Archive for November 15th, 2012


Warehouse Picket

Inland workers strike Wal-Mart warehouse

Workers stage a two-day strike at a Riverside area warehouse that ships products for Wal-Mart. Deputies arrest six protestors trying to block delivery trucks.
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An unusual employment visa fraud scheme that laundered money through the purchase of cemetery plots has landed the president of a now-defunct law firm behind bars.
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$20 million deal ends dispute over Temecula strip mine

The long fight over a quarry project near Temecula will be over soon, but in an unexpected way. The Pechanga tribe has bought the land in a $20 million agreement.
Customers queue for coffee at Starbucks

Starbucks to buy Teavana for $620 million

Starbucks purchases Teavana for $620 million, in a bid to expand its tea business. Teavana has about 300 stores in the U.S. and Mexico.
Smoking in LA County is at its lowest level since health officials began keeping track in 1997. But it still costs billions in medical care and lost work time.
OC poverty report
One in three Orange County residents lacks access to essential health care. That was among the findings in a new report about the quality of life in Orange County.
The agreement leaves the Dish Network as the sole local carrier without access to two new sports chennels that also air LA Galaxy and Los Angeles Sparks games.
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BP's $4 billion criminal penalty: Who gets the money?

The bulk will go to the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences. The remainder is yet to be determined.

United Airlines reboots after computer failure causes major delays

The airline's third major computer outage since June disrupted travel for thousands today. Read how local departures were affected.
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California's majority party now dominates state politics, with the ability to raise taxes unilaterally. The party already had a two-thirds majority in the Senate.
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FBI agent in Petraeus case tied to LAX millennium bomb plot

The New York Times and CBS News identify him as Frederick Humphries, a veteran agent at the bureau who investigated the foiled LAX millennium terrorist plot in 1999.
Superstorm Sandy

Superstorm Sandy sends jobless claims up sharply

The storm threw some people onto unemployment rolls and shut down some state offices – meaning some laid-off workers couldn't file their claims until last week.
Vice President Xi Jinping

As Xi Jinping takes top post in China, hopes of reform fade

He was elected general secretary of the Communist Party of China early Thursday morning. But the make-up of the party's elite makes it unlikely major reforms will come anytime soon.
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Black women more likely to die of breast cancer, says CDC

Federal health officials say black women see nine more deaths than white women for every 100 breast cancer diagnoses in each group.


FPPC is investigating $11 million campaign donation

The Fair Political Practices Commission wants to know the identities of individuals who made the contribution in its efforts to determine is laws were broken.
twilight tattoos
Twilight body art battles Breaking Dawn-induced jokes in a war between zingers and ink slingers. Who's winning?
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Doctor ousts Rep. Dan Lungren in close congressional race

Republican Rep. Dan Lungren has lost his re-election bid to Democratic challenger Ami Bera in one of California's most hotly contested congressional contests.
The Hollywood Improv Lab, the 50-seat experimental theater attached to the Hollywood Improv, is closing its doors after several years to become a bar/lounge.
Mario Hernandez
Three new members take office on Dec. 3, replacing predecessors who were enmeshed in small-town sexual and political intrigue.
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A watchdog group has issued a report condemning 10 immigrant detention facilities, including one in Orange County. Federal officials say they are reviewing the report.
Jerry Brown Delivers California State Of The State Address

Assembly Speaker: Democrats won't exploit 'supermajority'

The party's new 'supermajority' in both state houses empowers them to raise taxes and override the Governor's vetoes, but leaders say they have no such plans.
Petty Fest West Sponsored By Jameson - Day 1
Members of the Black Keys and the Strokes joined together with Ke$ha on vocals and Johnny Depp on guitar (yes, this happened) for a Petty Fest concert in Hollywood.
Twilight Breaking Dawn
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens in movie theaters starting Thursday, Nov. 15 at 10 p.m. Here's where to go/what to avoid as events unfold in L.A.
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Latino Coalition of Los Angeles seeks to get Central Americans into positions of political power and is making endorsements in city races.
LA County Sheriff Patrol Vehicle
On Wednesday, LAPD detectives detained veteran Deputy Francisco Gamez on suspicion of homicide. On Thursday, he was formally charged with murder.
"Sometimes his guiding hand felt like a boot in my butt," said his brother Patrick, "but his influence was always positive."
Immigration U-turn has Hispanics seeing 'light at end of tunnel' - Reuters Some Latin American immigrants,"regardless of their immigration status, feel fresh optimism this week over newfound Republican willingness to consider immigration reform to avoid further alienating Hispanic voters.

Bail stays at $1 million for LA County Assessor John Noguez

A judge refused to lower bail for LA County Assessor John Noguez. Bail was lowered to $1.1 million but Noguez' lawyer said he's unable to post bail.

Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD response times

Today is Thursday, Nov. 15 and headlines include an analysis of LAFD response times, Democrats win a supermajority, and mayoral candidates debate finances.
Los Angeles City Hall
Four candidates faced off Wednesday in a forum sponsored by the Korean American Coalition. Among the topics was moving new city workers into a 401 (k) style plan.

California's home foreclosure rate among highest in US

California continues to deal with a huge number of distressed homes. But even as foreclosures decline, a new problem has emerged: High home prices.
Patrol Cars
Detectives say there was a brief foot chase before the man fought with the deputy and tried to grab the deputy's weapon. The man was shot and he died at the scene.
A woman stands in the doorway of a court
The courts are still absorbing $70 million in cuts made earlier this year which led to closed courtrooms, elimination of court reporters in civil courts and layoffs.
The defendants are accused of creating fake companies and recruiting people to pose as laid off employees and collecting a portion of the unemployment payments.

17-mile walk through the heart of Los Angeles

This weekend, Michael Schneider will provide the perfect remedy for locals to abandon their vehicles, avoid the traffic and experience the city on foot.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Fat Farm

Fat Farm

Encouraging pets to shed.


Episode: AirTalk for November 15, 2012
"Anna Karenina" New York Premiere
Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Claudia Puig and Henry Sheehan to review the week’s new film releases including Anna Karenina, Silver Linings Playbook, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 and more. TGI-FilmWeek!
A view of a box of 10 Hostess Twinkies i
Hostess has said that the strike could be the end of the already-struggling company. If it follows through, it would mean the loss of almost 18,000 jobs.
2012 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Pink Carpet Arrivals
Is Judge Rubinson justified in throwing out the charges brought against photographer Paul Raef? Does the anti-paparazzi law need to be modified?
East Coast Begins To Clean Up And Assess Damage From Hurricane Sandy

When disaster strikes, what is the federal responsibility?

Is it fair to ask residents of low-risk states to fund a program that predominantly serves states with regular, predictable natural events?
Community College Chancellor
How will the new chancellor go about rehabilitating California’s community colleges? Will there be enough classes, funds and opportunities to go around?

Take Two®

Episode: Take Two for November 15, 2012
Planet Aid

Goodwill charities push for greater regulation of donation bins

Gov. Brown recently vetoed legislation brought forth by the Goodwill Charity that would have regulated clothing donation bins.

BP to pay $4.5 billion for Deep Water Horizon oil spill

The oil company BP will pay $4.5 billion to settle criminal charges related to the Deep Water Horizon explosion and oil spill. BP pled guilty to criminal misconduct charges related to the deaths of 11 workers who perished on the rig.
Generals Scandal
To discuss how this scandal might affect the two agencies, we're joined by Mark Riebling, the author of "Wedge: The Secret War Between The FBI And CIA."

Louise Erdrich, Katherine Boo winners of National Book Awards

Well, the lasting effects of superstorm Sandy didn't put a damper on the National Book Awards. They were presented at a gala in New York last night.This despite the fact that the offices of the National Book Foundation, which presents the awards, are still closed due to flood damage.
Justin Yifu Lin and Wilbur K. Woo

Wilbur K. Woo, leader in LA's Chinese community, dies

Woo was a successful businessman, and though he never held political office, he was influential in the Chinese community and was an avid political fundraiser.
Executives of the Republican Governors Association are meeting in Las Vegas this week to discuss the election results and the future path of the party.
Twilight: Breaking Dawn
"Twilight" saga screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote all five screenplays, talks about the success of the vampire romance series. The final movie opens tonight.


Drew and David Haldane, 2004.

Frayed: Mental illness steals David Haldane's son

To be honest, I can't tell you how much Drew understands. Visiting him is like being on a carnival ride; sometimes it's smooth, then the craziness pops up to holler boo. At various times Drew has told us he's a powerful drug dealer and a famous songwriter on TV. Recently he had to be restrained after violently attacking an aide.

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