The Dead Sea's rapid disappearance has become a grave concern for environmentalists, industries that profit from the sea and Israel's tourism sector
When Moses sent his spies into the Promised Land, they famously reported back that "it does indeed flow with milk and honey." If the spies were to take a gander at the pollution in some of Israel's rivers today, though, it's anyone's guess what they would tell their boss.
Alex Baum, who will be celebrating his 84th birthday on Dec. 30, fought in the French Resistance, survived two and a half years in the concentration camps, and has since dedicated his life to performing good deeds, most notably in his advocacy of amateur athletics.
A great blue heron swept across the rushing water and came to a landing in a reed-lined pool. My son turned to me. "Actually," he said, "this river is kind of nice."
He was talking about the Los Angeles River.