Archive for April 18th, 2013

News

The truancy crackdown is part of a multi-agency gang effort that warns parents first to get their kids back in school - with arrests if there's no change.
Students are being allowed back into dorms, though the campus is closed. The school closed at noon and was evacuated after a bomb threat was phoned in.
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Superior Court Judge Kenneth Freeman is not convinced the proposed $500,000 payout to the estimated 11,000 plaintiffs in the class action suit is sufficient.

Boston Marathon bombings: FBI releases photos, video of 2 suspects (UPDATED)

The FBI has released photos and video of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings and is asking for the public's help in identifying them.
The small squares superimposed on this image of the Milky Way galaxy show where in the sky the Kepler telescope is hunting for Earth-like planets. Kepler, which launched in 2009, has identified more than 100 planets.
The planets orbiting far-off stars are close to Earth-sized and are a distance from their suns that makes their surfaces neither too hot nor too cold.
The chairman of the South Coast Air Quality Management District resigned from the California Coastal Commission after agencies battle over beach fire pits.
Plant Explosion Texas
Officials said an estimated 5 to 15 people were killed and more than 160 were wounded. It was feared those numbers might go higher. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
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Although there is no Red Flag warning for most of Los Angeles County and the counties to the north, one has been issued for Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
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Porn condom rule leads to drastic drop in adult film permits in LA County

Last fall, L.A. County voters approved an ordinance that requires adult film actors to wear condoms on set. Since then, requests for film permits have plummeted.
Fatal House Explosion
After searching his home, authorities can't determine whether 52-year-old Kevin Harris was committing suicide or died by accident.
The scene at a job fair in Manhattan last month.

US jobless claims rose slightly last week

There were 352,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, up by 4,000 from the week before. The early analysis: It's a sign that the labor market's recovery, while slow, is continuing.
A screen image from a video on the YouTube channel where Paul Kevin Curtis has posted clips of his performances — in this case, as "Elvis."
Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, from Mississippi, was arrested in connection with the possibly ricin-tainted envelopes sent to President Obama and at least one senator. He has taken to Facebook in recent years to claim he's an entertainer and knows of an organ-harvesting scheme.

Blogs

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Ability to turn into a laser-fighting robot race car is neither required, nor encouraged.
Hollywood Blvd Character Impersonators Protest Ban Against Them
While Superman made the cover of Action Comics #1, he wasn’t even the only story in that comic — but he soon took over, with later issues hitting 1 million in sales.
Los Angeles Mayor
It's been a busy day for Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti. Here's a look at what's happening on the campaign trail.
Tesco Opens First Of Its "Fresh & Easy" Stores In L.A

Poll: What should become of Fresh & Easy?

Fresh & Easy’s parent company said Wednesday that it's selling the grocery chain because it could no longer support its sagging sales. What would you like to see happen with their stores?
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The Los Angeles Zoo has been visited by some very fancy storks this year, and officials have announced a few of the collection's most notable births so far.
Radio personalities from the right take credit for killing immigration reform in 2007; now they're taking aim at the new bill - but not all of them.
Bob Blumenfield
The funds will be used to reduce a backlog of 20,000 California gun owners who have lost the right to keep them.
Home Sales
With an unemployment rate that's much lower than the state's and the nation's and a rapidly recovering housing market, the OC's outlook is bright.
Prescription Drugs Medicine Pharmacy Stock
Angelenos can hand over leftover or expired drugs—especially painkillers—as part of an effort to reduce pharmaceutical misuse throughout LA County.
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Twitter's it-took-so-long-we-almost-gave-up-on-it music service arrived Thursday in a shiny, boxy layout that allows people to easily find music and share via iTunes, Spotify and Rdio.
The California Department of Education has scheduled three meetings to gather feedback on curriculum standards that could be adopted in November.
Library Literacy - 9

32 Children's Books Recommended By You

You've been discussing childhood literacy with KPCC's Deepa Fernandes this week. And we've been asking: What are your favorite children's books?
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Now that the Senate reform bill is finally out, what it means to the various players affected, from immigrants to the tech industry. This and more.
Los Angeles Mayor
Today is Thursday, April 18 and headlines include a tough debate between Wendy Greuel and Eric Garcetti, a new ad in the mayor's race, and a decline in adult film permits.
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Boeing's satellite manufacturing business needs fewer workers in a more streamlined operation. It's asked for volunteers as it plans about 250 layoffs.
Tech companies spent millions to lobby for high tech visas — money well-spent?
Shaykh Mustafa Umar
Sheik Mustafa Umar says Islam teaches Muslims to be stewards of the earth, its creatures, and its resources. Worship god and protect what belongs to god, he says.

Programs

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Why Barney is bad for our kids

Why Barney is bad for our kids

Re-educating Barney.

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for April 18, 2013
Plant Explosion Texas

Texas factory explosion destroys a hundred homes

How are firefighters trained to handle chemical accidents? Do volunteer firefighters have the same expertise? How common or rare are industrial explosions? Should there be a wide perimeter around such plants prohibiting residential buildings?
Aurora Colorado Continues To Mourn In Wake Of Movie Theater Killings
Should the theater be liable for death and injury? What responsibility do property owners have in these types of situations?
Stella & Dot VIP Trunk Show Benefiting The HollyRod Foundation at Georgetown Cupcake
American chefs are ushering in an era of ever-changing menus, pop-up shops, and roving restaurants on wheels, how are tastes adjusting to trend? Why do we eat the things we eat? What drives food culture? What will replace the craft cupcake?
Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers
With both teams in the postseason, talk has turned to a Clippers-Lakers “hallway series,” (which would happen in Round 3 of the playoffs), but with both teams facing stiff opposition in the first round, and Oklahoma City and Miami waiting down the road, could a hard-fought season end unceremoniously for Los Angeles’ teams?
Army recruits perform exercises as part of a demonstration for tourists in front of the military-recruiting station in New York's Times Square.

Should Generals and Admirals face review by subordinates?

If one thing is undeniable about the U.S. military, it's the power of hierarchy. But as part of an effort to reform the training of top military brass, General Martin Dempsey started a review system that includes taking into account the opinions of lower-ranking soldiers and sailors about how their boss does his/her job. Should the military adopt the way of corporate America? Is the political correctness enforced by HR review processes useful in a military constantly engaged in bloody conflict?
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What’s next for gun control?

The Manchin-Toomey bill to expand background checks on gun buyers failed to make it through the Senate yesterday, falling six votes short of passing with a final tally of 54 to 46.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for April 18, 2013
Fuel Cell

The fuel cell and the future of cars

What could be the next big thing in cars? Steve Proffitt reports on the progress being made in developing hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles, and rides in a new fuel cell SUV that the Korean auto maker Hyundai has recently put into mass production.
2013 Winter TCA Tour - Day 9
Hollywood producer, Bryan Zuriff, the executive behind Showtime's new drama "Ray Donovan," has been charged in a gambling scandal that's tied to the Russian Mob.
A Boston police officer clears Boylston Street following the explosions.

How and why the media can get a breaking news events wrong

When there's a big news event like the Boston marathon blast, how exactly is the media supposed to report quickly, yet maintain accuracy. We’ll speak to Al Tompkins of the Poynter Institute.
Downtown Los Angeles Skyline (skyscrapers, crane, construction, LA)
A new report out from the California Air Pollution Control Officers Association finds that air quality statewide has improved over the past 12 years. For more on this and on an interesting study on how pollution travels, we're joined now by Suzanne Paulson, a professor at UCLA's Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences
Los Angeles Mayor
KPCC's political team Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton join the show for a regular roundup of the latest political news.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club pays tribute to The Call

The song "The Walls Came Down," was a big hit in 1983 for The Call, a band from Santa Cruz. The Call's lead singer and guitarist, Michael Been, died in the summer of 2010.
Immigrant Mother Of American Children Faces Deportation

What happens to kids separated from deported parents?

In 2011, some 1,500 children in southern California were removed from detained or deported parents, and placed in state care. That’s according to an investigation by the Applied Research Center, a think-tank specializing in race issues.
Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

Both LA pro-basketball teams make the playoffs

While the Lakers certainly had all the drama, the Clippers had gotten in to the playoffs weeks ago. They wrapped their best season in franchise history and will open the playoffs Saturday verses the Memphis Grizzlies in Staples Center.
Boston Marathon Explosion
Meanwhile a couple of news and image-sharing websites, Reddit and 4Chan, have been overrun with users trying to do their own parallel investigation. Amateur digital-forensic analysts are going through much of the same data as investigators, circling suspicious people in backpacks and swapping theories about who did it and how.
Shaykh Mustafa Umar

God is in the garden: a conversation with Shaykh Mustafa Umar

Shaykh Mustafa Umar says Islam teaches Muslims to be stewards of the earth, its creatures, and its resources. Worship god and protect what belongs to god, he says.
Boston Deals With Aftermath Of Marathon Explosions

Muslims fear a backlash after Boston bombings

The culprit(s) behind Boston's deadly bombing is still at large, but Khaled Beydoun had one thought running through his mind: please don't let that person be an Arab or Muslim.
An injured man is loaded into an ambulance after two explosions during the 117th Boston Marathon near Copley Square on Monday.
The carnage at the Boston Marathon bombing had many observers saying it looked like a war zone. Medical advances from the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan have actually been crucial in helping victims of the Boston blasts.
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Back in 1928, gambling was illegal in California. This was long before the ritzy casinos of Las Vegas beckoned, so many Hollywood types headed to Tijuana instead. They flocked to a resort there called Agua Caliente. It's a place near and dear to LA Magazine editor Chris Nichols.

Off-Ramp

Dear Mayor Westchester

Rabe and Stoltze and #DearMayor

Education, water, and the runway were big issues for residents of Westchester in the latest installment of Frank Stoltze's #DearMayor cafe chats.
Studio City resident Renee Opell had come to Boston for her 40th marathon. She left with a photo of the moment that may have saved her life.

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