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Michael Collins

Credit: ILLUSTRATION BY JIMMY GIEGERICH

What's in Pepper Spray?

W hen seated Occupy UC Davis protesters turned their backs on Lt. John Pike and his UC Davis police squad clad in riot gear on Nov. 18, he had had enough. Pike...
Circa 1970s- Dumping into unlined VA ravines and lands adjacent to Brentwood went on for decades.; Credit: Courtesy enviroreporter.com

Brentwood's Toxic Grave

Several days ago, men wearing radiation dosimeters stood on the Veteran Administration’s West Los Angeles property, atop an old toxic dump that partially underl...

Wrinkles in Runkle Canyon

All hell was about to break loose at the Sodium Reactor Experiment on July 23, 1959. The reactor, tucked into a corner of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in t...

Earthly Secrets

Elizabeth Crawford sits astride her black thoroughbred Rufus under a live oak on Ahmanson Ranch in eastern Ventura County, and gazes toward thousands of acres of golden hills. Seattle-based Washington Mutual‘s Ahmanson Land Company (ALC) wants to build 3,050 luxury manses on 2,783 acres of this pristine property on Los......

Radiating Fear

Governor Gray Davis drew ire last week for releasing a confidential FBI warning that four of California‘s bridges could be terrorist targets. The governor, it seemed, was doing too much in the “war on terrorism.” For some time, though, environmental activists have criticized Davis for not doing enough to prevent......

Living Next to a War Factory

Photo by Michael Collins Fred Sharp thought it was funny the time his son brought home 20 rounds of machine-gun ammo he had found in his Chino Hills neighborhood. But Sharp was less amused on March 14, 1999, when a neighbor pointed out an odd-looking metal egg in a vacant......

Box Busters

Photo by Debra DiPaolo When most folks think of the post office, they envision that intrepid corps of mail carriers toting letter-stuffed leather bags set off by cute baby-blue uniforms. When Adam Parfrey thinks about the United States Postal Service, all he sees is red. "These characters have succeeded in......
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