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USC holds memorial for Chinese graduate student murdered off campus — About 300 people came to the University of Southern California for a memorial service honoring the Chinese graduate student murdered off campus last week. An overflow of guests gathered around monitors set up in a courtyard outside the service at Newman Hall. Everyone stood silently as the parents and other family members of Xinran Ji entered.

Consumer advocates take Medi-Cal backlog fight to the feds — A coalition of health advocates Friday asked the federal government to force California to do more to reduce its huge backlog of pending Medi-Cal applications. The state has rejected the key elements of a plan proposed by the advocates last month.

What happened to LA Sheriff candidate Paul Tanaka? — The once bustling campaign headquarters of Paul Tanaka, tucked in the middle of a Torrance strip mall is empty now. No volunteers busily calling voters, no campaign signs stacked high. No Tanaka buzzing around, giving orders and thanking people. One of the agents at the State Farm Insurance office next door says Tanaka's people decamped about a month ago.
Aug 01, 2014

He's a long shot, but It appears #LA sheriff's candidate @TanakaLASheriff isn't campaigning at all. @LASDHQ @KPCC

Adoption begins for the 61 dogs found after a Riverside fire — A1127234 woke up with two new things Friday morning: a home and a name. His new name is Crosby. Crosby is a Shetland Sheepdog, commonly referred to as Shelties. He was given to the Riverside Department of Animal Services on July 19 by Ginny Dennis, along with her 60 other Shetland Sheepdogs.

Grant Morrison explores 52 different universes in 'Multiversity,' from Nazi Superman to our world — Comic book writer Grant Morrison, who splits his time between his native Scotland and Los Angeles, has been writing comics for 30 years. His work includes some of the most influential works in comics history - from "Animal Man" to "All-Star Superman" and beyond.
Aug 01, 2014

I interviewed one of my favorite comic book writers, @GrantMorrison, for @KPCC at Comic-Con; check it out: #SDCC

Campus safety conference convenes blocks away from USC murder site — Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck called on campus police departments Friday to engage the community and teach students to take responsibility for their safety. His remarks came during the keynote address of the Campus Safety Conference, sponsored by Campus Safety Magazine, at the Radisson Hotel near USC--mere blocks from where USC graduate student Xiran Ji was murdered last week.
Aug 01, 2014

LAPD Chief called on campus police depts to engage community & teach students to take responsibility for their safety…

Grover Norquist on why he's going to Burning Man — T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images Grover Norquist speaks on a panel during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord International Hotel and Conference Center on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland. The conference, a project of the American Conservative Union, brings together conservatives politicians, pundits and voters for three days of speeches and workshops.
Aug 01, 2014

"I usually wear clothes during the day," Grover Norquist assures Burning Man:…

The immigration crisis is reviving the Minuteman Project — Scott Olson/Getty Images A volunteer from the Minuteman Project stands near an American flag placed in the barbed wire fence which divides the U.S./Mexican border April 4, 2005 near Noco, Sonora Mexico. A Congressional lack of action on immigration, plus the increasing waves of unaccompanied children entering the country, has ramped up tensions along the border.
Aug 01, 2014

And one more from today's @taketwo: The immigration crisis is reviving the Minuteman Project… via @kpcc

LA lawyers take on immigration cases of migrant children — Ross D. Franklin/AP Two young girls watch a World Cup soccer match on a television at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Nogales, Ariz. We've been hearing about the recent surge in migrant children flooding into the U.S. from Central America.

In immigration news: GOP's border vote; protesters focus on White House, illness at detention centers — GOP pledges border vote 'today' - The Hill Friday morning, some of the GOP's biggest House conservatives said they would vote 'yes' on a new plan to deal with the border surge. They also want to vote on a bill to limit the federal program that grants deportation deferrals and work permits known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Aug 01, 2014

In immigration news: GOP's border vote, protesters focus on White House, illness at detention centers… via @kpcc

Slain USC student's parents grieve son's death — The parents of a Chinese USC graduate student who was beaten to death while walking to his apartment near campus arrived in the United States Thursday after breaking through State Department red tape, and broke down in tears after seeing their son's body at a funeral home.