Philip Seymour Hoffman, California drought, Super Bowl betting and more


Why do so many celebrities suffer from drug addiction?

For more on the struggles many celebrities face with addiction and a look at the current state of heroin use in this country, we're joined by Dr. Howard Samuels of The Hills Treatment Center here in Southern California.
Super Bowl XLVIII - Seattle Seahawks v Denver Broncos

Which Super Bowl bets paid off big time?

If you missed it, the Seattle Seahawks pretty much demolished the Denver Broncos in last night's Super Bowl. To find out if anyone bet on that being the final score, or if any other bets paid out big time, we called up Johnny Avello, director of Race & Sports operations at Wynn Las Vegas.
This week, the state identified 17 communities that could run out of water within 60 to 100 days. One of those is Brookstrails in Mendecino County.
California Drought Dries Up Bay Area Reservoirs
You may have been enjoying the rainy weather this weekend, but despite those few — and much needed — drops of water, the state remains parched. So what's a Californian to do in these dry times?
Kettleman City

Kettleman City faces tough decisions over clean water

For decades, the small farmworker community of Kettleman City in California has been home to the largest toxic waste dump in the western United States. It's also home to a water system polluted by arsenic.
The Ides of March - Photocall:55th BFI London Film Festival
Here to talk about Philip Seymour Hoffman's legacy and other news from the entertainment industry is Rebecca Keegan, film writer for the Los Angeles Times who joins us every Monday for our regular chat about the film biz, On the Lot.

Hollywood Jobs: Animated feature directors

As part of our series Hollywood Jobs, we had the chance to visit the Dreamworks campus for a chat with the creators of, "The Croods," Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders, who both wrote and directed the film.
Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair Held In Southern California

Affordable Care Act reaches second milestone

On Saturday, policy took effect for those people who enrolled in health insurance plans between late December and January 15th.
Miriam Martinez

Restoration of Medi-Cal dental coverage comes too late for many

The Affordable Care Act has expanded medical coverage for people of all ages, but dental coverage is a different story.
Pasadena Arts School

Can arts transform low-performing Pasadena middle school?

Eliot Middle School, in the Pasadena Unified School District, is in the midst of an arts transformation after receiving about $1.5 million in federal grant funding.
St Louis Rams Introduce Jeff Fisher

Rams owner Stan Kroenke buys 60 acres near the LA Forum

With Rams owner Stan Kroenke linked to the purchase of 60 acres of land near The Forum, we look back at LA's tumultuous relationship with the NFL and potential sites for its future. Arash Markazi of wrote about this and joined us to share his perspective.
World Cup
The Superbowl wasn’t the only sporting event this weekend. The US national men’s soccer team beat South Korea 2-0 in a match played in Carson, California.
Boys football team

Research shows sports may be key to keeping kids in school

New research from the University of Kansas suggests that athletic participation might be the key in preventing students from dropping out.
The non-profit recently announced something called Voice Intro Project. They're working on an audio database of celebrities, scientists, and other notable people who introduce themselves on tape, so we can avoid messing up their names.
Pepsi Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show
Pop start Bruno Mars took the stage, danced like James Brown and hugged a shirtless Anthony Kiedis from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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