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This week marked the 21-year anniversary of the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City.
On February 26, 1993, terrorists, who were later convicted, detonated a truck full of explosives in the parking garage of the Twin Towers complex in an effort to topple the buildings. Their plan didn’t work.
But it set into motion a serious effort to strike the United States at …
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Wikipedia, that free online repository of information that’s made old-school print encyclopedias obsolete, has more than 30 million articles, written by thousands of authors. But most of those authors are men. A 2010 study found that fewer than 13 percent of Wikipedia editors were female.
In response, cities and college campuses across the world are holding Wikipedia edit-a-thons to close the gender gap. One was …
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In a move to make LA more energy-efficient, the city has been changing the light bulbs. Since 2009, over 140,000 sodium-vapor street lights were switched to new LED ones in the first phase of the world’s largest lighting retrofit.
According to Forbes, “The City of Los Angeles estimates it will see at least $7 million in electricity savings and $2.5 million in avoided maintenance costs …
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Listeners to KCRW are well acquainted with the name Chery Glaser. She’s the local host of Morning Edition, updating the news, music and traffic for Southern California listeners as they start their days and commute to work.
Her name also inspired a group of young musicians to name their band after her. Chery agreed to sit down with the band Cherry Glazerr for an interview.
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For someone who’s not a native Angeleno, the distinction of East versus Westside can be a little confusing.
Those hip, creative neighborhoods northwest of downtown LA, like Silver Lake, Echo Park and Los Feliz are often referred to as the Eastside.
But a group of Silver Lake residents has had enough. Anne-Marie Johnson is one of them. She co-authored a motion that’ll be voted on at …
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In many parts of the world honeybees are in trouble, with their populations in sharp decline. That decline has scientists, environmentalists, farmers and bee lovers worried because of the bees/ importance to pollination and, thus, agriculture.
But there’s some good news: here in Los Angeles the wild bee population is thriving, with as many as a dozen hives per square mile in some neighborhoods. And …
Today, John Scott replaces Lee Baca as sheriff of Los Angeles County. Baca served for 15 years. When he announced his retirement back in January, he said, “I don’t see myself as the future. I see myself as part of the past.” It’s a past plagued by scandals, including abuse at the county jails. We take a look at his tenure going all the …
Democratic Representative Harry Waxman was first elected to represent the Westside in 1975, during the Gerald Ford Administration. Now the dean of L.A.’s congressional delegation is calling it quits.
“I agonized over it, but I decided that after 40 years in Congress, with a record of accomplishment for which I take an enormous amount of pride, it’s time for somebody new, someone younger, to …
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Had he lived to see this day, Martin Luther King Junior would have been 85 years old.
Thousands of people paraded through L.A.’s Crenshaw District today in the hopes of keeping his dream of racial equality alive.
The theme for the 29th annual Kingdom Day Parade was “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Us ‘Round,” from the Gospel hymn that became a civil rights anthem.
Today, King Day …
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At 4:31 a.m. on January 17, 1994, the Northridge earthquake shook Southern California.
“I actually fell out of bed, it moved the bed out from under me,” said Caroline Veach, a Sunland resident.
The quake cost $20 billion in property damage — the most expensive U.S. natural disaster until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans in 2005.
“My most vivid memory was the pitch darkness and the loud …
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When talking about the British capital, the 18th Century British essayist and biographer Samuel Johnson is reported to have once said,”Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”
With apologies to London, the same words could be applied to one of L.A.’s most famous streets, Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. …
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The parent company of the Orange County Register is looking to expand its reach by launching a new daily newspaper – here in LA.
Aaron Kushner, the CEO of Freedom Communications, says the new paper will be known as the Los Angeles Register.
Kushner says the paper will share sports content and other stories of regional interest with the OC Register.
But he says the new paper …
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This holiday season maybe you’re thinking about going to downtown Los Angeles to shop, see a show, go ice skating.
Well, make sure you obey the walk/don’t walk signs at intersections, and don’t cross in the middle of the street. The police are cracking down on jaywalkers downtown.
KCRW’s Madeleine Brand has this story:
Here’s what it could cost you if you get a ticket for jaywalking: …
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Until a change in the city charter 20 years ago, voters in some parts of Los Angeles were able to take stubs from their ballot, present them to local independent donut shops and receive a free dozen donuts, paid for by local Democrats.
Is it time to bring back donuts for votes? Certainly, the city is full of ideas in the wake of this year’s …
Rent has been steadily rising in Los Angeles County since the Great Recession. In the last year alone, apartment prices have risen by 2.6 percent to an average of $1,688 a month across the county.
This increase has been driven in part by young adults looking to move away from home, the Los Angeles Times reported. But the difficulties inherent in home buying are also …
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President Obama is back in Washington after a two-day swing through Los Angeles. Why was he here? To raise money and highlight the motion picture and television industry’s place in the economy.
In a speech at the DreamWorks Animation studios in Glendale, Obama praised the entertainment industry, noting that it supports “hundreds of thousands of middle-class jobs.”
Obama raised an estimated $2.5 million for House and …
Who is LA’s unofficial mayor?
Is it Brigham Yen of DTLA Rising, who one listener says is “the unofficial yet inspiring mayor?” Or as KCRW listener, Morgan Hall, suggested, her neighbor, Jonathan? “He is always in the know about new businesses opening in the neighborhood, supporting clean up crews, reporting pot holes, getting street lights adjusted, helping out anybody in need with a tool, a jump, a smile,” …
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One thing that unites Americans, pretty much wherever they are from, is the conviction that their own state is singularly corrupt. Most states, if not all, have their harrowing stories of arrested governors or legislators, and local political folklore is filled with hair-raising corruption scandals. Just in the past few weeks, in California, State Senator Ron Calderon got stripped of all his legislative assignments, …
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Like most people who move from the east coast to the west, artist Jenny Ziomek approached LA with a mix of wonder and confusion. She was mesmerized by the open skies and the neighborhoods, and has created a charming body of watercolor, pen, and gouache artworks of East LA storefronts.
Starting tonight, her work will be up on display in one of them, in fact–not at …
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Too many streets in Los Angeles have boring names: Fair Oaks, Mission, Palms, etc.
When LA Mayor Eric Garcetti approached Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully with the idea of renaming a street after him, the famously humble Scully politely demurred.
That got the folks at Zócalo Public Square thinking: who else deserves to have an LA street named after them?
Some notable Angelos offered up ideas, like rebranding …