California http://kunc.org en A Song Of Frogs, Motherhood And Murder In Swampy San Francisco http://kunc.org/post/song-frogs-motherhood-and-murder-swampy-san-francisco In her bestseller <em>Room</em>, writer Emma Donoghue imagined what life would be like for a little boy born into captivity, to a mother who'd been kidnapped and sexually assaulted.<p>And in her new novel, Frog Music, she's imagined a possible solution to a very real murder, one that took place in California in 1876.<p>"On the very outskirts of San Francisco, in a grimy bar, a lot of bullets came through a window and they killed one woman in the room, Jenny Bonnet, who was a professional frog catcher," she tells NPR's Steve Inskeep. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:53:00 +0000 NPR Staff 55149 at http://kunc.org A Song Of Frogs, Motherhood And Murder In Swampy San Francisco Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways http://kunc.org/post/born-border-tijuana-grows-new-ways Tijuana is itself a creation of the border. The borderline was drawn here in 1848, as the United States completed its conquest of the present-day American Southwest. The border, along with the growth of San Diego and Los Angeles, gave Tijuana a reason to be.<p>Border security is ever-present here. The city has grown so close to the rusted U.S. border fence that it practically leans on it. The fence even cuts across the middle of Friendship Park, a circular plot of land that was laid out on the actual borderline as a symbol of the two nations' warm relations. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:58:00 +0000 Steve Inskeep 54992 at http://kunc.org Born From The Border, Tijuana Grows In New Ways Long, Hot Winter Puts Western Fire Officials On Edge http://kunc.org/post/long-hot-winter-puts-western-fire-officials-edge The view from atop Conejo Mountain is postcard-worthy. It's 360 degrees of Southern California: mountains, coastline, cookie-cutter homes.<p>But if you look closer, the greens, blues and browns of Conejo are charred away, burnt a charcoal black.<p>Mike Lindbery, a captain with the Ventura County Fire Department, was here on this mountain last spring when a wildfire raced up the hillside on its way to torching more than 24,000 acres.<p>The "Springs fire" started on May 2. Lindbery says it was huge for that time of year in Southern California. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:05:00 +0000 Nathan Rott 54787 at http://kunc.org Long, Hot Winter Puts Western Fire Officials On Edge Egg Law Latest Battleground In Animal Welfare Fight http://kunc.org/post/egg-law-latest-battleground-animal-welfare-fight <p>By most measures, David Kesten's hens are living the good life.</p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Frank Morris & Harvest Public Media 54591 at http://kunc.org Egg Law Latest Battleground In Animal Welfare Fight Cities Take The Lead In Regulating Electronic Cigarettes http://kunc.org/post/cities-take-lead-regulating-electronic-cigarettes Count Los Angeles as the latest big city to say no to electronic cigarettes.<p>The City Council there <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-0305-e-cigarettes-20140305,0,2449939.story#axzz2v6XkLd7s">voted unanimously </a>on Tuesday to ban use of the devices, which release vaporized nicotine, in almost all public places, including bars, workplaces and beaches.<p>If the mayor signs the ordinance, L.A. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:59:00 +0000 Nancy Shute 54449 at http://kunc.org Cities Take The Lead In Regulating Electronic Cigarettes