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‘Gentefication’ vs. gentrification in Boyle Heights, Long Beach and other SoCal hip spots

‘Gentefication’ vs. gentrification in Boyle Heights, Long Beach and other SoCal hip spots

Brooklyn Ave. in Boyle Heights The city of Boyle Heights, a working class Latino neighborhood east of Downtown, was recently profiled in The New York Times. The paper looked at the neighborhood’s twist on gentrification. The people changing Boyle Heights are neither white nor middle-class, but are young, hip Latinos who have moved back into the […]

Egypt tensions rattle divides between Mid-East countries

Egypt tensions rattle divides between Mid-East countries

Islamic political party Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) activists gesture with painted fingers in support of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in Karachi on August 20, 2013. ; Credit: ASIF HASSAN/AFP/Getty Images Egypt remains in a state of emergency as violence rips a divided country. Tensions between supporters of the military and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood will […]

Should a suicide blog on Yahoo be given new life?

Should a suicide blog on Yahoo be given new life?

On the day of his suicide Martin Manley published a blog that details what led to his decision. Yahoo decided to take the blog down, but many other sites have re-posted Manley’s blog content. Last Thursday Kansas City sports reporter Martin Manley took his own life. That same day, he published a blog that detailed what […]

How diverse is your circle of friends?

How diverse is your circle of friends?

Do you have a diverse set of friends? ; Credit: Flickr/tyfn A recent poll conducted by Reuters found that many Americans do not have friends of another race. The poll found that nearly 40 percent of white Americans and 25 percent of non-whites are surrounded by friends of their own race. In certain regions however, […]

Filmweek: Jobs, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Kick-Ass 2 and more

Filmweek: Jobs, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Kick-Ass 2 and more

In this composite image a comparison has been made between Steve Jobs (L) and actor Ashton Kutcher. Kutcher plays Steve Jobs in a film biopic directed by Joshua Michael Stern. ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Wade Major and Claudia Puig to review this week’s releases, including Jobs, Lee […]

Is vacation-rental website Airbnb a blessing or nuisance for Angelenos?

Is vacation-rental website Airbnb a blessing or nuisance for Angelenos?

Listings on Airbnb for Los Angeles ; Credit: Popular website AirBnb allows people to rent out rooms in their homes for short-term rentals. The practice of short-term private home rentals is growing in areas like Silver Lake. It is legal in Los Angeles, but some residents feel it’s a safety hazard bringing in numerous transients. […]

Does a jury of your peers have to be all English speakers?

Does a jury of your peers have to be all English speakers?

Should non-English speakers serve on a jury? ; Credit: Getty Images  A New Mexico Supreme Court ruling this week underscored the rights of non-English speakers to serve as jurors in the state’s trials. Its constitution declares clearly that the right of any citizen to “sit upon juries, shall never be restricted…on account of…inability to speak, […]

Do you prefer the orderliness of a homeowner association or a less-structured neighborhood?

Do you prefer the orderliness of a homeowner association or a less-structured neighborhood?

Does the structure of condos and townhouses with mandatory HOA fees appeal to you? Some of us thrive in a structured environment, while others prefer the freedom to express themselves without rules. And that doesn’t just apply to who we want to be, but equally to where we choose to live as well. Do you […]

Holder looks to make changes to the punishments of convicted drug offenders

Holder looks to make changes to the punishments of convicted drug offenders

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder speaks during the 2013 America Bar Association (ABA) annual meeting on August 12, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Holder is seeking changes in the minimum penalties of certain low-level drug related crimes.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Nearly half of the 219,000 inmates in federal prisons are there on drug-related convictions, […]

Is your alma mater a party school?

Is your alma mater a party school?

How does a high ranking on a ‘party school’ list affect its image?; Credit: Kyle Sullivan/Flickr The University of Iowa is ranked the number one party school in the country as part of the latest Princeton Review rankings. Last year, Princeton Review ranked West Virginia University number one, but this year WVU dropped to fourth […]