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KPCC DIGEST A.M. (Aug. 23)—Rim fire is the size of three San Franciscos, LA schools not sharing nicely, Affleck takes the cape

Circa 1880: A phrenological cross-section of a man's head, illustrating the idea that the brain processes thoughts in different locations according to their type.
Circa 1880: A phrenological cross-section of a man's head, illustrating the idea that the brain processes thoughts in different locations according to their type.
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1. Generations of spearfishermen hunt conservatively (KPCC)

Some southern Californians get close to the coast, closer than most, diving deep to places like Catalina and Palos Verdes to engage in the millennia-old sport of spearfishing.

A multigenerational sport for some, divers of a certain age will tell you that Sea Hunt, the television show filmed off of Palos Verdes, whetted their appetite for the ocean.

2. How big is the Rim Fire? 3 times the size of San Francisco (KPCC)

A raging Northern California wildfire has spread inside the border of Yosemite National Park and grown overnight to more than three times the size of the city of San Francisco said fIre officials.

The blaze, at only 2 percent contaiment, grew from 99 square miles to more than 165 square miles with flames forcing evacuations of hundreds from homes. 4,500 residences are threatened. 

3. Microsoft CEO Ballmer retiring within the next year (NPR)

Steve Ballmer will retire as CEO at Microsoft within the next 12 months, the software giant announced Friday. Ballmer became the company's CEO in January 2000.

According to the company: "Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most."

4. Teacher turf—Charters and LA Unified fighting over space on shared campuses (KPCC)

It's a classic roommate feud — local charter schools that share space with traditional L.A. Unified schools say they're getting short changed. The state Supreme Court is stepping in.

L.A. Unified filed papers opposing a claim by charter schools that the district is hogging space on campuses, in violation of a voter-approved initiative.

5. Affleck to play Batman in 'Man of Steel' sequel (KPCC)

Ben Affleck will don Batman's cape and cowl. Warner Bros. announced that the 41-year-old actor-director and Academy Award winner will star as a new incarnation of the Dark Knight in a film bringing Batman and Superman together.

Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, who will reprise his "Man of Steel" Superman role. To be expected, the internet has been unrelenting in its joke-heavy campaign to see Matt Damon as Robin.

6. How smart is too smart to eat? (PRI)

Some say they won't eat anything with a face, but what about anything with an intelligent brain? A chain of aquariums in Britain is urging people to stop eating octopus as researchers learn just how smart the sea creatures are.

Octopus, it turns out, are quite smart. An aquarium specialist said the animals show comprehension, memory and the ability to learn, "We actually give them dog toys to solve to get their food rewards."

7. Bus involved in 210 Freeway crash was cited for moving violations (KPCC)

The company that operated the tour bus involved in Thursday's crash on the 210 Freeway received three moving violations in 2013 — two for speeding and a third for following too close behind another vehicle, according to public records.

The California Highway Patrol says the driver for Da Zhen Travel Agency was cited for making an unsafe lane change in Thursday's crash.