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Elliot Rodger

What's to gain from reading a mass killer's manifesto?

Isla Vista shooter Elliot Rodger left behind a 7-minute YouTube video and a manifesto that's more than 130 pages long. But it's problematic when the public focuses too much attention on the treatises of mass killers.

The vulnerable mental health of teens and young adults

The killing spree near Santa Barbara has put the spotlight on mental health issues in the young adult age range, which research has shown is particularly vulnerable to the onset of mental disorders.
Farmers Hire Drilling Crew To Search For Water To Irrigate Crops

Amid drought, California can't track water usage

California's 19th-century water laws give nearly 4,000 companies, farms and others an unmonitored amount of free water, while the state is mired in a three-year drought that has forced water cutbacks to cities and agriculture.
Salton Sea Pelicans - 1

Can brown pelicans predict an upcoming El Niño?

We've talked a lot on this show about how different populations are being affected, including animal populations like tortoises, birds and bugs. But the odd behavior of one group of birds, California's brown pelicans, could signify the arrival of some rain.

Is college worth It? Research says yes

Student debt has topped 1 TRILLION dollars. And many new grads are finding it really difficult to find work. So is college worth it?
A bulldozer begins to tear down a section of the S
Earlier this year, the City of Santa Monica announced plans to create a list of seismically vulnerable buildings and mandate they get retrofitted.
Stooges Soup
With Memorial Day in the rear view, now you can feel free to wear all the white you want. Because if you try wearing white before Memorial Day you'll be ridiculed in the streets, right?
Henry don't got love
It's Tuesday, which means that it's time for Tuesday Reviewsday, our weekly new music segment. This week we're joined by music critic Steve Hochman and Associate Editor of Latin at Billboard magazine, Justino Aguila.
Think you can sniff out a knock-off Chanel handbag? Try doing it every day in the Port of LA where 43 percent of the country's imported goods come through before hitting shelves.
Music class room
The L.A. Unified School District is getting rid of so-called teacher jails. Until now, most district teachers under investigation for breaking misconduct rules, had to show up at district offices, known as teacher jails, during their suspensions.
Student bankers

Learning how to manage money from an in-school bank

The California Report's Alex Schmidt says a big bank brand in a school may give some pause, but for teens it's a window into the world of finance.
Dodgers bobbleheads - 9

Bobblehead giveaways keep Dodger Stadium seats full

KPCC's Ben Bergman discovered, the biggest draw to Dodger Stadium has nothing to do with who's playing on the field.

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