Archive for December 18th, 2012

Investors, retailers shy away from guns; will it last? | | December 18 2012, 5:35 PM

There's nothing like a broad-scale consumer boycott, but companies are responding proactively to rapidly shifting attitudes about guns.

MAP: You showed us where the dangerous intersections are in LA

Local | | December 18 2012, 5:10 PM

Los Angeles city officials launched an effort to give 53 intersections a makeover Monday, but are they in the right places? We checked against our user-submitted map of dangerous intersections.

Obama finding gun control voice

US & World | | December 18 2012, 4:35 PM

If President Obama takes the lead in a movement for more effective gun control it would mark a significant break from his pattern so far as chief executive.

Lawyer wants Hermosillo murder charge dismissed

Local | | December 18 2012, 3:05 PM

Sonia Hermosillo's attorney says a lack of evidence was presented at the preliminary hearing; otherwise, her client will plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

Feds: No 'cyberstalking' charges for woman in Petraeus affair

US & World | | December 18 2012, 10:25 AM

Paula Broadwell, whose affair with David Petraeus led him to resign as CIA director, will not face federal charges in the alleged cyberstalking of another woman.

Four bald eagles spotted at Lake Hemet

Environment & Science | | December 18 2012, 7:30 AM

Four bald eagles have been spotted near Southern California lakes in the season's first bird count.

Feds: Mitsubishi may be using wrong test equipment for San Onofre nuclear plant

Local | | December 18 2012, 7:00 AM

A Japanese company that manufactured the troubled steam generators at the San Onofre plant might be looking for fixes with the wrong test equipment, federal regulators disclosed.

Are politicians near a deal on the 'fiscal cliff'?

Politics | | December 18 2012, 6:35 AM

Signs are pointing to an agreement to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. Of course, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner have been close before.

Sen. Daniel Inouye, A War Hero Who Broke Barriers, Dies At 88

US & World | | December 18 2012, 6:28 AM

Hawaii Democrat Daniel Inouye, the Senate's senior member, received the Medal of Honor for service in World War II. Inouye died Monday from a respiratory ailment.

In 'numb' Newtown, students go back to school after shootings

US & World | | December 18 2012, 6:20 AM

Sandy Hook Elementary's students will attend classes in other buildings. Meanwhile, the investigation into the attack that killed 20 children and six adults continues.

Volunteer to help 'SPARK' a young apprentice's focus

Local | | December 18 2012, 6:00 AM

SPARK program offers apprenticeships to Middle School students so they understand why they're learning what they're learning. In Los Angeles, SPARK needs volunteers.

Strong winds cause power outages for over 10,000 in greater LA

The Latest | | December 18 2012, 7:13 PM

Several significant power outages have been caused Tuesday, Dec. 18 by strong winds. These include 2,700 without power in Monrovia and 7,800 in Torrance.

LAUSD must pay about $7 million in teacher molestation case

The Latest | | December 18 2012, 6:13 PM

A 14-year-old former LA Unified student was awarded $23 million in damages Tuesday for sexual misconduct he endured at the hands of his elementary school teacher.

New audit from Wendy Greuel focuses on mileage reimbursement

Represent! | | December 18 2012, 6:08 PM

Controller says the City of L.A. regularly overpays mileage reimbursements to employees who use their own cars.

The outlook is poor for office demand, in the U.S. and California

The Breakdown | | December 18 2012, 5:19 PM

You'd think that an improving economy, in the U.S. and the Golden State, would generate a greater need for white collar workspace. But you'd be mistaken.

Police arrest pre-teen for police celebrity hoax calls

The Latest | | December 18 2012, 5:14 PM

Police have arrested a pre-teen they say is responsible for making prank calls that reported violence at the homes of Justin Bieber and Ashton Kutcher, leading officers there.

House passes Rep. Adam Schiff's DNA bill

Represent! | | December 18 2012, 5:08 PM

California Congressman's bill sends resources to many states that don't currently collect DNA from felony suspects.

LADWP ordered to pay regulators' legal expenses for Owens Lake

Pacific Swell | | December 18 2012, 5:00 PM

The decision in Kern County Superior Court keeps DWP on the hook for another $1 million – chump change compared to what the DWP says it's spending on dust controls.

LAPD outlines its budget priorities

The Latest | | December 18 2012, 3:09 PM

Replacing broken down patrol cars and installing systemwide dashboard cameras are at the top of LAPD's budgetary wish list in the next fiscal year.

How to turn an 'Ugly Sweater' into a cancer fundraiser

The Latest | | December 18 2012, 2:44 PM

Stand Up To Cancer's "Ugly Sweater Holiday Campaign" lets fashion offenders turn their display of disastrous garb into money for cancer research.

Welcome back, otter! A boon to SoCal's kelp health

Pacific Swell | | December 18 2012, 2:30 PM

Otters are good for kelp forests. And kelp forests are home to hundreds of species valuable to a biologically diverse coastal ecosystem.

'Rewind YouTube Style 2012' mashes up YouTube culture

Without A Net | | December 18 2012, 2:05 PM

YouTube produced a video mashing up the two big YouTube smash hit songs of the year with YouTube icons like Annoying Orange and Felicia Day.

VIDEO: Comedy Congress at the Crawford Family Forum

Patt Morrison | | December 18 2012, 1:00 PM

Election season might be over, but that doesn't mean Comedy Congress is too. From the Petraeus love pentagon to fiscal cliff worries, join Patt Morrison and her guests to laugh at the madness of it all — the truth hurts far less when it's told by comedians. Our motto on Comedy Congress is that just when politics makes you want to cry, it's usually best to laugh.

CA oil regulators release draft regulations for fracking

Pacific Swell | | December 18 2012, 12:54 PM

After decades of oil drilling, California has released draft regulations for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Read the nine-page proposal.

Green groups still skeptical of LA's regional stormwater rules

Pacific Swell | | December 18 2012, 12:12 PM

Since we’re under a beach advisory until at least Thursday, it's worth explaining a little more about ongoing objections to regional regulators' stormwater rules.

Jury delivers $17.3 million verdict against Clippers owner Sterling

The Latest | | December 18 2012, 11:46 AM

A jury has returned a $17.3 million verdict against L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling in a lawsuit by a woman who lost her belongings in a fire at an apartment he owns.

Map: Light rail stations proposed for LAX passengers

The Latest | | December 18 2012, 11:23 AM

Airport commissioners were briefed on four potential sites for a rail line that would connect travelers directly to Los Angeles International Airport and Metro Rail.

Why was CalSTRS investing in gun maker linked to Newtown massacre?

The Breakdown | | December 18 2012, 11:04 AM

Big state pension funds have painted themselves into a corner when it comes to their investment return targets, and that's meant riskier strategies.

In immigration news today: The federal-state tug of war, hate crimes, immigration reform and the GOP, more

Multi-American | | December 18 2012, 10:21 AM

Federal-state tug of war: Drawing the lines in immigration overhaul - NPR State immigration laws enacted recently stand in contrast with talk of an immigration overhaul at the federal level, back on the national agenda after the November election.

Public memorial for Jenni Rivera Wednesday at Gibson Amphitheatre

The Latest | | December 18 2012, 9:42 AM

Instead of flowers, relatives ask that a single white rose and donations be given to the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation. The crash investigation continues.

Mayor of Orange County city beaten in 'random attack'

The Latest | | December 18 2012, 7:45 AM

The spokesman said the attackers ran away after his wife shouted that the mayor was being attacked. The mayor was treated for cuts and bruises to his head.

Maven's Morning Coffee: political campaigns get social

Represent! | | December 18 2012, 7:00 AM

Today is Tuesday, Dec. 18 and headlines include more money for the Children's Museum, political campaigns and social media, and the future of Howard Berman.

Rain slows Southland traffic, makes for soggy commute

The Latest | | December 18 2012, 6:12 AM

Snow showers are forecast for the Grapevine area, along with a high-wind advisory, especially in the Southern California mountains.

Campaigns mine Twitter, Facebook & other social media for votes

Represent! | | December 18 2012, 6:00 AM

When you "like" a politician's page, strategists match your Facebook persona or Twitter name to your actual voter registration record.

With sister's kidney donation, Rabe's to get 20-year lease on brother

Off-Ramp | | December 18 2012, 6:00 AM

Why wait? We have a syndrome, a patient, a donor, and a transplant center. So, James’ kidney transplant is scheduled for Friday, and the Rabe family would consider your thoughts and prayers the best Christmas gift of all.

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Housing construction bounces back in Los Angeles

| December 18 2012, 11:18 AM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says housing development is rebounding in the Southland.

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| December 18 2012, 6:00 AM

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Shared housing at risk in Los Angeles County

| December 18 2012, 10:56 AM

Last week, the Los Angeles Public Safety Committee unanimously passed the Community Care Facilities Ordinance. The proposal, put forth by L.A. City Councilman Mitch Englander (District 12, San Fernando Valley) would severely limit or outright eliminate shared housing in certain areas of Los Angeles.

How will falling off the ‘fiscal cliff’ impact average Americans?

| December 18 2012, 10:56 AM

As Americans prepare to put 2012 behind them and ring in the new year, one big, dark, looming, uncertainty still remains on the horizon… the fiscal cliff.

UPDATED: Does Instagram plan to sell your photos for ads?

| December 18 2012, 10:56 AM

How awkward is it going to be when a company uses one of your Instagram photos to advertise to you on Facebook?

How should the media cover horrific news events like the Connecticut shooting?

| December 18 2012, 10:56 AM

In the days since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut that took the lives of 20 children and 6 adults, media outlets have given the story nearly wall-to-wall coverage. However, not all media coverage is created equal. Early on, there were mistakes in the reports which misidentified the shooter and incorrectly painted his mother as a teacher at the elementary school.

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Updated: Instagram's policy about the commercial use of user photos

| December 18 2012, 10:30 AM

UPDATE: In response to public concents, Instagram has released a statement clearing up confusion about their new policy. Read the statement here.

LA pro-sports team rivalries heat up over pursuit of best players

| December 18 2012, 10:00 AM

We look at the rivalries between the Lakers and the Clippers, and the Dodgers and the Angels, and which team is going after the best talent.

New Music Tuesday: The best songs of 2012

Arts & Entertainment | | December 18 2012, 9:44 AM

NPR music critic Ann Powers and Oliver Wang from look back at the best in pop, R&B and hip hop in the year that was.

Campaigns mine Twitter, Facebook & other social media profiles for votes

| December 18 2012, 9:34 AM

There's been a lot of hand-wringing about how companies mine the personal information of social media users to deliver targeted advertising. That strategy is now increasingly being used by political campaigns.

Venice becomes Silicon Beach as tech companies move in

| December 18 2012, 9:14 AM

When it comes to bang for the buck, high tech is a great way to jump start your local economy, according to a recent report from a UC Berkeley economist. That could be good news for Los Angeles, where Google is recruiting with the phrase, "Who needs Silicon Valley when you can have Silicon Beach?" The company opened an office in Venice Beach last year, leading a wave of tech and media companies setting up shop there.

Many new faces in Sacramento when legislature reconvenes

| December 18 2012, 9:06 AM

When the state legislature returns from holiday break next month, it will mark the start of a new era shaped by voter approved reforms and dozens of brand new members. The California Report's Scott Shafer spoke with some members of the freshmen class.

Will the Sandy Hook shooting result in actual policy change?

| December 18 2012, 8:57 AM

In Newtown, Conn., students in schools other than Sandy Hook return to class for the first time since last Friday's tragic shootings. Meanwhile funerals for those slain in the massacre continue today.

Private equity firm drops investment in Bushmaster gun maker

| December 18 2012, 8:57 AM

In rapid response to criticism, a large private equity firm says it's selling its holdings in the company that makes the rifle used in Friday's Sandy Hook School shooting.Cerberus Capital Management Group says it will sell its stake in Freedom Group, a conglomerate of gun companies that includes brands such as Remington and Bushmaster.

PHOTOS: Russian officials may ban US adoptions

US & World | | December 18 2012, 8:56 AM

Tomorrow, the Russian Parliament will consider a bill that would ban Americans from adopting Russian children.

Librarian Mara Alpert's favorite children's books of 2012

Arts & Entertainment | | December 18 2012, 8:53 AM

Our favorite children's librarian Mara Alpert joins the show to recommend her favorite children's books for the holidays.

Medical companies mining social media to track illnesses

Health | | December 18 2012, 8:15 AM

Medical companies are researching ways to mine the tweets and Facebook posts you make about your health and to track outbreaks, analyze drug side-effects, and more.