Archive for May 17th, 2013


The glasses project holographic captions in front of the moviegoer's eyes, even enabling the wearer to adjust the font size as needed.
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.
Crystal Cathedral
The Crystal Cathedral ministry - best known for its Hour of Power TV program - is getting ready to leave its longtime campus next month.
Beverly Hills artSHOW

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

KPCC has compiled five fun and free events happening around Los Angeles. What are your plans for the weekend?
Compton's Deputy Fire Chief Marcel Melanson pled not guilty to arson, grand theft, and embezzlement charges Friday in a Los Angeles Superior Court.
Gov. Jerry Brown
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

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.
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Male suspect shot by police in Alhambra Police Department lobby

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

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.
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Weekend traffic: Plan a 405 detour Friday and Saturday night

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.
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?


Walmart hiring
California’s unemployment rate dropped to 9 percent last month, which analysts say is a sign that the economy is steadily improving.
Get Out the Vote
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.
doritos locos tacos
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.
Produce at the Wholesale Market

Fruits, veggies, and black market soda!

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.
LA Immigration March - 10
With a Senate committee still wrangling over amendments and a tentative House deal announced, it's a good time to assess the immigration debate.
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?

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.
Jerry Brown Delivers California State Of The State Address

Legislative analyst sees bigger surplus than Governor

Armed with more rosy revenue estimates, California democrats may push to restore cuts to social programs, which Brown has said he would resist.
Elephant seals
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.
"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala
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.
Curren Price Ana Cubas
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.
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.
Antonio Sanchez District 6
Political newcomer Antonio Sanchez is benefiting from huge outside spending. Monica Ratliff is banking on her credentials as a teacher and union leader instead.
Jerry Brown wants to 'reshape' enterprise zones in distressed neighborhoods where the state offers tax credits to encourage investment and hiring.
Mike Feuer
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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Episode: Filmweek (5/17/13): Star Trek Into Darkness, What Maisie Knew, Frances Ha and more
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

Episode: Can Google help cure cancer?

Can Google help cure cancer?

Predicting where tumors will go next.


Episode: AirTalk for May 17, 2013
Richard Haass, head of the influential Council on Foreign Relations, has written a new book arguing that, for now, "Foreign Policy Begins at Home."
California Embryo Bank Provides Donated Eggs For Stem Cell Research

The ethics of cloning human embryos

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

Episode: Take Two for May 17, 2013
Battle of the Queens
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.
Jenny Chen
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.
CBS 2013 Upfront Presentation

The 2013 TV Upfronts come to an end

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.
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

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.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Holds News Conference Discussing Anti-Drunk Driving Campaign

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

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
Fitz and the Tantrums singers Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs talk to Take Two about their latest album, and their life on the road.
Big Parade
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.
The Group Of Senators Dubbed The "Gang Of 8" Hold News Conference On Immigration Legislation
Finally, after months of negotiations, the House has an immigration bill of its own.
Fruit Hunters
Delicious, exotic fruits and the people who study, grow and often obsess over them are the subject of the new documentary, "Fruit Hunters."
Feuer Trutanich composite

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

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.
Attorney General Eric Holder says he recused himself last year from a national security leak probe in which prosecutors obtained the phone records of Associated Press journalists.

Friday Flashback: IRS scandal, budget deficit and more

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.
Susan Orlean

Test driving the office treadmill desk with writer Susan Orlean

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.


Ted Lamb
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.
Midnight Mission Golden Heart Awards 2013
Alonzo Bodden can find humor anywhere, even when giving away a major organ.
Natural History Museum Taxidermy

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

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.

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