Archive for January 8th, 2013

Port of LA's November trade volume drops due to strike

Business & Economy | | January 08 2013, 6:35 PM

The Port of Los Angeles’ trade volume dropped in November, due to weaker global demand and a week-long strike by clerical workers, according to a report.

UPDATE: California files plan to ease prison overcrowding

Local | | January 08 2013, 6:00 PM

Late Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown submitted a plan to federal judges to further ease crowding in the state’s 33 prisons. Read the proposal and the latest court filing.

Catholics await release of files identifying abusive clergy

Local | | January 08 2013, 5:44 PM

Southland Catholics offer many responses to word that a court has ordered the LA Archdiocese to release files that identify priests accused of child molestation.

Help save the community hospital with your ideas

Health | | January 08 2013, 5:03 PM

"Crowdsourcing" game seeks your ideas on how to save the community hospital.

Dodger Stadium gets $100 million makeover (Photos)

Local | | January 08 2013, 3:39 PM

Dodger Stadium is getting a wide-ranging makeover, including a Wi-Fi network, bigger and better jumbotrons, more bathrooms, kids' play areas and better food service.

UCLA study says genetics may play key role in obesity (PDF)

Health | | January 08 2013, 1:17 PM

UCLA study says genetics may play key role in obesity, perhaps as great as dietary choices.

Construction begins on $1 billion bridge for Ports of LA, Long Beach

Local | | January 08 2013, 11:13 AM

Construction starts on the replacement for the Gerald Desmond Bridge, linking the Ports of LA and Long Beach. It is part of a larger, $4.5 billion project.

Supreme Court rules against environmentalists in LA stormwater case

Environment & Science | | January 08 2013, 8:12 AM

The US Supreme Court has unanimously sided with LA area governments that are fighting a lawsuit over pollution from urban storm water runoff. Read the complete ruling.

Gays separated from military since late '04 to get discharge pay

US & World | | January 08 2013, 7:43 AM

Before "don't ask, don't tell" ended in 2011, many gays were given honorable discharges – but only about half discharge pay. A class action suit has now been settled and the withheld pay will be paid.

Giffords says 'Enough,' launches campaign for new gun laws

US & World | | January 08 2013, 7:31 AM

When children are gunned down in their classrooms, it's time for change, the former congresswoman says. Two years ago, she was shot and seriously wounded by a gunman.

New museum to open in Downtown LA with 2,000 pieces of contemporary art

Arts & Entertainment | | January 08 2013, 2:20 PM

A "topping out" ceremony at the site of Downtown's new Broad Museum signified a key step in the construction process. The museum is expected to open in 2014.

Kimmel moves to 11:35pm, TV premieres abound this week

Without A Net | | January 08 2013, 8:14 PM

The Roundup returns in 2013 with TV, comedy, event, and podcast picks for your week. Jimmy Kimmel moves his show to 11:35pm tonight - will late night implode?

Overhaul of state standardized tests on the horizon

Pass / Fail | | January 08 2013, 7:25 PM

California schools superintendent wants to revamp statewide standardized testing to assess critical thinking, problem solving, and essay writing skills.

Does a 10-year-old know it's wrong to kill?

The Latest | | January 08 2013, 7:07 PM

Defense attorneys say a boy on trial for killing his neo-Nazi father didn't understand what he was doing; the prosecution says his violent past shows otherwise.

Jeff Gundalch says housing recovery has a ways to go (Chart)

The Breakdown | | January 08 2013, 6:29 PM

The noted investor assessed the state of markets and the economy for 2013, the "Year of the Snake." In real estate, the buyer needs to beware.

CA catches up with Congress on short sale debt relief

The Breakdown | | January 08 2013, 5:13 PM

The fiscal cliff deal extended mortgage debt relief for homeowners at the federal level. Now a California legislator wants to extend it for state taxes.

Major women's group backs Eric Garcetti for mayor

Represent! | | January 08 2013, 4:59 PM

The California chapter of the National Organization for Women endorsed Eric Garcetti over Wendy Greuel and Jan Perry in the mayor's race.

VIDEO: Hot air balloon wedding crashers land in SoCal yard

The Latest | | January 08 2013, 4:02 PM

A hot air balloon crashed Monday in Southern California sending a 14 people, including two very new newlyweds, into the yard of a San Diego home.

Self-identification v. what the Census wants to call Latinos

Multi-American | | January 08 2013, 3:11 PM

The U.S. Census Bureau's effort to better count this segment of the population makes clear the challenge of categorizing such a diverse cohort of Americans.

New bill could stop cities from ticketing at broken meters

The Latest | | January 08 2013, 1:46 PM

State Assemblyman Mike Gatto has introduced a bill that would curb the city of Los Angeles from ticketing drivers who park at broken parking meters.

DGA Awards say yes to Affleck's 'Argo,' no to Tarantino's 'Django'

Without A Net | | January 08 2013, 1:34 PM

The Directors Guild announced their 2012 nominations Tuesday — too bad, so sad for Quentin Tarantino, who many thought earned a nod with “Django Unchained."

Victor McClinton murder generates realignment controversy

The Latest | | January 08 2013, 12:05 PM

McClinton's death has become one of several local crimes that's generated questions about California's prison realignment program.

Jerry Brown finishes prostate cancer treatment (video)

The Latest | | January 08 2013, 12:04 PM

California Gov. Jerry Brown told reporters at a news conference Tuesday morning that he has completed his treatment for prostate cancer.

In immigration news: Cost of 'enforcement first,' Asian Americans and philanthropy, Evangelicals and reform, more

Multi-American | | January 08 2013, 9:33 AM

Report: Immigration tops federal law enforcement spending - Southern California Public Radio More details on a report that tallies the cost of the "enforcement first" immigration approach that has dominated U.

Elvis birthday guide: 10 locales in LA 'pelvis history' (MAP/VIDEO)

The Latest | | January 08 2013, 8:36 AM

In honor of what would have been Elvis Presley's 78th birthday, KPCC compiled a list of L.A. spots once graced graced by the presence of The King’s swinging pelvis.

Maven's Morning Coffee: a fix for broken meters?

Represent! | | January 08 2013, 8:18 AM

Today is Tuesday, Jan. 8 and headlines include a possible fix for LA's broken parking meter policy and Bob Hertzberg's endorsement of Mike Feuer.

On the QT, Haefele lets go on 'Django Unchained'

Off-Ramp | | January 08 2013, 8:02 AM

The pity of it is you feel Tarantino, at the top of his form, is up to making the Great American Slavery Movie. If only he weren't more interested in just having his own kind of fun.

Ex-city manager gets probation in pot dispensary scheme

The Latest | | January 08 2013, 7:21 AM

The term was less than the two-year prison sentence prosecutors asked for his role in taking a $17,000 bribe from a businessman who wanted to open a medical marijuana dispensary.

Dwindling fish in Sacramento Delta bad sign for estuary health

Pacific Swell | | January 08 2013, 7:18 AM

The latest trawl-net fish count shows the population of California's six species of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta fish are dwindling. Delta fish are a barometer of estuary health.

Los Angeles federal court employee pleads guilty to conspiracy

The Latest | | January 08 2013, 6:10 AM

The clerk and her husband admitted to looking at sealed indictments before raids and later sellling the information to criminals.

California to propose new student achievement testing

Represent! | | January 08 2013, 5:56 AM

The new testing will emphasize critical thinking and problem solving skills that will be aligned with Common Core, a new national curriculum standard.

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Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner makes its debut at LAX

| January 08 2013, 10:06 AM

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says the 787 is making flights out of LAX, but the new jet has suffered some operational problems.Steve Julian: There’s more trouble for Boeing's new 787, which is supposed to have an important presence at LAX.

The Loh Down On Science

Manchurian Worms

| January 08 2013, 6:00 AM

Control freaks.


'Gangster Squad' director Ruben Fleischer on his snappy vision of LA, film noir

| January 08 2013, 2:08 PM

Director Ruben Fleischer’s biggest work until now was 2009’s Zombieland. But with a star-studded cast that includes Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone and Nick Nolte, Gangster Squad is poised to do very well at the box office.

Environmentalists lose out to Los Angeles government

| January 08 2013, 10:51 AM

Local governments in Los Angeles scored a victory today over environmentalists in the Supreme Court. The issue at hand was runoff from L.A.’s storm water sewer system. Groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council Inc. and Santa Monica Baykeeper were accusing Los Angeles County of violating the Clean Water Act.

Should the names of mass killers be concealed?

| January 08 2013, 10:50 AM

Mass shootings have become more common in recent years; there were 16 in 2012 alone. These massacres spark standard examinations of gun control laws and mental health concerns, but have also inspired a dialogue about how the media should cover mass violence.

New Disneyworld wristband could boost custom experience, profits and creepiness factor

| January 08 2013, 10:50 AM

Disney is deploying more technology to boost your experience in the Magical Kingdom and are rolling out an app called MyMagic+ to create a more personalized visit.

Governor Brown challenges federal caps on California prison population

| January 08 2013, 10:50 AM

Should California be forced to comply with the federal ruling? How can the state balance its overcrowded prisons with the need for public safety?

Take Two®

Former DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee subject of new Frontline doc

| January 08 2013, 10:28 AM

Alex Cohen talks to filmmaker John Merrow about his upcoming Frontline documentary, "The Education of Michelle Rhee."

California must move forward with No Child Left Behind

| January 08 2013, 10:13 AM

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the No Child Left Behind program. California applied for a waiver to have some of the requirements relaxed but was denied.

Supreme Court sides with LA-area governments in runoff suit

Environment & Science | | January 08 2013, 9:48 AM

At issue is responsibility for polluted water that flow into the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers, and eventually the Pacific Ocean, after heavy rainfalls.

The ramifications of a technologically enhanced military

| January 08 2013, 9:34 AM

The US military has been developing technologies to help boost troops‚ performance abilities for years. Now, a new study looks at the future of military enhancement. Max Mehlman joins the show to discuss the ethical ramifications of an enhanced military. Mehlman is the co-author of the study “Enhanced Warfighters.”

Why Nicaragua has been safe amid Central American drug violence

| January 08 2013, 9:33 AM

A number of Central American countries have been besieged by violent crime. Honduras, for example, now has the highest murder rate in the world, with 82 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants.

Should Hispanic be considered a race for the 2020 Census?

| January 08 2013, 9:13 AM

The U.S. Census is taken every 10 years, and there is one yes or no question everyone is asked: Is this person of Hispanic, Latino or Spanish origin?

Lone Gray Wolf from Oregon finds new home in the Golden State

| January 08 2013, 8:59 AM

A few days after Christmas, the state of California got an unusual visitor — A large gray wolf.

Bluefin tuna sells for $1.76 million in Japan

US & World | | January 08 2013, 8:59 AM

Conservationists say the demand and rising price for bluefin tuna is decimating the fish's numbers around the world.

'Awesome Tapes' transports obscure music beyond Africa's borders

Arts & Entertainment | | January 08 2013, 8:58 AM

Blogger Brian Shimkovitz created the blog Awesome Tapes From Africa as a way to bring to light the wealth of cassette-based music from Africa into the mainstream.

Proposed California bill would track all bullets and shells sold in state

| January 08 2013, 8:58 AM

California assembly woman Nancy Skinner wants the state to track every bullet and shotgun shell sold in the state. She introduced AB-48 yesterday in Oakland and gun rights advocates are calling it an overblown reaction.

Judge rules names in church sex abuse files should be public

| January 08 2013, 8:58 AM

The Archdiocese was set to release as a huge cache of internal church documents as part of a settlement reached more than five years ago, but an L.A. County Superior Court judge has put a kink in the plan.

How the Mars500 volunteers fared during their simulated journey to the Red Planet

| January 08 2013, 8:58 AM

In the movie "Alien," astronauts like Ripley traveled through space in deep sleep chambers. But in real life, there's no short cut for traveling to distant planets.

Campanile, other local restaurants hope for rebirth at LAX

Business & Economy | | January 08 2013, 6:00 AM

The famous LA restaurant Campanile closed its doors in October as part of a plan to reopen at LAX. It's one of 15 local eateries coming to the airport.