Joe Donnelly

In the Doghouse: A Leash-Law Miscreant's Day in Court

On one of those gloomy, wet winter days when Seattle sends its weather south, I arrive at the Hollywood branch of the Los Angeles Superior Court at 8:30 a.m., with my partner in crime — we’ll call him Dave, because that’s his name. The idea is to be among the......

The Tortoise and the Tank: August 21, 2008

Last spring I witnessed one of the strangest military operations one could imagine — the largest tortoise airlift in history. The tortoise transport was part of a long, fought-over expansion of the sprawling Army training grounds about 30 miles north and east of Barstow. More than 670 tortoises were relocated,......

It Started With a Kiss: Finding Shelter Among the Stray Cats

Contributor 1996-2002 Deputy editor 2002-2008 I moved to Los Angeles, for real as it turned out, in 1996. I’d done some time here a couple years prior, when I worked at the L.A. Times but left to try my hand at other newspapers between here and Washington, D.C. When I......

Election '08: Very Old Tears

My friend and guest blogger, She Wants Revenge's Justin Warfield, recently posted -- to great response -- about his great anticipation of yesterday's election (see Election '08: The Night Before Christmas). Here's his follow up to how he and his family felt when it finally became clear yesterday was truly......

Election '08: The Night Before Christmas

I have a special guest blogger today. His name is Justin Warfield. You may know him as the frontman and songwriter for the great band She Wants Revenge. He's a very cool guy who has an interesting and emotional take on this election. His post is below. Also, here's a......

The Red Scare and Average Joes

With precious little to distinguish himself from the Bush years, except possibly more intransigence than even W. when it comes to moving off failed domestic and...

Election '08: Powell's Shallow Endorsement

By now you know that Colin Powell endorsed Barack Obama for president. He made it clear to Tom Brokaw during his appearance on Meet The Press to announce the endorsement that it wasn't an easy choice for him to turn away from 25 years of friendship and professional engagement with......
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