Take Two for December 20, 2013

Lawmaker Searched Water Districts

What happened to $2.7m in Central Basin's trust fund?

The water district transferred $2.7 million into a secret trust fund set up to create an EIR for a water project. One board member called it a "slush fund."
Homeless Death Police

How will the holiday break impact the Kelly Thomas trial?

The defense rested its case on Wednesday, and prosecutors called their final rebuttal witness yesterday. Now , because of the holidays, the jury has been dismissed for a two-week break. We wondered what that might mean for the trial.
President Obama Speaks On The Defense Strategic Review At The Pentagon
We've come to the end of the week. Christmas is just around the corner, and it's time for the Season's Greeting edition of The Friday Flashback. Joining us today our regular Flashback friends. Jim Rainey of the LA Times, and Nancy Cook, of National Journal.
Four of the stars of Duck Dynasty, from left to right: Phil Robertson, Jase Robertson (Phil's son), Si Robertson (Phil's brother) and Willie Robertson (Phil's son).
Even if people disagree with what Phil said, others say he should have a right to be open with his views without fear of punishment.
BRITAIN-ENTERTAINMENT-CINEMA-INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS
Actress Carey Mulligan joins host Alex Cohen to discuss her new film, "Inside Llewyn Davis", by filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen.
Prison Suicide - 3

California inmate isolation case goes to judge

A federal judge abruptly interrupted a weeks long hearing so that he could begin considering whether the prolonged solitary confinement of mentally ill inmates in California prisons violates their civil rights.
payday loans

ProPublica: How short-term loans turn into life-long debt

Thousands of Americans have similar stories of how high-interest loans spiraled out of control. Now, a Propublica investigation looks at how lenders are turning to legal action to collect on those debts.
Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

Kobe Bryant injured: Did he come back to the court too soon?

The injury happened on the same leg that he tore his Achilles tendon, which raises a few questions such as: Did Kobe attempt to come back too early and what do the Lakers do now?
Jay Cohen bugler bugle
Before Sunday's final race at Hollywood Park, fans for one last time will hear the music of Jay Cohen — the 75-year-old track's official bugler.
Kris Ohlenkamp before photo

When bulldozers meet birds: One year later

A group of birders will take part in an annual bird count tomorrow in the San Fernando Valley. KPCC's Jed Kim says the group last year made an upsetting discovery.
Fronteras

American tax dollars change lives In Mexican border cities

A little known infusion of American tax dollars has played a part in the fight against organized crime in two Mexican border cities: Ciudad Juárez and Tijuana. The money comes from the Merida Initiative, a multinational pact signed six years ago.
Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam

Lucky Diaz on making kid-friendly tunes for the whole family

The band Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band will be performing at Legoland on New Year's eve.
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