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A decade ago, officials spent millions to convert Chinese ships at the Port of L.A. from diesel to electric power. But then the ships stopped using the port and now there are new concerns about air pollution in and around the port?

Then, Hollywood is threatening to boycott the state of Georgia, where many film and TV projects are filmed, over a discriminatory new law being considered by the governor there.

In our weekly web roundup, the latest on the Apple-F.B.I. fight over the iPhone used by the San Bernardino terrorists and more.

In a different Internet-related story, Madeleine gets a peek inside the country’s first live-in rehab center for digital addiction.

And finally, a debate on the advice of organizing expert Marie Kondo.

Banner Image: Aerial view of the Vincent Thomas Bridge and the Port of Los Angeles

Cleaning Up the Country’s Busiest Port 8 MIN, 31 SEC

There’s an ongoing effort to clean up the air around the busiest port in America, in San Pedro. Ships that run on diesel fuel spew so much pollution, the cancer rates for nearby residents are more than double the rates are for people living in other coastal communities. So a decade ago, port officials spent millions of dollars to convert Chinese ships to electric power. But once the ships received that upgrade, many of them stopped using the port. They went elsewhere, and the ships that replaced them still run on diesel. Now what?

Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times (@jackdolanLAT)

Port of L.A. helped pay for cleaner China Shipping vessels--which later stopped docking in L.A.

Hollywood Georgia Boycott 7 MIN, 26 SEC

Disney, The Weinstein Company and some top Hollywood stars are threatening to boycott Georgia. The state has lucrative tax incentives that have lured film and television productions there, including the Marvel movies. But sitting on Governor Nathan Deal’s desk for his signature is a so-called “religious liberty” bill. It gives protections for faith-based businesses who refuse to serve gay people. Nathan Deal’s now facing pressure to veto it or lose major film business.

Ted Johnson, Variety (@tedstew)

Weekly Web Roundup: FBI v. Apple 10 MIN, 53 SEC

Iranian computer hackers have been indicted by the feds… at the same time the feds invite other hackers to crack open an iPhone. We discuss that and more in our weekly web chat with Xeni Jardin.

Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

Inside Digital Rehab 9 MIN, 22 SEC

Did you know that the average smartphone user looks at his phone 221 times a day? That’s according to a British study. It’s a number that makes you wonder if we’re all digital addicts. Turns out, we might be. So what’s it like inside the country’s first residential rehab for digital addiction.

Ben Dolnick, author and journalist

Video-Game Rehab: It’s Real, It’s Awkward, and It Might Be Our Future

The Kondo Way 11 MIN, 23 SEC

Spring has arrived. It’s the time of year when tree leaves begin to grow, flowers blossom and armies of cleaning experts share their knowledge with us. But the decluttering philosophy of one Japanese organizing expert, Marie Kondo, has been adopted by millions of Americans. Two years ago, her book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” was published here. Now there’s a new sequel: “Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up.”

Yet Kondo’s prescriptions for a clutter-free life aren’t for everyone. The intense Kondo devotion to “sparking joy” has sparked a backlash.

Laura Miller, Slate
Tracy Moore, Vocativ; Jezebel

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