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Recreational weed will be legal on January 1. But it may not be easily available. Many cities and counties in California need to create their own regulations for pot shops and growers. We find out which cities have their act together. Los Angeles is not one of them.
Maybe it’s an understatement to say we’re living in a world of jerks. Do we need to list the reasons why? There are the sexual assault allegations, insults issued from certain corridors of power… Twitter. So how do you know if you may be among the jerky masses?
Eric Schwitzgebel teaches at UC Riverside. Photo credit: David D. Schwitzgebel.
Adolf Hitler actively tried to control the message Hollywood movies sent about Germany during World War II. Los Angeles was fertile ground for Nazi groups. One Jewish man saw the threat and created a network of spies to undermine them.
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The Grammys have long been criticized for awarding safe, traditional, mostly white artists. But this year, not a single white artist is nominated for Record of the Year. The Recording Academy has finally fully embraced hip-hop in its top categories. Jay-Z leads the nominees with eight for his album “4:44,” followed by Kendrick Lamar with seven for “Damn.”
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Calif. Governor's race: Travis Allen interview Republican State Assemblyman Travis Allen represents parts of Orange County, including Huntington Beach. A new LA Times poll puts him at 5th place in the race to be California’s next governor. We talk housing, the Republican effort to repeal the gas tax, and immigration.
200 professors call for resignation of USC president In a letter published in the LA Times, 200 USC professors say the school’s president Max Nikias has “lost the moral authority to lead.” This comes after a scandal involving a campus gynecologist accused of inappropriate behavior.
How 3 iconic Angelenos shaped the idea of LA In the early 1900s, three Angelenos were instrumental in the huge and sudden growth of the city: engineer William Mulholland, movie director DW Griffith, and charismatic evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson. They’re the subject of the new book “The Mirage Factory.”
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