Just yesterday, here in the studios, we were talking about the strangest things we've ever eaten. For me, the answer is raw horse meat. It's a specialty in Kumamoto, Japan, where I used to live.
Another Japanese delicacy is whale meat, and it's been turning up at a sushi restaurant in Santa Monica called The Hump. Today Typhoon Restaurant Inc., the parent company of The Hump restaurant, and 45-year-old Kiyoshiro Yamamoto of Culver City were each charged in federal court with illegal sale of a marine mammal product for an unauthorized purpose.
Crystal Galbraith is an animal rights activist who took part in the undercover investigation into The Hump. Here's what she told me about the role she played in the sting:
In other big news today, representatives from the U.S. Department of Education were in town to begin an investigation into the L.A. Unified School District. They want to find out if the district is violating the civil rights of English language learners by not teaching them well enough. Here's what Russlyn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the education department had to say about the probe:
Though I like to think of myself as an animal lover (eating horse in Japan was done in the name of cultural sharing), today I say boo moths! Don't you mess with my vino! A voracious European grapevine moth is causing trouble for vineyards in Napa Valley. Agriculture officials say they'll spray the vines to try and get rid of the pest. But growers are worried that spraying could undermine their efforts to implement low-impact farming practices.
And finally, rest in peace Corey Haim! The Canadian actor died this morning of an apparent drug overdose. His first film was "Firstborn" and his first big break came a few years later when he starred in one of the most awesome films of the 1980s, "The Lost Boys."