Take Two for July 1, 2013

The Granite Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew is shown in this undated handout photo provided by the City of Prescott in Arizona. The elite team of 19 firemen were killed on Sunday in one of deadliest U.S. firefighting disasters in decades as flames raced
The Yarnell Fire northwest of Phoenix, Arizona claimed the lives of 19 firefighters over the weekend.
TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY GAVIN RABINOWITZ

How green are the batteries in electric cars?

The ever-increasing number of Californians who are embracing battery electric vehicles can ignore rising gas prices, but they might want to think a little harder about those batteries.
Downtown Irvine
Out of the top 10 fastest growing cities in the country, three of them are in California. None of them are major urban centers like Los Angeles or San Francisco. In fact, they're pretty suburban: Chula Vista, Irvine, and Bakersfield.
Postal Service Announces End To Saturday Delivery

The US Postal Service's zip code system turns 50

50 years ago, the U.S. Postal Service introduced the zip code system to more efficiently and accurately deliver mail. But not everyone was excited about the idea.
The Lone Ranger
Now its time for our regular Monday discussion of the entertainment biz, On the Lot with LA Times reporter Rebecca Keegan.
Fracking Fronteras
Mora County, New Mexico told the oil and gas industry "no thanks" this spring when commissioners passed the nation's first county-wide ban on fracking.
Court To Rule On Tribune Co. Bankruptcy
The media behemoth which owns dozens of TV stations and newspapers across the country, including the Los Angeles Times is about to get even bigger. This morning, the company announced a massive $2.7 billion dollar purchase of 19 local TV stations.
LA Mayor
Los Angeles has a new mayor. Yesterday, Eric Garcetti took the oath of office outside City Hall.
City Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr.
Eric Garcetti is on his first day as the mayor of Los Angeles, but at LA City Hall, there's another man whose power rivals that of the mayor: Herb Wesson. KPCC's Alice Walton reports.
Seminole Indian Reservation Opens New Casino In Everglades
Under a bill approved by the state Senate in a 22-11 vote last week, the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians will be allowed to build a casino on land that is off the reservation.
Walmart Strawberry Supply Chain
A patchwork of state and federal agencies handles these kinds of cases, but California is the only state that has its own special court for resolving labor disputes between farmworkers and growers.
UMMA Clinic Nursing 22
Insurance companies can use their clout to limit how doctors prescribe certain medications. Most of the time, it works for patients. But there are exceptions. Share your thoughts in a poll.
New England Patriots Player Aaron Hernandez Arrested For Murder
The summer is supposed to be a restful time for players who wear out their bodies on the gridiron for much of the rest of the year, but off-seasons are seldom quiet.
gold's gym

The psychology of workout music

You've seen people going for a run or in the gym with ear-buds, blasting music to go along with their workout. For many, the music is as important as any piece of equipment.
Semisweet Bakery in downtown LA makes its own variation on the pastry that's been getting a lot of online buzz.
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