Archive for April 25th, 2013


Activists March Through Miami Demanding Immigration Reform

Sierra Club backs comprehensive immigration reform

The 112-year-old nonprofit group says undocumented immigrants are most affected by pollution but least able to fight for environmental protection.
Los Angeles International Airport

Senate passes bill to ease FAA furloughs, including at LAX

With flight delays mounting, the Senate approved hurry-up legislation Thursday night to end air traffic controller furloughs blamed for inconveniencing travelers.
Williams Fire Burns In The Angeles National Forest
A fire Thursday in Palos Verdes is the latest in what's already an active fire season. Seasonal firefighters are starting work early to prepare for the summer.
After complaints about catastrophic injuries, a State Senate committee approves a first-of-its-kind measure to give Cal-OSHA oversight of trampoline parks.
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Police on Thursday arrested 19-year-olds Michael Carpio and Michelle Pineda, and a 16-year-old boy for investigation of murder.
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Will a Leimert Park subway stop be built in LA?

The fate of a potential Leimert Park train station along the upcoming Crenshaw-LAX light rail project route could be determined soon.
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Boston Marathon bombers planned to bomb Times Square next, suspect says

The Boston Marathon bombing suspects had planned to blow up their remaining explosives in New York's Times Square, officials said Thursday.
New report shows drought is intensifying from western Texas into northern California but easing in the Midwest.
In Boston's Copley Square on Wednesday, people gathered at a makeshift memorial to those killed and injured in the April 15 marathon bombings.

Boston Marathon bombings investigation: Thursday's developments

The FBI wants to speak with "Misha," a man who relatives of the suspects say may have introduced Tamerlan Tsarnaev to radical Islam. Meanwhile, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reportedly stopped giving information to investigators after being read his Miranda rights.
SWAT team members stand guard on the campus of Massachusetts General Hospital following the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Boston Marathon bombings: ER doctor finds memories hard to shake

At Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Leana Wen cared for people hurt by the bomb blasts. She worried the next patient would be her husband. Ten days later, sirens still shake her.
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The victim was a student at an adult school in nearby Woodland Hills and was stabbed on the handball courts at Grover Cleveland High School in Reseda.
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. (left), leads a news conference about the Marketplace Fairness Act on Tuesday. The legislation would provide states with the authority to require out-of-state retailers to collect and remit taxes on purchases shipped into the

Shifting retail landscape tilts support for online sales tax

The U.S. Senate seems ready to let states collect sales tax from more online retailers. Support for the measure has increased as businesses have converged their online and offline sales.

5 presidents set to help dedicate George W. Bush's library

The former president's library is on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. The opening comes as polls show Bush's approval rating on the rise.
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Bartman was an attorney for the anti-busing group Bustop when he was elected to the school board in 1980. He voted with the majority in 1981 to dismantle the program.
The Labor Department said Thursday the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to the second-lowest level in more than five years.
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California Budget Education

Senate counters Brown's funding plan for poor districts

Democrats agree in concept with the governor's plan to funnel more education dollars to disadvantaged students, but they say his formula is faulty.
2013 NFL Draft
The 2013 NFL Draft started Thursday. Also on hand for the draft — the cast and crew of “Draft Day,” shooting a new football movie starring Kevin Costner.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's gun control superPAC has poured more than $2 million into a Democratic primary in Chicago for a U.S. House seat.
The donation from Mayor Michael Bloomberg landed with a loud thump on the doorstep of next month’s L.A. Unified school board election.

Greuel, Garcetti camps at odds over poll results

Two polls this week reflect a 13 point disparity and a difference as to which candidate is leading. It may be explained by the show biz axiom: timing is everything.
The primary suspect in the Northridge kidnapping case didn't enter a plea. His arraignment is now set for May 2; bail was set at $19 million.
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Cries of racism surround a video by a fraternity at UC Irvine. The fraternity has apologized, but it may not be enough to mollify critics.

LA mayor in DC to talk immigration and terrorism

Mayor Villaraigosa's agenda includes an Oval Office meeting with President Obama. Is it a job interview for a Cabinet post?
Patt's Hats
Couture and hardware experts! Can I beseech you to tell us what this type of closure is called? The round metal gizmo is a grommet, but what do you call the short bar at the end of a chain that goes through the grommet to secure it?
"Iron Man 3" is coming to the nation's 2nd-largest theater chain after all — AMC settled a dispute with Walt Disney Studios that threatened next week's launch.
Locke Wellness Center

Locke High School marks opening of new wellness center

Locke joins the list of South L.A. schools that have on-campus health centers intended to serve both the student body and surrounding community.
Somewhere between a library and an art exhibit, Reanimation Library's branches are temporary spaces where curators compile books that are outdated or out of print.
Amendments to the Senate bill are on the way, more than one bill is expected from the House, a judge orders legal aid for mentally disabled detainees, the Sierra Club backs reform after struggling with immigration years ago and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: 405 experiences more delays

Today is Thursday, April 25 and headlines include construction delays on the 405 Freeway, more ambulances for LAFD, and an endorsement in the controller's race.
Rose Bowl
When the Rose Bowl game becomes a College Football Playoff semifinal, new fans could show up in Southern California ready to spend money.
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Prosecution is spotty for a law aimed at curbing student truancy by holding parents responsible – to the point of facing jail time – for students who constantly miss class.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Couples' bodies are in sync

Couples' bodies are in sync

Physiologically, women go the extra mile.


Episode: AirTalk for April 25, 2013
The Cinema Society With FIJI Water & Levi's Present A Screening Of "Mud" - Arrivals

FilmWeek: Mud, At Any Price, The Big Wedding, and more

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Tim Cogshell and Lael Loewenstein to review the week’s new film releases, including Mud, Pain and Gain, The Big Wedding and more. TGI-FilmWeek!
U.S. Defense Secretary Hagel Makes First Trip To Mideast In New Role
Defense secretary Chuck Hagel announced that the US has a "varying" amount of confidence that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons in its ongoing civil war. President Barack Obama has repeatedly said that if Syria ever used chemical weapons it would cross a "red line".
Fertilizer Plant Explosion In West, Texas
Did Texas’ low-regulation mindset contribute to the tragedy in West?
Burger King Introduces Turkey Burgers
The fast food giant Burger King announced that it’s expanding their limited delivery service to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. Will offering delivery help Burger King keep its market share?
Our esteemed Orange County reporters and editors discuss the latest in the controversy over the proposed removal of fire rings from county beaches, the OC Register’s ad deal with local universities, charges against a former UCI professor regarding conflict of interest in his academic funding, and more.
Is the Harvard brand losing its shine? Is the Stanford brand ascending? What are the reasons behind the shift?
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Evgeny Morozov's new book, “To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism” criticizes "solutionists," those who try to solve problems with technology, for their utopian ideals because technology could never provide a solution to complex human problems.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for April 25, 2013
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Phoenix sports teams look to Mexico for fans

Phoenix-based professional sports teams have long reached out to the metro area's large Latino population to cultivate new fans. But now they are going even farther, they're looking across the border. That ties into a bigger strategy to bring Mexican tourists to Phoenix.
Pile of money

Data on who gives gifts to politicians is now more accessible

California has some of the toughest ethics rules in the nation. Politicians can only accept $440 in gifts from a specific person or company each year, and officials need to document everything they receive. The idea is that transparency prevents the corrupting influence of money in government, but what good is that information if its buried deep in the internet's version of a file cabinet?
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Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party podcast and radio show.
Apple's World Wide Developers Conference Begins In San Francisco

Apple stock rallies, but remains volatile

Apple has long been a Wall Street darling, with shares topping at more more than $700 a piece last year. The stock has been rallying today, but has recently been hovering around $400.
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Regardless of how you feel about Apple or iTunes, one thing that's certain is it changed the face of the music industry when it was introduced ten years ago.
Los Angeles City Hall
KPCC's political team Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton join the show for a regular roundup of the latest political news.
Isabel Allende
We've all seen them — teenagers out on the street, begging for change — and wondered how their lives got to this place. Author Isabel Allende explores this in her new novel, "Maya's Notebook.
The Changing Face Of The UK High Street
This week, federal regulators are expected to issue new guidance to banks related to loans that resemble the much criticized payday loan. Many feel that the new rules may mandate that banks evaluate a consumers' ability to repay a loan and limit how often they can get one.
House Ways And Means Committee Holds Hearing On Statutory Debt Limit
A Martinez talks with Congressman McClintock about the issues facing the GOP and previews this weekend's convention of the California Republican Assembly, an activist group that bills itself as California's oldest grassroots organization.
Graham Nash
On tap this week, we'll speak with someone not well known as a shutterbug, singer/songwriter Graham Nash. During his 50-year career as a rock star, Nash was also almost always taking pictures.
For over five years, a Nevada psychiatric hospital bused more than 1,500 mentally ill patients out of state. About a third of them were dumped right here in California, some without any friends or family to care for them. But just yesterday, Nevada health officials announced a new policy to halt that flow.
Students at Tenth Street Elementary out on the playground.

Law holding parents accountable for kids truancy applied differently

Prosecution is spotty for a law aimed at curbing student truancy by holding parents responsible – to the point of facing jail time – for students who constantly miss class.

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