Take Two for January 25, 2013

Governor Jerry Brown

China's role in California's economy

In his State of the State address, California Governor Jerry Brown announced he's going on a trade and investment mission to China this spring. But just how are the two economies linked? And what does Brown has in mind for strengthening ties? We'll find out.
Strike At Ports Of Los Angeles And Long Beach Continue Into 8th Day

Why labor unions are still going strong in California

Union membership is at a 97-year low. In the past year, their ranks fell to just over 11 percent of the workforce nationally, with sharp drops in places like Wisconsin and Indiana. And, as you may remember, those states had some pretty dramatic political standoffs over unions.
Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 Legislation

Friday Flashback: Gun control, John Kerry, and more

It's time for Friday Flashback! A round up of this week's biggest stories. On tap this week are Christina Bellantoni the political editor for the PBS Newshour and James Rainey, political columnist for the LA Times.
US Postal Service Details New Cost Cutting Plan

Price of first-class postal stamp rises to 46 cents

Come Sunday, the price of a first-class stamp is also going to increase, from 45 cents to 46. Yes, just one penny, but still. Joining us now is Ken Martin, executive director of American Philatelic Society, the world's largest stamp collectors organization.
What are we going to call the Charles Shaw brand wine now that Trader Joes has increased its price from a reasonable $1.99 to a whopping $2.49?
X Games Aspen 2013 - Day 1

Not radical? Could the X-Games be selling out?

Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning - those guys are old news. Today, we're ignoring the NBA drama and the Pro Bowl hype, and taking a look at the other biggest stars in sports - people like Gretchen Bleiler, Tucker Hibbert and Shaun White.
The Oakland city council has hired Bill Bratton to develop a plan to bring down the city's violent crime rate. Bratton has led police departments in Los Angeles, New York and Boston.
Fronteras E-Verify

Fronteras Desk: E-Verify lessons from Arizona

It's gotten a lot more complicated in recent years to hire undocumented workers -- and that's especially true in a state like Arizona, which mandates strict hiring practices. Workplace enforcement will be a part of the upcoming debate over immigration reform.
Border Art
Art has a way of redefining public spaces, particularly those marked by hardship or violence. That's what drew photographer Stefan Falke to the US-Mexico border. He's capturing the work of artists in this region for a project he calls "La Frontera.
Blueberries

Science casts doubts on antioxidants' effects on aging

The Fountain of Youth may seem like it's at your grocery store.
LA Youth candid

The LA paper for teens, by teens ends after 25 years

After 25 years, LA Youth newspaper is closing down, and current and former writers are devastated.
GQ Best Dressed Cocktail - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013/14
Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party podcast and radio show. On tap this week, a house in France for a Euro! One catch: it may have ghosts.
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