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Coachella 2011

The 12th edition of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival brings optimism and shocking new editions as it begins April 15 in Indio, California.
Last year's fest had overcrowding issues, with a total of over 105,000 concert-goers, including gate-crashers and counterfeiters reported the LA Times. The amount of people attending the music fest also brings a huge amount of traffic, which is hoped to be alleviated by the use of shuttle services.
According the LA Times new security measures have been put in to make sure customers can't come in unless they are wearing a wristband, which is outfitted with a high-tech digital encryption that is scanned by a body-length scanner once they reach the gates.
New editions to the musical acts include an interactive lights sculpture in the background of the stages reported the Washington Post. The cube of lights is supposed to add to the performances and to the overall experience.
Many artists and groups have already planned for theatrical components during their sets and took advantage of this year's producers The Creators Project, an art initiative hoping to give the fest a tech boost reported the Washington Post.
Coachella uses the combination of music, art and now technology in order to step up their game reported the Washington Post.

Downtown L.A. livens up

A once neglected part of Los Angeles is coming alive with new restaurants, lofts, art center and more.
According to the Seattle Times the new revival is due to the new arts and entertainment venues and events attracting locals to the downtown area that used to be a prime spot in the early 1900s.
Previously abandoned office buildings and hotels have been turned into appealing lofts for the younger generation wanting to move away from L.A. suburbs reported the Seattle Times. City goers are also to reconnected to once popular sites with the help of Angels Flight, a funicular railway built in 1901.
Other places generating buzz are the introduction of pop-up bars, which according to the LA Times are clubs or bars that occupy a vacated space for six months and then close. Paul & Andre, a club at the end of an alley off Hollywood Boulevard, is this spring's example following in the steps of chef Ludo Lefebvre's pop-up restaurant LudoBites.
Although L.A. has one of the country's largest homeless populations, the addition of shops to give off a Manhattan feel help making walking around safer reported the Seattle Times.

Explosion Kills at Firework Facility in Hawaii

An explosion at a fireworks storage bunker in Hawaii killed at least five workers Friday.
The explosion occurred near the Waikele Business Center, a former military bunker and currently a warehouse for fireworks and killed three workers and left two missing reported USA Today.
Explosions continued to burn the bunker for many hours since the initial one, which prevented firefighters from entering the warehouse and searching for the missing workers reported the New York Times. Captain Terry Seelig of the Honolulu Fire Department claimed the risk was too high for the rescuers to enter the bunker, so the police sent robots inside to get a view said the NY Times.
It wasn't until Saturday that the bunker had cooled down enough for the bomb team to enter the warehouse and retrieve the two remaining workers said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Gary Lum according to USA Today. The two workers had died inside.
According to USA Today the five workers that died and the one worker that suffered injuries were all employees of Donaldson Enterprises, an environmental services and unexploded ordnance disposal company.
The cause of the warehouse's explosion has yet to be determined reported USA Today.

Southwest grounds planes for emergency inspections

On Saturday Southwest Airlines grounded 79 airplanes after a hole tore in the fuelsage of a plane and resulted in depressurizing the cabin.
After the incident Southwest went on to cancel about 300 flights on Saturday because of the inspections needed to be done on the planes reported the New York Times. The company will be looking for the same kind of skin fatigue in the aircrafts.
The 5 feet long and 1 foot wide tear happened to a 15-year-old Boeing 737-300 as it was flying at 35,000 feet as it made its way from Sacramento to Phoenix Friday afternoon reported the NY Times. The rupture was like an explosion and afterwards the plane's oxygen masks were released while the pilot descended to make an emergency landing at Yuma Marine Corps Air Station in Arizona.
None of the 118 passengers were injured and once the plane landed all of them decided to continue to their destination on a replacement jet reported the NY Times.
According to the Los Angeles Times the Federal Aviation Administration implemented new rules this year that required additional structural inspections of Boeing 757 and 737 aircrafts and Southwest had requested more time to complete before being rejected.
Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are still trying to determine what caused the rupture on Flight 812 reported the LA Times.

Legendary Actress Elizabeth Taylor Dies

Stage and screen star Elizabeth Taylor died Wednesday at the age of 79 in Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Taylor had been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center six weeks earlier for congestive heart failure which unfortunately led to complications leading to her death said her publicist, Sally Morrison.
Taylor had led an almost 70 year long career and was a part of more than 50 films, two of which she won Academy Awards for reported the New York Times. She performed alongside many famous leading men at the time and for well known directors which only made her gain more popularity in the industry and across the country.
Although she was praised by her directors the critics were more reserved in their compliments, which could've been because of her overpowering beauty reported the New York Times. Taylor lacked in training, but still managed to have a large range of acting including heartbreakers and victims to her well known role as Cleopatra.
Taylor started out as a child star, but gained a reputation for being a femme fatale, which critics claim added to her on screen performances reported the LA Times. A passionate collector of jewelry and men Taylor lived to marry eight times.
Taylor was born in London on February 27, 1932, the second child of American parents, Francis Lenn Taylor, an art dealer from New York and Sara Viola Warmbrodt, more widely known as Sara Sothern the stage actress. She spent most of her childhood in London before moving back to the U.S with her family before World War II reported the NY Times.
Later in life she became a social activist and went on to establish the American Foundation for AIDS Research and helped raise money for it by using her fame to help others reported the NY Times. According the LA Times Taylor raised more than $270 million for AIDS prevention and care.
Despite her good looks and fame she did attract misfortune as she suffered more than 70 illnesses, injuries and accidents requiring hospitalization before she let it be known in 2004 that she had congestive heart failure which caused her death reported the LA Times. Taylor is survived by her two sons and two daughters, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

First Woman on Major Party Bid Geraldine A. Ferraro Dies

Geraldine A. Ferraro, the first woman to be on a major party bid died Saturday morning at age 75 after a 12 year battle with blood cancer.
Ferraro was a surprise choice for Walter F. Mondale's vice president in 1984, but with the help of feminist support, political skills and Democratic strategy she gained national prominence reported the New York Times.
As a former congresswoman for Queens and criminal prosecutor Ferraro seemed to have a better feel for urban ward politics than for international diplomacy, but she proved to be a fast learner. According to the New York Times she traveled a 50,000 miles campaign, spoke in 85 cities and raised $6 million while also gaining around 55% of the women's vote.
The trailblazer for women in politics died at Massachusetts General Hospital where she had gone Monday for a procedure to relieve back pain caused by a fracture, which is common in people with her type of blood cancer reported USA Today.
Born in Newburgh, New York on August 26, 1935 to Italian immigrant Dominick Ferraro she worked hard in school and earned a scholarship to Marymount College. She graduated in 1956 and became a grade school teacher until she decided to apply to law school, which she graduated from in 1960 as one of two women in a class of 179 reported the New York Times.
Once she married John Zaccaro she dedicated the first 13 years to take care of her family before getting in local politics. According to the New York Times Ferraro won a seat in the House in 1978 where she worked on the Economic Equity Act and the Democratic platform committee which gained attention from Mondale and led to his offer of vice presidential bid in 1984.
Despite claiming that the only reason she became a vice presidential nominee was because she was a woman she still paved the way for woman to make a name for themselves in politics. Ferraro is survived by her husband, three children and eight grandchildren.

Wisconsin approves bill to limit the power of unions

The Wisconsin Assembly approved the bill to cut bargaining rights for most government workers Thursday.
The bill was approved with a vote 53-42 after three weeks of turmoil and protests much to the dismay of the Assembly's Democrats reported USA Today. Fourteen of the Democratic Senators even left the state to prevent the chamber from having enough legislators to take a vote however the Republicans sidestepped the Senate's requirement for a quorum to deal with measures that spend money, so the bill could pass with only a simple majority, even without the Democrats.
The New York Times reported that the bill alters many public-sector union rules, limiting bargaining to matters of wages and limiting raises to changes in the Consumer Price Index, while also ending the state's collection of union dues from paychecks.
The bill would end up saving Wisconsin $150 million a year by having state and local government employees contribute 10% of their pay to pension and health care benefits, which is currently informally accepted by unions reported USA Today.
The move by the Republicans has caused union leaders to plan a counterattack in the 2012 elections and the Democrats have already seen a great effect in the their efforts in the form of donations, a $800,000 in just five days reported the Star Tribune.

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