Alexandra E. Petri, Los Angeles Times

Alexandra E. Petri

Los Angeles Times

New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Alexandra:

All about Marilyn Monroe's Tahoe getaway, before it's destroyed

As Marilyn Monroe's Brentwood home narrowly escapes demolition, a favorite Tahoe getaway of the star's will face the wrecking ball. → Read More

Going to Burning Man? Climate, anti-capitalist activists block traffic into festival

Climate and anti-capitalist activists blocked a road leading to Burning Man, creating gridlock and leading to clashes with motorists and tribal rangers. → Read More

Anatomy of a monster: Maui fire seemed under control. Then it exploded with lethal force

Here is what we know about the origin of the Maui fire and how it so rapidly became an unstoppable force that tore through Lahaina. → Read More

Man dies during chokehold by fellow New York subway rider

Witnesses say the man was yelling and seemed to be suffering a mental health episode before another subway passenger restrained him in a fatal chokehold. → Read More

Pornhub blocks its content in Utah to protest state's new age verification law

The Utah law requires companies that publish pornography to "perform reasonable age verification methods" and says they can be held liable if they fail to do so. → Read More

Surgeon general warns loneliness, isolation are an epidemic

Isolation and loneliness are an epidemic as damaging to Americans’ individual and public health as smoking and obesity, the surgeon general said in an advisory. → Read More

Four dead in mass shooting in Mojave, report says

Kern County detectives were investigating a mass shooting in Mojave that killed four men in their 20s or 30s, KGET-TV reported. No arrests had been made. → Read More

Middle school student brings school bus to safe stop after driver loses consciousness

'An extraordinary act of courage and maturity,' the school superintendent says about the student who took control of the school bus he was riding in. → Read More

Some California downtowns are rebounding. Others not so much

California's downtowns have had varying levels of success in rebounding from pandemic shutdowns — while San Diego has almost fully recovered, San Francisco is concerned about a potential 'doom loop.' → Read More

The anti-transgender backlash against Bud Light, explained

Anheuser-Busch InBev has put two marketing executives on leave amid conservative backlash over Bud Light's partnership with transgender influencer Dylan Mulvaney. Here's what you need to know. → Read More

Book bans are on the rise in U.S. schools, fueled by new laws in Republican-led states

Book bans in school libraries, spurred on by legislation pushed by conservatives, rose nearly 30% last semester, according to PEN America. → Read More

A U.S. reservist needed work. He thought he found it on fake Rent-A-Hitman site, feds say

An Air National Guardsman faces charges after contacting Rent-A-Hitman, meeting an FBI agent and agreeing to kill a fictional target, authorities said. → Read More

Manhattan on edge as history awaits Trump's arraignment on criminal charges

Officials promise extra security and urge anyone who plans to protest to behave. → Read More

Nashville school shooter used 3 guns in deadly attack, police say

Suspect Audrey Hale, 28, used three legally purchased firearms in the shooting at a Christian school that left six people dead, authorities said. → Read More

Historic storm slams into Southern California; snow closes Interstate 5 in the Grapevine

A frigid winter storm barreled into California on Friday, bringing sea-level snow along the coast at Eureka and whiteout conditions in the Sierra as well as bursts of hail, snow and rain in Souther… → Read More

Historic storm slams into California; snow closes Interstate 5 in the Grapevine

A frigid winter storm barreled into California on Friday, bringing sea-level snow along the coast at Eureka and whiteout conditions in the Sierra as well as bursts of hail, snow and rain in Souther… → Read More

Winter storm intensifies in Southern California as atmospheric river

The historic winter storm is gaining moisture as an atmospheric river, threatening to dump extreme amounts of precipitation on Southern California. → Read More

Winter storm hits Southern California, causing pileups amid ice and snow

The winter storm, which is expected to intensify by early Friday, is making its way into Southern California, causing some pileup crashes and rousing fears of mudflows. → Read More

Hiker tells how she survived 200-foot fall from an icy trail

A series of winter storms has made hiking in Southern California mountains exceptionally dangerous. One hiker tells the story of surviving a 200-foot fall. → Read More

Southern California winter storm could bring snow to Santa Monica Mountains

The storm is expected to be “a snowmaker of the likes we have not seen for many years,” a National Weather Service forecaster said, with snow as low as 1,500 feet elevation. → Read More