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The military drawdown means more vets will be looking for work at home

Posted November 11, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
2008 Vet Job Fair in Redford, MI sponsored by State of Michigan, Military Veterans Services (Photo via Debra Drummond/Flickr/CC)

As the military drawdown in Afghanistan continues, the United States will add an additional 80,000 veterans from the Army alone to the civilian workforce. This is on top of the normal annual rate of separations from military service. On this Veterans Day, let’s think about all of America’s soldiers who are receiving pink slips.
Members of the military receive rigorous training from a very selective …

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Celebrating the life and work of a cherished writer and teacher

Posted October 15, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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This Sunday at 6pm, a book party to be held on the campus of UCLA will also serve as a memorial: the writer Les Plesko committed suicide over a year ago, leading his friends to rally to make sure the book he considered his magnum opus got into print
Plesko taught for nearly 20 years at UCLA Extension, and was an active member in the community of …

Environment, Interviews, News »

The fruit flies of youth

Posted September 8, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
The humble Drosophila melanogaster - the fruit fly.

It sounds like a miracle, but UCLA biologists say they have identified a gene that can slow the aging process when activated.
Working with fruit flies, UCLA scientists have used a gene called AMPK to increase the insects’ life spans by about 30 percent.
One of the team leaders, Associate Professor of integrative biology David Walker, says that when the gene is activated in the intestine …

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U.C’s out-of-state outreach is good for bottom line

Posted August 18, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Students pass beneath Sather Gate and onto Sproul Plaza at UC Berkeley

A record number of out-of-state students have been admitted to the U.C. system this fall. That doesn’t sit well with some Californians, but it’s awfully good for the university purse.
The University of California reportedly stands to reap an estimated $400 million in extra cash revenue this year from out-of-state students. More than a fifth of incoming U.C. freshman are from other states or countries. …

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When LA’s infrastructure fails, who pays?

Posted August 1, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Tens of millions of gallons of water poured down Sunset Boulevard and onto the UCLA campus Tuesday, the result of a rupture in a massive, high-pressure water line more than nine decades old.
Hundreds of cars that were parked in underground decks were flooded and ruined, and at least a half dozen buildings on the college campus suffered various degrees of damage.
The court inside of …

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Port Hueneme opening its doors to child detainees

Posted June 13, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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A temporary shelter on a military base in Southern California could fill up next week as authorities contend with a flood of children trying to cross into the U.S. illegally from Mexico and Central America. The shelter at Naval Base Ventura County in Port Hueneme can hold up to 575 children. Bunk beds and extra dining tables have been brought in, and dirt soccer …

Arts & Culture, Interviews »

How to tell a fake laugh from a real one

Posted May 6, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo by y i v a via Flickr/CC.

Admit it: you’ve done it. You’re on a bad date, or maybe in an awkward job interview, and you HAVE to fake-laugh at a dumb joke someone told.
Luckily it’s hard to tell the difference between that and the real thing. But some people can tell.
Greg Bryant teaches Communication Studies at UCLA, and he’s done research to find the small nuances that differentiate phony chortles …

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O.C. Murder case puts scrutiny on jailhouse informants

Posted April 23, 2014 by | 4 Comments | ]
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Prosecutors won’t use the testimony of a jailhouse informant in the trial of a man charged with the worst mass killing in Orange County history. That testimony was expected to play a key role in their attempt to send Scott Dekraai to Death Row. But Deputy District Attorney Howard Gundy has conceded a defense motion that claimed tapes of conversations between Dekraai and the …

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Lawmakers preparing to kick Yee out of State Senate

Posted March 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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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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Yee is third Senate Democrat to face charges this year

Posted March 27, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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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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Dodgers prep for Aussie debut, but few fans will see it

Posted March 21, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The Dodgers open up a new baseball season tomorrow – and they’ll be doing it in Sydney, Australia. It’s part of an ongoing drive to plant the seeds of baseball fandom Down Under and around the world. The Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks will play two games at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The Dodgers will carry the games live on their new cable station …

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Cyber criminals have California in their crosshairs

Posted March 20, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Attorney General Kamala Harris says international criminals are increasingly following the money – straight to California. In a new report, the state’s top law enforcement official says California is a prime target of cybercrime because of the state’s wealth and technological innovation. Harris says California leads all states in the number of computers hacked or infected by malware, has the most victims of cyber …

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Residents keep wary on hillsides as rain pours down

Posted February 28, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]
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Concerns about mud and rock slides are increasing as a second, more powerful storm drops heavy rain on Southern California. Residents of more than 1,000 homes in the foothill communities of Glendora and Azusa have been ordered to evacuate, and the CHP has shit down a 10-mile stretch of PCH north of Malibu. Forecasters say the storm that blew in last night could drop …

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Hollywood’s diversity problem

Posted February 12, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
Photo of The Hollywood Sign by Eugene Wei via Flickr/CC.

Don’t look to TV and movies if you want to get a true sense of America’s racial diversity.
That’s according to researchers at UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies. A new report from the Westwood campus says minorities are not making the final cut in Hollywood.
The U.S. Census Bureau says non-whites make up about 36 percent of the U.S. population. But UCLA …

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Low-income Californians getting squeezed by rising rents

Posted February 11, 2014 by | 7 Comments | ]
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If you’ve gone apartment or house hunting in recent weeks, you’ve probably noticed how much is being charged to rent or buy.
Of course, it varies from neighborhood to neighborhood. But one thing is certain. Housing costs are on the rise, and government is doing less and less to help people who aren’t able to afford it.
Median rents in California have risen more than 20 …

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Californians remember South African civil rights leader Nelson Mandela

Posted December 5, 2013 by | 1 Comment | ]
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Californians of all walks today are remembering Nelson Mandela.
The former South African president and global civil rights leader died today at the age of 95 in Johannesburg.
Edward Alpers, a research professor at UCLA with a focus on African history, was an organizer of the anti-apartheid movement here in LA in the 1980s, and saw Mandela speak at the LA Coliseum in 1990.
“I had the …

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Social workers walk off job over staffing, pay issues

Posted December 5, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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More than 3,500 L.A. County social workers are going on strike today to protest stalled contract negotiations. The walkout could spread beyond social workers, though, because other union employees are being urged to respect the picket lines. Today’s strike marks the first time in a decade that county workers have walked off the job. The county and the Service Employees International Union Local 721 …

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Palmdale ordered to start over with city elections

Posted December 3, 2013 by | 0 Comments | ]
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An L.A. judge has thrown out the results of Palmdale’s City Council elections and ordered the city to hold a new vote. L.A. Superior Court Judge Mark Mooney says Palmdale must elect its four council members from defined districts, instead of using an at-large voting system, in which office holders are elected citywide. Mooney ruled earlier this year that Palmdale’s at-large system discriminated against …

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Can art save lives?

Posted December 2, 2013 by | 2 Comments | ]
The Keiskamma Altarpiece, shown here at UCLA, is a powerful declaration of hope and solidarity in the fight against HIV/AIDS. (Photo courtesy http://makeartstopaids.org/ )

Twenty-five years ago, I was foraging through a museum bookstore and came upon an eye-catching title: “AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism.” The word “AIDS,” rendered on the cover in large font, seemed more than slightly dangerous in 1988, when so many lay sick and dying and there were no effective treatments on the horizon. Equally attention-grabbing was the book’s cover photograph of “Let the Record …

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Tomatoes and traffic: Council mulls vegetable gardens

Posted October 23, 2013 by | 7 Comments | ]
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The L.A. City Council will consider a proposal today to allow residents to plant vegetable gardens on strips of city-owned land between streets and sidewalks. The gardens would be allowed as long as they don’t keep people from walking on sidewalks. The plants cannot be poisonous, invasive, or controlled substances, like marijuana…L.A. City Councilman Jose Huizar says his extramarital affair with a former staffer …

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