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Posts of the week: Hockey madness with Russian roots, bicultural marriages, Startup Act 2.0, detention reforms under attack, more

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This week has brought the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, the California Primary election and an interesting measure in Compton tied to changing demographics, and deliberations in Congress over what Homeland Security should be spending, including on immigrant detainees. That, and an ongoing conversation on interracial and interethnic marriages, which has continued online after a popular public event last week at KPCC in Pasadena.

Without further ado, a few highlighted posts from the week.


Website combines hockey madness and Russian roots, with (g)love The National Hockey League's website has content in eight languages, a testament to its international makeup and fan base. Russian players are well-represented, and in the U.S. they draw Russian American fans. Enter, a unique English-language site for fans of Russian players edited Sergei Miledin, a 1.5 generation Russian American and New Jersey Devils fan.


Scenes from a (bicultural) marriage: Communication and identity A public forum at KPCC last week brought together three couples to share their personal experience of life in interracial and interethnic marriages, a candid talk that covered everything from struggling with resistant in-laws to passing along culture to one's children. An ongoing series of posts with audio shares highlights from the conversation.


Bill would let some foreign grads stay in U.S., but not undocumented ones On the new bipartisan legislation dubbed the Startup Act 2.0, which would make it easier for some foreign graduate students in technology, math and science-related fields to remain in the United States after completing their studies so they can work and start businesses. But undocumented college students already in the U.S. aren't eligible.

Compton’s Measure B: How district elections could change ‘racially polarized’ voting Explaining the switch approved by voters last Tuesday to district vs. at-large elections in Compton, a once predominantly black Los Angeles County city that is now majority Latino. The measure was the product of a 2010 lawsuit brought by three Latina residents, who claimed that at-large voting failed to adequately represent the city's Latino majority in local elections.


Who had the longest wait for an immigrant visa this month? A look at the longest waits, more than 20 years for some, endured by hopeful immigrants from the Philippines and Mexico. Those being sponsored by relatives who are waiting to enter the U.S. legally in these two countries, along with India and China, have especially long waits as the demand for family reunification is greater, but all countries are awarded the same percentage visas available.


A rollback on detention reforms? After ‘Holiday on ICE,’ House goes after public advocate Three years ago, the Obama administration responded to a series of lawsuits over conditions in immigrant detention centers by announcing planned reforms. But as some of these reforms materialize - most recently a less prison-like "civil detention center," followed by a federal public advocate - they are now being blasted by some legislators as unnecessary.