Archive for April 5th, 2013

Toyota to pay $16 million in settlement with Orange County

Crime & Justice | | April 05 2013, 7:06 PM

Toyota will pay $16 million as part of a legal settlement with the Orange County District Attorney's office.

2 missing, suicidal teens found safe in Ventura County

Local | | April 05 2013, 6:57 PM

Ventura County authorities say two missing, suicidal teenagers have been found safe in a recreational vehicle behind a friend's house.

California flu season worst one in several years, experts say

Health | | April 05 2013, 5:31 PM

California closes a worse-than-usual flu season, with triple the number of deaths compared with last season. And the flu bug is still lurking.

Judge rejects Calif.'s attempt to take control of prison mental health care

Crime & Justice | | April 05 2013, 4:14 PM

A federal judge on Friday rejected Gov. Jerry Brown's bid, citing systematic failures to reduce prison suicides, provide timely care and hire enough staff.

Crime in Los Angeles drops in first quarter of 2013

Crime & Justice | | April 05 2013, 3:51 PM

Crime in Los Angeles dropped in the first three months of this year, with violent crimes dropping by half over the past eight years, top city officials said Friday.

Walmart defends Chinatown project after filing of lawsuit

Business & Economy | | April 05 2013, 2:52 PM

Labor and community activists are suing the city of Los Angeles over Walmart’s plan to build a grocery store in Chinatown.

UPDATE: Rescuers find 5 lost hikers in Eaton Canyon (Map)

Local | | April 05 2013, 11:21 AM

The hikers entered the Eaton Canyon area about 8 a.m. Thursday and were expected back eight hours later. They are all safe and appear unharmed.

LAPD: Northridge kidnapping suspect seen entering Mexico (Map)

Crime & Justice | | April 05 2013, 10:57 AM

A security camera recorded Tobias Summers crossing a footbridge from rural San Diego County into Tecate, Mexico, about 30 miles east of Tijuana/San Diego.

Scripps College volunteers make olive oil from campus trees — and beat the pros

Local | | April 05 2013, 9:49 AM

When volunteers at the womens' college decided to harvest olives from campus trees and press their own oil, they didn't expect that their first-ever product would win an international award. But it did.

Judge: Make Plan B available over the counter for all ages

Health | | April 05 2013, 8:52 AM

Federal judge overturns the FDA's decision to allow the sale of the morning-after pill without a prescription or age restrictions.

Search crews recount dramatic rescue of missing Orange County hiker (Map)

Local | | April 05 2013, 7:30 AM

Rescuers described that she had no shoes, was having trouble breathing and severely disoriented from dehydration. First, she asked what year it was and asked for her mother.

Mexican cowboys practice 'vaquero' ways in LA (Photos, Map)

Local | | April 05 2013, 6:57 AM

When you think of horses in Southern California, you might picture cowboys or the fancy west side equestrian set. But here in LA, there’s an entirely different horse world.

Public Radio Bracket Madness FINALS: Radiolab vs. This American Life

Arts & Entertainment | | April 05 2013, 6:00 AM

So we’ve had a lot of fun voting for our favorite public radio shows. But this is where it gets real. And we’ve even got a prize.

Sequester scorecard: A month later, effects still up in air

US & World | | April 05 2013, 6:00 AM

Automatic federal budget cuts that kicked in March 1 have had little initial impact in many parts of the government. In a few programs, however, the effect has been real and painful as the government has begun cutting $85 billion from its spending through the end of September.

US job growth slows sharply, but unemployment rate dips

Business & Economy | | April 05 2013, 5:55 AM

Just 88,000 jobs were added to private and public payrolls in March. The jobless rate still edged down to 7.6 percent because nearly 500,000 fewer people were in the labor force.

AQMD passes rule requiring disclosure of fracking operations

Pacific Swell | | April 05 2013, 4:42 PM

The Air Quality Management District votes unanimously to require oil and gas firms to disclose when they will engage in fracking, and which chemicals they will use.

High blood pressure rates jump about 10 percent: CDC

OnCentral | | April 05 2013, 4:24 PM

High blood pressure is the number-one chronic disease diagnosis at South L.A.'s UMMA Community Clinic, according to the site's medical director.

The 11th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational

Off-Ramp | | April 05 2013, 3:12 PM

If you're confident of your grilling abilities -- or you just really like to eat grilled cheeses -- you might want to check out the The 11th Annual Grilled Cheese Invitational.

Want the $1M Dorner reward? LAPD establishes application process (PDF)

The Latest | | April 05 2013, 3:10 PM

Anyone who believes they deserve all or part of the $1 million reward offered when ex-cop Christopher Dorner was on the loose must file an application by April 19.

Noir City: Hollywood, 15th Annual Festival of Film Noir

Off-Ramp | | April 05 2013, 2:42 PM

"Noir City," the 15th Annual Festival of Film Noir, opens tonight at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

Regulators fine Home Depot $8 million for polluting paint

Pacific Swell | | April 05 2013, 2:34 PM

Home Depot stores will pay $8 million as part of a continuing crackdown on air pollution from volatile organic compounds in paint and coatings.

LA charter school founders convicted of embezzlement

Pass / Fail | | April 05 2013, 2:29 PM

Founders of a San Fernando Valley charter school have been convicted of multiple counts of embezzling public funds and filing filing false tax returns

Job growth weakens nationally, but that doesn't mean bad news for Los Angeles

The Breakdown | | April 05 2013, 2:23 PM

The U.S. added far fewer jobs than expected in March, but in Southern California, job growth continues to outpace the nation.

Safe hiking in Southern California

Pacific Swell | | April 05 2013, 1:57 PM

It's human nature to take risks, to seek, and perhaps to go into Southern California canyons and get lost. Should we just accept that?

Clinic CEO: Morning-after pill ruling 'extremely important'

OnCentral | | April 05 2013, 1:38 PM

A federal judge ruled on Friday that the FDA must make the morning-after pill available over-the-counter, with no age or point-of-sale restrictions, within 30 days.

Bringing some jazz into the classroom

Pass / Fail | | April 05 2013, 11:28 AM

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Check out this list of resources for students and teachers, which includes lesson plans and a few local concerts.

In immigration news: New rules for raids, House nears reform deal, the aftermath of AP's dropping 'illegal immigrant,' more

Multi-American | | April 05 2013, 10:30 AM

A settlement sets new policies for when immigration agents enter homes, a House immigration reform plan gets closer to completion, and The Associated Press' decision to stop sanctioning 'illegal immigrant' causes even more media discord over what term to use.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Eric Garcetti's military service

Represent! | | April 05 2013, 8:01 AM

Today is Friday, April 5 and headlines include a look at Eric Garcetti's military service, women's support for Wendy Greuel, and a Republican's run for governor.

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FilmWeek (04/05/13): Trance, The Company You Keep, Neighboring Sounds, and Room 237

| April 05 2013, 1:22 PM

Larry and KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Claudia Puig review Trance, The Company You Keep, Neighboring Sounds, and Room 237.


FilmWeek (04/05/13): Trance, The Company You Keep, Evil Dead, Neighboring Sounds, and more

| April 05 2013, 10:53 AM

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!

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Episode: Cake Walk

Cake Walk

| April 05 2013, 6:00 AM

In baking, how the parts add up to the whole.


Smokers banned from jobs at major Pennsylvania employer

| April 05 2013, 4:17 PM

Twenty-nine states, including California, have laws prohibiting discriminatory hiring based on legal activity like smoking. However, other states are free to cite being smoke-free as a condition of employment. The latest to adopt this kind of policy is the University of Pennsylvania Health Care System.

Obama proposes budget that both Dems and Republicans don’t like

| April 05 2013, 11:06 AM

The presidential budget is non-binding and is largely seen as symbolic, leading Hill-watchers to speculate that this proposal is an opening gambit on Obama’ part, a sign that he’s willing to take on any and all sacred cows for the sake of budget consensus. Does the president have any chance of having his budget pass?

How can we prevent the need for wilderness rescues?

| April 05 2013, 10:52 AM

Two lost hikers have been found alive in Trabuco Canyon. But the five-day search involved hundreds of personnel and led to the serious hospitalization of one rescuer. This morning, five hikers are reportedly lost in Eaton Canyon.

Birth control for all, says federal judge

| April 05 2013, 10:48 AM

Today’s ruling from a federal judge in New York orders the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to make the morning-after pill available to any woman over-the-counter, regardless of age.

Remembering Roger Ebert: The movie critic who was a star

| April 05 2013, 10:38 AM

Influential film critic Roger Ebert died yesterday at age 70 after a public battle with cancer that lasted a decade. On AirTalk, we'll remember Ebert's life and work and also talk with our film critics about their major influences as critics, as well as the different schools of film criticism.

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Star-struck fans pay big bucks for a piece of Hollywood history

Local | | April 05 2013, 10:39 AM

Celebrity auctions began in the 1970s and today are a billion-dollar industry. KPCC's Lauren Osen looks at their origin and previews this year's Hollywood Legends auction at Julien's Auction House.

'Room 237' doc deciphers the hidden themes in Kubrick's 'The Shining'

| April 05 2013, 10:17 AM

The new film "Room 237" explores some of these alternative readings of "The Shining."

Ebert Review Quiz: Match these scathing reviews to the films they inspired

| April 05 2013, 10:11 AM

We played some scathing reviews written by legendary film critic Roger Ebert and asked you to hazard a guess about what films inspired such harsh critiques. Here are the questions, answers at the bottom of the page!

Which baseball stadiums have the best and worst concessions

| April 05 2013, 9:42 AM

Here to talk about the best and the worst food that baseball has to offer is Andrew Cieszynski from

AP film critic Christy Lemire on the life and legacy of Roger Ebert

| April 05 2013, 9:19 AM

Yesterday legendary film critic Roger Ebert passed away. Associated Press film critic Christy Lemire pays tribute her friend and former colleague.

Where there's a win, there's a wand at the 'Oscars' of magic

Local | | April 05 2013, 8:56 AM

Come this Sunday night, magic gets its moment in the spotlight with the 45th Annual Academy of Magical Arts Awards ceremony at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Mexican cowboys practice their 'vaquero' traditions in LA (Photos)

| April 05 2013, 8:56 AM

When you think of horses in Southern California, you might picture cowboys or the fancy west side equestrian set. But here in LA, there’s an entirely different horse world.

Recent crimes raise questions about CA's prison realignment program

| April 05 2013, 8:56 AM

Police are still searching for Tobias Summers, the prime suspect in last week's kidnap and sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl in Northridge. They have arrested Daniel Martinez as an accomplice, charging him with kidnapping and robbery. Detectives think Summers may be in San Diego, and this case has turned up the heat on the state's prison realignment program. KPCC's Rina Palta and Erika Aguilar report

California considers instituting official fracking guidelines

| April 05 2013, 8:55 AM

Fracking has been going on for decades, but here in Southern California, we don't really know a lot of about where and when its taking place. Or what kind of chemicals are being used in the process. But the state is considering new guidelines change that.

Friday Flashback: Gun legislation, jobs report, and more

| April 05 2013, 8:55 AM

Guns, energy, jobs and a remark by the President that many found sexist. It's time for our weekly analysis of the news, The Friday Flashback.

Undocumented workers and the Affordable Care Act

| April 05 2013, 8:46 AM

The Affordable Care Act will provide insurance to millions of low-income people who currently don't have it. But undocumented workers - even those on the path to citizenship - won't be guaranteed any federal health benefits, which critics worry could create a sub-class of uninsured.


Using technology to bring lost sound back to life

| April 05 2013, 4:47 PM

We can read our forebearers' speeches and see their portraits, but we can't hear their music or what they sounded like. But now Patrick Feaster, a professor at Indiana University, is trying to change that. Patt Morrison reports.

Interview: director Werner Herzog on Roger Ebert's passing

Arts & Entertainment | | April 05 2013, 3:22 PM

Herzog — the director behind films like Fitzcarraldo, Nosferatu the Vampyre and Grizzly Man — was also close friends with the film critic.

What's it like to be a tax season sign twirler?

| April 05 2013, 1:25 PM

Dressed like Uncle Sam or the Statue Of Liberty, it's their job to draw you in before the April 15 deadline. But what's it like to be out there?

A soap star, his wife, a grump, and his daughter: 'Assisted Living' stars Paul Dooley and Winnie Holzman

Arts & Entertainment | | April 05 2013, 11:53 AM

"Assisted Living" began thirty years ago when Dooley and Holzman took a stab at answering a pile of fan mail to Dooley. They started riffing on it, then wrote some pages, then put it away for decades. Hurricane Sandy gave them the time to finish it.