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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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Map: Are your neighbors trendsetters or the Social Security set?

Posted July 24, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
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ESRI, a group that analyzes demographic data, released a fascinating map last year that’s starting to make the social media rounds again. The map takes a super close look at “tapestries” around the country. Tapestries take into account age, income, professions and leisure activities and demographics.
Here’s how they put it:

Tapestry segmentation provides an accurate, detailed description of America’s neighborhoods—U.S. residential areas are divided into 67 …

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StoryCorps on being black at a traffic stop

Posted July 24, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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This story about how an African American teenager was pulled over, beaten by cops, and threatened by cops is a harrowing three minutes. Alex Landau is black and was adopted by white parents. The event recounted here rattled the family and changed their understanding of how he’d be perceived out in the world.
StoryCorps has been partnering with documentary series POV to bring some of …

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Beyond sports, how the Special Olympics serves its athletes

Posted July 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Special Olympics World Games kick off Saturday July 25 with 6,500 athletes with intellectual disabilities competing in sports ranging from swimming to rollerskating.
There are also 30,000 volunteers who are helping to run the event. Organizers say it’s the biggest sporting event to be held in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympics.
Here’s a schedule.
KCRW spoke with Jeff Carr, Chief Operating Officer of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games about the …

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L.A’s Banamex bank hit with huge fines, closing down

Posted July 23, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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If you bank at Banamex USA, you’re going to have to find a new place to do your business.
The L.A. bank has been hit with heavy fines and agreed to shut down because it hasn’t done enough to stop money laundering by drug gangs and other bad actors.
Banamex – which operates primarily around the U.S.-Mexican border – is owned by banking giant Citibank, which …

Arts & Culture, Interviews, News »

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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Christian war memorial will remain atop Mt. Soledad

Posted July 21, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A long-running fight over a Christian cross atop Mt. Soledad in San Diego County appears to be coming to an end. The cross will stay.
A non-profit group has purchased a half-acre parcel of land in La Jolla where the cross is located from the federal government: the Department of Defense, to be exact. The reported sales price is $1.4 million.
The 43-foot cross has been …

Environment, Issues, News, Politics »

Brown goes to Rome to talk climate with Pope Francis

Posted July 20, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Gov. Jerry Brown is heading to Rome to attend a symposium on climate change with Pope Francis at the Vatican.
The two-day event, which begins tomorrow, is intended to increase of awareness and galvanize action on climate change and modern slavery, two pressing issues highlighted in the Pope’s recent encyclical.
Pope Francis has called for action by local political leaders to address climate change in response …

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On making ‘Live?Die?Kill?:Los Angeles’

Posted July 17, 2015 by | 1 Comment | ]
Marty Michel at the VA Hospital in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy: Karen Michel

Pierce Brothers Memorial Park in Westwood Village has the so-called cremains of Merv Griffin, Farah Fawcett, Peggy Lee, Marilyn Monroe and lots of other TV and motion picture types and titans. It’s just walking distance from the first apartment my parents and I lived in.
Now, decades later, my parents Ellen and Marty Michel are back in their original hood; that is, their ashes are. …

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Last closed beach reopens in SB oil spill zone

Posted July 17, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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When a corroded pipe operated by Plains All-American burst on May 19th, a river of crude flowed into a creek that empties into the ocean at Refugio State Beach, a popular camping spot north of Santa Barbara.
Today, Refugio reopens – marking a significant milestone in the long-running cleanup process, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, which is overseeing the effort.
Officials …

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Film chronicles Stanford Prison Experiment

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Stanford Prison Experiment was a study done close to 44 years ago, that examined the psychological effects on students acting as prisoners and guards in a mock prison.
The experiment was funded by the U.S. Navy.
A professor at the Palo Alto campus, Dr. Philip Zimbardo supervised the experiment that involved about two-dozen students.
It was supposed to go one to two weeks, but instead was …

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Making LA: Policing

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Candles burn at a memorial for Ezell Ford in Los Angeles as protestors demonstrate as people gather to protest after two grand juries decided not to indict the police officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and Eric Garner in New York, N.Y. on December 05, 2014 in Los Angeles, United States. (Photo by Mintana Neslihan Eroglu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) | Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The LAPD has gotten a lot of praise for reducing crime and improving relations with minority communities. But violent crime is actually up this year (homicides are down).
The national conversation about police shootings has also touched Los Angeles. So far this year, Los Angeles police have shot 21 people. That’s nearly one a week.
Press Play takes a closer look at today’s LAPD with Executive Director …

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How do you make an Emmy nominated show? (And full list of Emmy noms)

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 2 Comments | ]
Game of Thrones leads the Emmy nominations.

Emmy nominations have been announced (see below) with Game of Thrones leading the pack with 24 nominations. KCRW has gone behind the scenes with a number of the nominees to find out what it takes to make their nomination-worthy work.
Better Call Saul was nominated for four Emmys, including outstanding drama series. On an episode of KCRW’s The Spin-off, you can hear fromBob Odenkirk and Jonathan …

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A new chapter in battle over downtown L.A. oil wells

Posted July 16, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The owners of a downtown L.A. oil field that shut down two years ago amid complaints that it was making neighbors sick want to start pumping again. It could be an uphill fight, though.
Neighbors had complained for years that noxious emissions from the facility were fouling the air – causing respiratory problems, headaches and nosebleeds. In spite of a long list of violations that …

News, Water and the Drought »

Which local beaches are turning off their showers?

Posted July 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
Beach goers rinse off. (Photo: Jenny Hamel)

Starting Wednesday showers at many California State beaches and parks will be shut off to save water during the drought. Santa Monica and LA County beaches are not yet turning off the faucets.
“There are other opportunities to rinse the sand off,” says Brain Ketterer, Southern operations chief for the State Department of Parks and Recreation. You can bring a big bottle of water or use a …

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Be cool, save water

Posted July 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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You’ve probably talked about it with your friends and loved ones. Have you shortened your showers and let your lawn go brown? As the drought drags on, state and city agencies are doing all they can to raise awareness and get more people to conserve water. They’ve designed campaigns that range from cute to sexy to try to make YOU to change your water wasting behavior. Is it working?
Two …

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A $25 ticket to the top of L.A.’s skyline

Posted July 14, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s not quite the roof of the world, but it’s as close as you’re going to get in L.A.
The owners of U.S. Bank Tower – the city’s tallest structure – are building an outdoor observation deck and restaurant on the top floors.
The view will be spectacular, but it won’t be cheap: The price is $25 per visitor.
The L.A. Times reports the U.S. Bank Tower …

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Firefighters are fuming about drones over wildfires

Posted July 13, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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It’s happened again…For the fourth time in a month, a private drone has interfered with firefighting aircraft in California.
The latest incident took place yesterday during the fight to contain a wildfire burning in Yucaipa, on the edge of the San Bernardino National Forest.
Cal Fire’s Debbie Chapman says air tankers were grounded for about 10 minutes after a drone was spotted flying over the fire.
“It’s …

Environment, News »

Equestrian corner of Atwater resists housing development

Posted July 10, 2015 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Tucked away from the traffic, shops and restaurants of Atwater Village, where the Griffith Park hills meet flat housing tracts, people in Los Angeles still keep horses.
Gaby Valner, 22, has been coming to The Children’s Ranch in North Atwater for five years. She has Rett Syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder, and speaks through a computer.
“I have issues with balance and my body gets stuck a …

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