A new report out of Iowa State University has found that many national parks are as smoggy as major cities; we talk to KPCC's environmental reporter to find out why. Plus, as part of our ongoing series 88 Cities, we visit Torrance. And an arts and entertainment reporter walks us through the highlights of this year's Comic-Con.
Update on the Ferguson fire
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In the Central Valley, the Ferguson Fire is currently 5 percent contained and its proximity to the parkland threatens the wildlife there as well as park-goers. The wildfire is raging at 17,000 acres on the southwest border of Yosemite National Park, making it the largest active fire in the state.
- Mike Whitaker with CalFire
National Parks are getting smoggy
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A popular destination for many Southern California travelers, especially over the summer, is national parks. They're a great place to get away from the smoggy city and get back in touch with nature, but new research shows the air may not be as clean as you think in certain parks.
- Emily Guerin, KPCC environmental reporter
Three Californias? Not on the table anymore
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A plan to divide California into three separate states will NOT be on the November ballot. Proposition 9 would have split us up into the individual states of Northern California, Southern California and a stretch of coastal land that would remain plain, old California. But the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday that voters would not get to weigh in on the proposal.
- Harry Litman teaches constitutional law at UCLA and UCSD.
88 Cities visits Torrance
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Take Two aims to visit every city in Los Angeles County – all 88 of ‘em. Thursday’s stop is Torrance where breweries are booming. The craft beer culture in L.A. is young – only about 10 years old – but its concentrated in Torrance, a city designed in the 1920's for both residences and for industry. Resident Phil Johnson runs the SoCal Brew Bus in the city and takes A Martinez and producer Leo Duran on a tour.
Whooping Cough hits SoCal again?
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A baby under six months old has died from whooping cough in San Bernardino County. This is the first confirmed death from whooping cough in California in over a year. Whooping cough is particularly dangerous for young babies so officials recommend vaccinating babies and expectant mothers. Dr. Sawyer explained that whooping cough poses the greatest danger to babies so certain vaccinations are recommended for infants and pregnant mothers:
- Infants should receive whooping cough vaccines starting at about two months.
- In order to protect babies before the two-month mark, pregnant mothers should get vaccinated 27-36 weeks into their pregnancy; they'll pass the immunization on to their babies.
- Mothers should get a new vaccine with each pregnancy because the immunization wears off after time; studies have shown that getting the whooping cough vaccine this frequently is a safe practice.
- Diana Ibrahim with the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health
- Dr. Mark Sawyer who works with the California Immunization Coalition
The effect of digital devices on teens
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Sometimes it seems like teens and their digital devices are attached at the palm. Given all that screen time, you might be led to wonder what effect all that tech is having on teen minds. New research based on some SoCal kids shows that heavy users can end up exhibiting symptoms similar to people with ADHD.
- Adam Leventhal, senior author on the study, director of the USC Health, Emotion, & Addiction Laboratory (HEAL)
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Eager enthusiasts camp for days in lines and cosplayers glam and gear up for the pop culture summit of the year: Comic-Con. The convention brings together more than 100,000 fans and professionals for four days of over excitement. It's also where details are revealed about all the upcoming movies, TV shows and, of course, comics.
- Mike Roe, LAist arts and entertainment reporter