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Mixer: California gun-control program firing blanks

Posted July 24, 2015 by , and | 0 Comments | ]
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Gun sales in California continue to rise.
According to the Attorney General’s office, there were close to a million guns sold last year.
An increase of close to 100 percent since 2010.
And of all the people who applied for a background check in 2014, fewer than 9,000 were denied. Less than one percent.
In a report released last week by California’s state auditor, a program to recover …

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Dodger blue is incredibly green

Posted July 24, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to top the National League West this season, albeit barely.
And, really, it didn’t matter that they topped the NL West at the end of last season, because they blew it in the playoffs.
But with the biggest payroll in the major leagues, an ownership group that paid $2 billion for the team a few years ago, and an $8 billion deal …

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Mapping LA’s growing dance scene

Posted July 22, 2015 by and | 3 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles is known as the entertainment capital of the world… for its creative output in film, theater and art.
But, the city’s reputation in dance is starting to grow as well.
At the high end, there’s a lot more programming at the Music Center of L.A. and at universities and art centers. But, there are also smaller companies cropping up all over town.
Now, USC is trying …

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“Smokejumper” finds satisfaction in heated job

Posted July 21, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s a big jump from fighting peer pressure among young friends in Los Angeles and Riverside Counties, to fighting fires.
In Jason Ramos’s own words: “I had no plans after high school. College wasn’t an option; my grades sucked. Law enforcement was out since, in my world, ‘cop’ meant ‘narc’.”
Ramos jumped from looking for purpose and a cure for boredom and jumped into taking risks every …

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Why we hate hearing recordings of our own voice

Posted January 16, 2015 by | 4 Comments | ]
Illustration by Tara Jacoby

You don’t have to be in broadcasting or a singer or actor to be able to hear your own voice on a recording. It might make you cringe to listen to yourself.  But how we hear ourselves – on mic,  or even in our ears – is different from how others hear us speak.
A study completed at Stanford in 2006 had performers sing into a microphone …

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NASA’s JPL opens its doors

Posted October 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This weekend, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory held its annual open house, inviting the public to explore the grounds of the La Canada-Flintridge facility for two days. This was JPL’s first open house in two years as budget cuts kept the doors shut last year.
Thousands strolled from building to building at the college-sized campus to learn about current missions, future endeavors and poignant reflections of JPL’s history in exploring the …

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Skid Row artists display their work at MOCA

Posted July 18, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Downtown LA’s Skid Row hosts the largest concentration of homeless people in the country.
KCRW’s Press Play  covered the city’s latest efforts to address the growing number of people affected by homeless.  The recent Department of Veterans Affairs scandal has motivated many, including First Lady Michelle Obama, to scrutinize how we care for our country’s homeless veterans.
Local officials are trying to change their approach to homeless …

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L.A.’s plastic bag ban: 6 months after

Posted July 1, 2014 by | 10 Comments | ]
These pellets are made at Command Packaging's Salinas facility. The plastic pellets are shipped to Vernon to be made into reusable plastic bags.

Today, the second phase of Los Angeles’ plastic bag ban went into effect. That means smaller grocery stores can no longer hand out plastic bags, and have to charge 10 cents for paper bags. The law went into effect for large grocery stores in January, making LA the newest of over a hundred cities and counties in California outlawing single-use plastic. State lawmakers are …

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NASA’s Opportunity rover celebrates a decade on Mars

Posted March 27, 2014 by | 10 Comments | ]
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This year, NASA’s scientific rover Opportunity celebrated a milestone. It has been exploring Mars for ten years, even though it was only supposed to operate for three months.
John Callas is the project manager for Opportunity at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada-Flintridge and has has been with the rover since the beginning in 2000.
“At that time scientists thought Martian dust would collect on …

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