Archive for May 2nd, 2013

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Springs Fire
Two agricultural buildings that burned Thursday afternoon have caused concerns that pesticides and other harmful substances could make their way into the air.
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Some companies operating in Southern California are spending millions of dollars to help reduce air pollution and it’s starting to show results.

MAP: San Bernardino fire burns 1 home

The four-alarm fire started at about 12:20 p.m. near the intersection of West Mill and South Macy streets.. It was one of four major fires burning in the region Thursday.
Lake Forest teen Jonah Mowry used YouTube to not only stop the constant bullying he faced, but also to become a national advocate. He will now be recognized for his work.
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In some places, there was no snow at all. Officials project they will deliver just 35 percent of the water that has been requested from the agencies that rely on the snowmelt.
Summit Fire Banning San Bernardino County mountains
A fire in Riverside that spread to four nearby residential structures has grown to 12 acrest. The wildfire near Banning that started Wednesday is 40 percent contained.
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope took this close-up of the red planet Mars in 2007, when it was just 55 million miles away.

Send your haiku to Mars! NASA seeks poets

NASA is looking for three haikus to include on a DVD that will travel to Mars aboard a spacecraft this fall. And everyone who submits a poem will have their name included.
New report on health of honeybees
US EPA and USDA release new scientific report Thursday on the health of honey bees. Multiple factors cited for decline of honey bee colonies, including pesticide exposure.
An African Safari
A leading rhino expert told The Associated Press the last rhino in Mozambique has been killed. Elephants could also become extinct in Mozambique.
A makeshift memorial in Copley Square, near the site of one of the Boston Marathon bombings, on April 24.

Boston Marathon bombings: A guide to who's who

As the investigation continues, more names are being added to story. Here's a look at the victims, the suspects and others involved with the case.
Nicholas Cendoya lost hiker
Nicolas Cendoya, 19, was charged after authorities responding to help the pair found 497 milligrams of the drug in his vehicle. He faces up to three years in jail if convicted.
The Commerce Department said Thursday the U.S. trade deficit narrowed in March. A smaller trade gap can boost overall economic growth.
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San Bernardino's bankruptcy has sparked a recall campaign against the mayor, city attorney and the entire City Council.
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After years of lawsuits and angry protests, Malibu Lagoon State Beach is scheduled to reopen on Friday. Officials say they've restored the lagoon's health.
Will there be more signs like this? In El Cerrito, Calif., last month an automotive service shop was looking for workers.
The Labor Department said Thursday the number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to seasonally adjusted 324,000, the lowest since January 2008.
Former CIA director and retired Gen. David Petraeus during his address Tuesday at the University of Southern California.
David Petraeus is the newest faculty member at the university’s school of public policy. He’ll be teaching at USC about one week every month.

Blogs

There's more to Southern California speech than Valley-speak and surfer-dude, with the influence of immigrants also seeping into how English is spoken here.
Doctors Seek Higher Fees From Health Insurers
The grant will fund three community-based studies, one of which will focus on how to reduce the risk of recurring stroke among people who have already had one.
twerking
What is twerking? It's a kind of dance move that got a group of San Diego students in hot water.
City Councilman Bill Rosendahl
The Westside LA City Councilman was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer last summer but now he is officially in remission, he announced Thursday.
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Instagram is adding photo-tagging technology to its square universe in an upgrade Thursday to app version 3.5 on iOS and Android. Users will now be able to "tag people in photos and browse feeds of photos you and others appear in," reports Mashable.
May Day marchers rallied for immigration reform in Los Angeles and around the country on Wednesday as the debate over what reform should look like - and what to call those here illegally - goes on.
NY Federal Judge Overrules FDA Over-The-Counter Ban On Emergency Contraception Pill

South LA clinic CEO says Plan B appeal is 'shortsighted'

The Obama Administration will appeal a court order that would remove age limits on who can purchase the morning-after pill without a prescription.
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Today is Thursday, May 2 and headlines include an analysis of DWP salaries from 2011, the discovery of money for raises at City Hall, and a fight in CD 13.
The Pasadena Dance Festival features krump dancing as its headlining act. Organizers hope the street dance will inspire young people to stay engaged in the arts. See photos and videos.

Programs

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: First prosthetic hand to let owner feel sensations

First prosthetic hand to let owner feel sensations

Steve Austin from that other 70s show is calling.

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for May 2, 2013
Robert Downey Jr. Rings The NYSE Opening Bell In Celebration Of "Iron Man 3"
Larry and KPCC critics Tim Cogshell and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including Iron Man 3, Midnight’s Children, The Iceman, and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

Updates on Ventura wildfires

Wildfires in Ventura County have consumed nearly 3000 acres and forced evacuations. We have the latest updates from the Ventura County Fire Department and reporters on the scene.
Missing Orange County Hikers Search
Should taxpayers foot the bill for these costly rescues? Should hikers be held responsible financially?
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Are employers wrong to cut employees hours so they won’t have to cover the cost of their healthcare coverage? Or are businesses entitled to take advantage of the language of the ACA?
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What if Servo had been an undiagnosed epileptic who crashed his car after a seizure? Could he still be fired? Are different disabilities treated differently? How far can employers stretch to accommodate employees with unpredictable disabilities?

Move over, QWERTY! Here comes KALQ

Are you frustrated by the QWERTY keyboard on your tablet and smartphone? Would you switch to the new KALQ keyboard? What is the design principle behind KALQ?
Brush Fire
Should rural homeowners pay more for fire prevention services? Is the $150 an unfair tax?

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for May 2, 2013
Rolling Stones swing
The Rolling Stones turn 50 this year. But did you know that their first US concert took place right here in California? Not at the Hollywood Bowl, not the Troubadour, but in San Bernardino.
Keeping your work and personal lives separate may get a little more complicated. According to a new study by the technology research company Gartner, more than half of companies will require their employees to bring their own computers on the job by 2017. The finding comes out of a survey of IT managers around the world.
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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.
LA Mayoral Debate - April 22, 2013
KPCC's political team Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton join the show for a regular roundup of the latest political news.
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We recently spoke with Salman Rushdie who said he never imagined this book would make it to the silver screen when it was first published 32 years ago.
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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.
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Officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention plan to meet with Department of Corrections officials on Thursday to discuss the spread of Valley Fever at two Central California prisons.

Mexicans urge Obama, Peña Nieto to focus on security

President Obama travels south today to meet with Mexico's president, Enrique Peña Nieto. Under this new administration, Mexico wants to shift focus away from fighting drug traffickers to strengthening the economy. Fronteras Desk reporter Mónica Ortiz Uribe was in Mexico to talk with people there about their concerns ahead of the meeting.
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Joining us to deconstruct the relationship between President Obama and Mexico's President Peña Nieto as the two meet today is Shannon O'Neil, senior fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations.
Kickstarter
Kickstarter does provide a way for fans to contribute to the content they love, but some people are a little turned off by the notion of millionaire celebrities asking for money from folks who make a lot less.
Metro — which owns Union Station — is poised to reconfigure the station. That has some people wondering if it will lose some of its Art Deco charm.
Prison Suicide - 3
Yesterday the Associated Press broke a story on California's prison mental health system that show how California spends more money on anti-psychotic medication than any other state in the nation. Many believe that this shows a tendancy to over-medicate mentally ill prisoners.
Paul Miller
For an entire year, tech writer and self-proclaimed Internet addict Paul Miller chose to abstain from going online. He joins the show to talk about his experience.

Pasadena tries to lure younger audiences with krump (photos, video)

The Pasadena Dance Festival features krump dancing as its headlining act. Organizers hope the street dance will inspire young people to stay engaged in the arts. See photos and videos.

Off-Ramp

A new revival of director William Friedkin's notorious 1977 box office failure "Sorcerer'" has Off-Ramp contributor RH Greene thinking about other ambitious cinematic flops from the "New Hollywood" era, and how time has been kind to them.
The AP Television-Radio Association gave KPCC six Mark Twain Awards, including two for Off-Ramp. The credit, of course, goes to the listeners who fund the station. Without you, to coin a phrase, we're nothing.

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