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Death row inmates tell their stories through art

Posted December 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Kevin Cooper, "Free Me!!" 2011, acrylic on canvas

There are currently 746 inmates awaiting execution in California. We don’t often hear from those inmates, let alone see artwork they make in prison. But organizers of a Los Angeles exhibition of art made by death row inmates from across the country say they hope to reveal the humanity of those people whose lives hang in the balance.
On July 16, 2014, U.S. District Judge …

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Where Are All the Hanukkah Songs?

Posted December 6, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Hanukkah menorah. Photo by Shawn Anderson via Flickr/CC

If you’ve been to a shopping mall or turned on the radio since Thanksgiving, chances are you’ve heard at least one of these Christmas standards: “Let It Snow!,” “Winter Wonderland,” “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire),” “White Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “A Holly Jolly Christmas” or “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
What’s one thing those songs all have in common? Besides being ubiquitous this …

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Spoiler alerts abound in the social media age

Posted September 30, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Be warned: spoiler alerts ahead.
Yes, this interview may include references to movies or TV shows or books you may or may not be watching or reading. Or even care about.
Either way, you may hear something related to something in pop culture that you may not be ready to hear.
It seems we’re living in a social media age where spoilers abound. And – not to …

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How the Prius became a cultural icon

Posted September 25, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Toyota just unveiled the new Prius, a third generation of a car that revolutionized the hybrid car market. Chances are you’re next to, or within eyesight of, a Prius at this very moment in the greater Los Angeles area. The Prius is more than a car – it’s become a cultural touchstone.
And for the even bigger enviro-car crowd, Toyota is about to announce a new hydrogen …

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Agness “Aggie” Underwood, the queen of the LA crime beat

Posted September 11, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Agness "Aggie" Underwood at her desk in 1949, two years after becoming the city editor for the Los Angeles Herald and Express. She kept a baseball bat handy in case she needed to keep overzealous Hollywood press agents in line.

In the first half of the twentieth century, the city of Los Angeles was seen by many as a dangerous place. And newspapers were full of lurid details of bizarre crimes.
For years, the queen of that crime beat was Agness Underwood. “Aggie,” as she was known, covered some of the city’s most sordid murders for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. By 1930, Aggie had worked her …

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Leaving your job without a Plan B

Posted September 4, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Leaving a job can be a tough thing to do. Leaving a job with no other job is downright frightening.
Now imagine leaving a dream job, the host of a national radio program listened to by millions of people, for years and years, and over the course of time, it comes to you: it’s time to go.
That’s what former Marketplace host Tess Vigeland did in …

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How to reduce the disparities in colon cancer outcomes

Posted September 3, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Freddie Muse, center, and other members of The Men's Cancer Network

This week we’ve been looking at colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States for men and women, combined. It is expected to kill about 50,000 people this year. And African-Americans are at the highest risk of getting diagnosed with the disease, and dying from it. In this third and final part of our series, we’ll hear from activists …

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Why African-Americans are at a greater risk of colon cancer

Posted September 2, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Dr. Donald Henderson, a gastroenterologist and colorectal cancer specialist, at his office in Inglewood. Photo by Avishay Artsy

Each year, about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with colon cancer, and more than 50,000 die from it. That’s bad news, but for African-Americans, it’s even worse.
“African-Americans are more likely to get colon cancer, they’re more likely to have an advanced stage of disease when they’re diagnosed with colon cancer, they’re more likely to die from colon cancer and they have shorter survival after diagnosis …

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The stigma of colonoscopies and African-American risk of colon cancer

Posted September 1, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
At the "Relay for Life" event in Baldwin Hills, Dr. Zuri Murrell (second from left), and Erin Stennis (second from right). Photo by Malek Mansour.

Nearly 50,000 Americans are expected to die from colorectal cancer this year. It’s one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.
African-Americans are more likely than any other group to develop colorectal cancer and to die from it.

On a Saturday morning in Baldwin Hills, at a “Relay for Life” event for cancer survivors. Ramona Stephens called to the stage a tall, African-American …

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Saving the animals after Katrina

Posted August 27, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Ten years ago, after Hurricane Katrina struck the shores of the Gulf Coast, when the levees broke and the waters began to rise, the world watched in horror as New Orleans drowned.
Images of evacuees filled the screen 24/7. Tens of thousands of people who were forced to flee the city they lived in and go to higher ground. For months. Permanently in many cases.
But …

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The Los Angeles homes of the future

Posted August 25, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The concept of the densifying Los Angeles isn’t a new one. We’ve reported before on “building up,” in the city that established itself as ground zero for sprawl.
But neighborhoods are running out of ground, which has designers and architects considering new and untried ways for the people of LA to live in the years to come.
Some of those ideas are being presented at a …

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Auto fanatics descend on Pebble Beach

Posted August 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
A 1938 Phantom Corsair at The 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

This past weekend there was a big car show along the north central coast of California: the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The show featured some 200 classic cars on display, along with racing and golf and hobnobbing with some heavy hitters.
Tod Mesirow was there. He’s a TV producer with credits including Monster Garage, Overhaulin’ and Car Lot Rescue, and is a car reviewer for About.com.
He went to the exclusive …

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Lollygaggers: a musical comedy about climate change

Posted August 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There was a lawsuit filed in federal court against the Obama administration for not responding strongly enough to the threat of climate change.
The plaintiffs – all young people – say the government’s lack of action is a threat to their generation and to future generations as well.
The White House points to the EPA’s Climate Action Plan as an example of something that the government …

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A tour of LA history through restaurant menus

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles has a rich culinary history, due to the waves of immigrants who settled in Southern California and brought their food traditions with them. The restaurants they opened can tell us a lot about how people use food to shape their own identities of community, culture and class. A new book and exhibit of old LA restaurant menus reveals how the city has …

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Mountain lion P-32 killed while crossing the 5 Freeway

Posted August 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Some sad news now about a young mountain lion known as P-32 – the only male known to have successfully ventured to the north out of the Santa Monica Mountains.
He was struck and killed by a car Monday morning while trying to cross the 5 Freeway in Castaic.
P-32 had successfully crossed the 101 Freeway and three other highways in the Thousand Oaks and Simi …

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Mail-order music company Columbia House goes bankrupt

Posted August 12, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The world of getting music is very different from how it used to be. And there’s news this week that one of the main ways you used to get music is on the outs.
One of the music clubs that would send you hit albums for extra cheap – with one caveat – has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Columbia House offered a dozen albums or more …

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Spoken word with a message

Posted August 7, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Ise Lyfe

The act of the spoken word goes way beyond speech. It can involve rhythm and rhyme, though not necessarily. And more heart and performance than just words.
Marc Bamuthi Joseph and fellow spoken word artist Ise Lyfe are doing a show tonight – along with other performers – at the Skirball Cultural Center, as part of the Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution show called …

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President Jimmy Carter on Iran, religion, race and politics

Posted July 29, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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President Jimmy Carter spent four years in the White House, and is going on 35 years, post-presidency.
In the years since he walked away from Washington, he set up the Carter Center in Atlanta, which has overseen elections, advocated democracy, and advanced public health initiatives all around the globe.
The 39th President of the United States has written more than two dozen books over the years. …

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In San Pedro, a battle over “Sunken City”

Posted July 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Graffiti offers a splash of color on this stretch of Southern California coastline.

It might look like a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but it’s in the city of Los Angeles. The ruins of Sunken City are part of the community of San Pedro, at LA’s southernmost tip.
Even though it’s closed to the public, Sunken City is a haven for graffiti artists and young people looking to party. Some residents want to open the area to the public during daylight …

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The World Cup of whistling comes to Pasadena

Posted July 9, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Carole Anne Kaufman, "The Whistling Diva."

While a lot of folks whistle while they work, or whistle in Mayberry, or just whistle happily, there’s more serious whistling going on.
People will be puckering their lips and belting out tunes this Saturday, June 11 at the Masters of Musical Whistling international competition and concert at The AHIAH Center in Pasadena.
The organizer of the event and two-time world whistling champion is Carole Anne Kaufman, …

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