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Finally Free: The California Innocence Project Gets Kimberly Long's Murder Conviction Overturned

Finally Free: The California Innocence Project Gets Kimberly Long's Murder Conviction Overturned

Friday, August 26, 2016  |  Brian Blueskye

Kimberly Long was the subject of the Independent ’s June 2015 cover story, “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” ; she was in prison after being convicted of murdering her boyfriend.

Long insisted she was innocent—and her case caught the attention of the California Innocence Project.

“I know I’m going home,” Lon...

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A Seat at the Table: Until Late 2014, the Poorest Areas of the Coachella Valley Did Not Have True Water-District Representation—Then Along Came Castulo Estrada

A Seat at the Table: Until Late 2014, the Poorest Areas of the Coachella Valley Did Not Have True Water-District Representation—Then Along Came Castulo Estrada

Tuesday, August 23, 2016  |  Kevin Fitzgerald

The eastern Coachella Valley is the home of some of the poorest areas of California. Many residents don’t even have access to safe drinking water—thanks largely to years of institutional indifference.

This horrifying truth can be blamed in part on the fact that the Coachella Valley Water District (CV...

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Checkpoint! One Night at a DUI Operation in Palm Springs

Checkpoint! One Night at a DUI Operation in Palm Springs

Monday, August 22, 2016  |  Brane Jevric

Many drivers loathe DUI checkpoints—especially drivers who have had a drink or two.

And that’s exactly the point: Drivers shouldn’t be behind the wheel when intoxicated. Arrests for driving under the influence can cost people more than $10,000 in fees and fines, plus jail time.

But that’s a small price ...

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Cannabis in the CV: While States Continue to Open Doors for Marijuana, the Feds Just Keep Saying 'No'

Cannabis in the CV: While States Continue to Open Doors for Marijuana, the Feds Just Keep Saying 'No'

Wednesday, August 17, 2016  |  Sean Planck

The pro-cannabis movement has had quite a few recent state-level victories—both here in California and elsewhere—but the anti-prohibition movement and the development of the cannabis industry continue to be crippled at the federal level by the Drug Enforcement Administration, as the agency desperate...

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California's 'New Normal': Another Long Season of Volatile Wildfires Continues

California's 'New Normal': Another Long Season of Volatile Wildfires Continues

Tuesday, August 16, 2016  |  Lyndsey Gilpin

On the morning of July 23, the city of Los Angeles was covered in a dusting of ash. An apocalyptic haze muted the sun, and the sky was an eerie, unnatural pink. Just a day before, a wildfire had broken out on private land 30 miles northwest, near Santa Clarita. Within 24 hours, the Sand Fire scorche...

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¡Fuera Trump! People in Mexico City Definitely Have Some Choice Words for 'The Donald'

¡Fuera Trump! People in Mexico City Definitely Have Some Choice Words for 'The Donald'

Tuesday, August 16, 2016  |  Bert Johnson

At Mexico City’s historic central square, or zócalo , Jose Adan Garcia Canales was busy balancing a small pipe organ on a wooden peg. He turned its crank, and the instrument let out a shrill tune reminiscent of circus music. Garcia’s partner strolled amid the shoppers, tourists and vendors with a hat ...

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01 Nov 2012

Snapshot: Arenas Road Halloween Costume Contest

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Here are some exclusive Coachella Valley Independent iPhone CrapCam images from the Arenas Road Halloween Costume Contest!

A crowd shot at the Arenas Road Halloween Costume Party.

The crowd watches as various winners are announced.

Check out those legs!

Check out those legs!

An orange wig. A funny hat. Why not?

An orange wig, and then headwear that looks like the bastard cousin of a Hot Dog on a Stick hat. Why not?

Not a bad Wednesday crowd in Palm Springs ... even if it is Halloween.

Non-costumed folk watch the costumed folk.

And finally, just in time for Star Wars: Episode 7 in 2015: A stormtrooper.

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