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Becoming the face of Covered California

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Stella Cheung is the face of Covered California,literally. Cheung, an LA-based yoga teacher, had regular insurance, until her physician billed her $130 for preventative care that wasn’t covered. She switched her coverage by signing up for a new plan through Covered California, and found herself on billboards across the state.
Monday is the deadline to enroll for new health coverage. (More on how to …

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Lawmakers preparing to kick Yee out of State Senate

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Senate leaders have called for a vote today to suspend Senator Leland Yee from the Legislature if he does not voluntarily resign. Yee was arrested earlier this week and charged with corruption and arms trafficking in an FBI sting that also netted an infamous San Francisco gangster known as Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow. Yee dropped out of the Secretary of State race yesterday, but …

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NASA’s Opportunity rover celebrates a decade on Mars

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This year, NASA’s scientific rover Opportunity celebrated a milestone. It has been exploring Mars for ten years, even though it was only supposed to operate for three months.
John Callas is the project manager for Opportunity at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Canada-Flintridge and has has been with the rover since the beginning in 2000.
“At that time scientists thought Martian dust would collect on …

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Infographic: Women, wages, and representation in Los Angeles City government

Photo of Ron Galperin courtesy of his Flickr page.

Even before Ron Galperin beat out Dennis Zine for the Los Angeles Controller’s seat last year, the affable attorney attempted to brand himself as a champion of free and accessible government data.
The latest from the Controller’s open data project — Control Panel LA — supports a well-understood narrative about City Hall: women may be well-represented in certain city government positions, but they are paid less …

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Who is Raymond ‘Shrimpboy’ Chow?

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Today’s must-watch is this “Gangland” documentary about Raymond Chow, the Chinatown gangster who was arrested yesterday as part of a major FBI operation that also included State Sen. Leland Yee.
Here’s more from the San Jose Mercury News:
The notorious Chinatown criminal known as “Shrimp Boy” spent nearly a decade carefully crafting his “redemption story,” inspiring kids to defy lives of crime and reaping proclamations from …

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Yee is third Senate Democrat to face charges this year

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State Senator Leland Yee has been released from federal custody after posting $500,000 bail. But the troubles are just beginning for the Bay Area lawmaker. Yee was arrested yesterday and charged with public corruption and conspiring to traffic in firearms. The accusations throw into doubt Lee’s campaign for Secretary of State, his legislative career, and his freedom. They also further hamper Democrats’ efforts to …

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All the world’s a stage

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It used to be that attending a concert consisted of buying a ticket, taking a seat and watching the same thing as everyone else in the room. But a recent spate of shows in the Southland have taken performance off the stage — and into public places like train stations and historic buildings, letting viewers wander around.
This week artist Emily Mast will be staging …

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Need some good karma? Take in this sacred scroll on rare display

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How do you display a sacred, 22-foot tall, 16-foot wide scroll commissioned by a revered religious leader 300 years ago? Very carefully, say the people at Norton Simon Museum. They just finished installing a sacred Buddhist scroll known as a thangkha, commissioned by the 8th Dalai Lama, for a new show opening this Friday.
It’s only one of a handful of times that this relic …

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Twitter reacts to the arrest of State Senator Leland Yee

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State Senator Leland Yee was arrested today on corruption charges. He was also a candidate for Secretary of State, but this likely ruins his chances at that office. His arrest was part of a major FBI operation in the Bay Area, which included the arrest of a Chinatown gangster. From the San Jose Mercury News:  
Federal law enforcement officials have been chasing Raymond “Shrimp …

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California’s new Latino plurality

The rate of growth in California's Latino population is starting to slow. Population experts say that's become a decrease in immigration, both legal and illegal, from Mexico and Central America and Latino families in this country choosing to have fewer children. (Photo by Saul Gonzalez)

This month, March of 2014, California will quietly break a population history, with Latinos surpassing whites as the state’s largest racial or ethnic group. Latinos become the single largest racial or ethnic group in California at 39.9% of the population. Whites now come in second at 38.8%. Looking ahead, demographers say the state’s Latino population will grow and increase relative to whites and other ethnic …

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