The Madeleine Brand Show for July 11, 2012

Kyla Ross - Gymnast heads to 2012 Summer Olympics with Team USA

SoCal gymnast Kyla Ross heads to London Olympics

Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo is the first-ever student from Gym-Max Gymnastics to make it to the Olympics.
Olympics Day 6 - Shooting

Olympic athletes battle over gold, silver and bronze - despite not much green

In just a couple of weeks, the 2012 Olympic games will kick off in London. And its not just gold, silver and bronze the athletes will be competing for — but green. Olympic sponsorships have become a multi-billion dollar business. But how much of that cash do the athletes actually see? Not much, according to journalist Ann Killion, who wrote about this for Ad Week.
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Mitt Romney speaks at NAACP Convention

Safe to say, Mitt Romney was not the most popular guy in the room this morning at the NAACP Convention in Houston. He spoke before an audience that overwhelmingly supports his opponent, President Obama. In 2008, Obama received 95 percent of the black vote. But, things were going alright this morning until Romney vowed to stop spending money on programs like 'Obamacare,' which led to sustained boos from the crowd. Despite that hiccup, could Mitt Romney make a dent in Obama's black voter advantage?
OxyContin Abuse On the Rise

East Bay doctor under fire for prolific painkiller prescriptions

Prescription drug abuse now kills 40 people each day across the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control. While addicts often get a hold of pills illegally, the troubling rise in painkiller abuse is also posing thorny questions for physicians who prescribe the drugs. The California Report's Michael Montgomery profiles a Bay Area doctor who's one of the state's most proilific prescribers.
Berdoo Bankrupt

San Bernardino becomes the latest CA city to seek bankruptcy

Last night, the San Bernardino City Council voted to seek bankruptcy protection. City officials said without bankruptcy, San Bernardino — saddled with a budget deficit of at least $40 million — could miss next month's payroll, according to KPCC. Mayor Pat Morris and other officials blame the budget crisis on soaring salary and benefit obligations, plunging property tax returns and the loss of an estimated $30 million in state redevelopment funds.

Awesome/Not Awesome with Luke Burbank

Luke Burbank, host of the radio show and podcast "Too Beautiful to Live" brings us his wrap-up of the week’s awesome and not awesome news.

Randy's Donuts turns 60, but please, no birthday cake

One very large donut has a very big birthday today. Randy's Donuts, the iconic Inglewood pastry shop with a donut on the roof, turns 60 years old today. It was built in the 1950's when eye catching signs for roadside restaurants were all the rage.
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