Archive for October 5th, 2012


The California Energy Commission is countering claims that California's gas prices will continue to rise, saying that the reopening of a Torrance refinery should bring demand down.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin rallies for Obama, DREAM Act in LA

The original author of the legislation was in L.A. to continue building support for a law that would give legal status to hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth
Border Agents
The FBI says a preliminary investigation has found friendly fire is likely to blame in the shootings of two border agents along the Arizona-Mexico border.
A Bay Area teenager has become the latest Boy Scout to be kicked out of his troop because of the organization's national policy of excluding gay members and troop leaders.
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Southland volunteers needed to help foster kids

More than 26,000 Los Angeles County children are in foster care. That’s the highest concentration in the nation. A Southland nonprofit stepping up efforts to recruit and train volunteers who can help with foster kids, especially in the courts.

Torrance refinery back online amid soaring prices

A Southern California refinery that suffered a power outage that helped send gas prices soaring is back online.

Does your gas tank hold enough food to feed 22 people?

Researchers recently calculated the theoretical food value of ethanol in a gas tank. At the heart of this is: Should we burn so much food as fuel? And how will it impact the world?
Found Rolling Stones photos
Some never-before-exhibited photos of the band are at Dilettante Gallery in downtown L.A. The photos are circa '65, when the band was on a U.S. tour.

Virginia may hold keys to White House, Senate

Obama's path to capturing Virginia is far from certain in the dead-heat race with Mitt Romney, whose White House dreams rely on securing the state. The Senate race is equally as influential.

No one trusts China's unemployment rate

China's national statistics office works hard, but the country is so big and changing so quickly that it's hard to keep track of what's going on.

For Obama, 7.8 could be lucky number

The latest jobs report was good news for President Obama and not so much for Mitt Romney, whose campaign has been based on the argument that a bad economy requires a change in White House occupancy.
2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final ? Game Six

No Kings or Ducks games as NHL cancels first 2 weeks of season

The start of the regular season has been cancelled due to a contract squabble, costing the L.A. Kings and Anaheim Ducks several home games. What's the financial impact?

Pakistan heartthrob trades pop for political protest

One of Pakistan's most popular singers has traded pop for fiercely political songs. Shehzad Roy says his charitable work in poor public schools opened his eyes to injustice.

For special education teacher, 'every day is precious'

Ken Rensink was 19 when he was disabled in a car accident. After 15 years out of the workforce, he decided to devote himself to teaching special education.

Venezuelans in Fla. face 900-mile trip to vote

Venezuelans go to the polls Sunday to decide whether President Hugo Chavez remains in power. But Venezuela closed its Miami consulate, so Florida voters have to go to New Orleans.

U.S. speedskater admits to sabotaging rival's skates

Simon Cho says he tampered with another racer's skates at the World Short Track Team Championships last year after being pressured by his coach.

Not everyone in Spain eager to wager on EuroVegas

A U.S. casino mogul has chosen Spain as the location for a $35 billion European gambling megacity. But, residents are divided over whether they want casinos in their backyard.

Hotrod couple in Riverside motor on in hard times

Despite tough economic times, some entrepreneurs are thriving across Southern California. In Riverside, a custom auto body shop is banking profits.
Gasoline Prices

So Cal gas prices jump 20 cents overnight, near record

A number of factors disrupted the supply chain, leading to the spike. One analyst predicts: "Retail prices are going to skyrocket."
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Fred Jordan Mission offers shoes to kids in need.

School supplies, backpacks, new shoes and a haircut. Free for kids in need at the Fred Jordan Mission on downtown LA's Skid Row.


It's been more than a week since we last heard from Ivan Ceja, a 20-year-old Long Beach City College student from Compton who was among the first to apply for temporary legal status under the deferred action program in mid-August.
Richard Bloom Betsy Butler
After narrowly missing the runoff, she declines to back either of her fellow Democrats in the Assembly's 50th District runoff
The 50-year-old met the student at Orange High School where he taught. He was arrested at the riverbed where they often had their illegal tryst.
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Portrait in numbers of LAUSD's decline in arts education

L.A. plans to unveil a major initiative to save public arts education; LA Unified is looking at making arts a "core subject."
ISAtv/Jubilee Project Far East Movement
Thirteen YouTube celebrities have teamed up with entertainment and activist groups to launch #TakeActionCampaign, an effort to encourage young Asian Americans to vote.
A soon-to-be closed exhibit that reveals a room with eight busts, a modern interpretation of those busts, and something extra to take home for free.
City Councilman Richard Alarcon

Wendy Greuel backs Richard Alarcon's foe in Assembly race

The City Controller endorsed Raul Bocanegra for the State Assembly's 39th District over her former LA City Council colleague

Watch Adele's 'Skyfall' and vote for the best 007 song

What are your feelings? Which of the 23 James Bond songs do you think is the best in the franchise's long history? Wings? Shirley Bassey? Jack White?
Recently naturalized U.S. citizens could have the power to help swing certain key states in the election, a new report suggests.

Album of the week: The Best of Horace Andy

Peter Stenshoel reviews The Best of Horace Andy, a record of original Jamaican hits that was just what he needed to teach himself a bit of Reggae history.

Big Bird doesn't need PBS — he has Kickstarter!

If he gets elected President, Mitt Romney will take away Big Bird's funding. But it doesn't ultimately matter, because Big Bird is now crowdfunded.
Gasoline Prices

FAQ: Why are gas prices so high in Los Angeles?

Gasoline prices have skyrocketed over the last week in Los Angeles. What are the chances that gas will get cheaper? Not any time soon.
LAPD chief proposes limiting who local cops can hold for deportation - Southern California Public Radio Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck announced yesterday that he hopes to introduce a new policy that would limit who local cops hold for immigraiton agents to serious offenders.
Apple CEO Steve Jobs Delivers Opening Keynote At Macworld

Steve Jobs and the California Way of Business

Steve Jobs died a year ago. But Apple has moved on more dramatically than perhaps anyone could have imagined. Why is the company so special?

An October Surprise on September jobs? Jack Welch thinks so

The business titan and former CEO of General Electric tweets that the September job numbers were manipulated in President Obama's favor.
Endeavour over Long Beach
Today is Friday, Oct. 5 and headlines include limited access to the Space Shuttle Endeavour, a look at realignment, and a new deportation policy for LAPD.
La Puente High School
The students filed claims accusing the coach and older players of conspiring to attack them. It is the first step in filing a lawsuit against the school district.

September jobs: U.S. unemployment rate falls to 7.8 percent

The unemployment rate in the country has dropped below 8 percent. But job creation remains weak, leaving the economy in more of a holding pattern than a recovery.
Competitive California races
Where Republicans and Democrats are nearly equal in numbers, nonpartisan voters rise in importance, as in one Orange County race


FilmWeek Marquee

Episode: FilmWeek Marquee (10/5/12): Frankenweenie, Taken 2, Butter and The Paperboy
Larry Mantle is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein of the L.A. Times Community Paper chain, Henry Sheehan of and animation critic Charles Solomon of to review this week’s new films.


Episode: FilmWeek (10/5/12): Frankenweenie, Taken 2, The Paperboy, Looper and more
FilmWeek: Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon to discuss this week’s new films, including Frankenweenie, Taken 2, The Paperboy and more. Plus, we turn on our flux capacitor so our resident time travel expert, Andy Klein, can review last week’s Looper. TGI-FilmWeek!

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Travel Like a Germ

Travel Like a Germ

The reason we need Airborne.


Episode: AirTalk for October 5, 2012
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Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck made headlines nationwide this week when he announced that, starting January 1st, the LAPD would no longer comply with federal immigration policy by automatically turning over arrestees for deportation.
Cornelius Lock (L) of the US knocks down
In Hollywood it has become relatively common for stars to reveal their homosexuality, but this is not the case in the world of professional boxing.

Dial M for Murder and the process of 3-D conversion

At a time when most studios were turning out schlock to capitalize on the new trend of 3-D, one man managed to use the medium in a way that still stands the test of time.
FilmWeek: Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein, Henry Sheehan and Charles Solomon to discuss this week’s new films, including Frankenweenie, Taken 2, The Paperboy and more. Plus, we turn on our flux capacitor so our resident time travel expert, Andy Klein, can review last week’s Looper. TGI-FilmWeek!

Take Two®

Episode: Take Two for October 5, 2012
A blue Chrysler is on display at Long Be

Vintage CA plates get green light from Governor Brown

Gov. Brown recently signed off on legislation that will let classic car enthusiasts to buy brand new license plates with a retro look.
Koehler Urges Higher Gas Prices
It's the end of the week, the end of the it's time for our Friday Flashback.

Venezuelan Angelenos on possibility of Hugo Chavez's reelection

Venezuelans in Southern California will be glued to the Internet and Spanish-language TV this Sunday, awaiting the results of the presidential election.

How sunny Burbank shaped Tim Burton's dark, twisted creations

Tim Burton is known for his goth aesthetic, a somewhat dark and twisted view of the world; Think films like "Beetlejuice," "Edward Scissorhands," "The Nightmare Before Christmas."
Venezuelans head to to the polls this Sunday in a presidential election that could fundamentally alter their political future.

Weekend Alibi: Grand Park, Mole fest and Horrible Movie Night

Meghan McCarty is back with your Weekend Alibi, a roundup of the best entertainments around L.A.
House Democrats walk out of the US Capit

Outside money pouring in to California's congressional races

Congressional Democrats need 25 seats to retake the gavel from Republicans this November.
Villaraigosa and Beck
The Los Angeles Police Department is diving right into the national immigration debate.
The Paperboy Lee Daniels
Film Director Lee Daniels is best known for his 2009 Oscar-winning drama "Precious." The film blasted black cinema story-telling conventions, and took viewers inside the raw and violent reality of a 350-pound illiterate teenage girl.
Despite tough economic times, some entrepreneurs are thriving in some Southern California cities, including Riverside, where a custom auto body business is banking profits.

US unemployment rate drops to 7.8 percent

This morning's job numbers were good news for the economy.


Patt Morrison and President Ed Begley, Jr.

KPCC's Patt Morrison sat down with Ed Begley Jr. to discuss his latest play, "November," running through November 4th at the Mark Taper Forum.
KPCC's Frank Stoltze at Philippe's, one of the last businesses in the country with actual phone booths.
If you remember the pitfalls of phone booths, make sure to listen to Frank's chat with Rabe. And then come out and tell Frank what issues motivate you right into the voting booth.

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