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Making News Downtown Braces for Tense Art Walk 7 MIN, 11 SEC

The heat is on all over Southern California, but that won’t stop the monthly Art Walk in downtown LA—or the prospect of protest by occupiers ready to chalk up walls and sidewalks. Businesses are hoping last month’s vandalism and confrontations with the police won’t be repeated…

Guests:
Richard Guzman, City Editor, Los Angeles Downtown News

Main Topic It’s a Cruel Summer for LAUSD Kids 12 MIN, 9 SEC

LA Schools are among those that will open again on Monday—which many parents think is unseasonably early. Superintendent John Deasy told LA Unified school administrators today to be more courageous in standing up for the rights of students. In his annual address on the state of the LAUSD, he pronounced it improving… with a dire warning about what might happen next.

Guests:
Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times (@howardblume )
Tanya Anton, founder of GoMamaGuide.com and LAUSD parent (@GoMamaGuide)

Reporter's Notebook California Shines Along with Misty & Kerri's Gold 6 MIN, 3 SEC

Guests:
Lauren Mills, Professional beach volleyball player and a coach for the Deaf Olympics

Main Topic The Syrian War and Secret U.S. Support

As crisis grows more dangerous by the day, nobody yet knows what the Obama Administration is doing to help Syrian rebels against the al-Assad regime.  It's more dangerous to smuggle medical supplies than weapons and there are vast stores of chemical weapons. The struggle between Shiites and Sunnis creates the threat of regional instability, even a new Cold War, and the UN has become a non-factor.

Since the beginning of peaceful demonstrations in March of last year, some 21,000 people have now died in Syria's crackdown against rebel forces. What's at stake for the region and the rest of the world, including the US?

On a grim historical note: seldom have medical personnel been so systematically targeted. It's reportedly more dangerous to smuggle humanitarian aid than weapons. 

Is it time for the Obama Administration to get directly involved in helping Syrian rebels against the al-Assad regime?

Guests:
Vivienne Walt, Time Magazine (@vivwalt)
Jon Lee Anderson, Staff Writer for The New Yorker (@jonleeanderson)
Steven Cook, Council on Foreign Relations (@stevenacook)
Brian Katulis, Center for America Progress (@Katulis)

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