Archive for February 21st, 2013

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LA County has the most to gain from Medi-Cal expansion

While L.A. County has a lot to gain from Medi-Cal Expansion, it may be least able to afford to lose indigent care funds to pay for it.
Hotel Cecil
Water tested from the hotel tank where Canadian tourist Elisa Lam's body was found this week did not contain any live bacteria associated with human waste.
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PHOTOS: Funeral for Lakers owner Jerry Buss (updated)

A private memorial service for L.A. Lakers owner Jerry Buss is being held Thursday at the Nokia Theatre, with many of the team's greatest names among the expected speakers.
The TSA and FAA could face furloughs if sequester cuts happen. That could delay flights and stretch airport security lines even longer.
Ports O' Call Village
The Los Angeles Harbor Commission entered into exclusive negotiations with the LA Waterfront Alliance to redevelop the Ports O’ Call Village in San Pedro.
San Bernardino Sheriff's Funeral
Law enforcement officers from around California gathered in San Bernardino for MacKay's funeral, who died in a shootout with fugitive ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner.
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Bell closing arguments: Defense cites mayor's lack of education

The unschooled and illiterate former mayor of scandal-ridden Bell had no training that would have alerted him that his huge salary was illegal, his lawyer said Thursday.
Same Sex Marriage Advocates Rally At San Francisco Court Hearing
Gay and lesbian couples who are challenging California's ban on same-sex marriage say the Constitution prohibits discrimination against them in the nation's largest state or anywhere else in America. Read the full brief.
Las Vegas Strip Shooting Gun Battle
In Southern California, the CHP alerted officers in at least three counties to be on the lookout for a Range Rover with custom wheels that may be involved in the shooting, authorities said.
You talking to me? (A turkey on New York's Staten Island; who's probably just as intimidating, if not more, than those in California.)

Tough turkeys are taking over a San Francisco Bay area town

The birds are roaming the town of Albany. They're messy, loud and can be aggressive. And if you don't think they can be scary, see how freaked out a TV producer got during an encounter.
Gasoline Prices Jump in CA
Gasoline prices in Southern California have jumped nearly 60 cents in the past month. The auto club said the statewide average is $4.20 a gallon for regular, with LA at $4.31 a gallon.
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What is it like to live with mental illness? Whether you have been diagnosed or a loved one has, KPCC wants to know what it's like, and how mental illness affects your life.

MAP: 6th CicLAvia biking event heads to the beach in April

For the first time, the free, roaming block-party heads to the beach with a route from Downtown Los Angeles along Venice Boulevard to Venice Beach.
Port of Los Angeles Strike
Clerical workers at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles voted Wednesday night to accept the terms of a new contract with their 14 employers.
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Long Beach police shoot, kill stolen car suspect after chase

The driver crashed into the garage of a vacant home "displayed a handgun" and was fatally shot, Long Beach police told NBC LA.
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California borrowers will receive a larger share of a previously announced settlement with the nation's major mortgage lenders, according to a report released Thursday.

3 ways to totally transform U.S. immigration policy

Three economists were asked their vision of immigration reform. Their response: open borders, visa auctions and preferential access for high-skilled workers.
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U.S. consumer prices were flat last month, the latest sign inflation is in check. Low inflation leaves consumers with more money to spend, which benefits the economy.

Claims for US jobless aid suggest modest hiring

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped 20,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 362,000, though it remained at a level consistent with modest hiring.
The Los Angeles police chief met with a community group in South L.A. to answer questions about Christopher Dorner's allegations in his manifesto.

Blogs

Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association mayoral debate.
With less than two weeks until the primary, the mayoral frontrunners continue to pile up cash, according to the latest reports.

11 percent of adults' daily calories comes from fast food: CDC

That percentage is lower than it was about a decade ago, noted researchers from the National Center for Health Statistics.
Existing Homes Sales Jump More Than Forecast

Supply and demand imbalance distorts real estate markets

An inventory shortage is keeping prices elevated but making it difficult to find a house to buy. The U.S. has the fewest homes for sale in 14 years.
Read the predictions and brush-up on nominee buzz to win "most psychic" at your Oscar party on Sunday. KPCC's crystal ball coverage can help you choose wisely.
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A new survey has 63 percent of Latinos approving Obama's handling of immigration issues, a major shift from only 28 percent in late 2011.
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New list outlines 90 medical don'ts for doctors

A medical board has added to a growing list of procedures that, when used at the wrong time, could harm patients more than it helps them.
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LA County economy: Slow growth, slow recovery through 2014

The region fell into a deep hole during the Great Recession and is slowly climbing out, adding jobs at a faster pace that the U.S.
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The smallest planet ever found to be orbiting a star like our sun has been measured by NASA's Kepler telescope, the space agency announced this week.

Big Bird and Michelle Obama star in new 'eat healthy' PSAs

In her "Let's Move" campaign, Michelle Obama has employed the help of America's biggest stars. First came Beyoncé - and now, Big Bird.
Gov. Jerry Brown
California's governor makes rare visit to DC to meet with fellow state leaders, including a couple who have targeted Golden State businesses.
Eric Garcetti
The mayoral candidate's campaign has quickly turned the newspaper's support into television spots that come less than two weeks before the election.
What started out as a short film fulfilling a graduate school requirement has morphed into a stage performance that's touring Southern California.
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Three ways to totally transform U.S. immigration policy - NPR Three economists on how to transform immigration policy and what makes the most economic sense: allowing more visas to high-skilled workers, including more low-skilled workers, or simply letting immigrants in with few restrictions.
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HHS sets final rule on benefits health insurers must provide

The rule is intended to promote consistency and make it easier for people shopping for insurance to compare plans.
McDonalds Holds National Hiring Day To Add 50,000 Employees

America's fast food intake: In health news today

OnCentral's daily round-up of the health headlines southside Angelenos ought to know about.
Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association mayoral debate.
Today is Thursday, Feb. 21 and headlines include an attack mailer from Wendy Greuel, Carmen Trutanich's thoughts on Skid Row, and a Times endorsement in CD 11.
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One week after promising to inject funds into Early Childhood education, President Obama is now warning that Head Start may face cuts if a budget deal isn't reached.
Rep. Darrell Issa Republican National Convention
As reform is being discussed, Republicans are bowing to political realities after Latinos overwhelmingly voted Democrat in November.

Programs

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for February 21, 2013
2013 FilmWeek Oscar Preview

Oscars 2013: Eleventh Annual FilmWeek Oscar Preview

Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is nearly here and as Tinseltown prepares for the Oscars, Larry Mantle and the FilmWeek critics offer their recommendations, critiques, and predictions about who should, who will, and who won’t win Academy Awards on Sunday. Who do the critics think will win Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Picture? To find out, listen in as Larry hosts the Eleventh Annual FilmWeek Oscar Preview at the historic Egyptian Theatre.
After weeks of negotiations, The Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO today agreed on principles for creating a new system for worker visas. This new system focuses on filling employment for lesser-skilled occupations.
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If Sony and other console makers successfully establish their systems as central hubs for home entertainment, they may be able to maintain their relevance with consumers. How popular are home video game consoles in 2013? Are consoles like the Xbox 360 and the PS3 dinosaurs in the age of the iPhone and iPad? Do expensive home consoles still have a strong enough consumer following to maintain profitability? How much would you be willing pay for the new PS4?
New Emergency Room Opens in Boston
How can doctors work with patients to better prevent overusing medical treatments?
Unemployment Fuels Evictions And Foreclosures Nationwide
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) yesterday published a report that shows a steady rise in drug overdose deaths in the United States. The report states that nearly 17,000 people died from drug overdoses in 1999, and in 2010 the number was almost 39,000.
Oscar Pistorius in a Pretoria court Tuesday.

Oscar Pistorius released on bail

Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius has been released on a $113,00 bail. Pistorius turned in all his passports and will return to court for trial in June. If Pistorius is convicted of premeditated murder he will serve life in prison.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for February 21, 2013
Biden Medal of Valor

Two CHP officers receive Medal of Valor for bravery

California Highway Patrol officer and Medal of Valor recipient Rafael Rivera joins the show.
Holiday fares

The Dinner Party: TSA spare change, 'Bwana Devil' 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.
Rep. Darrell Issa Republican National Convention

Calif. GOP House members shifting to center on immigration

As reform is being discussed, Republicans are bowing to political realities after Latinos overwhelmingly voted Democrat in November.
Senate Impeachment Committee Begins Hearing For District Judge Porteous

Congressman Adam Schiff on the sequestration issue

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, who represents the 28th district in the heart of Los Angeles County, joins the show to talk about the $85 billion automatic, across the board spending cuts.
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LA philanthropist George Aratani dies at 95 (Photos)

George Aratani, a Los Angeles businessman who donated millions in support of a wide variety of Japanese-American causes has died. We take a look back at his life and legacy with his biographer, Naomi Hirahara.
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Four generations of the Westmore family have done hair and make-up on film and TV in Hollywood. They created beauty and beasts.
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Hitting the road in the new Tesla S (Photos)

The all new, all-electric Tesla S is the second act for the California company that first produced a tiny roadster. KPCC's Steve Proffitt took a ride in one and has a report.
The Supreme Court Hears Hears Affirmative Action Case Regarding Admissions To Texas University

Supreme Court refuses to block immigrants' deportation

Yesterday, the high court refused to block the deportation of thousands of immigrants, many of them here legally, who have pled guilty to committing a crime.
Los Angeles Police Move In To Evict Occupy LA Encampment

Report says California toxic waste management is weak

California produces more than two million tons of hazardous waste each year, but a new report from the group Consumer Watchdog finds the DTSC isn't pulling its weight. Liza Tucker, the author of that report, joins the show to explain.
BMW Unveils Its Latest Electric Car

With sales down, do electric cars have a future?

Sales of the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf drove off a cliff at the turn of the new year, falling by more than half. And that's despite the government rebates, savings from gas, and other incentives to get behind the wheel. For more on why this is and what that means for the future of electric cars, we're joined now by Paul Eisenstein, publisher of TheDetroitBureau.com.
Palm Springs Modernism Week
This week, fans of mid-century modern design and architecture are gathering in Palm Springs for that city's annual Modernism Week. Modernism Week actually lasts 11 days and began last weekend. Culture critic Edward Lifson joins the show with more.
Democratic National Convention: Day 1

City Hall Pass: Mayor's race, Measure A and more

Now it's time for another installment in our regular look at LA City politics with City Hall Pass, your ticket to all the latest news out of downtown with KPCC's Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.

Off-Ramp

David Dean Bottrell, best known for playing a creepy homosexual on Boston Legal, tells us about his entire working life in his lightly fictionalized one-man show, David Dean Bottrell is Working, from selling pot to being a famous black screenwriter.

The Loh Down On Science

Dye Hard

Why roses madder.

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