"Tut is back and he's still black..." was the chant last night outside the premier of the King Tut exhibit, which opened today at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, America's first King Tut exhibit since 1979. LACMA's already sold 250,000 tickets to a show it says will teach visitors more about ancient Egyptian culture. But the NAACP in Compton says it contains at least one incorrect lesson. A reconstruction of Tut's head made after a CT Scan shows him with a Negroid complexion, much like those of contemporary Egyptians. Activists say that makes him look white when he really was black. We hear more about the controversy from Compton City Attorney Legrand Clegg and Terry Garcia of National Geographic.
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Yucaipa on the Ten Freeway in southeast San Bernardino County was the epicenter of a magnitude 5.3 earthquake this afternoon. Early reports said there wasn't much damage, but shaking was felt from Palms Springs to Santa Monica. UCLA Professor David Jackson, who heads the Southern California Earthquake Center, has an update.
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With $1.2 billion at stake, the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development asked cities and counties for statistically valid counts of their populations of homeless. LA County-s total is 90,000, almost the total population of Santa Barbara County. LA Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky says that calls for $20 million worth of new funding.
Southern California Earthquake Center on recent surge in California quake activity
LACMA's Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
Clegg on the black roots of King Tutankhamun
National Geographic on King Tut
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on homelessness