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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 […]

Three strikes and you’re out law might change come November

Three strikes and you’re out law might change come November

CHINO, CA – DECEMBER 10: Inmates at Chino State Prison walk the hallway on December 10, 2010 in Chino, California. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images November’s ballot will feature the Three Strikes Reform Act which is a revised version of California’s Three Strikes Law. Proposition 36 would condense prison sentences for third strike offenders depending on […]

Candidate for LA County District Attorney: Alan Jackson

Candidate for LA County District Attorney: Alan Jackson

Alan Jackson, Assistant Head Deputy District Attorney. Credit: Courtesy of the Jackson campaign Alan Jackson has made a real name for himself as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, and now he’s looking to capitalize on that success. He is running for District Attorney against Jackie Lacey, who serves as the […]

Living the teeny tiny life in San Francisco

Living the teeny tiny life in San Francisco

A sign advertising an apartment for rent hangs from a fire escape in front of an apartment building in San Francisco, California. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images “My apartment is so small…I have to go out in the hall to change my mind!” It’s no joke — a newly built apartment building in San Francisco’s South […]

Dave Tomar on how he made a living helping college kids cheat

Dave Tomar on how he made a living helping college kids cheat

Dave Tomar was a cheater… or at least he helped cheaters cheat. For years, Tomar made a living writing term papers – over 3,500 of them – for college students, but now he is coming clean about his questionably unethical line of work in a new memoir called “The Shadow Scholar: How I Made A […]

Pastors v. IRS: How will ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ resonate with Uncle Sam?

Pastors v. IRS: How will ‘Pulpit Freedom Sunday’ resonate with Uncle Sam?

Jacob Phelps, grandson of Westboro Baptist Church pastor Fred Phelps, demonstrates outside the U.S. Supreme Court while justices heard oral arguements in Snyder v. Phelps, which tests the limits of the First Amendment, October 6, 2010 in Washington, DC. Albert Snyder sued the Westboro Baptist Church after his son, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, […]