1 Community Corner In the midst of the state's worst drought in 1,200 years, Angelenos who trade their lawns for drought-tolerant landscaping will get rebates. Paige Austin , Patch Staff Posted Reply LOS ANGELES, CA — Metropolitan Water District officials this week urged conservation, noting that the state's worst drought in 1,200 years is expected to continue through the spring and winter. Officials urged residents to take advantage of rebates for replacing lawns with water-efficient landscaping. "If you don't use your grass, if it is just there to look pretty, please consider instead the beauty of native and California-friendly plants," MWD board Chairwoman Gloria D. Gray said. "Not only are they beautiful and save water, they also create important ecosystems for birds and butterflies." According to the Metropolitan Water District, turning a 1,500 square- foot lawn into a water-efficient landscape can save 51,000 gallons … [Read more...] about Sherman Oaks Homeowners Eligible For Waterwise Rebates
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Europe’s electric car mandate is getting torn up, and Ferrari is into it
close Video The most powerful Ferrari ever... is a plug-in hybrid The newest Ferrari model, the SF90 Stradale, is the company's most powerful car ever, and happens to be a plug-in hybrid aimed at improving the company's environmental image. It looks like Ferraris will be screaming through the Italian countryside for decades to come. The European Commission has agreed to demands from Italy and Germany to allow combustion engines to continue to be made as long as they run on carbon-neutral e-fuel. Europe was set to ban the sale of new combustion engine vehicles in 2035, but will now rewrite the regulations to carve out an exemption. E-fuels are made from carbon that has been sequestered from the atmosphere and combined with water to create combustible fuels that work like gasoline or diesel and emit only as much carbon when burned as was used to make them. JET-POWERED FERRARI COULD TAKE ON TESLA'S ‘FLYING’ ROADSTER … [Read more...] about Europe’s electric car mandate is getting torn up, and Ferrari is into it
Did Edward VIII Help the Nazis Bomb Buckingham Palace?
King Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson in 1936, has long been rumored to have passed critical information to the Nazis to enable them to target the royal family’s living quarters when they bombed Buckingham Palace in 1940. Now, historian Alexander Larman has reopened the debate, saying Edward’s American partner Simpson claimed the duke had tipped off the Nazis. He says incontrovertible proof of Edward’s collusion may soon be uncovered in the royal archives, according to a report in the London Times . Speaking at the Oxford Literary Festival, Larman said that a surprising amount of information had been made available to him in the archives at Windsor Castle. He added that a royal archivist had told him: “We are not in the business of protecting the Duke of Windsor’s reputation.” Edward was an admirer of Hitler and met him in Munich in 1937. The contemporary diarist Chips Channon wrote that Edward and Simpson supported the Nazis, and reported … [Read more...] about Did Edward VIII Help the Nazis Bomb Buckingham Palace?
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — For a long time, Joe Minter managed to share a yard with his wife, Hilda, their two sons and 100,000 of their neighbors. His scruffy three-bedroom house filled up most of a small city lot, just up the hill from Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. But somehow he made it work. When these souls began to cry out for their own lawn ornaments, however, he realized he would have to find more room. The sloping land to the south and west of Mr. Minter’s dooryard belonged to the two historically black graveyards called Grace Hill and Shadow Lawn. “We are in the presence of about 100,000 African ancestors,” Mr. Minter will tell visitors who drop by on a Sunday morning. These are the emancipated slaves and farmers and steelworkers who made Birmingham: the muscle that built the “Magic City.” The dead weren’t going anywhere, but the rest of the neighborhood was thinning out, Mrs. Minter said. Some homeowners died off; others drove north and never came back. So the Minters began … [Read more...] about Scrap-Iron Elegy
Russia and Ukraine again trade blame for shelling at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.
At least a dozen shells exploded at a large nuclear plant in southern Ukraine on Sunday, Ukrainian and Russian authorities said, damaging equipment in attacks that the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency called “extremely disturbing.” Russian and Ukrainian nuclear energy authorities each blamed the other side’s forces for the strikes, the latest to hit the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, which is the largest in Europe. The attacks have raised fears of a serious nuclear accident at the plant, which is occupied by Russian forces, although so far there have been no reports of any leak of radiation. “Explosions occurred at the site of this major nuclear power plant, which is completely unacceptable,” the director general of the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said in a statement . “Whoever is behind this, it must stop immediately.” Energoatom, Ukraine’s state nuclear company, said on Sunday that the shelling continued “all morning” and damaged … [Read more...] about Russia and Ukraine again trade blame for shelling at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant.
The Lonely Death of George Bell
To hear more audio stories from publishers like The New York Times, download Audm for iPhone or Android . They found him in the living room, crumpled up on the mottled carpet. The police did. Sniffing a fetid odor, a neighbor had called 911. The apartment was in north-central Queens, in an unassertive building on 79th Street in Jackson Heights. The apartment belonged to a George Bell. He lived alone. Thus the presumption was that the corpse also belonged to George Bell. It was a plausible supposition, but it remained just that, for the puffy body on the floor was decomposed and unrecognizable. Clearly the man had not died on July 12, the Saturday last year when he was discovered, nor the day before nor the day before that. He had lain there for a while, nothing to announce his departure to the world, while the hyperkinetic city around him hurried on with its business. Neighbors had last seen him six days earlier, a Sunday. On Thursday, there was a break in his routine. The … [Read more...] about The Lonely Death of George Bell