Archive for May 15th, 2013

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Kern County fire
Kern County Fire officials say the quickly-burning Grand Fire is now 10 percent contained, and has spread into Los Angeles County.

Police ID suspect in Westside pipe bomb arrest

Police say 29-year-old Robert Wilson was taken into custody and booked on felony possession of a destructive device.
Orange County Lost Hikers
Supervisors concluded they don't have the authority to bill two young hikers for the cost to rescue them last month, but supervisors could change the law next week.

LA schools suspension ban part of education trend

LAUSD's decision to ban "willful defiance"suspensions is the latest effort by districts around the nation to curb "zero tolerance" policies and find alternatives to keep disruptive kids in school.
The John Weld Peck Federal Building in Cincinnati where many of the missteps by IRS workers who targeted conservative groups occurred.

Obama announces resignation of acting IRS commissioner

President Obama announced the resignation of the top official at the IRS following a controversy over the agency's targeting of conservative political groups.
Jimmy Iovine, Peter Chou And Dr. Dre Announce The Strategic Partnership Of HTC And Beats By Dr. Dre
Hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre and music industry entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine have donated a combined $70 million to create a new institute at USC.
home sales sold for sale sale
San Diego-based research firm DataQuick said Wednesday that median price paid for a home in California was $324,000 in April, the highest since June 2008.
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4.0 earthquake shakes up South Bay

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. It was the latest in a series of temblors that have hit the Southland in recent weeks.
O.J. Simpson Seeks Retrial In Las Vegas Court - Day 3

OJ Simpson testifies in bid for new Vegas trial

O.J. Simpson spoke Wednesday in a bid to win freedom from a sentence that could keep him behind bars until he dies.
Kern County Sheriff's Office patrol cruiser

UPDATE: Witnesses say authorities erased video of Kern County beating

The FBI has agreed to investigate the death of a man beaten by Kern County sheriff's deputies while witnesses shot video with cellphones.
Powerball Lottery

Powerball fever hits California as jackpot tops $360 million

The Powerball lottery has been available since April in California and sales are brisk. The Wednesday jackpot is $360 million.
Factory Output
The Federal Reserve Wednesday said U.S. factories cut back sharply on production in April, as industries reduced output. The weakness in manufacturing suggests economy growth may be slowing this spring.
South Korea-based Hyundai on pace to finish new $200 million U.S. headquarters in Orange County - but had considered moving to Alabama.
Maglena Gomez waves an American flag as she and others participate in a march that organizers said was an attempt to get the U.S. Congress to say yes to immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Miami, Florida.
KPCC surveyed the entire California delegation to assess where members stand on key elements that are expected to be considered in both versions of the bill.

Blogs

A cargo ship stands on Long Beach
The Long Beach City Council has authorized the city attorney to sue the city of Los Angeles over the Southern California International Gateway.
It's projected that even if net migration remains constant, non-Latino whites would lose their majority status by 2046, and as early as 2041 if migration increases.
USPS DOG ATTACKS
The USPS says 69 postal employees were attacked in L.A. last year "placing the City of Angels as the most vicious for dog attacks" in the country.
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Immigrant advocates and Latino and labor groups want the White House to suspend deportations of people who might qualify for legalization under the Senate bill.
odb eazy-e
Tupac Shakur's hologram will have to share the afterlife green room with a two new virtual artists — Eazy-E of N.W.A. and Wu Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard.
Dear Mayor Event

#DearMayor: KPCC is hitting the streets of Eagle Rock

KPCC wants to know what you'd like the next L.A. mayor to work on first? Come out to Auntie Em's in Eagle ROck Thursday to tell us in person.
A House bill requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop a "comprehensive strategy to gain and maintain operational control" of the borders.
City Hall
The city has more than 600 special revenue funds that hold money from grants and dedicated taxes, but leaders don't have a handle on their status.
“American Idol” wants to stay relevant, but they’re facing for the second part of their two-night finale they're facing the series finale of “The Office.”
L.A. Unified's Board of Education approved naming a school after Mexican artist Diego Rivera. The decision flew so low under the radar that even the school didn't seem to know about it.
twerking
"Twerking" video scandal update: School board dances around punishment while the issue of kids shaking their behinds turns into an issue of adults covering their own.
Abercrombie & Fitch Open Munich Flagship Store
Filmmaker Greg Karber buys Abercrombie clothing from a Goodwill and starts distributing it to a group the company might think was off-brand: homeless people.
Boston Deals With Aftermath Of Marathon Explosions
An amendment to the Senate immigration bill approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee would tighten student visa rules and monitoring in the wake of last month's Boston Marathon bombings. This and more.
Governor Jerry Brown plans to balance the budget with $500 million from a program to fight climate change - a move that has stirred up clean air advocates.
The Forgotten Presidents
This is a surprisingly singular study of the U.S. Presidents who somehow didn't make it into the common history of our nation.
Roz Wyman
Today is Wednesday, May 15 and headlines include a lack of women in LA City Hall, the nasty race in CD13, and a discussion on Proposition C.
Roz Wyman
Los Angeles has gone backwards in how women are represented in municipal government. On July 1, L.A. city government could be run entirely by men.
Los Angeles Traffic
Researchers found that people who lived near busy roadways appeared to have a 4 percent higher chance of dying from heart problems brought on by reduced kidney function. In South L.A., many people live near busy roads.

Programs

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for May 15, 2013
Mistrial
Defense attorney Mark Geragos has tried approximately 300 cases, including representing celebrities Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, Winona Ryder, and Mike Tyson. He makes a case that the criminal justice system is corrupt and weighs in on the OJ Simpson trial and the Jackson family lawsuit to AEG.
US-CRIME-MANHUNT-COP KILLER-PRESSER
Today we're having our monthly check in with the chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, Charlie Beck, on a host of topics, including the reward decision for fugitive Christopher Dorner, the department's lawsuit with ACLU over the use of data collected by license plate scanners attached to LAPD cruisers, accusations from USC students that police treated black and white students differently when breaking up parties near campus, and more.
AV USE ONLY - Maya's IG Feed
Should more laws be imposed that are more specific to cycling safety? What's the right punishment for dooring? Are there some traffic laws that should only apply to drivers, but don't make sense for cyclists? Or should everyone be treated the same to ensure clarity and safety?
Mayor Race - Eric Garcetti

Checking in on the race for LA mayor

With the runoff election for Los Angeles Mayor between Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel taking place in less than a week, Larry talks with KPCC’s political team for a check in.
Miami Police Set Up DUI Checkpoint For Holiday Drivers
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends that the legal blood alcohol level be reduced to 0.05 from the current level of 0.08.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for May 15, 2013
Occidental College graduate
Today we hear from 22-year-old Cameron Westbury, who spent the last four years studying economics at Occidental College in Eagle Rock.
St. John's Hospital
Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica is at the center of a bidding war, and the stakes just got a little higher today. Billionaire doctor and businessman Patrick Soon-Shiong is expected to make a formal bid for the hospital today, according to the Los Angeles Times. To do so, he has joined up the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of LA.
Los Angeles City Hall
This month, the City of Los Angeles found almost $43 million in a special transportation fund. The money had gone undetected for almost 20 years and while it's good news for the city, it has officials worried about the possibility of other hidden money.
Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game Five
While the Sacramento Kings wait to hear about their future, taxpayers in Sacramento have sued the city over the downtown arena deal and attempted to start a ballot initiative which could block the construction of a new arena.
Vision y Compromiso
Yesterday, nearly 50 organizations throughout California found themselves a bit richer after winning grants from a $43 million pool of federal money to help spread the word about health insurance.
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Tim Fremeux, Department Of Transportation bikeways engineer, joins the show to fill us in on how LA is working to make city streets safer for bicyclists.
A technician (top-R) checks computers at

Can Mexico's booming tech industry last?

Over the last decade, Mexico's tech industry has flourished, growing grew three times faster than the global average. Most of that expansion is fueled by demand from the United States, but there are questions about how long the surge can last.
Estelle Lawton Lindsey

Women lose political footing at Los Angeles City Hall

Los Angeles has gone backwards in how women are represented in municipal government. On July 1, L.A. city government could be run entirely by men.
The Changing Face Of The UK High Street

Payday lenders find ways to skirt Military Lending Act

A new investigation from ProPublica and Marketplace finds that lenders have found ways around a federal law meant to protect members of the US military from predatory loans.
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Writer Joel Kotkin fears that too much money and power is being concentrated in a few technology companies, and says that's not only bad for the marketplace, it's bad for democracy.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Holds News Conference Discussing Anti-Drunk Driving Campaign
This week the National Transportation Safety Board laid out a series of new recommendations related to drunk driving. The most significant was that states reduce the blood-alcohol limit by more than a third, from 0.08 to 0.05 percent.
Yesterday, the Senate Agriculture Commission approved a five-year farm bill which would cost almost $100 billion annually. Today, the House Agriculture Committee is set to consider its own version. This legislation could have big implications for California farmers.
San Antonio Spurs v Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings owners to vote on potential move

The NBA team's owners, the Maloof family, had agreed to sell to a group of investors in Seattle, but this game isn't over just yet. Owners will vote on a potential move at a meeting in Dallas today.

The Loh Down On Science

The secret to appreciating abstract art

Fight or flight ... in the art gallery?

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