Archive for April 4th, 2013


One rescuer was in the hospital with head injuries from a fall. Search crews rescued an 18-year-old woman who had been missing for days in a Southern California forest a day after her 19-year-old companion was also found.
(FILES) US pop star and entertainer Mich
The pool of potential Los Angeles jurors to hear a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Michael Jackson's mother has grown to 35.
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)

18-year-old in Las Vegas crash that killed 5 was a fugitive

An 18-year-old facing drunken driving charges in a Nevada crash that killed five members of a Southern California family was a fugitive from a California juvenile facility.
Artwork depicting the Mars Rover on Mars
Every two years, the red planet disappears behind the sun. Engineers do not send new commands to the rovers and orbiting spacecrafts because they can get scrambled.
Bushmaster rifle

'Historic' gun control bill becomes law in Connecticut (Update)

Lawmakers in the state where a gunman killed 20 children and six educators at an elementary school last December have responded with legislation that bans assault-style weapons and high-capacity magazines and requires background checks for purchasers.
Lance Armstrong warming up for the swimming leg of the 2011 Xterra World Championship triathlon in Kapalua, Hawaii (before he was banned from most competitions). This weekend, he'll swim in a Texas meet for masters swimmers.

Why can Lance Armstrong race at a swim meet?

The fallen superstar has been banned for life from most competitions because of doping charges. But the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's reach doesn't extend to U.S. Masters Swimming.
A couple walks past Nassau Hall on the Princeton Unversity campus in Princeton, N.J. A letter to the editor in The Daily Princetonian urging female students to find a husband before they graduate has drawn criticism.
A Princeton University alumna advised young women studying at her alma mater to find husbands now and not wait. Susan Patton's letter set off a heated discussion, but she stands by her words.
On Thursday, a South Korean security guard kept watch as South Korean trucks waited to enter the Kaesong industrial complex in North Korea. For the second day, the North blocked the trucks and workers from the South from entering its territory.

North Korea moves missile, may close factories used by south

Among the latest provocative steps taken by the communist state: Moving a missile closer to the coast and saying it may shut down factories where South Korean companies make products.
Will there be more signs like this? In El Cerrito, Calif., last month an automotive service shop was looking for workers.
There have been several signs in recent days that job growth eased in March. On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics adds its data. Economists expect the unemployment rate to stay at 7.7 percent, while employers added a relatively modest 200,000 jobs to their payrolls.
LAFD Training - 9
For the first time in 5 years, the LA Fire Dept. is hiring. There are 13,000 applicants, but the goal isn't quantity. The LAFD wants quality, diversity - and more women.


A TEDx conference at Loyola Marymount University on Saturday seeks to turn the traditional education conference on its head.
RedBall California by Kurt Perschke
Whimsically making the rounds in California is artist Kurt Perschke’s RedBall Project, a traveling sculptural installation promoting Powerball coming to the Golden State.
Wendy Greuel

Nancy Pelosi backs Wendy Greuel for mayor

The House Minority Leader made her endorsement Thursday during a discussion with other leading female politicians at the Feminist Majority Foundation.
Oil refiners are sending greater amounts of an especially dirty crude oil product called “tar sands” to their Southern California refineries.
Hydraulic Fracturing
The proposed rule would require oil and gas companies to notify air officials of chemicals used and when fracking begins. It would be the first in California.
Remote Area Medical free clinic
The UCLA School of Dentistry will put the money toward clinic improvements in underserved areas in Los Angeles County.
Westlake Theater
Honduran and Nicaraguan immigrants with temporary protected status can continue living in the U.S. legally, but they hope immigration reform will offer a permanent fix.
facebook phone
Facebook is moving to the home screens of Android phones — cue the media event.
Ana Cubas

Emily's List backs candidate in South LA council race

The women's advocacy group is backing Ana Cubas, who's in a runoff against State Sen. Curren Price for the Ninth District seat.
L.A. County's embattled probation department got mixed reviews in the latest report by the Office of Independent Review, the county's independent oversight body.
"The Sea Within" Gala At The Toronto International Film Festival
Ebert was known for his thumbs-up, thumbs-down TV reviews that influenced moviegoers across the nation.
Two children focused on an iPad
How much smartphone and tablet use is too much for young minds? And do games marketed as "educational" live up to the label? A couple of recent articles dig in to those questions.
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South LA clinic opens wellness center at Washington Prep

Washington Preparatory High School Wellness Center is the second school-based clinic St. John's Well Child and Family Center has unveiled in eight days.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Gov. Brown travels to China

Today is Thursday, April 4 and headlines include the governor's trip to China, a look at Latino politicians in Los Angeles, and arsenic emissions in Vernon.
Dean Logan, Registrar-Recorder, Los Angeles County
The nation's largest voting jurisdiction is building a new system from scratch, starting with ideas from the public and designers worldwide.
NPR's Cook Your Cupboard
Wondering what to do with those strange ingredients lurking in the back of the pantry? With its 'Cook Your Cupboard' app, NPR can help aspiring chefs use them as ingredients in a meal.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Ant Crowd Control

Ant Crowd Control

They dealt it AND smelled it, for a reason.


Episode: AirTalk for April 4, 2013
The Cinema Society & Montblanc Host The Premiere Of Fox Searchlight Pictures' "Trance" - Arrivals
Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Claudia Puig to review this week’s releases, including Trance, The Company You Keep, Evil Dead, Neighboring Sounds, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Does it matter to you where your meat comes from?

Does product origin affect what you buy? Are you willing to pay more to absorb the extra costs? Is it feasible considering many processing facilities deal with animals from myriad ranches? Why are foreign producers still unsatisfied with the new rules?
What is North Korea’s true nuclear capability? How would the United States handle an attempted attack, even if a missile couldn’t reach American shores? Could an attack on South Korea inspire U.S. retaliation?
Why does the Department of Insurance have to rely on analysis of outside groups? Is there anyone else who could fulfill that role? Does using a consumer-advocacy group help balance the influence of analysis from health-company lobbyists?
How many times have you picked up the phone at home only to hear an automated computer voice on the other end? The Federal Trade Commission recently sponsored a national contest to find the best blocking technology for these unsolicited "robocalls."
Flags fly outside United Nations headqua
After two weeks of intense negotiations, the United Nations General Assembly this week voted to approve a landmark new arms trade treaty that is designed to curb sales of arms that could end up in the hands of terrorists, dictators and other humanitarian offenders.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for April 4, 2013
Hot Milkshake

Tired of your morning coffee fix? Try a hot milkshake

The street food scene in LA is a vibrant and varied world, but if you need some guidance navigating it there's no one better to turn to than Bill Esparza, who writes the Vitamina T column for LA magazine and blogs on his own at Street Gourmet LA.

The Dinner Party: Spirit nests, milk vodka, and more

On tap this week: Artist Jayson Fann creates human-sized "spirit nests" for people, which mimic bird nests, British farmer Jason Barber's milk vodka is the hot new poison for celebrities, and this week in history celebrates the birth of chewing gum.
LAFD Training - 1
The Los Angeles Fire Department is hiring new firefighters for the first time in five years. There are 13,000 applicants, but fewer than 150 will attend the academy. KPCC's Hayley Fox says the LAFD hopes many of those accepted will be women.
Texas Rangers v Houston Astros

How Rawlings makes baseballs for the big leagues

It's an amalgam of cork, rubber, wool, leather and cotton and weighs about five ounces. If you are really good at throwing it, catching it, or hitting it, you can make a lot of money.
Los Angeles Mayor
It's Take Two's ticket to all the latest political news coming out of downtown Los Angeles with KPCC's politics editor Oscar Garza and and politics reporter Alice Walton.

Update from Obama's San Francisco DCCC fundraiser

Last night in San Francisco, President Obama kicked off a series of eight fundraisers he'll hold across the country this year to raise money for the Democrats in the midterm elections. Sitting president's parties don't historically fare well in the midterms and guests last night paid thousands of dollars for some facetime with the president.
British Actors Hugh Dancy
Top acting roles keep going to Brits – and to a lesser degree, Aussies. We'll speak with Claudette Roche, dialect coach for British actors who has worked with actors on Boardwalk Empire and American Horror Story
An agency known as DTSC — or the Department of Toxic Substances Control — is charged with monitoring California's hazardous waste. Recently the group Consumer Watchdog has been investigating the DTSC and has claimed that the agency is falling down on the job.
California To Raise Gas Tax
If we suddenly have all this oil, how come we're paying so much for gas? Reporters at Bloomberg News have been asking that question as well.
2011 Winter TCA Tour - Day 4
Yesterday, after weeks of speculation, NBC made the official announcement that the Tonight Show will leave its current home in Burbank and move to New York. Come next spring, Jay Leno will give up his post as host of the late night show and Jimmy Fallon will take over from the Big Apple.
A member of the US Border Patrol walks b

Federal program helps divert smugglers from criminal life

U.S. Attorney's Office runs a program that gives low-level smugglers a chance to get straight with the law, before they get a record. Jill Replogle from the Fronteras Desk reports.

Bureaucracy makes China's pollution problem a tough fix

Despite extreme pollution, environmentalists have struggled to enact any reform in China. Barbara Finamore is China Program Director for the National Resources Defense Council. She explains how pollution in China compares to what we see in the US.


The honey-voiced tenor brings his brand of 1920s and '30s music to L.A.'s Disney Hall this week.

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