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Mixer: Attack on Hollywood; what’s next?

Posted December 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The FBI confirmed today that North Korea was behind the crippling cyberattack that prompted Sony Pictures to cancel the release of “The Interview,” and President Obama says the nation would respond.
Obama said of the people behind the hack: “they caused a lot of damage, and we will respond.”
While the president didn’t provide specifics, he did say that he thought Sony had “made a mistake” by canceling the movie’s …

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The major source of state arts funding? You won’t believe it

Posted December 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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California ranks near the bottom of state-funded per-capita arts spending in the nation–44th, to be exact.
What’s the unusual source for the lion’s share of state-funded arts education? Turns out, it’s the sale of specialty license plates.
You may have seen the so-called “ArtsPlate” by artist Wayne Thiebaud, since it’s been in use on the roads for 20 years. But you probably didn’t know that $35 of …

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After 36 years, an exonerated man is free

Posted December 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Every single morning for 36 years, when I got up and I walked outside I was mad. I was mad and, you know, if anything happened I was ready. Since I’ve been out I have not had one cross thought. I mean if somebody cuts me off I just smile. — Michael Hanline
On November 24th, Michael Hanline was exonerated in a murder case after serving 36 years …

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350,000 students struggling with English in California

Posted December 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The debate over how best to provide a quality education to students learning English shows no signs of cooling down in California.
In the first review of its kind, the state has identified about 350,000 students who have attended California schools for seven years or more and who still cannot speak English fluently.
Among those students, about 90,000 are classified as “long-term English learners,” because they’ve …

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California gets ready to license undocumented drivers

Posted December 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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In January, California will begin to offer driver’s licenses to an estimated 1.4 million undocumented immigrants, living and driving in the state illegally.
One of those unlicensed and undocumented drivers is Mexican-born single mother and retirement home worker Evangelina Ramirez. She’s been driving without a license in California for 20 years. “I am driving because it is not a luxury, it is a necessity,” says Ramirez. “I have …

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‘Isolation has not worked’; US restores diplomacy with Cuba

Posted December 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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President Obama announced today that the United States will reestablish diplomatic ties with Cuba and will open a new embassy in Havana. The announcement came in tandem with Cuba’s release of Alan Gross, an American worker who was jailed for bringing communications equipment to the island.

The president said that there will be fewer travel limits, and as well as an easing on limits on banking and business. The travel embargo, …

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Hopes of a quick NFL return to L.A. take a hit

Posted December 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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You can cross the San Diego Chargers off the list of NFL teams that might be moving to L.A. next year.
The Chargers have announced they’ll be staying put in 2015.
The Chargers, St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders are all operating on a year-to-year stadium leases. And that’s led to a lot of speculation that one – or possibly two of those teams – could …

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L.A. making pitch to host its third Olympics in 2024

Posted December 16, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Mayor Eric Garcetti and a team of advisers will be in the Bay Area today – trying to convince the U.S. Olympic Organizing Committee that L.A.’s the place for the 2024 Summer Games.
The L.A. bid faces competition from three other U.S. cities: San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C. After hearing proposals from all four today, the USOC will make its decision later this month …

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Hunting for Merced’s cultural treasures

Posted December 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A wall of sound often emanates from an open classroom at the Merced Lao Family Community Center. It’s bagpipe-like and pulsating—the sound of a half-dozen boys practicing the qeej (pronounced gheng), a bamboo reed mouth organ played at Hmong funerals, other ceremonies, and social events.
At Hmong New Year, these young musicians will perform traditional songs on the qeej, the music coming into harmony with …

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Mixer: Protests and policing – marching ahead

Posted December 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Protests continue across the country and here in California against high-profile police killings of unarmed black men and boys.
The decisions by grand juries not to indict the officers who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner on Staten Island in New York, have touched off a heated debate about police-community relations.
There have been some violent confrontations and arrests in Los Angeles and the Bay Area over the …

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How ‘Tradition’ became a classic: Celebrating ‘Fiddler’ at 50

Posted December 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Tony award-winning Broadway show turned Oscar-winning film, “Fiddler on the Roof,” didn’t look from the start to be a work that would endure for decades. It took the team who wrote the work, based on the 1905 writing of Sholem Aleichem, a number of attempts to massage it into the classic it became. “Twelve things a day,” was the mantra after early lackluster reviews in pre-Broadway tryouts, as …

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Design solutions for climate change

Posted December 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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There may be passionate debate about it in political circles as to whether it’s happening, or what’s causing it, but scientists almost completely agree: climate change is real, and will lead to rising sea levels and more extreme storms.
So how do we, as people, adapt?
Obviously, logic would tell us to try to stem the initial damage somehow.
But we, as people, also have to create things to …

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The dawning of the age of… the drone

Posted December 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Commercial drone flyers, enthusiasts and regulators are coming to L.A. this weekend for the first ever Drone Expo. It’s open to the public and features speakers, flying demonstrations, and drones for sale. And the chance to “meet the next Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak,” says Keith Kaplan, CEO of the Tesla foundation, which runs the organization behind the event, the non-profit Unmanned Autonomous Vehicle System …

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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 …

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Cargoland: Meet the port police

Posted December 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Los Angeles Port Police isn’t your average law enforcement agency. It has to be one of the most versatile police departments in the nation.
“We’re homeland security, community relations, dive team, motors, K9, a lot of different things,” said Sergeant Ryan Howley. “It’s actually kinda hard to define.”
This port sees a lot of traffic, from recreational boaters and cruise ships, to commercial fishermen and massive …

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LA Galaxy’s Robbie Rogers on coming out as gay

Posted December 5, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s usually pretty big news when someone in the sports world comes out as gay.
More recently, we think of Michael Sam, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner, the number one draft pick last year in the WNBA, tennis stars Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova. The list goes on, but it’s not a very long one.
Playing sports and being gay has had its problems. But it’s …

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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 …

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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 …

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Cargoland: Artist Cathy Opie on her 10-day cargo ship ride

Posted December 3, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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I didn’t go to artist Cathy Opie’s house explicitly to see the bunnies, but before I got to talk to her about what did lure me over to West Adams, I got a tour of this extension of her existence. Her partner, Julie Burleigh, has, over the last five years, converted an eyesore abandoned lot down the block from their house into a community …

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