Archive for October 31st, 2012


Breeder's Cup - 1
The 2012 Breeders' Cup gets underway this weekend at Santa Anita Park. KPCC caught up with Denman as he begins his 30th season as the Voice of Santa Anita.
Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

When did sports TV become expensive to watch?

KPCC takes a look at the history of sports TV. When did we have to start paying to watch our favorite teams play on TV?
Neo Nazi Candidates
A Riverside courtroom heard a video of the 12-year-old accused boy, recorded hours after the fatal shooting of white supremacist Jeff Hall, in which the boy admits to the shooting.

Economy, health care top election issues (PDF)

Likely voters in both major parties list the economy and health care policy among their concerns this election season.

Presidential race: What if there are two winners?

There's a chance the Electoral College vote could wind up tied, but it's more likely that there will be different electoral and popular vote winners.

FBI: Decline in violent crime nationally & in Los Angeles

FBI crime stats for 2011 show an overall decline in violent crime nationwide for the fifth straight year. L.A. mirrored that trend, but Anaheim reported an increase.

In Ohio, teachers run for Statehouse

A dozen teachers, all of them Democrats, are running for seats in Ohio's House and Senate. The surge is a byproduct of last year's voter referendum.

'Good' kids can turn into candy thieves

A 1976 experiment involving masked trick-or-treeters that still holds true today shows that we're more likely to do bad things — like stealing candy — when we're anonymous.

There's no contingency plan if disaster strikes on Election Day

There's no contingency plan in place for rescheduling an election if a storm or terrorist attack wiped out power in multiple states while voting was taking place.

Can drug-sniffing dog prompt home search?

On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears a case that centers on whether police legally searched a home after a dog detected marijuana inside and a judge issued a search warrant.
Los Angeles Lakers v Charlotte Bobcats
Cox Cable, DIRECTV and DISH Network do not yet have an agreement with Time Warner to carry the cable company's new sports channels. The Lakers are on the road tonight.
Neo Nazi Candidates
Prosecutors say a 12-year-old boy on trial in juvenile court for his father's murder was not motivated by the family's neo-Nazi beliefs.


Three people were injured Wednesday night — one critically — when gunfire erupted near Hollywood and Highland Boulevard during Halloween festivities.

Judge rules for FPPC in Prop 30 donation case

The Fair Political Practices Commission wants to know who's behind the gift from Arizona-based Americans for Responsible Leadership. That group will appeal the court decision.
East Coast Begins To Clean Up And Assess Damage From Hurricane Sandy

LADWP, SoCal Edison prep to aid in Superstorm Sandy recovery

With 8 million people still without power in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the City Council passed an emergency motion allowing the LADWP to send crews to help.
Sutter, California's First Dog
Even Sutter, California's First Pooch, is on Prop 30 duty. He's got a full schedule of personal appearances between now and Election Day.
George Lucas Poses With A Group Of "Star Wars" Inspired Disney Characters At Disney's Hollywood Studios

Did Disney overpay for Lucasfilm — or get a great deal?

Let the debate begin! Is CEO Bog Iger's latest mega-acquisition the latest in a string of brilliant moves? Or a lowball offer to snap up content?
walnuts stolen
Authorities believe the high-nutrient heists were carried out by the same man.

First-time voters in LA on Obama and Romney

Seventeen million youths have turned 18 since the last Presidential election. Some believe “millennials” could be the deciding factor in this election.
Latino. Middle class. The two terms don’t frequently come up side by side in many of the more popular depictions of Latinos in the U.S. But this large and often overlooked group is now the subject of a new book.
Pennsylvania Voters Take Part In The State's GOP Primary
This week Gov. Jerry Brown launched a media blitz supporting Proposition 30. Molly Munger has also stepped up her TV ad campaign for Prop 38.
The South Bay Democrat says only one line item in her office budget is depleted. In next week's election, she faces fellow party member, Rep. Janice Hahn.
mussel quarantine
Trick or treating for shellfish is a dream no more. The annual, six-month quarantine on mussels will end at midnight Wednesday in most parts of California.
Apple Unveils Updated iPad In San Francisco

FAQ: Everything you need to know about the Apple shakeup

The secretive technology giant is experiencing a rare episode of executive-suite turmoil. Is CEO Tim Cook up to the job of running Apple ... after Steve Jobs?
President Obama toured the storm damaged region as rescuers tried to reach people stranded by flooding. The death toll attributed to Sandy has risen to 62 in the U.S.
juvenile hall corridor
A new report by the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice, youth crime levels in California dropped to its lowest level in 2011.
WeHo Halloween - 1
It’s Halloween! There are parties all over Los Angeles, but the most famed is the West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval on Santa Monica Boulevard.
TMI John Joanino, College Affordability

That's My Issue: College affordability

I’m going graduate UCLA probably forty thousand dollars in loan debt and I don’t even know if there is going to be a job available for me.
KPCC's MyBallot voter guide
Enter your address, and the site delivers a rundown of each race, proposition and measure on your ballot, as well as links to related coverage.
Assemblyman Roger Hernandez
Assemblyman Roger Hernandez is accused of physically abusing a woman he was dating. His attorney denies the accusation, calling it politically motivated.
City Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr.

Maven's Morning Cost: Sales tax increase in LA?

Today is Wednesday, Oct. 31 and headlines include a possible increase in the LA city sales tax, a lawsuit in an Assembly race, and a debate between DA candidates.


Off-Ramp Extra

Episode: Did Hurricane Sandy wash out The Bridge Tavern in the Bronx?
Episode: New show at Take My Picture Gallery: Muralist Siqueiros couldn't say Phil Stein, so he became Estaño

Did Hurricane Sandy wash out The Bridge Tavern in the Bronx?

Alberto, at The Bridge Tavern in the Bronx, told Brian Watt that not only were they not leaving, but were planning to throw a hurricane party.
Siqueiros couldn't say his young friend's name. So Phil Stein became "Estaño" ... an artist who lived a long fighting life, who burned to tell the story of the little guy against the machine.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Back Achoo

Back Achoo

When greater efficiency is right under your nose.


Episode: AirTalk for October 31, 2012
In recent years, China has eased restrictions on their unpopular policies. Why should China consider eliminated birth limits?
Times Square Exteriors Following Hurricane Sandy

What cities can learn from Hurricane Sandy

What kind of risk management should be employed pre-disaster? Should climate change transform the way we anticipate and prepare for disaster? At what cost?

Next president may have to make Supreme Court decisions

Who would you like to see on the nation’s highest bench? Will you consider the next president’s possible Supreme Court appointments when casting your vote?
Spike TV's "SCREAM 2011" - Show

Disney buys Lucasfilm for $4.05 billion

Are you a “Star Wars” fan who is worried about your favorite franchise and characters? Will you see the movie no matter what?

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for October 31, 2012

Patt Morrison on what your Halloween costume says about you

Halloween isn’t the only holiday that involves dressing up. Costumes are a part of many cultures, but why do we like to dress up and what do our costume choices say about us?
Up All Night NBC

Are low ratings the new norm for network TV shows?

It used to be that if a sitcom or drama didn't score high ratings with viewers it would be axed. But now, with plummeting viewership, television networks are more likely to hold onto and reinvent shows that are quite cutting the mustard.
The Last Walk
Deciding when and how to end the life of an ailing pet raises some tremendously difficult questions.
Runners make their way up 1st Avenue in

NYC Marathon to go on despite storm damage

On Sunday, Nearly 50 thousand distance runners are scheduled to run in the 43rd New York City marathon.
President Obama will tour the worst hit disaster areas on the New Jersey coast with Governor Chris Christie today. We’ll talk to a local reporter on the scene about the latest, and the unlikely partnership of Republican Governor Christie and President Obama.

Senator Dianne Feinstein vies for another term

Senator Dianne Feinstein has been in the Senate 20 years and is hoping for another six. She's facing a political novice, Elizabeth Emken, and is far ahead in the polls. Judy Campbell examines the race and Senator Feinstein's role in California and the Senate

What do New York's rats do during a hurricane?

The superstorm that hit the east coast this week has not only displaced many thousands of humans. The urban centers in its path are home to huge populations of rats. So what has happened to all those rats that were in the flooded New York subways? We speak with Robert Sullivan, author of the book Rats and a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and Vogue.
East Coast Begins To Clean Up And Assess Damage From Hurricane Sandy

Update from the ground in hurricane-ravaged New York City

As New Yorkers struggle to resume their daily routine, we check in with Take Two producer/reporter Mary Plummer.

The mechanics of voting in the wake of a natural disaster

Hurricane Sandy and a snowstorm have hobbled the East Coast. Millions remain without power, and some roads and bridges remain impassable, possibly into election day.
Dr Philip Nitschke Gives A Workshop On Assisted Suicide
On Nov. 7, Massachusetts voters will take up the Death With Dignity Act. Once referred to as physician-assisted suicide, the measure would follow on the heels of a similar law in Oregon.
East Coast Begins To Clean Up And Assess Damage From Hurricane Sandy
As the East Coast recovers from Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie praised the federal government’s response. For that, he can thank the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, the same organization that just 7 years ago was lambasted for it's underwhelming, slow response to Hurricane Katrina.
George Lucas Poses With A Group Of "Star Wars" Inspired Disney Characters At Disney's Hollywood Studios
Long ago in a galaxy far far away... Actually yesterday here in California, George Lucas sold his Lucasfilm company along with his Star Wars empire to Disney for $4.05 billion.


Surfridge Sign

Surfridge, once LA's exclusive neighborhood, now a ghost town

Until the 1970's, there was a town – sandwiched between LAX and the ocean – called Surfridge. Now it's L.A.'s own ghost town.

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