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New polls illustrate deep racial divide over Trayvon Martin

New polls illustrate deep racial divide over Trayvon Martin

People rally to demand justice for the shooting of Trayvon Martin, on April 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images A new poll out from Reuters shows stark differences in the way people of different races view the shooting of Trayvon Martin. The poll by Reuters/Ipsos found that 91 percent of black [...]

Good confession, bad confession

Good confession, bad confession

Scenes of a Crime Credit: A film by Grover Babcock and Blue Hadeagh Perhaps the most pivotal phase of a crime, more so than the arrest or trial by jury, is the police interrogation of a suspect. Using verbal techniques such as psychological coercion, hypothetical scenarios, outright lies and threats, law enforcement officials attempt to [...]

Fourth CicLAvia rolls in this Sunday

Fourth CicLAvia rolls in this Sunday

Map of roadways being used for 2012 CicLAvia event in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Screenshot via ciclavia.org What is our largest public space? The network of public streets, of course, and this weekend cyclists and pedestrians will be enjoying that open space in downtown Los Angeles without any cars getting in their way. Inspired by [...]

Man. Woman. Friends?

Man. Woman. Friends?

Could these two just be friends? It’s only in the last several decades that friendships between men and women were even a possibility, given social norms. For instance, the terms “boyfriend” and “girlfriend” weren’t introduced until the 1890s. After the social revolution in the 1960s which led the way for women to receive equal rights [...]

Helicopter parents: Are they hovering too close?

Helicopter parents: Are they hovering too close?

A sixth Form student is congratulated by her mother after she opened her A-level results at Hayesfield Girls’ School on August 19, 2010 in Bath, England. Credit: Matt Cardy/Getty Images Helicopter parents are hovering so close that some are delivering their kids’ resumes to prospective employers and even showing up for job interviews with their [...]

BREAKING: Zimmerman to be charged by Florida special prosecutor

BREAKING: Zimmerman to be charged by Florida special prosecutor

FLORIDA – 2005: In this handout provided by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, George Zimmerman poses for a mug shot in this 2005 booking photo in Florida. Credit: Handout/Getty Images Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey will announce that she is charging George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Guest: Michael L. Seigel, [...]

Ask the Chief

Ask the Chief

American flags were front and center, and the police presence was minimal, as marchers headed toward City Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Julio Morales As we approach the twentieth anniversary of the L.A. Riots, the Los Angeles Police Department, for the first time in history, is disciplining one of its own officers for engaging [...]

Why does the government want to take your expired gift cards?

Why does the government want to take your expired gift cards?

A rack at a store sells several store-branded gift cards. Credit: flickr/cc/Litandmore In New Jersey, a new law poised to go into effect later this year would allow the balance of your unused gift cards to go directly into the coffers of the Treasury Department if unused after two years. In 2011, the state seized [...]

Rick Santorum suspends his presidential campaign

Rick Santorum suspends his presidential campaign

Surrounded by members of his family, Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum announces he will be suspending his campaign during a press conference at Gettysburg Hotel on April 10, 2012 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Credit: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images And then there were…three? two? one? Now that Rick Santorum has announced that he’s ending his [...]

Batter up! It’s Opening Day and quite possibly the dawn of a new Dodger era

Batter up! It’s Opening Day and quite possibly the dawn of a new Dodger era

The field is ready for play before the season’s first home exhibition game against the Angels on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. Credit: Grant Slater/KPCC Dust off your baseball cap and leave your pirate patch at home, for today is Opening Day at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles Dodgers will be playing the Pittsburgh Pirates – [...]

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

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