Associated Press, March 12, 2016
Even as political spending explodes, disclosure remains hazy
Richard Hasen, a professor of law and political science at the University of California, Irvine, said that despite the highest court’s support for disclosure of campaign donors, the Federal Election Commission and Congress remain frozen when it comes to requiring greater transparency about who is funding political groups. “Political operators often look for ways to shield their donors,” Hasen said. “The laws have to be constantly updated.”
Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2016
This Cuban American family’s fractured views on immigration show how much the community’s politics have changed
Geography, a generational divide, continuous waves of Cuban migration and the passage of time are changing the political landscape of the Cuban American community in Southern California and nationwide, observers say. “It’s never been a static thing … the Cuban American community,” said Ruben G. Rumbaut, a professor at UC Irvine who has studied the Cuban diaspora for about 50 years. “It’s always changing.”
TakePart, March 14, 2016
Nonorganic foods have pesticide residue − but Is It bad for you?
In one, a 2012 experiment, cell biologists at the University of California, Irvine, exposed mice to triflumizole, a fungicide commonly used on produce, particularly leafy green vegetables … They discovered that the pesticide appeared to induce certain fetal stem cells to develop into fat cells instead of bone cells, making the mice fatter. Based on what they observed, the study’s authors concluded that triflumizole could have the same effect in humans.
The Wall Street Journal, March 12, 2016
Cities grapple with rising murder rates
The Los Angeles murder rise has been driven by “a couple of gangs that have reignited long-dormant rivalries,” said George Tita, a criminology professor at University of California, Irvine, who studies crime trends in the city.
CNN, March 13, 2016
Overdue California quake greater than thought, report says
“The record of past earthquakes tells us what could happen in the future because we know it happened in the past,” says Lisa Grant Ludwig, professor and graduate director in public health with the University of California, Irvine.
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