Archive for April 5th, 2013


Toyota will pay $16 million as part of a legal settlement with the Orange County District Attorney's office.
Ventura County authorities say two missing, suicidal teenagers have been found safe in a recreational vehicle behind a friend's house.
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.
Prison Suicide - 4
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.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Announces Charlie Beck as New LAPD Chief

Crime in Los Angeles drops in first quarter of 2013

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.
Chinatown Walmart
Labor and community activists are suing the city of Los Angeles over Walmart’s plan to build a grocery store in Chinatown.
Eaton Canyon - 4

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

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.
Tobias Dustin Summers
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.
Bottlel of Olive Oil produced by Scripps College
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.
Plan B is one of two emergency contraceptives available in the U.S.

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

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

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.
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.
The U.S. Navy's Blue Angels soar over the Florida Keys during a March 23 air show. The group has canceled several air shows in April and May, reportedly owing to budget cuts.

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

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

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.


Activists Rally Against Fracking Outside California EPA Office
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.
Community Health Center Provides Services To Needy As Supreme Court Debates Healthcare Reform Law

High blood pressure rates jump about 10 percent: CDC

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

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.
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

"Noir City," the 15th Annual Festival of Film Noir, opens tonight at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.
City Council Votes To Impose Day Laborer Rules On Home Improvement Sto
Home Depot stores will pay $8 million as part of a continuing crackdown on air pollution from volatile organic compounds in paint and coatings.
Founders of a San Fernando Valley charter school have been convicted of multiple counts of embezzling public funds and filing filing false tax returns
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

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?
Debate Rages On Prescription Status For "Plan B" Pill

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

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.
April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Check out this list of resources for students and teachers, which includes lesson plans and a few local concerts.
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.
Nowruz celebrations 2013

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

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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Episode: FilmWeek (04/05/13): Trance, The Company You Keep, Neighboring Sounds, and Room 237
Larry and KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Claudia Puig review Trance, The Company You Keep, Neighboring Sounds, and Room 237.


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

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Cake Walk

Cake Walk

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


Episode: AirTalk for April 5, 2013
smoking, cigarette, smoker

Smokers banned from jobs at major Pennsylvania employer

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.
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?
Eaton Canyon - 2

How can we prevent the need for wilderness rescues?

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.
Health And Human Services Dept. Approves Free Birth Control For Women

Birth control for all, says federal judge

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.
Film critic Roger Ebert gives his trademark thumbs

Remembering Roger Ebert: The movie critic who was a star

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.

Take Two®

Episode: Take Two for April 5, 2013
Julien's Hollywood Legends Auction

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

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
The new film "Room 237" explores some of these alternative readings of "The Shining."
Bookstore Appearance By Roger Ebert
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!
Dodger Food Dog
Here to talk about the best and the worst food that baseball has to offer is Andrew Cieszynski from
Yesterday legendary film critic Roger Ebert passed away. Associated Press film critic Christy Lemire pays tribute her friend and former colleague.
The Academy Of Magical Arts Awards - Inside
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)

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.
Tobias Dustin Summers
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
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

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.
Health Care

Undocumented workers and the Affordable Care Act

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.


Picture of Sound

Using technology to bring lost sound back to life

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.
Roger Ebert Honored With The 2,288th Star On The Hollywood Walk of Fame
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?

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?
Winnie Holzman and Paul Dooley star in their new play Assisted Living.
"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.

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