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An Israeli singer reaches out to Iran

Posted October 31, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The election’s been all about the economy, but a surprising amount of airtime has been devoted to the standoff between Iran and Israel over Iran’s nuclear program. All that tension makes it an especially interesting time for Rita Jahanforuz, a mega pop star from Israel, to be touring across the US right now.
Her fans know her simply as Rita, and she’s Israel’s biggest-selling pop …

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The perils of calling a cab on a party night

Posted October 31, 2012 by | 4 Comments | ]
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Halloween can be big fun for revelers wanting to loosen up a bit, but then there’s the issue of getting home after a night at all those bars. And in L.A., finding a taxi to take you home can be a bit sobering.
In the days before a big party night, you hear all these well-meaning messages about the evils of drinking and driving. And …

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From pop songs to ‘pop’ art: Carole Bayer Sager shifts creative gears

Posted October 31, 2012 by | 3 Comments | ]
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After a nearly 40 year career as one of the greatest and most successful pop songwriters on earth, Carole Bayer Sager could sit back and do whatever she wanted. Like, relax. But this woman who’s written for everyone from Michael Jackson to Stevie Wonder to Barbara Streisand says that isn’t in her constitution. What she wants to do at this point is to paint. …

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Echo Park grocery shoppers weigh in on Prop. 37

Posted October 31, 2012 by | 4 Comments | ]
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Proposition 37, which would require the labeling of all genetically modified foods in California, is one of the more emotionally charged measures on the Nov. 6 ballot. Proponents say consumers have a right to know what’s in their food, even if there’s no conclusive proof that genetic engineering poses health risks. Opponents include big biotech companies, soft drink manufacturers and food processors who could …

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California Propositions: Prop 36 – Reforming Three Strikes

Posted October 31, 2012 by | 14 Comments | ]
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For the past week and a half, we’ve been making our way down the list of 11 statewide measures on next month’s ballot—trying to shed some light on issues from education funding to car insurance rates. Today – Proposition 36, which would amend California’s Three Strikes Law.
California has what is often called the toughest Three Strikes law in the country. It was passed in 1994. Under …

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Today’s News: Billboard reversal, WeHo Halloween, Lakers horror

Posted October 31, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

Party time. Up to half-a-million revelers will pour into West Hollywood tonight for one of the world’s largest annual Halloween celebrations. The West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval runs from 6 to 11 on Santa Monica Boulevard between Doheny Drive and La Cienega Boulevard. West Hollywood Halloween
Naming names. The clock could soon be ticking for an Arizona non-profit to reveal the source of $11 million …

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The race for LA District Attorney

Posted October 31, 2012 by | 6 Comments | ]
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Three-time LA District Attorney Steve Cooley is stepping down at a time when both crime and public resources are on the decline. In Tuesday’s final election, two veterans of Cooley’s office are running to be his replacement. They are Chief Deputy Jackie Lacey and Alan Jackson, head of the Major Crimes Unit. (They have declined to debate, so we hear from them one at a time, and …

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Disney acquires Lucasfilm, announces upcoming ‘Star Wars’

Posted October 30, 2012 by | 21 Comments | ]
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Disney is paying just over $4.05 billion to buy the production company behind “Star Wars” from its chairman and founder, George Lucas.
It’s also making a seventh “Star Wars” movie, set for release in 2015, with plans to follow it with two more episodes, and then one new movie every two or three years.
Disney announced the purchase agreement in cash and stock Tuesday.
The deal includes …

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California Propositions: Prop. 35 – Tougher penalties for human traffickers

Posted October 30, 2012 by | 64 Comments | ]

At first glance, Proposition 35 seems like an easy choice.
A “Yes” vote is a nod in favor longer prison sentences and higher fines – up to a million dollars – for human traffickers. Prop. 35 would also require human traffickers to register as sex offenders, and it demands that registered sex offenders disclose all of their Internet identities.
“In my 23 years as a prosecutor, …

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Space Shuttle Endeavour lands in Exposition Park

Posted October 30, 2012 by | 4 Comments | ]
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After mesmerizing Los Angeles with a flyover and then a journey through the streets of L.A., the Endeavour space shuttle is now home and ready for viewing at the California Science Center. I got a sneak peek yesterday at the Exposition Park museum, where the shuttle is on display in a custom-built hangar. I was blown away by what I saw. I didn’t pay …

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In Today’s News: Hurricane Sandy, Endeavour’s debut, Councilman hit with restraining order

Posted October 30, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Stories we are following today ion the KCRW newsroom:
Helping hand. California is sending help to areas of the country being pounded by Hurricane Sandy. Gov. Jerry Brown says the California National Guard has flown airplanes, helicopters and two specialized rescue teams to North Carolina. Ten search-and-rescue experts from fire departments up and down the state previously traveled east. The L.A. region of the American …

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Taking no Prisoners: Berman versus Sherman

Posted October 30, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]
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One of this year’s nastiest and most expensive campaigns for Congress is taking place in the West San Fernando Valley. Veteran Democrats Howard Berman and Brad Sherman have been forced to compete for the newly drawn 30th District. They’ve spent more than $10 million, exchanged insults, and, in a now-infamous televised moment, almost come almost to blows. As Berman and Sherman struggle down to the wire, Eric Bauman, …

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Bar codes with a message: Guillermo Bert fuses ancient traditions with modern technology

Posted October 29, 2012 by | 10 Comments | ]
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The Pasadena Museum of California Art kindly requests you bring your cell phone to its new exhibit, Encoded Textiles. If you snap a photo of one of Guillermo Bert’s textiles in the gallery with a bar code reader, you’ll decode a story that transports you to the people and stories of Bert’s native Chile.

I visited Bert at his studio in the Brewery last week in advance of the show …

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California Propositions: Prop. 34 – a bid to end the death penalty

Posted October 29, 2012 by | 3 Comments | ]
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Proposition 34 aims to repeal the death penalty in California and replace it with life in prison without parole.
This isn’t the first time California has wrestled with the death penalty. Back in 1972, the state Supreme Court declared the death penalty cruel and unusual punishment. It was reinstated through a voter approved ballot measure six years later.
This time backers of Prop. 34 are pointing …

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In Today’s News: Big money for propositions, Hurricane Sandy cancels LAX flights

Posted October 29, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]

Stories we are following today in the KCRW newsroom:
Deep pockets. A non-partisan group says more than $350 million has been spent on California’s 11 statewide ballot measures. Ironically, Proposition 32, a measure that aims to reduce the influence of campaign contributors on state politics, has drawn the most money: almost $132 million. Overall, the research organization MapLight says Prop. 32 and two competing tax …

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A motherlode of maps: Checking out the LA Public Library’s newly acquired collection

Posted October 26, 2012 by | 1 Comment | ]
Maps aren't just guides; they're slices of history

There are lots of things we’ll never know about the late John Feathers, but one thing is clear: He liked maps. A lot.  So much so that he appears to have spent every moment (apart from his job as a hospital dietitian)  collecting them.  Apparently, he’d wake at 3 am to start the day, scouring the Internet for more. By the time he passed away …

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This week’s Hollywood buzz

Posted October 26, 2012 by | 14 Comments | ]
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Here are a few entertainment stories that have the town buzzing…
Dueling Docs: Obama 2016 v. Seal Team Six
“Obama 2016,” the documentary by Dinesh D’Souza based on his book, and released earlier this year is now out on DVD. This anti-Obama film is the second highest-grossing political documentary of all time. And now it’s being screened in churches causing some to question if that’s a violation …

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Politics Friday: 5 things you may have missed this week

Posted October 26, 2012 by and | 1 Comment | ]
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While you’re figuring out the best costume ever to wear to KCRW’s Masquerade, we sped closer to the presidential election! Here are five stories you may have missed this week.

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California Propositions: Prop. 33

Posted October 26, 2012 by | 16 Comments | ]
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If Proposition 33 sounds familiar, it should. The measure is almost identical to a statewide proposition that was narrowly defeated two years ago. And just as in 2010, the Yes campaign is funded almost entirely by George Joseph, the founder and chairman of Mercury Insurance.
Joseph wants to give California drivers the right to retain “loyalty discounts” when they renew their auto insurance, even if …

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Today’s News: Tight race for death penalty measure, outside money flows, Wooden in bronze

Posted October 26, 2012 by | 0 Comments | ]

Stories we are following today in the KCRW newsroom:
Fire danger. Fierce Santa Ana winds are ripping through Southern California. Combined with low humidity, the strong gusts are raising concerns about wildfires. A Red Flag warning will be in effect and L.A. and Ventura counties until tomorrow afternoon. KABC
Props poll. Support is on the upswing for a ballot measure that would end the death penalty …

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