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Copyright 2018 KQED. To see more, visit KQED . AILSA CHANG, HOST: The wildfires across California have killed more than 50 people and destroyed thousands of homes. Many more people are still missing. And even beyond the fire zone, Californians are feeling the effects of these fires. Smoke is blowing into the Los Angeles Basin, the Central Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. Public health officials say people should avoid exercising outside and should wear protective masks outdoors. From member station KQED in San Francisco, Raquel Maria Dillon has more. RAQUEL MARIA DILLON, BYLINE: Children are especially vulnerable to wildfire smoke because their lungs are still developing and they play hard. UNIDENTIFIED CHILD: One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10. DILLON: At Marshall Elementary in San Franciscos Mission District, the smoky air means recess is canceled for the rest of the week. Teacher Greg Arias says his kindergartners are bouncing off the walls. GREG ARIAS:
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: Michael Solomonov became famous for his interpretation of Israeli cuisine. MICHAEL SOLOMONOV: And Im the chef and co-owner of Zahav Restaurant in Philly. SHAPIRO: He and Zahav have won a bunch of awards. So did the Zahav cookbook. Now Chef Solomonov has a new cookbook called Israeli Soul. SOLOMONOV: With Israeli Soul, we want you in an apartment, a tiny apartment in New York, to get just as much pleasure as if you were roaming around the streets in Jerusalem. SHAPIRO: These are not restaurant-style recipes. Theyre the kinds of street food that Solomonov likes to eat when he visits Israel - falafel, shawarma, flaky, savory pies called bourekas. SOLOMONOV: The spinach ones are spiral. SHAPIRO: Yeah. Yeah. SOLOMONOV: The feta ones are triangles. The mushroom ones are triangles. The potato ones are laughter rectangle, you know But thats what I get, like, when I get off the airplane. And theyre - and the bags are, like,
Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit AILSA CHANG, HOST: Congress may be on the verge of a major overhaul of the criminal justice system, and it seems to go against President Trumps tough talk on crime. A bipartisan group of lawmakers is hoping to push the bill across the finish line as they return for the upcoming lame-duck session. The president weighed in on that idea this afternoon. SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Americans from across the political spectrum can unite around prison reform legislation that will reduce crime while giving our fellow citizens a chance at redemption. CHANG: NPR national justice correspondent Carrie Johnson has been following this issue for years and years. Hey, Carrie. CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: Hey, Ailsa. CHANG: So this bill - it doesnt exactly seem to jell with President Trumps past rhetoric about upholding law and order. Just explain this to me. How does being more lenient on some drug sentences fit in with his whole tough
E-cigarette company, Juul announced its taking steps to curb its appeal to potential underage users. It has made its Facebook and Instagram accounts inactive. Juul also is pulling several flavored tobacco products, including mango, cucumber and fruit, from retail stores until sellers adopt a new age-verification system limiting buyers to 21 and older. Critics of the top e-cigarette startup say its too little, too late. Analysts think these measures will only cause a slight dip in sales for Juul. The actions come as the Food and Drug Administration prepares to issue guidelines many think will put severe restrictions on the sale of e-cigarette products. Click the audio player above to hear the full story.
When it comes to selling NBA tickets and merchandise, having the best basketball player in the league helps . Lebron James move to the Lakers, announced on July 1, led to massive ticket price increases on StubHub and a rise in merchandise sales even before the basketball season started . That should be good news for Anschutz Entertainment Group, which operates the Staples Center and owns a slice of the Lakers. Dan Beckerman, the CEO of AEG , recently spoke to Marketplaces Kai Ryssdal about the Staples Centers effect on downtown LA and how the company handled the recession. We have a vested interest in making sure that our teams are successful. So in addition to it being rewarding for us to be at the games and watch us win, its also good for our business to be successful, Beckerman said. We examined the cost of a seat at the Staples Center, on the primary market, over the course of a week for sporting events to see what it revealed about the ticket economy and how pricing works.
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