Grandma: Octuplets mom ‘obsessed’ with babies

Octuplets’ grandma: Unmarried mom conceived all 14 babies in vitro, ‘obsessed’ with having kids (Nadya Suleman’s mother sounded exhausted and exasperated when I reached her on the phone only days after the octuplets were born, but she shared a few emotional details before hanging up abruptly. This story went unmatched and kept my byline throughout […]

Man eats his way around the world in L.A.

  Culinary tourist eats his way around the world in Los Angeles By Raquel Maria Dillon | ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Noah Galuten spent the past three months eating his way around the world – all within a day’s drive of his Santa Monica apartment. The 25-year-old playwright was broke and unemployed when […]

SoCal train wreck death toll rises to 17

Train collision rocks quiet L.A. neighborhood (I reported from the crash site until the sun rose with help from colleagues back at the office.) By Raquel Maria Dillon | ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A quiet neighborhood on the city’s northwest tip was transformed Friday into a scene of incredible devastation when a commuter […]

Strike reveals lack of women writers

As recent picket lines suggest, female writers are still relatively scarce in Hollywood By Raquel Maria Dillon | ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES (AP) _ As Hollywood’s striking scribes ventured out to their picket lines over the last two months, it’s been plain to see – female writers are outnumbered by their male colleagues. “I’m surprised […]

Fossilized walrus “oosik” up for auction

4-foot mummified bone from extinct species of walrus highlights interest in ancient artifacts By RAQUEL MARIA DILLON Associated Press Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Among all the fossils, skeletons, meteorites and gemstones for sale Sunday at the I.M. Chait Gallery natural history auction, lot #127 stands out. It’s a mummified baculum, or penis bone, from […]

Stolen milk crates feed black market

Dairies crack down on stolen milk crates that feed black market for plastics Ran on AP Business wire, in USA Today and in LA Times business section (without a byline) By Raquel Maria Dillon | ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES (AP) _ For decades, college kids have used stolen milk crates as the basic building blocks […]

‘Lolcats’ toy with language

Do you speak Kitteh? By RAQUEL MARIA DILLON for ASAP (AP’s now defunct multimedia service) LOS ANGELES (AP) _It looks like the inspirational posters found in a guidance counselor’s office — a Siamese kitten playing with balls of colorful yarn. Then there’s the caption: “I’m in ur fizx lab, testn ur string therry.” Lolcats — […]

A family tragedy, a public forum

Internet provides support for loved ones during illness, sympathy when worst happens (This story ran on Sunday’s A1.) By Raquel Maria Dillon | THE PRESS DEMOCRAT In the early-morning hours, as his son was waging what would be a fatal fight with meningitis, Greg Fogg would leave his son’s San Francisco hospital room and sit […]

Swaying to soundtrack of life

SONOMA COUNTY FAIR: Trio Zaragoza takes audience down memory lane with greatest hits of 1940s Mexico This story ran on Sunday‚Äôs A1 and with an audio slideshow online. The editors were desperate for a piece about the growing popularity of the county fair among Latino families. I couldn’t think of anything interesting to say about […]