Archive for December 11th, 2012


Renown Indian Sitar maestro, Pandit Ravi

Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar dies at 92

Ravi Shankar, the sitar virtuoso who introduced traditional Indian ragas to Western audiences over a 10-decade career, died Tuesday. He was 92.
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PHOTOS: The Virgin of Guadalupe, Saint Juan Diego and their roots

For the first time, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles will follow Mexican tradition and offer a late-night Mass for the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Paris Hilton's "Paris Electric Christmas" Holiday Party

'Paris Hilton Tax' vs. 'Death Tax': Another fiscal debate

Nothing is certain but death and taxes. So far, Congress hasn't repealed the former, but the future of estate taxes remains uncertain as this year draws to a close.
Cuba US Gourmet Diplomacy

PHOTOS: California chefs encourage fresh dining in Cuba

A delegation of chefs from Alice Waters' celebrated Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley is in Havana on a mission to spark a revolution in the Cuban diet.
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PHOTOS: Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration set for LA cathedral (Updated)

This is the first time the celebration is being held at the cathedral on the eve of her Feast Day, Tuesday night, a switch made to follow the tradition in Mexico City.

Sick of year-end lists yet? Or do you love them?

From "golden tweets" to "most annoying memes," the subjects for 2012 "best of" and "worst of" lists are multiplying. Where do they rank among your favorites?
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Volunteer clowns bring cheer to patients

Torrance Memorial Medical Center trains volunteers to become hospital clowns. Hospital officials say the clowns bring cheer to their staff and patients.

iPhone, Android calorie tracking apps may boost weight loss

A new study concludes that a mobile app can help boost weight loss, if it's used as part of a more comprehensive strategy, like support groups.
Right To Work Michigan

UPDATE: Right-to-work measure passes Michigan House

The proposed law has infuriated union leaders in a state considered the heart of the union movement. Michigan's legislature is expected to pass the bill on Tuesday.

What happens if we fall off the 'fiscal cliff'?

Obama and Republicans have been trying to negotiate a deal to avert the "fiscal cliff." But what happens Jan. 1 if no agreement is reached? Not much, some experts say.
State Senator Ted Lieu claims more parolees are cutting off their GPS monitors. State prison officials say they can't verify the claim.


murray sunset national park
Apple Maps has been upgraded from bummer to hazard after the app incorrectly positioned the location of a city, stranding drivers in a remote national park.

Meeting on future of Crenshaw High School

Crenshaw High School faces a posible school district takeover as early as next year. Officials are expected to share their plans to reform the underacheiving school at a meeting with parents and students tonight.
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)

Masked gunman opens fire at Portland mall

Police says three people are dead, including the gunman, after a shooting at a shooting mall in the Portland, Ore., area.
2011 Winter TCA Tour - Day 9

Mexican-American star Jenni Rivera's plane crashed at 600 mph

The plane carrying Rivera plunged almost vertically from more than 28,000 feet and hit the ground in a nose-dive at a speed that may have exceeded 600 miles per hour.
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The crawling, nine-human mocktrocity — lit for the third night of Hanukkah — earned barely the social media equivalent of a few raised eyebrows.

Riverside gets a second federal judge

Jesus Bernal graduated from Stanford law school and for the past six years has headed the federal public defender’s office in Riverside.
As the child of immigrants, the late singer moved effortlessly between two worlds, achieving fame in Spanish while breaking barriers as a second-generation iconoclast
Patt's Hats
Patt talks about her outfit for Dec. 11, 2012.

Contract awarded for new federal courthouse in LA

The new building is slated for an empty lot at at First and Broadway, but the fate of the current courthouse on Spring St. is unclear.
Los Angeles Police Foundation's 10th Annual Fundraising Gala
The Los Angeles Police Department will no longer detain some suspected undocumented immigrants on behalf of federal immigration authorities.

LA City Council unanimously approves USC development

The new Village at USC will include student housing, retail shops, restaurants and a grocery store. It will be the largest private development in South LA.
rock and roll hall of fame 2013
Randy Newman, Lou Adler, Quincy Jones, Rush, Public Enemy, Heart, Donna Summer and Albert King were announced as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2013.

Are homebuyers too optimistic about rising prices?

The California Association of Realtors reports that home buyers think the housing crisis is probably a fading memory. And that's risky.
MacArthur Park Lake

Man's body found in LA's MacArthur Park lake

Los Angeles firefighters have found a man's body in the MacArthur Park lake west of downtown.
Grieving fans remember singer Jenni Rivera as tough, unsinkable - Southern California Public Radio The Long Beach-raised banda singer, the daughter of Mexican immigrant parents, was loved by fans for her candid songs abour life and love and her powerful voice.
William Howard Taft

There's self-published authors, and then there's Andrew Dolan

In my inbox this morning was a pitch for an intriguing—if a bit dated—self-published book called Where to Find a Husband. It's a weird a premise, of course.
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Maven's Morning Coffee: digital billboards go dark

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 11 and headlines include a court order to turn off digital billboards and a prison sentence for a former city commissioner.
They propose emergency dispatchers move from 24-hour shifts to 8-hour ones. Some worry a department already scorched for slow response times can't handle the change.
Patrol Cars
Detectives are investigating the death and released no further details. The body was found in a waste collection and recycling company that has contracts with several communities.
UC Logo

Students, alumni go online to mock new UC logo (Poll)

UC officials seem surprised by the social media revolt. The logo is designed to identify the University of California on social media sites. What do you think? Take our poll.
Roda Mongen
A teacher shortage more than six years ago prompted LA Unified to hire teachers from the Philippines. Now the shortage is over and that’s left some in a lurch.


Business Update with Mark Lacter

Episode: Lacter: Shoppers are happy in California, despite fiscal cliff

Lacter: Shoppers are happy in California, despite fiscal cliff

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says shoppers in California are pretty content this holiday season... so far.Steve Julian: I heard someone on the radio say yesterday, if you celebrate Christmas, the best advice I can give you is breathe – just breathe.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Bionic Bees

Bionic Bees

They're as sweet as honey.


Episode: AirTalk for December 11, 2012
Right To Work Michigan

Michigan faces union opposition to right-to-work legislation

Do you think unions have too much clout, or do they provide a necessary balance of power between corporations and workers?
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Are contact sports too costly a liability for schools?

How might holding primary insurance companies liable for legal fees change high-risk sports in the big leagues and in lower levels?

Shaping the business of legal marijuana

How will Washington and Colorado dole out licenses for marijuana production, processing and retail sale? Which state board will oversee the new marijuana economy?
Mystery Spacecraft

Unmanned space drone takes flight for secretive mission

What purpose could unmanned space planes serve in the future? Is drone technology the best way to test equipment?
Would Lieu’s proposed law deter parolees who consider breaking loose from their GPS bracelets? Should parole violation be considered a felony?

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for December 11, 2012
SpongeBob Squarepants
SpongeBob SquarePants creator and voice Tom Kinney joins the show to talk about his character's new album called "Its a Spongebob Christmas."

Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi breaks 40-year record

Is 25-year-old Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi the greatest soccer player in the world?
Health Apps

Mobile health apps undergo scrutiny by the FDA

Mobile health apps are becoming more sophisticated, but who's making sure these apps are accurate and safe? The FDA is taking a closer look at mobile health devices and applications.
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The difficulties of being gay and Latino

Recent polls show increasing support for same-sex marriage, even among groups traditionally opposed to it. For instance, a survey by the Pew Hispanic Center shows a majority of Latinos now support same-sex unions.
Alan Sepinwall

Alan Sepinwall's book highlights TV's current golden era

According to TV critic Alan Sepinwall, we're currently living in a golden era of television. His new book is called "The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever," describes how a dozen high-profile dramas from "The Wire" to "Breaking Bad" have redefined the way television is used to tell stories.

What's ahead for a post-Hugo Chavez Venezuela?

Jeffrey Davidow, senior counselor at the Cohen Group and former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela and Mexico, joins the show to discuss the future of Venezuelan foreign policy in a post-Chavez world.
Jim Brulte

California GOP looks to Jim Brulte to lead party rebound

In California, Democrats have a powerful two-thirds majority in the state legislature for the first time since the 1880s, while Republicans hold no statewide offices. Plus, last month GOP officials suffered a net loss of four congressional seats.
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Childhood obesity rates edge downward in LA

Childhood obesity rates have shot up over the last three decades. Today, about one in three kids is overweight or obese, putting them at higher risk for diabetes and other medical conditions.
Student IDs

Could student IDs with 'locator' chips become the norm?

Next week, a federal judge in Texas will consider whether a San Antonio high school can require a student to wear a badge containing a SmartID locator microchip.
Americans Go To The Polls To Elect The Next U.S. President

Is the Voting Rights Act out of date?

When it comes to the Supreme Court, many Californians are closely watching the case involving proposition 8, the same-sex marriage ban. But there's another crucial civil rights case the court will consider, one that observers say could be, "One of the most significant rulings of the current term.
University Of Miami Medical School To Lay Off 800 Workers
Imagine you're about to go to college. You've got two things on your mind: First you want an education you can afford, and second, you want a good job when you graduate.In Florida, the governor's office is proposing a bold new plan that freezes tuition for in-demand fields like science, technology and health care, leaving prices higher for majors in English and History.
USC School Of Cinema Receives Grant From The Lucasfilm Foundation

New survey offers a peek at university president salaries

A new survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education looked at compensation for the countries highest paid college presidents. Of the private universities, USC's president Steven Sample was the 6th highest-paid president.


Grand Park Christmas trees by artist Mike Sheehan

Mike Sheehan's grand sketches of downtown LA's Grand Park

"Los Angeles finally decided to turn an open space in downtown into something OTHER than a parking lot."

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