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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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A better, cheaper Disneyland?

Posted December 16, 2014 by | 14 Comments | ]
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On Christmas Eve, it felt like the park was all ours.
When I was growing up in the 1980s, Disneyland was so reliably empty on the day before Christmas that my family often spent December 24 in the “Happiest Place on Earth.” We rode every attraction in the park. Tickets got more expensive each year, but they didn’t break the bank; in 1989, adult admissions …

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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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Why shutting down the freeway was the perfect way to protest Ferguson

Posted December 15, 2014 by | 3 Comments | ]
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#HANDSUP! Justice for Ezell Ford and Solidarity With Ferguson

After grand juries in New York and Missouri failed to indict police officers who killed unarmed black men, protestors across the nation vented their outrage by shutting down roads. In our own freeway metropolis, marchers temporarily shut down the 110 and 101 freeways, blocking two of Los Angeles’ central arteries.
Why freeways? Why not buses, streetcars, parks, lunch counters, or other ordinary spaces that have …

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Photos: The Rocketeers of the Mojave Desert

Posted December 15, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Call it the Cape Canaveral of the desert. Twice a year, hundreds of amateur rocket enthusiasts with the Rocketry Organization of California gather on a dry lake bed in the Mojave to assemble rockets and launch them thousands of feet into the wild blue yonder.
The gathering, called ROCstock (tagline: “peace, love and rockets”), is part science fair, part party, part celebration of ingenuity and engineering …

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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

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Lines of people swarmed the box office as soon as Fiddler opened/photo: Photofest

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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