April 27, 2013 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - As spring rains soaked the central United States and helped conquer the historic drought, a new problem has sprouted: The fields have turned to mud. Farmers may be thankful the land is no longer parched, but it's too wet to plant in corn country and freezing temperatures and lingering snow have ruined the winter wheat crop. "Right now, we're wishing it would dry up so we can get in the field," said Iowa farmer Jerry Main, who plants corn and soybeans on about 500 acres in the southeast Iowa.
April 26, 2013 |
JEFF NICHOLS might be the best American director whose work you don't know. The Arkansas filmmaker made the little-seen "Shotgun Stories," then "Take Shelter," the movie that should have given him a big-time profile but somehow didn't. Now Nichols has made "Mud," a movie that confirms his talent and has him again working expertly in the clay of his native South. It's a contemporary but very Twain-y coming-of-age story about two young, feral, river-dwelling teens whose summer project is aiding and abetting a fugitive (Matthew McConaughey)
April 9, 2013 |
As hundreds of tearful friends and fans filed past two closed coffins Sunday in Charleston, W. Va., a slideshow of family photos showed the simple country life that Buckwild reality TV star Shain Gandee lived long before the cameras started rolling. Set to country music were snapshots of the 21-year-old before his 15 minutes of TV fame: as a uniformed pee wee football player, in a tuxedo for prom, kissing a bride. In some, he wore hunting camouflage, holding a slain buck by its antlers and displaying a batch of gray squirrels.
April 1, 2013 |
BEIJING - Authorities in Tibet said Sunday that chances were slim that any survivors would be found after a massive mud slide at a gold mine buried 83 workers in piles of earth up to 100 feet deep. Rescuers have found 21 bodies and were searching for the remaining missing. The landslide Friday has spotlighted the extensive mining activities in the mountainous Chinese region of Tibet and prompted questions about whether excessive mining had destroyed the region's fragile ecosystem.
March 26, 2013 |
The officers had been searching for an hour when they heard them: Faint screams coming from Mantua Creek. They stopped on a bank of the broad and marshy waterway. About 100 yards away, they could just make out the 9-year-old autistic boy they'd been looking for, buried neck-deep in mud. Without hesitating, they dove into the creek. Officers from East Greenwich Township and nearby towns participated in Saturday's rescue of Caden Carlisle, a largely nonverbal boy who had wandered away from his backyard on Billows Drive in the township's Mount Royal section.
March 25, 2013 |
Quick action by police saved a 9-year-old Gloucester County boy with autism who was found submerged up to his neck in the thick mud of Mantua Creek during an incoming tide. The unidentified child from the Mount Royal section of East Greenwich was reported missing by his parents at 3:45 p.m. Saturday after he wandered away from his Billows Drive home. About 90 minutes later, three K-9 units, from East Greenwich, Logan, and Deptford Townships, tracked the child's scent to the bank of the creek near his home where they found his shoes, East Greenwich Police Chief Barry Jenkins said.
March 24, 2013 |
Quick action by police saved a nine-year-old Gloucester County boy with autism who was found submerged up to his neck in the thick mud of the Mantua Creek during an incoming tide. The unidentified child from the Mount Royal section of East Greenwich was reported missing by his parents at 3:45 p.m. on Saturday after he wandered away from his Billows Drive home. Three K-9 units, from East Greenwich, Logan, and Deptford Townships, tracked the child's scent to the banks of the creek near his home where they found his shoes, said Chief Barry Jenkins, East Greenwich Police Department.
February 4, 2013 |
The completely redesigned 2013 Range Rover is, predictably enough, the best one ever. As such, it retains its off-road primacy among luxury SUVs. When it comes to slogging through mud and sand, fording streams and tap dancing up rocky inclines, the Range Rover is the upmarket king of the hill. I know, I know. Who's going to go mudding and fording and bouncing off rocks in vehicles with base prices between $83,545 and $130,995? But thanks to the off-road driving programs afforded Range Rover customers, the number of owners taking their vehicles on mud-and-crud expeditions is doubtlessly higher than the luxury SUV general population.
April 6, 2012 |
Would you live in a house made of dirt? The answer, I'm guessing, is no. As a building material, dirt has an image problem. Mud dwellings are practically synonymous with third-world poverty. At best, an earth structure is something you expect to encounter in an old hippie compound. Yet some of the world's most magnificent structures are made of little more than dirt and water, from New Mexico's pueblos to the great Djinguereber mosque in Timbuktu. Now, thanks to the effort of several committed architects, dirt is making a comeback, this time as the material of choice for modern buildings, including multistory ones.
February 29, 2012 |
JOHN McNESBY, head of Lodge 5 of the Fraternal Order of Police, made a prediction yesterday as his union endorsed former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy for state attorney general: The eight weeks from now until the April 24 Democratic primary election will be filled with innuendo and mud-slinging. And then the mud and innuendos came out. "Pat's record of telling the truth is what we go by," McNesby said when asked about Murphy's primary rival, former Lackawanna County Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Kane, who yesterday needled him for his past support of legislation opposed by gun-control groups.