Archive for December 7th, 2012


The creator of the first news helicopter has died. John Silva was KTLA-TV’s chief engineer when he outfitted a Bell 47-G-2 with a television camera.
Legal group settles lawsuit after L.A. County Sheriff turns over copies of its investigative files in the 1970 killing of L.A. Times columnist Ruben Salazar.
US Supreme Court Building

FAQ: What's next for California's Prop 8 same-sex marriage case?

The Supreme Court will hear an appeal of the lower court ruling declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

Holiday boat parades hit the water this weekend

Holiday boat parades sailing this weekend in Marina del Rey and Dana Point.
Supreme Court Decides Whether Of Not To Review Challenge Of California's Prop 8

US Supreme Court takes up Prop 8 (UPDATE)

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to take up California's voter-approved ban against same-sex marriage. A decision is expected next Spring.
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Wal-Mart holds a hiring event on Saturday to give job seekers more information about open positions at its Altadena Neighborhood Market.
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At Ingram Micro’s Mira Loma facility, holiday gifts clatter along five miles of conveyer belts, with eight items shipped per second.

When it comes to boxed wine, the cooler, the better

From swill of the wine world to hipster fame, boxed wine is growing in popularity. But, research suggests that its major impediment is temperature.

Why a 'fiscal cliff' failure could help the US economy

If President Obama and Congress can't make a deal, the economy could fall into recession as tax bills go up for most Americans. But, it would also lower the nation's deficit.

Strong earthquake strikes Japan, triggering small tsunami

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake rattled the nerves of an area devastated by a 9.0-magnitude quake and tsunami in 2011. There have been no reports of serious damage.

Forum addresses increased crime against OC African-Americans

Amidst an uptick in hate crimes against African-Americans in Orange County, members of the community are invited to take part in a “listening session."


Inglewood Unified School District
California's Department of Education says Kent Taylor, the man it appointed to turn around the financially troubled Inglewood Unified, has resigned.
A man displays a T-shirt tribute to rapper Biggie

Long-sealed Notorious B.I.G. autopsy released

The Notorious B.I.G.'s1997 killing has returned to the spotlight after coroner’s officials released a long-sealed autopsy report.
San Onofre Nuclear Plant

Federal board demands records from San Onofre nuclear plant

A federal board has told San Onofre's operator that it wants dozens of pages of documents withheld when the company submitted a plan to restart one of its twin reactors.
Decorated ducks decked out for the holidays were snatched by specialists at Southern California ports on Dec. 4, according to CBP officers.
Who had to stand in the proverbial line longest this month for a family-sponsored immigrant visa? As usual, the wait exceeds two decades for some hopeful immigrants from Mexico and the Philippines.
Congressman Adam Schiff says that next month he'll reintroduce a bill to regulate helicopter noise in the hope of cutting down on chopper buzz in Southern California.
Supervisor Gloria Molina

Garcetti, Greuel pick up endorsements from Latino officials

Eric Garcetti picked up support from City Council colleague Ed Reyes; Wendy Greuel countered with a boost from County Supervisor Gloria Molina.
Azusa Police Lt. Mike Bertelsen says the three bodies found in Thursday's house fire at 525 N. Dalton Ave. had been shot.
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The National Weather Service on Friday issued a high wind watch for the Inland Empire.
The Oxnard-Thousand Oaks area saw a near-historic drop in crime in the past few years, but that didn't stop the region from seeking millions of dollars in anti-terrorism funds.

Album Review: Time Changes by the Dave Brubeck Quartet

I like to think that Dave Brubeck, who died this week at the age of 91, was my earliest physics teacher

This post wins the Internet for this week, as far as I'm concerned

"Did the zoo's pelicans, Hidalgo Pete, Signor Gomez, and Sanchez Hoolihoo, run away? ... They did not."
Westminster's Tri Ta first elected Vietnamese American Mayor - Southern California Public Radio - Westminster's new mayor is the son of a Vietnamese political refugee, a magazine editor and a black belt.
The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Make An Official Visit To Cambridge
King Edward VII hospital said a nurse involved in a prank telephone call to elicit information about the Duchess of Cambridge has died.
Democratic National Convention: Day 1

Maven's Morning Coffee: LA's poet laureate

Today is Friday, Dec. 7 and headlines include LA's poet laureate, attacks in the city attorney's race, and news from the CD13 race for city council.
Tri Ta
Tri Ta is a philosopher, a black belt, and the son of a political refugee. His election represents another step in the maturation of Vietnamese Americans in the US.
Superstorm Sandy evidently didn't hamper US employment quite as much as expected. However, the number of working Americans fell slightly.
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LAUSD's challenge: Making arts part of the core curriculum

LAUSD has determined that arts must become part of the public schools' core curriculum. But making that happen is harder than it might seem.
Deadly Crash
Deputies pursuing the vehicle were a block away when the suspect's car broadsided a Lexus, killing the 2-year-old girl and seriously injuring her mother.
The U.S. economy added a solid 146,000 jobs in November and the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, the lowest since December 2008


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Episode: FilmWeek Marquee (12/07/12): Hyde Park on Hudson, Rust and Bone, Deadfall, and Room 237
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, Rust and Bone, Deadfall, and Room 237. TGI-FilmWeek!


Episode: FilmWeek (12/07/12): Hyde Park on Hudson, Quartet, Rust and Bone, and more
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, Quartet, Rust and Bone, Playing for Keeps, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Smart Catheters

Smart Catheters

Chicken soup for the infected soul?


Episode: AirTalk for December 7, 2012
Same Sex Marriage Advocates Rally At San Francisco Court Hearing

SCOTUS to hear Prop 8 and Defense of Marriage Act cases

In an unexpected move, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to hear two court cases about same-sex marriage, including the challenge to California Prop 8.
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Bad Yelp review? Tell it to the judge

Should online reviews require verification, and if so, how would it be done? Does the law protect businesses that have been maligned online?
New Yorker writer Margaret Talbot opens the gates to 1930s Hollywood’s in her new book “The Entertainer: Movies, Magic, and My Father's Twentieth Century.” The memoir is a portrait of Talbot’s father, actor Lyle Talbot, the titular entertainer.

Royal radio prank culminates in apparent suicide of nurse

Should radio hosts and celebrity pranksters be held morally culpable for any ensuing chaos? If Greig and Christian work in the U.S., would their licenses be revoked?

Take Two®

Episode: Take Two for December 7, 2012
Every Friday we sit down with the guys from the Dinner Party podcast and radio show to get the conversation topics for the weekend. On tap this week; a bird that builds in the complex "forced perspective" architectural concept, a restaurant that broadcasts negative reviews in the bathroom and a monument to the boll weevil.

Roma people take circuitous route to asylum in Canada

An increasing number of ethnic Roma, people otherwise known as "gypsies," have been seeking asylum recently in Canada. But the path they take to get there is quite curious: flying from Europe into Mexico, driving into California's Imperial Valley, working their way across the country to a small town in Vermont before heading north into Quebec.
Robert Carlyle
Scottish actor Robert Carlyle talks with Take Two about whiskey, his new film "California Solo," and roles that out him on the map.
Eloise Klein Healy
The 69-year-old is an author, publisher and educator. Chosen by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, she begins her term today. Listen to the poems she submitted for consideration & her chat with KPCC's Patt Morrison.
Tri Ta

Westminster’s Tri Ta first elected Vietnamese-American mayor

Tri Ta laughs at the suggestion he’s a celebrity in his community, even though, seemingly, every Vietnamese American media outlet has called him for an interview.
James Rainey of the LA Times and David Gura of Marketplace chew on the week's big stories, including the sequestration condundrum, George Bush's comments about immigration at a conference in Dallas, John McAfee's shenanigans in Guatemala and the death of NewsCorp's iPad-only newspaper, The Daily.
Romney Meets With Obama For Lunch At White House

Obama, Romney campaigns break fundraising record

According to reports filed late yesterday with the Federal Election Commission, President Obama and Mitt Romney spent $2 billion on their presidential campaigns. It's a record breaking number for a White House bid.
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We often hear about the decline of arts education in schools, especially with all of the budget cuts made over the last few years. Now, the L.A. Unified School District is trying to reverse that trend.
The number of people crossing into the U.S. from Mexico illegally has dropped dramatically since peaking in 2007. But now, U.S. officials are starting to watch the flow of humans, guns and drugs at another frontier: the southern Mexican border.


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Simpsons' Matt Groening on Huell Howser's retirement

Just last month, TV host Huell Howser announced his retirement. Matt Groening — the creator of the Simpsons — proudly admits he's one of Huell's biggest fans.

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