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Scripts, salaries and entire pictures have been released by Internet hackers who penetrated Sony Pictures, but the biggest damage to the studio’s image may come from e-mails featuring co-chair Amy Pascal. Tweeters, commentators and columnists say they reveal the depth of racism hiding in supposedly liberal Hollywood. Also, new money for earthquake warning in Southern California, and we visit 'Cape Canaveral in the Mojave Desert,' a conclave of amateur rocketeers.

Photo: Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chair Amy Pascal poses during the premiere of The Interview in Los Angeles, December 11, 2014. (Kevork Djansezian/Reuters)

Funding for Earthquake Early Warning System 5 MIN, 34 SEC

Part of the $1.1 trillion in federal spending approved by Congress is $5 million for an earthquake warning system in California. Democrat Adam Schiffrepresents Burbank and Glendale in a district that includes the Jet Propulsion Lab in La Cañada-Flintridge.

Adam Schiff, US Congress (D-CA); U.S. Democratic Representative (@RepAdamSchiff)

Stolen Emails and Racism in Hollywood 13 MIN, 2 SEC

"Hollywood is full of racism, but it has been able to hide behind its liberal reputation." That’s a tweet from Dr. Todd Boyd as personal emails from Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal were spreading across the Internet and into the mainstream media. Dr. Boyd holds the Katherine and Frank Price Endowed Chair for the Study of Race and Popular Culture at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. We get perspective from him and from Sharon Waxman, Editor in Chief of The Wrap.

Todd Boyd, University of Southern California (@DrToddBoyd)
Sharon Waxman, TheWrap.com (@sharonwaxman)

Washington Post on why Sony probably can't stop the media from publishing stories from the hack
NY Times on Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai intervening to tone down 'The Interview'

The Rocketeers 7 MIN, 29 SEC

Safely away from populated areas and air traffic lanes, hundreds of people gather on a dry lake in the Mojave to launch homebuilt rockets thousands of feet into the sky. Suddenly the silence is broken by the whoosh of a rocket produced by an amateur rocketeer, one of many who are part hobbyists, part sportsmen, part grownups fulfilling the wishes of childhood – from individuals bitten by the rocketry bug as kids watching the glory days of NASA on television to real-life rocket scientists who just don't seem to get enough of rockets while on the job. KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez recently visited Rocstock, one of the largest gatherings of rocketry groups in the country, put on by the Rocketry Organization of California.  


You can see more photos and video of a rocket launch on our Which Way, LA? blog.

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