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The end of 12-step programs? How Obamacare is changing rehab

Posted October 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo: View of Cliffside Malibu, a private addiction center

In the last 75 years, American medicine’s approach to addiction has gone through an evolution. Once seen as a moral weakness, a crime and a behavioral problem, the experts were mostly former addicts turned self-help leaders. Professional associations in the medical field didn’t see a role for doctors. Now substance abuse is widely considered a medical disorder.
That change has been gradual, but it was …

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This could be the season for a So-Cal World Series

Posted October 1, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Freeway (World) Series anyone?
It may not feel like fall in Southern California, but it’s definitely time for October baseball.
For the first time since 2009, both the Dodgers and the Angels are in the postseason. And both clubs are harboring realistic championship aspirations. The Angels, led by all-everything outfielder Mike Trout, finished with the best record of in baseball this year. After a slow start, …

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Deasy under increasing scrutiny from School Board

Posted September 29, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The L.A. School Board is expected to hold a closed-door meeting tomorrow. That in itself is nothing out of the ordinary.
What is unusual is that this is a specially called closed door meeting. And L.A. Times education reporter Howard Blume says the focus will almost certainly be on the future of LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy.
Deasy has been under fire for issues connected to the …

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Demystifying a blockbuster hit (in pajamas)

Posted September 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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If you’ve had any interaction with a little girl who is around five years old, you know the fever: They’re very likely gaga for the animated Disney princess-film, Frozen, which has earned over a billion dollars since its release last year.
What is it about this movie that seeps into young impressionable minds so deeply that girls want to see it over, and over, and over again? Just how did …

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Joan Rivers’ archive? The joke could be on all of us

Posted September 26, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When many of us sit down to draw up a will and think about what we might leave to our heirs, we’re looking at perhaps a home, a car, some jewelry, maybe some stocks.
But when it comes to a celebrity, there can be a lot more involved – especially memorabilia.
And that got Seth Abramovitch – a senior writer at the Hollywood Reporter – thinking. …

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Tumbleweeds ready to roll in Southern California

Posted September 25, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The Los Angeles area is seeing something it hasn’t seen for some time: an infestation of tumbleweeds.
L.A. agriculture officials say the unusually high number of tumbleweeds blowing through the county is drought related. Dry conditions have allowed the plants to crowd out other vegetation like mustard and castor bean. Fire officials worry that the traveling weeds will lodge against homes and other structures and …

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Are you ready to give up your green lawn?

Posted September 24, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo by Ton Rulkens/ CC/ Flickr

The drought is starting to take its toll on the Metropolitan Water District, the agency responsible for making sure that water keeps flowing from faucets throughout Southern California. Jeffrey Kightlinger, head of the agency, announced that its billions of gallons still in reserves could run out in 18 months.
Consumers need to start conserving, said Director of the Center for Sustainable Communities at UCLA, Stephanie Pincetl. …

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California’s cougars need help crossing the street

Posted September 22, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
A young cougar feeding on a deer. Courtesy of the National Wildlife Foundation

The movement to preserve California’s mountain lion population might finally be getting the push it needs. A campaign called Save LA Cougars, which is sponsored by the National Wildlife Foundation, is hoping to make crossing the street a little bit safer for the animals.
The ultimate goal of the campaign is to build a wildlife crossing either over or underneath the 101 freeway in Agoura …

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Mixer: Locked up, then locked out

Posted September 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This week, the Federal Reserve Board kept interest rates low, and vowed to keep them low for a “considerable time.”
And then there was the wonky we could raise rates down the road if the economy starts moving faster stuff.
The job market, says the Fed, is affected by myriad happenings: An economy that’s still sluggish, and recovering from a Great Recession. An older population. Jobs …

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Two unlikely friends, one tragic ending

Posted September 19, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace by Jeff Hobbs

When Jeff Hobbs arrived for his freshman year at Yale, his mother was preoccupied with making curtains for his dorm room. His roommate Robert Peace, on the other hand, had different concerns. His father was in prison, serving time for murders he may or may not have committed. His mother was struggling, as she had been for years, with her low-wage job in a …

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What happened to ‘hidden tracks’ on albums?

Posted September 18, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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How many times has this happened to you?
You’re listening to a CD, the song fades and you think it’s over. But then – surprise!
Hidden tracks have a long tradition in recorded music, especially in the rock & roll era. And bolstered by digital recordings on compact disc.
Those hidden tracks are present on the album, but they’re not listed on the album cover.
KCRW Music Librarian …

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Women cross the border with a universal language: Art

Posted September 18, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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A new show up at a gallery in San Diego aims to illustrate how women navigate borders, literal and figurative. Spearheaded by artists Anna Stump, Jill Holslin and the art collective known as FIG (Feminist Image Group), colleagues associated with Mexico’s Distrito Diez Gallery were invited to collaborate.
A fence bisects the space. On one side is work by the Mexican artists; on the other is work by the …

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Armed and concealed in Orange County

Posted September 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Since Orange County relaxed its laws governing concealed weapons, thousands of people have applied for what's called a conceal carry weapons permit, also called a CCW. Here a candidate for such a permit practices his marksmanship on an Orange County shooting range. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez)

Like other firing ranges in Orange County, these are very busy days for Evans Gunsmithing, a shooting range in the City of Orange in Orange County where gun owners both practice their marksmanship on targets and take firearms safety classes.
“I used to offer one 16-hour class a week. I am now basically offering two of them a week,” says veteran weapons instructor Greg Block. …

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Stressed out? Unhealthy? Can your city government improve your quality of life?

Posted September 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Skeptics around the world shook their heads this week at news that the city of Santa Monica is about to get underway with a planned $1 million study of well-being. The city beat out 300 others last year in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge to create a “well-being project.” What does that mean?
Julie Rusk, the project’s assistant director, says just as Santa Monica has been at the …

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How green car subsidies help the wealthy and miss those who could use them most

Posted September 17, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Tesla, an EV for those who can afford it.

This is a tale of two zip codes.
First there’s 94582: San Ramon, California. Since 2010, the roughly 38,000 citizens and businesses of this prosperous Bay Area suburb, where the median household income is $140,444, have purchased 463 zero emissions vehicles. Such vehicles receive major state subsidies; nearly $1 million of these subsidies went to vehicle purchasers in San Ramon. But San Ramon doesn’t need the …

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Rethinking the ‘death industry’ in America

Posted September 15, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
Caitlin Doughty, author of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes & Other Lessons From the Crematory"

No one likes to talk about death. Well, almost no one.
It’s creepy, right? Scary, disturbing, uncomfortable. But one mortician and writer says it doesn’t have to be those things.
Caitlin Doughty is on a crusade to get us to look mortality straight in the eye.
She’s a licensed mortician and funeral director here in Los Angeles.
She joined KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis to talk about her new book, …

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Arms race: Local police agencies snap up military gear

Posted September 15, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The rapidly increasing militarization of the nation’s local police agencies has been a hot topic in the wake of the deadly shooting of African-American teenager by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
In the 13 years since the 9-11 attacks, hundreds of millions of dollars in military gear has made its way from the Pentagon to police forces as part of new government programs. That includes …

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The vanishing neighbor and America’s changing community

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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There’s been a lot of fighting lately. How about we get to know one another?
There was a time when people who lived around you, knew you.
But in today’s social media landscape, we don’t really much talk to anyone, let alone understand who they really are.
So what happened? Why aren’t Americans as neighborly as we used to be?
Marc J. Dunkelman is author of the new …

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Are we facing a megadrought?

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Some government buildings have stopped watering their lawns. Photo via Flickr/ CC/ Kevin Cortopassi

California is three years into what some are saying could become a megadrought, a dry spell lasting several decades.
The drought is so dire that a certain golf course in the Montecito area is shipping in nearly $90,000 of water per month for its grass, and one-third of the town itself is shipping in bottled water. Meanwhile, those living in towns like the working-class, farm community of …

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Death penalty foes make gains, but still in the minority

Posted September 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Support for the death penalty in California is at its lowest level in nearly 50 years. But a new Field Poll says that more than half of California voters – 56 percent – still want to keep it.
Approval levels for capital punishment in California topped 80 percent in the 1980’s and 90’s. And just three years ago, a Field Poll said 69 percent of …

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