Take Two for September 30, 2013

Congress Meets As Government Shutdown Looms

Fact checking the congressional budget talk headlines

As the possibility of a government shutdown looms larger, listeners should beware headlines with phrases like "budget standoff," "showdown," "failure of leadership," or "partisan gridlock."
Congress Meets As Government Shutdown Looms
Imagine if Congress passed a budget, there was no argument over increasing the debt ceiling, and the President signed a farm bill, an immigration reform package and a plan to give businesses incentives to hire new employees. What would the economy look like in this rose-colored scenario?
Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Constitutionality Of Health Care Law

Why America's national health care efforts are so contentious

The heated debate over health care is nothing new, going all the way back to when president Truman first proposed national health insurance.
Peter Lee

California's Obamacare insurance marketplace poised to launch Tuesday

The head of Covered California predicts some glitches and delays, but says that overall the online health insurance marketplace is ready to go live on Tuesday.
nevada unemployment

Nevada unemployment woes shed light on federal neglect

Five years into the recession, Nevada’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly high at 9.5 percent, making it the highest in the nation.

On The Lot: LGBT actors, female directors, and 'Gravity'

Time for On The Lot, our weekly look at the business of entertainment with Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times
James Plannette

Odd Hollywood Jobs: Gaffer

You've probably seen the word gaffer scrolling by on movie credits, but what exactly does a gaffer do?
Whittier Oil Drilling
Activists say what happens in a courtroom, and in Whittier, could have ripple effects for open space and land conservation well beyond this small 30-acre patch.
An aerial tanker drops fire retardant on a wildfire threatening homes near Yarnell, Ariz., on July 1. An elite crew of firefighters was overtaken by the out-of-control blaze on June 30, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flame

Lessons learned from the Yarnell Hill fire investigation

The investigation into the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona’s Yarnell Hill Fire concluded with several recommendations. Many hope that the report released Saturday leads to wildland firefighting policy changes.
Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers
Cuba has produced some of Major League Baseball's hottest stars, like the Dodgers own Yasiel Puig. But to get to America, players like him have had to defect before they can suit up. A new policy in Cuba, however, could open up the country's ranks to recruiting.

Epilepsy study reveals the brain in action

People with serious epilepsy are debilitated by seizures. Surgery can cure the problem, but only after doctors learn exactly where and how seizures are triggered. That requires watching the human brain in action.
War Play Book
These days, basic training isn’t all about doing push-ups and pull-ups, training also includes playing video games.
Students at Tenth Street Elementary out on the playground.

Report: CA's school truancy level could cost state billions

According to a report issues by state Attorney General Kamala Harris today, about a million elementary school students in California were truant during the past school year.
 The Last Bookstore

LA's Last Bookstore looks to keep the page in the digital age

Downtown's Gallery Row district is an example of how downtown is changing: New restaurants, luxury lofts and art galleries. This business is at the heart of it all.
Best of Craigslist show

'Best of Craigslist' show turns online classified ads into art

Ever read those wants ads on Craigslist? One enterprising band of entertainers in L.A. has now built a live show around the ads and all the actors do is read them aloud.
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