Archive for January 10th, 2013

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HOV connector - I-5/SR-14
Transportation officials will mark the opening of an HOV connector linking I-5 and SR-14. Car pool drivers can change freeways without coasting into regular lanes.
Proposed California Budget Cuts Threaten Adult Day Health Care
Gov. Brown commits to a full expansion of MediCal as part of federal health reform, but beneficiaries now eligible won't get the same coverage.

Orange County sees 'dramatic' increase in flu cases (map)

Health officials say flu season in L.A. County seems average so far – but Orange County has already seen two deaths, and officials are concerned about more.
Court reporters lose jobs in courtrooms as state funding cuts to the judicial branch continue - but many hope to find work elsewhere.

Lawmakers release documents on Wal-Mart bribery

Lawmakers are making public emails that show that Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s CEO found out in 2005 that the retailer was handing out bribes in Mexico.
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More than 300 college presidents push for gun law reform

In an open letter to lawmakers, they also push for reform of gun safety laws. The list of signatories include at least 16 from California schools.
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Wake-up call: FDA pushes drugmakers to weaken sleeping pills

Zolpidem, the active ingredient in many sleep aids, stays in the body longer and can make people drowsy the next day. The FDA is ordering companies to change the labeling.
Grocery chain Albertsons will be sold to an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management in a larger $3.3 billion deal, officials said Thursday.
Tsiferblat or Clockface Cafe

Rubles for time, not coffees, at Russian cafe chain

At most cafes, a customer buys a drink or food to hang out. A Russian entrepreneur wants to change that: At Clockface Cafes, money buys time. Everything else is free.
Gun Buyback - 4

If Obama took 'Executive Action' on gun control, what might he do?

The president might do such things as bolster the federal database on gun buyers and order stepped-up prosecution of felons and others barred from buying weapons.

US unemployment applications rise slightly

Weekly applications for U.S. unemployment benefits ticked up slightly last week, the latest sign of stability in the job market.
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One of the NFL's best and fiercest players for nearly two decades, Seau had a degenerative brain disease linked to other suicides when he took his life last May.
California Governor Jerry Brown Unveils State Pension Reform Program

Gov. Brown to propose budget with boost to public education

When Gov. Brown releases his state budget plan Thursday he's expected to increase spending in a few key areas but he said to expect frugality.
2012 Humanitarian Day

Find opportunities to volunteer or contribute

In an effort to provide a resource for KPCC listeners, we have compiled this database of local volunteer opportunities, nonprofit organizations and charities. Use the database to search these organizations to learn of their needs. Are there organizations we missed? Let us know.
First L.A. mayoral debate of 2013
Check our listing of the politicians and organizations throwing their weight behind the candidates vying to be the city's next mayor. Check back for updates!

Blogs

Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti
The City Councilman has raised $3.6 million, but his main rival, City Controller Wendy Greuel, trails by less than $128,000.
Ambien Bottle
Manufacturers of Ambien, as well as certain other medications containing zolpidem, were ordered Thursday by the FDA to lower the recommended dose by half — for women.
A loss would have meant that money earned since 1999 would have had to be shared with the creators' heirs. Here’s a look at some of Superman's big box office portrayals.
Vincent Mallet

How big should venture capital be? Try less than $25 billion

Venture capital brought in more than $20 billion in 2012. But at the same time, the industry is developing a "new normal" for companies that survive.
Mayor Celebrities
Eric Garcetti has the bulk of entertainment industry dollars that have been donated in the mayor's race. His main rival, Wendy Greuel, has about one-third.
Los Angeles Police Foundation's 10th Annual Fundraising Gala
LAPD chief Charlie Beck stops by for his monthly chat with Patt Morrison.
2012 NHL Stanley Cup Final ? Game Six
The Kings hosted a news conference to kick off their 2012-13 season. It's not 2012, you say? Technicalities — the lockout's over, and the NHL is getting ready to play.
Bald eagle

Once endangered, now flourishing - time to count bald eagles

The formerly endangered national symbol likes to winter in the inland mountains, so the U.S. Forest Service conducts an annual bald eagle count there.
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The most horrendous of misfortune and treachery reduced me to my present state trapped in Ouagadougou with a check worth 800 gazillion English pounds.
There's no love lost between the mayor and incumbent Carmen Trutanich, but it's unclear how much Villaraigosa's support will help the challenger.
The cast of "Moonrise Kingdom"
Spanning the disbelief spectrum from disappointment to outrage, here is an exhaustive collection of snubees. Which film do you think deserved a shot at best picture?
Russian Orphans - 4
The announcement could represent good news for families well into the adoption process, but not for those just getting started, one expert warns.
Watch videos giving tours of classic Hollywood by car in the 1950s and '60s, offering us a long forgotten perspective from behind the wheel.
Kern County Sheriff's Office patrol cruiser
One 16-year old student was shot and taken to a hospital by helicopter and is in critical, but stable condition. A teacher convinced the student with the shotgun to surrender.
Sheila Kuehl
The former member of the state Assembly and Senate Sheila Kuehl confirms that she will run for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 2014.
Governor Brown

UPDATE: Gov. Jerry Brown presents new budget (Video)

The proposed $97.6 billion general fund budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year wipes out years of deficits, includes a surplus and puts more money into public education.
Border Patrol beefs up California coast enforcement - Reuters From the story: "In the past two years, agents have apprehended some 1,300 people, seized more than 200 vessels and recovered more than 135,000 pounds (61,235 kg) of drugs along the coast between the Mexican border and Rancho Palos Verdes.
Border Patrol beefs up California coast enforcement - Reuters From the story: "In the past two years, agents have apprehended some 1,300 people, seized more than 200 vessels and recovered more than 135,000 pounds (61,235 kg) of drugs along the coast between the Mexican border and Rancho Palos Verdes.
The CHP has reopened Interstate 5 through the Grapevine. An inch or two of snow is possible in the mountains, with the level dropping as low as 2,000 feet.
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Businesses and individuals who claim BP's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money have been paid more than $1 billion.
Today is Thursday, Jan. 10 and headlines include Hilda Solis' return to Los Angeles, a drop in homicides for the Sheriff's Department, and new Republican leadership.
The new film “Gangster Squad” takes a fictionalized look at the LAPD vice division of the 1940s. The details are given dramatic license, but it's based in reality.

Liveblogging the Herbalife investor webcast

Is the L.A.-based nutritional supplements maker a pyramid scheme, and hedge fund manager Bill Ackman has claimed? The company is now responding.
Django Unchained
The 85th Academy Awards will be held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24. The live broadcast begins at 4 p.m. PST on ABC.
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The 85th Academy Awards will be held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 24. The live broadcast begins at 4 p.m. PST on ABC.

Why hedge funds are fighting over the future of Herbalife

Two of the biggest names in hedge funds are squaring off over the L.A.-based nutritional supplements maker Herbalife. One says it's a pyramid scheme. The other says it isn't.

Programs

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for January 10, 2013
Tribeca Talks: Future Of Film Lunch Series 3 - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival
It's been just three years since Kickstarter was created, and already it's being called one of the most notable Internet ventures ever.
Life of Pi
'Life of Pi' writer David Magee talk about their journey to transform Yann Martel's magical novel into film.
Gov. Jerry Brown

Governor Brown releases the state budget

After years of being in debt, California’s budget deficit is gone for the first time since the recession.
70th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations
While no one can argue that the Globes are the biggest party in Hollywood, there is a debate over the integrity and reputation of the event.
LAPD Takes Over Security At Dodgers Games After Attack On Giants Fan

Ask the Chief

Hear the latest LAPD news from Chief Charlie Beck

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for January 10, 2013
Earthquake Detection Technology Showcased At LA Conf

Study shows massive California-wide earthquake not unlikely

For a long time geologists believed it was unlikely that a massive quake in say, San Diego could reach all the way to San Francisco.But a new study published by the journal Nature says that kind of mega-quake isn't out of the question.
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE CREATES DRAFT YOSEMITE VALLEY PLAN
For years, Yosemite National Park authorities have been looking for ways to balance the interests of its 4-million annual visitors with preserving the environment. Last week the park unveiled how it plans to do so.
Supreme Court Upholds Obama's Affordable Care Act

How will the CA Health Insurance Exchange work?

By the end of the year, there will be a new option for Californian's shopping for health care coverage. It's called a Health Insurance Exchange, and California was the first state in the nation to begin the process of creating one.
Although one goal of President Obama's Affordable Care Act was to rein in the high cost of health insurance, dozens of health plans continue to hike up rates. In California, premiums on insurance coverage rose almost 19%. And although California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones calls some of the increases unreasonable, he admits that he has no authority to stop them.
New England Patriots vs Miami Dolphins

Autopsy shows Junior Seau suffered from brain disease

Today on Good Morning America, it was revealed that former USC and San Diego Chargers star Junior Seau had the degenerative brain disease called CTE when he committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest.

California Gov. Jerry Brown to unveil new budget proposal

Today, Governor Jerry Brown will unveil his plans to close a $1.9 billion budget gap. That may sound like a lot of money, but $2 billion is practically peanuts compared with the fiscal mess Brown has faced in the past.
Giant Squid
Fishermen are reporting huge catches of Humboldt squid off the coast of Orange County, which can measure up to 6 feet long and weigh up to a 100 pounds.
Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln

Oscar nominations: Who came out on top and who got snubbed?

The big movie news is the Oscar nominations, and by now, you probably already know the big winner was a movie about a big guy, "Lincoln."Daniel Day Lewis, as Abraham Lincoln, received a Best Actor nomination, one of 12 the film earned, including Best Picture.
Carolyn Franks
In San Juan Capistrano, a heated battle has been raging between city planning commission and an unlikely duo — a woman and her dinosaur.

Off-Ramp

Chris Rivera Double Exposed

KPCC's Instagram challenge winner likes to keep it weird

Meet Chris Rivera, the winner of KPCC + IGLA's Instagram challenge "Double Exposed." Rivera makes surreal portraits that delight his 7,600 followers.

Jeanne Manford, PFLAG founder, 92

'When I first marched, I said, "There must be other people, I'm not the only one." But I bet each parent thinks he or she is the only person.'

The Loh Down On Science

Location, Location, Location

Change for the better.

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