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Filmmaker D.W. Griffith – best forgotten as KKK booster or memorialized as ground-breaking director?

Filmmaker D.W. Griffith – best forgotten as KKK booster or memorialized as ground-breaking director?
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Actors costumed in the full regalia of the Ku Klux Klan chase down a white actor in blackface in a still from ‘The Birth of a Nation,’ the first-ever feature-length film, directed by D. W. Griffith, California, 1914.; Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images After the successful bid to tear down the Confederate flag from sites across […]

Criminologist asks if LA crime spike worthy trade-off for fair sentencing policies

Criminologist asks if LA crime spike worthy trade-off for fair sentencing policies

After more than a decade of a decline in reported crimes in Los Angeles, crime has surged 12% in the last six months. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Chief Charlie Beck cited a rise in gang violence and homelessness may be factors. ; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images After a decade-long decline, criminal activity in Los Angeles […]

Minimum wage: The future of the hourly worker in LA (#AT30)

Minimum wage: The future of the hourly worker in LA (#AT30)

Larry Mantle and industry experts and workers discussed the impact and implementation of a $15 minimum wage hike in the City of Los Angeles at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood on July 7, 2015. ; Credit: Bill Youngblood/KPCC Not even the current state of Hollywood’s film business can match the drama of the […]

Health committee ends consideration of ‘End of Life Option Act’

Health committee ends consideration of ‘End of Life Option Act’

The Health Committee in the California State Assembly pulled the “End of Life Option Act” today; Credit: David Paul Morris/Getty Images SB 128, a bill in the state legislature that would allow California physicians to help terminally ill patients end their lives, will no longer be considered this year. Despite strong Democratic majorities in both […]

LA wrestles with future of digital billboards

LA wrestles with future of digital billboards

The intersection of La Cienega and San Vicente Boulevards, Los Angeles, California, 2009; Credit: Precious Dream via Flickr Where should outdoor signs should be allowed and at what cost? That’s the question that’s once again facing the Los Angeles City Council as it grapples with the future of digital billboards. The next vote won’t come […]

How green screens are changing the entertainment industry

How green screens are changing the entertainment industry

Green screens have become ubiquitous in Hollywood; Credit: Photo by Mark Sebastian via Flickr Creative Commons Everyone has an opinion about visual effects and the prevalence of green screens in cinema. “Mad Max: Fury Road” was applauded for minimal use of it. Sir Ian McKellan said he wanted to quit acting while filming the first […]

Death penalty’s future in California after Supreme Court OK’s execution drug

Death penalty’s future in California after Supreme Court OK’s execution drug

Californians did not vote down the death penalty in the 2012 election cycle; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Over the next 120 days, California Governor Jerry Brown and prison officials will be working to come up with a one-drug lethal injection method for the nearly 750 inmates on California’s death row, the largest in the nation. […]

Health care experts debate privacy threat of Covered California’s patient data collection

Health care experts debate privacy threat of Covered California’s patient data collection

Dr. Jason Greenspan (L) and emergency room nurse Junizar Manansala care for a patient in the ER of Mission Community Hospital.; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Covered California, the Affordable Care Act’s state exchange in California, will collect insurance company data on prescriptions, doctor visits and hospital stays, a move that has stirred serious concerns about […]

A deeper dive into the Greece debt crisis

A deeper dive into the Greece debt crisis

Pro-euro protesters hold a banner reading ”YES” during a demonstration in front of the parliament in Athens on June 30, 2015. ; Credit: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images Greece’s financial turmoil continues. Greek banks are closed and it is anticipated that Greece will not pay the $1.73 billion due today to the International Monetary Fund, making it […]

Iran nuclear deal deadline extended…again. What comes next

Iran nuclear deal deadline extended…again. What comes next

US Secretary of State John Kerry (third from the left) and representatives of the EU+3 attend a meeting at the Palais Coburg Hotel, the venue of the nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria on June 28, 2015. Talks between Iran and major powers on finalizing a historic nuclear deal will go beyond the June 30 deadline, […]