barackobama:

It’s nice to meet you.

There are lots of reasons we’re excited to be launching the Obama 2012 campaign’s new Tumblr today. But mostly it’s because we’re looking at this as an opportunity to create something that’s not just ours, but yours, too.

We’d like this Tumblr to be a huge collaborative storytelling effort—a place for people across the country to share what’s going on in our respective corners of it and how we’re getting involved in this campaign to keep making it better.

It’s possible because of Tumblr’s submission feature.

You can send us a few paragraphs about how your latest phonebanking gig went or why you’re in for 2012. Share the latest chart you saw that made you go “woah.” Ask a question. Upload a photo of 2012 t-shirts or signs you see out in the wild. Pass along jokes, particularly if they’re funny. And if you’re among the Tumbl-inclined, send us posts you’ve published on your own Tumblr that we should look at re-blogging.

There will be trolls among you: this we know. We ask only that you remember that we’re people—fairly nice ones—and that your mother would want you to be polite.

Thanks, Tumblr. We’re looking forward to getting to know you.

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latimes:

They were calling for Boehner and Republicans to approve President Obama’s $447-billion jobs bill, which stalled last week in the Senate.

Under the guise of having a tee time Monday morning, Jacobs was able to get into the golf clubhouse and speak with the Ohio representative and Republican leader.

He said he tapped the speaker on the shoulder. Boehner then turned and smiled until Jacobs said he was actually with the Courage Campaign, at which time Boehner turned and walked away.

See The Times’ complete coverage of Occupy protests.

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

latimes:

The nonprofit environmental monitoring group SkyTruth on Thursday launched a real-time alert system that uses remote sensing and digital mapping to track pollution events in the United States.

latimes:

The nonprofit environmental monitoring group SkyTruth on Thursday launched a real-time alert system that uses remote sensing and digital mapping to track pollution events in the United States.

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

jacob:

A day at Tumblr.

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latimes:

To the chaos in Seal Beach, firefighters bring focus, skill and heart: Scott Belshe and his colleagues from Station 44 in Seal Beach find a world falling apart in the Salon Meritage. Their instincts and experience carry them through; the tears would come later.

For a few seconds, time seemed to slow as he scanned the room, pausing on the victims, each apparently shot at close range, each forming a snapshot in his mind. He put down an EKG monitor and an orange case filled with IV fluids, bandages and medications and for the next half-hour, instincts — honed by 21 years experience — guided him through the worst mass killing in the history of Orange County.

Photo:   Paramedic Scott Belshe was one of several emergency-team members at the scene of the mass shooting. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

latimes:

To the chaos in Seal Beach, firefighters bring focus, skill and heart: Scott Belshe and his colleagues from Station 44 in Seal Beach find a world falling apart in the Salon Meritage. Their instincts and experience carry them through; the tears would come later.

For a few seconds, time seemed to slow as he scanned the room, pausing on the victims, each apparently shot at close range, each forming a snapshot in his mind. He put down an EKG monitor and an orange case filled with IV fluids, bandages and medications and for the next half-hour, instincts — honed by 21 years experience — guided him through the worst mass killing in the history of Orange County.

Photo: Paramedic Scott Belshe was one of several emergency-team members at the scene of the mass shooting. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

latimes:

Investigators walk around a barn as carcasses lay on the ground at the Muskingum County Animal Farm Wednesday in Zanesville, Ohio.
Sheriff Matt Lutz has defended the killings, saying that there weren’t enough tranquilizer darts available to the officials hunting down the big animals. Read an earlier version of the story here.
Photo credit: Tony Dejak / Associated Press

latimes:

Investigators walk around a barn as carcasses lay on the ground at the Muskingum County Animal Farm Wednesday in Zanesville, Ohio.

Sheriff Matt Lutz has defended the killings, saying that there weren’t enough tranquilizer darts available to the officials hunting down the big animals. Read an earlier version of the story here.

Photo credit: Tony Dejak / Associated Press

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

latimes:

Officials’ embrace of Occupy L.A. loosens a bit over fiscal issue: The chief administrator says cracking down on banks, as protesters wish, could cost the strapped city at least $58 million. Some council members worry that L.A. can ill afford such a move.
Photo:  Unemployed sales representative Robert Negrete, 44, fields a phone call from within his tent at the Occupy Los Angeles encampment at City Hall. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

latimes:

Officials’ embrace of Occupy L.A. loosens a bit over fiscal issue: The chief administrator says cracking down on banks, as protesters wish, could cost the strapped city at least $58 million. Some council members worry that L.A. can ill afford such a move.

Photo: Unemployed sales representative Robert Negrete, 44, fields a phone call from within his tent at the Occupy Los Angeles encampment at City Hall. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

hartfordcourant:

Barbara Sarmento of Farmington was one of the Occupy Hartford demonstrators to line Main Street in Hartford after a march Friday. ”Corporations are not people, and the system seems broken,” Sarmento said. Rick Hartford photo.

hartfordcourant:

Barbara Sarmento of Farmington was one of the Occupy Hartford demonstrators to line Main Street in Hartford after a march Friday. ”Corporations are not people, and the system seems broken,” Sarmento said. Rick Hartford photo.

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latimes:

Koreatown eats: Specialty restaurants to explore beyond Korean barbecue.
Photo: A hot pot at On Dal 2 comes loaded with crab. Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times

latimes:

Koreatown eats: Specialty restaurants to explore beyond Korean barbecue.

Photo: A hot pot at On Dal 2 comes loaded with crab. Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times

(Source: Los Angeles Times)

latimes:

Finding forgiveness on death row:  A Texas man out for revenge after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks kills two men and partially blinds another with a shot to the face. The survivor, a Muslim man from Bangladesh, and the convicted killer come to terms with each other.

After all the commemorations on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, there is a story left to tell. The events involving Stroman and Bhuiyan happened far from the scene of the attacks, but stemmed directly from them. Their story is a counterpoint to much of the narrative of the last decade, but is nevertheless central to it. It is a story about terror and revenge. But it is also about forgiveness.

Photo: Mark Stroman sits in a visitation cell in a Texas prison in 2002. He went on a shooting rampage in 2001 to seek revenge after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He would tell his victims: “God bless America.” Credit: Brett Coomer / For The Times

latimes:

Finding forgiveness on death row: A Texas man out for revenge after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks kills two men and partially blinds another with a shot to the face. The survivor, a Muslim man from Bangladesh, and the convicted killer come to terms with each other.

After all the commemorations on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11, there is a story left to tell. The events involving Stroman and Bhuiyan happened far from the scene of the attacks, but stemmed directly from them. Their story is a counterpoint to much of the narrative of the last decade, but is nevertheless central to it. It is a story about terror and revenge. But it is also about forgiveness.

Photo: Mark Stroman sits in a visitation cell in a Texas prison in 2002. He went on a shooting rampage in 2001 to seek revenge after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He would tell his victims: “God bless America.” Credit: Brett Coomer / For The Times

(Source: Los Angeles Times)