Archive for March 28th, 2013

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A 72-year-old woman crashed her car into a bakery in Glendale Thursday, killing a 55-year old man. Five other people suffered minor injuries.
Mickey Kantor
Former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Mickey Kantor and banker Austin Beutner head the group that plans to issue recommendations after the May 21st mayoral runoff.
Cardinal Roger Mahony arrives for the an

11 ways to celebrate Easter weekend in So. California

From egg hunts to brunch and religious services, here's a sampling of Easter celebrations around Southern California.
The girl provided some information in initial interviews, but she was traumatized and hadn't slept in a long time. Police planned to re-interview her Thursday afternoon.
Cute it may be. But will it convince you to get a colonoscopy?

'Love your butt' ads try to conquer colonoscopy fears

A new campaign's goal is to help people overcome the stigma of colon cancer screening. Public health advocates have been laboring for years to get people over age 50 in for colonoscopies.

NCAA men's basketball tournament tips off at Staples Center

The NCAA men’s basketball West Regional tips off Thursday afternoon at Staples Center. It's about time. Nearly 20 years have gone by since games were played in L.A.
Wooden angels memorialize the victims of Adam Lanza's shooting spree in Newtown, Conn., last December. An upcoming Frontline documentary seeks to provide new details about Lanza and his mother, Nancy.
The weapons included guns, a gun safe with shotgun shells, a bayonet and several swords, according to search warrants released Thursday. Read the reports.
Huge amounts of data were flying, but the attack didn't cause major problems around the world, Internet monitors say.

'Historic' web attack didn't cripple the Internet

A denial-of-service attack on a Dutch company was huge. But companies that monitor the Internet say it did not cause major disruptions.
A worker hooks up pipe during natural gas drilling by EnerVest on the Barnett Shale near Fort Worth, Texas, in 2012.

Cheap natural gas pumping new life into US factories

Many economists say Americans are witnessing a "manufacturing renaissance," thanks to abundant energy sources. Some economists are skeptical about the impact of cheap gas.
Head coach Rick Pitino of the Louisville Cardinals is adamant about recording his team's deflections. It seems to be paying off: The Cardinals have been doing well during the NCAA tournament.
The tactic isn't tracked. There isn't even a universal definition. But Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino knows deflections are key to winning.
The U.S. economy grew at a slightly faster but still anemic rate at the end of last year. However, there is hope that growth accelerated in early 2013 despite higher taxes and cuts in government spending.
Mayor Race - Eric Garcetti
Until now, it appeared labor unions preferred LA City Controller Wendy Greuel over City Councilman Eric Garcetti in the race for mayor. That has now changed.
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A "tobacco surcharge" in the Affordable Care Act could lead to higher health premiums for smokers. But a bill in the California assembly would block higher rates in the state.
Long Beach Khmer

Long Beach Cambodian youth confront ‘historical forgetting’

Members of Khmer Girls in Action, an activist group made up of young Cambodian American women, surveyed some 500 members of their generation to better understand the issues affecting their lives.
Unemployment Rate Drops To 8.3 Percent
The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped by 16,000 last week, the second straight weekly increase, the Labor Department said Thursday.

Blogs

The L.A. County Sheriff's Department marked a milestone Thursday, the first time the facility has had enough participants in educational programs to stage a graduation ceremony.
California’s two largest public school teachers unions file to become defendants on a pending lawsuit that would radically change the teaching.
Ron Galperin
Ron Galperin's campaign alleges an illegal collaboration between rival Dennis Zine and a PAC supporting him.
National watchdog group says cheating on standardized tests happens in 37 states across the country, with notable cases in Southern California.
Magic Johnson
Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, the two remaining candidates for Los Angeles mayor, both announced major endorsements on Thursday. Will they make a difference?
Entertainment Weekly's 5th Annual Comic-Con Celebration Sponsored By Batman: Arkham City
This weekend is WonderCon, delivering everything from Joss Whedon to new "Doctor Who." Here's everything you need to know about San Diego Comic-Con’s kid brother.
Cornerstone Theater Company, which specializes in community-based work, debuts "Lunch Lady Courage" at the Los Angeles High School of the Arts.
US-CITIZENSHIP-NATURALIZATION
A new Pew Research survey suggests a majority of Americans support legal status for the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants, although they are more divided over a path to citizenship.
Government Assistance Programs Aid Underprivileged Communities In New York State

Parents' education can affect children's diets: study

A European study found that parents with more education tended to feed their children healthier food, including fruits and vegetables.
Free shop towels, funnels, containers ... and all you need is some nasty old motor oil.
Border Agents Struggle To Keep Immigrants From Illegally Crossing AZ Border
Obama: Immigration bill could pass by summer - USA Today From President Obama's interview Wednesday with the Spanish-language network Telemundo: "If we have a bill introduced at the beginning of next month as these senators indicate it will be, then I'm confident that we can get it done certainly before the end of the summer.
Los Angeles City Hall
Today is Thursday, March 28 and headlines include major endorsements in the mayor's race, a Planning Commission hearing on a Hollywood project, and Jerry Brown talks mule meat.

Programs

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for March 28, 2013
"The Place Beyond The Pines" Premiere - 2012 Toronto International Film Festival
Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Wade Major and Henry Sheehan to review this week’s releases, including A Place Beyond The Pines, The Host, Blancanieves, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!
South Korean Students Sit For Scholastic Ability Tests
A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that it was not unconstitutional for the Lancaster City Council to open its meeting with prayer.
North Korea's rhetoric has been particularly aggressive recently, but analysts say it remains difficult to gauge the country's intentions and its military capabilities.

North Korea saber rattling too loud to ignore

How real are North Korea’s threats? What exactly is North Korea’s military capability?
Twitter Red Medicine
Are we just less polite or thoughtful when it comes to dealing with businesses? If restaurants adopted this more widely, would it prevent people from “no-showing?” Read the tweets and share your opinion in our poll.
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Dog owners today spend an average of $655 dollars a year on health care for their pets, up 50 percent from a decade ago, and health care costs for cats are up nearly 75 percent. Why are owners willing to spend so much on their pets?
High Speed Rail Anaheim

Mutiny on the high speed rail project

California’s high speed rail project has faced opposition from several constituencies throughout the state, but its toughest criticism yet comes from longtime proponents of the project who say that too many political compromises are undermining legal safeguards, among other complaints.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for March 28, 2013
Los Angeles Mayor
It's Take Two's ticket to all the latest political news coming out of downtown Los Angeles with KPCC's political team of Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton.
Deputy Troy Sella from the new technolog
California airports are competing for a federal contract to test out drones for civilian use. The untapped civilian market is estimated to be worth billions.
Philadelphia Hosts The 17th Annual Wing Bowl

Bigger chickens means more expensive wings

The wholesale price of these poultry pieces soared 76 percent on average last year. That rapid growth is due in part to the actual growth of chickens, they're becoming much bigger. But larger chickens aren't necessarily a good thing for restaurants that serve chicken wings.
Neighborhoods Leimert Park

Neighborhoods: Leimert Park's important place in LA's cultural history (Map)

Millions of people live in the city, occupying diverse neighborhoods like Little Tokyo, Echo Park and Glassell Park. But how much of the city do you really know? In Take Two's new series, Neighborhoods, reporter Tess Vigeland takes us to Leimert Park.
Cycling Routes And Directions Added To Google Maps
On tap this week: Why you're not allowed to say "ungoogleable" in Sweden, the elimination of entrees in restaurants, and this week back in 1989 two scientists claim to have discovered cold fusion.
WHO Urges Smokers To Quit On World No Tobacco Day

Calif. smokers could pay higher health insurance under Obamacare

A "tobacco surcharge" in the Affordable Care Act could lead to higher health premiums for smokers. But a bill in the California assembly would block higher rates in the state.
Mayor Race - Eric Garcetti

Who's the ‘labor candidate’ in the race for LA mayor?

Until now, it appeared labor unions preferred LA City Controller Wendy Greuel over City Councilman Eric Garcetti in the race for mayor. That has now changed.
Cell Phone Tower Wars
No, it's not the flat, bottom-dwelling sea creature you take efforts to avoid when you're wading along in the ocean. This breed of StingRay is an elaborate surveillance system that simulates a cell phone tower and is used to locate and track individual cell phones.
Semana Santa Fronteras

In Mexico, Semana Santa (Holy Week) means retail pilgrimage to the US

For San Antonio, Texas, "Semana Santa" (Holy Week) is one of the biggest weeks for retail sales. A strong peso is raising hopes of strong sales among some retailers in border states.
Picture of the Mexican five hundred peso

What's behind the strength of the Mexican peso?

Why is the peso doing so well? To find out, we've reached Marcela Meirelles, head of Latin American research at the LA-based investment firm, TCW.
Ground Operations
Vets returning from Iraq and Afghanistan face a 10 percent unemployment rate when they come home. But Take Two looks at one path to giving them a job: encouraging them to become farmers.
California To Raise Gas Tax

Should fossil fuel subsidies come to an end?

This week, the International Monetary Fund is calling for countries around the world to halt their energy subsidies to encourage people to consume less energy. Critics reason that subsidy cuts would increase the cost of living for nearly everyone on the planet by raising fuel costs, and in turn transport and food prices.

Off-Ramp

28-year old Jorge Gutierrez says, "I got an email once that said, 'Go back to Mexico because you’re gay and a wetback.' It's not the first time I've gotten something like that. It just tells me I’m dong the work I'm supposed to do.
Downtown LA in 1958

Be less miserable, wear Dylan Brody's travel face

It’s easy to let ourselves turn into angry passengers. But with just a little bit of conscious effort, we can smile, laugh at the delays and make sure that through the vagaries of the voyage we remain, all of us, good traveling companions.
"They promised this was going to be a spectacle beyond the likes of anything we'd ever seen in San Diego, and in a certain tragic sense, they redeemed that promise. We've never seen anything quite like the disaster that was Valitar."

The Loh Down On Science

Cat Vision

What happens between naps.

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