Robertson Davies is the witty, occasionally terrifying, stunningly erudite uncle you wish you had. (Or maybe you had one; I had Uncle Archie, the lady's man, whom we all knew to stay away from, and Uncle Jack, a crook with brilliantined hair and hard eyes).
Emergency workers rushed to restore electricity to Japan's stricken nuclear power plant Monday, raising hopes that pumps may once again send cooling water to the badly damaged reactors and spent fuel rods.
But the crisis is far from over. In fact, workers had to evacuate for the day when smoke started to rise from the power plant. And nuclear contamination continues to spread. Produce and milk from at least two provinces near the plant have been restricted by the government. The plant's owner, Tokyo Electric Power Co., or TEPCO, faces growing criticism, even from within.
"The Federal Reserve Board on Monday said it is preparing to release sensitive emergency lending data from the peak of the 2008 financial crisis after the Supreme Court rejected a bid by major banks to keep the information secret," Dow Jones Newswires writes.
Last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown designated March 20 as a day of remembrance and prayer for earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan, but many in Los Angeles didn't need the reminder.
Los Angeles hosts one of the largest Japanese communities in the country, a good part of which lives in a little West Los Angeles neighborhood that's sometimes called Little Osaka and other times referred to as "that street west of the 405 freeway where all the Japanese restaurants are."