| Sep 24, 2008
For those at Loma Linda University who still haven't met the cheerful amputee tooling about campus in his wheelchair, he's made up business cards: "Visitor from Afghanistan Mohammad Malek," they say, followed by a Kabul phone number.
Not that he really...
| Jan 21, 2008
When Mohammed Malek left home to collect firewood, his mother warned him never to stray from the road.
He promised he wouldn't.
But as the 15-year-old wandered through Kabul, Afghanistan, he spied some dried brush, ideal kindling, in a field.
| Aug 14, 2007
THERMAL, Calif. -- A team of state and federal inspectors moved through the hot, narrow alleys of two large trailer parks housing thousands of migrant farmworkers Monday after receiving reports of...
| Oct 25, 2007
LAKE ARROWHEAD -- As flames ravage surrounding communities, this resort town high in the San Bernardino Mountains emerged largely unscathed, an island in a sea of destruction.
The credit for that isolated victory, federal officials say, should go to...
| Oct 27, 2007
While much of fire-ravaged Southern California lurched back toward an uneasy routine Friday and government officials made preparations for a long recovery, firefighters poised for another late-night stand against a persistent blaze in the rugged mountains...
| Sep 27, 2007
RANCHO MIRAGE -- Their friends were gone, yet they spoke of them as if they were just down the hall or perhaps running late for class.
Maybe it was out of habit or maybe they just didn't want to let go.
"I have been at this school since I was in...
| Jun 10, 2008
After leading the Soboba Band of Luiseņo Indians for nearly three decades, Robert Salgado is facing one of his greatest challenges: to try to set aside years of suspicion and trust the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
It hasn't been easy for him....
| May 17, 2009
Two weeks after being kidnapped from his San Bernardino home by armed intruders, 3-year-old Briant Rodriguez was found wandering the streets of Mexicali, Mexico, and returned safely to his mother Saturday.
"It was a very beautiful thing," said San...
| Nov 17, 2008
A lull in the fierce, desert-born Santa Ana winds that pushed three devastating wildfires through Southern California delivered the first major break in days to fire crews from Anaheim Hills to Santa Barbara on Sunday, although authorities warned that...
| Mar 18, 2008
Dozens of Ontario police and code enforcement officers descended upon the homeless encampment known as Tent City early Monday, separating those who could stay from those to be evicted.
Large, often confused, crowds formed ragged lines behind police...
| Mar 25, 2008
After months of chaotic growth, the homeless encampment known as Tent City dramatically shrank Monday as Ontario police evicted those who lacked ties to the city.
Starting early in the morning, officers moved through dusty lots scattered with flapping...
| Nov 29, 2008
For more than 20 years, Chino Hills State Park has stood as an island of wilderness circled by freeways and untrammeled development. Swaying grasslands and remote canyons offered solitude to hikers and bikers. Rare plants and wildlife flourished.