Contra Costa Times editorial: Sanctions must be powerful to stop Russian expansion

The Russians are coming, the Russians are coming! No, seriously, they are. But instead of the hilarious landing on New England beaches depicted in the 1966 classic film, they are engaged in a deadly serious incursion into neighboring Ukraine. 
(Ljiljana Pavkov)
Coming right up: The world's fastest elevators

Japan's Hitachi said this week it will provide the world's fastest elevators, which can clock speeds up to 45 mph, to a high-rise building in China. Full Story
(Kim Kim Foster/The State)
Taste-Off: The best kombucha -- and the funkiest

Kombucha, the fermented tea drink with a 'health food' reputation, has gone mainstream. Here's the lowdown on the best -- and the nastiest.