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Mark Puente

Mark Puente is an award-winning investigative reporter covering the Los Angeles Police Department. He joined the L.A. Times in 2019. He previously worked at the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, the Baltimore Sun and the Tampa Bay Times. Prior to becoming a journalist, he spent 15 years driving a tractor trailer across the country. His real passion is smoking meat and honing his BBQ skills. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
LAPD moves one step closer to permanently adding drones to its arsenal of tools

Despite objection, the Police Commission agreed to let LAPD keep its drone program and expand its uses for search warrants, bombs and hazardous materials.

For Ridgecrest, the ‘earthquake capital of the world,’ temblors shake but don’t break

Ridgecrest is shaken by its second major earthquake in two days. People slept outside and assessed the damage, and some saw the quakes as a sign to move.

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