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Inside the conundrum of LA’s Section 8 housing

Inside the conundrum of LA’s Section 8 housing
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Maria Lerma says she and her mother were forced to move out of their Boyle Heights home by a landlord who wanted to raise the rent. ; Credit: Susanica Tam for KPCC Southern California is in a housing crisis. Rents here are the most unaffordable in the nation and there are tens of thousands of […]

Inside the conundrum of LA’s Section 8 housing

Inside the conundrum of LA’s Section 8 housing

Maria Lerma says she and her mother were forced to move out of their Boyle Heights home by a landlord who wanted to raise the rent. ; Credit: Susanica Tam for KPCC Southern California is in a housing crisis. Rents here are the most unaffordable in the nation and there are tens of thousands of […]

Emmy 2015 Unstructured Reality: ‘Alaska: The Last Frontier’

Emmy 2015 Unstructured Reality: ‘Alaska: The Last Frontier’

Alaskans Atz and Bonnie Kilcher, at the 2 Sisters Cafe, Homer, Alaska, USA; Credit: Wonderlane via Flickr The Kilchers are not your average family. They live on a 600-acre plot of land just outside the remote community of Homer, Alaska, a place where electricity and water aren’t always running, and spend the few months that […]

But first, let me take a ballot selfie: Free speech debate rises from NH court decision

But first, let me take a ballot selfie: Free speech debate rises from NH court decision

; Credit: Photo by Will Culpepper via Flickr Creative Commons Should you be allowed to take a picture with your ballot? Up until recently the practice has been banned thanks to laws protecting voter secrecy, but those laws were written at a time when smartphones didn’t exist. A recent decision from a federal court in […]

Emmy 2015 Unstructured Reality: A&E’s ‘Intervention’

Emmy 2015 Unstructured Reality: A&E’s ‘Intervention’

“Emmy Award”; Credit: Hans Splinter via Flickr The controversial premise of A&E’s “Intervention,” a nightmarishly realistic portrayal of addiction recovery, may be what’s propelled the show to its 14th season. It’s certainly part of what’s garnered it another Emmy nomination for best Unstructured Reality show this year. Reality TV began as a kooky trend at […]

Is media’s interest in Ashley Madison hack more public interest or prurient?

Is media’s interest in Ashley Madison hack more public interest or prurient?

In this photo illustration, a man visits the Ashley Madison website on August 19, 2015 in London, England. Hackers who stole customer information from the cheating site AshleyMadison.com dumped 9.7 gigabytes of data to the dark web on Tuesday fulfilling a threat to release sensitive information including account details, log-ins and credit card details, if […]

Will Bush’s testiness help or hurt in his fight against Trump?

Will Bush’s testiness help or hurt in his fight against Trump?

Republican presidential hopeful and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush throws a baseball at as he plays a carnival game during the Iowa State Fair on August 14, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Donald Trump continues his rise in GOP Presidential polls, but Jeb Bush is the solid number two–that, despite […]

Lawsuit against Compton Unified School District poses question: Can trauma be a disability?

Lawsuit against Compton Unified School District poses question: Can trauma be a disability?

Kimberly Cervantes is one of five students in Compton suing the school district, alleging school administrators refused to provide help to address trauma physical and emotional trauma they’d suffered and that hurt their education.; Credit: Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/KPCC (Files from NPR) – The defendants may be one Southern California school district and its top officials, but an […]

LA County health officials want to make restaurant grading system tougher

LA County health officials want to make restaurant grading system tougher

Los Angeles convenience store. ; Credit: Gareth Simpson via Flickr LA County health officials want to overhaul the restaurant health grading system, reports the Pasadena Star-News. The new system, if put into place, would make it harder for restaurants with prior health writeups to get an A rating. The recommendation is part of a report […]

Kids who vape 4x more likely to smoke tobacco, according to new JAMA study

Kids who vape 4x more likely to smoke tobacco, according to new JAMA study

In this photo illustration, a man smokes an E-Cigarette; Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images The state legislature will reconsider a bill Wednesday that would regulate e-cigarettes the same as tobacco, one day after a new study was released that shows 14-year-olds who’ve tried e-cigarettes are four times more likely to try other tobacco products. The study, […]