Archive for January 8th, 2013


Port of Los Angeles Strike
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

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.
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Catholics await release of files identifying abusive clergy

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.
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Help save the community hospital with your ideas

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

Dodger Stadium gets $100 million makeover (Photos)

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

UCLA study says genetics may play key role in obesity, perhaps as great as dietary choices.
New Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach Bridge
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.
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.
President Obama Attends Memorial Service At Ft. Hood For Shooting Victims

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

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

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.
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.


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

California schools superintendent wants to revamp statewide standardized testing to assess critical thinking, problem solving, and essay writing skills.
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Does a 10-year-old know it's wrong to kill?

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.
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.
A short sale home in the Spring Valley a

CA catches up with Congress on short sale debt relief

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.
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Major women's group backs Eric Garcetti for mayor

The California chapter of the National Organization for Women endorsed Eric Garcetti over Wendy Greuel and Jan Perry in the mayor's race.
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.
Latinos for Obama
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.
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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.
The Directors Guild announced their 2012 nominations Tuesday — too bad, so sad for Quentin Tarantino, who many thought earned a nod with “Django Unchained."
McClinton's death has become one of several local crimes that's generated questions about California's prison realignment program.
CA Governor Jerry Brown Holds News Conference On Pension Reform
California Gov. Jerry Brown told reporters at a news conference Tuesday morning that he has completed his treatment for prostate cancer.
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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.
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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.
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Maven's Morning Coffee: a fix for broken meters?

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.
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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.
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.
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 Spring Street Federal Courthouse
The clerk and her husband admitted to looking at sealed indictments before raids and later sellling the information to criminals.
Military Kids Feature - 1
The new testing will emphasize critical thinking and problem solving skills that will be aligned with Common Core, a new national curriculum standard.


Business Update with Mark Lacter

Episode: Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner makes its debut at LAX

Boeing's new 787 Dreamliner makes its debut at LAX

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

Episode: Manchurian Worms

Manchurian Worms

Control freaks.


Episode: AirTalk for January 8, 2013
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.
LA -Area Beach Rated Worst In The Nation For Water Quality

Environmentalists lose out to Los Angeles government

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.
Connecticut Community Copes With Aftermath Of Elementary School Mass Shooting

Should the names of mass killers be concealed?

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.
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.
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

Episode: Take Two for January 8, 2013
DC Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee Resigns From Post
Alex Cohen talks to filmmaker John Merrow about his upcoming Frontline documentary, "The Education of Michelle Rhee."
Obama Gives Speech On Education At Virginia Middle School

California must move forward with No Child Left Behind

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.
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Supreme Court sides with LA-area governments in runoff suit

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.
Elements Of Modern Military Are Displayed On Capitol Hill

The ramifications of a technologically enhanced military

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.”
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.
Census Outreach Program Encourages People To Return Census Form
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?
Wolf Tracking
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

Conservationists say the demand and rising price for bluefin tuna is decimating the fish's numbers around the world.
Awesome Tapes Blog
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.
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.
Cardinal Roger Mahony Celebrates Christmas Mass At The Cathedral Of Our Lady Of The Angels
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.
Astronauts Diego Urbina of Italy (L) and
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.
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Campanile, other local restaurants hope for rebirth at LAX

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.

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