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The Coastal Commission has approved bigger tanks for 11 killer whales at a cost of $100 million. That sounds like a victory for Sea World in San Diego -- but the Commission rejected both a captive breeding program and the introduction of any new orcas. Does Sea World have a future?

Also on the program, USC has fired the controversial football coach Steve Sarkisian…with good wishes for his "personal well being." Some alumni and others are asking why it's taken so long.

Photo: lolilujah

Producers:
Christine Detz
Sarah Sweeney

USC Fires Football Coach Steve Sarkisian 6 MIN, 6 SEC

It's been a long time coming, but USC's Athletic Director Pat Haden announced that football coach Steve Sarkisian has been terminated, "effective immediately." It's a very brief statement, ending with hope that Sarkesian can "focus on his personal well being." Michael Lev covers Trojan athletic activities for the OC Register.

Guests:
Michael Lev, OC Register (@MichaelJLev)

Sea World Can't Win for Losing 12 MIN, 32 SEC

Hundreds of supporters and critics of SeaWorld of San Diego made for a long meeting last week of the California Coastal Commission. It ended with approval for spending $100 million to build bigger tanks to house 11 killer whales, but that's not the end of the story, as we hear from Hugo Martin, who was there for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times (@hugomartin)
Mark Palmer, Earth Island Institute (@earthisland)
John Hargrove, SeaWorld (formerly) (@johnjhargrove)

More:
SeaWorld and 'Blackfish' (2014 WWLA feature on)

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