Take Two for January 23, 2013

U.S. Marijuana Enthusiasts Gather For Mass Pot-Smoking Celebration

Appeals court rules that marijuana has no medical value

A U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that marijuana should continue to be classified as a schedule-one drug, meaning it has no medical value and the potential for abuse is high.
A member of the local police guards one
The Pentagon is reportedly planning to step up its training of Mexican security forces, with a goal to teach them to pursue the cartels the same way U.S. went after Al-Qaida. We'll speak to Ioan Grillo, author of the book "El Narco."
The Multilingual Mind
Bilingual immersion programs are growing in popularity all over California, but are there actual benefits to programs that teach multiple languages at the elementary level?
California Poised To Surpass Wisconsin As Top U.S. Cheese Producer

CA cheesemakers and dairy farmers at odds over milk pricing

California's cheese makers have benefited from milk prices lower than the federal level, but the state's dairy farmers say they can't sustain the low prices any longer.
Murray Elementary
We all want our kids to eat healthier, but no matter how much you try to fill their lunch box with organic, whole grain whatever, it won't do much good if your kids aren't eating it.
Fin Whale Watch Long Beach
Whale watchers off the Southern California coast saw a lot more than they expected when a chartered boat descended on a large pod of 23 gray whales, which usually travel alone or in groups of two or three as they migrate.
City Council Votes To Impose Day Laborer Rules On Home Improvement Sto

As immigration reform looms, workers ponder legalization

Fronteras Desk reporter Jill Replogle takes a look at what legalization might mean for one industry with a high percentage of undocumented immigrant workers.
Senate Lawmakers Speaks To The Press After Their Policy Meetings
President Obama has made gun control a priority, and he'll expect Majority leader Harry Reid to champion legislation in the Senate. But there's just one problem, Reid has portrayed himself in the past as a supporter of gun rights.
Petra Haden
Petra Haden's latest acapella album "Petra Goes to the Movies" features this LA vocalist singing famous film scores.
Highland Park

LA dominates list of 'up-and-coming' neighborhoods

The real estate listing site Redfin recently released its list of the 10 most "up-and-coming" neighborhoods, and as no surprise to many, California dominated. So what does that mean for home buyers? We'll speak to KPCC's business reporter Matt DeBord.
A General Motors Buick blue minivan (2/L

One mom on learning to love the minivan

Karen Alpert is the brains behind the parenting blog, Baby Sideburns. This week she's back to talk about the dark side of being a parent, and why we shouldn't be afraid of the minivan
UCLA brain injury study
Researchers at UCLA have discovered a groundbreaking new development in the area of brain trauma. Brain scans performed on five former, but still living NFL players revealed clues to a specific type of football-related brain damage called CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
Ashok Rajamani

Ashok Rajamani on 'The Day My Brain Exploded'

Ashok Rajamani's new books talks about the day he discovered he had arteriovenous malformation, or AVM, is a congenital brain injury that can cause seizures, strokes and severe neurological problems.
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