Archive for May 17th, 2013

Theater chain to offer deaf patrons closed-captioning glasses

Arts & Entertainment | | May 17 2013, 6:50 PM

The glasses project holographic captions in front of the moviegoer's eyes, even enabling the wearer to adjust the font size as needed.

Firefighters battle flames, terrain, north of Los Angeles

Local | | May 17 2013, 3:55 PM

Firefighters had to battle terrain as much as flames as they worked to surround a wildfire entering its third day in harsh hills and mountains north of Los Angeles.

Final recital at famed Crystal Cathedral this weekend

Local | | May 17 2013, 3:48 PM

The Crystal Cathedral ministry - best known for its Hour of Power TV program - is getting ready to leave its longtime campus next month.

Have a fantastically free weekend: 5 things to do in LA

Local | | May 17 2013, 1:53 PM

KPCC has compiled five fun and free events happening around Los Angeles. What are your plans for the weekend?

Fire official, reality star pleads not guilty to arson

Crime & Justice | | May 17 2013, 1:52 PM

Compton's Deputy Fire Chief Marcel Melanson pled not guilty to arson, grand theft, and embezzlement charges Friday in a Los Angeles Superior Court.

Analyst says California's budget picture brighter

Local | | May 17 2013, 12:44 PM

The state's independent budget analyst said Friday that California will take in $3.2 billion more than Gov. Jerry Brown estimated.

Powerball lottery jackpot grows to $600 million

US & World | | May 17 2013, 10:30 AM

The Powerball lottery jackpot has reached $600 million, the largest prize in the game's history. Before the 7:59 p.m. Saturday drawing, it could be the world's largest lotto prize.

Male suspect shot by police in Alhambra Police Department lobby

http://www.scpr.org/archive | | May 17 2013, 9:17 AM

The man's condition was not immediately known, and officials did not immediately release details of the shooting.

Talks begin Friday on protecting Caribbean coasts and waters

Environment & Science | | May 17 2013, 8:57 AM

Political and business leaders are gathering on a billionaire's private island Friday to back a program aimed at expanding protection for the Caribbean's imperiled coasts and waters.

California jobless rate drops to 9 percent in April

Business & Economy | | May 17 2013, 8:11 AM

California's unemployment rate was 9 percent in April. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday the decline is the third largest from April 2012.

Gauge of US economy's future health up in April

Business & Economy | | May 17 2013, 7:31 AM

A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.

Weekend traffic: Plan a 405 detour Friday and Saturday night

Local | | May 17 2013, 7:07 AM

The northbound 405 will be closed between the Santa Monica Boulevard off-ramp and on-ramp. The 10 west and east connectors to the northbound 405 will also be closed.

What's the difference between .08 and .05 blood alcohol levels?

Health | | May 17 2013, 6:17 AM

The NTSB recommends that states lower the threshold for drunk driving from .08 percent to .05 percent. How much of a difference does that reduction make?

Unemployment rate declines in Southern California

The Breakdown | | May 17 2013, 7:30 PM

California’s unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent last month, which analysts say is a sign that the economy is steadily improving.

LA Mayor’s Race: furious final weekend for Garcetti, Greuel

Represent! | | May 17 2013, 6:37 PM

City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel face one final, frenetic weekend of campaigning in their contest to succeed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Taco Bell 'Doritos Locos Tacos': Invented in Irvine or by federal prison inmate Gary Cole?

The Latest | | May 17 2013, 6:36 PM

Claiming Taco Bell stole his idea, a federal inmate wrote the FBI, the IRS, requested documents via the Freedom of Information Act and then sued, filing a 35-page handwritten complaint this week.

Fruits, veggies, and black market soda!

Off-Ramp | | May 17 2013, 5:42 PM

Today I woke up at 3:30 a.m. to meet the Obscura Society at the Los Angeles Wholesale Produce Market before sunrise. When I had arrived at 5 a.m., tractors were filling trucks with hundreds of pounds of produce.

The status of immigration on Capitol Hill

Multi-American | | May 17 2013, 5:02 PM

With a Senate committee still wrangling over amendments and a tentative House deal announced, it's a good time to assess the immigration debate.

Swimming poo(l)s: Fecal findings prompt CDC call for 'improved swimmer hygiene'

The Latest | | May 17 2013, 4:15 PM

This week's CDC Morbidity and Mortality report reveals a revolting truth about swimming pools — more than half of the locations tested in 2012 showed traces of Escherichia coli, indicating that "swimmers introduced fecal material into pool water.

What's next for immigration agreement in the House?

Represent! | | May 17 2013, 3:10 PM

The bill is expected to be more conservative than the Senate version, but it does include a path to citizenship, which may be a sticking point for some lawmakers.

Legislative analyst sees bigger surplus than Governor

Represent! | | May 17 2013, 2:44 PM

Armed with more rosy revenue estimates, California democrats may push to restore cuts to social programs, which Brown has said he would resist.

Virus on the high seas: Human pandemic strain found in CA marine mammals

The Latest | | May 17 2013, 1:11 PM

For the first time, a human pandemic virus strain has been found in marine mammals. H1N1 has been found in elephant seals off the central coast of California.

SNL season finale: Bill Hader's last show, Kanye post-rant (video)

Without A Net | | May 17 2013, 12:25 PM

Bill Hader is leaving SNL after Saturday's show and Kanye West is appearing after going off on a rant about the show earlier this week.

PACs spend $1 million for Curren Price in LA council race

Represent! | | May 17 2013, 12:01 PM

The spending by independent groups in the District 9 race is approaching a record. The district had the lowest turnout of any council race in the March 5 primary.

In immigration news: House group strikes reform deal 'in principle,' revived Trust Act moves forward in CA, no driver's licenses in AZ, more

Multi-American | | May 17 2013, 9:36 AM

After much stalling, a bipartisan House group says it's reached a tentative deal on comprehensive immigration reform, with a bill expected in June. This and more.

Money pours, unevenly, into LA Unified school board election

Pass / Fail | | May 17 2013, 6:00 AM

Political newcomer Antonio Sanchez is benefiting from huge outside spending. Monica Ratliff is banking on her credentials as a teacher and union leader instead.

Local officials defend program targeted for ax by Governor

Represent! | | May 17 2013, 6:00 AM

Jerry Brown wants to 'reshape' enterprise zones in distressed neighborhoods where the state offers tax credits to encourage investment and hiring.

Can Trutanich survive Feuer in LA city attorney’s race?

Represent! | | May 17 2013, 5:46 AM

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is fighting for his political life. A recent poll showed him down 11 points to his challenger, former State Assemblyman Mike Feuer.

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Filmweek (5/17/13): Star Trek Into Darkness, What Maisie Knew, Frances Ha and more

| May 17 2013, 3:52 PM

Larry and KPCC critics Claudia Puig and Peter Rainer review this week’s releases, including Star Trek Into Darkness, What Maisie Knew, Frances Ha and more. TGI-FilmWeek!

The Loh Down On Science

Can Google help cure cancer?

| May 17 2013, 6:00 AM

Predicting where tumors will go next.

AirTalk®

Is the best foreign policy for America today a strong domestic agenda?

| May 17 2013, 10:41 AM

Richard Haass, head of the influential Council on Foreign Relations, has written a new book arguing that, for now, "Foreign Policy Begins at Home."

The ethics of cloning human embryos

| May 17 2013, 10:20 AM

For the first time, researchers have successfully cloned human embryonic stem cells that could be used to treat diseases ranging from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s to diabetes. More importantly perhaps, the breakthrough shows that it may be scientifically possible for humans to clone themselves.

Take Two®

Dinner Party Download: Ultimate cow fighting, school lunches, and more

| May 17 2013, 10:36 AM

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.

USC journalism student has 'mixed feelings' about graduation

| May 17 2013, 10:17 AM

We've been talking with soon-to-be graduates of some of LA's colleges and universities to find out how they're feeling about being thrust out into an uncertain world.

The 2013 TV Upfronts come to an end

| May 17 2013, 10:04 AM

The annual viewing party known as television upfronts has ended for this go-round. For a final update, we're checking in again with Jace Lacob, West Coast Deputy Bureau Chief for The Newsweek Daily Beast Company.

How can the military curb sexual assault among its ranks?

| May 17 2013, 9:56 AM

Another leader of a military sexual assault program has been dismissed in the alleged mistreatment of women. Now the White House and Congress are scrambling to find ways to tackle the problem.

Federal judge drops consent decree on LAPD

| May 17 2013, 9:38 AM

The federal oversight of L.A.'s police department has finally come to an end. Known as the consent decree, it was first imposed in 2001, after the LAPD came under fire for a corruption scandal.

What's the difference between .08 and .05 blood alcohol levels?

| May 17 2013, 9:30 AM

The NTSB recommends that states lower the threshold for drunk driving from 0.08% to 0.05%. How much of a difference does that reduction make?

Fitz and the Tantrums are back with 'More Than Just A Dream'

Arts & Entertainment | | May 17 2013, 9:26 AM

Fitz and the Tantrums singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs talk to Take Two about their latest album, and their life on the road.

The Big Parade challenges Angelenos to hit the pavement

| May 17 2013, 9:05 AM

The Big Parade is a two-day, 35-mile journey on foot from Downtown LA to Mt. Hollywood that winds through neighborhoods, parks, and more than one hundred public stairways.

House 'Gang of Eight' reaches deal on immigration proposal

| May 17 2013, 8:59 AM

Finally, after months of negotiations, the House has an immigration bill of its own.

'Fruit Hunters' follows Bill Pullman's quest to grow exotic fruit in Hollywood

| May 17 2013, 8:59 AM

Delicious, exotic fruits and the people who study, grow and often obsess over them are the subject of the new documentary, "Fruit Hunters."

Can Trutanich survive Feuer in LA city attorney’s race?

| May 17 2013, 8:58 AM

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich is fighting for his political life. A recent poll showed him down 11 points to his challenger, former State Assemblyman Mike Feuer.

Friday Flashback: IRS scandal, budget deficit and more

| May 17 2013, 8:58 AM

It's time for Friday Flashback, in which we talk about the week that was with our regular journalists in-the-know. On tap this week are Christina Bellantoni, politics editor for PBS Newshour, and James Rainey from the Los Angeles Times.

Test driving the office treadmill desk with writer Susan Orlean

Health | | May 17 2013, 6:16 AM

Writer Susan Orlean recently turned in her office desk chair for a treadmill and wrote about it for the New Yorker. We thought we'd take KPCC's treadmill disk for a spin and ask Orlean what she was thinking.

Off-Ramp®

Hillsides at 100: Inside one of LA's oldest homes for children

| May 17 2013, 5:35 PM

Off-Ramp producer Kevin Ferguson toured 100 year old Hillsides with Ted Lamb, who spent two years of his childhood living at the former religious home for children.

Comedian Alonzo Bodden on donating a kidney to his brother

| May 17 2013, 4:11 PM

Alonzo Bodden can find humor anywhere, even when giving away a major organ.

PHOTOS: A look inside the taxidermy lab at The Natural History Museum

Local | | May 17 2013, 3:33 PM

Off-Ramp’s Mukta Mohan talked with taxidermist Allis Markham to find out what it’s like behind the scenes at the museum and to learn about the art of taxidermy.