Meghan McCarty Reporter/ Producer, Take Two

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Stories by Meghan McCarty

New Pew study highlights the rise, and attitudes, of Asian-Americans

The study says Asians now surpass Hispanics in new immigrant arrivals, increasing by 10 percent as Hispanic immigration drops more than 30.

Would a tobacco tax hike convince smokers to quit?

Next Tuesday, Californians will vote on Proposition 29, which would raise the tax on a pack of cigarettes from 87 cents to $1.87.

Weekend Alibi: escape from Coachella

Meghan McCarty is back with your Weekend Alibi, a roundup of the best weekend entertainments around LA: spring square dancing, Indian Film Festival and 626 Night Market.

Weekend Alibi: Val Kilmer's one-man play, Bubblefest and the Taco Madness competition

Meghan McCarty offers a roundup of events to get you off the couch in this weekend.

Weekend Alibi: Suggestions for a swinging weekend

Things to do while you wait for the return of "Mad Men" Sunday night.

The LA debut of the perfect beer Pliny the Younger

One of the most highly anticipated beers in the country hits L.A. this week – Pliny the Younger from Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, California.

Weekend Alibis to drum up your holiday spirit

Need an alibi this weekend? Consider embracing all things festive and check out Santa's Cool Holiday Film Festival - vintage films will show at four theaters in L.A. - or try a performance of "Christmas 4 Bukowski" at Zombie Joe's Underground theater in North Hollywood. And if you're heading east, all the better. Time will fly at the Major League Dreidel spin-off in New York. Head to the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn to check out the topsy-turvy tournament.

Weekend Alibis to drum up your holiday spirit

Need an alibi this weekend? Consider embracing all things festive and check out Santa's Cool Holiday Film Festival – vintage films will show at four theaters in L.A. – or try a performance of "Burkowski Christmas" at Zombie Joe's Underground theater in North Hollywood. And if you're heading east, all the better. Time will fly at the Major League Dreidel spin-off in New York. Head to the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn to check out the topsy-turvy tournament.

UCLA to open Internet history museum on Saturday

OMG, the birthplace of the Internet will soon be honored with a museum in Westwood.

Graffiti guerrilla Joe Connolly's counter spray paint campaign

Joe Connolly is serious about graffiti. For the past 20 years he's waged a campaign to wipe out tags, scrawls and pieces of graffiti of all kind, earning him the nickname the Graffiti Guerilla. He's the subject of a new documentary, "Vigilante, Vigilante," which premiered in San Francisco Friday.

Beginning of the Internet commemorated in new UCLA museum

In a small computer lab in a forgotten building at UCLA, Professor Leonard Kleinrock and a group of graduate students sent the very first message over what would become the Internet, back in 1969. Since that milestone, the room was in continuous use as a classroom, and its significance to history was all but forgotten. But now the room has been transformed into a re-creation of the ARPA lab, complete with the original equipment from the '60s and period furnishings to match.

Greasers hit the Hollywood Bowl for sing-along

The musical Grease has become an institution, attracting legions of fans, young and old. Thousands of those fans gathered at the Hollywood Bowl last Friday for the biggest Grease sing-along in the world. Meghan McCarty was there and produced an audio postcard. If you want to join in a sing-along at the Hollywood Bowl, the annual "The Sound of Music" sing-along will be held on September 24, 2011.

Murray Burns: The Mayor of Angelino Heights

The LA Conservancy held its annual Preservation Awards Thursday to recognize efforts to safeguard LA's historic sites. The TV show Mad Men won for showcasing some of LA's great Midcentury architecture. The city's redevelopment agency also won for turning around dozens of old buildings, and one man - Murray Burns - was recognized for the work he's done restoring the Angelino Heights neighborhood near Echo Park. Meghan McCarty spent the day with him in his neighborhood.

Israeli Palestinian actor killed by masked gunman

Juliano Mer Khamis, a 52-year-old half Israeli, half Palestinian actor who ran a children's theater in the West Bank refugee camp of Jenin, was shot and killed by a masked gunman as he sat in a car outside his theater in Jenin Monday. Mer Khamis had devoted his life to promoting peaceful artistic expression as an alternative to the violence that plagues the region. He was buried between the Israeli city of Haifa and the Arab Israeli city of Nazareth where he grew up. Meghan McCarty has this remembrance.