CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2013 |
A major toxic waste dump near a Central Valley hamlet is poised to expand, and a troubled battery recycler in Vernon has been cleared to reopen according to key decisions Tuesday that sparked fury in nearby low-income communities. At the center of both decisions is a little-known California agency, the Department of Toxic Substances Control, which has repeatedly cited both facilities for violations of hazardous waste regulations. In the Central Valley, the agency took steps toward approving expansion of Chemical Waste Management's nearly full toxic waste dump in Kettleman City by 5 million cubic yards, a 50% increase.
June 5, 2013 |
Certainly it can hard to be “the other woman” in a political sex scandal. But who knew that it's also no picnic being “the other woman's” woman? That's the situation Jill Kelley has found herself in. But Kelley, the Tampa, Fla., socialite who sparked the investigation into ex-CIA Director David H. Petraeus' extramarital affair with Paula Broadwell, which prompted his resignation, is not taking her situation lying down. She's suing the FBI and the Pentagon for violating her privacy.
May 3, 2013 |
There are times when it's best to let the riffs, tangled leads and headbanging speak for themselves. Slayer co-founder Jeff Hanneman, who died Thursday, was by all accounts a silent, reserved presence in real life, but when he stepped onstage to play guitar, his musical voice was monstrous. His distorted onslaught continues to inspire fans of extreme music across borders and generations. Entire heavy metal subgenres including speed metal, black metal and doom metal wouldn't exist without his band's influence.
April 15, 2013 |
This post has been updated. See below for details. The riff that San Francisco rock band Thee Oh Sees presented at 3:50 p.m. at the closing moments of their rolling, frantic set, was still running through my head half an hour later, even though half a dozen rhythms from varying locales on the pitch of Coachella had entered it since. That's one tough damn riff, from a new song called "Dead Energy," bass-heavy, smooth-groove house beats 50 yards away in the Sahara tent. The band played a forceful bunch of songs -- at least judging by the four final ones that I saw -- that drove the tightly focused, crowd-surfing fans to adrenaline levels unimaginable the morning earlier.
March 7, 2013 |
Colorado farmers are in udder disbelief. The state's legislators are considering a new law that would ban farmers from taking away natural fly swatters from their dairy cows. Some want to ban dairy operations from carrying out a process called docking -- cutting cattle tails for sanitary reasons. Critics call it animal cruelty. Farmers say it produces more sanitary milk by keeping the tail from dragging in mud and manure. Not only that, but many farmers complain that the practice is rare in their state, so what's the big deal?
January 24, 2013 |
Kudos to writer-director Antonino D'Ambrosio for taking such an eclectic and disparate number of aims, thoughts, subjects and mediums and creating the smart and inspiring - and uniquely whole - documentary that is "Let Fury Have the Hour. " A kind of think/performance piece about what's termed here "creative reaction," the film hears from a stirring swath of socially conscious artists whose work largely emerged as an anger-channeling counter to the Reagan-Thatcher era of conservative individualism.