 100" list is a generous sprinkling of personal bias and subjective decisions. Lacking the tools to calculate how factors like median home prices and crime rates actually affect the "best places to live," the public must take experts' analysis at face value. more



Officials: Teen who stole chef's car planned heist

Court documents say the Northern California teenager convicted of stealing celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini planned to commit a jewelry heist and sell the car.

This January 30, 2014 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows Max Wade after his arrival at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Dump in Great Barrier Reef Park OK'd

The Australian federal government has approved a plan to dump 3 million cubic meters of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef Park. The dredged material will come from the proposed expansion of the coal port at Abbot Point, south of Townsville on the Queensland coast. more

Source: CNN Top Stories


Fed draws criticism from abroad as emerging markets still reeling

MUMBAI/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve's decision to keep trimming its economic stimulus drew fire on Friday as India's central bank chief said Americans should be more attuned to the global impact of their policies, and the IMF called for vigilance given strains in financial markets. more

Source: Reuters


From High Above Times Square, a Super Bowl Tease

By By SYDNEY EMBER Millions of dollars' worth of financial transactions are flowing in conference rooms above Times Square, while Super Bowl revelers gather on the streets. And the financial workers are mostly just annoyed with the hubbub.. more

Source: The New York Times


BoomRoom's sound by design uses array of loudspeakers

( —Jörg Müller, a researcher at the Technical University of Berlin, thinks of ways to make effective use of sounds in human-computer interactions. He and his team explore how to direct sounds in a focused way, and their concept is called the BoomRoom. A report in New Scientist talks about more



Wonkblog: Update: I saved the economy and all I got was this custom baseball card

By Ylan Q. Mui The Federal Reserve's long good-bye to Ben S. Bernanke is almost over. Today is the last day in office for the man who has been credited with saving the U.S. economy and, in turn, the world from the next Great Depression. It's been a tumultuous eight years for Bernanke, who more

Source: The Washington Post


Keystone pipeline will not affect Canada oil sands growth: U.S. report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline is unlikely to increase the pace of Canadian oil sands development, a U.S. State Department study said on Friday, raising pressure on President Barack Obama to approve a project environmentalists see as a major climate change problem. more

Source: Reuters


State Department report finds no major climate impact from Keystone XL pipeline

By Juliet Eilperin, Steven Mufson State Department officials said they were still weighing whether or not to reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline even after Friday's release of a final environmental assessment that concluded the project's construction would not significantly alter global greenhouse gas emissions. Read full article >> more

Source: The Washington Post


Dry conditions again after weak Sacramento rainstorm

By (Bill Lindelof) Dry weather returns Friday and Saturday after the rather disappointing storm of earlier this week.

A pedestrian walks near the underpass that connects Old Sacramento with Downtown Sacramento during the first day of rain in 52 days on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 in Sacramento. more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Capitol Alert: California water deliveries dropped to zero

By (Dan Walters) State and federal water officials announced Friday that deliveries of water to agricultural and municipal users south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, which had been slashed to 5 percent earlier, will drop further to zero due to the state's severe drought. more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


California orders dozens of streams closed to fishing as drought worsens

By (Matt Weiser) California wildlife officials have banned recreational fishing on dozens of streams across the state as a result of low water flows caused by the ongoing drought, and more such closures are expected in coming weeks.

Dire snowpack reports have led the state to curtail fishing on many streams as the drought more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Minutes from the Meeting of the Avian Advancement League

By Amy_Vansant Canary sings opening anthem. Members take their branches.


Reports of Window killings continue to mount. Blue Jay tells harrowing tale of being tricked into bashing into a Window that was cleverly posing as another angry Blue Jay. Tells story four times before Starling ushers him out more

Source: Barns And Noble


‘RoboCop’: Joel Kinnaman, José Padilha get political with sci-fi reboot

Joel Kinnaman plays the lead in "RoboCop." (MGM / Columbia Pictures)
Abbie Cornish portrays Clara Murphy and Joel Kinnaman is Alex Murphy in "RoboCop." In the film, Kinnaman's character becomes the titular part-man, part-machine law enforcement robot. (Kerry Hayes / MGM / Columbia Pictures)
Joel Kinnaman, left, and Gary Oldman star more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Data Center: California flu deaths jump 50 percent from last week; Sacramento among hotspots

By (Phillip Reese) The number of flu-related deaths in California rose by 52 to a total of 147 so far this season -- and Sacramento County has one of the highest death rates, according to state figures released today. more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Germans lead Spaniards 2-0 in Davis Cup action

Frankfurt, Germany ( - Germany picked up singles wins by Philipp Kohlschreiber and Florian Mayer on Friday, as the host nation leads Spain 2-0 in a best-of-five opening-round Davis Cup tie.Kohlschreiber whipped Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, more

Source: Fox News


Sienna Miller testifies at UK phone hacking trial

Actress Sienna Miller said Friday that she had a "brief encounter" with James Bond star Daniel Craig, but insisted a British tabloid misconstrued the nature of the relationship based on a hacked voicemail message.

FILE- This Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 file photo shows British actress Sienna Miller in London. Miller told more

Source: The Sacramento Bee