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California’s Supreme Court rules to allow cities to ban medicinal marijuana dispensaries

California’s Supreme Court rules to allow cities to ban medicinal marijuana dispensaries

Lev Goukassian, owner of the Nirvana Pharmacy, a medical marijuana shop in Los Angeles, California, works on his products.; Credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images California’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled to allow local governments to ban medical marijuana dispensaries within their borders. The ruling will allow cities and counties to restrict access to medical marijuana by […]

The L.A. river is on its way up

The L.A. river is on its way up

On a cloudy Sunday afternoon, two dozen photography enthusiasts trudge along the muddy banks of the L.A. River. Though not always known for its beauty, the river provides no shortage of photo ops…; Credit: KPCC The L.A River is undergoing a series of improvements and upgrades that have Angelenos taking a new look at its […]

FilmWeek: Iron Man 3, Midnight’s Children, The Iceman, and more

FilmWeek: Iron Man 3, Midnight’s Children, The Iceman, and more

Actor Robert Downey Jr rings the opening bell at New York Stock Exchange on April 30, 2013 in New York City. ; Credit: Taylor Hill/Getty Images Larry and KPCC critics Wade Major and Henry Sheehan review this week’s releases, including Iron Man 3, Midnight’s Children, The Iceman, and more. TGI-FilmWeek! Iron Man 3 Midnight’s Children […]

NYC company offering a raise in return for a corporate logo tattoo

NYC company offering a raise in return for a corporate logo tattoo

Rapid Reality’s staff are freshly inked — would you get a tattoo if it came with a big raise? A New York City company has found a way to offer its employees a 15 percent raise while picking up some free marketing – in the form of a company logo tattoo. Rapid Realty offered its […]

Who is responsible for building safety in countries like Bangladesh?

Who is responsible for building safety in countries like Bangladesh?

Members of the Bangladeshi Army carry the body of a garment worker as heavy equipment is brought in to remove debris following an eight-story building collapse in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, on April 30, 2013.; Credit: MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images With the death toll well past 350 people and another 1,000 still missing […]

Orange County District Attorney plans to publicize names of convicted “johns”

Orange County District Attorney plans to publicize names of convicted “johns”

A female police officer poses as a prostitute on Holt Boulevard in Pomona, CA.; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images In an attempt to stem out prostitution, Orange County is turning to publicizing the names of those who are convicted of buying sex. Orange County District Attorney’s office said in a news release that the putting a […]

Psychological pressures may have driven Boston bombers to radicalism

Psychological pressures may have driven Boston bombers to radicalism

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, center, mother of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar, reportedly spoke of radical ideas with her eldest son in 2011. Anzor Tsarnaeva, the boys’ father, is on the left. At right is the boys’ aunt, Patimat Suleymanova.; Credit: Getty Images/Getty Images What would lead a 19-year old student to carry out a […]

The painful search for a hangover cure

The painful search for a hangover cure

Goose Island’s India Pale Ale and Budweiser beer; Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images For years, the medical community abstained from studying hangover cures because doctors didn’t want to be seen as encouraging overindulgence of alcohol. What helped change that was grasping the severity of the problem: it’s estimated that painful hangovers cost the U.S. economy $148 […]

FilmWeek: Mud, At Any Price, The Big Wedding, and more

FilmWeek: Mud, At Any Price, The Big Wedding, and more

Camila Alves, Matthew McConaughey, Andra Liemandt and Joe Liemandt attend the Cinema Society with FIJI Water & Levi’s screening of “Mud” at The Museum of Modern Art on April 21, 2013 in New York City.; Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Lael Loewenstein to review the week’s […]

You can have Burger King delivered to your home…but would you?

You can have Burger King delivered to your home…but would you?

A sign advertising the new Burger King turkey burger is displayed at the drive-through of a Burger King restaurant on March 20, 2013.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The fast food giant Burger King announced that it’s expanding their limited delivery service to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. One local Burger King in Glendale has […]