Archive for October 8th, 2012


For families of Medicare recipients, insurance choices are tricky

When a relative signs up for Medicare, it is often perplexing and unnerving for the rest of the family who may have grown used to cushy employer-sponsored coverage.
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Record California gasoline prices averaging $4.67 a gallon have driven some people to mass transit.

Nobel winners unlocked cells' unlimited potential

Two scientists discovered that every cell in our body can reinvent itself and become any other cell type. These stem cells have vast potential for drug development for many diseases.

Honey, the Americans shrank the apple trees

American apple trees used to be big. So what made them shrink? Farmers decided to use dwarfing rootstocks.

Predicting the future: Fantasy or a good algorithm?

The question is whether tapping into publicly available data — Twitter and news feeds and blogs — can help to forecast the future faster and more precisely.

Piecing together 'the world's largest jigsaw puzzle'

As the Berlin Wall was coming down, East Germany's secret police, the Stasi, tore up millions of files. Now, the array of secret papers collected by the Stasi is still in huge demand.

UCLA wins grant to promote exercise & healthy diets

The $20 million grant is to battle obesity in minority neighborhoods. It aims to make it easier for people to drop sedentary habits and embrace healthy living.

When should seniors hang up the car keys?

Most elderly drivers give up the keys only when their child or grandchild intervenes. Social workers say family members must look for changes in their parents' driving behavior.
Cesar Chavez National Monument

Cesar Chavez National Monument: History or politics?

President Obama will honor Cesar Chavez by designating his home a national monument. Is it a politically motivated move to attract Latino voters?
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is holding a public meeting in Dana Point to discuss the future of the San Onofre nuclear plant.
End of Watch

How accurate is the portrayal of South LA in 'End of Watch'?

The cop flick is set in the LAPD's Newton Division — so we asked a sergeant who works there in real life how the movie stacks up to the reality.


Water policy wonks, engineers to skip work this week

We've got lots of what I call day-long nerdfests this week in LA on subjects near and dear to my heart, environmental risk management and water policy. I'm not going to be able to get to a darn one of them, but being at them is usually fascinating, if you want to know what's coming next.
Arnold Schwarzenegger And Vince Mcmahon
Arnold Schwarzenegger is serving as the WWE social media ambassador Monday night during the WWE Raw pro wrestling show, tweeting about the event.

LA City Councilman Rosendahl declines to run for third term

The Westside councilman will not pursue a third term of office. He announced that decision as he undergoes cancer treatment.
Endeavour In Hanger At LAX
The space shuttle Endeavour moves this weekend from LAX to the California Science Center. Here’s a map of the route it will follow.
Medical Marijuana
The U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles has given 71 medical marijuana dispensaries until Tuesday to shut down.
Another L.A. snapshot from blogger Calvin Ho's Migrantography, a photo blog capturing little slices of immigrant life in the United States and elsewhere. In the Koreatown Galleria supermarket on Olympic Boulevard, this instant soup display well reflects the neighborhood's demographics.
Off-Ramp host John Rabe (in sunglasses) and Off-Ramp fill-in producer Jerry Gorin, posing for their album cover.
What Rabe and Gorin look like, more or less.

Revolution Capital, the Tampa Trib — and the LA Times?

Another deal in the newspaper business — involving an L.A.-based private equity firm — should remind Angelenos that the L.A. Times has an uncertain fate.
Arts education

$4 million fund drive aims to renew LAUSD arts education

With song, dance and star-power tweets by Justin Bieber and Ryan Seacrest, the LA Fund launched a campaign to revitalize arts education at LAUSD.
Bell, CA Residents Demand Resignation Of City Officials At City Council Mtg
Bell has named a new acting police chief as part of its continuing effort to reform local government after eight former officials were indicted on corruption charges.
October is underway, meaning it's time to see who has had the longest wait for a family-sponsored immigrant visa this month. Twenty years, twenty three years? The line doesn't budge much, at least not for hopeful immigrants in certain categories, from certain countries.
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An undercover FBI agent has denied accusations he spent U.S. taxpayer dollars on prostitutes in the Philippines during an international weapons trafficking probe.

Hello, commercial space! SpaceX launches first ISS mission

What only governments have done in the past, Hawthorne, CA-based space startup SpaceX will now do 12 times for $1.6 billion.
Cesar Chavez National Monument

Obama declares Cesar Chavez home a national monument

The 100-plus acre site is known as La Paz. It is located in Keene, near Bakersfield, in the Central Valley. It is also the headquarters of the United Farm Workers.

Hispanic Caucus picks favorites in California House races

The Caucus' political action committee has sent $10,000 to first-time candidate Raul Ruiz and to incumbents Joe Baca and Grace Napolitano

3 reasons LA is getting crushed on gas prices

The October gas crisis in LA continues, although prices have begun to fall from their highs. Why did that all happen? Could it have been prevented?
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Update: Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman split; Hollywood reacts

One of Hollywood's most enduring couples is separating, according to the AP.
Obama and Romney on the issues: Immigration - Washington Post A point-by-point comparison of where the two presidential candidates stand on deportation, skilled foreign workers, the Dream Act and state immigration laws.
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As Gov. Jerry Brown takes action to try and stop rising gas prices, a new record high is set across the state. Analysts say it will get worse before it gets better.
Patrol Cars
Deputies tried to contact the bicyclist because they believed he had a gun, authorities said. The gun has not been found and details have not been made public.

Chavez reelected to 6 year term in Venezuela

Challenger Henrique Capriles accepted defeat as Chavez swept to a 10-point victory margin, the smallest yet for him in a presidential race.
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It used to be, if you went to public school, you only had one choice — go to the school nearest your home. Now students and their parents have a variety of options.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Mervyn Dymally dies at 86

Today is Monday, Oct. 8 and headlines include the passing of former Lt. Gov. Mervyn Dymally, the nasty turn of the city attorney's race, and sinking trees over at LAPD.
Prop. 36 on the November ballot proposes changing who qualifies for a sentence of life in prison based on their past crimes under the state's Three Strikes law.


Off-Ramp Extra

Episode: Fascinating, shameful slice of US history: the black motorists' Green Book

Green Book guided black drivers in Jim Crow era

Dr. Foster was a black man on his way to LA. He'd just left the South, but not segregation, and as one sympathetic motel owner told him, "If we let you in, all the other motel owners would ostracize us."

The Loh Life

Episode: Menopalooza, Part Four: Hole!

Menopalooza, Part Four: Hole!

Sandra Tsing Loh can't believe Courtney Love is approaching "that age."

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Water Fight

Water Fight

A Supersoaker that's really super.


Episode: AirTalk for October 8, 2012
Gender discrimination became legally prohibited following the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but that didn’t (and doesn’t) mean that such mistreatment was eradicated.
Websites reflected in girls eye
As social media sites like Facebook become increasingly popular, our social lives are becoming increasingly digital. Does that effect our physical well-being?

The search for Richard III’s skeleton

For centuries after the Battle of Bosworth Field and the end of the War of the Roses, the slain body of King Richard III went missing after a hasty burial.
Kansas City Chiefs v Oakland Raiders

Sports fans love to hate

Whether it’s the Giants and the Dodgers, Raiders and the Broncos, or Duke and North Carolina, rivalries are a treasured part of sports.
Republican Candidate Mitt Romney Gives Foreign Policy Speech

Romney presses reset on foreign policy

Mitt Romney gave a foreign policy speech today in an attempt to reset his foreign credentials for the presidential race.
Obama For America "30 Days To Victory" Fundraising Concert In Los Angeles
The Obama campaign reportedly raised more money last month than any other campaign in this election cycle.
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Who deserves a Nobel Prize?

Sports fans have the Olympics and the Superbowl; film buffs have the Oscars, music lovers the Grammys. But for the followers of dark matter, single-molecule spectroscopy and nuclear hormone receptors, Nobel Prize week is the most exciting time of the year.

Take Two®

Episode: Take Two for October 8, 2012
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Jim Croce's widow, Ingrid Croce, talks to Take Two about her husband's music, his untimely death and her new book, "I Got A Name."
Afghan Americans and Muslim Americans

Afghan Americans help others get the voting habit

With the election right around the corner, get out the vote campaigns are in high gear.
Activists Group Call On Obama To Close Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility
As we heard earlier, Governor Mitt Romney is criticizing the Obama administration for not doing enough to curb the influence of Al-Qaeda around the globe.
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One of Romney's top advisors hails from Southern California

One of Mitt Romney's top advisors is a rising Asian-American political star from Southern California.

GOP candidate Mitt Romney gives speech on foreign policy

Governor Romney just wrapped up a speech that focused on foreign policy at the Virginia Military Institute.
NAFTA Mexico Jobs

Mexico is key to growth for some US companies

These days, some six-million American jobs actually depend in some way on trade with Mexico. From the Fronteras Desk, Jude Joffe-Block reports on the complex collaborations between manufacturers on both sides of the US-Mexico border.
Cesar Chavez National Monument

Honoring the legacy of workers' rights advocate Cesar Chavez

This morning, President Obama is heading to Keene, California, in the San Joaquin Valley where he'll pay tribute to the memory of Cesar Chavez.
As gas prices soar, Governor Jerry Brown will allow a shift to so-called winter blend gasoline. But what does that mean? And what's really behind price spike?
Ludo and Krissy Lefebvre

Ludo Bites cookbook brings the pop-up concept home

LudoBites is a unique restaurant concept created by chef Ludo Lefebvre. What makes it unique is that it has no permanent address and no phone number.

Is China's largest telecom company a security threat?

According to a House Intelligence report released this morning, some of the biggest threats to national security today comes from two Chinese telecom companies.

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