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Marinello becomes a beauty school dropout

Posted February 5, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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With the government cutting the cord on student aid, a longtime fixture on the Southern California cosmetology scene is calling it quits.
The Marinello Schools of Beauty will close all 56 of its campuses, including dozens of schools in California.
The closures will leave more than four thousand students in the lurch, and 800 employees stand to lose their jobs.
The closures follow the U.S. Department of …

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L.A. hones its bid for the 2024 Olympics

Posted January 29, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We’re still 18 months away from a decision on the 2024 Olympics, but there’s no time to spare for the local officials trying to secure the summer sports extravaganza for L.A. for a third time.
Los Angeles previously hosted the Olympics in 1932 and 1984.
This week, the local organizing committee – LA-24 – announced plans to house athletes on the UCLA campus instead of building …

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Zika virus makes its first appearance in L.A. County

Posted January 27, 2016 by | 1 Comment | ]
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A teenage girl who traveled to Central America is the first confirmed case of Zika virus infection in Los Angeles County.
The mosquito-borne virus has been raising alarms among health officials, who say it appears to be linked to serious birth defects in Brazil.
Confirmation of the infection in L.A. County came one day after the World Health Organization warned that Zika cases will likely soon …

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Los Angeles likely to be a two-team NFL town once again

Posted January 22, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Los Angeles may be a Rams town once again, having snatched back the team from St. Louis after a 21-year absence, but that’s not the whole picture of pro football’s future in L.A.
The deal that’s bringing the Rams home gives the San Diego Chargers a one-year window to decide if they want to join the Rams in a new stadium in Inglewood.
If the Chargers …

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St. Louis is seething over loss of Rams to Inglewood

Posted January 15, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In St. Louis, the Blues isn’t just the name of the local hockey club.
It’s also the prevailing civic mood since the NFL earlier this week granted the Rams’ wish to pack up its footballs and helmets and move to Inglewood.
The decision to relocate the Rams has been met with joy and relief by Los Angeles football fans who’ve weathered more than 20 years of …

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LAPD rank-and-file rankled by Chief Beck’s candor

Posted January 13, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck is defending his decision to recommend criminal charges against an officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed homeless man in Venice.
Since going public earlier this week, Beck has been taking a lot of heat from the union that represents rank-and-file officers. The Los Angeles Police Protective League says it’s lost confidence in Beck’s ability to run the …

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Home is where the Hef is for Playboy Mansion buyer

Posted January 11, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Playboy Mansion is for sale.
But if you buy it, you’ll have to make room for a certain octogenarian, and perhaps some bunnies as well.
Playboy Enterprises has announced that it’s asking $200 million for the six-acre Holmby Hills estate, grotto and all.
The company says any deal will be  contingent on allowing 89-year-old Hugh Hefner to live in the home until he dies.
The main house …

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Scarlet logos? Requiring lawmakers to wear donor ID’s

Posted January 6, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Picture this: California lawmakers plastered head-to-toe with NASCAR-style logos.
It may seem silly, but a California businessman is funding a ballot initiative that would require members of the state legislators to wear the logos and emblems of their biggest donors on their clothing – just like race car drivers.
John Cox has been traveling the state to push his disclosure measure. This week, he was cleared …

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Lots of unfinished business as Legislature returns

Posted January 4, 2016 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The California Legislature is getting back to work today with a long to-do list, including some pressing unfinished business from last year. Plugging a billion-dollar hole in the state’s health care program for the poor and fixing the state’s deteriorating roads are at the top of the agenda.
Gov. Jerry Brown called special sessions of the Legislature last year to address the shortfall in the …

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One Thing: Mexican-American Relations

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 4 Comments | ]
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From politics and music to faith, science and immigration, what were the most important stories and trends of the year? Nine of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.
Carlos Sada, Mexico’s consul general to the United States in Los Angeles, says Mexican-American relations are being put to the test as we head into a presidential election year. But …

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One Thing: Policing

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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From politics and music to faith, science and immigration, what were the most important stories and trends of the year? Nine of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.
Sandy Banks, who recently ended a long run as a reporter and columnist for the Los Angeles Times, says 2015 will be remembered as the year that police shootings – …

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One Thing: Homelessness

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
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From politics and music to faith, science and immigration, what were the most important stories and trends of the year? Nine of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.
John Kelly grew up in Los Angeles and lived on Skid Row for years but now works with the homeless as an advocate at the LA Mission. He says homelessness …

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One Thing: Immigration

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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From politics and music to faith, science and immigration, what were the most important stories and trends of the year? Nine of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.
Carren Jao, a writer on architecture and design from Manila, Philippines, immigrated to Los Angeles five years ago and the One Thing that struck her about 2015 was the world’s struggle …

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One Thing: Politics

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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From politics and music to faith, science and immigration, what were the most important stories and trends of the year? Nine of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.
Lynne Vavreck, a professor of political science and communication studies at UCLA, and a contributing columnist for The New York Times, says it’s hard to ignore the impact that Donald Trump …

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One Thing: Faith

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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From politics and music to faith, science and immigration, what were the most important stories and trends of the year? Nine of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.
Religious scholar Najeeba Syeed is Muslim, but has selected a powerful figure from another faith as the most significant 2015 religion story. She shares her view on the importance of Pope …

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One Thing: Science

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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From politics and music to faith, science and immigration, what were the most important stories and trends of the year? Nine of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.
Dr. Charles Elahchi, director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, brings us insight into an important trend in science. He says the search for life beyond Earth is now focused close to home. …

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One Thing: Music

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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From politics and music to faith, science and immigration, what were the most important stories and trends of the year? Nine of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.
Eric J. Lawrence, a DJ and the music librarian for KCRW, says 2015 has been a year of change in the music business, with money at the center of it …

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One Thing: Literature

Posted December 23, 2015 by | 3 Comments | ]
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From politics and music to faith, science and immigration, what were the most important stories and trends of the year? Nine of our sharpest local observers weigh in on the one thing that shaped 2015.
KCRW talked with bookseller Allison Hill for our annual end-of-the-year look at trends in  literature. She says 2015 was a great year for complex female characters in novels whose telling …

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Muslims under attack after San Bernardino shooting

Posted December 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Vandals spray-painted graffiti at two mosques in Hawthorne this weekend and left a fake explosive in the driveway of one of them.
Police are investigating both incidents as hate crimes and the FBI is also involved.
The vandalism at the two mosques are among a spate of incidents in Southern California over the past two weeks that are being investigated as hate crimes – possibly as …

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Quiet on the set, but not in some L.A. neighborhoods

Posted December 1, 2015 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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Behind a silver lining, there’s often a cloud.
Take film and television location shooting in Los Angeles. It’s up, way up. Over the summer, film and TV production ran more than 50 percent higher than a year ago.
That’s partly because of a proliferation of new media outlets. The state’s new $300 million annual tax subsidy program is also getting credit for helping to halt runaway …

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