LAFD audit, solitary confinement, wood poachers and more

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The Los Angeles Fire Department has been under scrutiny for the lack of diversity in its ranks. Now, the city's Fire Commission has asked an independent assessor to look into how the department recruits and hires new firefighters.
California Prisons Solitary
Last week, at a Senate subcommittee hearing, Senator Dick Durbin called the practice, "a human rights issue we can't ignore." Among those who testified at that hearing is our next guest, the head of Colorado's Department of Corrections Rick Raemisch.
Good Times in Silicon Valley
These days plenty of tech companies are investing good chunks of their fortunes into getting just the right look and feel to their offices. It's a trend the New York Times' deputy tech editor Quentin Hardy has been writing about and he joins us now.
Courtesy of the artist and Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California
Artist Daniel Joseph Martinez's career has spanned decades. His work has been called unpredictable, bold, challenging. He's taken his art all over the world, from the museums and galleries of New York to sites in Cairo, Berlin, Moscow and Mexico City.
Pelicans Lakers Basketball
The Lakers keep taking their fans to strange new places. Turns out you can't go home again, without people questioning your motives, and how kissing a gator is all part of good clean fun. All that means it's time for sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky, who have covered sports for ESPN and the LA Times.
Dry RIver

California drought one more setback for river that runs dry

This weekend's storm didn't dump enough rain to put a dent in California's drought. Meanwhile, the state's tight water supplies have focused attention on environmental restoration projects, especially the effort to bring salmon back to California's second longest river, the San Joaquin.
Despite Push From Environmentalists, Bottled Water Consumption Remains Ubiquitous

San Francisco votes to ban the sale of plastic bottled water

San Francisco city leaders have voted to ban the sale of plastic bottled water on public property, making it one of the strictest bans in the country.
(FILES) In this photograph taken on May
Climbing to the top of Mount Everest isn't for the faint of heart. It can often takes weeks to reach the summit, and starting this year, you won't just bring back a sense of accomplish. You'll also be forced to tote more than 17 pounds of trash down with you, too.
Sequoias And Coastal Redwoods Appear To Flourish Despite Climate Change
Campers beware! If you're planning on driving up to the Prairie Creek Redwoods, you might find yourself staring at a closed road. Park officials have started closing down the Newton Drury Parkway to try to keep out wood poachers
LA's top doc wants DC help to regulate E-cigarettes
The ban is expected to be signed into law by Mayor Eric Garcetti and when it goes into effect would treat e-cigarettes just like regular cigarettes.
Local sports fans

Should LA bid for the 2024 Olympics?

L.A. hosted the Olympics in 1984, and the event was considered a huge success. Officials here are hoping for a repeat four decades later.
Deborah Martinez

Funding for developmental disability services still stalled

Thousands of people in New Mexico have developmental disabilities, but it's been hard for them to get access to the full spectrum of services available through the government. Many have been waiting for as long as 10 years.
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Today, romantic comedies are like yesterday's wedding cake left out in the rain. A soggy sad reminder of a love story gone bad.
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