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Bookworm: Favorite fiction of 2014

Posted December 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Last year was a good one for book lovers. KCRW’s Bookworm, Michael Silverblatt joined Madeleine Brand on Press Play to talk through some of his favorites from 2014. “I don’t consider them the best,” said Silverblatt, “I consider them my favorites. I would have to read everything to know what’s the best.”
These five books include moving tales of death, revelation, growing up, terror and what it feels like to be …

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Does LA need more airports?

Posted December 11, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
Photo via Flickr/CC/Angelo DeSantis

Los Angeles International has long been the Rodney Dangerfield of airports. It gets no respect—and with good reason. Dated, overcrowded, and inefficient, LAX’s primary redeeming characteristic is the mild Southern California weather. When J.D. Power & Associates rated LAX as the third-worst airport in the U.S. in 2010, many Angelenos probably assumed there was a mistake and asked themselves: “Two airports are lower on …

Health Care, Issues, News »

Rate of unvaccinated kids starts declining in California

Posted December 10, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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More California kindergartners got their immunization shots before starting school this year than last year, reversing a decade-long trend.  The number of parents who filed “personal belief” forms exempting their kids from getting vaccinated dropped 20 percent this school year.
The Sacramento Bee reports the decline corresponds to the introduction of a new form that requires parents to get a doctor’s signature that acknowledges they’ve …

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Senate ‘Torture Report’ shows a brutal, ineffective program under CIA

Posted December 9, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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After five years, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a scathing report on the CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques used after 9/11 during the George W. Bush administration. The report found that water-boarding was more prevalent than previously admitted, that there was sexual violence threatened against the mothers of detainees, and that detainees were force fed and abused. Additionally, it found that the CIA misled …

Arts & Culture »

Who built the burned-downed DaVinci?

Posted December 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo via Twitter: Adrienne FitzPatrick

The LA Times reports that the fire that ravaged a Downtown LA apartment building overnight is being investigated as a criminal fire.
Although blazes “of this magnitude” are always treated as criminal fires, “it’s very rare for the entire building to be engulfed at once,” Capt. Jaime Moore told the Los Angeles Times.
“There may have been some foul play.”
Flames shot up into the night sky in the early …

California Elections, Cargoland, economy, Issues, LA Noir, Zocalo Public Square »

Mixer: Port parties negotiating again

Posted December 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We’ve been highlighting the importance of the ports all this week inside the KCRW series Cargoland. And the one thing we keep talking about is the sheer volume of items that pass through those harbors.
But why is the port where it is? And how many people work there and are affected by what happens there?
The news that goes on there means a lot to …

Environment, News »

Photos show Griffith Park puma is back in the pink

Posted December 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Things are looking up for a lone mountain lion that has made its home in Griffith Park.
Park officials say new photos show that the cougar – known as P-22 – has rebounded well from a serious bout of mange that was apparently caused by exposure to rat poison. The big cat was captured in March and treated with skin medications and injections of Vitamin …

economy, Environment, Issues, News »

Fracking fight bubbles up in Santa Barbara Channel

Posted December 4, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The contentious debate over fracking in California is coming to a head in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
A Central Coast environmental group is suing the federal government for allowing the use of off-shore fracking to drill for oil and natural gas in the Santa Barbara Channel. The Interior Department has issued dozens of permits that allow oil companies to use either hydraulic fracturing or …

Cargoland, News »

Cargoland: San Pedro’s search for respect and development on the waterfront

Posted December 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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If you think of the port community of San Pedro, likely the sights and sounds of its waterfront come to mind, from massive freighter ships moored to their docks as their cargo gets unloaded by enormous cranes to the sounds of seagulls circling above fishing vessels sailing into port, the birds hoping that they’ll share in the catch of the day.
Beyond its waterfront, San Pedro …

Cargoland, economy, News »

Cargoland: A brief history of the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Posted December 1, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
A cargo ship docks in San Pedro. Photo: Saul Gonzalez

All week, KCRW looks at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Explore Cargoland.
The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach  have been a driving force in Southern California’s economy for more than a century. The push to establish the port of L.A. came when a harbor commission was set up in 1907. But the debate over where to put the port was heated.
Director of the Los …

Issues, News, Politics »

Can McDonnell turn around the L.A. Sheriff’s Dept.?

Posted December 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Jim McDonnell will be sworn in today as the new Sheriff of L.A. County.
The former Long Beach Police Chief won a lopsided victory over former Undersheriff Paul Tanaka in last month’s run-off election. He’s the first outsider in nearly a century to lead the Sheriff’s Department.
McDonnell is inheriting an agency that’s been beset by scandals in recent years. Former Sheriff Lee Baca resigned last …

economy, Environment, Zocalo Public Square »

Photos: Fishing off the Santa Monica Pier

Posted November 26, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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On the lower deck of the Santa Monica Pier—below the Pacific Park solar-powered Ferris wheel, Inkie’s Pirate Ship ride, and oceanfront West Coaster—there’s a quiet community of fishermen and women.
Many tourists from the top deck stare at the anglers with awe. Fishing is these folks’ art. And it looks much easier than it actually is. The Santa Monica Pier fishers don’t make much. One …

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Feeling Ferguson’s rage on the streets of Los Angeles

Posted November 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Protests in solidarity with Ferguson have stretched into a third day in Los Angeles since the announcement of the “non-indictment” of Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown. On Wednesday morning, protesters shut down the 101 in both directions and police arrested several people, according to the LA Times.
On Monday night, when the news out of Wilson’s freedom was announced, protesters shut down an …

Environment, News »

In the desert, ‘clean energy’ is a dirty word

Posted November 25, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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On a rural stretch of Navajo Road outside Apple Valley, a mile or so from the nearest neighborhood of ranch homes, sit two shiny new farms that could be the future of the Southern California desert. Inside an eight-foot chain link fence are row after row of industrial-sized solar panels. Outside the fence, native brush and desert critters show what the land looked like before the …

Arts & Culture, Commentary, Zocalo Public Square »

Generations come together at the Thanksgiving table

Posted November 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo: Ben Franske Wikipedia

I think back to the first Thanksgiving I spent with my infant daughter three years ago, which was also the last one I spent with my grandmother. The multigenerational gathering at my childhood home in Alhambra, mixing Chinese, Vietnamese, and American traditions, is not only etched in my memory, it’s immortalized in a digital photograph.
In the photo, my mom is holding my nearly 4-month-old …

News »

Ferguson protests reach California

Posted November 25, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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.@LAPDChiefBeck: "I know this isn't over. This is a wound of the nation that will not heal immediately." pic.twitter.com/b4I01Ik7zE
— L.A. Times: L.A. Now (@LANow) November 25, 2014

The fallout from Ferguson, Missouri reached California overnight as angry but mostly peaceful demonstrators took to the streets of L.A. to protest the grand jury’s decision. But while protestors set fires to police cars and damaged businesses in Ferguson, …

Education, Issues, News »

Is mandatory school ‘volunteering’ against the law?

Posted November 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California charter schools that require parents to volunteer as a condition of their child’s enrollment are breaking state law, according to a civil rights group.
Public Advocates – a non-profit law firm – surveyed roughly half of the state’s 1,100 charter schools. The group found that about a third of those schools required parents to volunteer.
Some of the schools required parents to pay a fee …

News, Politics, Sonic Trace »

Timeline: How did we get here on immigration reform?

Posted November 20, 2014 by and | 2 Comments | ]
Immigration protest. Photo by Eric Pearse Chavez

This timeline starts with the Bracero Program, which ran from 1942 to 1964. Under the program, more than 4.5 million Mexican workers came to the United States to farm, taking hard jobs at low wages.But these weren’t the first workers to come to the U.S. Until the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 , nearly 200,0000 Chinese nationals worked the field. But immigration history starts …

Environment, Issues, News »

Searching for urchins and restoring a kelp forest

Posted November 20, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A decimated giant kelp forest in Southern California is making a comeback after volunteers removed almost two million sea urchins that devour the plants.
The Bay Foundation reports that the first year of the program has restored about 12.5 acres of kelp forests along the Palos Verdes Peninsula. The new forests have attracted all kinds of sea creatures – including Garibaldi, bass, spiny lobster, and …

Education, News, Politics »

Brown and Napolitano at odds over U.C. tuition hikes

Posted November 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A battle between Gov. Jerry Brown and U.C. President Janet Napolitano is brewing over Napolitano’s proposal to hike tuition by five percent each year for the next five years.
Brown appointed two new regents to the University of California yesterday: Former Assembly Leader John Perez, who’s about to be termed out of the Legislature, and Eloy Ortiz Oakley, superintendent of Long Beach City College.
The timing …

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