Archive for November 26th, 2012


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Does smog cause autism? A new study finds a link that could increase the chances a child develops the neurological disorders.
Arifeen David Gojali home
At a hearing Monday a federal judge said 21-year-old Arifeen David Gojali poses a significant flight risk and a threat to the community.
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A jolly Christmas? Retailers count the extra days

Thanksgiving weekend spending shot up nearly 13 percent from last year, and there's more time between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year for people to shop.
Shoppers are expected to spend $1.5 billion or more in a record-breaking Cyber Monday, according to research firm comScore.

Somali chef creates gourmet haven in war-weary Mogadishu

Ahmed Jama won't give up on Mogadishu. In fact, he's leading the city's cultural revival, one dish at a time, by offering residents and visitors a taste of Somali cuisine and hospitality.
Richard Riordan
The former Los Angeles mayor was facing intense opposition from union members who actively discouraged people from signing petitions.

Give and take: How the rule of reciprocation binds us

Scientists say that we're programmed to reciprocate when we receive a gift. But the rule of reciprocity can also complicate politics and medicine.
Former US Rep. William Jefferson's Corruption And Fraud Trial Begins

Supreme Court turns down appeal from former Louisiana Rep.

Known as "Dollar Bill" Jefferson after $90,000 was found in his freezer, former Democratic representative William Jefferson is now set to stay in jail until 2023.

Securities and Exchange Commission Chief Schapiro is leaving

She will step down on Dec. 14. Among those who have been reported as possible replacements is Treasury Department official Mary John Miller.
U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court to look at who is a 'supervisor' in harassment cases

The answer could significantly restrict employer liability in racial and sexual harassment cases. Or, some business organizations say, it could result in frivolous litigation.
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'Cyber Monday,' 'Giving Tuesday;' then 'Weeping Wednesday?'

There are clever names for many of the holiday season's shopping days. Maybe the Wednesday after some of these days should be named for the bills that will come in?

Lane closures on Sepulveda Boulevard due to 405 Freeway work

Drivers of the Sepulveda Pass may want to find an alternate route this week. Full closures between Montana Avenue and Church Lane are set to begin at 9 p.m. Monday.
A leading researcher in field of aging says you can ward off Alzheimer's years in advance. He shares five tips that can build up your brain.
After 86 years, LA will no longer have a tennis tournament. It's being sold to investors in Bogota, Colombia, continuing a trend of domestic tournaments going abroad.
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An entrepreneur expands the Lego universe

Lego makes about 19 billion plastic bricks, figures and gears for building things. But sometimes 19 billion isn't enough. So a Seattle man makes Lego-compatible parts.


Richard Riordan
Former mayor says he'll now seek support directly from union leaders, but they maintain city employees are already paying plenty into their retirement.
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LA Unified fails to move forward as Race to the Top finalist

The U.S. Department of Education announced finalists in the Race to the Top grant competition that gives $400 million to school districts. L.A. Unified won't be one.
Immigration Reform
It was bound to happen: A reality check on the high hopes for immigration reform that followed President Obama's reelection.
"Black Friday" Marks Start Of Holiday Shopping Season

Why Black Friday can't save us from the fiscal cliff

Strong consumer spending during the holiday shopping season would be good for the economy, but it probably won't solve our most serious problems.
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Updated: OC Sheriff Hutchens diagnosed with cancer, will remain on job

The Orange County law enforcement official announced on Monday that she's been diagnosed with breast cancer. Hutchens said she'll remain on the job through her treatment.
CFF VC Panel

Venture capital has shifted to funding business software

Thinking about creating a consumer web startup? You might want to think again, if you want to get funded beyond the early stages.
San Francisco General Hospital last week sought permission from a U.S. Bankruptcy Court to seek $1.2 million in medical reimbursements from the Dodgers' insurers.
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L.A. floats its future on the Soylent buoyancy of recycled imagination, but did you know the plastic fantasy of yesterday's Tomorrowland actually sells today for $.15 cents a pound?
Wendy Greuel

Latino leaders endorse Wendy Greuel for mayor of LA

Rival Eric Garcetti can cite his partial Mexican heritage, but Greuel has support from current, former and possibly future Latino council members.

70 gallons of fuel spilled in Beaumont big rig collision

Riverside County Fire Department crews went to assist with clean up after a tractor-trailer crashed into a tree. The driver sustained minor injuries.
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US Air Force training takes to LA skies

Don't be alarmed if you spot fighter jets overhead Monday afternoon. The U.S. Air Force will be executing an air defense exercise called"Felix Hawk."
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Prosecutors: Former campaign treasurer should serve 8 years

A former campaign treasurer who stole $7 million from her clients over a 12-year period should be sentenced to 97 months in prison, federal prosecutors said Monday.
A new report crystallizes the changing racial and ethnic voter dynamics seen at the polls earlier this month.
Hedge Fund Manager Charged In Major Insider Trading Case Appears In Court

Why LA should be glad Steven Cohen didn't buy the Dodgers

The billionaire hedge fund king was the leading bidder for the Dodgers before Guggenheim Partners upped the price. But he's got bigger troubles now.
Exterior view of Los Angeles City Hall

Filing dates set for LA City Council election

Potential candidates for the Los Angeles City Council’s Sixth District must reside in the district beginning Jan. 5, 2013, the City Clerk’s Office announced Monday.
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In the news this morning: No guarantee of immigration reform, a limited GOP bill, an Asian American plaintiff in anti-SB 1070 lawsuit, and more...

Maven's Morning Coffee: Central Valley sick of LA's trash

Today is Monday, Nov. 26 and headlines include LA's trash in the Central Valley, the Public Works president on leave, and a possible parcel tax for urban runoff.
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Bad office? No problem

House freshmen learn their new DC address this week in the office lottery
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Politicians vs the press in DC

Beware the scary DC press corps! That's what California's freshmen lawmakers hear
Corona Municipal Airport

Update: Pilot dead in Corona helicopter explosion

The helicopter landed at the Riverside County airport and was refueling when the aircraft exploded. Shrapnel from the explosion punctured the side of a hangar.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Philosophical Birds

Philosophical Birds

They never forget.


Episode: AirTalk for November 26, 2012

Who is liable for damages if an employee is harassed at work?

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court will evaluate workplace harassment in the context of supervision and determine who qualifies as a supervisor.
A woman looks at her email on a computer

E-mail privacy reforms cause back-and-forth on Capitol Hill

What are the concerns for those who want the ECPA to stay as is? What about those calling for reform?
San Francisco Patients Smoke Marijuana
Should students be subjected to drug-testing programs their parents opt into? Do programs like CADRE violate children’s privacy rights?
It’s the stuff of wartime spy thrillers -- the body of a secret agent is found under mysterious circumstances, with a coded message that defies cracking by experts.
Alan Eisenstock’s "Raiders! The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made" follows how two kids, from Ocean Springs, Mississippi who remade ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark.’

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for November 26, 2012
Tanja Hollander
Maine-based photographer Tanja Hollander traveled around the world to meet and photograph all of her Facebook "friends."

Fake Facebook privacy disclaimer clogs digital newsfeeds

This weekend on Facebook you may have noticed a few of your friends posting something like:

After 86 years, Los Angeles tennis tournament heads to Bogota

The L.A. Open tennis tournament will be moving to Bogota, Colombia after 86 years in SoCal. Ben Bergman reports.
Art Laboe was recently inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. After decades on the air, he still gives shout-outs on behalf of listeners. KPCC's Vanessa Romo reports.
US-Mexico Border Fence Impacts Borderlands Environment
While U.S. and Mexican authorities have been reluctant to work together in the past, but the arrest of Jose Saenz points to an improved relationship between the two. Here to talk about the complicated relationship is David Shirk, Director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego.
Joe Luis Saenz
One of the FBI's 10 most-wanted fugitives, Joe Luis Saenz is in custody thanks to a joint operation between Mexican law enforcement and the U.S.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi meets with members of the Supreme Judiciary Council to discuss decrees he announced last week, giving him sweeping authority.
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Although many would-be parents are using social media as a tool in adoption, as with any online transactions, there are many risks involved.
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Couples use social media to find 'open adoption' opportunities

Jay and Staci Baird are using various social media outlets to help them spread the word and ultimately find a prospective birth mother for an 'open adoption.'
Open Adoption - 1
In these days when a birth mother can chose parents for her baby on the web and be an active part of her child's life, is the trauma associated with adoption over?
Zero Dark Thirty
John Horn of the Los Angeles Times joins the show to give us a look ahead at the most anticipated films of the holiday season. Also, we tells us about how the box office did over the long Thanksgiving weekend.

California state officials question safety of energy drinks

More questions are being raised about the safety of energy drinks like Monster and 5-Hour Energy.Those brands have exploded in popularity in recent years, but health officials warn they may be linked to as many as 13 deaths.
Historic Drought Cripples Farms And Ranches In American West

Most severe drought in decades threatens entire US

It's been three weeks now since the so-called Superstorm hit the east coast. Sandy was blamed for more than 130 deaths and causing approximately $50 billion worth of damage.The country remains in the grips of another climate calamity : the great drought of 2012.

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