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KPCC DIGEST AM (Oct. 3)—Devil winds, secret pinball, standardized test chooses 'other,' shutdown goes down the rabbit hole

1. Weekend warriors may be battling the devil winds (KPCC)

The weather may be mild right now, but dry air coming off the desert will push the marine layer back to its watery lair on Thursday. Santa Ana gusty winds are forecast for the mountains and inland valleys, accompanied by a sharp drop in humidity levels to single digits.

The National Weather Service has issued extreme fire danger warnings for late Thursday night through Saturday, with Santa Ana winds gusting up to 55 miles an hour in local mountains. Friday's highs in the valleys are set to climb to around 90 degrees — even higher Saturday.

2. The best-kept secret of local musicians opens its doors to the public (KPCC)

RZA will headline a block party in Echo Park this weekend in celebration of Bedrock Studios — a 40,000 square-foot former jewelry factory that now operates as a rehearsal space, recording studio, and vintage pinball arcade.


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KPCC education reporter Annie Gilbertson in the studio.

KPCC data journalist Chris Keller shares his skills.

KPCC photographer gets on gear to shoot a California wildfire.

Behind the scenes with KPCC science reporter Sanden Totten.

KPCC photos and video editor Grant Slater talks mobile photography in our forum.


Walk in the shoes of our science reporter Sanden Totten as he takes us inside JPL and let our data journalist Chris Keller show you the massive lines of code behind our Fire Tracker.

Wednesday marks the start of our fall pledge drive. That means that over the next 10 days, we'll be introducing you to our staff, highlighting some of our favorite coverage, throwing a big bash — and hosting a slew of Twitter chats. 

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Sanden covers everything from advances in medical technology to dinosaur fossils and space exploration. Some recent highlights of his work include a feature on the blue-footed booby and a series on the ecology of SoCal beaches


KPCC DIGEST AM (Oct. 2)—California copes, survey says, judge rules, strategy stalls and the next possible crisis is only 15 days away

1. Government shutdown: How Southern California is coping (KPCC)

Impact of the shutdown on Southern California is affecting offices and facilities overseen by federal agencies, resulting in furloughs, sending ripples through the economy, and touching the lives of ordinary people who want to renew a passport or travel.

For example: EDD reports an average of 246,217 people were employed by the federal government in California over the last 12 months; NASA celebrated its 55th birthday on the day it was forced to close, and Joshua Tree could be turning away up to 7,000 people per day.

2. California GOP Congressman disagrees with his party strategy on shutdown (KPCC)

Not all Republicans in Congress are pleased with current strategy. One California GOP member is disgusted with Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and the Tea Party House members he blames for the impasse and for pushing the party off a cliff.


KPCC DIGEST PM (Oct. 1)—'Revenge porn' bill, protecting the gray wolf, CicLAvia tips, DWP docs, what makes someone Jewish?

1. 'Revenge porn' bill signed by Gov. Brown (KPCC)

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill outlawing so-called "revenge porn" in California. It takes  effect immediately and is aimed at people who post nude pictures of their exes online after bitter breakups — an increasing problem in the age of social networks.

The law makes it a misdemeanor to post nude pictures of someone without permission with the intent to cause emotional distress or humiliation. The penalty is up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. The ACLU had opposed the bill, arguing it might restrict free speech rights.

2. Santa Monica airport reopens; crash investigation stalls in government shutdown (KPCC)

Santa Monica Airport reopened for business Tuesday following a private jet crash that killed at least four people on Sunday.


KPCC DIGEST AM (Oct. 1)—Government shutdown, musical instrument breakdown, electronics powerdown, toxic trickle-down

1. The first partial government shutdown in 17 years (KPCC)

As much of the federal government grinds to a halt, President Barack Obama is telling the U.S. military he'll push Congress to re-open the government as soon as possible. Congress missed the deadline for averting the first partial government shutdown in 17 years.

As the clock struck midnight Monday, House Republicans were demanding that the Senate negotiate their demand for a one-year delay in President Barack Obama's 2010 health care law.

2. Obamacare: Everything you need to know about enrolling in California (KPCC)

Open enrollment for health plans will begin Tuesday, October 1, 2013, ushering in a new era of health coverage in California and new confusion around coverage options and responsibilities.

KPCC has complete coverage of the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act — Explore our Interactive Cost Calculator to see your options at a glance, read FAQs on Obamacare and MediCal expansion, and skim through a glossary of helpful terms.