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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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LA high school senior fights gun violence After the mass school shooting in Florida, many young people are taking action against guns. We talk about the growing protest movement with an 18-year-old activist in LA. We also look at what other countries have done to prevent shootings, like mandatory training and age restrictions.
Some undocumented immigrants consider self-deportation The Senate voted on four immigration bills this week, but all failed. We get reaction from an El Segundo-based woman who used to be a DACA recipient, but got a green card a few years ago. Her cousins are DACA recipients, and her brother and parents are undocumented. She says her parents are considering self-deporting.
What we know about the mass school shooting in Florida On Wednesday, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz fatally shot 17 people at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida. The Anti-Defamation League says he was affiliated with a white supremacist group. We learn about this group, hear what politicians have to say about the incident, and remember those who’ve died at school shootings since Sandy Hook.
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