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Dodgers kick off home season amid off-field turmoil

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The Dodgers have high hopes of reaching the World Series this year, but as they get set for their home opener today at Chavez Ravine all is not well off the field. In spite of a roster stocked with high-priced talent, most of the local chatter about the team early on has revolved around lack of access to SportsNet L.A., the club’s new cable …

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Former Bell leaders pressed to cop to more crimes

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Prosecutors are reportedly offering maximum four year prison terms to former Bell City Council members who were convicted of stealing taxpayer money last year – less time than they are currently facing. But first the former city leaders will have to plead guilty to additional charges. As it stands, Oscar Hernandez, Teresa Jacobo, Victor Bello, George Cole and George Mirabal are facing up to …

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Hollywood writer talks begin amid calls for givebacks

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Contract talks get underway today between the Writer’s Guild and Hollywood studios – and they could be contentious. The union has blasted an initial studio proposal to cut health and pension benefits. They say the cuts are unreasonable given the big jump in media company profits in the past few years. Writers are also objecting to proposed reductions in payment rates for screenplays and …

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Nelson Mandela’s impact on a young Barack Obama

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On the face of it, President Obama and Nelson Mandela share a lot of similarities – both first black presidents of their countries, both Nobel laureates, and both men have been seen as symbols of racial healing.
Although Obama shied away from direct comparisons, he often said how much Mandela influenced him. Obama said he first got into political action through the anti-apartheid protests when …

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A new sheriff in town for L.A. Sheriff’s Department

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One of the lead prosecutors in the Bell corruption case will head a new agency responsible for overseeing the Sheriff’s Department. Deputy D.A. Max Huntsman is a veteran prosecutor who has experience in police misconduct cases. The creation of an inspector general’s office was one of the main recommendations of a citizen’s commission that looked into abuses committed by deputies in the L.A. jail …

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Pockets full: Obama prepares to wrap up L.A. visit

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President Obama is attending one last fundraiser before heading to DreamWorks Animation to push his economic agenda as he wraps up a short but busy trip to Los Angeles. Last night, the president’s motorcade tied traffic in knots on some Westside streets. Today it’s Hancock Park and Glendale raises cash for Democrats at the home of “Friends” producer Marta Kaufman and then heads east. …

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Obama arriving in L.A. for a triple-dose of fundraising

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President Barack Obama is due to arrive in L.A. today as part of a whirlwind West Coast fundraising spree. He’ll press the flesh at three fundraising events here, as well as paying a visit to DreamWorks Animation in Glendale. Air Force One is expected to touch down at LAX sometime around 4 p.m. That will kick-off 24 hours of traffic disruptions impacting neighborhoods from …

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Supt. Deasy to reveal if he’ll ditch school district

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Today’s the day we’re expected to learn if L.A. School Superintendent John Deasy will stay or go. Deasy is due to meet with the Board of Education to discuss his job performance and his future with LAUSD. In response to a report that he planned to walk away, Deasy said he would reveal more about his plans after his review. He’s sparred frequently with …

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The doctor is out: Conrad Murray gets shortened term

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The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson walked out of an L.A. jail this morning after serving just about half of his four-year sentence. Conrad Murray managed to elude a crowd of reporters and angry Jackson fans. The 60-year-old caused Jackson’s death by providing the pop star with an overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol. Murray says he wants to work as a doctor …

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CHP sending out text messages in latest Amber Alert; Obama in L.A.; An Imax makeover for Chinese Theatre

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Missing children. An Amber Alert has been declared and a massive search is underway for a man suspected of killing a San Diego County woman and kidnapping her children. The alert has prompted authorities to send out a slew of emergency text messages to state residents.
Authorities say James Lee DiMaggio killed 44-year-old Christina Anderson in the rural community of Boulevard, near the Mexican border, …

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Today’s News: Calderon probe targeting water agency; Miramonte settlement is rejected; Obama in California

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Calderon probe. The FBI investigation into State Sen. Ron Calderon is focused on a San Gabriel Valley water district that uses his brother – former Assemblyman Tom Calderon – as a consultant, according to two people who say they’ve been interviewed by federal agents.
The FBI hasn’t disclosed any details of the investigation and Calderon isn’t talking. The State Senator from the powerful political clan …

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Barred entry: Bid for face time with Pres. Obama falls flat

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It’s not just political big shots and corporate CEO’s who get to meet with the president.
For $30,000-plus, you too can bend Barack Obama’s ear. Well, maybe. It depends on what you want to say – and who you’re telling about it.
When electric car salesman and Obama supporter Paul Scott got an invite to a fundraiser with the president in Santa Monica this Friday, he …

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Obama supporters in Hollywood look for diplomatic appointments

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Normally Hollywood’s favorite game is figuring out who will be nominated, and who will win, in the big awards ceremonies. But right now the biggest guessing game in Hollywood is figuring out who will be tapped by President Barack Obama for some plum diplomatic posts.
KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis handicapped the odds with Matthew Belloni, executive editor at The Hollywood Reporter.
A White House announcement on the …

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Today’s News: Activists go to court to stop UCLA hotel; Arcadia targeting ‘maternity hotels’; Obama faux pas?

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UCLA Hotel. Opponents of a planned UCLA hotel and conference center are making a last-ditched effort to stop the project. Earlier complaints focused on environmental concerns, but now activists have filed a lawsuit saying that promised tax breaks would give the campus hotel an unfair advantage over competitors. Shovels are scheduled to hit dirt this summer on the $162 million project. L.A. Times

Rescued. Two …

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President Barack Obama’s second term

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President Barack Obama stood on the capitol steps, overlooking hundreds of thousands of spectators packed into the National Mall, and delivered his second inaugural address. It was Monday, Martin Luther King Day, and the world was watching.
KCRW carried live coverage of the swearing-in ceremony and speech, and then began the work of figuring out what it all meant.
To the Point had analysis of the …

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Today’s News: Ban on gay ‘conversion’ therapy thrown out; Murder scene an ‘illegal boarding house’; Tips for a hotter L.A.

Port Problems. The strike crippling the ports of L.A. and Long Beach has not escaped the attention of President Barack Obama. A spokesman says the president is urging the parties to keep negotiating and to find a solution as quickly as possible. With the economic toll mounting, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa reportedly met with both sides late last night to press for a compromise. …

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Live chatting the Presidential Town Hall Debate: 2 down, 1 to go

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KCRW and To the Point hosted a live chat during last night’s debate, and guests agreed it was a far livelier match up than the first presidential debate.
The general consensus was that Obama came out strong, with varying takes on Romney’s performance.  “This is a draw so far, “Joshua Treviño  of RedState observed during the chat, “but note that the President is at his best, and the …

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Politics Friday: 5 things you may have missed this week

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Happy Friday! Angelenos may be tracking the slow and steady progress of Space Shuttle Endeavour as it makes it way over to the California Space Center.  And there was that vice presidential debate last night. But here are five other stories that you can bring up at cocktail parties this weekend. 

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Politics Friday (10/5/12): 5 things you may have missed this week

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Cool Britannia! Seriously, this week marks two important anniversaries for the Brits. While you were busy celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ “Love Me Do” and also the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond movie, “Dr. No,” there was a snoozy presidential debate and good jobs numbers! Here are some politics stories you may have missed this week.

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