The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the annual eclectic music festival held in southern California’s sweltering heat, kicked off on April 12 for the first weekend of its two-weekend celebration. Per the Los Angeles Times, 160,000 people are expected to attend over the course of the festivals’ run.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday took up the emotionally charged issue of gay marriage, hearing arguments from both sides of the debate on California’s gay marriage ban Proposition 8. The court could make history if it decides to extend equal rights to same-sex couples. According to Reuters, the justices could rule by the end of June on whether the law may stand.
The Space Shuttle Endeavour began its final journey at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to its permanent home, in the early morning hours October 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Over the next two days, the 170,000-pound (77,272 kg) shuttle will travel at no more than 2 mph (3.2 km per hour) along a 12-mile (19km) route from LAX to it’s final home at the California Science Center. NASA’s Space Shuttle Program ended in 2011 after 30 years and 135 missions.
The space shuttle Endeavour, mounted on the back of a 747, flew over several of California landmarks on it way to retirement at the California Science Center in Los Angeles.
Ahead of the 2012 Grand Prix of Baltimore Aug. 21-Sept. 4, here’s a look at the GoPro Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Calif. from Sunday where Ryan Briscoe took the win. Drivers Will Power placed second and Franchitti placed third.
Wild fires continue to blaze in a number of western states. In Northern California the Rush Fire near Ravendale and the Ponderosa fire near Red Bluff have caused thousands of evacuations. The massive fires threatened more than 3,000 homes. Firefighters also are battling the Chips fire near Greenville, California. California Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in three Northern California counties after the fire advanced with 75-foot flames on a tiny community at the doorstep of a national park. The fire has forced evacuations and burned over 47,000 acres in Northern California. In Southern Idaho the U.S. Forest Service battles a number of fires such as the Springs Fire and the Trinity Ridge Fire in Boise National Forest near Featherville.
The Darkroom introduces contributor Joe Sterne, who recently hit the road with a GoPro Hero2 HD on the roof of his Kia Soul, as well as a Canon 1D mark II and Canon T2i, driving from Annapolis, MD to Sunnyvale, CA, with his fiancee and two pups.
Zombies attack Comic Con and Seth Green in California, Obama campaigns in the rain in Glen Allen, Virginia, divers hold a jam session in the Florida Keys and more in today’s daily brief.
May Day or International Workers’ Day has become a day of protest for many in the world demanding better working conditions, higher wages, and social equality. It began as a commemoration of the 1886 Haymarket Riot in Chicago, a peaceful protest for the right to an 8-hour workday that became a deadly clash with police. Today it is celebrated in more than 80 countries.