Archive for November 2nd, 2012


Southern California Edison

San Onofre tab for Edison: $317 million and counting

The operator of the San Onofre nuclear plant says the plant’s shutdown has cost more than $300 million dollars and counting.
Crystal Cathedral Schuller

Schuller seeks $5 million from Crystal Cathedral Ministries

Crystal Cathedral Ministries founder Robert Schuller is in bankruptcy court seeking more than $5 million from the ministry he built from scratch.

Ala. racist language measure draws unexpected foes

Alabama voters decide Tuesday on a measure that Republican leaders say is an embarrassment that deters jobs and investment. But Alabama's black leaders are against the fix.

Romney's baffling claim about Medicare pay cuts for doctors

The Obama administration's health law envisions reductions in some Medicare spending. And some of the money saved on Medicare will help pay for other parts of the law.
The number of Taiwan visitors to L.A. is expected to increase 25 percent next year, now that its citizens no longer need to buy visas on trips to the United States.

OB-GYNs and ER docs miss out on Medicaid pay hike

The Affordable Care Act included a Medicaid pay hike for primary care doctors. Some other specialists who say they also provide primary care won't be eligible for the increase.

Sandy Aftermath: Fixing NY's underground power grid is no easy task

Electrical workers are squirming through the tunnels beneath New York City, checking transformers, cables and power systems.
Another ex-Fullerton police officer is in court Friday in connection with the beating death of Kelly Thomas.
Jamiel Shaw Jr. Murder Trial
The March, 2008 murder sparked a debate over local immigration policies and Brown-on-Black violence in L.A. After four years, the case is expected to end Friday.

Meth vaccine prospects look 'encouraging' so far: researchers

It's still early in the development process, but if they succeed, they could create the first specific treatment for meth addiction.


Los Angeles County District Attorney race, Jackie Lacey, Alan Jackson
The contest features Jackie Lacey, a woman who would be the first female and first African American D.A., against Alan Jackson, a star prosecutor.
baby panda video san diego zoo
Like 1,000 cotton balls squished together with eyes and claws, the San Diego Zoo's new baby panda video is cuter than whatever you are doing at this moment.
Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers
It’s a ways off — almost a year — but the Dodgers are giving out bobbleheads of minority share team owner Magic Johnson next season.
Mayor Bloomberg And Islanders Owner Announce Plan For Team To Play In Brooklyn
Independence USA focuses on candidates who are tough on gun control and education policy, but its TV ad goes after Baca on an environmental issue.
mars curiosity methane nasa jpl
"The most sensitive measurements ever to search for methane gas on Mars" did not detect methane gas on Mars, reports NASA.
This interview aired on KPCC's Off-Ramp
The New York City Marathon has been canceled, though reports indicate it may be rescheduled. The announcement came as power came back on in many parts of lower Manhattan.
Superstorm Missing Boys
One episode in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy raises questions about who we're willing to help in a crisis.
Friday afternoon, L.A. Superior Court Judge Ronald Rose sentenced Pedro Espinoza to death in the killing of high school football standout Jamiel Shaw Jr. in March 2008.
trader joes thanksgiving stickers
Trader Joe's — home of Raisin Rosemary Crisps and free seasonal adhesives —has a set of new Thanksgiving stickers that may include a fantastic typo.
California supreme court
The Fair Political Practices Commission has appealed the case to California’s Supreme Court, which could rule Sunday or Monday.
Ford And GM Report Large Drops In Monthly Sales

October auto sales: A good month for just about everybody

It was a solid month for car sales in the U.S. But even though the news is good, the market is only getting tougher for automakers with meager market share.
Ralph Nader Announces His Running Mate Choice
A third party presidential debate moderate by Ralph Nader was held Sunday, Nov. 4, just two days before the election, at 4:30 p.m. Pacific.

Album of the week: Gospel Train by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

Peter Stenshoel wondered about star-making machinery when he discovered a little known talent in singer and guitar player Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
TMI Lawrence Man, The Economy

That's My Issue: The economy

I’ve been recently going to the Far East, like Hong Kong and Shanghai to look for jobs, so if this gets better, then I will have a better chance to find jobs here.
Pasadena House Fire

Police question man about deadly Pasadena house fire

Firefighters say a deadly blaze at a Pasadena home Thursday was intentionally set and a person of interest has been detained.
Busy U.S.-Mexico border crossing gets makeover - Associated Press Tens of thousands of vehicles per day are being rerouted as of yesterday at the San Ysidro border crossing, the busiest on the U.
George Lucas Poses With A Group Of "Star Wars" Inspired Disney Characters At Disney's Hollywood Studios

Is Lucasfilm the last nail in the Disney filmmaking coffin?

Disney is buying other film studios at the same time it's making fewer movies. This is a necessary move for a company whose business is changing.
Union members run elections phone bank to defeat Prop 32

Prop 32 puts union power in the spotlight

The primary intent of the measure is to keep unions from using payroll deductions for political purposes. Both sides have raised a combined $128 million.
LA City Councilmember Tony Cardenas on truancy

Redistricting has turned this election season upside down

New boundaries for Congressional and state legislative districts were designed to create more balanced districts. One result: incumbents have a tougher road.

Maven's Morning Coffee: possible ban on tax contributions

Today is Friday, Nov. 2 and headlines include a possible ban on contributions from tax agents, a political son runs for the state Assembly, and a look at Measure J.
scantron standardized test

Prop. 30 fact check: Schools are a mess, so why pay more?

Fact check No. 4: Schools are a mess because of $20 billion in cuts to education funding over the past four years. But test scores are rising despite that.
Gasoline prices Nov 2 2012
Gasoline prices in Southern California are nearing $4 a gallon after a record high set in October. Prices have dropped for three weeks to an average of $4.09 a gallon.
USC Halloween shooting
The other man they detained by police is still being questioned by detectives. None of the injured or the men in custody are USC students.

US adds 171,000 jobs in October, unemployment to 7.9 percent

The U.S. economy beat expectations for job growth in October. Previous months also saw revision, suggesting that the recovery has strength.
California Voters Head To The Polls For Midterm Elections

New Field Poll has Prop 32 trailing by 16 points

The measure would ban corporate and union campaign contributions and ban automatic paycheck deductions for political purposes.
Mo-numental: Ben's Facelift for Movember
Some guys might look clean-cut today, but will be growing out their facial hair for the rest of the month. How come? Movember.

Prop. 30 fact check: California's budget has grown

Fact check No. 3: State spending as a share of California's economy has dropped and is now down to its lowest levels since 1972-73.
Labor Day Apparel -11

Labor report: 171,000 jobs added, hiring stronger in October

US employers added 171,000 jobs in October and hiring was stronger over the previous two months than first thought. It is the last report before the November election.


FilmWeek Marquee

Episode: FilmWeek Marquee (11/02/12): Flight, Wreck-It-Ralph, This Must Be the Place and Burn
Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan from, Lael Loewenstein from Variety and Charles Solomon from to review the week’s new film releases including Flight, Wreck-It-Ralph, This Must Be the Place and the new documentary Burn.


Episode: FilmWeek (11/02/12): Flight, Wreck-It-Ralph, This Must Be the Place and more
Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan from, Lael Loewenstein from Variety and Charles Solomon from to review the week’s new film releases including Flight, Wreck-It-Ralph, This Must Be the Place and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Off-Ramp Extra

Episode: Blind mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin back in LA for concert Nov 6; plus, she has a new memoir

Blind mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin back in LA for concert Nov 6

When life handed Laurie Rubin lemons, she made champagne. She's a heralded opera singer, jewelry maker, and now author.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Aging Brains

Aging Brains

Science's latest lie detector.


Episode: AirTalk for November 2, 2012
Global Warming Activists Demonstrate In High Tide Flooding Area
What kinds of adaptations are necessary to prevent and protect against future climate change disasters? Should the government be investing more in this issue?
Mercer 6180
How would your child’s school benefit from Race to the Top money -- would you rather they had the funds, or do you trust the teachers?
Larry and the critics review the week’s new film releases including Flight, Wreck-It-Ralph, This Must Be the Place and more. TGI-FilmWeek!
"BURN" Premiere - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

Detroit firefighters feel the 'Burn'

“Burn” is an in-depth look at the lives of firefighters who put their health on the line every day for Detroit. Their stories are as tragic as they are inspiring.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for November 2, 2012
Runners make their way up 1st Avenue in

Friday Flashback: Job numbers, New York marathon, and more

Once again we have our fearless Friday Flashback duo: James Rainey of the Los Angeles Times and The Guardian's Heidi Moore, here to talk about the news of the week.

Prop 33 wants to expand car insurance loyalty discounts

Let's go back to 1988: Tom Hanks is starring in the movie "Big." George Michael's "Faith" is topping charts, and here in California, voters passed proposition 103. That prop put limits on the ways insurance companies could set rates.
California Voters Head To The Polls For Midterm Elections

The tricky business of analyzing poll data

Today, the Washington Post calls the presidential race a contest "as close as any in recent history." NPR reported this morning on some potential nightmare outcomes, including an electoral college tie.
Mid Atlantic Coast Prepares For Hurricane Sandy

The Dinner Party: How to stop a hurricane

The Dinner Party guys are back. This week Brendan Francis Newnam talks about some ingenious ways to stop a hurricane, Philadelphia's largest T-shirt canon named Big Bella and much more.

In Bilbray-Peters race, immigrant activists try making their mark

A Congressional race in San Diego is getting a lot of attention from immigration reform advocates around the country. On one side: Republican incumbent Brian Bilbray, on the other, Democratic challenger Scott Peters.
East Coast Begins To Clean Up And Assess Damage From Hurricane Sandy

Damage from Hurricane Sandy estimated to cost $50 billion

Hurricane Sandy's damage is estimated to cost $50 billion, which could make it the second most expensive storm in U.S. history.
Mexico Distillates

Alternatives to Mexico's most popular alcoholic exports

Today is the second day of the two-day celebration Dia de Los Muertos. For the past 24 hours, those who celebrate the holiday have been honoring the dead with shrines, parties, food and drink.
By now, you've probably heard about the contentious race between Congressmen Brad Sherman and Howard Berman. The two Democratic incumbents were pushed into a re-election contest because of redistricting.

What's next now that Farmer's Field has the green light?

Yesterday, AEG, the developer of a proposed National Football League stadium, cleared the last legal obstacle that stood in the way of construction. So when will they actually break ground at Farmer's Field, the proposed site at the downtown convention center? And when's kickoff?
Both campaigns jumped on the news this morning that employers added 171,000 jobs in October.

Super-storm Sandy and our relationship with the ocean

Humans have lived by the shoreline for thousands of years but now that relationship is changing. Author John R. Gillis explores it in his new book "The Human Shore."
Breeders' Cup
A new drug policy for thoroughbreds and a debate over who knows what’s best for the horses is creating buzz at Santa Anita Park ahead of the Breeders' Cup.


Daniel Day-Lewis and the battle of portraying Lincoln

Everyone in this country has carried his face in their pockets — on the penny and the five-dollar bill. And they carry his image in their brains. Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, the man who saved the union and was assassinated after his moment of triumph.

Understanding a teen's intimidating tattoo

Jahsan Lambey's mom says her son may have only paid $60 for his tattoo, but in many ways it may cost him a lot more.

Browse our news archive