Take Two for August 21, 2013

Facebook Announces New Launcher Service For Android Phones
On Tuesday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a brand new initiative to bring Internet access to people around the world who don't have it. The group is called Internet.org and the goal's to get affordable Internet to the 4 billion people who lack access.
The water is so contaminated that standing 18 inches away from it for an hour would expose you to five times the amount of radiation that the average nuclear workers gets in a year. Japan's nuclear watchdog said today that it plans to dramatically raise the rating of the leak to a "serious incident".
Classes begin at Loyola Law school this week, but this year there are about 20 fewer students than usual. Loyola decided to reduce the size of its incoming class after alumni complained that they couldn't find jobs.
Advanced Placement Raising Standards

Are AP classes really worth the investment?

Hundreds of millions of federal dollars have been spent nudging more students into Advanced Placement classes. Enrollment nearly tripled but a close look at those students test scores show that it might not be worth the investment.
A student on his way to school walks pas

What is 'common core' and how will it affect LA schools?

Forty-five states, including California, have adopted new education guidelines known as Common Core. But a recent poll by Phi Delta Kappa/Gallup shows that most Americans aren't familiar with these new standards.
Los Angeles Dodgers v Miami Marlins

Sports Roundup: Puig-Mania, Kobe Bryant and more

Puig-mania hits South Beach, turns out Lebron James is just like most normal guys and the NCAA may not be soulless after all. This means it's time for sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, who have covered the sports scene for the L.A. Times and ESPN.

Weinstein Co. signs streaming movies deal with Netflix

Netflix and The Weinstein Company have inked a deal that will allow Netflix to stream movies like "Inglorious Basterds", "Silver Linings Playbook" and "The Butler" come 2016.
DWP building

State of Affairs: Wrangling over the LA DWP union contract

The Los Angeles City Council has scheduled another closed door meeting today to discuss a new labor contract with the powerful union that represents Department of Water and Power workers. At the center of contract negotiations lie more than 600 Byzantine work rules.
California Prisons

Lawmakers seek audit on circumstances of prison sterilizations

California lawmakers are calling for a state audit of the legally questionable practice of sterilizing women inmates. Experts say it is part of the state’s dark history with a discredited social philosophy.

App Chat: What teens are using to chat these days

If you have kids, communicating with them can get tough during their teenage years. Instead of trying to speak to them directly, leave notes around the house, or even email them, you can try a chat app.
Naeng-Myun Korean Noodles
As part of our summer food series, where we introduce you to meals best served on sizzling hot summer days, Meghan McCarty brings us a hot weather specialty from Korea.
Kosher Taco Fronteras

Kosher tacos debut on the US-Mexico border

The Southwest border is a place where people and cultures collide and inevitably blend into one another. For El Paso artist Peter Svarzbein it was the perfect setting to introduce a food experiment that compliments his latest project.
Newberry Solar
A few weeks ago, San Bernardino County quietly imposed a moratorium on the construction of new solar energy projects. The California Report's Steven Cuevas has the story.
Weak sea lion pups
Last year, thousands of sea lion pups died off the California coast for reasons that have yet to be definitively discerned. One possible cause might be due to affected food supply. Researchers and marine experts are concerned it might happen again.
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