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Economics of the death penalty, a lottery for college admissions and warm-water blobs




LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom speaks during election night event on November 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Newsom defeated Republican Gubernatorial candidate John Cox. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom speaks during election night event on November 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Newsom defeated Republican Gubernatorial candidate John Cox. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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We look at whether granting college admissions based on a lottery system would be fairer than how it's done today. Plus, warm water blobs are showing up along the California coast and washing various sea creatures to shore. 

Economics of the death penalty

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Governor Gavin Newsom signed an executive order Wednesday granting reprieves to 737 inmates on California's death row. It's a move that has earned the governor praise from human rights proponents… And criticism from families of victims.  The decision comes at a time when California has the largest death row population in the country. Twenty-five of them —the governor says— have exhausted all appeals. California hasn't put anyone to death since 2006. So what does this decision really mean for the future of the death penalty in California, and what does the data tell us about its effectiveness as a punishment? 

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The impact this college admissions scandal is having on students

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The parents involved in this college admission scheme have been charged, but what could happen to the students who benefitted from the bribes and the lies - several who are currently enrolled in school? 

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Would college admissions be fairer if they were awarded through a lottery?

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The recent college admissions scandal has got a lot of parents and students wondering how to make the process a little fairer. And then there's the issue of figuring out what "fair" means. Well, how about an admissions system that's already being used by charter schools? That's right -- a good old-fashioned lottery.

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Warm-Water Blobs

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After a surprisingly cold winter, a heat wave is coming to Southern California this weekend. For many of us, that means it's time to break out the shorts and flip flops. But heat waves don't only happen above ground. They're also under the sea. This week, the Farallon Institute and the Marine Science Institute at UC Santa Barbara released a study about the recurrence of warm water breaking into the typically colder waters of Northern California.

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