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KPCC DIGEST PM (Oct. 3)—New aging, brunch as lifestyle, TWTR, Facebooktown, Capitol Hill, 69 counts of public corruption

1. New aging: 'Crystallized intelligence' compensates for diminished brain power (KPCC)

Unless you've already forgotten, you know that humans lose cognitive ability as we age. Now, a UC Riverside study finds that our hard-earned wisdom helps make up for that loss of brain power.

The study looks at two kinds of intelligence — "fluid intelligence," which gives us the ability to learn and process information (that's what degrades as we age), and "crystallized intelligence," or accumulated life experience, seems to pick up the slack.

2. In 1948, LA banned comic books. MEANWHILE... (KPCC)

In September 1948, the L.A. City Council passed a ban on comic books. This Sunday at El Cid, Captured Aural Phantasy Theater will present its "Night of Noir" variety show that brings some of these banned comics to life in the style of an old radio program.

Benjamin Dickow is a "Night of Noir" cast member and lectures on the history of comics at Otis College. He tells Off-Ramp that, back in the '40s, L.A.'s ban on comics became a model for similar ordinances across the nation.

3. Brunch, a lifestyle (KPCC)

Brunch is perhaps the most polarizing of all widely accepted meals. As such, you are more likely to find a hormone-free quail egg under your pillow tonight than you are to find an Angeleno without an opinion on the matter. Most Angelenos, however, don't eat for a living.

Enter the newest guide in the ongoing quest for Hollandaise perfection — the Los Angeles Magazine's guide to brunch. Dining editor Lesley Bargar-Suter put down the fork to talk to KPCC for a few minutes. Listen to the interview.

4. 'Gravity' should be seen on the biggest screen possible (A.V. Club)

Those warming up to the idea of being sucked into the void have something to look forward to. "Gravity," Alfonso Cuarón’s first film in seven years, lands in theaters this week with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts adrift in space.

AV Club says, "On a traditional movie screen, Gravity looks like a near triumph...[but] to see the movie on anything smaller than an IMAX screen is to not see it at all. Pony up to the extra cost and prepare to be wowed. Pure wonder is worth splurging on." Conveniently, the newly renovated Chinese Theatre is largest IMAX theater in the world — in seating capacity, anyway.

5. Facebook building a real life town in which to be social (Wall Street Journal)

Facebook is working with a local developer to build a 394-unit housing community within walking distance of its offices in Menlo Park.  The $120 million project, called Anton Menlo, "will include everything from a sports bar to a doggy day care," WSJ reports.

"Even in Silicon Valley, where tech companies compete to lure coveted engineers with over-the-top perks and offices that resemble adult playgrounds, Facebook's plan breaks new ground."

6. 'TWTR' pecks at the competition in its IPO filing (Quartz)

Twitter took aim at competitor Facebook in the IPO prospectus that it filed Thursday. In a section on "The Evolution of Content Creation, Distribution and Discovery," Twitter stopped short of outright marginalizing the social network in its characterization as closed, private, lacking depth, and limited in its ability to live off network and easily integrate with traditional media outlets.

Noting the shift from web browsers and portals to search engines to social networks, Twitter described itself as “public,” “real-time,” “conversational,” and “distributed.”

7. Woman killed in Capitol Hill car chase, 2 officers wounded (KPCC)

A woman with a 1-year-old girl led Secret Service and police on a harrowing car chase from the White House past the Capitol Thursday, attempting to penetrate the security barriers at both national landmarks before she was shot to death, police said. The child survived.

Police said two officers were wounded in the chase that involved multiple vehicles and shots fired in two separate locations.

8. Robert Rizzo pleads no contest to 69 public corruption charges (KPCC)

Robert Rizzo — the onetime Bell city manager who secured outsized salaries for himself, council members and staffers  — pleaded no contest to 69 public corruption charges, the L.A. District Attorney's office said Thursday.

Rizzo made the plea on his own and not as a result of a plea deal, according to a statement from the D.A.'s office. Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy said in court she would sentence Rizzo to between 10 and 12 years when he returns to court March 12.

9. Massive cyber attack compromises data of 2.9 million Adobe customers (The Verge)

"Adobe has made the cloud an essential part of its business strategy, but today it's been dealt a major blow thanks to cyber attackers. The company has revealed that an intrusion led to an untold number of Adobe IDs and passwords falling into the hands of hackers. But it gets far worse," reports The Verge.

"Certain information," Adobe says, about its 2.9 million customers may have also been compromised. Another recent incident involved the theft of Adobe product source code. The company says the two events are likely connected.

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