CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 2, 2013 |
As I followed the news about the raging wildfire that claimed the lives of 19 firefighters in Arizona, I couldn't help but recall the days I spent battling brush fires in California. It's something that happens every fire season as I report on wildfires or follow the news of blazes burning brush and destroying homes. I spent nearly six years as a firefighter before a knee injury pushed me on a path that ultimately led to journalism. I landed my first firefighting job a year out of high school with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
May 5, 2013 |
BEIJING - North Korea on Sunday denied it would use a jailed Korean American as a political bargaining chip, saying it had no plans to invite a prominent American to Pyongyang to seek the release of Kenneth Bae. Bae, 44, of Lynwood, Wash., was sentenced last week to 15 years of hard labor by the country's highest court for committing “hostile acts” toward the government. Pyongyang has not specified the crimes but said Sunday that Bae entered North Korea with a “disguised identity” and had confessed to the offenses.
May 1, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See the note below for details. BEIJING -- Adding to the strained relations with the U.S., North Korea said Thursday that an American citizen held since November has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for "hostile acts" against the country. Kenneth Bae, a Korean American tour operator from Washington state, was tried Tuesday by the country's highest court, the official Korean Central News Agency said. The brief dispatch from the capital, Pyongyang, provided no details of any crime.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 27, 2012 |
DELANO, Calif. - "You'd think agriculture would have Republican politicians on our side, but on this issue we don't," Kevin Andrew was saying as we toured some grape fields north of Bakersfield, where farmworkers were thinning vines. Come harvest time, far more workers will be needed. And here's the problem, as Andrew sees it: There could be a looming labor shortage related to tight border security and other factors, including an improved Mexican economy. But GOP congressional reps, in particular, remain opposed to temporary legalized status and coming-and-going privileges for undocumented farmworkers.
December 2, 2011 |
"Twi"-guy Kellan Lutz's ab-tastic body is about the only thing shown to its best advantage in "A Warrior's Heart," a ho-hum drama whose many moving parts feel decidedly recycled. Lutz plays Conor Sullivan, a cocky, inexplicably hotheaded California high school lacrosse star, who must move east when his career-soldier father (Chris Potter) again uproots the family. But Conor's bullish ways on — and off — his tony new school's lacrosse field intensify when his dad's redeployment to Iraq has tragic consequences.
March 27, 2011 |
Between Shades of Gray A Novel Ruta Sepetys Philomel: 344 pp., $17.99, ages 12 and up In young adult books about World War II, the Holocaust dominates. But there are lesser-known atrocities that also took place, including during the Soviet occupation of the Baltic states. The Soviets not only displaced countless Lithuanians, Latvians and Estonians, leaving them to die, but wiped those countries from the map for much of the last century. It's this story that is told in "Between Shades of Gray," the heart-wrenching debut novel from Ruta Sepetys.