Archive for November 27th, 2012

Ultimate luxury, ultimate convenience: Caviar vending machine

Arts & Entertainment | | November 27 2012, 12:36 PM

For human and animal connoisseurs of luxury on the go, a Southland entrepreneur offers a caviar vending machine, along with escargot and truffles.

Short bouts of exercise offer immediate memory gains

Health | | November 27 2012, 12:16 PM

Working the body enhances the memory, researchers find.

Study: High fructose corn syrup tied to global health problems

Health | | November 27 2012, 11:28 AM

Researchers found that nations that use the refined sweetener in foods and beverages had a 20 percent higher rate of Type-2 diabetes than nations that did not use it.

Rev. Schuller gets fraction of $5M Crystal Cathedral claim

Local | | November 27 2012, 11:21 AM

Rev. Robert Schuller was awarded much less money from his former ministry than the $5 million he originally sought. His daughter called it a "travesty."

France will support Palestinian bid for status at UN

US & World | | November 27 2012, 10:15 AM

France broke with the U.S. before, voting to give Palestinians full UNESCO membership. They're the first major European country slated to support Palestine's bid.

For restaurants, food waste is seen as low priority

Environment & Science | | November 27 2012, 6:20 AM

Food waste is a big problem for public health, the environment and consumers. About 15 percent of all the food in landfills comes from restaurants. Some are taking action.

Deal reached on Greek debt, markets rise in relief

US & World | | November 27 2012, 6:14 AM

Leaders agreed on a plan to release some loan payments that Greece desperately needs, and to take steps that should help reduce that nation's debt.

FDA flexes new food safety law to shut down Trader Joe's peanut butter plant

The Latest | | November 27 2012, 7:05 PM

The largest organic peanut butter processor in the U.S. was shut down by the FDA following a massive recall and 41 salmonella poisonings in 20 states.

LA, get ready for a Wednesday morning lunar eclipse

The Latest | | November 27 2012, 6:35 PM

A lunar eclipse is set to take place Wednesday morning, Nov. 28. It’s supposed to be easily visible to the naked eye, but clouds or morning fog could spoil views.

Man accused of attacking Giants fan to represent himself

The Latest | | November 27 2012, 5:50 PM

Louie Sanchez, accused of sucker-punching a Giants fan the Dodger Stadium parking lot and leaving the victim with brain damage, is acting as his own attorney.

High surf, bye sun: LA weather calls for clouds, cold, wind, rain

The Latest | | November 27 2012, 5:11 PM

The National Weather Service forecasts a mid-week faceoff with a strong Pacific cold front that has Southern California coastlines on alert.

Patt's Hats: A blue velvet kind of day

Patt Morrison | | November 27 2012, 5:05 PM

When I say "Blue Velvet," where does your mind go? To the Bobby Vinton song, or the David Lynch movie?

California senators join colleagues to seek gas price probe (PDF)

The Latest | | November 27 2012, 4:50 PM

California’s senators joined with the other Pacific Coast senators to ask the Justice Department to investigate the role of oil refineries in recent gas price spikes.

Republicans introduce 'Achieve Act,' but no comprehensive plan

Multi-American | | November 27 2012, 3:57 PM

Republicans introduce the ACHIEVE Act, which would allow young undocumented immigrants a way to stay in the country, but it contains no clear path to citizenship.

Jose Luis Saenz appears in downtown LA courtroom

The Latest | | November 27 2012, 3:51 PM

Jose Luis Saenz, fresh off an appearance in a Pomona courtroom Monday, appeared in Downtown L.A. Tuesday to face three additional murder charges.

AEG to host mayoral fundraiser for Jan Perry

Represent! | | November 27 2012, 3:50 PM

As an L.A. City Councilwoman, she has long represented — and supported — AEG’s downtown campus, which includes Staples Center and L.A. Live.

Odds shmodds: Powerball jackpot bounces to $500 million

The Latest | | November 27 2012, 3:35 PM

Action plans and travel strategies for wouldbe millionaires in the improbable path of a Powerball windfall.

Esa-Pekka Salonen's long walk home

Off-Ramp | | November 27 2012, 3:14 PM

@esapekkasalonen: Got carried away, ran almost to Malibu, now have to get back to Santa Mo somehow, knee hurting, no wallet. Any tweeters on PCH right now?

Preventing foster care kids from being trafficked

The Latest | | November 27 2012, 12:26 PM

An LA County official wants to convene a task force to address why and how Los Angeles foster care children get caught up in the sex trafficking industry.

Should 'undocumented immigrants' be named TIME's Person of the Year? (poll)

Multi-American | | November 27 2012, 12:23 PM

After a landmark immigration policy decision and an election in which candidates' positions on immigration played a part, undocumented immigrants are up for consideration as TIME's possible 2012 "Person of the Year."

Evidence "voluminous" in Giants fan's beating case

The Latest | | November 27 2012, 11:02 AM

The case will not be heard this year, as defense attorneys need months to review mounds of documents that will likely be presented at trial.

Murder charge for DUI suspect who hit pedestrian in Torrance

The Latest | | November 27 2012, 10:26 AM

The suspect drove for more than two miles with the man on the hood of the car, until witnesses persuaded her to stop, authorities said. He later died at a hospital.

Tight vote count continues for Westside Assembly seat

Represent! | | November 27 2012, 10:22 AM

The Santa Monica mayor has a 888-vote advantage over the Assemblywoman in the contest between Democrats. The next update is Wednesday.

In the news this morning: Obama to meet with Mexico's incoming president, Georgia may appeal on immigration law, more

Multi-American | | November 27 2012, 10:05 AM

Obama to talk immigration with Mexico's new leader - USA Today President Obama will be meeting today to discuss border policy with Mexico's president-elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, who is set to visit the White House.

Map: SoCal holiday guide to Christmas tree lighting ceremonies

The Latest | | November 27 2012, 9:32 AM

If you're underwhelmed by moonlight and wish instead to see nature electrified and covered in glitter, this is a great week to be alive.

Charter schools chief details financial turnaround

Pass / Fail | | November 27 2012, 8:01 AM

The head of ICEF Public Schools, Parker Hudnut, described cost cutting and large philanthropic help as part of a two year effort that’s led the 14 campus charter school company on a financial turnaround.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Richard Riordan abandons pension plan

Represent! | | November 27 2012, 7:56 AM

Today is Tuesday, Nov. 27 and headlines include a change of plans for Richard Riordan, a prison sentence for Kinde Durkee, and Latino support in the mayor's race.

Ontario police: 3 dead in apparent home invasion robbery

The Latest | | November 27 2012, 7:37 AM

Police said they are still investigating, but it appears the three men died in what appeard to be a botched home invasion in a middle-income neighborhood.

Green Dot charter school founder leaves board

Pass / Fail | | November 27 2012, 7:21 AM

It’s the end of an era. Steve Barr, the founder of the 10,000 student Green Dot charter schools organization, resigned last week from the group’s board of directors

Los Angeles home prices gain in September

The Breakdown | | November 27 2012, 7:18 AM

Home prices increased in September in the U.S. for the eighth straight month. L.A. home prices bounded up too, but the pace could be faster.

4 convicted for $154 million medical insurance fraud

The Latest | | November 27 2012, 6:40 AM

They were convicted for their roles in recruiting more than 250 healthy patients to undergo sometimes dangerous surgeries to fraudulently bill insurance companies.

Congress keeps freshmen separated by party

Represent! | | November 27 2012, 6:00 AM

Partisan divide keeps newly-elected lawmakers largely at arm's length, which one observer says has been the case since Newt Gingrich's days as House Speaker.

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Nine Lives, Part 2: Cat's Out of the Bag

| November 27 2012, 11:40 AM

Sandra Tsing Loh tells her daughter that her cat was hit by a car.So my 10 year old daughter’s cat CATO got hit by a car and now, rushed to an animal hospital, he is on oxygen.

Business Update with Mark Lacter

More money for state coffers doesn't mean some services in California will return

| November 27 2012, 10:15 AM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter explains why the state's financial picture getting better won't help some public services.Steve Julian: California's state budget outlook is improving, but at a cost.

The Loh Down On Science

Eau de Cilantro

| November 27 2012, 6:00 AM

Snooty diners?


Should alleged steroid users be admitted to the Baseball Hall of Fame?

| November 27 2012, 11:01 AM

Baseball writers of America will have some tough choices this January, when two of the game’s most accomplished and polarizing figures become eligible for entry to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

'Spillover' examines animal-born diseases and the next human pandemic

Arts & Entertainment | | November 27 2012, 10:42 AM

Still afraid of bird flu? Black plague? David Quammen explores the history and mysteries of animal infections and human pandemic in his new book “Spillover.”

Cutoff of federal jobless benefit extensions would affect 400,000 Californians

| November 27 2012, 10:42 AM

The job outlook has improved slightly, but millions are still looking. With so many dependent on federal programs, how will the cutoff affect California’s economy?

Pediatricians recommend ‘Plan B’ should be available to teens

| November 27 2012, 10:42 AM

Should teens have access to emergency contraceptives? How should doctors approach sexual activity and sex education with young patients?

Democrats and Republicans negotiate on the edge of the fiscal cliff

| November 27 2012, 10:42 AM

With each passing day, the pressure increases on Capitol Hill politicians to reach a compromise on the budget. What lies ahead in the month before the deadline?

Take Two®

Despite being a sin, some US Muslims struggle with alcoholism

Local | | November 27 2012, 10:17 AM

Muslims consider alcohol sinful, or haraam. Despite this belief, some contend with alcohol abuse. And there’s a lack of culturally sensitive programs to address it.

China plans to erect world's tallest building in just 90 days

| November 27 2012, 9:46 AM

Dubai in United Arab Emirates is home to the tallest building in the world. Named the Burj Khalifa, the skyscraper stand 2,722-feet tall and took five years to build.

Patt Morrison on LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's political future

Local | | November 27 2012, 9:29 AM

With the Presidential election over, focus is turning to whom President Obama will choose for his second term cabinet. Here in Los Angeles, eyes are on Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and what he will choose to do next.

'Exit The Colonel' looks at Libya's hidden revolutionary history

Arts & Entertainment | | November 27 2012, 9:20 AM

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, meets with Republican lawmakers today in Washington to discuss her comments about the U.S. Embassy attack in Benghazi.

New Music Tuesday: Lana Del Rey, Alicia Keys, Kendrick Lamar and more

| November 27 2012, 9:08 AM

Every Tuesday record companies usually release new albums, which means we're joined today by Oliver Wang from and NPR's music critic Ann Powers to discuss the new music you need to get your hands on.

Plaster piggy banks remain ubiquitous in Tijuana as tourism evolves

Arts & Entertainment | | November 27 2012, 8:56 AM

Ever since fears of drug violence stemmed the flow of American visitors to Tijuana, the city’s tourism officials have been trying to draw tourists back by promoting its emerging new food, art and culture scenes. But even as officials tout a newer, hipper Tijuana, vestiges of the city’s older, kitschier tourism economy are still kicking.

'Do The Movies Have A Future' in an increasingly digital world?

Arts & Entertainment | | November 27 2012, 8:56 AM

In his new book, New Yorker film critic David Denby outlines his fears that blockbuster films being made today are having a negative effect on American cinema.

In Congress, Democrats and Republicans kept apart from the start

| November 27 2012, 8:56 AM

This week, California’s 14 freshman members of Congress are back in Washington for a second week of orientation. But much of the training is segregated, with Democrats on one side of Capitol Hill and Republicans on another.

Obama meets with small business owners to discuss fiscal cliff

| November 27 2012, 8:55 AM

At the White House today, a group of 15 small business owners from the retail, health-care I.T., transportation and construction sectors are meeting with President Obama to discuss their concerns about the fiscal cliff.

What the Alternative Minimum Tax could mean for the average American

| November 27 2012, 8:55 AM

President Obama is focusing on the looming fiscal cliff and how to get Congress to agree on a plan to extend at least some of the Bush-Era tax cuts.If that effort fails, virtually every American's taxes will increase, and tens of millions of American households will have to use two different formulas for figuring their taxes.

Obama to talk trade, immigration with Mexico's president-elect Peña Nieto

| November 27 2012, 8:55 AM

Trade between Mexico and the United States is one of the topics that will be discussed today in Washington as Mexico's President Elect, Enrique Peña Nieto, is meeting with President Obama and leaders on Capitol Hill.


Paul Krassner's Groucho Acid Test

Arts & Entertainment | | November 27 2012, 2:16 PM

When they both took LSD, Groucho was seeing visions of gothic cathedrals, but Krassner saw cockroaches; and when John and Yoko were smoking their pot/opium joints, Yoko said, "Put another cookie on the fire."