Posted On: 8:11 a.m. | April 4, 2011
In the hours after the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami in northern Japan, the wheels were in motion to dispatch Los Angeles Times staffers to cover the disaster. Not only was this a huge story but earthquakes are a subject close to home for our readers in California. Reporters were sent from Beijing, New Delhi and Dubai. Staff photographers Carolyn Cole and Brian van der Brug... View Post»
Posted On: 7:01 a.m. | April 2, 2011
For better or worse, Huntington Beach has developed a reputation as a mecca for partiers (it even hosted the World Series of Beer Pong via satellite in 2008). Surfers, tourists, college students and gussied-up singles prowling for dates are among those who descend on the town’s Main Street every weekend in search of a good time.
On a recent evening, photographer Francine Orr... View Post»
Posted On: 5:05 a.m. | April 2, 2011
A fungus known as white-nose syndrome has swept across 16 states, killing more than 1 million bats. A majority of the dead bats were little brown bats, which have lost an estimated 20% of their population in the northeastern United States over the past four years. View Post»
Posted On: 5:01 a.m. | April 2, 2011
I jumped at the chance when photo editor Rob St. John asked me if I was interested in going to the caves of New Mexico in search of bats infected with white-nose syndrome.
The story has so many layers and levels and certainly has the creep factor going for it.
White-nose syndrome is spreading like wildfire through the bat communities in the East, through 16 states, leaving more than 1... View Post»
Posted On: 6:43 p.m. | April 1, 2011
The car rode very roughly as we drove away from the scene of the blast. We got out and saw that a piece of shrapnel had punctured a large hole in the right rear tire’s sidewall. But there wasn’t time to change it. We had to get away and drove the next five miles on shredded rubber and the rim. View Post»
Posted On: 6:43 a.m. | April 1, 2011
With Vin Scully in the press box, Placido Domingo singing the national anthem, and Fernando Valenzuela delivering the ceremonial first pitch, the Los Angeles Dodgers opened the 2011 MLB season with a 2-1 win over the San Francisco Giants Thursday afternoon. View Post»
Posted On: 5:00 a.m. | April 1, 2011
Sleeping was near impossible. I wandered in and out of a dreamland, not knowing if I was awake or asleep. The relentless booming of bad ’80s hits emanating from the bordellos up the street didn’t help any. I began to question what I was doing in this lawless, polluted boom town 17,200 feet up in the Peruvian Andes. View Post»
Posted On: 12:02 a.m. | April 1, 2011
Dwarfed by a vast gray glacier, La Rinconada, 17,000 feet or so above sea level-the highest city in the world, according to National Geographic-clings precariously to the side of an Andean peak in southeast Peru. It is a town bereft of law, government, warmth and color. No tree, bush or blade of grass can find life in its frozen and rocky ground. Black and gray paths, contaminated with sewage... View Post»
Posted On: 4:18 p.m. | March 30, 2011
For 44 years, El Centro has been the squadron’s winter home, the training ground where new team members integrate with second-year veterans to perfect their 45-minute show. View Post»
Posted On: 3:59 p.m. | March 30, 2011
By Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times
The rebels began retreating more than 24 hours ago and didn't stop until they reached Benghazi today, March 30, and disappeared into the sprawling urban landscape.
The opposition reportedly has a nominal force on the eastern edge of Ajdabiya to confront hard-charging Kadafi loyalist forces to which they have yielded more than 200 miles of territory since... View Post»
Posted On: 4:07 p.m. | March 29, 2011
By Luis Sinco, Los Angeles Times
The road out of Bin Jawwad looked like rush hour on the 405 Freeway as the rebels ran for their lives today after taking a pounding from forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi.
With no air cover from the allied Western powers, the rebels faced the enemy completely on their own -- and again were outgunned and overmatched.
Initial reports had the... View Post»
Posted On: 2:49 p.m. | March 29, 2011
Susan Braig, a 61-year-old Altadena cancer survivor, takes old pharmaceutical pills and tablets and mounts them on costume jewelry to create colorful necklaces, pendants, earrings and tiaras that she sells. It's a way to help pay off her medical debt. View Post»
Posted On: 2:23 p.m. | March 28, 2011
A gallery of images from the Libyan rebel front, between Bin Jawwad to Ras Lanuf
After advancing swiftly westward over the weekend, rebel fighters in Libya were halted abruptly Monday by stiff resistance from government fighters about 50 miles east of the key government garrison town of Surt.
Read David Zucchino's full story
A ride through familiar terrain
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Posted On: 8:50 p.m. | March 27, 2011
We took a ride through familiar terrain today, even though we hadn’t seen it for almost two weeks.
It seems like forever since we were last in Ras Lanuf, where rebels fighting forces loyal to Moammar Kadafi began their long retreat under a hail of shells, missiles and bombs. But a lot can change over time — and the rebels are back and pushing quickly towards Surt, Kadafi’s hometown... View Post»
Posted On: 7:50 p.m. | March 26, 2011
For the second time in six days, warplanes of allied Western forces bombed and strafed Kadafi loyalist forces, laying waste to heavy armor, artillery and men at the entrances on both sides of the key city some 95 miles southwest of Benghazi. View Post»
Posted On: 9:58 p.m. | March 25, 2011
On the rough streets of downtown's skid row, LAPD Officer Deon Joseph is an imposing figure at 5 feet 10 and 265 pounds. But as the department's liaison with the area's homeless, he's here to serve and protect. He teaches a self-defense class for women, helps place people in transitional housing and runs a mentoring program for youths.
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