Archive for December 5th, 2012


Caltrans will close the westbound 10 Freeway connector to the north and southbound 605 Freeway this weekend. Crews will be doing bridge and connector work.

White House to seek emergency Hurricane Sandy funds

The Obama administration is expected to ask for up to $60 billion. Administrators told Congress that they want some of that money to go toward preventive measures.

It ain't got that twang deep in the heart of Texas

is iconic in American culture. Linguists say iconic way Texans speak, from using words like "y'all" to that old Texas twang, is fading and headed for change.
Mass Burial Crematory
Officials said some were homeless, poor or had no relatives to grieve for them. They had no one but the county to provide a respectful burial.
An engineer from Southern California argued that license amendments would allow SoCal Edison to change the frequency of inspections.

More than 100 injured, as protests in Egypt escalate

Protesters asked President Mohammed Morsi to walk back his power grab and rethink the new draft of the constitution and Morsi simply declined.
LA County Jail Inmates
LA County Sheriff Lee Baca says he is changing his approach a day after the state Attorney General said local agencies have discretion over how to apply the federal policy.
Three Inland Empire men accused of plotting violent Jihad and wanting to join Al-Qaeda pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Riverside courtroom.
Ebb and Flow – NASA's twin spacecrafts dedicated to the pursuit of measuring lunar gravity – recently discovered that the moon took quite a beating in the early days.
The 450 ILWU clerical workers will vote on a tentative agreement with their employers, which provides some layoff protection while allowing 50 open positions to go unfilled.

Turning vaccine refusals into a teachable moment

To raise vaccination rates, some states have made it much harder for parents to get exemptions for their children from immunizations based on personal beliefs.
Gov. Jerry Brown

James Monroe Elementary School in Lakewood to close

James Monroe Elementary and grades 6-8 of Burcham School will face closures in the following school year due to dwindling funds in public education.

Night trip to Utah for old San Onofre nuclear generators

The last of the old steam generators from the San Onofre nuclear plant are being sent to Utah for storage. The journey starts Wednesday and will take place at night.

Early flu season spares Southern California ... for now

Health officials say the flu season has kicked off sooner than in years past. A few Southern states have seen a jump in cases. What's the Southland's prognosis?
Philippines Typhoon

Hundreds dead, missing after typhoon slams Philippines

Rescuers are having trouble reaching many of those who were in the storm's path. Mud, fallen trees and downed electrical lines are in the way.
A report shows Southern California's creative economy supported 340,000 jobs and generated $3 billion dollars in tax revenue last year. Read the full report.
spice, synthetic weed, marijuana

Synthetic pot sent thousands to ER in 2010: report

One local health expert says the natural drug's manufactured counterpart is a growing concern, in part because there's still a "learning curve" among users.
2012 Humanitarian Day

Find a place to volunteer around LA

This season, we asked KPCC listeners where they volunteer during the holidays, and what opportunities our audience should know about. Hear volunteers talk about the work they do and why they do it, explore our listing of charitable organizations that could use your help.


The GRAMMY Nominations Concert Live!! - Show

Grammys spread the love with 6 top nominees

The Grammys celebrated six different artists tied for top nominee — Kanye West, Jay-Z, Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons and fun.

Mayor Villaraigosa tours Partnership for LA Schools

LA Mayor Villaraigosa showed off his fast-improving Partnership schools during a tour with the state School Superintendent Torlakson.
Screening For "Born Villain"
Cinefamily, the eclectic L.A. art house/revival theater, is doing a Kickstarter to help them buy a digital projector and kick the rest of the experience up a notch.

$50 million settlement to clean up Superfund site in Rialto

Several companies will pay federal and state authorities more than $50 million towards cleaning up an industrial Superfund site in Rialto.
LA Auto Show -  31

LA Auto Show: GM has cracked the code on small cars

For more than a decade, prior to its bankruptcy, GM considered small cars an afterthought. But that's all changed and the results are front and center in L.A.
Los Angeles City Council President Eric

LA City Hall wants to regulate valet drivers

Valet companies would be required to obtain permits and insurance before driving customers’ cars under an ordinance considered Wednesday.
Season's Givings, Pasadena Humane Society Marilyn Hoyt

Holiday volunteering: Pasadena Humane Society

KPCC takes a look at holiday volunteer opportunities at local charities. First up, Marilyn Hoyt tells us about her work at the Pasadena Humane Society.
The jazz composer and pianist died from heart failure on the way to a cardiology appointment, just a day before his birthday. Listen to some of his music.
Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angel

4 more Miramonte students file lawsuits in child abuse case

Attorneys representing four students who say they are victims of lewd and lascivious abuse have announced they filed a lawsuit against LA Unified.

Maven's Morning Coffee: LAFD wants more money in budget

Today is Wednesday, Dec. 5 and headlines include criticism of the LAFD, the end of a strike at the Port of LA, and a review of a county contract.
Port of Los Angeles Strike
The 450 workers were on strike for eight days. The union says it won new protections against outsourcing, but details haven't been released.
Gov. Jerry Brown

UCLA economists say CA Prop 30 is a 'double-edged sword'

The ballot measure passed by California voters raises taxes on the wealthy. And that's a risky strategy.
Church on the Way
The theft took moments, just as workers were taking the weekend's collections to the bank. The pastor said it was a prime example of why churches are needed.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Levitating Liquids

Levitating Liquids

Breaking bad in the lab?


Episode: AirTalk for December 5, 2012
Tesla Worldwide Debut of Model X

Who should be LA's businessperson of the year?

So, who is the savvier businessman, Musk, or McCourt? Is there someone else in L.A. business who should be considered for the top spot?

Dark day on the streets of Cairo

It’s been characterized as the worst protest in Egypt since the revolution in early 2011. AirTalk speaks with a reporter who witnessed the worst of today’s demonstrations.
Easy Bake Oven
An online petition from a New Jersey teen has sparked new discussion about the use of gender in marketing for children.
Moon Appears Bigger And Brighter, As Its Closer To Earth Than Normal
In a report released Monday, government watchdog agency the Little Hoover Commission raised concerns about California’s ambitious alternative energy plans.
Mercer 17377
How should religious organizations handle disputes over interfaith outreach and education?
LA Streetcar
This week, voters in downtown Los Angeles approved crucial financing to fund a streetcar project. Seventy-three percent of residents voted to raise $62.5 million in funding with a property tax on local housing. The money will go towards the $125 million project, a streetcar which would run along three of downtown’s busiest streets and connect several neighborhoods, including South Park, Civic Center, the fashion district, and the old banking district.
New York And NJ Residents Struggle To Recover One Week After Superstorm Sandy

New York Post publishes photo of man’s final moments

Han was pushed onto the tracks, and struggled to escape for over a minute before the train hit – Abbasi photographed his doomed final moments. The incident brings to light the predicament so many photojournalists face – their job is to document, but if they can help, should they?

Take Two®

Episode: Take Two for December 5, 2012
32nd Kennedy Center Honors

Remembering jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck, the legendary composer and jazz pianist died today, after suffering heart failure on his way to a cardiologist appointment. Tomorrow would have been his 92nd birthday.
Bright Horizons And Jumpstart Chicago Celebrate Read For The Record
Every parent knows how important reading is to their child's development, and kids are more likely to read if they're given books they relate to.But if you're a Latino parent your kids face a challenge.
Attorney General Kamala Harris will join Take Two to discuss her office's announcement that cooperation with ICE over secure communities will be left to the discretion of local authorities.
The Norwegian Gem cruise liner ship pass
Tick, tick, tick ... that's the sound of the clock counting down to the end of the world.That is of course if you believe in the apocalyptic Mayan prophecy that says that it's all over on December 21st.
Port of Los Angeles Strike
A tentative deal to end the labor dispute that shut down the ports. Clerical workers at the at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will return to work today after a week-long strike.
Avocados are labelled with the European
While there seems to be enough avocados to go around, some breeds of the fruit are in danger. Luckily there are people working to save this precious, and delicious, resource.
General Electric Quarterly Profit Slides Down By 19 Percent
It's become a given in this country that manufacturing jobs that once powered the middle-class are gone; outsourced offshore to countries with lower wages.
Ashley Judd & Rodney Crowell - Tennesseans For Obama Benefit

Actress Ashley Judd exploring a possible run for Senate in 2014

Would you vote for Senator Ashley Judd? The actress is currently exploring a 2014 run against Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell. The actress has been an outspoken advocate for causes ranging from AIDS education to environmental matters, and in 2010 she completed her master's in public administration from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
House Speaker Boehner Holds News Conference On Impending Fiscal Cliff

Boehner walks fine line between Obama, conservatives

Last night, President Obama doubled down on his insistence that any proposal must include an agreement to raise tax rates on the wealthiest Americans. He rejected a proposal put forth by the Republican House Speaker John Boehner, that would have raised $800 billion in revenue by closing tax loopholes and scrapping some deductions.
Obama Native Americans
Today hundreds of tribal leaders are meeting with President Obama for the fourth annual White House Tribal Summit.With more is Suzanne Gamboa, Associated Press Race and Ethnicity reporter
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Contents of Tijuana mass graves may offer closure for families of the 'disappeared'

Investigators in Tijuana made a gruesome discovery over the last week. Authorities have located two mass graves containing potentially hundreds of dissolved human remains. But within the tragedy, there is also some hope for families in Baja California, whose loved ones have been kidnapped or "disappeared.


A Charlie Brown Christmas almost didn't get aired

Bill Melendez said when he read in the script that Linus would recite the Gospel according to St. Luke, he told Charles Schulz, "This is religion. It just doesn't go in a cartoon." Schulz looked at him very coldly and said, "Bill, if we don't do it, who will?"

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