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June 10, 1990
Save a tree! Cancel your Times subscriptions! Earth First! JOHN ATKINSON Manhattan Beach
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December 3, 2013 | By W.J. Hennigan
With a thunderous roar, a 224-foot rocket carrying a massive satellite launched from Cape Canaveral, Fla., and blasted into outer space, hurtling over the Atlantic Ocean as it cut across the night sky. On Tuesday, Hawthorne rocket maker SpaceX lifted the SES-8 telecommunications satellite into orbit nearly 50,000 miles above the Earth. It was the first time that the company reached such a distance, which is about one-quarter of the way to the moon. Before the launch attempt, SpaceX said it would be the most challenging mission to date and technical issues cropped up early.
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NEWS
July 17, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Prosecutors will not file charges against two Earth First! activists arrested in connection with a pipe bomb explosion that injured the environmentalists, a defense lawyer said today. Douglas Horngrad, a lawyer for Darryl Cherney, said Alameda County Deputy Dist. Atty. Chris Carpenter told him in a telephone conversation that no charges would be filed against either Cherney or Judi Bari. "I can't speak for the prosecutors, but we view their action as confirmation of Judi and Darryl's innocence."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2012 | By Dean Kuipers, Los Angeles Times
Judi Bari's name may not be as familiar as Erin Brockovich's or Karen Silkwood's, but her life of activism — fighting the logging of old-growth trees in Northern California — was no less cinematic. Now, 15 years after her death, a new documentary, "Who Bombed Judi Bari?" brings the carpenter, fiddler, union organizer and Earth First firebrand to the big screen. Bari spearheaded efforts in the 1980s and '90s to slow logging on the state's northern coast. In 1990, while organizing logging protests, an explosion tore through her car in Oakland and nearly killed the 40-year-old single mother of two. Authorities initially claimed she and her passenger, Darryl Cherney, had been transporting explosives, but the pair insisted they had been framed by the FBI and Oakland police.
NEWS
June 17, 1990 | From Times staff and Wire reports
A judge has decided that investigators for Earth First! bombing suspects Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney may inspect the car that blew up but are not to move the vehicle from police impound. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Henry Ramsey Jr. ruled Friday that the car can be inspected visually, but no parts or other contents may be removed. Further, the judge said, the defense is allowed to put the car into a container to prevent air pollution from contaminating evidence.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2009 | Dean Kuipers
Mike Roselle is in his element -- fighting a controversial coal industry practice called mountaintop removal mining in the town of Rock Creek, W. Va. "I had to bail some people out of jail," the 55-year-old rumbles happily by phone from the office of Climate Ground Zero. "We've been unleashing hippie hell on them." By "them," he means Massey Energy, the coal megalith that controls huge swaths of West Virginia and employs a fair percentage of its residents. Roselle is a stranger there, but after seven months he finds himself in familiar territory.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 25, 2012 | By Dean Kuipers, Los Angeles Times
Judi Bari's name may not be as familiar as Erin Brockovich's or Karen Silkwood's, but her life of activism — fighting the logging of old-growth trees in Northern California — was no less cinematic. Now, 15 years after her death, a new documentary, "Who Bombed Judi Bari?" brings the carpenter, fiddler, union organizer and Earth First firebrand to the big screen. Bari spearheaded efforts in the 1980s and '90s to slow logging on the state's northern coast. In 1990, while organizing logging protests, an explosion tore through her car in Oakland and nearly killed the 40-year-old single mother of two. Authorities initially claimed she and her passenger, Darryl Cherney, had been transporting explosives, but the pair insisted they had been framed by the FBI and Oakland police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 1987
Just an idle thought, but where did the Earth First! marchers get the paper to make their protest signs? This group is so hypocritical it's a joke! DAVID SHUEY Pasadena
OPINION
June 14, 2002
Re "Earth First! Pair Win Jury Award," June 12: Along with the growing knowledge of U.S. government intelligence failures before Sept. 11, the evidence and verdict in the Earth First! trial prove decisively that the key to our security from terrorists lies not in surrendering our rights but in the government simply doing its job against real enemies, like Al Qaeda--not against American dissidents. Howard Williams San Francisco
NEWS
December 1, 1987
Organizers of the Barstow-to-Las Vegas motorcycle race suggested that the environmental organization Earth First! may be behind the attempted sabotage of the race. A piece of plywood that was part of an obstacle jammed into a tunnel was painted with two words, race organizer Rick Hammel said. Because the wood was torn apart when race officials removed the roadblock on Saturday, the inscription is only partly legible, Hammel said. What remains is "EARTH F."
ENTERTAINMENT
November 5, 2009 | Dean Kuipers
Mike Roselle is in his element -- fighting a controversial coal industry practice called mountaintop removal mining in the town of Rock Creek, W. Va. "I had to bail some people out of jail," the 55-year-old rumbles happily by phone from the office of Climate Ground Zero. "We've been unleashing hippie hell on them." By "them," he means Massey Energy, the coal megalith that controls huge swaths of West Virginia and employs a fair percentage of its residents. Roselle is a stranger there, but after seven months he finds himself in familiar territory.
SCIENCE
June 19, 2009 | John Johnson Jr.
NASA took the first concrete step toward returning human beings to the moon Thursday, successfully launching the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on a mission to find the best place to land and build Earth's first off-world colony. The 19-story-high, two-stage rocket and spacecraft launched at 2:32 p.m. Pacific time. As the huge first-stage Atlas V rocket roared to life at Cape Canaveral in central Florida, NASA spokesman George Diller called it "America's first step in a lasting return to the moon."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2005 | Mark Hertsgaard, Special to The Times
"THE Secret Wars of Judi Bari" could be assigned in journalism schools to teach how not to do investigative reporting. Which is a shame, because there is a valuable, intriguing story to be told here, one full of personal neuroses, political idealism, corporate greed and police treachery.
NEWS
May 4, 2004 | Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
Eco-RADICALS often use sabotage in the name of what they call environmental protection. When an Earth First! activist slipped into a restricted desert canyon near Tucson in March to foil a cougar hunt, author and journalist John H. Richardson accompanied him. Richardson says he went along to witness radical environmentalism in action for an article for Esquire. State authorities say he crossed the line.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 11, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A man with the environmental activist group Earth First! has died after a fall of more than 50 feet from a redwood tree in the Ramsey Gulch area about 20 miles south of San Jose, raising concerns about the dangers of tree-sits, often used to stop logging operations. The man, whose identity hasn't been released but went by the forest name Naya, had only been in the tree about 12 hours on Tuesday evening when he fell, according to Dennis Davie of the Santa Cruz contingent of Earth First!
OPINION
June 14, 2002
Re "Earth First! Pair Win Jury Award," June 12: Along with the growing knowledge of U.S. government intelligence failures before Sept. 11, the evidence and verdict in the Earth First! trial prove decisively that the key to our security from terrorists lies not in surrendering our rights but in the government simply doing its job against real enemies, like Al Qaeda--not against American dissidents. Howard Williams San Francisco
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2002 | BETTINA BOXALL and KAREN ALEXANDER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ending a two-month trial and handing Earth First! activist Judi Bari a posthumous vindication, a federal jury awarded $2.9 million to her estate Tuesday after finding FBI agents and Oakland police officers violated her civil rights in their handling of a car-bombing investigation 12 years ago. Bari, who died of breast cancer in 1997, and fellow activist Darryl Cherney were arrested for transporting explosives after a pipe bomb blew up in Bari's car in May 1990, severely injuring her.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2002 | BETTINA BOXALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than a decade after Judi Bari accused FBI agents and local police of framing her in a car bombing--and five years after she died of breast cancer--the fiddle-playing, in-your-face Earth First! activist is getting her day in court. Bari's civil rights lawsuit against federal agents and the Oakland Police Department is in mid-trial here, another in the periodic bouts between Northern California's radical community and the establishment.
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