Archive for January 11th, 2013


US Chamber of Commerce supports immigration reform

A top lobbyist for corporate interests in Washington has expressed support for comprehensive immigration reform.
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Honda Center adds 150 jobs to get ready for the NHL’s return

The Anaheim Ducks could return to the ice as soon as Jan. 19 if NHL players approve a new contract after a league-wide lockout.
Anthrax Gluten

Could anthrax military research lead to a weapon against gluten?

Anthrax spores and gluten are health problems on a very different scale. But researchers believe they both could be vulnerable to thoughtfully designed enzymes.
Obama And Afghan President Karzai Hold Joint News Conf. At White House

Obama: Afghanistan forces will transition to 'support' in 2013

The White House and Pentagon are weighing how many troops will need to stay after 2014. The two leaders are meeting and taking questions at a joint news conference.
Rose Bowl Renovation

A recall campaign and a lawsuit over the NFL in Pasadena

The possibility of an NFL teaming renting the Rose Bowl for a few years sparks a recall campaign against a Pasadena City councilman.
Cuba Stock

After 50 years, Cuba drops unpopular travel restriction

New rules go into effect Jan. 14 that end Cubans' need to obtain a costly "exit permit." However, some Cubans — like top scientists athletes or dissidents — still face restrictions.
Haiti Earthquake

Haiti then and now: 3 years after the earthquake

One of the first photojournalists to capture the grim aftermath of the quake, NPR's David Gilkey, traveled back to Haiti to revisit images he originally took in 2010.
Governor Jerry Brown on Thursday proposed nearly $3 billion in additional funds for all California K-12 schools next fiscal year.
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Map: Where to get a flu vaccine in Los Angeles and Orange counties

Find clinics in Los Angeles County or Orange County offering flu vaccinations. Call in advance to confirm that flu vaccinations are offered, eligibility, cost of vaccination and clinic hours.


A Blue Line train hit and killed a pedestrian, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
This Sunday, it’s time to take your pants off. It’s the 12th Annual No Pants Subway Ride, sponsored by Improv Everywhere, with thousands of participants around the world.
Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games"
“The Hunger Games” cleaned up big at the People’s Choice Awards this week, and now you can see some of those outfits the young stars were getting sweaty and dirty in.
The settlement allows the Islamic Center of South Bay to apply once more to expand its facilities; a lawsuit alleging bias followed the city's denial.
An empty classroom

Feedback: What you think about changes to tests

Earlier this week state school officials said standardized tests as we know them – the multiple choice kind that require Scantron forms and No. 2 pencils - are simply not working for teachers or students. This is what you had to say about it.
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Rooftop solar incentives get green light

Rooftop solar program, similar to successful ones in Germany and dozens of other countries, could ramp up rooftop solar energy production in LA.
Exterior view of Los Angeles City Hall

Money pours in for Los Angeles City Council races

Candidates are seeking money for eight district races throughout the city. In the Thirteenth District alone, more than $1 million has been raised.
Truckers Go To Court Over LA Port's Clean Trucks Program

Supreme Court to take up LA's Clean Trucks Program

A long-running dispute between the trucking industry, environmentalists and the Port of Los Angeles will go to U.S. Supreme Court.
The Golden Globes roll out Sunday night with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting the booze-marinated affair. Why should they have all the fun? Play, vote and drink here.
The legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard is getting another name change thanks to some TLC from a company called TCL.

Album of the week – The Sound of the Trio by Oscar Peterson

This is the first or second album I ever heard by this Canadian jazz giant, who soon made the world his stage.
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Local photographer on Huell Howser's trip to Moscow

Even in 1989 before his half-hour programs made him legend, regular KCET viewers immediately recognized his voice from his five-minute Videolog.
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The suit claims that Measure B violates the First Amendment right to free expression and is unnecessary because the industry safeguards against AIDS and other diseases.
Downtown Los Angeles
CHP reports it has stopped snowing on the mountain, but road conditions remain hazardous. Officers have reopened all lanes in both directions.
Jenni Rivera Memorial
The lawsuit says Rivera's company and three other companies that own or once owned the jet should have known the plane was not safe to fly.
Santa Ana Police Shooting
The man drove a vehicle towards the police when at least one officer opened fire and struck the man, who died at the scene of the shooting.
Mayoral Candidates

Maven's Morning Coffee: donations to mayoral candidates

Today is Friday, Jan. 11 and headlines include a deep dive on donations to mayoral candidates, Gov. Jerry Brown's budget, and Sheila Kuehl's plans for office.

UPDATED: Police investigate hostage assault in Nordstrom Rack robbery

The employees – 13 women and a man – were being questioned. At least two robbers are being sought. The I-405 Freeway was also closed for a while.
LA County Sheriff Patrol Vehicle
Investigators said the man was wielding a large knife and charged deputies when he was shot to death. The knife was recovered.
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The city controller is being accused of using her office staff for events related to her mayoral campaign, which would violate election rules.
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Fewer services, higher fees for CA courts in budget proposal

The governor's budget proposal doesn't call for deep budget cuts to state courts. But it doesn't generate more money for them, either.



Episode: FilmWeek (01/11/13): Gangster Squad, Uprising and more

FilmWeek (01/11/13): Gangster Squad, Uprising and more

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein from the L.A. Times Community Papers chain and Claudia Puig from USA Today to review the week's new film releases including Gangster Squad, Quartet, Uprising and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

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Episode: FilmWeek Marquee (01/11/13): Gangster Squad, Quartet and Max and the Junkmen
Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein from the L.A. Times Community Papers chain and Claudia Puig from USA Today to discuss Gangster Squad, Quartet and Max and the Junkmen. TGI-FilmWeek!

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Strange Medicine

Strange Medicine

The cure sounds worse than the disease.


Episode: AirTalk for January 11, 2013
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The LACFD is proposing an annual fee of approximately $54 a year for homes, $600 for city parks, and $8,000 for elementary schools to help pay for cleanup of stormwater runoff.

FilmWeek: Gangster Squad, Uprising and more

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein from the L.A. Times Community Papers chain and Claudia Puig from USA Today to review the week's new film releases including Gangster Squad, FrackNation and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Age, upbringing and neurobiology in juvenile murder cases

In May of 2011, a ten-year-old boy in Riverside shot and killed his father. Now, a California judge must decide if prison is just punishment for or if this boy's upbringing is a mitigating factor for his decision to kill his neo-Nazi father.
Giants Dodgers Baseball

Baseball in the blood: MLB testing for human growth hormones

Will the new rules restore trust in our super-hero athletes? How will the fans react to “cleaned up” baseball – will the games still hold the same excitement without the bigger-stronger- faster factor?

Are China’s 'little emperors' an economic drag?

Ever since China enacted its one-child policy, negative stereotypes have been used in association with the rise of the country’s “Little Emperors.” These only children are marked as being lazy, spoiled and prone to tantrums. While that may not sound so different from our perception of only children in the United States, there is different weight to China’s situation as it is an entire nation of only children.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for January 11, 2013
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China firm buys right to rename Grauman's Chinese theater

Chinese electronics film TCL forks over more than $5 million for naming rights on the iconic Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
Compton horses

LA's crime capital reputation starting to wane

L.A. County's reputation as a crime capital is beginning to wane. Sheriff Lee Baca released statistics that indicate declines in crime - including in Compton.
Richmond, CA Hit Hard By Foreclosures

Zombie titles plague foreclosure victims

In other housing news, the curious phenomena of zombie titles. Thousands of homeowners are finding themselves legally liable for houses they didn't know they still owned after banks walk away from foreclosed homes before they're final.
LA Mayoral Candidates

City Hall Pass: A look ahead to the LA mayoral race

In just a few months the city of Los Angeles will choose a new mayor, so today we're kicking off the first in a regular series we're calling: City Hall Pass. Think of it as your ticket to all the latest political news coming out of downtown
First Court Hearing Held For Alleged CO Movie Theater Shooter

James Holmes admirer opens up about killer crush

Last night in Colorado, a judge ordered James Holmes, the man suspected of killing 12 people at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. to stand trial. All this week , prosecution witnesses testified that Holmes spent weeks planning the attack at a late night showing of "The Dark Knight Rises.
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Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party podcast and radio show. On tap this week, texting prayers, Bernie Madoff's reading materials and the birth of the Texas oil business.
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Cold temperatures threaten Ventura County strawberry crop (Photos)

Cue the wind machine. Ventura County farmers need it during cold nights to keep their expensive strawberry crops warm.
Along California's coast today, the highest tides of the winter season will batter the shore for the third day in a row.
Saturday marks three years since a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the impoverished Caribbean island nation of Haiti. The quake caused tremendous damage in some of the country's major cities, including the capital of Port-Au-Prince.
Biden Meets With Pro-Gun Groups In Washington
Last night, Vice President Joe Biden met with various leaders from the film industry to talk about efforts to curb gun violence. For years politicians have called on the entertainment industry to reduce depictions of violence, but they've been mostly unsuccessful.
Obama Makes Statement On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Friday Flashback: Gun-law reform, Obama's cabinet

Now it's time for the Friday Flashback, our weekly wrap-up of the week's big news. Joining us from the offices of The Guardian newspaper in New York, Heidi Moore, U.S. finance and economics editor, and James Rainey, political columnist for the L.
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Since the Chinese government deemed the US an "approved destination" in 2008, tourism from China has risen. It is now the top source of international tourism for LA, leading to a demand for Mandarin speakers.
Richmond, CA Hit Hard By Foreclosures

Report: Short sales now outnumber foreclosed homes

The real estate research firm Data Quick reports that for the first time since the housing crash in 2007, short sales now outnumber the sale of foreclosed homes. This is good news, not just for homeowners who find themselves underwater with their loans, but for banks as well.


Civilians & Soldiers, Chattanooga

Civil War 'Death, Mourning and Memory' on show at Huntington

This weekend is your last chance to see Huntington Library's Civil War exhibit based solely on imagery of the war. KPCC's Patt Morrison spoke with curator Jennifer Watts.
Huell Howser Golden Gate

Off-Ramp's full tribute to Huell Howser

Here's the full tribute to him from this week's episode, including thoughts from John Rabe, Kevin Ferguson, Queena Kim, Phil Noyes, Christopher Peake, Tom Labonge, and the President and Vice-President of Chapman University. Not to mention Huell himself ... and a certain pet pig.

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