Archive for November 16th, 2012


LA Sheriff's deputy charged with murder lived near victim

After a five-month investigation, L.A. police arrested a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy who has been charged with the murder of a Sylmar man shot and killed in June.
USC and UCLA’s football teams go head to head Saturday at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. USC and UCLA athletic directors urge fans to exercise sportsmanship.

Global Fund to discontinue project subsidizing malaria drugs

After months of debate, the Global Fund announced plans to wind down a controversial pilot project that subsidizes malaria drugs in Africa.

USC-UCLA football game 2012: Tips for a hassle-free day

Headed to the big USC-UCLA football game on Saturday? We have helpful hints, tips and links to help you prepare for the big event.

Can a lame-duck Congress save the day?

As members of the House and Senate head to Capitol Hill, perhaps they will bring the "Spirit of 2010" with them. Despite partisan bickering, the session two years ago got big things done.
Hostess Twinkie Plant Sign

UPDATED: No more Twinkies? Hostess closing; 138 to lose jobs in LA area

The company has been dealing with bankruptcy and a nationwide strike. It says it can't go on. About 138 employees at a Glendale plant are expected to lose their jobs

It's legal to sell pot in Washington, but try telling a bank

Washington and Colorado voters approved measures legalizing marijuana for recreational use. But banks so far are not working with businesses that sell pot.
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In California, 'Republican' is becoming a toxic label

Registered Republican voters statewide dipped below 30 percent. Some GOP candidates are re-registering as independents to avoid having "Republican" next to their names.


Last Three Twinkies
Want some Twinkies? Some Los Angeles-area residents have taken to Craigslist to earn a quick buck off the impending Hostess shortage.
eureka zeppelin airship ventures
A world helium shortage and lack of consistent sponsorship has taken the lift out of California-based Airship Ventures. The Eureka Zeppelin has been grounded.

Judge: Yes to high-speed rail, no to Central Valley farmers

A judge denied a request Friday from Central Valley farmers who sought to halt work on California's ambitious high-speed rail project.
SEIU Local 721

Labor opposes proposed increase in LA sales tax

A union representing city workers has joined the top mayoral candidates in opposing a plan to increase the sales tax by a half percent.
Movember at City Hall

Mustached men of LA City Hall recognize Movember

Council members have joined thousands of other “Movember” participants to grow mustaches this month in an effort to draw awareness to prostate cancer.
"The Big Bang Theory" Panel - Comic-Con International 2012
It’s November of 2012, and people are still doing “Call Me Maybe” videos. This is 10 months after Bieber first tweeted about the song and helped make Jepsen a star.
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When the Lakers take on the Phoenix Suns Friday night, fans who speak Korean will be able to listen to the broadcast for the first time in their native language.
LA Zoo New Animals - 1
The LA Zoo welcomes four new lesser kudus and 15 Nigerian Dwarf goats, but you can see them in our photo slideshow first!
Herman J. Schultheis photo of home under construction

A photo by Herman Schultheis

Who is Mrs Morton? What happened in Guatemala?
Telex Neurovision album of the week

Peter Stenshoel reviews Neurovision by Telex

This record is pure fun and quite danceable. Telex was one of the most musical and witty of the all-synthesizer bands.

California and LA unemployment: Improving, but very slowly

The state is adding jobs at a faster clip than the nation as a whole, while Los Angeles is on par with the rest of the U.S. But the pace won't pick up soon.
The L.A. Sheriff's Department says Jose Toloza ran from sheriff's deputies after they confronted him on a Compton street Wednesday around 7:40pm.
This weekend's Green Festival in downtown L.A. will bring over 300 vendors and 100 speakers to downtown LA. Here's a look at the festival's highlights.
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Sherman negative campaign mailer outrages fellow CA Democrats

A Super PAC mailer in the Sherman/Berman race has doomed Brad Sherman's bid for leadership on the powerful Foreign Affairs Committee.
Latino vote could double by 2030 - ABC A new Pew Hispanic Center report projects that Latino voters will make up 40 percent of the growth in the nation's electorate by 2030, nearly doubling the number of Latino voters.
Spanglish advertising is everywhere now, but it still jumps out when I see it. With advertisers recognizing the buying power of bilingual Latinos and media companies rushing to provide the second-generation audience with tailored content in English - and Spanglish - it's become totalmente normal to see the way many Southern Californians speak in their daily lives displayed in large print.
San Fernando city seal

Maven's Morning Coffee: Recall in San Fernando

Today is Friday, Nov. 16 and headlines include three recalls in San Fernando, a look at the supermajority in Sacramento, and a plan to block pension reform.
Three cold fronts moving through the area are expected to keep rain in the forecast throughout the weekend. It's expected to clear by Monday.
Shopper signs petition at farmer's market
City of Los Angeles union members will try to stop people from gathering signatures for the former mayor's plan to get pension reform on the May ballot.
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A $2.4 million dollar grant will help Cal State LA graduate more nurses. About $15,000 in scholarships will be awarded to nursing students who successfully apply.


FilmWeek Marquee

Episode: FilmWeek Marquee (11/16/12): Anna Karenina, Silver Linings Playbook, Holy Motors, and Citadel
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, Holy Motors, and Citadel.


Episode: Filmweek (11/16/12): Anna Karenina, Silver Linings Playbook, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2 and more
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.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Sugar 'n Space

Sugar 'n Space

Sweet dreams are made of this.


Episode: AirTalk for November 16, 2012

Bloody battle in the Middle East

Why has the conflict intensified again between Israelis and Palestinians? Is this type of violence inevitable without peace talks?
UCLA v Colorado
For the first time in a decade, the crosstown rivalry between USC and UCLA has relevance.
Italian Teenager daily life

The ongoing accountability question for alcohol and minors

The coastal Orange County city of Laguna Beach this week joined a list of about 100 other California communities when their City Council approved a measure that would penalize parents who allow minors to use alcohol and drugs in their homes.

Take Two®

Episode: Take Two for November 16, 2012
A woman looks at her email on a computer

Is it possible to keep any online communication private?

This morning former CIA director David Petraeus spoke to lawmakers in a closed session about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Bengazi, but did not address the scandal that forced his resignation from the CIA.
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LA Dems criticize Super PAC's mailer attacking elected officials

A political mailer sent to voters in the San Fernando Valley in the final stretches of this year's election is raising eyebrows.
Hostess Twinkies Celebrate 75th Anniversary

How long is the shelf life of a Twinkie?

If the urban legend that Twinkies have an indefinite shelf life is to be believed, fans of the pastry can stock up now. But do Twinkies really last forever?

Friday Flashback: Obama speaks, Hostess dies, Fiscal Cliff looms

A roundup of this week's biggest stories with Jim Rainey, political columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and David Gura, reporter from the Marketplace Washington Bureau.

Israel and Hamas edge closer to full-out ground war

Israel and the Hamas-run government in Gaza moved one step closer to a full-out ground war.
Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

How the Lakers DirecTV blackout has affected local businesses

Lakers fans with DirecTV can breathe a sigh of relief. The satellite broadcaster finally reached a deal with the Time Warner channel, Sportsnet, which now carries the Lakers.
Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party radio show and podcast, are here with your weekly conversation starters.
In his new book "Race Baiter," media critic Eric Deggans examines how media companies are focusing on a niche audience with a distinct point of view.


Snake, plumber, artist. Gordon Henderson

Gordon Henderson and the Adventure of the Sewer Snake

It started as a routine call to the plumber. Tree roots in the sewer. But what happened next, according to KPCC's Gordon Henderson, defied imagination.
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This week, Scientific American reported on a study that found more and more of the music we're listening to is written in minor keys.
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"Stay calm." Matt DeBord on the hike in the median housing price

While the news looks superficially good — sales are up, prices are rising, foreclosures are down — the market remains distorted.

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