Archive for January 25th, 2013


California inmates still not receiving proper care

Federal receiver says California prisons still don't provide proper health care
Los Angeles City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana Friday sent a letter to the mayor and city council outlining recent credit reports from bong ratings agencies.

Feds direct schools to include disabled students in sports

Federal education officials today directed public schools to include disabled students in sports programs. Advocates for the disabled are hailing the action.
An internal investigation has found repeated security lapses in a high-security unit of Juvenile Hall in Orange. OC supervisors want to know why.
Plato's resale
Winmark Corp., the parent company of Plato's Closets, said it is recruiting more franchisees to open second hand stores in Southern California.
California Stem Cell
CIRM plans to adopt some recommendations to help California's stem cell agency avoid perceptions of conflict of interest and sustain its future.

Bill would expedite accused teachers' dismissals

State Sen. Alex Padilla has re-introduced a bill that would suspend accused teachers without pay until their dismissal process is completed.
Activists Rally For Comprehensive Immigration Reform In Washington

Obama and Hispanic Caucus meet on immigration reform

Since his re-election, President Obama has vowed to work with lawmakers - including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus - on comprehensive immigration reform.

Single tickets to Dodgers home games start today

Dodgers will sell single-game tickets for next season with a new four-tiered pricing scheme. The first off-season FanFest is Saturday at Dodgers Stadium.
Tens of thousands of Egyptians take part

On revolution's 2nd anniversary, Egypt is: 'A nation divided'

Thousands of demonstrators took to the street to protest the presidency of Hosni Mubarak. Some said the revolution's promise of change hasn't materialized.
President Barack Obama

Obama to name new chief of staff, counterterrorism adviser

Top aide Denis McDonough is moving into the chief of staff's office. Justice Department official Lisa Monaco is taking on the counterterrorism post.
Sales of new U.S. homes cooled off in December compared with November, but sales for all of 2012 were the best since 2009.
Anti-Abortion Activists March In Washington

'March for Life' rally expected to draw crowd to Washington

The annual march and rally gathers anti-abortion activists on the anniversary of the Supreme Court's 'Roe v. Wade' decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
Gas Prices Newport Beach
Gasoline prices in Southern California are edging higher. The price for a gallon of self-serve regular in L.A. county is $3.74, the second highest in the state.
Campaign For Wool Launch In Bryant Park
You've been taught it's not polite to stare, but a University of Southern California study suggests there's a good reason why we do.
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Tonight for the first time in 10 months, NHL players will take to the ice in Anaheim. The Ducks face the Vancouver Canucks in their home opener.
Justice Sotomayor

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in conversation with Patt Morrison

In a special event, KPCC's Patt Morrison speaks with United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in the Crawford Family Forum.

Here's what you need to know about norovirus

The flu is leveling off nationwide, but there's a new virus in town – and it's equally unpleasant.


lights over paris
Federal prosecutors say he falsely claimed $8 million assets to fraudulently obtain more than $6 million in loans to support his career and luxury lifestyle.

Herbalife battle: It's nuclear war between Ackman and Icahn

The war of words between two prominent investors over the Los Angeles-based company has heated up to a whole new level of acrimony.
Extreme fans collides - It's Starfleet on Skywalker, Empire against Enterprise, and no shortage of phaser fire for the newest captain of the proverbial ship.
San Onofre Nuclear Plant
Federal regulators Friday pushed back their timetable to make a decision on Southern California Edison's proposal to restart the Unit 2 reactor and run it at reduced power.
Jimmy Kimmel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday morning, following Matt Damon taking over Kimmel’s show Thursday night.

Album review: Jazz Goes Baroque by George Gruntz

Harpsichord as a jazz instrument? Why not? This terrific album of European jazz was tossed into the American slipstream and my family was there to lap it up.
Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti
The two leading mayoral candidates have together raised more than $7 million in their quest to run Los Angeles.
Senators nearing agreement on broad immigration reform proposal - Washington Post A bipartisan group of senators is "nearing agreement on broad principles for overhauling the nation's immigration laws, representing the most substantive bipartisan effort toward comprehensive legislation in years.
Director John Krokidas, Roberta Danza and actor Daniel Radcliffe at press dinner for the film "Kill Your Darlings" in Park City, Utah.
If the Beat Generation hadn't existed, Sundance would have had to invent it. So much of what we associate with hipster culture today originates with the Beats. They wrote a few good poems and novels, too.
juvenile hall corridor
A teenage boy and girl were found having sex last February and the employees are accused of leaving them unsupervised in a dormitory for hours.
Los Angeles School Molestation - 4

UPDATE: LA teacher in sex abuse scandal was also youth soccer coach

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy said: "My determination was that (the principal) was previously mishandling other complaints. My intent was to fire them."
LA Mayor Villraigosa Discusses Immigration Reform In Washington

Maven's Morning Coffee: powers of the LA mayor

Today is Friday, Jan. 25 and headlines include a look at the powers of the mayor's office, the strength of neighborhood councils, and Carmen Trutanich's labels.
Crash on US 101 in the rain

Rain falling across Los Angeles, Southern California

The impact of the rain was clear on the freeways: CHP reports that there were 342 collisions on Thursday. The week before, there were 80 wrecks.
Omar Bradley
Bradley was convicted in 2004 of misusing public funds. An appeal court tossed the conviction last August but prosecutors plan to retry him.
Farmers Insurance Open - Preview Day 3

Why California can't afford to lose its millionaires

The pro golfer and San Diegan made recent comments suggesting that rising taxes might drive him out of the Golden State. Not so fast, Phil.
Gun Buyback - 4
The demand for guns reached historic highs in California last year. Who's buying all these firearms and why?
The L.A. mayor's office doesn't have near the sway of other big cities, but whoever gets elected later this year will hardly be a figurehead.


FilmWeek Marquee

Episode: FilmWeek Marquee (01/25/13): Parker, John Dies at the End, Movie 43 and Knife Fight
Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein from the L.A. Times Community Paper chain and Lael Loewenstein from Variety to review the week’s new film releases including Parker, John Dies at the End, Movie 43, Knife Fight and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Episode: FilmWeek (01/25/13): Parker, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, John Dies at the End, Movie 43 and more
Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Andy Klein from the L.A. Times Community Paper chain and Lael Loewenstein from Variety to review the week’s new film releases including Parker, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, John Dies at the End, Movie 43 and more.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Almost Touching

Almost Touching

Solving pressing problems.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for January 25, 2013
GQ Best Dressed Cocktail - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2013/14

The Dinner Party: Haunted house, lack of sleep and more

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, a house in France for a Euro! One catch: it may have ghosts.
The Oakland city council has hired Bill Bratton to develop a plan to bring down the city's violent crime rate. Bratton has led police departments in Los Angeles, New York and Boston.
Border Art

Photographer Stefan Falke captures artists living and working in Mexico border towns

Art has a way of redefining public spaces, particularly those marked by hardship or violence. That's what drew photographer Stefan Falke to the US-Mexico border. He's capturing the work of artists in this region for a project he calls "La Frontera.
US Postal Service Details New Cost Cutting Plan

Price of first-class postal stamp rises to 46 cents

Come Sunday, the price of a first-class stamp is also going to increase, from 45 cents to 46. Yes, just one penny, but still. Joining us now is Ken Martin, executive director of American Philatelic Society, the world's largest stamp collectors organization.
Fronteras E-Verify

Fronteras Desk: E-Verify lessons from Arizona

It's gotten a lot more complicated in recent years to hire undocumented workers -- and that's especially true in a state like Arizona, which mandates strict hiring practices. Workplace enforcement will be a part of the upcoming debate over immigration reform.
LA Youth candid

The LA paper for teens, by teens ends after 25 years

After 25 years, LA Youth newspaper is closing down, and current and former writers are devastated.

Science casts doubts on antioxidants' effects on aging

The Fountain of Youth may seem like it's at your grocery store.
Strike At Ports Of Los Angeles And Long Beach Continue Into 8th Day

Why labor unions are still going strong in California

Union membership is at a 97-year low. In the past year, their ranks fell to just over 11 percent of the workforce nationally, with sharp drops in places like Wisconsin and Indiana. And, as you may remember, those states had some pretty dramatic political standoffs over unions.
Democratic Lawmakers Introduce Assault Weapons Ban of 2013 Legislation

Friday Flashback: Gun control, John Kerry, and more

It's time for Friday Flashback! A round up of this week's biggest stories. On tap this week are Christina Bellantoni the political editor for the PBS Newshour and James Rainey, political columnist for the LA Times.
X Games Aspen 2013 - Day 1

Not radical? Could the X-Games be selling out?

Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning - those guys are old news. Today, we're ignoring the NBA drama and the Pro Bowl hype, and taking a look at the other biggest stars in sports - people like Gretchen Bleiler, Tucker Hibbert and Shaun White.
What are we going to call the Charles Shaw brand wine now that Trader Joes has increased its price from a reasonable $1.99 to a whopping $2.49?
Governor Jerry Brown

China's role in California's economy

In his State of the State address, California Governor Jerry Brown announced he's going on a trade and investment mission to China this spring. But just how are the two economies linked? And what does Brown has in mind for strengthening ties? We'll find out.


Episode: AirTalk for January 25, 2013

Will the Obama administration limit drone strikes?

Senator John Kerry signaled a possible change of policy on the use of drones. His comments came on the heels of a United Nations announcement of launching an investigation into U.S. and U.K. drone strikes at the request of Pakistan and two unidentified permanent members of the U.N. Security Council. The investigation could change U.N. resolutions on drone strikes.
The U.S. Department of Education clarified today that K-12 schools cannot exclude students with disabilities from after-school athletics and clubs. Officials explained that they are not looking to change sports teams, but “reasonable modifications” need to be implemented for disabled students who can compete with their classmates. For example, if a deaf runner wanted to compete in track and field, schools could use a visual cue instead of a starter pistol. Some schools have already made modifications.
FilmDistrict With The Cinema Society, L'Oreal Paris And Appleton Estate Host A Screening Of "Parker" - Arrivals
Larry is joined by KPCC film critics to review the week’s new film releases including Parker, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, John Dies at the End, Movie 43 and more. Peter Rainer from the Christian Science Monitor checks in to share the latest updates from the Sundance Film Festival. TGI-FilmWeek!
Rose Bowl Renovation
Are you a regular user of the Rose Bowl grounds? Would you be willing to give up some of the time you spend there to make room for an NFL team? Should a city councilman be subject to recall for casting an unpopular vote?
NBCUniversal Golden Globes Viewing And After Party - Inside

'Les Misérables' director Tom Hooper

Today, Tom Hooper stops by the studio to sit down with Larry Mantle and discuss the making of his new film “Les Miserables,” and why he chose to undertake such an ambitious project. The film has been positively received thus far, and won three Golden Globes: Best Comedy or Musical, Best Supporting Actress and Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical.


“Uncanny X-Force” is an X-Men book that also happens to be one of the rare Marvel comics set on the West Coast — right here in Los Angeles.

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