CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 5, 2013 |
A week before protests in prisons are planned to start statewide, inmates at High Desert State Prison in far Northern California have launched their own hunger strike. Corrections department officials Friday confirmed that nearly two dozen inmates began refusing meals Monday. By Friday afternoon, that number had dropped to 20. Department spokeswoman Terry Thornton said the High Desert inmates had presented a list of 30 complaints, all centered on conditions within the prison's administration segregation unit.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 2013 |
A new federal plan for managing the Imperial Sand Dunes calls for reopening to off-road vehicles 40,000 acres that have been closed since 2000, when the site became embroiled in a legal battle involving threatened plant species. Counting that acreage, 84% of the 215,000-acre dunes system would be open to motorized recreation under the Bureau of Land Management plan, released Tuesday. The plan is the result of a 13-year process that moved in fits and starts as each iteration from the agency was challenged in court.
June 15, 2013 |
TUCSON -- U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Tucson region have saved 177 people during the last 30 days in the southern Arizona desert as summer temperatures have reach perilous levels, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials. Officials said agents rescued 52 of the 177 just in the last week, when temperatures soared near 110 degrees Fahrenheit. The recent rescues by the Tucson sector of the Border Patrol reflect a larger trend. Agents from the sector have performed 372 rescues during the current fiscal year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 8, 2013 |
INDIAN WELLS, Calif.--The crowd of demonstrators hurried to unfurl their posters and take their position at the site of what looked like a motorcade zipping down the drive from the resort. Chinese President Xi Jinping was believed to be staying there, as he arrived in the Southern California desert for meetings with President Obama. This group, like others in the area, had been posted in their particular spot throughout the day Friday in the hope of sending a message to Xi -- or whoever it might have been in the limousine with the deeply tinted windows.
June 7, 2013 |
Los Angeles trio Hot As Sun released its full-length debut, "Night Time Sound Desire," in the spring, and despite being ignored by a certain monolithic indie rock site that often makes or breaks young, innovative pop, rock and electronic acts, the record has been flowing into discerning eardrums and generating much affection. The group recently inked a booking deal with hotshot agency Windish, has been getting ink and airplay from KCRW-FM (89.9), and even licensed a track for an episode of "Glee.
June 2, 2013 |
Who comes to Hollywood toting more than 500 over-the-top costumes, 200 hats and headdresses, 150 pairs of teetering heels, 60 up-to-there wigs and a flurry of glitter? Three drag queens, of course. The campy Broadway musical “Priscilla Queen of the Desert" has landed at the Pantages Theatre , where it's scheduled to run through June 16, for a brief and bedazzling three-week stop. Based on the 1994 cult film, this story of cross-dressers on a cross-country road trip through the Outback is, not surprisingly, packed with feathers, fringe, club kid platform heels, disco jumpsuits and Daisy Dukes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 2013 |
Littlerock is one of those small Antelope Valley towns that melt into the desert, a place of few people but many dogs. Houses surrounded by chain-link fences bear "no trespassing" and "beware of dog" signs. A chorus of barks and growls greets passersby. Numerous strays also roam the desert. Residents say Littlerock has become a dumping ground for unwanted dogs. "A car will come down the street at 40 mph, slow down and a door will open," said longtime resident David Cleveland.
May 30, 2013 |
The 1994 movie “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” begins with a glimpse into the bleak lives of three struggling drag performers in Sydney, Australia, who have no reason not to take a low-rent gig deep in the Outback. Yes, their two-week trip, in a decrepit bus they christen “Priscilla," culminates in campy, wigged-out triumph, but not before inflicting them with doubts, disagreements, homophobia, threats to their lives and relentless snarky badinage. In contrast, the mood of “Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical,” arriving at the Pantages Theatre at the tail end of a national tour, is cranked up to fabulous at the outset.
May 29, 2013 |
Spanish retailer Zara is coming to downtown Los Angeles, bringing a dash of fast fashion to a district increasingly pegged as a potential shopping powerhouse. The 27,000-square-foot store that the trendy chain plans to open in the Figat7th shopping center next spring will be nearly three times the size of some Zara stores. The retailer is debuting downtown just as the neighborhood - already developing cachet as a culinary destination and residential center - starts to shed its reputation as a fashion desert.
May 25, 2013 |
A shallow magnitude 3.3 earthquake was reported Saturday evening 11 miles from Ft. Irwin in California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor occurred at 6:58 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 1.9 mile. According to the USGS, the epicenter was 20 miles from Barstow, 22 miles from Barstow Heights, 48 miles from Apple Valley and 295 miles from Phoenix. In the last 10 days, there have been no other earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater centered nearby. Read more about Southern California earthquakes .