Archive for April 2nd, 2013


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Almost a year after the LA Times started charging readers for online access, the Orange County Register jumps on the paywall bandwagon.

Ex-wife of Rockefeller impostor testifies

The woman who married a notorious Rockefeller impostor and bore his child has told jurors a startling story of her 12-year-marriage to a man whose identity was a lie.
The Pacific Asia Museum's monthly Silk Road Storytime program will feature a series of trickster tales this week, in keeping with the week's April Fools theme.

California's health is improving on a variety of fronts

The 20th annual report card on California's public health finds the rates of several diseases down, although the state did not meet national goals in some areas.
A police dog sent into a home in search of a man who violated parole was thrown out a second-story window and injured.
The Twin Towers Correctional Facility in
Los Angeles County sheriff's authorities say a fight at the downtown LA lockup involving more than 60 inmates left four injured.
NASA scientist and climatologist James Hansen in 2009.
But the man who issued one of the earliest warnings about the potential for global warming isn't going away. He plans to concentrate on his environmental activism efforts.
Orange County Lost Hikers
The search continues Tuesday for two teen hikers in Orange County, who called Sunday night to say they were lost near Trabuco Canyon.
Former Republican Congressman Asa Hutchinson holds up his task force's report during a news  conference Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

NRA: Train school personnel who want to be armed

Echoing some of the things suggested by NRA leaders in the wake of the Newtown school shooting, a task force created by the association has come back with its report.
A human brain — part of a 2009 exhibition called "Brain: a world inside your head", in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Calling it "the next great American project," the president predicted the initiative could "be transformative." The lives of "billions of people" will be improved if more can be learned about brain disorders, Obama said.
Fannie Mae's headquarters in Washington, DC.
The mortgage giant needed a $116 billion bailout from taxpayers after the housing bubble burst in 2007. As housing recovers, it's been able to put money back into Treasury's coffers.
Florida Gulf Coast v Florida
Athletic director Pat Haden said Andy Enfield's success wasn't a flash in the pan and that his up-tempo style and stingy defense will be fun for both the Trojans players and fans.
Dave Kung with wife Sarah Tyson (left), stepson Cy Tyson-Brown and parents Sonja and George Kung.

When you're mixed race, just one box is not enough

While being forced to tick a single box for "race" has never been a problem for George Washington III, who is black, his mixed-race children see it differently. And for Dave Kung, being allowed to check two races on the U.S. Census form for the first time prompted an unexpected outpouring of emotion.
Richards says the police officers tried to work their way into the mobile home and were overcome by smoke. The body of a woman was later found inside.
The murder trial of man who posed as a Rockefeller before being charged with the 1985 murder of a San Marino man is nearing its end in L.A. KPCC takes a look back at two weeks' worth of testimony.
City of LA App
Instead of calling 311 to report problems, residents can use the app. They can even snap photos to accompany reports of potholes or graffiti.
President Obama last month withdrew the nomination of Caitlin J. Halligan to the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., after her nomination was blocked by Senate Republicans.

Judicial vacancies languish on key federal appeals court

The federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., is sometimes called the second most important court in the country, regularly delivering rulings on major environmental, labor and national security cases. But four of its 11 judge's slots are vacant, the most in the nation.
The importance of making a smart decision on how and when benefits are claimed can't be underestimated, says Mary Beth Franklin of Investment News.
Boomers can begin collecting full benefits at 66, tap in early at 62 or delay benefits until 70. A financial advisor says the importance of making a smart decision "can't be underestimated."

Gun control: Where does your U.S. congressman stand?

As Congress prepares to debate new gun control legislation, KPCC surveyed every member of California’s delegation to ask whether they own guns, and what kind of changes to current law they’d support.


doheny glatt kosher meat market
A high-end kosher meat market in Pico-Robertson is accused of picking up empty glatt kosher boxes and using fraudulent stickers to repack them with non-kosher meat.
Tobias Dustin Summers
A man suspected in last week's abduction of a 10-year-old girl in Northridge met with his probation officer the day before the kidnapping took place.
Apple's new iPad is displayed at a branc
Coachella Valley Unified got the green light Tuesday to spend bond money to put an iPad in every student’s hand and a MacBook in every teacher's lap.
Despite the mayoral candidate's support in 2008 and 2012, the White House won't get formally involved in a race with two Democrats.
Audrey Hepburn I am not, but every once in a while, a girl’s gotta go for the gamine look, right? The ankle-length or capri trousers, the ‘50s pink and black color scheme.

Early Earth Day bike ride ends at South LA festival

While the official green holiday is slated for April 22, Earth Day blooms early in South L.A. this year with a bike ride and festival.
Shortly after her opponent announced an endorsement she'd also been seeking, the mayoral candidate said the campaigns should be focused on real issues.
AIDS Memorial Quilt On Display In Brooklyn For World AIDS Day

1 in 5 teen births is not the mother's first, says CDC

While more than 90 percent of teen mothers use contraception after giving birth, just over 20 percent use the most effective forms.
Disney and Pixar Animation announced Tuesday that a sequel to "Finding Nemo" will be released into the wild on Nov. 25, 2015. See who's signed on for another swim.
Immigration Activists Demonstrate In Los Angeles
The Associated Press announces it's dropping the term "illegal immigrant" from its stylebook, which is followed by most mainstream media organizations.
NRA Discusses Findings Of  National School Shield Program In Washington
Former congressman Asa Hutchinson unveiled his new, NRA-commissioned plan for school safety. It calls for an armed staff member to protect schools.
'EuroVegas' Complex Planned Near Madrid, jogger

Depression can dull benefits of exercise, alcohol: study

The findings don't mean, however, that people who are depressed don't have anything to gain from regular physical activity, says a South L.A. mental health expert.
Bipartisan Group Of Senators Announce Major Agreement On Immigration Reform
Immigration overhaul inches forward, but big hurdles remain - NPR The Senate "Gang of Eight" working group is expected to announce proposed legislation next week, but " as anyone who closely watched comprehensive immigration overhaul efforts in 2006 and 2007 can tell you, the Senate part of this is the relatively easy piece.
Kevin James and Eric Garcetti
James' support could help with conservative voters, particularly in the San Fernando Valley, but Garcetti reportedly won't get hoped-for backing from President Obama.

California members of Congress split on gun control

Geography, personal history, political party influence gun violence views in Congress.
Los Angeles International Airport
Today is Tuesday, April 2 and headlines include Mayor Villaraigosa's defense of his record, Eric Garcetti's opposition to moving a runway, and hearings on street repairs.


Business Update with Mark Lacter

Episode: Controversy at Occidental Petroleum in Los Angeles

Controversy at Occidental Petroleum in Los Angeles

KPCC's business analyst Mark Lacter says there's drama in the boardroom at a big oil company in Los Angeles.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Inside Owls

Inside Owls

This one'll make your head spin.


Episode: AirTalk for April 2, 2013

What the Affordable Care Act means for seniors

California is one of 15 states that will start a pilot program for seniors with both Medicare and Medi-Cal. These “dual eligibles” will be enrolled in a new managed care plan.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Cincinnati Reds
While the Angels have lingered in the shadow of their “crosstown rivals,” the Dodgers, who have spent lavishly on team and stadium, the Angels could certainly be a force to be reckoned with under Scioscia's creative management. Will the Angels have the legs and brains to go the distance?
Teacher in Classroom
What are the benefits of ability grouping and tracking? What are the potential drawbacks? How do programs that rely on ability grouping work in LAUSD?
Super Bowl XXVII: Dallas Cowboys v Buffalo Bills

Jackson family sues AEG for wrongful death pop icon

AEG Live, Michael Jackson's last concert promoter, will defend itself in court against liability in Jackson's death. Jackson died of an overdose two weeks before he was scheduled to launch his "This Is It" tour in London during the summer of 2009.
2008 ESPY Awards - Show

FCC looks to fine tune its indecency rules

Should the FCC loosen its indecency rules? Are indecency rules even relevant today, given more and more people go online to get their entertainment? Are indecency rules unfair to network broadcasters?
cell phone
Do you worry about the effects of constant cell phone use, or do you think the fears are overblown? Do today’s cell phones pose a greater risk than in the past? How much radiation is too much? Are there precautions we can take to minimize the danger?
Grand park fountain by artist Mike Sheehan
Today the L.A. County Board of Supervisors may lower rates for crews to film in the $56-million Grand Park, but would that make the park nothing more than a government-subsidized film set?
Two Presidents are Better than One

Why two presidents could end bipartisan gridlock

The American public has long endured bipartisan gridlock and filibustering over things like Obamacare, the fiscal cliff and the sequester. Former Indiana state representative David Orentlicher has had enough and suggests a radical change – How about two presidents instead of one?

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for April 2, 2013
Louie Palu spent a year photographing the cross-border drug trade, from checkpoints in Texas and Arizona to villages deep into cartel country. Warning: graphic images.
Duke v Louisville
Louisville basketball player Kevin Ware will be watching his team play from the bench this weekend in the Final Four. The sophomore guard shattered his lower right leg in a freak accident Sunday night. The devastating injury puts the future of Ware's basketball career and his college scholarship at risk.
Los Angeles Dodgers Photo Day
Puig, who hit .517 in the spring, won't be playing with the Dodgers. He's been sent to a AA club in Tennessee.

California members of Congress split on gun control

Geography, personal history, political party influence gun violence views in Congress.
The 2007 mtvU Woodie Awards - Show
Tuesday, the day of the week we like to talk about new music. On tap this week is NPR's music critic Ann Powers who'll review a new tribute to John Denver, the band Mad Season and Rilo Kiley.

NRA presents 'School Shield Initiative' to Congress

The National Rifle Association has its own plan to prevent gun violence in schools. Shortly after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, the NRA suggested armed guards in schools to protect students.
Brockovich's Town Next Pollution Problem

In Hinkley, toxic legacy sets the stage for a ghost town

Nearly 20 years ago, Pacific Gas & Electric paid a huge settlement in a lawsuit that claimed the utility contaminated the groundwater in the Mojave Desert community of Hinkley. Since then, the chemical contamination has continued to spread.
U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Gay Marriage Cases
Yesterday, the Supreme Court chose not to comment on a case that challenged how the size of a voting district is decided. In question was whether states should count everyone, not just U.S. citizens, when deciding on districts.
Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat
Tomorrow, a meeting between NBA owners and two competing groups will determine whether the Kings will stay in Sacramento or move to Seattle. For more on the Kings' future and what's at stake, we're joined by Dale Kasler from the Sacramento Bee.
Among the signature injuries of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – post-traumatic stress disorder, lost limbs and traumatic brain injury – it’s the last that tends to get the least amount of attention.
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