UCLA In the News December 21, 2017

UCLA In the News lists selected mentions of UCLA in the world’s news media. See more UCLA In the News.

Will filing taxes get easier? | Los Angeles Times

Not having to itemize would reduce the time and cost of filing taxes. A study by Youssef Benzarti, an assistant economics professor at UCLA, estimated that filing taxes costs Americans about $200 billion a year.

New UCLA Law scholarship honors memory of Chris Cornell | Los Angeles Times

“This endowment honors an influential musical artist who cared about human rights and enables others the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world,” UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said in a statement. (Also: Variety, KTTV-TV)

Tax bill may face lawsuits | Reuters

Kirk Stark, a professor of tax law at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law, said there is a slight possibility that a federalism argument against limiting the SALT deduction could gain traction. “Courts create new law all the time.”

Did Kim Jong Un really release the WannaCry virus? | Newsweek

(Commentary written by UCLA’s Kristen Eichensehr) Attribution by op-ed doesn’t lend itself to technical detail. Prior U.S. attributions, particularly the attribution of the Sony hack to North Korea three years ago, have come in for criticism for providing insufficient detail to support accusations, and this attribution is the least-supported to date.

California health insurance premiums expected to rise | Sacramento Bee

Gerald Kominski, director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, said he doesn’t think the market will collapse. “Too many people have benefited from subsidies under the Affordable Care Act to suddenly forgo them in favor of becoming uninsured to avoid a tax penalty.”

Hot, dry autumns are causing the “near-apocalyptic fires” | Los Angeles Times

“There is some evidence that the autumn on average in Southern California is going to be drier as the climate warms,” UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain said. Less rain in the autumn, along with hotter temperatures, increases the fire risk. “Timing matters. If we had the early season rain, we wouldn’t have had the fires we just had.”

Cosmic string tugs on center of Milky Way — but why? | Newsweek

“With our improved image, we can now follow this filament much closer to the Galaxy’s central black hole, and it is now close enough to indicate to us that it must originate there,” study author Mark Morris of the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a press release. “However, we still have more work to do to find out what the true nature of this filament is.” (Also: Smithsonian)

How Orange County Latino families sparked desegregation | KPCC-FM

“California is the most segregated place in the country for Latino students,” said Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. He praised the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Mendez, but said its reach was limited because it didn’t come with a clear mandate for how to desegregate schools, and there was little follow-up.

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