Coachella can be brutal: Dry desert heat, sand storms, endurance tests. It's hard for folks to survive with their health intact. That is, unless you're in the Marine Corps.
Jimmy English and Tidas Friday (not their real names) repair tanks and other military vehicles. They recently returned from a ... More >>
Each week as Monday night becomes Tuesday morning, KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez maintains a musical vigil over the airwaves. He mixes in everything from hip hop to house, along with smoothly articulated descriptions of these "samples and sounds."
Today, sipping Intelligentsia coffee in broad daylight a ... More >>
A 10-year Marine Corps veteran based in Southern California was under fire this week after he compared Trayvon Martin and his blackness to his practice targets on the range.
Staff Sgt. Suneel Mehta was apparently just finished with target practice last week at a range on base in Twentynine Pa ... More >>
tumblr via everythingmarinecorpsLuke Monahan in uniformAt only 19 years old, San Diego County's Luke Monahan had yet to put his Camp Pendleton Marine Corps training to use. But you could say he died in the field last Friday, in a freak fall apparently tied to the Corps' extracurriculars.
Lik ... More >>
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Shortly after the Fukushima disaster spread fears of a tsunami and radioactive plume hitting the Western United States, panicked buyers cleaned out many retailers of freeze-dried camping foods and left shelves bare at outdoor sports retailers. ... More >>
File photoWhy is it so hard for you to carry a gun if the bad guys find it so easy?Three former U.S. Marines were arrested after they allegedly sold some pretty deadly firepower -- semiautomatic assault-type rifles -- to members of L.A.'s Florencia 13 gang.
Now, here's a legitimate question: ... More >>
It looks like "spice," the legal, marijuana-like substance that has sparked controversy across the nation, is making inroads in Los Angeles. The UCLA Daily Bruin reports that the product, sold under names such as K2 and Black Mamba, is available in Westwood Village and that, so far, the local ... More >>
YouTubeOfficer Espinoza.Not a good spring for the Los Angeles Police Department: First an officer was caught on video throwing a kick at a bike rider, and now a video has emerged that depicts an enraged cop calling a photographer a "fruitcake" and detaining him for taking pictures.
The incid ... More >>
We're one week into L.A.'s chapter of the swine flu pandemic/panic and already people are asking, "Where's the pork?" Raised on bio-disaster movies and braced for the worst upon hearing of Mexico's initial death toll, Angelenos were expecting (not, I should stress, hoping) to see bodies in the stree ... More >>
Here are 3 illustrations that I did this week for my mother-in-law's new novel (really 3 novellas), American in Translation. Her name is Concha Alborg and she is one hell of a cook and can turn any room in the house into a page from the Pottery Barn. The synopsis of her book is somewhat ... More >>