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The U.S. Senate is poised to pass an amendment to the immigration reform package that would dramatically increase security efforts along the US-Mexico border. The price tag: $30 billion over 10 years.
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Translating mob lingo heard at the Whitey Bulger trial

It was just one year ago that famed mobster Whitey Bulger was captured in his Santa Monica apartment. The outlaw had evaded authorities for 16 years. Bulger's trial got underway last week and linguist Ben Zimmer has been keeping an ear to the salty talk of former mob men.
In this week's edition, we dish on the week's biggest national stories and the journalists who've been covering them.
L.A.'s first annual taco party arrives in Los Angeles on Sunday, and event curator Bill Esparza helps us preview the exotic fare to expect at the festival.
Juniper Berries
Cocktail connoisseurs take note. If you are a gin and tonic lover, better stock up on the gin while you can. Juniper berries — one of gin's most crucial ingredients — are falling prey to a fungal disease in the United Kingdom.

'Angeltown': The City of LA's long lost official song

The mid-century song, "Angeltown," written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans in 1959 inspired by Los Angeles Times columnist Gene Sherman to be the soundtrack of the city of L.A.
Prison Suicide - 3
California will have to immediately release 9,600 inmates to comply with a court order issued four years ago. Prison overcrowding has left inmates without adequate dental and mental health care.
Jeffrey Skilling Sentenced In Enron Trial

Sentences for white-collar criminals up for review

While many people think Jeffrey Skilling's sentence was actually too light, his sentence, and the way by which other so-called "white collar" criminals are punished, is something that legal scholars have been debating for years.
Activists Protest House Farm Bill Plan To Cut Food Assistance Program

House rejects $500 billion farm bill

Things are not looking good for the farm bill. Yesterday, the House rejected the five-year, half-trillion dollar measure. It was not a pretty scene.
Dr. Frazier Moore, Watts Health Center

Watts clinic provides dentures and another chance at a smile

Watts Health Center's dental operation is unique: It has an on-site lab that makes dentures and other oral prosthetics for patients at little to no cost.

In Tijuana, a breakfast hall for the stranded

Since 2009, the Obama administration has deported more than 1.5 million people, but even after being kicked out of the U.S., many have hopes of returning. Fronteras Desk reporter Adrian Florido visited a breakfast hall in Tijuana where many deportees try to figure out how to get back.
San Clemente Dam Removal Project

San Clemente Dam removal project begins

Up north in the Carmel Valley an $84-million project to remove the San Clemente Dam is set to begin today. Built in 1921, the Dam that was designed to quench the thirst of the Monterey Penisula has grown old -- and potentially dangerous.
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How safe are California's bridges?

Hundreds of California bridges are rated as 'functionally obsolete,' 'structurally deficient,' or 'fracture critical.' But experts say the labels are misleading.
Couples Get Married In Group Ceremony On Valentine's Day

Etiquette Lesson: The dos and don'ts of wedding season

It's a nice time for a summer wedding, but should you bring a gift if it's a destination wedding? What should you do if you're throwing a wedding and a guest brings three extra people unannounced?
World on Wheels
It's time to say goodbye to an LA institution. World on Wheels roller rink is closing its doors. KPCC's Lauren Osen tied on her skates and went to visit one last time.

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