CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2012 |
The tall ships dueling off the coast of Dana Point were only supposed to look like they were at war. But after the cannon aboard the tall ship Amazing Grace rumbled, the stinging pain that Donna Reed felt in her legs was quite real. "It was like a scene from 'The Exorcist,' " said Reed, her wounds still sore days later. "I started to bleed in several different areas. " She had been shot. So it went during what was supposed to be a climactic moment in the Ocean Institute's annual tall ships festival: the Saturday evening mock cannon fight that would simulate the spectacle of a historic battle on the high seas.
August 16, 2012 |
The exceptional documentary "Holy Man: The USA vs. Douglas White" tells the haunting tale of White, a Lakota Sioux medicine man from South Dakota's storied Pine Ridge Reservation who, at age 72, was imprisoned for the alleged sexual abuse of his two young grandsons. Years later, his grandsons, who were ensnared as children in a family custody feud, confessed to lying at White's trial. But White, whose case this film asserts symbolizes the racial bias Native Americans frequently face in the U.S. courts, remained incarcerated until 2009, when he died at 89 from lung cancer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 2012 |
Former California Highway Patrol Officer Tomiekia Johnson, charged with killing her husband more than two years ago, tearfully testified Friday that she and Marcus Lemons were struggling over her gun when it accidentally went off. "I was not trying to kill Marcus. I would never try to hurt him," she said, weeping. "He always hit me. " Johnson took the stand on the fourth day of her trial. She is accused of fatally shooting her husband in the head on the night of Feb. 21, 2009, as they argued on the side of a road in Compton.
November 10, 2011
The Blue & the Gray, the largest Civil War battle reenactment in the West, returns to Moorpark for the 11th year. Relive the 1860s with five different battles reenacted, including, Gettysburg and Antietam. Expect to see cannons, cavalry, infantry, North and South encampments and the folks who provisioned each side. Underwood Family Farms, 3370 Sunset Valley Road, Moorpark. 10 a.m.-6:15 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun. $15. Bleacher seats $3 per battle. http://www.civilwaralliance.com/CWA/Moorpark1.html.
May 5, 2011 |
The image of President Obama, standing in the White House East Room Sunday evening, solemnly declaring that America’s public enemy number one, Osama bin Laden, was dead, was published in newspapers all over the world. But what if that photo wasn’t real? A provocative post on the website of the Poynter Institute, which provides training for journalists, details how the president recreated the first 30 seconds of his televised address, including his approach to the podium, to the nation for the still photographers present after the speech was concluded.
April 24, 2011
Surely I was in Boonville, Mo., with Catherine Watson as I read about Missouri's role in the Civil War ["Conflicts of Interest," April 10]. As an immigrant, I embrace the great legacy of the Confederates and Union armies with sincere thanksgiving, honor and tears. Long live America. Daniel Kim Porter Ranch I've never been able to understand the fascination this country has with reenactments of Civil War battles ["Call to Arms Again," April 10]. Those who support these events would probably say they are paying tribute to American history through these reenactment battles.