Archive for March 4th, 2013


Glenwood Gardens
A 911 call in Bakersfield has drawn international attention after an elderly woman died when staffers at her independent living facility refused to administer CPR last Tuesday.
KPCC Police Crime stock photo
A 72-year-old has pleaded not guilty to killing three women in the late 1980s in South L.A., where prosecutors allege he strangled the victims during sexual attacks.
Holiday Travelers Crowd NYC Airports
Sequestration is starting to take effect at airports. Cuts in overtime are reducing staffing at Customs booths, though airlines say operations aren't delayed so far.

Identity hearing set for Las Vegas Strip shooting suspect

A man named as the suspect in a deadly shooting and fiery crash on the Las Vegas Strip made his first appearance in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday.
A screen shot of Ravi Fernando juggling and solving a Rubik's Cube.

Whoa! Stanford student solves Rubik's Cube while juggling

Mathematics undergrad Ravi Fernando solves a Rubik's Cube while juggling. Here's the video. (Without juggling, Ravi Fernando has solved a Rubik's Cube in 7.65 seconds.)
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)

Young woman's body found near Newport Beach lifeguard tower

Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found on a beach near the water in Orange County.
President Obama Holds Final News Conference Of First Term

Obama taps nominees for EPA, budget office & energy department

The president continues to fill vacancies in his cabinet that have been created by second-term departures. The three must be confirmed by the Senate.
Understanding and enrolling in the Affordable Care Act may be a challenge to 110,000 eligible Californians who do not speak English, study says. A website tries to help in 13 languages.
hospital bed
The nurse at the retirement home, who didn't give her full name, said facility policy prevented her from giving the woman medical help.
Some of the cardinals as they arrived for today's meeting in Vatican City.

Prayers, oaths of secrecy as Catholic cardinals meet

The College of Cardinals must set a date for the start of the conclave at which a new pope will be elected. It's likely they'll start next week. Pope Benedict XVI last day was Thursday.
While many people look to tax preparation services for help, Tobie Stanger, editor at Consumer Reports, says online tools are often cost-effective.
More self-preparation tools have become available this tax season. Some people may be anxious about doing their taxes online, but an expert says it's worth a shot.
skid row
County health officials ask for state and federal assistance to deal with six-year-old TB "outbreak."


hospital bed
A 911 call in Bakersfield has drawn international attention after an 87-year-old died needing CPR.
A new study says that the collection of social media users who sound off on Twitter aren’t representative of the broader public, differing significantly from national polls.
Slate mailer
Is Eric Garcetti a Republican? Did the LA County Democratic Party back Wendy Greuel? The answer to both questions is no, but you wouldn't know it from these brochures.
bilingual education
Bilingual education for English learners as it was once known in California ended by law in the late 1990s. But in the years since, the popularity of a different kind of bilingual education, known as dual language immersion, has grown exponentially.
Inglewood Unified School District

Fewer California school districts going broke

The state’s biannual report of schools in financial trouble shows a smaller number of districts at risk of running out of money.
2012 Spelman College Commencement
Oprah Winfrey was announced Monday as this year’s Harvard commencement speaker. Here's a look at some of her previous commencement addresses.
Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti
Two surveys released in as many days differ on which candidate leads in the mayoral primary but both polls agree – it’s close.
Women and teens account for less than a quarter of new HIV infections, but black and Latino female demographics are hardest hit in that group.
Instead of flooding your feed with dozens of election streams follow KPCC's "LA ELECTION 2013"— a comprehensive collection of real-time candidate chatter.
'EuroVegas' Complex Planned Near Madrid

Exercising may be the key to better sleep, suggests poll

People who reported regular vigorous exercise were found to be the least likely to have problems falling asleep or waking up too early.
Napolitano Presides Over Naturalization Ceremony In Washington
Many immigrants in the U.S. stop midway along the path to citizenship - Washington Post From the story: "In 2011, 61 percent of eligible immigrants became citizens, according to a recent study by the Pew Hispanic Center.
Open Adoption - 2
As the costs and benefits of subsidized preschool are being hotly debated, a new study from Australia finds that the path to success in life for a preschooler begins with the bedtime story.
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Juan Abel Escalante
As a row of Los Angeles County deputy sheriff’s looked on, a Superior Court Judge imposed consecutive sentences of 65 years to life in prison.
Daily Antiretroviral Pill Found To Protect Healthy From AIDS Transmission
OnCentral's daily round-up of the health headlines southside Angelenos ought to know about.

Maven's Morning Coffee: race is on in CD 13

Today is Monday, March 4 and headlines include the race for the LA City Council's Thirteenth District, a dead heat in the mayor's race, and a new Republican chair.
Hollywood Sign
Stretching from Hollywood to Echo Park, the district is booming. A flood of candidates are on the ballot to represent the diverse area.

Students to CA: it's time to pony up

Student groups want tuition rolled back to pre-recession levels to make a college education affordable again.
We've started collecting some particularly memorable and/or interesting quotes from the Los Angeles mayoral candidates. What quotes should we add?

SAT college entrance exam to get a makeover

The refreshed SAT will: "focus on the core knowledge and skills that evidence shows are most important to prepare students for the rigors of college and career."
Juan Abel Escalante
Sentencing is set for Monday for Jose Renteria, convicted last month in the fatal drive by shooting of Sheriff''s Deputy Juan Abel Escalante. His death helped change a neighborhood.


The Loh Life

Episode: Forest Lawn

Forest Lawn

Sandra Tsing Loh says you better cry at her funeral.I celebrated my birthday this year with funerals—three in four days. That’s sometimes how birthdays GO in midlife.I’ve come to believe, being either a YOUNG Baby Boomer or OLD Gen X-er, that my generation is used to a certain type of funeral.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Meet the Beetles

Meet the Beetles

Starstruck insects.


Episode: AirTalk for March 4, 2013
HIV particles, yellow, infect an immune cell, blue.

Baby “cured” of HIV

How could treating infants early help prevent the spread of H.I.V.? Is there a way to make these drugs more affordable? Could the United States see an AIDS-free generation?
Subsidized Long-Term Care Supporters See Opportunity With Health Care Bill

Did liability fears stop CPR by nurse?

A nurse at an independent living facility for the elderly refused to perform CPR on a resident who was barely breathing. The nurse called 911. The dispatcher implored her to perform CPR, but the nurse said she was not allowed to do so.
Social media has become an indispensable part of our everyday life. We tweet, we IM, we Facebook, we email, we chat with our coworkers online—even when they sit just two cubicles away. As a consequence, a new style of writing has emerged. We are writing shorter, we are using more acronyms and abbreviations, and much less punctuation.
Wendy Greuel Profile

Are you ready to cast your ballot for Los Angeles?

We're two days away from the city election. The race for mayor intensified last week with candidates trading insults and attacks. Accusations of corruption and lying may get the attention of voters, but on a lighter note, celebrity endorsements have also been on an upswing.

How will the White House combat sequester budget cuts?

Automatic spending cuts are scheduled to begin today, and congressional republicans are still unwavering in their stance that the sequester will have minimal effects. However, White House democrats say that the cuts will be felt over time. What happens next?

Take Two®

Episode: Take Two for March 4, 2013
Downtown Los Angeles
A lot of Los Angeles' best-known landmarks — and eyesores — came about because of the whims of top city leaders. Where will the next L.A. mayor stand on architecture? Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the LA Times, has talked to the mayoral candidates about city design, and discusses which L.A. spots could use the most work.
Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association mayoral debate.

City Hall Pass: Gearing up for the primary election

It's time for City Hall Pass, your ticket to all the latest political news coming out of downtown Los Angeles with KPCC's political team of Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton. On tap this week, tomorrow's primary election.

China launches screenwriting contest for American writers

Today, the Chinese government announced the creation of an international scriptwriting contest. The idea behind the contest is to target American writers. The winners of the "Tale of Beijing" contest will all get prize money and an all-expenses paid trip to Beijing to meet with potential investors.
Cambodian Diaspora
Peter Pin is a Cambodian photographer who's been documenting Cambodian refugees as they adapt to life in America.

Crowded field competes in LA’s 13th council district

Stretching from Hollywood to Echo Park, the district is booming. A flood of candidates are on the ballot to represent the diverse area.
Ruben Barrales
Grow Elect is a political action committee formed to do just that by recruiting, funding and training Latino Republican candidates for public office. The group recently hired Ruben Barrales as its new president. Barrales former San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO also served under President George W. Bush.
Alex Sanchez

Alex Sanchez: Gang peacemaker or shot-caller for MS-13?

Since he became the first former gang member granted political asylum in the United States, many have followed the activism and work of gang interventionist and Homies Unidos founder Alex Sanchez. But for the last three years, many have followed him for a different reason-his implication in a complicated, high-profile criminal case.

Hollywood Monday: Oz, SXSW and more

L.A. Times entertainment reporter Rebecca Keegan joins us for her regular Monday update of the latest from Hollywood.
President Obama Makes Statement On The Sequestration

Sequestration cuts hit home for business owners

On Friday President Obama accused Congressional leaders of failing to reach a compromise to avoid the impending spending cuts. the end of the day. We'll talk with some business owners who'll feel a direct impact because of sequestration.
Juan Abel Escalante

Deputy's 2008 murder helped inspire change in Northeast LA

Sentencing is set for Monday for Jose Renteria, convicted last month in the fatal drive by shooting of Sheriff''s Deputy Juan Abel Escalante. His death helped change a neighborhood.
California GOP Rove

Update from the GOP spring convention in Sacramento

John Myers, Political Editor for KXTV in Sacramento, covered this past weekend’s convention. He joins the show with an update.
Dementia Music - 1

Music & Memory program brings joy and alertness to some Alzheimer's patients

Patients with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias find peace and joy through Music & Memory's personalized iPod music program.

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