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Can the Boy Scouts stage a revival by ending the ban on gays?

Posted January 31, 2013 by | 63 Comments | ]

The Boy Scouts of America still bans gay boys and gay leaders, but next week, the national council in Plano, Texas may tell the cub packs and scout troops their sponsors can make membership policy on their own. Anybody’s invited to call 972-580-2330 and say whether you’re for against the change.

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Would lifting the ban on gays change the Boy Scouts?

Posted January 31, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

The Texas-based Boy Scouts of America will vote next week on whether to remove the nationwide ban on gay members and scout leaders. However, it would still be up to local units to decide whether to allow gay scouts and leaders.
“The Boy Scouts would not, under any circumstances, dictate a position to units, members, or parents,” said a spokesman for the Boy Scouts of …

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An update on Black and Latino gang relations in LA

Posted January 30, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
Warren Olney

The City of Compton was long a black enclave, but now it’s 65 percent Latino. Recently, a black family was driven from its new home by Latino gang members. That could be part of an ugly pattern happening where populations are changing. But veterans of violent gang culture say it’s a shadow of what it was five or 10 years ago. On our rebroadcast …

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Kathleen Kennedy and other women making waves in Hollywood

Posted January 30, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

If there’s a narrative that’s been consistent during this season of awards ceremonies, it’s been “the year of women.”
From Tina Fey and Amy Poehler’s much-applauded performances hosting the Golden Globe awards, to Kathryn Bigelow directing the Oscar-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty,” and at Sundance, for the first time ever, women made half of the 16 U.S. competition dramas.
There’s another woman making waves in Hollywood, Kathleen …

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Churches big purchasers of music performance gear

Posted January 30, 2013 by | 3 Comments | ]

When you think of live music, you might think of a concert or a nightclub. But one of the hottest markets for live-performance equipment is about as far away from a nightclub as you can get: Church.
Susan Valot found out when she stopped by the National Association of Music Merchants trade show, or NAMM Show. The annual music product convention was held in Anaheim …

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Ever wanted to hold an Oscar? Now’s your chance

Posted January 30, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Ever wondered what it would be like to hold an Oscar?
Starting Monday, movie fans in a handful of cities across the country will get a chance to hold the prestigious film award statuette as part of a national tour that’ll culminate with the Academy Awards next month.
The tour will begin Monday in New York, and then move to cities including Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, …

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Today’s News: Bid to arm teachers; Going after group homes; Villaraigosa to D.C.?

Posted January 30, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Arming teachers. A Southern California Assemblyman is expected to unveil a new proposal for countering gun violence in schools today: secretly arming teachers or other school officials. The bill by Hesperia Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is the Republican answer to a slew of gun control measures introduced by majority Democrats following the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut. Donnelly received a fine and probation last year …

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Obama releases immigration plan

Posted January 29, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

In Las Vegas today, President Obama said it’s good news that bipartisan groups in both houses of Congress are finally addressing immigration reform. The President endorsed the general principles laid down yesterday by a bipartisan group of US Senators, the most controversial aspect of which may be what’s called the path to citizenship. Cautioning that the debate is sure to become emotional, he warned against letting …

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Former Calif. Governors Pete Wilson and Gray Davis on immigration reform

Posted January 29, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

President Barack Obama today declared that “now is the time” to fix the nation’s broken immigration system.
In a speech in Las Vegas, Obama praised the bipartisan work between the White House and a group of Senators on taking steps toward putting millions of illegal immigrants on a pathway to citizenship, cracking down on businesses that employ people illegally and tightening security at the borders.
Long …

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James Hahn: Life after being L.A.’s Mayor

Posted January 29, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
James Hahn, former mayor of LA

Lyndon Johnson, no stranger to the pressures and controversies of public office once said, “When the burdens of the presidency seem unusually heavy, I always remind myself it could be worse.  I could be a mayor.” This from a guy who was wrestling with the Vietnam War and conflicts over the Civil Rights Movement!
It’s not easy being a mayor, particularly of a sprawling metropolis …

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The Great Eastside-Westside Throwdown

Posted January 29, 2013 by | 27 Comments | ]

Venice, Santa Monica and Malibu used to be synonymous with West Coast creativity, and free-spirited living (think Venice artists, Frank Gehry and the Santa Monica architects, beach-inspired artists/surfers/musicians). But pricey real estate has driven creative Angelenos east, first to Silverlake and Echo Park, then to downtown, Highland Park, Eagle Rock and beyond. This has given rise to strongly held opinions and prejudices among a …

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Today’s News: SEIU weighs mayoral endorsement; Push to expand Medicaid; Counting the homeless

Posted January 29, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Healthcare evolution. Assembly Speaker John Perez has introduced a bill to expand Medicaid by more than a million people. It’s the first move as the state Legislature holds a special session dedicated to tackling healthcare reform. The money to pay for the expansion would come from the federal government under Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Care Act. The bill would provide coverage for …

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The civil rights of sex offenders

Posted January 28, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

Just two percent of sex offenders commit more than one crime, according to the State Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. But state law, passed by the voters, requires that they register publicly and sets residential restrictions for the rest of their lives. Four cities in Orange County have recently been sued for ordinances going beyond state law. We hear from attorneys and a registered sex …

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LA Observed: Mayoral candidates square off

Posted January 28, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]

The top five candidates for Los Angeles mayor square off tonight in a debate at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The debate will be the first live, televised forum in this year’s mayoral campaign.
Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel and Councilman Eric Garcetti are the race’s top contenders. Also joining them on stage will be Councilwoman Jan Perry, entertainment attorney and radio host Kevin James, and …

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SAG Awards and Warner Brothers’ new CEO

Posted January 28, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

“Argo” was the big winner at last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, which took place at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. He also mopped up at the Producers Guild Awards.
And there’s new leadership that’s been announced at Warner Brothers. Kevin Tsujihara, who now heads the home entertainment division, is the company’s new chief executive.
Kim Masters, editor-at-large at The Hollywood Reporter and host of …

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OC Line: The OC GOP’s Mexican immigrant problem

Posted January 28, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

It wasn’t too long ago when Republican presidential candidates made illegal immigration a campaign issue. They warned that they would make life in this country for those here illegally so hard, that they would self-deport. And that there would never be an amnesty program.
It was an issue that more than a few political pundits say has backfired big time.
The Orange County GOP has used …

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Mayoral candidates duke it out in debate tonight

Posted January 28, 2013 by | 5 Comments | ]
Los Angeles City Hall. Photo by stevecadman via Flickr/CC.

The five top contenders to succeed Antonio Villaraigosa as LA’s next mayor will face off in a live televised debate at UCLA’s Royce Hall tonight at 7 p.m. The forum will feature LA City Council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry, City Controller Wendy Greuel, entertainment lawyer Kevin James (the lone Republican in the pack) and former technology executive Emanuel Pleitez.
The debate will be …

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This week’s entertainment buzz…

Posted January 28, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]

Busy weekend for Hollywood industry awards
Over this past weekend, two of Hollywood’s labor organizations — the Producers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild — named their picks for 2012’s best in Film and Television. “Argo” won big: Both the PGA and the SAG awards named “Argo” the Best produced and the Best Cast in a feature, respectively.
These precursor awards (along with the upcoming Directors …

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Today’s News: LAUSD security push; Ballona nature center; Dodgers ink 25-year TV deal

Posted January 28, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]

School security. In the wake of the deadly school shootings in Connecticut, America’s second largest school district plans to hire one-thousand “security aides” to be deployed on its campuses. Under the $4 million program, a minimum of two people – unarmed, but equipped with radios – will be assigned to patrol more than 400 LAUSD schools. The security aides will be trained to respond …

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On Scientology and Hollywood…

Posted January 25, 2013 by and | 56 Comments | ]

KCRW’s Kim Masters recently sat down with author Lawrence Wright to talk about his new book Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief.  He described the leader of the church, L. Ron Hubbard, this way:
“He was a spellbinding character, he had a special talent for bringing young people in particular under his spell. And you know, they had a narrative of his own life, …

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