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An Eagle Rock shop that sells, what else? Eagles and rocks

Posted March 30, 2012 by | 5 Comments | ]

The northeast Los Angles neighborhood of Eagle Rock has long been a hub for artists and creative types. But it was back in the ’60s that a Los Angeles artist had an idea for a unique shop – one that only sold things related to eagles and rocks. And to his surprise, nearly 50 years later, it’s become a reality.

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The end of Pacific Standard Time

Posted March 30, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

March seemed so far away back when the art-extravaganza called Pacific Standard Time launched last fall.  What a six months it’s been.
And now, the end is here.  On Saturday, 19 museums will open their doors for free to make it easier for you to consume the last gasps of this tremendous survey of art in and around Southern California from the fifties, sixties and …

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Val Kilmer takes on his new role: Mark Twain

Posted March 30, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Val Kilmer as Mark Twain. Photo by Neil Jacobs.

Val Kilmer is a familiar face in Hollywood. He’s played Ice Man in “Top Gun,” Doc Holliday in “Tombstone,” Jim Morrison in “The Doors,” even Moses on stage.
Now Kilmer will embody the spirit of one of America’s great men of letters, Mark Twain. “Citizen Twain,” which Kilmer wrote, directed and stars in, begins a limited two weekend run tonight at the Masonic Lodge at …

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Beyond the bar: The LA Lawyers Philharmonic gets ready for showtime

Posted March 30, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Gary S. Greene has been a lawyer for 35 years.  But on the side, he’s immersed in what he really loves: Music.
A few years ago, he sent out an email to some lawyer friends, and asked them to jam.
“Within a few weeks I had a hundred responses,” he said.  From there, the Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic was born.
It’s comprised of lawyers of all stripes: …

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Politics Friday: 5 stories you may have missed this week

Posted March 30, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]

Jane Fonda, Mitt Romney and a pink bowling ball all made it into the news this week. Here are some of the stories you may have missed while recovering from spring break.

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Should colleges ask about students’ sexual orientation?

Posted March 30, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

There’s a story in today’s L.A. Times about how state universities and colleges in California, such as the UC system, are formulating plans to ask students about their sexual orientation on application and enrollment forms.
The questions are supposed to be used as a way to better provide campus services to gay, lesbian, bi and transgender students. Asking about sexual orientation is also viewed as …

Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Interviews, Recent Shows, Warren Olney »

Another ‘parent trigger’ effort ends in defeat

Posted March 29, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

First in Compton, now in Adelanto — out in the Mojave Desert — elected school boards have rejected petitions by parents to reform failing schools. In both cases, the signatures of enough parents to “trigger” reforms have been withdrawn at the last minute. Was there fraud, intimidation or outside pressure? What was the role of the teachers’ union? Will Adelanto become ground zero for …

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A few facts about Dodger Stadium

Posted March 29, 2012 by | 7 Comments | ]

As Angelinos and baseball fans continue to take in the news of the purchase of the Dodgers for a cool two billion dollars, here are some facts about the baseball team’s cathedral of play, Dodger Stadium.
*Dodger Stadium was built between 1959 and 1962 at a cost of $23 million (That’s $177 million in 2012 dollars)
*Dodger Stadium was the first Major League field since the …

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Magic Johnson-Dodgers deal hailed by fans

Posted March 28, 2012 by | 3 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

It took baseball savvy, big money and Magic Johnson to buy the Dodgers for $2 billion  — a record for any sports franchise. Despite his dismal reputation with Dodger fans, Frank McCourt will make out like a bandit. Will the new owners have enough left to re-build the team into a World Series contender? Also, experts say there’s “a large risk of tube failure” …

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Interview with Matt “Money” Smith on Magic Johnson and the Dodgers

Posted March 28, 2012 by | 43 Comments | ]

Co-host of Petros and Money, Matt “Money” Smith talks to Warren about the happy ending to the Dodger’s saga, why fans are psyched to see Magic Johnson invest in the LA Dodgers. He also notes that former owner Fran McCourt cleans up pretty well in the deal too. Listen below:

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Magic Johnson gets the Dodgers

Posted March 28, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
Photo by Eric Thayer/Getty Images

Magic Johnson led the group that won the bid for the LA Dodgers, which will pay a record breaking $2.15 billion for the team. It’s the most spent on an American sports franchise since the NFL’s Miami Dophins were bought for $1.1 billion in 2009. In a statement, Johnson said, “I am thrilled to be part of the historic Dodger franchise and intend to …

Arts & Culture, economy, Interviews, Issues, News, Politics, Recent Shows, Warren Olney »

LAPD admits racial profiling, Coliseum scandal highlights rave

Posted March 27, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

For the first time, an LA Police Department investigation concludes that an officer has engaged in racial profiling, specifically, a white cop who targets Latino drivers. Is he just one bad apple or is the LAPD opening a can of worms? Also, we update the case of bribery and embezzlement against former managers of LA’s Memorial Coliseum and promoters of what law enforcement calls …

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NPR name song name checks KCRW

Posted March 27, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

Set to the tune of “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” this clever video name checks some of our favorite KCRW hosts, including our very own Warren Olney, Steve Chiotakis and Lisa Napoli. Check it out.

Interviews, Issues, News, Politics »

Does a Marine have the right to criticize the president?

Posted March 27, 2012 by | 18 Comments | ]
Rehearsing for war: Marines of America's Battalion train for Afghan battlefield

Gary Stein is an outspoken conservative blogger, who criticizes President Obama’s health care reforms and fears the Administration might one day take away America’s guns. But Gary Stein is also Sgt. Stein, an active duty, nine-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps based out of the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego.
Sgt. Stein faces dismissal from the Marines for his political activism, …

economy, Interviews, Issues, Politics, Recent Shows, Warren Olney »

What Californians think about the Republican candidates

Posted March 27, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
Warren Olney

Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum are in California this week for the same reason every other candidate comes to the Golden State: it’s the money, stupid. In addition, California might actually play a role in the GOP nomination. We hear about some scheduled fundraisers and Republican prospects in the primary, as opposed to the general, election. Also, a tax measure to compete with Governor …

Arts & Culture, Education, Interviews, Issues »

Oh, my aching (inspirational) back: Art at UCLA Medical School

Posted March 26, 2012 by | 12 Comments | ]
"They told me I needed screws"

Back pain is the unlikely inspiration for an art show—and it’s hanging in an unlikely venue: the lobby of a building at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Photographer Ellen Cantor of Palos Verdes is featured in the show. She was inspired after being diagnosed with scoliosis. “I was going to different doctors and the doctors told me things I didn’t understand. …

economy, Issues, News, Politics »

Expo Line arrives: Taking the train with Zev Yaroslovsky

Posted March 26, 2012 by | 3 Comments | ]

On Friday I joined a scrum of journalists and local politicos and rode the new Expo Line connecting downtown Los Angeles with Culver City. When it opens to the public on April, 28th, Expo will be the first light rail connection to West Los Angeles since the days of the Red Cars more than 50 years ago.
While aboard the train, I talked to Supervisor …

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Trayvon Martin’s story: ‘It’s weighing on my heart’

Posted March 23, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]

On today’s “To the Point” we talked about guns, race and story of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager who was shot last month while carrying Skittles and an iced tea. One of our guests was Mary C. Curtis, a journalist who wrote a piece for the Washington Post’s “She the People” blog called “Trayvon Martin Should Be Every Mother’s Son.”  I spoke with her …

Issues, News »

Politics Friday: 5 stories you may have missed this week

Posted March 23, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

What happened while you were in line to buy tickets to ‘The Hunger Games?” A lot! Take a look at the five political stories you may have missed this week.

Arts & Culture, LA Noir »

A literary roadmap of Los Angeles

Posted March 23, 2012 by | 2 Comments | ]

Los Angeles is often denigrated as shallow and superficial, despite its long history of great literary accomplishments. The city has produced Raymond Chandler, Joan Didion, Charles Bukowski, Walter Mosley, and countless others. It’s also the biggest book  market in North America.
So, readers of Los Angeles, rejoice! Some local bibliophiles have produced a new 18″ x 24″ fold-out map that includes all of the literary …

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