Actor Vin Diesel spoke "lousy Spanish" at the Billboard Latin Music Awards last week, which prompted an NPR editor to question the presence of English and poorly-spoken Spanish on Spanish-language television.
"I've always wondered what motivates people to donate their time to a candidate, so I spent Saturday with the Wendy Greuel campaign, and talked with some of the volunteers. Turns out most of the ones I talked to were just straight up believers."
What would lead a 19-year old student to carry out a bombing plot? Was neurologically influenced by his older brother? What are the psychological similarities between Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Lee Boyd Malvo?
Does the inclusion of non-citizens on juries weaken or strengthen the verdicts they hand down? Would non-citizens fully grasp the importance of sitting on a jury, or might they take it more seriously than American citizens who sometimes consider jury duty a hassle?
The University of California, Irvine, is looking into a video produced by the Asian-American fraternity Lambda Theta Delta that features one of its performers in blackface. The video shows three members of the fraternity dancing to the Justin Timberlake song “Suit & Tie.” A minute into the video, they are joined by a fourth member in blackface pretending to be the hip-hop star Jay Z.
Injuries proved to be the ultimate undoing of the Los Angeles Lakers this year. What will be the future of the Lakers? Will Dwight Howard stay? Will Pau Gasol be traded? In other NBA news, Jason Collins has become the first active male athlete in a major American team sport to come out as gay.
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Before the estimated 11 million people living in this country illegally can start down the long path to citizenship, the U.S.-Mexico border must reach a level of security that satisfies border hawks in Congress. And that argument may not be won from statistics alone.
In case you hadn't heard, the Rolling Stones played a surprise show this past weekend. Although the band could have easily filled the Staples Center or the Rose Bowl, they chose a tiny club in northeast LA: the Echoplex.
When the California snow pack is measured next week, the state will have a better sense of what the summer water supply will be. It could leave farmers scrambling for water, potentially pumping more precious groundwater from aquifers.
We've heard of poachers hunting rhinos for their horns and elephants for their tusks, but now in southern California, they're going after a fish called the totoaba for their bladders. Last week, federal agents seized over 200 of these bladders from a home in Calexico. On the black market, they could have fetched as much as $3.6 milllion.
Some good news for everyone who works below the line, as they say, in Hollywood. Employment in the entertainment industry is picking up, so much so that it's helping push down the over-all unemployment rate in the LA area.
Mark Laita makes his living as a commercial photographer, you've likely seen his work on products ranging from the iPhone to Gatorade. But his passion is portraits of everything from people and peonies to seahorses and snakes.
The Senate's immigration reform bill gives farm workers a fast path to citizenship: five years. That's half the amount of time proposed for the rest of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US. The legislation could affect 400,000 workers in California.
Opening statements begin in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, against concert giant AEG Live. The trial will feature a star-studded witness list and is expected to last for months.
Journalist Michael Montgomery of the Center for Investigative Reporting has been covering marijuana here in California for several years now. You've heard him numerous times on this show, talking about everything from marijuana prices to federal crackdowns on pot dispensaries.