Archive for November 20th, 2012


4 types of dangerous toys to watch out for this holiday season

Anxious parents need not fear — CalPIRG released its 27th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report Tuesday to warn consumers about potentially hazardous toys.

Huntington Beach locals concerned as coyote sightings rise

Residents recount coyote aggression as the Huntington Beach City Council considers whether to trap and kill the wild intruders.
Former New Hampshire Sen. Warren Rudman

Former New Hampshire Sen. Warren Rudman dies

A Republican known for crossing party lines, he worked to narrow budget deficits and for a report that warned America would "become increasingly vulnerable to hostile attack."

Big news from Mars? Rover scientists mum for now

Data from a soil sample on Mars have NASA scientists buzzing over a finding that could be "one for the history books." But they're not spilling the beans just yet.
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Where to eat and volunteer in LA on Thanksgiving Day

On your own this Thanksgiving? A number of restaurants and clubs are offering places for Angelenos to gather for the Thanksgiving feast.
Rose Bowl Renovation

New ordinance allows NFL to use Rose Bowl temporarily

The Pasadena City Council approved an ordinance which clears the way for the NFL to use the Rose Bowl by doubling the number of large events allowed each year.
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One year after murders, Salon Meritage reopens in Seal Beach

Salon Meritage reopens Tuesday in Seal Beach, more than one year after the worst mass killings in Orange County history occurred inside the salon and just outside its doors.
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Some retail workers are protesting the Black Friday store openings on Thanksgiving night.

The health benefits of being grateful

It's what Thanksgiving Day is (technically) all about, and according to one expert, it can mean good things for your physical health.

The 'elephant in the room': Holiday stress in South LA

Stress tends to rise with the arrival of the holiday season, and a new study has found that primary care doctors rarely teach people how to deal with it.


Cities aim to recoup $30 million from Los Angeles County

California Supreme Court ruled that counties have been overcharging for the collection of property taxes. Municipalities could see a modest budget boost.
California raisin concerns are headed to the Supreme Court by way of Horne v. U.S. Department of Agriculture, justices said Tuesday.
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Two weeks after the election, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom maintains a slim lead over incumbent Betsy Butler by just a few dozen votes.

Judge: Construction on Chinatown Walmart can continue

Work on the market at Cesar Chavez and Grand avenues can proceed, though opponents are awaiting another ruling from the city's zoning administrator.
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3 dead in Torrance after murder-suicide at senior housing

The gunman was an elderly man and his victims were two women, who have yet to be identified, though one is believed to have been an employee.
thanksgiving hand turkey
The amazing trace is underway! With Thanksgiving on the brain and markers in hand, 'hand turkey' artists everywhere are getting competitive.
Looking for love? Want to make sure it’s with someone who shares your exact political beliefs? Enter: BlueStateDate and RedStateDate.
The men are accused of plotting to bomb government facilities and public places overseas. They include a man who served in the U.S. Air Force.
Several groups are trying to follow up on the cultural success of the idea of Black Friday. The latest entrant? Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27.
City Councilman Herb J. Wesson Jr.

LA City Council votes to place sales tax on March ballot

If approved by voters, the half-cent tax hike could effectively erase an anticipated $216 million deficit. Mayoral candidates Garcetti and Greuel opposed the measure.
An autistic man who cannot communicate goes missing in downtown L.A. while on his first day with an adult care group.
“This decision doesn't change the fact that a common sense solution is needed to stop ... the senseless waste of water in the Owens Valley," said the LADWP's Ron Nichols.
It's that time of year when we hear about what people in Los Angeles really eat on Thanksgiving. Some eat herring. What are you eating?
Reality Rocks Expo - Day 1

Mark Cuban and Mark Zuckerberg think Facebook is TV

The Dallas Mavericks owner blogs about how the social network is the next best thing to the best time-wasting technology ever invented.
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High school teacher Gabriela Cortez entered guilty pleas to six felony counts. She is set to return to the courtroom in January for sentencing.
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Maven's Morning Coffee: Tony Cardenas heads to DC

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 20 and headlines include Tony Cardenas' move to Washington, D.C.. and the Rose Bowl as a temporary venue for the NFL.

CA unemployment falls to 10.1, state leads nation in new jobs

California adds more jobs in October than any other state and has led the U.S. in hiring for the full year. But unemployment remains high.
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We'll be featuring organizations that could use help this holiday season in a series of short profiles online and on air. Know of any good organizations?


Business Update with Mark Lacter

Episode: Unions protest at LAX and Walmart during busy travel week

Unions protest at LAX and Walmart during busy travel week

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says unions are trying to make their voices known during the holiday season.Susanne Whatley: Mark, they've chosen to protest at two very busy places this week: LAX and Walmart.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Pee for Performance

Pee for Performance

Who remembers this ad?


Episode: AirTalk for November 20, 2012

‘Consider the Fork’ looks at the history of how we eat

What is the history behind the modern kitchen? How has the way we eat changed, and how has it stayed the same?
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Four Southern California men have been arrested as suspects in an alleged terrorist plot. The men allegedly conspired to kill Americans overseas by joining al-Qaida.
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How can Grover Norquist fit into the new normal in Washington? Will raising taxes help or hinder America’s financial woes?

Why is it important to play fair?

Is equal opportunity as “fair” as unilateral equal treatment? These questions and more, in Stephen Asma's new book, "Against Fairness."

Pasadena approves plan that may bring the NFL to the Rose Bowl

What social and environmental concerns should the city take into consideration as it prepares to facilitate up to a dozen NFL games per year?

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for November 20, 2012
2011 Summer TCA Tour - Day 5

Kevin Clash resigns as Elmo amid new underage sex allegations

Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who created and voiced Elmo, has resigned.
Pilar Marrero's book "Killing The American Dream."
Pilar Marrero, a senior political writer for La Opinion talks about her new book, "Killing the American Dream, How Anti-Immigration Extremists are Destroying the Nation."
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Feds arrest 4 SoCal men for plot to kill Americans overseas

Four Southern California men have been arrested and charged with plotting to kill Americans overseas and join al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan.An FBI complaint unsealed in U.
board and card games
As the holidays approach, we take a look at a trend that might actually bring people together. playing board and card games. For the latest we reached out to Ben Hantoot and Max Temkin, developers of the game Cards Against Humanity, which got funding thanks to a very successful Kickstarter page.
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PBS doc traces David Geffen's journey from mailroom to mogul

The PBS documentary series American Masters looks at the lives of some of the most influential artists in American culture. The latest installment, "Inventing: David Geffen" focuses on the man behind some of the most famous and successful musicians and artists.
Abbas Meets With Israeli Arab Politician Mohammad Barakeh

Can Egypt help broker a truce between Israel and Hamas?

We may be close to seeing a ceasefire deal in Gaza. A Hamas official tells Reuters that the ceasefire will be announced an hour from now, and go into effect at midnight local time. However, an Israeli spokesman and another Hamas spokesperson say that the deal is not yet finalized.
Freelance music writer Steve Hochman talks with us about new music from K'Naan, Alex McMurray and Godspeed You! Black Emporer.
Tanya Aguiñiga
LA-based furniture and craft designer Tanya Aguiñiga brings indigenous weaving and craft to urban public spaces.
Thieves allegedly armed with power tools recently carved out ancient petroglyphs etched into a stone landscape in eastern California, removing six and damaging dozens of other carvings.
UN Security Council Meets On Extension Of UNSMIS Mission To Syria
One of the people most often cited as a replacement for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice.

Pasadena clears the way for NFL games at the Rose Bowl

If there's an NFL team interested in moving to Southern California, they now have a place to call home... at least temporarily.
Stanley Cup Hockey
What happened to all the Stanley Cup excitement across Southern California now that the NHL lockout is in its second month? Jed Kim brings us this report.

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