Archive for November 21st, 2012



Don't be a turkey! 4 Thanksgiving food safety tips

Here are some simple kitchen preparation tips you can use to avoid food poisoning and keep Thanksgiving — and your stomach — happy.

With routine mammograms, some breast cancers may be overtreated

The last three decades have seen a dramatic increase in early-stage, but not late-stage, breast cancers, as mammography has become routine.

Religious leaders see opportunity in second Obama administration

Latino Roman Catholic priests in Los Angeles are speaking up loudly in the current bipartisan chorus calling for comprehensive immigration reform.

Pasadena's Union Station welcomes food, cleanup help

About 2,000 volunteers with Pasadena's Union Station will dish out Thanksgiving meals to low-income and homeless families in the city's Central Park.
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There have been more so-called "high round" LAPD officer-involved shootings so far this year than in any year since 2007.
The Supreme Court Hears Hears Affirmative Action Case Regarding Admissions To Texas University

Asians contemplate their position on affirmative action

While Asians are minorities, a study found they need higher test scores than whites and other minorities to get into the same schools.
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Pastors challenge IRS rule with partisan talk

In the lead-up to the presidential election, about 1,600 U.S. religious leaders talked politics from the pulpit, challenging a ban on churches from supporting candidates during services.

Truce agreement: Israel and fighters in Gaza to 'hold fire'

Talk of a cease-fire had been shattered by more airstrikes in Gaza. But Egypt, which was trying to broker a truce, says an agreement has been reached. Will it last?
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What you're thankful for this Thanksgiving

What are you thankful for in 2012? We asked you, and here are some of your responses.
Thanksgiving 2012 gasoline prices
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline is $3.82 in Los Angeles County.
Former Mayor Richard Riordan and LA City Council President Herb Wesson got testy over Riordan's pension reform proposal. Union members are working to block the initiative.
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Attacks against blacks in Orange County worry officials

The Orange County Human Relations Commission has tracked a rise in complaints of discrimination against blacks in the county.

US jobless claims drop-lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy?

The storm cost some people their jobs and forced many to delay filing their claims. The effects will likely continue to be felt for some time.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission plans to meet with Southern California Edison November 30 to talk about plans to restart the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
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So you want to have a healthy holiday

During the holiday season, it's all too easy to forget the healthy eating and exercise habits you've fostered all year – especially on Thanksgiving. Here's how to stay on track.


Nickel Creek With Special Guest Fiona Apple In Concert
Fiona Apple wrote an open letter to explain that she's stopping her tour to care for her dying dog Janet, a pitbull she rescued almost 14 years ago in Echo Park.
The food company has had some facilities raided by police after officials were tipped off by an animal-rights group who took part in undercover investigations.

CA foreclosures and short sales are smaller part of market

Foreclosures and short sales are no longer defining the California real estate market. But they're still a factor and could increase in coming months.
Macho Camacho
Doctors initially had said Camacho was expected to survive after he was shot Tuesday night, but his condition worsened overnight and his heart stopped at one point
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The promised demonstration hasn't caused any major delays to travelers leaving for the Thanksgiving holiday, but the day's not over. About 12 people have been arrested.
Demon Sheep ad
A GOP strategist plans to raise $4 million to independently support a mayoral candidate, spending that would also lift limits on other hopefuls.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa issued a statement Wednesday expressing reservations about a pension reform plan from one of his predecessors, former Mayor Richard Riordan.
Every camera in Disneyland was focused on Mitt Romney when he stopped into Orange County's Magic Kingdom on Tuesday.
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Los Angeles City Council schedules special election for May

A special election to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Los Angeles City Council will be held on May 21, 2013. The incumbent, Tony Cardenas, is leaving for Congress.

Album review: Stan Freberg's The United States of America

When I was a kid my family somehow ended up with this satiric review by the gifted radio comedian and Madison Avenue innovator Stan Freberg.
Life Of Pi
"Life of Pi" was a best-seller when it was first published 11 years ago. KPCC’s Patt Morrison spoke with the author about how the book made the leap to the big screen.

Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD response plans

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 21 and headlines include the LAFD's plans to speed up response times, DWP's clean up in the Owens Valley, and taxes for a downtown streetcar.
RedStateDate and BlueStateDate offer you the promise of finding the man or woman who loves you for you, but mostly for whether you believe what they believe.
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Police ID victims of senior center murder-suicide

The alleged gunman lived at the building for at least a decade and is accused of shooting a manager who lived at the facility and a caretaker who lived offsite.
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The sister called his brother "lost" and said he had a lifelong weakness to peer pressure. Authorities called the group a valid, homegrown extremist network.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Talking Tumors

Talking Tumors

Cutting chatter for better health.


Episode: AirTalk for November 21, 2012
Black Friday Shoppers Chase Deals At Wal-Mart, Best Buy

Walmart employees to continue strike on Black Friday

Is it understandable for workers to protest on such an important day? Will it garner support for their cause?
Richard Riordan

Ex-mayor Riordan proposes new pension plan for city workers

The city faces a $216 million budget shortfall next year. Should younger city workers be forced to delay retirement and roll the dice in the stock market?

Gaza ceasefire announced after shaky truce talks in Cairo

What responsibility does the new Egyptian government have in terms of maintaining peace in the volatile region?

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for November 21, 2012
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Author Yann Martel on seeing his 'Life Of Pi' come to life

Ang Lee's epic "Life of Pi" opens in theaters today, and it's already gotten some of the best reviews of any movie this year. It's
Bomb Blast On Bus In Tel Aviv

Israel and Hamas agree on cease fire

After a week of fighting, a cease fire has been announced between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza strip. More than 140 Palestinians and five Israelis have been killed in the violence.
Latte Art

Is that art in my latte cup?

If you drink coffee, you may have noticed a growing trend: latte art. It takes a lot of skill to pull off, and it’s become a competition amongst top baristas.
It sure would be wonderful if someone came along and said, "You don't have to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep to be healthy, just stop feeling so guilty!"Matthew J. Wolf-Meyer is the author of "The Slumbering Masses: Sleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life.

'Chasing Ice' doc uses timelapse to expose ice loss in Arctic

Five years ago, Stanford student Jeff Orlowski landed a great gig working as a videographer for National Geographic photographer James Balog.Balog was attempting the first expedition of what would become a long mission to use timelapse photography to track climate change and ice loss in the world's most extreme environments.

The impact of Israel's success with the Iron Dome system

Despite the new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the violence continues. The fighting is supposed to stop at 9 p.m. in Israel and Palestine.
Well it's time now for another installment in our regular series of conversations with Grammar Girl, Mignon Fogarty! She's a superhero of the English language.
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As we roll into Thanksgiving weekend, KPCC's Steve Proffitt shares some thoughts, and a few facts, about the modern celebration of this great American holiday.
Orbitz Names LAX As Busiest Airport For 2011 Thanksgiving Travel
At some time today, many people are likely heading to the airport, hoping against hope that their flights won't be delayed. You might want to get out of the door and into your car, or your taxi or airport shuttle a little earlier.
LAX Protest

LAX union workers stage protest ahead of busiest travel day

Nearly two million people are expected to travel through Los Angeles International Airport over the long Thanksgiving weekend. But a march by hundreds of LAX workers this afternoon is threatening to shut down Century Blvd, the main route into the airport.
KPCC reporter Leslie Berestein-Rojas gives us a taste of what different families in Southern California bring to the Thanksgiving table.
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'Skirt Steak' examines how female chefs stand the heat

In the world of restaurant kitchens, most professional chefs are men. Food journalist Charlotte Druckman wanted to find out what it's like to be a woman behind the hot front lines of a professional kitchen.
Grinell College guard Jack Taylor
Last night in Iowa, Grinell College beat Faith Baptist Bible, 179 to 104. Normally, that wouldn't make national news but this was not your usual game. Grinell's guard Jack Taylor scored 138 points all by himself, shattering the NCAA record by 25 points David Arsenault is an assistant basketball coach at Grinell.

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FilmWeek Marquee (11/23/12): Life of Pi, Hitchcock and Chasing Ice

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell, Peter Rainer and Charles Solomon to review the week’s new film releases including Life of Pi, Hitchcock, and Chasing Ice. TGI-FilmWeek!


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Walking Out of History, the backstory

"Out of whose womb came the ice, and the hoary frost of Heaven, who hath gendered it? The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen." (Ernest Shackleton's favorite Bible verse.)

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