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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"This Is It" Premiere

Here's a few of images from the west coast premiere of "This Is It" , the Michael Jackson documentary film.

Friday, October 23, 2009

LAPD Headquarters Art Installation Getting Panned

The art installation on the west side of the new LAPD headquarters is getting panned by Chief William Bratton and apparently many others . According to an LA Times column by Steve Lopez , Bratton said "it's as ugly up close as it is when you're driving by." Bratton added "I don't think anybody can figure out" what the shapes are supposed to be, Bratton said. "Bisons and hippos maybe. I haven't the faintest idea what the two tallest things are on either side." All for the price of $500K.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Outside the California Science Center

I had a few minutes to spare while shooting an assignment today at the California Science Center in Exposition Park today and could not pass up shooting a few of the cool design elements outside the main entrance.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Digital Textbooks Taking Hold

Digital textbooks are beginning to replace clunky textbooks in schools across the country, including this algebra class taught by Russell Stephans at Agoura High School. Intrepid Washington Post reporter Ashley Surdin has the full skinny in this story appearing in today's Post

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Conservative Internet Journalist Andrew Breitbart

Conservative journalist and blogger Andrew Breitbart and I may not see eye to eye politically, but we hit it off well on a recent photo shoot for Financial Times. He is supremely busy and his cell phone and instant messenger were going off constantly while I was at his office. Breitbart formerly worked with Matt Drudge and Arianna Huffington and now is successfully on his own, including recently breaking the infamous ACORN video on his website.
Andrew grew up in Venice, so we chatted about some of the local hangouts here and he also disclosed to me that he is a former "liberal". After we finished the photos, he immediately got back to an engrossing conversation on his cellular, possibly eat lunch at 4 pm , and run to a meeting, life of a popular political blogger really is 24/7.o

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Angels Bring the Pain to the Red Sox

The Los Angeles Angels have held the Boston Red Sox to one run in the first two games of the ALDS with a chance to eliminate the Sox on Sunday in Boston."Big Papi" David Ortiz has been held hitless so far in the series.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Angeles Win Game 1 of ALDS

Tori Hunter and John Lackey led the Angels 5-0 victory over the Red Sox last night in game one of the ALDS in Anaheim.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Orly Taitz - Leading Figure in Birther Movement

Photographed Orly Taitz , the most visible of the "Birthers" , those who claim that President Obama is not a natural born citizen , making him inelgible to be President of the USA. Orly Taits is a lawyer and dentist with offices in Orange County, California. Click here for the accompanying story by Liza Mundy of The Washington Post.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Biologists Study Effects of Station Fire

I spent a day with USGS Federal biologists Adam Backlin and Liz Gallegos as they collected Santa Ana speckled dace fish to conduct research on the damaging effects of the giant Station Fire fire on fragile wildlife. NY Times reporter Randal Archibold and I joined the biologists on a journey on dirt roads deep into the backcountry to the upper San Gabriel River. It was a fun adventure with the added treat of being off the grid for the day, no cell service = a silent blackberry! Here is a link to Randy's story