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New York Times News Service

Parched California needs ingenuity

By Timothy Egan ANGELS CAMP — In a normal year, no one in California looks twice at a neighbor’s lawn, that mane of bluegrass thriving in a sun-blasted desert. Or casts a scornful gaze at a fresh-planted almond grove, saplings that now stand accused of future water crimes. Or wonders why your car is conspicuously […]

Burdened with debt, law school grads struggle in job market

By Elizabeth Olson Jonathan Wang has not practiced law since he graduated from Columbia Law School in 2010, but he did not plan it that way. When he entered law school, the economy was flourishing, and he had every reason to think that with a prestigious degree he was headed for a secure well-paying career. […]

Baltimore smolders after violent night

BALTIMORE — Engines raced across this city early Tuesday as the Fire Department strained to extinguish blazes, even as the police said some firefighters were reportedly having cinder blocks heaved at them as they responded to emergencies. As Baltimore residents recoiled from the rioting and looting that struck largely in the west of the city […]

Mapping where human action is causing earthquakes

The U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday released its first comprehensive assessment of the link between thousands of earthquakes and oil and gas operations, identifying and mapping 17 regions where such quakes have occurred. The report was the agency’s broadest statement yet on a danger that has grown along with the nation’s energy production. By far the […]

April 24, 2015 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

Water and power have a troubling interdependency

By Felicity Barringer In Modesto, utility records chart an 18-percent rise in farmers’ energy use in 2014 compared with 2013. No evidence shows exactly why this happened, but California’s drought, now in its fourth year, sent many farmers to their wells to pump from hidden aquifers water that normally would be found at ground level. […]

April 24, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

California’s cycles of drought

By Henry Fountain When Gov. Jerry Brown of California imposed mandatory cutbacks in water use earlier this month in response to a severe drought, he warned that the state was facing an uncertain future. “This is the new normal,” he said, “and we’ll have to learn to cope with it.” The drought, now in its […]

April 16, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Charles Blow: College sexual assaults caught in the cultural crossfire

Last week the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism issued its damning report about the journalistic lapses by Rolling Stone magazine when it published a salacious, and now-discredited, story about a supposed gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house. The report blasted the magazine for failing to engage in “basic, even routine journalistic practice” […]

April 12, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Beneath California crops, groundwater crisis grows

By Justin Gillis and Matt Richtel Even as the worst drought in decades ravages California, and its cities face mandatory cuts in water use, millions of pounds of thirsty crops like oranges, tomatoes and almonds continue to stream out of the state and onto the nation’s grocery shelves. But the way that California farmers have […]

April 09, 2015 | Posted in Agriculture + Environment | Tagged ,

The many droughts of California

By Jeff Wheelwright MORRO BAY — California has only two seasons, rainy and dry. In March, when the rains stop — assuming they have begun — we must forget about precipitation for at least six months. The rainfall determines our mood for the summer and fall. Where I live, on the Central Coast, 17 inches […]

April 07, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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