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Students and police watch teachers, pare

Security on the mind as LAUSD students return to school

Los Angeles public school students head back to class today for the first time since the Newtown shootings. In response to that tragedy, Los Angeles Police announced a new plan to ensure security at the district's schools.
Supporters Of Police Shooting Victim Ramarley Graham

Why are boys so attracted to gun play?

Professor Mary Ellin Logue of the University of Maine joins the show to tell us about her research on how children play and why boys seem drawn to guns.
Deasy walks campus
When it comes to student performance, we hear a lot about teacher evaluations and class size, but what about the classroom itself?A study in this month's Building and Environment Journal found that classroom layout can have a significant influence on children's grades, both positively and negatively.
A student on his way to school walks pas

LAUSD School tickets still high despite reforms

Under fire from federal officials about what many saw as an excessive use of tickets for minor offenses, the district police department vowed to reform the way it handles LAUSD cases. But, as KPCC’s Vanessa Romo reports, changes are slow to come.
2013 Consumer Electronics Show Highlights Newest Technology

Gadgets and gimmicks take center stage at 2013 CES

Suitcase trackers, scratch-proof glass, and a fork that tracks how much you eat.You'll find all of these products at the Consumer Electronics Show, which starts today in Las Vegas. Companies use the convention as an opportunity to unveil new technologies that can be both kitschy and important.
Florida Gators v Villanova Wildcats
It was a jam-packed weekend as the National Hockey League has saved what's left of its season, the Lakers look like they're in trouble, college football will crown a new champ. And then there's Lance.
Dolby Theatre
The Oscar ballots are in, and later this week we'll find out who made the cut. The Academy Award nominations will be announced early Thursday.
John Brennan, Assistant to US President

New CIA head John Brennan and the US drone program

President Obama has appointed John Brennan to head the CIA. Brennan was one of the key officials overseeing the use of targeted killings against al-Qaeda and Taliban militants during President Obama's first term.
Arizona identity theft immigration

Police in Arizona crack down on identity theft by immigrants

In Arizona, a battle is playing out in the courts over unauthorized immigrants who get hired for work by using fraudulent social security numbers.
Since 2006, more than 50 journalists have been killed or gone missing in Mexico. That's the same year former President Felipe Calderon went on the offensive against drug cartelsStories about the drug war sell papers in Mexico, but reporting on it can be life threatening.

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