Brand & Martínez for September 18, 2012

Romney Accepts Party Nomination At The Republican National Convention

Mitt Romney and the 47 percent

GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is playing defense this morning after a bit of unflattering video was released. The video, released by the magazine Mother Jones, was shot at a private fundraiser in Florida earlier this year.

Fighting to save Terminal Island's endangered history

Terminal Island may not be the bustling cannery it used to be in the 20th century, but its rich history may help spur new life for the historical landmark.
sea slug sex

Everything you've wanted to know about the sex life of sea slugs

A new study published in scientific journal PLoS ONE describes some intimate details about the sex life of sea slugs. According to Scientific American, in order to reproduce, a sea slug "pierces the skin of its partner with 'a syringe-like penile stylet that injects prostate fluids.' The slug then injects a 'spiny penis' into its partner’s genital pore to pass along sperm." Wild.

Fullerton copes with Kelly Thomas beating

It's been more than a year since a homeless, mentally-ill man was severely beaten by Fullerton police officers. That man, 37-year-old Kelly Thomas, died several days after the violent confrontation. KPCC reporter Ed Joyce says the effects of the beating and death are still being felt.
Syrian rebels patrol in the north of nor

Syria attempts self-governance in rebel-held regions

Fierce fighting continues between the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad and rebel fighters in the country. Human rights groups estimate more than 23,000 people have died in the conflict, many of which are civilians. While the crisis shows no signs of abating, there is an experiment at self-governance going on in some rebel-held parts of the country.
Alicia Keys Diary Tour At Radio City Music Hall

New Music Tuesday: Kanye, Raekwon, Amerigo Gazaway and Carly Rae Jepsen

For New Music Tuesday, A Martinez talks to Oliver Wang, who runs the site On tap this week is new music from Carly Rae Jepsen, Kanye West, a mashup of A Tribe Called Quest And The Pharcyde and a Raekwon rerelease that's making it's way out on cassette.
Children Interacting With Tablet Technology

Netiquette: How to handle social media overload

We've all talked about unplugging for a few days, disappearing to a cabin in the woods, leaving behind the smartphone, the laptop and the cat videos. But that's not a reality for most of us. Social media expert Alexandra Samuel has a suggestion: plug in better. Samuel blogs about social media for publications such as the Harvard Business Review, and joins the show to explain how to get a grip on social media.

Excitement builds for the release of 'Borderlands 2'

It may not feel like it outside, but the holidays are in the air ... at least for video games. Now is when game-makers start to release the titles they hope will be big sellers this November and December. One that's already getting a lot of buzz is "Borderlands 2," a first-person shooter about a gang of renegade space treasure hunters, and one of the most anticipated video game releases of the year. The original "Borderlands" was a success when it was released in 2009, and critics are expecting the sequel to be a blockbuster hit.
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NATO suspends some Afghan joint operations

The U.S.-led coalition is reducing the number of joint patrols with Afghan army and police after a string of bombings and the deaths of NATO troops.

Asian-American YouTube stars find new paths to fan base

We've heard a lot about how the internet has transformed the entertainment industry. How people have used cheap digital technology to become do-it-yourself celebrities. And in LA, there's a pretty long list of actors, directors musicians and dancers who have hundreds of thousands of followers on social networks. Many have sponsorship deals with major advertisers, but they're not traditional stars. You won't find them in Hollywood, but instead in Koreatown.

Who will win the LA Weekly Web Awards?

What Jesus Sanchez is doing with The Eastsider is tremendous. To me it is the epitome of what a hyper-local blog is supposed to be.
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