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Handicapping the 2016 presidential field

Handicapping the 2016 presidential field
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Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives to a signing of her book “Hard Choices”, Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Ridgewood, N.J. ; Credit: Julio Cortez/AP A shellacking, a thumping, a drubbing. Call it whatever you want, the midterm election results represent a clear sign of voter discontent in the country today. Analysis abound concerning what President Obama’s […]

The immediate effects of the election on LA County and California

The immediate effects of the election on LA County and California

Supporters of U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and republican U.S. Senate elect in Arkansas hold American flags during an election night gathering on Nov. 4, 2014 in North Little Rock, Arkansas.; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The 2014 midterm election is over, and the results are in! On one front, not much has changed in Los […]

Does Prop 47’s passage portend a bigger change in crime sentencing nationally?

Does Prop 47’s passage portend a bigger change in crime sentencing nationally?

Inmates in a recreation yard at the Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy, Calif. ; Credit: Rich Pedroncelli/AP Proposition 47 has passed, which means sentencing reform is set to commence throughout California. In a pendulum swing away from the “tough-on-crime” attitude that was exemplified in bills such as 1994’s “Three Strikes Law,” many low-level drug and […]

Chop Suey: How Chinese food conquered the US (test your knowledge)

Chop Suey: How Chinese food conquered the US (test your knowledge)

“Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America” by Yong Chen When it comes to Chinese food, it’s not an overstatement to say that Southern California almost has it all. Chances are, discernible eaters can find anything their hearts desire in the San Gabriel Valley, from dishes everyone knows to street foods originating […]

Listeners remember Tom Magliozzi of ‘Car Talk,’ dead at 77

Listeners remember Tom Magliozzi of ‘Car Talk,’ dead at 77

Ray Magliozzi, left, and his brother Tom Magliozzi, hosts of National Public Radio’s “Car Talk” show, are photographed with their cartoon likenesses in Cambridge, Mass., on Thursday, June 19, 2008. The brothers announced Friday, June 8, 2012 their plans to retire from the program. ; Credit: AP/Charles Krupa Tom Magliozzi, one of the hosts of […]

True tales of LA’s TV news stringers

True tales of LA’s TV news stringers

Jake Gyllenhaal as Lou Bloom in “Nightcrawler,” written and directed by Dan Gilroy, opening October 31, 2014.; Credit: Chuck Zlotnick The critically acclaimed new release “Nightcrawler” goes behind the scenes of gritty local news – with the help of real life LA stringers who consulted on the film. Howard Raishbrook and his twin brother Austin […]

T. Jefferson Parker takes on Afghanistan veterans, economic bust in new novel

T. Jefferson Parker takes on Afghanistan veterans, economic bust in new novel

“Full Measure: A Novel” by T. Jefferson Parker Novelist and California native son T. Jefferson Parker is known for a slate of popular crime novels from Laguna Heat to The Famous and the Dead. His latest outing is a department from a genre he’s best known for, and could be his most mainstream. At the […]

Lowe’s to rollout 5-foot tall, robotic shopping assistants this November

Lowe’s to rollout 5-foot tall, robotic shopping assistants this November

The Murata Girl and Boy robots are demonstrated at the Murata booth at the 2014 International CES at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ; Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Say hello to the new shopping assistant at your local Lowe’s: a robot. The home improvement chain, which recently […]

Why California leads the nation in bike deaths

Why California leads the nation in bike deaths

; Credit: Photo by Craig Barry via Flickr Creative Commons The number of bicyclists killed in crashes with cars has increased 16 percent in the past couple of years.  Nationally, 722 cyclists died in those kinds of accidents in 2012. California leads the way with 123 of those. That doesn’t include cyclist deaths from crashes […]

Mormon church discloses founder Joseph Smith’s polygamy

Mormon church discloses  founder Joseph Smith’s polygamy

View of the LDS temple in Salt Lake City just after sunrise.; Credit: Photo by Pedro Szekely via Flickr Creative Commons In a continuing trend toward transparency, a new Mormon church essay reveals its founder Joseph Smith had an underage bride and was married to other men’s wives during the early days of the faith […]