| Jul 25, 2011
Traditional pension plans, paid family leave, and even the company picnic are all on the decline. Employers have significantly cut many of the benefits they offer to workers over the past five years. Some 77 percent of companies report that benefits...
| Aug 3, 2011
James Cole had stories to tell.
So on New Year's Day 2010 — with the help of some notes, but largely from memory — he sat down and began writing about his experiences as a doctor.
Cole, currently the assistant medical director of trauma...
| Feb 10, 2011
| 4:13 PM
The sickening sound heard Wednesday evening was exactly the same as that heard on the evening of Feb. 19, 1999.
In 1999, I was working late in The Morning Call's Allentown office when it sounded as if something very heavy had been dropped on the...
| Feb 26, 2011
Veteran television producer Rob Cope-Williams was out in the field Tuesday, working on his weekly farm report, downing a lunch of French fries and a pint of beer at a countryside hotel, when he felt the jolt.
He and his crew figured it was just another...
| Dec 19, 2010
"In the Middle Ages," Sara Maitland writes in her brilliant "A Book of Silence," "Christian scholastics argued that the devil's basic strategy was to bring human beings to a point where they are never alone with their God, nor ever attentively face to...
| Apr 17, 2011
The U.S. nuclear industry is turning up the power on old reactors, spurring quiet debate over the safety of pushing aging equipment beyond its original specifications.
The little-publicized practice, known as uprating, has expanded the country's nuclear...
| Mar 17, 2011
California has failed to identify and retrofit thousands of brittle concrete buildings despite years of warnings from scientists that the structures are highly vulnerable to collapse during a major earthquake.
Officials have known as far back as the 1971...
| Feb 26, 2011
The level of devastation from this week's earthquake in New Zealand has some California scientists saying that the state's seismic building codes should be reevaluated to address the striking structural failures seen in Christchurch.
In New Zealand,...
| Mar 26, 2011
Any sport is ultimately all about the numbers, right? Here's Jeff Gordon -- four-time winner of what's now called the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, three-time Daytona 500 winner, first driver to reach $100 million in series winnings -- and all I really want...
| Sep 26, 2010
| 9:34 PM
Another employee has lost part of a finger at Bimbo Bakeries, a company with plants statewide whose record of workplace accidents was highlighted by The Times last year as an example of inaction by California health and safety officials. In......
| Oct 5, 2010
| 4:32 PM
The ripple effect began quickly today after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its first ratings under a new crash-test system. Everyone from government officials to automakers to competing agencies has been weighing in on what...