More than 1,400 lightning strikes jolted Southern California over the weekend, the National Weather Service says. A lightning strike during the rare summer thunderstorm killed a 20-year-old man. Lightning also injured several others.
The last section of what is now the Pacific Coast Highway opened 85 years ago this summer (85 years and one month ago, to be exact: June 29, 1929). Back then, it was called the Roosevelt Highway.
Above is a scene from the opening ceremony for the final link in Malibu. Scott Harrison has more, including part of the original Times story, at Framework.
Photo: Grant Donley, representing Canada (back to camera), and Marianita Servin, Miss Mexico, light large firecrackers during the opening ceremony of the Roosevelt Highway in Malibu, the last section of the highway linking Mexico with Canada. Credit: Los Angeles Times / UCLA Library
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People who jogged or ran for as little as five minutes a day reduced their risk of premature death by nearly one-third and extended their lives by about three years, according to a new study.
How many people are actually paying to ride L.A.’s trains? Figuring out how many of last year’s 115 million riders paid their fares and rode the trains legally has become a vexing question with important consequences. Above, you can see how L.A.’s train system developed, with the size of each bubble indicating how many ticket scans each station had in 2013 and the first four months of 2014. L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority started locking turnstiles last year.
Photos: Chris Reynolds / Los Angeles Times
Unlike most spacecraft, which are powered by rocket engines and cost hundreds of millions of dollars, these tiny satellites are expected to cost a few million dollars each and use the sun’s energy to push them across a windless space.
Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and beautiful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments.
But executions are, in fact, brutal, savage events, and nothing the state tries to do can mask that reality. Nor should we. If we as a society want to carry out executions, we should be willing to face the fact that the state is committing a horrendous brutality on our behalf.
Weird Al Yankovic asks for permission from musicians before including his parodies on an album, but are they always happy with the end results? Our Entertainment section put together this interactive that lets you watch Weird Al videos and explore the original artists’ reactions. (While we’re on the subject, our pop music critic describes Weird Al’s latest as “a stone cold masterpiece,” using criteria he explains in his review.)
Photo: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times