M. Alex Johnson – Journalist at Large

An analog journalist in a digital world

Posts Tagged ‘california

Reporting: ‘Voluntary’ immigration program really isn’t

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Cities and counties can’t stop U.S. immigration officials from sifting through local police records to root out illegal immigrants, even though Immigration and Customs Enforcement has characterized the program as voluntary since it started up two years ago, federal documents show. …

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October 15, 2010 at 7:25 am

Reporting: Most U.S. gas lines don’t use latest inspection technology

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Pipeline inspection pigAlmost two-thirds of America’s natural gas pipelines — including the 30-inch main that exploded last week in San Bruno, Calif. — are susceptible to potentially deadly faults because they can’t use the industry’s best technology for testing and cleaning them, federal records show.

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September 14, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Reporting: Steel gas mains draw regulators’ scrutiny

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Natural gas mains made of steel, like the one that apparently failed in Thursday’s deadly explosion in California, are considered especially susceptible to corrosion and leaking, leading regulators in some states to consider replacing them.

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September 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Reporting: In adult films, condom question twists plot

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California’s efforts to mandate the use of condoms in adult videos shot in the state has divided the pornography industry and made allies of seemingly strange bedfellows — a leading AIDS organization that says it doesn’t care about the morality of porn and a former adult actress who has made it her mission to shut down the industry.

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April 30, 2010 at 6:39 am