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$140M settlement in Miramonte civil suit against LAUSD

scpr.org — Lawyers for the Los Angeles Unified School District have reached a tentative settlement in which the district is agreeing to pay a total of nearly $140 million to dozens of students of Miramonte Elementary School who had filed a civil lawsuit against the district over its handling of the sexual abuse case of former Miramonte teacher Mark Berndt.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @karenfoshay: Biggest payout ever by a school district over child abuse #lausd scpr.org/news/2014/11/2… via @kpcc

Nov 21, 2014

$139M from #LAUSD to plaintiffs RT @karenfoshay: Biggest payout ever by a school district over child abuse scpr.org/news/2014/11/2… via @kpcc

Nov 21, 2014

Los Angeles school district to settle Miramonte sex abuse civil case at a record cost of $140 million kp.cc/1xzgOiA via @KPCC

LAUSD sending iPads, laptops to 27 more schools

scpr.org — Los Angeles school district superintendent Ramon Cortines is expanding the iPad program to 27 more schools, the second round of computer purchases announced this week. Without seeking new bids from tech companies for the latest purchases, the district may need to rely on a controversial contract with Apple that former Superintendent John Deasy said would be canceled.

#soLAvalet: Runyon Canyon will have valet parking this weekend - yes, really

scpr.org — Angelenos, we are amused and embarrassed to report that the on-demand valet parking app, CurbStand, is setting up shop at Runyon Canyon this weekend. Only in L.A. can you get your car valeted before hiking. Here's what the app's publicist Nancy Zakhary had to say: Apparently, no one has offered valet parking for Runyon Canyon ever before.
Nov 21, 2014

This is funny because I didn't go to #RunyonCanyon last weekend because of the parking fiasco scpr.org/news/2014/11/2…

Nov 21, 2014

RT @KPCC: Runyon Canyon will have valet parking this weekend thanks to @CurbStand — yes, really kp.cc/1xzaesE via @KristenLepore #soLAvalet

FBI sends nearly 100 additional agents to Ferguson

scpr.org — The FBI has sent nearly 100 additional agents to Ferguson, Missouri, to help law enforcement there as officials prepare for possible unrest ahead of a grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting. A U.S. official said Friday that the agents will supplement the law enforcement presence.

Obama's executive order doesn't fix tech companies' immigration problem

scpr.org — Tech company executives and lobbyists have complained for years that the country's immigration system is hurting American competitiveness. Now some worry an executive order announced Thursday night by President Obama does far more to help workers than companies, and in the wake of a threatened Republican backlash, could make the problem worse.
Nov 21, 2014

Obama's executive order doesn't fix tech companies' immigration problem scpr.org/blogs/economy/… (via @KPCC)

Local research project exploring the arts as a tool to teach science

scpr.org — University of California, Irvine, researchers are in the midst of a five-year project to develop and study the effectiveness of a new curriculum designed to help students better learn science through the arts.
Nov 21, 2014

RT @KPCC: Local research project exploring the arts as a tool to teach science kp.cc/1ukp1kM via @maryplummer

Obama's actions could affect thousands at LA's immigration courts

scpr.org — Graham Clark A judge hears the cases of immigrant teens in Los Angeles. President Obama's planned changes to immigration enforcement could be good news for the nation's overwhelmed immigration courts. The courts are facing an historic backlog, with more than 400,000 pending cases as of this fall.

In immigration news: Obama to sign executive order, Secure Communities replaced, what's next for immigrants, more

scpr.org — Immigration reform: Obama to sign executive order; Republicans won't 'stand idle' - Southern California Public Radio From the story: "President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive in Las Vegas Friday morning to sign his executive order shielding from deportation millions of immigrants who are in the United States without authorization.
Nov 21, 2014

In immigration news: Obama to sign executive order, S-Comm replaced, what's next for immigrants, more scpr.org/blogs/multiame… via @kpcc

Los Angeles port truckers vote to end strike

scpr.org — Truckers from three companies have voted to end their strike at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The vote Thursday came after a truce brokered by LA Mayor Eric Garcetti. The mayor, the Teamsters union and the companies said in a joint statement that the two sides would "continue discussions to resolve outstanding issues."
Nov 21, 2014

Los Angeles port truckers vote to end strike scpr.org/news/2014/11/2… via @kpcc

Secret California water deal left high and dry in D.C.

scpr.org — A Congressional back room water deal has sprung a leak. After months of secret negotiations and without a single public hearing, a bill that would have built dams and reservoirs in California - and rolled back environmental laws - has been shelved. At least for now.

FAQ: What you need to know about President Obama's executive order on immigration

scpr.org — What's changed for Southern California? Lots, potentially. It's estimated that there are close to 1 million immigrants without legal status in Los Angeles County. President Obama's plan would allow immigrants who are the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents to apply for temporary relief from deportation - and work permits - if they have been in the U.S.

Obama to sign executive order, but details still murky

scpr.org — A day after announcing he would act to shield from deportation millions of immigrants who are in the United States without authorization, President Barack Obama will arrrive in Las Vegas Friday morning to sign that order, visiting the same school where he had announced his now-stalled immigration plan in 2013.
Nov 21, 2014

Immigration reform: Obama to sign executive order; Republicans won't 'stand idle' scpr.org/blogs/multiame… via @kpcc

In California, executive action on immigration could have 'disproportionate' impact

scpr.org — California is home to nearly one-fourth of the immigrants who are living in the United States without legal status. So a broader temporary legalization plan, as President Obama is expected to announce this evening, will have a wide-ranging effect in the state.

'Serial': Listening to the music that propels the true-crime podcast

scpr.org — NPR's "Serial" podcast has continued to exert its dominance in the podcast world, with a huge number of listeners and continued buzz on social media. They recently posted more of one of the most mesmerizing pieces of the show: The music.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @MikeRoe: I wrote this piece on the music behind Serial; you can listen to all the catchiness (and a Serial/Miley mashup): scpr.org/blogs/newmedia…

Nov 20, 2014

I wrote this piece on the music behind Serial; you can listen to all the catchiness (and a Serial/Miley mashup): scpr.org/blogs/newmedia…

Inglewood teachers lash out at schools chief for insensitive remarks

scpr.org — Inglewood Unified School District teachers, staff, and parents blasted schools trustee Don Brann Wednesday night at the first public meeting following his remarks that he felt unsafe in the city. "Dr. Brann, I've been really, really angry this past month or so. What have we done to make you scared of us?"
Nov 20, 2014

Should this guy keep his job? Inglewood School District trustee says he's afraid in the city. scpr.org/blogs/educatio… @kpcc

Nov 20, 2014

RT @PFedu: Inglewood schools trustee gets tongue-lashing following comments about his safety in city kp.cc/1BQj6Oq via @KPCC's @AGuzmanLopez

Why Mike Nichols got the gig to direct 'The Graduate'

scpr.org — Rene Macura/AP Mike Nichols, Academy Award-winning director of "The Graduate," far right, speaks with, from left, Lawrence Turman, the film's producer, and Katherine Ross and Brian Avery, both actors in the film, before a screening of "The Graduate" in 2005. With the news of Mike Nichols' death, we spoke with producer Lawrence Turman about their collaboration on "The Graduate."

Lawyers: charter schools prevent some from enrolling by requiring parents to volunteer

scpr.org — Nearly a third of California charter schools sampled by a civil rights group are violating the state's guarantee of a free public education by requiring parents to volunteer up to 40 hours each school year, according to a report released Thursday.
Nov 20, 2014

RT @KPCCNews: Lawyers: charter schools prevent some from enrolling by requiring parents to volunteer kp.cc/1x7nwIE

'Atari: Game Over': The true story behind the 'ET' video game debacle

scpr.org — Listen Now [6 min 33 sec] Xbox Studios Director Zak Penn on the site of the Atari video game burial Xbox Studios (Left to right) Video game designer Howard Scott Warshaw shows director Zak Penn the old Atari offices In 1983 the video game industry crashed, and it crashed hard.

Ivanpah solar plant generating less electricity than expected

scpr.org — Maya Sugarman/KPCC The Ivanpah Solar Power Facility is located in Ivanpah Dry Lake, Calif. near the California-Nevada border. The 3,500-acre facility was completed in 2013. Earlier this year, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System opened up in the Southern California desert near the Nevada border.