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Edmunds tests and busts those gas-saving myths

Edmunds tests and busts those gas-saving myths

Commuters board a bus in front of a gas station selling gas for over five dollars a gallon in Los Angeles on October 8, 2012. Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images With California gas prices soaring to painful new highs this week, you might be wishing you could trade in that gas guzzler for a hybrid. [...]

Sean Howe reveals the origin of a super company in ‘Marvel Comics: The Untold Story’

Sean Howe reveals the origin of a super company in ‘Marvel Comics: The Untold Story’

“Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” by Sean Howe Credit: HarperCollins Publishers “POW!” That is the aural adjective typically used to describe the sound produced by superheroes when they pummel their competition, but when The Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Entertainment to the tune of $4.24 billion in 2009, the sound that manifested in the minds [...]

LAPD chief bucks the feds with controversial new immigration policy

LAPD chief bucks the feds with controversial new immigration policy

Does the police chiefs newest immigration proposal pose a threat to public safety? Credit: Courtesy of ICE Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck made headlines nationwide this week when he announced that, starting January 1st, the LAPD would no longer comply with federal immigration policy by automatically turning over arrestees for deportation. Deporting people for [...]

Jackie Lacey gets closer to being the first woman and first African-American to be elected district attorney of Los Angeles County

Jackie Lacey gets closer to being the first woman and first African-American to be elected district attorney of Los Angeles County

Jackie Lacey is currently the Chief Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County. Credit: Mae Ryan/KPCC As the race for Los Angeles County district attorney reaches the home stretch, with absentee balloting to start on Monday, DA candidate and Chief Deputy District Attorney Jackie Lacey has a lot to be confident about. In addition to [...]

The fascinating world of pickup artists

The fascinating world of pickup artists

Are you a practicing “pick-up artist”? Ever heard the lines of one? Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Have you ever tried an opener on an HB 10? Did you end up negging your way to a kiss close? Do you have any idea what these terms means? If not, than you may be completely unaware of [...]

How powerful is the Latino vote?

How powerful is the Latino vote?

Democratic Party workers hand out signs at a celebration marking Mexican Independence Day in Denver, Colorado. Credit: John Moore/Getty Images It’s long been known that the Latino voting demographic could make or break this election cycle. But their role could be intensified due to a recent report from the Pew Hispanic Center, which shows that [...]

Is urban sprawl to blame for cities going bankrupt?

Is urban sprawl to blame for cities going bankrupt?

Can urban sprawl be blamed for the rise of bankrupt cities in Southern California Credit: Amit Patel/Flickr Stockton was the first and largest California city to go bust, followed by Mammoth Lakes and San Bernardino. Word is, the small city of Atwater in Central California might be next. S ome warn that this is just [...]

Governor Brown OKs driver licenses for illegal immigrants

Governor Brown OKs driver licenses for illegal immigrants

Governor Brown signs a bill to allow young illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses, what will the practical impact be? Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Governor Jerry Brown has been working hard to clear his desk of the bills waiting for an approval or veto before a midnight deadline tonight. One such act of legislation that [...]

U.S. Supreme Court kicks off new, possibly historic term

U.S. Supreme Court kicks off new, possibly historic term

People wait to enter outside the US Supreme Court March 21, 2011 in Washington, D.C. Credit: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images At least four controversial issues, affirmative action, same-sex marriage, voting rights, and abortion, may be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court this term. A case about affirmative action has escalated in light of the fact that [...]

KPCC President Bill Davis to weigh in on recent program changes

KPCC President Bill Davis to weigh in on recent program changes

KPCC President Bill Davis Credit: We’ve come a long way since the early days, broadcasting local news and music from the basement of Pasadena City College, to our emergence as a leader in Southland broadcast journalism. KPCC has recently made ambitious strides to expand its award-winning reporting and editorial staff, embrace new media opportunities, engage [...]