September 13, 2010
Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union challenged in court the Department of Homeland Security's policy of allowing customs agents to seize and view the contents of laptops and other electronic devices without reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing. The lawsuit is a worthy attempt to close a gaping loophole in the protection of personal privacy. But courts so far have been inhospitable to such claims, which is why Congress must act. According to the ACLU's complaint, between Oct. 1, 2008, and June 2, 2010, more than 6,500 travelers — nearly 3,000 of them U.S. citizens — had their electronic devices searched as they crossed U.S. borders under policies promulgated by two Homeland Security agencies: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
September 5, 2010
KAYAKING Workshop Conor Flannery will present "Cause to Paddle: A Solo Kayak Expedition," about his 2,500-mile journey to Anchorage, with advice on gear, navigation and more. When, where: 7 p.m. Tuesday at the REI store in Manhattan Beach, 1800 Rosecrans Ave., Suite E; 7 p.m. Wednesday in Northridge, 18605 Devonshire St.; and 7 p.m. Thursday in Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd. Admission, info: Free. Register at http://www.rei.com/stores/14 for Manhattan Beach; http://www.
September 5, 2010
OREGON Happy hiking The four-day "Raft Supported Wilderness Lodge Trip" from Rogue Wilderness Adventures affords the perks of a good hike without the pain. With gear packed on a raft, the trail on a gentle downhill gradient and a lodge (with bed and shower) awaiting every evening, you can focus on the Rogue River Canyon's magnificent fall colors and abundant wildlife as you hike from lodge to lodge. Another option is to experience the journey from the boat and brave the rapids with your gear.
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August 27, 2010 |
The California Supreme Court on Thursday limited the ability of death row inmates and those sentenced to life without parole to obtain information from law enforcement that might help their appeals. In interpreting a 2002 law, the state high court ruled 4 to 3 that such inmates must show the material they want exists to avoid a "fishing expedition" and decided that inmates can be denied information from out-of-state law enforcement agencies that assisted the prosecution. The decision came in a case involving death row inmate Lee Max Barnett, condemned in Butte County in 1988 for a murder and other crimes.
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August 1, 2010 |
Environmental activist George Wolfe has always believed the best way to know a river is to kayak it. So when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently designated the entire Los Angeles River a "traditional navigable waterway," he organized an expedition. Toting a waterproof first-aid kit and a sack of binoculars, Wolfe led seven people clad in T-shirts, shorts, sun hats and life vests to a lush, eight-mile stretch of river bottom near Griffith Park known as the Glendale Narrows.
July 29, 2010 |
On an overcast Saturday morning, Christopher Nyerges — the head of Eagle Rock's School of Self-Reliance — gingerly skirts a feral clump of bright green weeds. "Always watch where you're stepping 'cause you might be stepping on our lunch," he says to the 17 students following him. Resembling troops in an outdoorsy New Age army, the group wanders through Pasadena's Hahamongna Watershed Park, scouring the dirt hills, shallow valleys and parched riverbeds of the land for edible plants as part of a wild food outing that Nyerges regularly teaches.
July 22, 2010 |
It's taken a while, but you think you've finally gotten a grasp on the issues related to where most of your food comes from. You've successfully parsed the gray areas among local, seasonal, organic, sustainable, no-spray and conventional. You know your carbon footprint from your food miles, and you shop at a farmers market when you're not getting deliveries from your CSA. Congratulations. Now what do you do about fish? Yeah, that's what I thought. Me too. As confusing as the arguments about produce might be, they've got nothing on seafood.
July 21, 2010
In January, President Obama pledged not to forsake or forget Haiti during what promised to be a long and painful recovery from the worst earthquake to hit the island nation in 200 years. To that end, the administration immediately sent military assistance and millions of dollars in emergency aid. But it has yet to take another crucial step: expediting the immigration to the United States of the 55,000 Haitians who already have been approved for visas by the Department of Homeland Security.