This is a collection of Francisco "Puree Tomatoes" Taccir's blog posts from Myspace and Friendster from 2005 – 2010.
Tomatoes was a writer, artist, and addict who was born on February 26. 1977. He died on October 10, 2010 from a heroin overdose. [more inside]
The African-American poet
died yesterday, at 67, after a long illness. [more inside]
On April 3, 1988, the Los Angeles Times Magazine published a 25-year look ahead to 2013
Timeline: Christopher Dorner is a former U.S. marine and police officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. He is wanted in the largest manhunt in LAPD history.
Dorner is wanted for the alleged murder of a police officer and a young couple from Irvine (though evidence linking the murders to him is still largely circumstantial).
During the ongoing investigation, LAPD officers have wounded various civilians in three separate cases of mistaken identity. In once incident, officers fired dozens of shots at a car in Torrance, CA, wounding two women who were delivering newspapers. [more inside]
of rumors and frustration, it appears that Dwight Howard has been traded
to the Los Angeles Lakers in a four-team trade. Here
is Bill Simmons rapid reaction.
Mike Kelley, Artist and Writer, has died in Los Angeles.
Mike Kelley, Los Angeles Artist and student of John
Baldessari worked in most mediums available, including drawings
, most notably featuring sock monkeys
and other stuffed animals
. His best known work may be for the cover of Sonic Youth's . Dirty
. [more inside]
The town of Los Alamos, NM
(home of LANL
and the atomic bomb) is under a mandatory evacuation
due to the Las Conchas
wildfire. [more inside]
You may have heard about Romeo Agents
, the male employees of the East German Ministry for State Security
(also known as MfS or Stasi). They were unleashed on female federal employees in West Germany, with whom they began long-term relations and then began using as sources.
That tactic has apparently been used in the United States as well; David Cay Johnston writes about the real legacy of Daryl Gates
, the former chief of the LAPD. Gates died Friday. [more inside]
Fast Food Apartheid:
The Los Angeles City Council has placed a one-year moratorium on the opening of fast-food restaurants in sections of the city with low-income residents. The council says it's meant to encourage healthy fare in locations that lack ready access to supermarkets and healthy restaurant. This columnist calls it "fast food apartheid." We're not talking anymore about preaching diet and exercise, disclosing calorie counts, or restricting sodas in schools. We're talking about banning the sale of food to adults. Treating French fries like cigarettes or liquor.
Imagine being born into a set of triplets
. You are all inseparable
... for an entire lifetime the three of you live together, work together, play music
together... your bond is so unique and people find you so endearing
that you all even become famous
together. Now imagine that time has passed and you have become a frail 85 year old, left alone
for the first time in eight decades... Send Milly Del Rubio a Christmas card. [more inside]
Los Angeles artist, died Tuesday. He was 41. Rhoades was included in the 1995 Whitney Biennial and showed frequently in the US and Europe. Some of his work: 1
. Also here