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Jan 31 8 tweets 3 min read
Eleven people were killed in a mass shooting that shattered the dance community of Monterey Park, a storied hub of Southern California’s Chinese community.

Accounts from witnesses inside paint a clearer picture of the evening’s horror. latimes.com/projects/monte… Times reporters interviewed six survivors – the majority of them in Mandarin – to piece together what happened.

We connected with dance instructors and dancers who did not attend the party, but who helped reporters understand the layout of the studio.
Jan 31 15 tweets 6 min read
Chronic overuse & the effects of climate change are pushing the Colorado River system toward potential collapse as reservoirs drop to dangerously low levels.

A water reckoning is about to transform the landscape of the Southwest.

Read the series ⬇️ latimes.com/environment/st… Like arteries, its major tributaries take shape across Colorado, Wyoming, Utah & New Mexico, coming together in a great river like no other — a river that travels more than 1,400 miles & has defined the rise of the American Southwest over the last century.
latimes.com/environment/st… A map of the Colorado Basin...
Jan 31 4 tweets 2 min read
Five years ago, 16-year-old Yoel Levy escaped Lev Tahor.

His mother and eight of his siblings remain in the group, and he longs to see them again. latimes.com/world-nation/s… Levy hasn’t spoken with any of them since running away, but he has worked with attorneys and former Israeli intelligence officers trying to break up the group and bring its leaders to justice. latimes.com/world-nation/s…
Jan 31 7 tweets 3 min read
For decades, so much Colorado River water has been diverted that the river seldom meets the sea in Mexico.

Much of the delta has shriveled to stretches of dry riverbed, with only small remnants of its wetlands surviving.

latimes.com/environment/st… Tentacles formed by the ebb...A map of the Colorado River... Restauremos El Colorado manages one of three habitat restoration areas in the delta, where native trees that were planted six years ago have grown into a forest that drapes the wetland in shade. latimes.com/environment/st…
Jan 30 7 tweets 4 min read
On Wednesday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will celebrate 30 years on the job.

His tenure has been marked by a mixed bag of innovations and financial success for the league's teams.

Growth is Bettman’s hallmark. So is confrontation.
latimes.com/sports/hockey/… In the 1980s, Gary Bettman made a name for himself as the NBA’s general counsel, a young lawyer who created the league’s salary cap.

It was a surprise when the NHL, seeking a chief executive, landed on him. He wasn’t born into hockey. latimes.com/sports/hockey/… Image
Jan 30 4 tweets 2 min read
Chu Fei was exhausted by 12-hour workdays and long commutes.

None of it seemed worth the payoff, the promise of which dwindled as the economy worsened.

She quit her job, sold most of her possessions, and moved to a village some 800 miles from Beijing. latimes.com/world-nation/s… Even before the pandemic, backlash was growing in China over the punishing hours in high-powered industries, a grind known as 996 — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week.

📷: Bloomberg via Getty Images latimes.com/world-nation/s… People working at desks, ov...
Jan 30 5 tweets 3 min read
FTX founder Samuel Bankman-Fried, indicted on federal charges of fraud and money laundering, was released on a $250-million bail bond.

His parents used their house to bail him out. But they rent the land from Stanford.

@kierafeldman reports: latimes.com/california/sto… Joseph Bankman and Barbara Fried, who are professors at Stanford Law School, are not typical homeowners.

Their property is a faculty home on the Stanford campus itself. Stanford owns the land, and Bankman and Fried lease it. latimes.com/california/sto…
Jan 30 4 tweets 2 min read
California lawmakers are calling for an investigation into corruption in the cannabis industry, legislative hearings on the exploitation of farmworkers and new laws to thwart labor trafficking in response to revelations of rampant abuses and worker deaths.
latimes.com/california/sto… The proposals follow a series of Times investigations last year showing that California’s 2016 legalization of recreational cannabis spurred political corruption, explosive growth in illegal cultivation and widespread exploitation of workers. latimes.com/california/sto…
Jan 29 6 tweets 3 min read
Since New Year’s Day, 43 mass shootings from Minnesota to Florida, from Baltimore to San Francisco, have left 78 dead and 176 injured, according to the online dashboard Gun Violence Archive, and the number rises nearly every day.
latimes.com/california/sto… Gun violence has become the drumbeat of our days.

We say we’re shocked, but we’re really not. We say we’re in disbelief, yet we’re really not.

Experts say "a numbing is happening."
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Jan 29 9 tweets 4 min read
How did Las Vegas become a water-saving model to emulate? It began with an initial phase of the Colorado River crisis two decades ago.
latimes.com/environment/st… Lake Mead had been nearly full and lapping at the spillway gates of Hoover Dam in early 2000. Then extreme drought and heavy water use sent the reservoir into a rapid decline.
latimes.com/environment/st… A graph showing the decline...
Jan 29 6 tweets 3 min read
Unlike residents, who are subject to drought restrictions, there are no restrictions for those using private wells or canal water to irrigate farmland, golf courses or grass-covered landscapes, or to fill artificial lakes.

Read more:
latimes.com/environment/st… Tee boxes at the Golf Club ...Shadow Lake Estates in Indi...The Coachella Canal carries...The Golf Club at Terra Lago... In the Coachella Valley, water continues flowing to artificial lakes and lush golf courses, even as the Colorado River reaches new lows. Critics say it’s time to limit heavy water use.

But elected leaders have taken a different approach.
Jan 29 4 tweets 2 min read
Las Vegas has been factoring climate change into its water plans for years, declaring war on thirsty lawns, patrolling the streets for water wasters and preparing for worst-case scenarios on the Colorado River, which supplies 90% of the area’s water.
latimes.com/environment/st… Since 2002, southern Nevada’s use of Colorado River water has decreased about 26%, even as the area’s population has rapidly grown. Per capita water use has dropped 48%.

And Las Vegas is continuing to tighten its restrictions on grass.
Jan 27 4 tweets 2 min read
California uses more Colorado River water than any other state. And some officials from other states have been pushing for California’s big water users, including the Imperial Irrigation District, to agree to larger reductions.

latimes.com/environment/st… In contrast to the Imperial Valley’s senior water rights, Arizona’s cities rely on junior rights that are vulnerable to cuts. This year, Arizona is already being forced to take 21% less water from the river.

Jan 27 6 tweets 3 min read
Just north of the California-Mexico border, the All-American Canal cuts across 80 miles of desert.

Up to 200 feet wide and 20 feet deep, the canal delivers the single largest share of Colorado River water to the fertile farmlands of the Imperial Valley.
latimes.com/environment/st… The All-American Canal moves Colorado River water from Arizo It’s more water than what Los Angeles, Phoenix and Las Vegas get combined, and it’s used to grow lettuce, broccoli, carrots and spinach, as well as hay to supply beef and dairy operations, wheat, melons, lemons and other crops.
latimes.com/environment/st… An irrigation worker adjusts sprinkler heads in Holtville.(C
Jan 27 6 tweets 3 min read
Kobe Bryant saw greatness in 10-year-old Amalia Holguin, bringing her to a Mamba Academy team of 12- and 13-year-olds.

Holguin now plays at Sage Hill High, where former Mambas are the program’s core, playing for those who died 3 years ago. latimes.com/sports/highsch… Kobe Bryant envisioned all the Mamba Academy girls playing together at Sage Hill High.

Then came the Jan. 26, 2020 chopper crash that killed 9, including Bryant, daughter Gianna and Mamba players Payton Chester and Alyssa Altobelli. latimes.com/sports/highsch…
Jan 27 4 tweets 2 min read
If Lake Mead were to hit “dead pool” levels, that would cut off the flow to California, Nevada and Mexico, including the only supply of water for nine cities and about 500,000 acres of farmland in the Imperial Valley. latimes.com/environment/st… A worker controls water while flooding a field to irrigate i In such a scenario, one farmer said, farm fields would turn to dust, people would be forced to move, and Americans would see food shortages and higher prices at grocery stores. latimes.com/environment/st… “There’s already a rent crisis, a housing crisis. You kn
Jan 27 4 tweets 2 min read
As the Colorado’s largest reservoir declines closer to “dead pool” levels, politicians and water managers in other states are calling for larger cuts in the water flowing to farmers in California’s Imperial Valley. latimes.com/environment/st… The demands have struck an anxious chord among Imperial Valley growers, who say their way of life could be threatened and the country’s food security is at stake. Farms in the Imperial Valley & Yuma, Ariz., produce most of the country’s winter vegetables.
Jan 27 9 tweets 5 min read
Kobe Bryant saw greatness in 10-year-old Amalia Holguin, bringing her to a Mamba Academy team of 12- and 13-year-olds.

Holguin now plays at Sage Hill High, where former Mambas are the program’s core, playing for those who died three years ago. latimes.com/sports/highsch… In May 2018, Kobe Bryant assured Mamba Academy parents he wanted to recruit a big.

Instead, he brought Amalia Holguin, a tiny 10-year-old, to a team of 12-and-13-year-old girls.

“The girls were like, ‘This is not a big,’” Holguin said, smiling. latimes.com/sports/highsch…
Jan 27 13 tweets 6 min read
HAPPENING NOW: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder joins the L.A. Times Book Club for a live discussion about "Rough Sleepers," his new book.

Watch the YouTube livestream: Author Tracy Kidder discusses non-fiction writing with Times columnist Steve Lopez.

Watch the live conversation:
Jan 27 5 tweets 3 min read
Cliffs of dried reservoir silt towered over the Colorado River.

On top of these formations, tumbleweeds sprouted in patches.

Now and then, a piece of the mud cliffs broke off and fell into the river like a collapsing glacier, releasing a puff of dust.
latimes.com/environment/st… Hite Overlook on Utah Route 95 provides a view of the Colora Over the last two years, Lake Powell’s level has dropped more than 50 feet.

Its surface now sits less than 35 feet away from a point where the dam would no longer generate power.
latimes.com/environment/st… John Weisheit visits an area where Lake Powell’s declining
Jan 26 5 tweets 3 min read
Thousands of canceled flights. Countless separated bags. Millions of angry passengers.

Southwest Airlines’ costly holiday meltdown highlighted how quickly airline operations can go off the rails.

It could be a sign of air travel drama to come. latimes.com/business/story… Southwest has pledged to do better.

But as climate change continues to make once-extreme weather events more routine, and airlines pack more passengers onto planes, a single disruption can throw the whole air travel system into chaos. latimes.com/business/story…