Archive for March 29th, 2013


01 - The Bunny World Foundation
Every year we are reminded that, as cute as they are, bunnies don't make good Easter gifts. But those reminders often go unheeded.
Deadly Inhalants

Authorities arrest 10 in SoCal nitrous crackdown

Authorities say they've arrested ten people so far in a crackdown on nitrous oxide for its illegal use as a recreational drug.

North Korea threat may be more bark than bite

Even as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is issuing midnight battle cries to his generals to ready their rockets, he and his million-man army know full well that a successful missile strike on U.S. targets would be suicide for the outnumbered, out-powered regime.
Dorner Roadblock

Police union organization backs out of Dorner reward

An umbrella group for California police unions says it is pulling its contribution to a $1.2 million reward offered in the hunt for rogue ex-cop Christopher Dorner.
John Upton
John Charles Upton, known for bringing the plight of children from squalid Romanian orphanages to light was fatally shot following a dispute at his home.
Dr. Nayna Patel performs an ultrasound exam on Rinku Macwan, at a hospital near Ahmedabad, India. It's illegal in India for doctors to reveal a baby's sex during these exams, but many do it anyway.

In India, discrimination against women can start in the womb

Indian mothers are more likely to get more prenatal care when they're having a boy, health economists say and small decisions about prenatal health can profoundly affect a girl's life.
Weak sea lion pups
Wildlife biologists don't know whether the problem is food availability, disease or a combination of both. The problem stretches from San Diego to Santa Barbara.
Dave Powers

Celebrating Lent: Why non-religious millennials are choosing to sacrifice

Young people who have fallen away from the church are nevertheless observing Lent as a way to reconnect with their inner spirituality outside of the confines of traditional religion.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, left, performs a mock swearing in for Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, on Jan. 3, as the 113th Congress began. On Friday, Boehner condemned Young, the second most senior Republican in the House, for using the term "wetbacks,"

Boehner blasts GOP lawmaker for 'wetbacks' comment

House Speaker John Boehner condemned the use of the term by Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, one of the most senior Republicans in Congress. Young quickly apologized.

Commute from Earth to the space station just got shorter

The latest Soyuz to reach the International Space Station is the first manned mission that shortens the launch-to-docking from two days to just six hours.
Mercer 193
By expanding a standard already in place in California, the proposal would reduce sulfur in gasoline across the US by more than 60 percent and reduce nitrogen oxides by 80 percent.
Newport Beach, Calif. gas prices
Gasoline prices have dropped in LA County to their lowest level in more than a month. The average price for a gallon of self-serve regular is $4.09.
Neal Conan NPR
NPR executives said there's a glut of vibrant call-in shows involving national issues. KPCC, which airs the show in the evening, has not made any decisions on a replacement.
The U.S. Labor Department says unemployment rates rose in 12 states and were unchanged in 16.
Japanese utility TEPCO says it was not prepared to deal with the massive earthquake and tsunami that ravaged northeastern Japan in 2011 that caused meltdowns the Fukushima nuclear plant.
Prosecutors say she ran the scheme from 1999 until 2008, when she owned or controlled six medical equipment companies. Medicare paid more than $8 million in claims.
The 62nd Annual Tony Awards - Show
British actor Richard Griffiths, who played Uncle Vernon Dursley in the "Harry Potter" movies, has died at age 65. He was to bring "The Sunshine Boys" to LA's Ahmanson Theatre this fall.
Eaton Canyon - 1
Five hikers have died in the rural canyon in the past two years. Official warnings haven't kept people from taking a dangerous path to a second waterfall.
Despite higher taxes, the Commerce Department Friday said U.S. consumers spent more money in February.


It's a slugfest in the race for Los Angeles city attorney, where incumbent Carmen Trutanich is fighting for his political life.
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Allegations of jury intimidation surface in the civil case against the LA deputy who shot a Palmdale teen in 2009.
Special Screening For 20th Century Fox And Fox 2000's "Life Of Pi" - Arrivals

Judge approves sale of VFX company Rhythm and Hues to Prana

The sale — estimated at $17 million — comes on the same day that Berkeley-based Tippett Studios announced layoffs.
Organic Chicken Farms Cited For Overcrowding

CDC: High cholesterol less prevalent than it was 40 years ago

High cholesterol can quickly become complicated by other chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, says one South L.A. family nurse practitioner.
For the fourth consecutive month, California added construction jobs. Locally, construction slipped, but the overall trend is still positive.
Next week in downtown L.A., a public health expo put on by the L.A. County Department of Public Health aims to set Angelenos on the path to better health.
Ana Cubas

Supervisor Molina endorses Ana Cubas in South LA

Molina was the first Latina to serve on the Los Angeles City Council. On Friday, she endorsed Cubas, who would become the second Latina if elected.

El Ten Eleven's gear stolen; they go online for a rescue

The band El Ten Eleven, whose music you may recognize from KPCC bumper music and the design documentary "Helvetica," had their gear stolen from their car — just before they went on tour. They're turning to the Internet for help.
LA Mayoral Candidates
As mayoral candidates tout endorsements from prominent African-Americans, a commentator takes Wendy Greuel to task for a campaign tactic.
UMMA Clinic Nursing 22

CVS drugs 450 percent more expensive than Costco's: report

Patient assistance programs may be able to help people who are uninsured or underinsured alleviate some of the cost of prescription medication.
Dual Language API - 2
A new study finds that students instructed with hand gestures performed better on tests than students instructed with speech only.
Bernard Parks Endorses Garcetti

Councilman Bernard Parks backs Eric Garcetti for LA mayor

As past chair of the city council's budget committee, Parks frequently clashed with many of the city unions that are now supporting Wendy Greuel.

Kevin James says he's close to a mayoral endorsement

The former candidate reached out to his supporters for their opinions. James' nod could sway some of the city's more conservative voters.
Child playing

Autism prevalence up 1 percent since 2007, says CDC

South L.A. children living with autism often have to contend with delayed diagnoses that can, in turn, delay years of intensive therapy, says one local expert.
US Trade representative Mickey Kantor (C

Maven's Morning Coffee: LA gets fiscal commission

Today is Friday, March 29 and headlines include the appointment of a fiscal commission, preliminary approval of a Hollywood development, and bike lanes on Colorado Boulevard.
The four-year probe of Caltrans mismanagement finds workers collected pay for safety tests they never performed. Caltrans states that they have addressed the issues.


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Episode: FilmWeek (03/29/13): A Place Beyond The Pines, The Host, Blancanieves, and Mental
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 Mental.


Episode: FilmWeek (03/29/13): A Place Beyond the Pines, The Host, Blancanieves, and more
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!

The Loh Down On Science

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Episode: AirTalk for March 29, 2013
US actor and director Dennis Hopper pose

The troubled genius that was Dennis Hopper

Who was Dennis Hopper? The better question may be what wasn’t he? This actor, filmmaker, art collector and photographer lives on as an off-beat icon in entertainment history, and biographer Tom Folsom couldn’t resist the roller coaster of Hopper’s life.
Major League Baseball’s season kicks off Sunday night, with the two Texas teams going at it, but the rivalry most worth watching in 2013 could just be the one in our own backyards between the Dodgers and Angels.
Hollywood High-rises

Planning Commission approves 55-story Hollywood high-rise

The Los Angeles city Planning Commission yesterday approved two 55-story high-rises in Hollywood. These new skyscrapers, which occupies one million square feet for apartments, offices, and retailers, would be next to the Capitol Records building.

Plagued by crime, Mexico creates new police force

How will Peña Nieto’s strategy differ from his predecessor, and why should we believe that it will cut down on death and corruption?
NPR has decided to cancel “Talk of the Nation,” a 21-year-old call-in show produced by Boston affiliate WBUR. Starting July 1, “Talk of the Nation” will be replaced by “Here and Now,” which falls into the increasingly popular “news magazine” style.

Take Two®

Episode: Take Two for March 29, 2013
California craft distillers are pushing to change a Prohibition-era law that restricts them from having paid tasting rooms and selling bottles of their product on site. Wineries and breweries have had that right for decades.
Red Car

The great Red Car conspiracy of Los Angeles: Is it real?

Roman Mars and Eric Molinsky of 99% Invisible tell the real story about what happened to LA's Red Car system.
Charles Phoenix

Charles Phoenix's guide to a California Easter celebration

If you are looking some other ways to celebrate with a little southern California flair, oh, have we got suggestions for you!
Frank Citro, Jr.

One man's quest to get off Nevada's Black Book banned list

In Las Vegas, plenty of people are trying to get on one list or another, at clubs, bars, restaurants and the like. But one list that no one wants to be on is the so-called "Black Book."
Pitchess Detention Center
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.
Prop 8 - 2

Friday Flashback: Prop 8, DOMA, gun control and more

We'll talk about the week that was with our regular political roundtables. On tap this week, the Heidi Moore with The Guardian and James Rainey from the Los Angeles Times.
Eaton Canyon - 1

Eaton Canyon: Deaths highlight dangers of off trail hikes (MAP)

Five hikers have died in the rural canyon in the past two years. Official warnings haven't kept people from taking a dangerous path to a second waterfall.
Beardless and shaven-headed, Charles Man
Charles Manson and several of his followers were found guilty in the murder of seven people more than four decades ago, but now there could be some new information in the case.
Activists Protests Against The Agriculture Industry's Lobby Influence Over Congress

Critics protest President Obama's 'protection' of Monsanto

On Tuesday, President Obama signed into a law the spending bill Congress had approved last Friday, but his swipe of the pen sparked protests outside the White House.
Obama 2012
From the use of a racial slur to a trip to the border to appearances by the President on Spanish language tv, it's been an interesting week in immigration issues. For more we're joined by Fawn Johnson, who covers immigration for the National Journal.
Ryan Gosling Place Beyond The Pines

Director Derek Cianfrance on 'The Place Beyond The Pines'

The Place Beyond the Pines, stars Ryan Gosling as Luke, a wandering soul who makes his living performing motorcycle tricks at a traveling carnival. How Gosling's character chooses to take care of a newly discovered family and how those choices affect the lives of others is the basis of the film. We’ll speak to Derek Cianfrance who is the writer and director.


Paul William Phillip K Dick

'Crawdaddy!' magazine founder Paul Williams dies at 64

Williams was the author of dozens of books and founder of Crawdaddy! -- a vanguard rock music magazine that predated Rolling Stone by nearly 2 years.

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