Archive for December 3rd, 2012

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It's unclear whether four people shot and killed outside of a crowded home in Northridge lived at the residence. At least one of the victims' relatives says no.
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Newly arrived Mexican immigrants to the United States generally report better overall health than native-born Latinos. But a RAND study released Monday suggests that this phenomenon -known as “healthy immigrant effect” - may be a bit less phenomenal than long believed.
LA Port Strike Friday
Retailers are asking for White House help to end the strike while one economist questions the frequently quoted estimate of economic damage.
Jackie Lacey
Jackie Lacey was sworn in Monday as L.A. County’s first woman and first black district attorney. She's also the first black woman elected to countywide office.
Voyager Solar System
The furthest manmade object from Earth is close to leaving the solar system for good. Launched 35 years ago, Voyager 1 continues into uncharted space.

In eye control, a promise to let your tablet go hands-free

What if you could control your computer just by looking at it? Gaze-based interaction has been around for 20 years, but it may be poised to become available — and affordable.

Pick a number: Let's play 'cap those deductions'

Mitt Romney may have lost the election, but the tax policy he floated is sticking with congressional Republicans. The GOP would prefer to shrink or eliminate deductions.

The next workplace? Behind the wheel

From the back seat of a Bentley to the cab of a Ford F-150, NPR's Nina Gregory visits the L.A. Auto Show to check out the latest in mobile offices: vehicles designed for work.
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One of LA’s longest serving District Attorneys leaves office Monday, making way for Jackie Lacey, the first woman and African-American DA in Los Angeles County.

Text messages help smokers kick the habit

Texting may not always be the best method of communication, but it can be a promising support network for smokers who want to quit.
The smuggler's panga, a V-hulled open boat, sped towards the Coast Guard vessel and made contact before fleeing. Another crew member was injured.
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His Holiness comes to Twitter: Pope Benedict is '@Pontifex'

The Vatican says Pope Benedict XVI will answer questions about faith. Can he say much in 140 characters or less? Well, the 10 Commandments each come in under that length.

Downtowners vote 'yes' on tax to fund new streetcar

Preliminary results are in and residents of downtown Los Angeles have voted in favor of a property tax that will help fund a proposed streetcar in the area.
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1 in 5 US adults affected by mental illness: federal survey

Access to mental health care in South L.A. is difficult to come by, said one local behavioral health expert, especially among the safety net population.

Blogs

Assemblyman Mike Feuer
State Assemblyman Mike Feuer was on his way to District Attorney Jackie Lacey's swearing-in ceremony when his Prius was struck by a truck.
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Detectives are on the scene right now outside a Kaiser Permanente medical facility where people discovered a decapitated man’s body Monday afternoon.
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For the first time in seven decades, Democrats hold a supermajority in both houses of the California legislature. The Assembly speaker promised on swearing-in day not to make that advantage a blunt instrument.
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Middleton was admitted to London's King Edward VII hospital on Dec. 3 with a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum.
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DeBord Report on 'America Now with Andy Dean'

A weekly rundown of business and economics news — and sometimes politics — with the always lively and opinionated talk radio show host.
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Two of England most famous auto brands are now owned by India's Tata Motors, and the company unveiled new versions of its top-of-the-line models at this week's L.A. Auto Show.
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LA-area property owners will be hearing from the county’s flood control district about a potential parcel tax to support storm sewers, one on which they'd vote.
Unique LA holiday 2012
Angelenos engaged in low-impact shopping, filling up on sustainable this, eco-made that, and a heap of hand-crafted holiday cheer for the 2012 gift giving season.
California's Open Enrollment Act allows students a way out of the worst schools in the state. The law allows parents to enroll their child in a higher performing school.
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November auto sales: Another good month for carmakers

The carmakers that do business in the U.S. witnessed another good sales month in November, with numerous companies posting big gains over last year.
Two months after California Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have limited state and local cops' cooperation with immigration agents, an Assembly member is introducing a reworked version.
Voters aren't the only ones disgusted with Congress: Bob Filner quits Capitol Hill to serve as San Diego mayor.
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Imprisoned LA County Assessor John Noguez just had a birthday and his supporters say that the perfect gift this year would be money to bail him out of jail.

Video: NASA reveals Curiosity rover Mars findings

View the live stream of Monday's press conference where NASA officials are expected to explain the latest Mars rover findings.
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Commission: CA moving too fast on renewable energy goals

Little Hoover Commission warns Californians could pay more for energy that’s less reliable without more planning on renewable energy goals.
Young immigrant activists cast a wider net - New York Times Meeting in Kansas City, hundreds of leaders of United We Dream, the nation's largest youth immigrant activist network, has voted "to expand beyond their past demands for citizenship for young people, and to mobilize in support of a bill to legalize 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States.
Eric Garcetti
For Angelenos who have already made up their minds about the 2013 mayoral primary, their top pick is Councilman Eric Garcetti, says a poll released Monday.
Today is Monday, Dec. 3 and headlines include the fire chief reporting to City Hall, the failure of Measure J, and the swearing-in of Sacramento lawmakers.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to determine whether a state constitutional amendment that limits marriage to heterosexual couples violates the U.S. Constitution.
Southern California Way
The storms were not a major rain event, dropping less than an inch of moisture in most areas. Sunshine is in the forecast beginning Monday afternoon.
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Art, beer, Frank & Sharon, and more.

Bumper crop of new state lawmakers takes office Monday

New election boundaries and laws resulted in 38 new Assembly members, nearly half of that chamber's seats, and nine new State Senators.

Judge may suspend state ban on gay conversion therapy

The new law, set to take effect Jan. 1, prohibits licensed therapists from counseling gay youths to change their sexual orientation.
The turnover of more than a dozen seats in the House means going to the back of the seniority line, but it may not mean a loss of clout for the state.
LA Port Strike

Los Angeles-Long Beach port strike enters 2nd week

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa entered the dispute Sunday, urging both sides to negotiate around the clock. Read the full letter.

Programs

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for December 3, 2012
MILLENIUM MARCH FOR EQUALITY
The AP is opting for something that it sees as more neutral, such as “anti-gay,” to describe a comment or action, but avoid attributing a motive
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The federal government has less than one month until the United States falls off the so-called “fiscal cliff” of automatic tax hikes and deep spending cuts, which will occur on January 1 unless Congress agrees on a strategy to avoid the potential economic calamity.
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Boomer families take in aging parents, adult children, grandchildren and sometimes all three. A Pew research study this year noted that over 50 million Americans are living in multigenerational homes, a 10 % increase over 2007.
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Alexandre Desplat composed scores for “Moonrise Kingdom,” “Argo,” “Rust and Bone,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” and “Rise of the Guardians.”
Deasy walks campus
LAUSD's John Deasy and UTLA president Warren Fletcher join the show to discuss their tentative agreement to use of student test scores in teacher evaluations.
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Happy 20th birthday, text messaging

How do you do your mobile messaging? Can the text message hold onto its youth, or will it be eclipsed by other modes of communication?

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for December 3, 2012
Comedian Steve Mazan joins the show to talk about his new documentary "Dying to do Letterman." The film chronicles his five-year-journey of trying to perform on "The Late Show with David Letterman" after being diagnosed with cancer.
GiveLove 2nd Annual Art Auction And Fundraiser For Haiti With Patricia Arquette & Rosetta Getty

LA-based artists that collectors should look out for

Maybe the "economic" drama of the past several years took a toll on your 401k and now you're looking for an investment that will recoup all that you lost. How about putting some money down on a Basquiat, or a Jeff Koons?The value of works by those artists has skyrocketed in the past several years into the tens-of-millions of dollars.
NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab Holds Viewing Of Mars Curiosity Rover Landing

NASA announces latest findings from Mars Curiosity Rover

This morning NASA held a press conference to present the latest findings from its Curiosity rover on Mars. The announcement was much hyped after an NPR report quoted one of the lead scientists as saying the this could be, "one for the history books.
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In the book "Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury After the War," co-author Rita Nakashima Brock examines the powerful sense of shame, grief and remorse many soldiers feel because their experiences conflict deeply with their morals.

Oregon limits validity of eyewitness testimony in court

Eyewitness identifications are mainstays in police procedural dramas, but in the real world, those witness identifications are not as reliable as one would think.
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Study links repeated head injuries to permanent brain damage

Scientists at Boston University's School of Medicine have examined the brains of deceased athletes and military veterans who had suffered from repeated head injuries
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The last few days the entire state has been hammered by a series of storms, but they may have been caused by something few have heard of ... an atmospheric river.
Report Claims 20 Percent Of US's Energy Could Come From Wind Power
According to an independent state oversight agency, California's push for alternative energy could prove incredibly costly to taxpayers and have grave consequences for the environment.
The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Make An Official Visit To Cambridge

Kate Middleton expecting a royal baby

Officials from the Royal family have announced Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, is expecting a baby. We speak with KPCC's Patt Morrison.
People drive their cars through deep wat
A dispute between environmentalists and LA county’s flood control district reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, but may not clear up who's responsible for stormwater pollution.
Brave

The difficult success of animated feature films

In the past few years, four or five of the top 10 highest-grossing movies have been animated films. For instance, this year, the Pixar Animation film "Brave" made more than half a billion in worldwide box office, all by itself.
Sin Verguenza
YouTube telenovela traces a fictional Latino family's risks for HIV and AIDS.
One Piece

Why Japanese animation has such a huge following in the US

Anime expert and film reviewer Charles Solomon speaks with A Martinez about some of the more popular series that you should be watching.
California Governor Jerry Brown Unveils State Pension Reform Program

New state legislature session dominated by Democrats

In just three hours, lawmakers will be sworn in for the newest session of the state legislature. Democrats now hold the coveted two thirds "supermajority" in both chambers.To discuss this new power structure and some of the issues legislators expect to tackle this session, we're joined by John Myers, political editor for KXTV, an ABC affiliate in Sacramento.

The Loh Life

Nine Lives, Part 3: Cat Insurance

Sandra Tsing Loh welcomes home her daughter's cat.Listen. I know Americans spend more than 50 billion dollars a year on their pets, which is like the gross domestic product of Bulgaria.

The Loh Down On Science

Choco-Brain

Using fuzzy logic.

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