Take Two for August 8, 2013

Silver Fire

Report: CA wildfires getting worse due to climate change

The past decade, California had three of the largest fire years on record. A new report by the state points to cause: climate change.
Asian Citrus Psyllid

Citrus psyllid forces quarantines in nine California counties

Quarantines didn't stop the psyllid from establishing itself across Southern California, but with such high stakes, what else can farmers do?
Pelican Bay State Prison.
Inmates say they are protesting the use of solitary confinement, which they call inhumane. But corrections officials say some leaders of the protest head up violent prison gangs and aren't operating with the purest of motives.
Mexico US Immigrant Youth

'Dream 9' immigrant activists freed in Tucson

The nine activists taken into custody two weeks ago after crossing into the U-S from Mexico were freed Wednesday afternoon in Tucson. Michel Marizco was there and reports that they may be free for now but their legal troubles have just begun.
Richmond, CA Hit Hard By Foreclosures

Banks sue City of Richmond over eminent domain plan

Richmond is still struggling with underwater mortgages and foreclosed homes, so city officials came up with a plan to use eminent domain to seize the mortgages and reduce the amount still owed by homeowners. Now some major banks are suing the city, arguing that the plan is unconstitutional.
Teen Head Start - 1

New York begins offering daycare loans for parents

A pilot program, set up by City Council speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, will give 40 families a six-percent interest rate to finance up to $11,000 a year to pay for daycare.
The New York International Auto Show Kicks Off In New York City
Next time you're in your car, pay attention to the various sounds your vehicle makes. Many of the sounds you hear inside your car are carefully engineered.
Next Weekend Sundance
If you haven't been fortunate enough to get to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, you're in luck this weekend. Sundance is bringing an offshoot to Los Angeles for the first time starting tonight.
Los Angeles City Councilman Bob Blumenfield
It's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics throughout California. To help us with that, we're joined by KPCC political reporter Alice Walton and politics editor Oscar Garza.
Latino College Student

Community colleges overwhelmed by rising Latino student population

From the Fronteras Desk, Kate Sheehy profiles a school in Southern Nevada struggling to meet the needs of its Latino student body.
Two young wolves hide behind a tree on A
Researchers are finding their presence there is having a surprising effect. In a roundabout way, the wolves of Yellowstone are giving a boost to the diets of Grizzly Bears.
The legalization of marijuana in Washington and Colorado has opened up new opportunities for farmers. Not to grow pot plants, but hemp, a related cannabis product that can be used in everything from cooking oils to clothing.
Raging Waters Flowrider

Why is school starting so early? Blame seniors

Schools have been pushing their start dates earlier and earlier. Some are starting almost a month before Labor Day, which has lost its place as the last summer weekend.
Survey Calls U.S. Traffic Signals Inefficient
Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.
Ramen Burger

Is the Ramen Burger New York's next big food trend?

The snack-turned-prime course item made its debut at the Smorgasburg Festival in Brooklyn last weekend, and has a secret sauce with scallions and arugula.
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