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Inglewood Unified: Filth, exposed wires, roaches still at some schools a month after KPCC investigation

scpr.org — Filthy classrooms. Blocked exit doors. Green matter, either mold or moss, growing in a drinking fountain. Those are just some of the 23 "extreme deficiencies" a Los Angeles County inspector found on a recent visit to Inglewood High School, despite a promise by the school district's leadership to fix problems exposed by a KPCC investigation.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @KPCCNews: Inglewood Unified: Filth, exposed wires, roaches still at some schools a month after KPCC investigation kp.cc/1C5kJHd

Dec 18, 2014

RT @KPCC: Filth, exposed wires, roaches still at some Inglewood schools after KPCC investigation kp.cc/13hYZsr pic.twitter.com/h21qKUBIRM

Dec 18, 2014

RT @PaulG57: KPCC reveals: Dirty, dangerous conditions persist at Inglewood schools scpr.org/news/2014/12/1… via @kpcc

Da Vinci Apartment Complex fire was arson, investigators say

scpr.org — The huge fire at the under construction Da Vinci Apartment Complex in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 8 was the result of arson, according to a press release from the L.A. Fire Department and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
Dec 18, 2014

RT @KPCC: #DTLAfire: Da Vinci Apartment Complex fire was arson; investigators say 'sufficient evidence' kp.cc/13hZSkF

Three ways to super-charge holiday singing with your kids

scpr.org — If you find yourself sprinting for the nearest exit every time you hear Bing Cosby's "White Christmas," we've got some news that might stop you in mid-stride: holiday songs can be good for your kids. Whether participating in organized sing-alongs and or spontaneous warbling to piped-in music in the mall, young children register real gains from singing, experts say.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @maryplummer: 'Sing it again' - & other tips for getting the most out of singing holiday songs w/ your kids scpr.org/blogs/educatio… #arts…

Dec 18, 2014

'Sing it again' - & other tips for getting the most out of singing holiday songs w/ your kids scpr.org/blogs/educatio… #artsed #musiced

Medicare cuts payment to hospitals with high infection and injury rates

scpr.org — For the first time the federal government is punishing hospitals with high rates of infections and complications by reducing payments, according to data released Thursday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Under a process mandated by the Affordable Care Act, Medicare is cutting payments to 721 hospitals nationwide for not doing enough to reduce avoidable infections and injuries, called "hospital-acquired conditions."
Dec 18, 2014

Medicare penalizes 79 Calif. hospitals for infections, injuries scpr.org/news/2014/12/1… via @kpcc

Will the New Year bring legalization to LA street vendors? City leaders say a new plan might work this time

scpr.org — Chopping fruit is how Delfino Flores always starts his day. Pineapples, mangoes, melons. He's been a street vendor in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles for 15 years. "Always, since I came to this country, this is what I've done. It's what I learned how to do," said Flores, 32, who hails from the Mexican city of Puebla.

UCLA professors force vote on diversity class requirement

scpr.org — A diversity class approved by UCLA's Academic Senate is now on hold after dozens of professors signed and submitted a petition on Dec. 11 calling for a campus vote of all faculty members.

'Colbert Report's' last episode sets up replacement Larry Wilmore - Here's his body of work

scpr.org — Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" is saying goodbye to America as the fictionalized version of Stephen Colbert makes way for the real Stephen Colbert to take over for David Letterman on CBS in 2015. He'll be replaced by longtime "The Daily Show" correspondent Larry Wilmore on "The Nightly Show."
Dec 18, 2014

As Stephen Colbert leaves the Colbert Report, I wrote this piece on his successor, the excellent Larry Wilmore: kp.cc/13hZbZ2

What are your 'best' and 'worst' of 2014?

scpr.org — As the end of 2014 approaches, newsrooms across the country are busy building out their "best," "worst," and "top 10" lists: Who had the biggest scandal? Which movie ranked No. 1? What are those Christmas gifts every kid is going to want? We at KPCC thought we'd get in on some of this list-making action-with your help.
Dec 18, 2014

KPCC reporters want to know your best and worst of 2014. Use the link to get your responses to them directly. scpr.org/network/questi…

6 things you should know about Cuban cigars

scpr.org — Cuban cigars are wrapped in mystique. Soon travelers will be able to bring back $100 worth of the famed cigars. Here are some facts you should know. 1. Cuban cigars are expensive, even in Cuba. As NPR's Tom Gjelten tweeted, the new permission to bring back $100 worth of tobacco (or alcohol) allows you at the most four good cigars.

Why Angelina Jolie chose Japanese rock star Miyavi for 'Unbroken'

scpr.org — Maya Sugarman/KPCC Japanese singer and songwriter Miyavi plays a sadistic camp guard nicknamed "The Bird" in the upcoming film, "Unbroken." When Angelina Jolie was casting the role of the Japanese WWII prison commander Mutsuhiro Watanabe for "Unbroken," she wanted an actor who could walk into a huge crowd - like a World War II POW camp - and own the place.

Sony hack: Sony pulls plug on 'The Interview,' Twitter erupts (updated)

scpr.org — Threats of violence against movie theaters. The New York premiere of "The Interview" canceled. Leaks of thousands more private emails. Lawsuits by former employees that could cost tens of millions in damages.
Dec 17, 2014

Sony will not release #TheInterviewMovie in any form, including VOD, apparently forever. Glad I saw it months ago! bit.ly/1wN6GSj

Dec 17, 2014

Check out @KPCC for full story on Sony hack, 'The Interview,' Twitter reaction: scpr.org/news/2014/12/1… via @kpcc

Dec 17, 2014

RT @KPCC: #SonyHack: 'Everything in our culture is not liked by somebody' — @JuddApatow on theaters pulling 'The Interview' kp.cc/1AoIm9H

Dec 17, 2014

RT @KPCC: #SonyHack: 'Everything in our culture is not liked by somebody' — @JuddApatow on theaters pulling 'The Interview' kp.cc/1AoIm9H

Dec 17, 2014

RT @KPCC: #SonyHack: 'Everything in our culture is not liked by somebody' — @JuddApatow on theaters pulling 'The Interview' kp.cc/1AoIm9H

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In immigration news: Cuban Americans react to improving relations, immigration scams, driver's license lawsuit, more

scpr.org — Polls Show Cuban-American Views On U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Nuanced - NPR The U.S. government's announcement that it could ease diplomatic and economic relations with Cuba comes as attitudes among Cuban Americans have been evolving. From the story: "Florida International University in Miami has been polling Cuban-Americans since 1991.
Dec 18, 2014

In immigration news: Cuban Americans react to improving relations, notario fraud, driver's license lawsuit scpr.org/blogs/multiame… via @kpcc

Maven's Morning Coffee: Legalizing street vending in L.A., UTLA's negotiations with LAUSD, a special election in Long Beach

scpr.org — Good morning, readers. Welcome to the Maven's Morning Coffee -- a listing of the important headlines, news conferences, votes and announcements you need to know to fuel up and tackle your day. The Maven's Morning Coffee is also available as a daily email. Click here to subscribe. Today is Thursday, Dec.
Dec 18, 2014

Maven's Morning Coffee: Will LA legalize street vending? scpr.org/blogs/politics… via @kpcc

Sony hack: Judd Apatow says pulling 'The Interview' 'sets a very dangerous precedent'

scpr.org — Kevin Winter/Getty Images (L-R) Seth Rogen, director/producer Judd Apatow and James Franco at the premiere of "Pineapple Express" in 2008. Apatow says the decision to not show Rogen and Franco's "The Interview" in theaters is "disgraceful."

Drought: 4 things Southern California is doing to capture stormwater, and 1 we're not

scpr.org — Billions of gallons of water have fallen on Los Angeles County since last week. And much of that kept right on going - out into storm drains, lost to the sea. Couldn't we actually use that water? Yes, and we do. Southern California water managers want to use more of it.

D'Angelo's return to the spotlight

scpr.org — Christmas is still more than a week away, but yesterday, the holiday arrived early for fans of the R&B singer-songwriter Michael Eugene Archer ... better known as D'Angelo. D'Angelo became a musical sensation in the 1990s with his hit album "Brown Sugar".
Dec 17, 2014

RT @LilEdit: so nice to speak with @kpccalex and @amartinezla re: D'Angelo's return to the spotlight scpr.org/programs/take-… on @kpcc

Dec 17, 2014

so nice to speak with @kpccalex and @amartinezla re: D'Angelo's return to the spotlight scpr.org/programs/take-… on @kpcc

LAPD Chief Beck takes your questions on body-worn cameras, violent crime stats and more

scpr.org — Kirk Siegler/NPR LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, a reformer hand-picked by former LAPD Chief Bill Bratton, is seen as an innovator and also someone who's respected by the old guard. In a highly anticipated move, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti announced yesterday [TUES] that the city will buy 7,000 body-worn cameras for LAPD officers.
Dec 17, 2014

RT @AirTalk: Chief Charlie Beck of the #LAPD on @AirTalk talking body cameras, violent crime stats, and even #TheInterviewMovie: kp.cc/1BZHmtQ

Has Social Security contacted you regarding old debts?

scpr.org — Share this: Facebook Twitter Google+ Email Print The Social Security Administration has been trying to collect debts from the children of people who were allegedly overpaid benefits decades ago. Are you one of those people? KPCC Washington correspondent Kitty Felde would like to hear from people who've been contacted by Social Security.

Taxi Commission: Can LA cabs learn from Uber, Lyft?

scpr.org — California prosecutors may not like Uber - but some local officials are exploring ways to make cabs more Uber-like. The Los Angeles Board of Taxicab Commissioners is considering requiring cab companies to make rides available through apps, to make them more competitive with ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft.
Dec 17, 2014

Taxi Commission: Can LA cabs learn from Uber, Lyft? scpr.org/news/2014/12/1… via @kpcc