Archive for October 12th, 2012


Sales for new video game hardware, software and accessories declined 24 percent to $848 million last month, according to research firm NPD Group.
Blessing of the Waves
Blessing of the Waves is hosted by the Diocese of Orange, which has brought together Jews, Muslims, Christians, Unitarians and Sikhs to bless the ocean.

Do Chinese tech firms pose U.S. security threat?

The U.S.-China economic relationship is under pressure again with allegations from the House Intelligence Committee that two top Chinese telecom firms are security threats.

Russia no longer wants U.S. aid to secure nukes

Thousands of nuclear weapons have been dismantled in Russia with U.S. aid over the past two decades. But now Moscow says it's ready to pull the plug on the program.

Prehistoric 'Kennewick Man' was all beefcake

"K-Man," as he's known to locals, lived more than 9,500 years ago. Scientists studying his bones say he was all athlete, with a soccer player's leg muscles and a killer arm.

Classroom yoga helps improve behavior of kids with autism

Kids with autism who did a yoga routine at school every morning for 17 minutes behaved better, researchers at New York University found.

7 signals stolen from the running mates' one-game playoff

How was the Joe Biden vs. Paul Ryan vice presidential debate like a Major League Baseball playoff game? Well, umpires (and moderators) matter, for one. Here's a list.

'Vintage black glamour' exposes little-known cultural history

Tired of seeing the same old photos of Josephine Baker, Nichelle Gainer started a blog showcasing rarely seen photos of African-American actors, educators, students and more.

Forest people return to their land ... As tour guides

In 1991, the Batwa forest people of Uganda were evicted from their land. A new program is trying to help them earn money and reconnect with their roots.

Native American tribe's battle over beer brews

The Oglala Sioux tribe has accused Anheuser-Busch, among others, of illegally selling millions of cans of beer to residents of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, which is officially dry.

Making 'The Science of Good Cooking' look easy

Forget the room-temperature eggs and the tenderizing meat with a marinade, America's Test Kitchen host Chris Kimball tells Morning Edition.

Kelp for farmers: Seaweed becomes a new crop in America

Seaweed farms off the coast of Connecticut may provide financial relief for farmers and environmental benefits for the ocean, not to mention tasty inspiration for chefs.

Veteran: Risks in 1950s bomb test 'a disgrace'

One soldier who witnessed more than 20 bomb explosions in the Nevada desert in 1957 says a lot of good men died because of their presence at nuclear test sites.

Casinos not an easy bet for local governments

More jurisdictions are turning to gambling to plug budget holes, but some say the economic benefits are exaggerated.

The secret to genius? It might be more chocolate

A cardiologist has some fun plotting how a country's chocolate consumption may predict Nobel prizes. The outlier is that Sweden seems to get more than its share of the prizes.
VP Debate

5 takeaways from the vice presidential debate

Vice-President Joe Biden and GOP Rep. Paul Ryan were pointed and at some points personal in discussing their differences on a range of issues during Thursday debate.
Endeavour In Hanger At LAX

A preview of Endeavour, the museum exhibit

The space shuttle Endeavour will become the centerpiece of an exhibit at the California Science Center. A preview of what's in store when it opens to the public.
Space Shuttle Endeavour Offload at LAX

Remembering Endeavour, the youngest shuttle

As Endeavour makes its final journey to its home at the California Science Center, a review of the storied career of NASA's youngest shuttle.
Mo Yan
Chinese bookstores across Southern California are preparing for a rush of shoppers after a Chinese author won this year's Nobel Prize in Literature.


Medical Marijuana

Pot dispensary chief convicted on drug charges

Aaron Sandusky, of Rancho Cucamonga, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison when he is due for sentencing Jan. 7, 2013.

Parent Trigger group wins another legal battle

Parents in Adelanto win a critical victory in their effort to take over a failing school under the state's “parent trigger" law.
Endeavour view from Ocean Blvd., Santa Monica
The idea hatched over a year ago. Through the power of a Kickstarter campaign, they managed to raise $20,000 in 30 days.

Photos: The Endeavour arrives at California Science Center

The Endeavour finally comes to a stop at Exposition Park, about 16 hours behind schedule on its final journey to the California Science Center.

LA couple's wedding will be next door to shuttle Endeavour

A couple will be getting married Saturday at the Natural History Museum — at the same time the shuttle Endeavour will be pulling up to the Science Center next door.

A great debate

I thoroughly enjoyed the VP debate and its fast paced back-and-forth. Democrats had to love Joe Biden's energy and willingness to challenge Paul Ryan on almost every point. Republicans had to love Ryan's poise and discipline in how he handled himself, even as Biden was dismissing him throughout the 90-minutes.

Economist Richard Easterlin, Nobel Prize winner?

University of Southern California economist Richard Easterlin continues to produce influential work of whether people are happy. Could be win the Nobel Prize?
Two Los Angeles men were arrested outside the vice presidential debate in Kentucky, with one climbing a tree and shouting anti-abortion slogans.
The CNN website has a featured essay from Shannon K. O’Neil, a senior fellow for Latin America Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, in which she writes about how Latinos may decide the election.
Election Panorama
A majority of Latinos surveyed say they'd vote for President Barack Obama, but how many of them will make it to the polls? That's one takeaway question from a new Pew Hispanic Center survey, which found a large majority of respondents (69 percent vs.

Harvey Weinstein whales on Silicon Valley

Outspoken producer Harvey Weinstein crosses the pond and rips into Big Tech for bolstering a culture of content piracy.
Hatfield and the North

Album of the week: Hatfield and the North

Progressive Rock emerged during the 1970's, with the Canterbury Scene being the most rewarding. Hatfield and the North, in Peter's opinion, are Canterbury Scene royalty.

Judge denies bail to man found with suitcase of weapons at LAX

A man found carrying a suitcase of weapons at LAX was denied bail after prosecutors said he was a flight risk and that evidence showed an interest in sexual violence.
Immigration a concern, but not most pressing issue, for Latinos - Los Angeles Times A new Pew Hispanic Center survey finds Latinos most concerned about issues like education, jobs, the economy and healthcare.
Rick Caruso

Maven's Morning Coffee: Rick Caruso bags on the mayor's race

Today is Friday, Oct. 12 and headlines include Rick Caruso's plans not to run for mayor, a schoolyard brawl between Reps. Howard Berman and Brad Sherman, and former Mayor Riordan's plans for the May ballot.
Physical Debate
See the video where Congressman Brad Sherman swings his arm around Congressman Howard Berman during a debate Thursday night. The crowd went wild; a deputy intervened.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison demonstrates Or

What Larry Ellison brings to the AEG sale — $41 billion

The third-richest man in the US, Larry Ellison may be interested in buying AEG.
In an effort to boost the number of Latino doctors, surgical pathologist Fernando Antelo started a workshop titled: “Frida Kahlo - The Forgotten Medical Student”.


FilmWeek Marquee

Episode: FilmWeek Marquee (10/12/12): Argo, Seven Psychopaths, Middle of Nowhere and The House I Live In

FilmWeek Marquee (10/12/12): Argo, Seven Psychopaths and more

Larry Mantle is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell of Box Office Magazine and Andy Klein of the L.A. Times Community Paper chain to review this week’s new films, including Argo, Seven Psychopaths, Middle of Nowhere and The House I Live In.


Episode: FilmWeek (10/12/12): Argo, Here Comes the Boom, Seven Psychopaths and more
Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Andy Klein to review the week’s new films, including Argo, Here Comes the Boom, Seven Psychopaths and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Family Tree

Family Tree

Barking up an unexpected one.


Episode: AirTalk for October 12, 2012
High-dollar Beverly Hills shoppers may soon see an unfamiliar retailer among the big name, big ticket shops like Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada.
Physical Debate
The race for California’s newly-drawn 30th congressional district is shaping up to be one of the most contentious – and expensive - in the country.

Paul Ryan and Joe Biden duke it out in the VP debate

Vice presidential debates don’t usually move the needle much during election seasons but the stakes were higher than usual for last night’s vice presidential debate between sitting Democrat Joe Biden and his Republican challenger, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan.
"Argo" Washington D.C. Premiere
Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Andy Klein to review the week’s new films, including Argo, Here Comes the Boom, Seven Psychopaths and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Take Two®

Episode: Take Two for October 12, 2012

Weekend Alibi: Tullyfest, Ooh La La and Baja Culinary Fest

Meghan McCarty brings you the Weekend Alibi, a roundup of the best entertainments around Southern California. So if anyone asks you on Monday morning how you spent your weekend, you've got a good answer.
It's the Friday Flashback, when we look at the big stories of the week, and maybe a few that flew under the radar. Joining us today from Washington, Christina Bellantoni, politics editor at the PBS News Hour.
Margo Uusorj carries Sandra Kullas of Es
Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam join Take Two with some conversations starters.
House votes to arm Syrian rebels

Escalating tensions between Syria and Turkey

Tensions between Syria and Turkey continue to escalate, with Turkey’s prime minister now accusing Russia of arming Syrians.
Mara Salvatrucha gang members remain at
The violent Salvadoran gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13 for short, with close ties to Southern California has become the first street gang to be called a, "transnational criminal organization" by the U.

Details on the true story behind the film 'Argo'

Joshuah Bearman wrote the original article for Wired magazine that inspired the movie "Argo," which opens today.
San Joaquin Valley
New York Times food writer Mark Bittman recently asked his readers for suggestions on where he should head for his next big feature.
During a speech yesterday at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta argued the U.S. could easily be attacked by hackers, crippling the nation's power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government.
VP Debate

Body language and the vice-presidential debate

Forget what they said, what did they mean?

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