Archive for December 6th, 2012

Post-Sandy fixes to NYC subways to cost billions

US & World | | December 06 2012, 5:35 PM

Most New York City subway stations are up and running again. But others, submerged by seawater during the storm, will need to be gutted before they can reopen.

Faith Leaders Support Muslim convention at All Saints Church | | December 06 2012, 11:42 AM

Southern California Faith Leaders seek to turn negative emails on upcoming Muslim convention at All Saints Church in Pasadena into something positive.

Review of stem cell agency calls for changes

Health | | December 06 2012, 11:09 AM

The Institute of Medicine says California's Institute for Regenerative Medicine has been successful, but needs to address potential conflicts of interest.

Help us: What does a California accent sound like?

Local | | December 06 2012, 10:36 AM

What do you think the California accent sounds like? We're partnering with KQED in San Francisco to get – and hear – your thoughts on the subject.

England-based Tesco may sell Fresh & Easy grocery chain

Business & Economy | | December 06 2012, 9:09 AM

Tesco, the British parent company of Fresh & Easy, may sell the grocery chain and exit the U.S. market. Fresh & Easy launched in the U.S. in 2006.

Sen. Jim DeMint leaving congress to run Heritage Foundation

Politics | | December 06 2012, 8:48 AM

He's one of the most consistently conservative voices in Congress and a favorite of Tea Party activists across the nation. DeMint says he's "not leaving the fight."

LA City Council keeps policy to ticket cars at broken meters

Local | | December 06 2012, 8:30 AM

It first adopted the “pay to park” policy two years ago to deter vandalism. Before that, as many as 10 percent of the city’s meters were broken at any time.

Poll shows jump in California Gov. Brown's popularity

Local | | December 06 2012, 8:24 AM

The Public Policy Institute of California survey found the governor's approval rating rose after his tax initiative was approved by voters in November.

Syria: Clinton to meet with Russia; Sarin fears continue

US & World | | December 06 2012, 7:50 AM

The top diplomats from Russia and the U.S. are sitting down today with the U.N.'s envoy. Some say Russia may be softening its support for President Bashar Assad.

Several killed, hundreds hurt, tanks deployed in Cairo clashes

US & World | | December 06 2012, 6:18 AM

More demonstrations and clashes are expected. Many Egyptians are angry about President Mohammed Morsi's moves to consolidate power. His supporters are also on the streets.

Post Superstorm Sandy: Atlantic City wants its tourists back

Business & Economy | | December 06 2012, 6:12 AM

A month after Hurricane Sandy pounded the New Jersey Shore, the resorts are open. Even though the area suffered little damage, it's hurting from a lack of visitors.

VIDEO: Alan Simpson goes 'Gangnam Style' to avert the 'Fiscal Cliff'

Politics | | December 06 2012, 5:54 AM

The former senator, 81, busts some moves (sort of) in a video that tells young people to press their elders for solutions to the nation's debt and deficit problems.

Dennis Rodman ordered to pay $500K in back child support

The Latest | | December 06 2012, 6:26 PM

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been found in contempt of court and ordered to pay $500,000 in back child support to his ex-wife, her attorney said Thursday.

Budget Committee avoids layoffs for LAPD clerks

Represent! | | December 06 2012, 6:05 PM

More than 90 civilian employees were to be laid off. Instead, LAPD officials say they've found the funds to keep clerks in their jobs through next June.

LA teachers union endorses multiple candidates for same seats

Pass / Fail | | December 06 2012, 5:49 PM

United Teachers Los Angeles on Wednesday endorsed nine candidates for three L.A. Unified school board seats up for the primary election in March.

UCLA team envisions sustainability goals for LA

Pacific Swell | | December 06 2012, 5:42 PM

If the authors of a new UCLA report have anything to say about it, candidates in next year’s LA mayoral election will pledge specific goals for sustainability.

Documentary 'Sound City' looks at legendary Van Nuys studio

Without A Net | | December 06 2012, 5:29 PM

In the new documentary “Sound City,” Foo Fighters rocker Dave Grohl goes director on us to detail the rise and fall of Van Nuys recording studio Sound City.

November jobs: How much will Sandy affect the big number?

The Breakdown | | December 06 2012, 4:34 PM

The U.S. economy has been adding jobs at a decent if not spectacular rate for three months. Superstorm Sandy could upset that trend.

Fans and foes of CA high speed rail on Capitol Hill

Represent! | | December 06 2012, 4:09 PM

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood countered skeptics from both parties who are worried about funding and projected ridership.

Lynwood family asking for help finding father's killers

The Latest | | December 06 2012, 3:58 PM

On Nov. 20, Luis Valadez was robbed and shot to death in his Lynwood market on Long Beach Blvd. Police hope witnesses will come forward.

LA mayor signs 2 deals to bring solar panel to LADWP's mix

Pacific Swell | | December 06 2012, 3:40 PM

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has announced two deals that will deliver more solar power to the city's renewables mix.

Undocumented immigrants for Time's Person of the Year?

Multi-American | | December 06 2012, 3:22 PM

Last week, Time asked its readers to help choose the magazine's 2012 Person of the Year. Among the suggestions is "undocumented immigrants."

Mike Judge returns to TV with 'Silicon Valley' on HBO

Without A Net | | December 06 2012, 3:01 PM

Mike Judge, creator of shows like “Beavis and Butt-Head” and “King of the Hill,” just signed a deal with HBO to return to TV once again with a dark comedy he cowrote.

Pasadena school board investigates contractor overbilling

Pass / Fail | | December 06 2012, 3:00 PM

Pasadena Unified suspended a top school construction official and terminated contracts as it looks into allegations of timecard "discrepancies"

PHOTO: Rotting whale on Malibu beach is gigantic problem (Update)

The Latest | | December 06 2012, 1:33 PM

A Malibu spokeswoman says the city isn't sure who's responsible for dealing with the 41-foot carcass, which will have to be towed out to sea at high tide.

Congressman to LA: Build light rail to LAX... or else

Represent! | | December 06 2012, 1:15 PM

Mad you can't take light rail all the way to LAX? So's the head of the House Transportation Committee.

Officials identify the victims in Northridge killings

The Latest | | December 06 2012, 1:12 PM

Officials identify the victims of the quadruple homicide in Northridge and work on transporting the four suspects arrested in Las Vegas back to Los Angeles.

VIDEO: Surveillance video captures hit-and-run of 7-year-old

The Latest | | December 06 2012, 1:03 PM

Investigators released surveillance video Wednesday of a hit-and-run that injured a 7-year-old girl. Second-grader Evelyn Sanchez was hit by a speeding black SUV.

LA Businessperson of the Year Award goes to...Elon Musk!

The Breakdown | | December 06 2012, 12:22 PM

The Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO claims he honor, beating out former LA Dodgers owner Frank McCourt, who still found some support.

Bruce Springsteen transforms Anaheim into the Bossiest place on Earth

The Latest | | December 06 2012, 12:11 PM

Bruce Springsteen is an incontrovertible force of nature — nothing short of one can drive 16,000 people to Anaheim in rush hour on a Tuesday.

Fresh & Easy's competition problems in California

The Breakdown | | December 06 2012, 11:55 AM

The British-based grocery store, owned by Tesco in the U.K., had an expansion strategy in the U.S., but it now looks as if that plan is over.

California gang targeted USC students for robberies

The Latest | | December 06 2012, 11:43 AM

The indictment includes allegations of drug trafficking, murder and robberies carried out on the orders of an imprisoned Mexican Mafia member. Read the complete indictment.

In the news this (late) morning: A sustained drop in illegal immigration, Sheriff Baca shifts his immigrant policy, Obama's uncle gets new hearing, more

Multi-American | | December 06 2012, 11:25 AM

Illegal immigration drops after decade-long rise as Hispanics hit by poor economy, aging - Associated Press New census data confirms a sustained drop in unauthorized migration to the U.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Candidate Kevin James profiled

Represent! | | December 06 2012, 8:12 AM

Today is Thursday, Dec. 6 and headlines include a profile of mayoral candidate Kevin James, Sheriff Lee Baca's switch on Secure Communities, and an audit.

There's a short sale boom in California — but will it last?

The Breakdown | | December 06 2012, 6:00 AM

It used to be that foreclosures were THE story in the California realty market. But short sales have lately become a bigger part of the picture.

Charter school models learning on 'intellectual virtues'

Pass / Fail | | December 06 2012, 6:00 AM

A Long Beach charter school is set to open next year with the mission to teach “intellectual virtues,” a concept with roots in classical Greek philosophy.

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Episode: Brittle Bones

Brittle Bones

| December 06 2012, 6:00 AM

Human corndogs.


FilmWeek: Hyde Park on Hudson, Quartet, Rust and Bone, and more

| December 06 2012, 3:39 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Peter Rainer from the Christian Science Monitor and Lael Loewenstein from Variety to review the week’s new film releases including Hyde Park on Hudson, Playing for Keeps, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Facebook puts voting to a vote

| December 06 2012, 10:39 AM

Facebook gave users one week, from December 3rd to the 10th, to cast their votes. Should users be allowed to vote on Facebook governing policy?

David Nasaw’s 'The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy'

| December 06 2012, 10:38 AM

Historian David Nasaw looks at the remarkable yet turbulent life of Joseph P. Kennedy in his latest book.

Chemical weapons in Syria: what should the international community do?

| December 06 2012, 10:38 AM

What is the best way to pursue diplomatic relations in Syria? What would be the appropriate reaction from the U.S. and other nations if they were deployed in Syria?

Jon Robin Baitz’s 'Other Desert Cities' at the Taper

| December 06 2012, 10:38 AM

Jon Robin Baitz joins Larry in-studio to talk about writing, politics and Christmas in the desert.

After crippling strike, port workers win job security for the next four years

| December 06 2012, 10:34 AM

An eight-day strike that shut down the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ended late Tuesday after LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and federal mediators became involved with the intense contract negotiations.

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Van Gogh's 'Self Portrait' comes to Los Angeles

Arts & Entertainment | | December 06 2012, 4:30 PM

The chief curator of Pasadena's Norton Simon Museum explains the historical importance of Vincent van Gogh's "Self Portrait," now on loan from the National Gallery of Art.

Frank Ocean, Dan Auerbach nab Grammy noms

| December 06 2012, 10:02 AM

Last night the Recording Academy announced nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards.

Organized labor mobilizing fast-food workers to unionize

| December 06 2012, 9:52 AM

While many in California might see the future as more rosy, the workers serving you burgers at your local fast food joint might not be feeling quite so upbeat. There's more than 2 million of these workers across the U.

Eddie Izzard hits LA for series of rare, intimate shows

Arts & Entertainment | | December 06 2012, 9:32 AM

Eddie Izzard joins the show to talk about his series at the Steve Allen Theater, plus he fills us in about his new show, "Force Majeure."

Survey finds Californians generally more optimistic about the state's future

| December 06 2012, 9:13 AM

A new post-election survey by the Public Policy Institute of California shows that California residents are more positive about the direction of the state than they've been in years.

PHOTOS: Going back in time with Vintage LA's Alison Martino

Local | | December 06 2012, 9:01 AM

Allison Martino, the founder of Vintage L.A., joins the show to tell us about her collection of photos, films and artifacts from the L.A. of yore.

Egyptian army moves in to restore order after deadly protests in Cairo

| December 06 2012, 9:00 AM

In Egypt last night, street fighting in Cairo left at least six dead and almost 500 wounded. Now as evening approaches, opponents of President Mohamed Morsi are pouring around the presidential palace which is ringed by tanks.

Study finds fringe activists have big influence on anti-Muslim sentiment in media

| December 06 2012, 9:00 AM

A new study by the American Sociological Review finds that when it comes to a discussing American Muslims, fringe activists dominate the conversation in the media, and that leads to a predominance of anti-Muslim stories.

ProPublica finds that cell phone companies resist rules for disasters

| December 06 2012, 8:59 AM

When disaster strikes — earthquakes, hurricanes, wild fires — we reach for our phones. But as many discovered, most recently in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, cell phones are often quick to fail.

Long Beach charter school models learning on 'intellectual virtues'

| December 06 2012, 8:59 AM

School district officials in Long Beach have given the green light to a charter school called "Intellectual Virtues Academy." The idea came from two Southern California philosophy professors.

First AME Church in South LA sues ex-pastor over finances

| December 06 2012, 8:59 AM

This week, controversy erupted from the pulpits of one of the oldest churches in Los Angeles. First African Methodist Episcopal Church, the South L.A. megachurch founded in 1872, is embroiled in a bitter lawsuit between church leaders and the former pastor, the Reverend John J.

Urban Air hopes to transform billboards into living ecosystems

Local | | December 06 2012, 8:59 AM

Producer Leo Duran has this story about one man who sees a new possibility for ad billboards, and is trying to change how you see them, too.


Gordon and the Spider, a cautionary tale

| December 06 2012, 2:22 PM

Last time we talked with KPCC's Gordon Henderson, it was about a giant snake. This time, a giant spider.

LeVar Burton's Kickstarter campaign for Reading Rainbow is a runaway best-seller

| December 06 2012, 6:00 AM

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with LeVar Burton about Reading Rainbow and the importance of using books to connect kids with ideas and the world around them.