As fires continue to rage across the state, we find out more about the mental toll it's taking on firefighters. Plus, we check in with KPCC business reporter David Wagner about who's helping California buyers afford their homes. And, there's a new puma in the Verdugo mountains.
The history of Arson in California
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Brandon N. McGlover was arraigned last Friday on 15 counts of arson. He pleaded NOT guilty to allegedly starting nine separate fires, one that became the Cranston Fire still burning near Idyllwild. He is set to face trial September 24th. The wildfire was bad enough for those affected, but it was a particular blow to hear that someone may have intentionally started a blaze that forced thousands of people to flee and has now burned 12,300 acres. We take a look at the state's history with arson and why anyone would commit such an act.
- Emily Guerin, KPCC environmental reporter
Helping first responders cope with the hardships of the Carr Fire
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When fire season kicks into full gear, it can take a toll on those manning the front lines: the men and women in harm's way to protect property and life. The firefighters. Sometimes, they might need a little extra help processing.
- Mike Ming, deputy chief of employee support services for Cal Fire
Who's helping California buyers afford their homes
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California home prices keep going up. So who’s buying? And how are they affording it? Our California Dream collaboration found one answer in federal data, which shows buyers are increasingly getting help from mom and dad.
- David Wagner, KPCC business reporter
For some immigrants, Corelle plates say "I've made it"
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When immigrants come to America, some of them look for ways to show they've "made it" -- that they're officially part of American culture. And one of the ways they show it is with dinner plates. Specifically, plates made by Corelle. Thin and lightweight, Corelle plates have a glossy white sheen, making them almost translucent, since they're made out of tempered glass. But why are they so beloved in immigrant households?
- Sonia Rao, Washington Post
New puma in the Verdugo mountains
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There’s a new puma in the Verdugo mountains, and officials are calling him Adonis. It’s the first time a male mountain lion has been documented in the area since the death of P-41 last October. So, what does this mean for the area and SoCal’s cougar population?
- Miguel Ordeñana, a wildlife biologist at the Natural History Museum
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Each week, we bring you the best new music releases. This week, we listen to tracks from several new albums, including Dorian's "Justicia Universal," Francisco Victoria's "Prenda" and Rosalia's "Pienso en tu Mira," which comes with this visually stunning video:
- Justino Aguila, Billboard contributor