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Considering the Korean American experience in the LA riots

Considering the Korean American experience in the LA riots

A man paints over graffiti on top of a business on November 1, 2006 in the Koreatown section of Los Angeles, California. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images “Sa-I-Gu” is what the Korean-American community in Los Angeles calls the event that most of us know as “The L.A. Riots.” The Korean term literally translates to “4-2-9,” which [...]

Robots stole my job! Essay grading edition

Robots stole my job! Essay grading edition

Could a computer grade a written essay fairly? Credit: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images A new automated reader developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) can grade an impressive 16,000 student essays in 20 seconds. And, according to experts like Mark Shermis, dean of the College of Education at the University of Akron, the robot reader [...]

Big Man on Campus

Big Man on Campus

Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy speaks during a press conference at South Region High School #2 in Los Angeles, California February 6, 2012. Credit: Krista Kennell/AFP/Getty Images Superintendent John Deasy’s sits down with Patt to discuss LAUSD is considering lower the standards of high school graduation. Students may soon be able to pass college [...]

The Vatican orders reforms for progressive nuns

The Vatican orders reforms for progressive nuns

Pope Benedict XVI is welcomed by bishops at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at Vatican on April 18, 2102. Credit: VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images The Catholic Church has come a long way since Vatican II opened the door to reform and loosened age-old restrictions for the modern congregation. And many [...]

New Michigan museum houses artifacts tied to America’s racist history

New Michigan museum houses artifacts tied to America’s racist history

It’s a collection that’s meant to shock – and it does, full of artifacts including a tea kettle painted in black face and advertisements espousing racist terminology. The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, at Michigan’s Ferris State University, houses thousands of pieces that depict stereotypes of African-Americans from the days of slavery to the [...]

FilmWeek: The Lucky One, Think Like a Man, Chimpanzee, Darling Companion, Marley and more

FilmWeek: The Lucky One, Think Like a Man, Chimpanzee, Darling Companion, Marley and more

Taylor Schilling arrives at “The Lucky One” Melbourne Premiere at Village Cinemas Crown on April 11, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia. Credit: Hamish Blair/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Andy Klein to review this week’s films, including The Lucky One, Think Like a Man, Chimpanzee, Darling Companion, Marley and more. [...]

Two years after BP oil spill, Patt clears the air with EPA head Lisa Jackson

Two years after BP oil spill, Patt clears the air with EPA head Lisa Jackson

Fire boats battle a fire at the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon April 21, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizons 126 person crew after an explosion and fire caused the crew to evacuate. Credit: U.S. Coast [...]

Boink Boink! Nyuk nyuk nuk! The Three Stooges are back

Boink Boink! Nyuk nyuk nuk! The Three Stooges are back

(L-R) Actors Sean Hayes, Chris Diamontopoulos and Will Sasso arrive at the premiere of Twentieth Century Fox’s “The Three Stooges” at Grauman’s Chinese Theater. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images For those who have long mourned the end of the Three Stooges franchise, great news. You no longer have to rerun your favorite moments of black-and-white stupidity [...]

Remembering Dick Clark

Remembering Dick Clark

Producer Dick Clark attends the 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards press conference at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 18, 2004 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Not everyone in the entertainment industry could boast about a sixty-plus year career in front of the camera, but Dick Clark could. The former host [...]

The glory days of the Dodgers, LA’s Boys in Blue

The glory days of the Dodgers, LA’s Boys in Blue

Pitcher Fernando Valenzuela #34 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is interviewed by his manager Tommy Lasorda #2 before the game against the Chicago Cubs on June 7, 1981 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images With all the turmoil that has surrounded the Dodgers this past year, many fans who bleed blue [...]