Unlike most spacecraft, which are powered by rocket engines and cost hundreds of millions of dollars, these tiny satellites are expected to cost a few million dollars each and use the sun’s energy to push them across a windless space.
Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and beautiful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments.
But executions are, in fact, brutal, savage events, and nothing the state tries to do can mask that reality. Nor should we. If we as a society want to carry out executions, we should be willing to face the fact that the state is committing a horrendous brutality on our behalf.
Weird Al Yankovic asks for permission from musicians before including his parodies on an album, but are they always happy with the end results? Our Entertainment section put together this interactive that lets you watch Weird Al videos and explore the original artists’ reactions. (While we’re on the subject, our pop music critic describes Weird Al’s latest as “a stone cold masterpiece,” using criteria he explains in his review.)
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Thirty years ago tonight, Geraldine Ferraro made history by becoming the first woman ever to be a presidential or vice presidential nominee.
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Summer in San Diego can’t really start without the Del Mar opener, which took place this week.
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"Families are on the move today, leaving their homes in the outlying areas of Gaza and into shelters and relatives’ homes closer to the center of Gaza. You can see carts pulled by donkeys carrying whole families; from small children to grandparents."
Photos: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times
President Obama said today that the missile that downed a Malaysia Airlines jet in Ukraine yesterday, killing 298 people aboard, was fired from territory controlled by pro-Russia separatists. A U.S. official earlier had told The Times that U.S. intelligence agencies reached a preliminary conclusion that pro-Russia separatists in Ukraine fired the missile. The U.S. is seeking further intelligence before reaching a final conclusion, the official said.
A powerful Buk missile launcher may have brought down the plane. Learn more about it above.