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Why do LA’s Mexican Americans love Morrissey?

Posted October 8, 2014 by | 23 Comments | ]
Morrissey's "Your Arsenal" album

It’s a musical phenomenon that is as embedded in the Mexican-American culture of East Los Angeles as bean and cheese burritos: Morrissey, lead singer of The Smiths, an English rock band that established a cult following in the 1980s.
Morrissey’s extremely melancholy ballads have been the theme music for breakups and lost love for decades. Songs like “Suedehead” and “The More You Ignore Me, The …

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Irish rocker (still) seeking ok to build malibu mansions

Posted October 8, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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U2 guitarist The Edge – a.k.a. David Evans – doesn’t give up easily.
After years of rejection from the community and state officials, the Irish rocker is now on the verge of receiving approval to build five mansions on an undeveloped Malibu ridge.
The California Coastal Commission is meeting in Newport Beach today, and it’s scheduled to vote on a scaled down version of the plan …

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Listen: New York Times’ Charles Blow reads from his memoir

Posted October 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Charles Blow. Photo:  Beowulf Sheehan

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow joined Elvis Mitchell on The Treatment to talk about his new memoir, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” He said it wasn’t until he was in his 40s with children of his own, that he had the courage to relive his own childhood trauma, most notably the experience of being molested in his Gibsland, Louisiana childhood home. His memoir fearlessly recollects …

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Why is it so hard to stop texting and driving?

Posted October 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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We all do it, or at least have done it. We’re driving down the road, hear a ‘ping’ and instantly reach down to pull out our phone to see who in the world sent us a text message. But can we stop?
Emerging science behind texting and driving is showing us that reactions like this aren’t just an issue of lack of self-control, but a distraction …

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Think your rent is pricey now? Just wait until 2016

Posted October 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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How much are you paying for rent right now?
Well, a new study says that if you’re a typical Southern California renter – you can expect to add about 8 to 10 percent to that monthly payment in two years.
USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate projects that the average rent in L.A. County will be $1,856 by mid-2016, an 8.2 percent increase. In Orange County, …

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Dark Alliance: The CIA, crack, and a journalism scandal

Posted October 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Gary Webb addressing an audience after the publishing of his "Dark Alliance" series in the "San Jose Mercury News." Webb's reporting sparked a national conversation about the role of the CIA in cocaine smuggling and led tot he destruction of Webb's career.

There’s a new film coming out called “Kill The Messenger.” The hero is an intrepid journalist who discovers the biggest story of his career, a story that takes him from the mean streets of South Los Angeles to the jungles of South America to the corridors of power in Washington D.C. Unlike other Hollywood thrillers, though, this film draws from very real events that happened …

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Santa Barbara beaches reopen after shark scare

Posted October 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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Three Santa Barbara County beaches have reopened after a pair of encounters between sharks and people last week.
A surfer suffered injuries to his knee and cuts to his hands and other body parts when he was attacked by a great white shark off of Wall Beach, on Vandenberg Air Force Base. Experts say the shark was 8 to 10 feet long. That attack prompted …

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Mixer: Is LA making traffic inroads?

Posted October 3, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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I don’t know where you are right now… but if you’re reading this, chances are you’re close to a web page that will show a geographic freeway map of Los Angeles.
And the 10, 110, 101 or 405 may not be cooperating with your travel plans.
But is it getting better, or are Angelenos still languishing in congested ridiculousness, with no end in sight?
Laura J. Nelson …

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Translating the mysterious sound of the shofar for deaf congregants

Posted October 3, 2014 by and | 0 Comments | ]
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This weekend marks the culmination of the Days of Awe, a time of intense soul-searching that began with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. Jewish communities gather to listen to the trumpet-like blast of the shofar, a ram’s horn, to wake themselves up to the hopes and possibilities of a new year.
It’s one of Judaism’s most powerful traditions. But what happens if you can’t …

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Photos: Traversing Australia with camels

Posted October 2, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
When Robyn and her caravan reached the Indian Ocean nine months and 2000 arduous miles later, the camels were thunderstruck at the sight of the ocean. They had never seen so much water. They would stop, turn to stare at it, leap sideways, look at one another with their noses all pointed and ridiculous, then stare at it again, then leap forward again. Bub went straight in for a swim. He had not yet learnt what caution was.  © 2014 Rick Smolan/Against All Odds Productions

37 years ago, National Geographic – known for its iconic photographs of nature and its inhabitants – sent American photographer Rick Smolan on a strange and life-changing assignment.
His job was to document the travels of a 27-year-old Australian woman across the desolate outback there.
Robyn Davidson was accompanied only by four camels and a dog.
And Rick Smolan.
The 9-month, 1700-mile journey was captured in Davidson’s astonishing …

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