Archive for June 14th, 2013

Update: Moderate candidate wins presidential vote in Iran, per interior minister

US & World | | June 14 2013, 8:07 PM

Iran's interior minister says moderate candidate Hasan Rowhani has won more than 50 percent of more than 36 million votes cast in Friday's election.

Tow truck driver in fatal downtown crash had no permit

Local | | June 14 2013, 7:37 PM

The driver of a tow truck that collided with a bus in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday morning, killing the Metro driver, was not legally permitted to operate in the state.

Filmmakers sue to make 'Happy Birthday' song public again

Arts & Entertainment | | June 14 2013, 3:22 PM

A production company is challenging a Santa Monica music licensing business's claim to ownership of the song "Happy Birthday to You."

E3: Ouya game console startup fights E3's organizer in the streets

Local | | June 14 2013, 12:41 PM

A small SoCal tech firm found a workaround instead of paying big bucks to have a booth at E3. But the firm's parking lot booth across the street drew E3's ire.

5 highlights from LA Mayor-elect Garcetti's Reddit AMA on ideas

Politics | | June 14 2013, 12:36 PM

Los Angeles Mayor-elect Eric Garcetti took to Reddit Thursday evening for a tweak on the classic AMA — he sought ideas from the Reddit community for L.A.’s future.

VIDEO: 5 Dodgers suspended in Diamondbacks brawl (photos)

Local | | June 14 2013, 10:52 AM

Eight members of the Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations were suspended Friday by Major League Baseball Senior Vice President Joe Garagiola Jr.

I-5 southbound shut down near San Onofre due to propane tanker crash

Local | | June 14 2013, 10:09 AM

Southbound I-5 near Camp Pendleton turned into a virtual parking lot Friday morning after a multi-vehicle crash involving a propane tanker blocked all lanes of the freeway.

IMF: US economy fundamentals improving

US & World | | June 14 2013, 8:35 AM

The International Monetary Fund says the U.S. economy is on sounder footing than it was a year ago but is still restrained by spending cuts and tax increases.

Black Forest Fire destroys 379 homes, kills 2 in Colorado

US & World | | June 14 2013, 7:54 AM

Firefighters near Colorado Springs temporarily battled to a "draw" Friday with the Black Forest Fire, which has killed two people and destroyed 379 homes.

CA insurance commissioner wants to bar Anthem from health exchange

Health | | June 14 2013, 7:50 AM

California’s insurance commissioner wants to exclude Anthem Blue Cross from the state’s new health exchange for small businesses, saying it’s made excessive rate hikes.

Free weekend: 5 things to do with dad this Fathers Day

Local | | June 14 2013, 7:00 AM

Explore the streets of downtown L.A., celebrate Irish culture or enjoy free outdoor concerts. Take a look at our list of free events.

Weekend Traffic: I-5 lanes to close, new bus schedules, more

Local | | June 14 2013, 7:00 AM

An overnight closure of a portion of the I-5 and the rollout of new summer bus route schedules are likely to affect traffic this weekend. See our list of closures and rider alerts.

US manufacturing rises slightly in May after recent declines

US & World | | June 14 2013, 6:57 AM

The Federal Reserve reported Friday that U.S. factories barely increased their output in May after two months of declines, giving little support to the economy.

Food and gas costs drive US wholesale prices up in May

US & World | | June 14 2013, 5:56 AM

A rise in food and gas costs drove a measure of wholesale prices up sharply in May. But outside those volatile categories, inflation was mild.

Echo Park Lake is released from rehab: From toxic bummer to wildlife gem in 2 short years

The Latest | | June 14 2013, 7:38 PM

Echo Park Lake has been "unwrapped," as sections of green construction screen come down in advance of Saturday's grand re-opening.

Feds subpoenaed records from water district after Calderon raid

Represent! | | June 14 2013, 5:40 PM

Documents are sought from the Central Basin Municipal Water District just days after the offices of State Senator Ron Calderon were raided by FBI agents.

What are you doing this weekend? This 15-year-old is graduating from UCLA

The Latest | | June 14 2013, 4:53 PM

Moshe Kai Cavalin is getting a bachelor's degree in mathematics, and he's not done yet: He wants to get a driver's license.

School board member censured for alleged racist remarks

Pass / Fail | | June 14 2013, 4:31 PM

The Saugus school board censured one of its own for allegedly posting racially offensive comments on social media. He said his account was hacked.

Update: $96.3 billion budget passes both houses of Calif. legislature

Represent! | | June 14 2013, 3:52 PM

Both houses approved AB110 on party-line votes: 28-10 in the Senate and 54-25 in the Assembly.

Hahn: Supreme Court port ruling will impact neighborhoods

Represent! | | June 14 2013, 2:32 PM

The L.A. congresswoman says the high court's refusal to regulate truck traffic will make life tough for people living near the ports.

Kanye West's new album Yeezus leaks 4 days early (video)

Without A Net | | June 14 2013, 2:07 PM

It’s a surprise, given the high security West has put around his production and the fact that he was able to keep the highly anticipated “Watch The Throne” from leaking.

The $82,000 spot or: How I learned to stop parking and love valet

The Latest | | June 14 2013, 1:48 PM

In Los Angeles, you might see homes selling for $100,000 over list, but in Northern California cars are paying a steep price of their own.

Marc Haefele on the Santa Monica shootings and John Zawahri's gun

Off-Ramp | | June 14 2013, 11:24 AM

The other gun he had, the 1860 .44 Army revolver, looked exactly like the weapon that had been stolen from my old home, years ago. It almost certainly wasn’t my old Colt, but if it were, and he had he killed someone with it…

Deferred action: Fewer applicants than expected, 'endless' opportunities for some

Multi-American | | June 14 2013, 10:00 AM

It's been a year since the Obama administration announced deferred action, which since August has granted temporary legal status to nearly 300,000 young immigrants. More were expected to apply for the program, but it's been life-changing for those who have.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Eric Garcetti tours LA

Represent! | | June 14 2013, 7:50 AM

Today is Friday, June 14 and headlines include Eric Garcetti's victory lap around LA, a dip into the murky water districts, and a bridge for WIllie Brown.

Primary care doctor shortage continues, impact felt in South LA

OnCentral | | June 14 2013, 6:02 AM

The study called the U.S. rate of primary care doctor production "abysmal." Many health centers in South L.A. can't afford a doctor, which is one reason why so much care falls to nurses and physician assistants.

LA Unified philanthropy helps students and superintendent

Pass / Fail | | June 14 2013, 6:00 AM

The two-year-old L.A. Fund for Public Education has raised nearly $4 million for L.A. Unified. It's two big projects: Breakfast in the Classroom and "Arts Matter"

How Wal-Mart's sourcing, pricing challenges neighborhoods (poll, photos)

The Breakdown | | June 14 2013, 6:00 AM

KPCC examines how Wal-Mart discounts produce. Wal-Mart is the nation's largest retailer and its size gives it an advantage when it buys items from suppliers.

E3: SoCal companies to get a boost from new PS4, Xbox One games (photos)

The Breakdown | | June 14 2013, 5:49 AM

New consoles mean more video game sales, analysts said. At E3, Southern California game developers touted their new games for Xbox One and PS4.

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Filmweek (06/14/13): Man of Steel, Twenty Feet from Stardom, The Bling Ring and more

| June 14 2013, 2:29 PM

KPCC critics Lael Loewenstein and Peter Rainer join guest host Patt Morrison to review this week’s releases, including Man of Steel, Twenty Feet from Stardom, The Bling Ring and more. TGI-Filmweek!

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Filmweek (06/14/13): Man of Steel, Twenty Feet from Stardom, The Bling Ring and more

| June 14 2013, 8:00 AM

KPCC critics Lael Loewenstein and Peter Rainer join guest host Patt Morrison to review this week’s releases, including Man of Steel, Twenty Feet from Stardom, The Bling Ring and more. Then, producer and director Morgan Neville's new documentary, “Twenty Feet from Stardom” gives the limelight to the back-up singers.

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Do women prefer high or low male voices?

| June 14 2013, 6:00 AM

Learning from Africa's Hadza people.

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Military aid to Syria: Defense of democracy, slippery slope, or the tail wagging the dog?

| June 14 2013, 10:39 AM

The White House has announced plans to send military weapons to rebels in Syria after confirming that a "red line" has been crossed. The US says it has confirmed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons in the civil war. Should we be so heavily involved in another foreign conflict when we’re still dealing with Iraq and Afghanistan?

Jonathan Alter's new volume on Obama, 'The Center Holds'

| June 14 2013, 10:19 AM

Something happened to Jonathan Alter's "The Center Holds" on the way to the bookshelves - the center began to shake. The renowned journalist's latest profile of President Barack Obama chronicles his presidency and campaign over 2011 and 2012. Alter details the sophisticated campaign machine that used corporate-style analytics to up donations and get out the vote.

Politicians’ kids take to Twitter with racist, homophobic rants

| June 14 2013, 9:57 AM

If a teenager uses offensive or racist language online, is it the parents fault? That's the question plaguing high profile members of Congress after their children used a string of racist and homophobic language on Twitter.

Filmweek: Man of Steel, Twenty Feet from Stardom, The Bling Ring and more

| June 14 2013, 8:09 AM

KPCC critics Lael Loewenstein and Peter Rainer join guest host Patt Morrison to review this week’s releases, including Man of Steel, Twenty Feet from Stardom, The Bling Ring and more. TGI-Filmweek!

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Closure of Ralphs in South LA highlights continuing food desert issues

| June 14 2013, 10:36 AM

Residents and community activist gathered last night to protest the scheduled closure of the Ralph's at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Western Avenue.

How Wal-Mart's sourcing, pricing challenges neighborhoods (poll, photos)

| June 14 2013, 9:49 AM

KPCC examines how Wal-Mart discounts produce. Wal-Mart is the nation's largest retailer and its size gives it an advantage when it buys items from suppliers.

Scientists urge use of contraception to control wild horse population

| June 14 2013, 9:37 AM

Recently, a 14-member National Research Council released a report saying the BLM should stop rounding up the horses and depend more on contraception.

Portugal. The Man and their 'Evil Friends'

| June 14 2013, 9:20 AM

Although the name would suggest otherwise, the band Portugal. The Man originated from Portland, Oregon, but most of the recording for their newest record was done right here in LA. We'll talk with bassist Zach Carothers about the new record, "Evil Friends."

The state of women in the video game world

| June 14 2013, 9:04 AM

In an onstage demonstration of their fighting game "Killer Instinct," a male developer of the game faced off against a woman who had never played the game before.

California faces unique obstacles in implementing Affordable Care Act

Health | | June 14 2013, 9:01 AM

As KPCC’s Stephanie O’Neill tells us, California still faces challenges in implementing the law, including some that are unique to the Golden State.

Friday Flashback: NSA, Snowden, Murdoch split and more

| June 14 2013, 9:01 AM

The dark side of technology, a big gamble on Syria, and the dissolution of a media mogul's marriage. Some of the big stories of the week we'll look at this morning on this week's edition of the Friday Flashback with David Gura of Marketplace and James Rainey of the LA Times.

California lawmakers to vote on $96 billion budget

| June 14 2013, 9:00 AM

Today in Sacramento the budget will be at the top of the docket. California lawmakers are set to vote on a new ninety six Billion dollar plan negotiated by Governor Jerry Brown and Democratic legislators. The California Report's Scott Detrow has a quick preview.

LA Unified philanthropy helps students and superintendent

| June 14 2013, 9:00 AM

The two-year-old L.A. Fund for Public Education has raised nearly $4 million for L.A. Unified. It's two big projects: Breakfast in the Classroom and "Arts Matter"

ProPublica launches investigation into unpaid internships

| June 14 2013, 9:00 AM

The non-profit news organization is launching an investigation into unpaid internships. Reporters there are asking for interns, past and present, to tell them their stories.

Internet pioneer Leonard Kleinrock on the 'dark side' of the Web

| June 14 2013, 9:00 AM

Leonard Kleinrock, who's credited with the first Internet transmission, never anticipated what he calls the "dark" side of the Internet when he sent the first host to host message from UCLA to Stanford Research Institute in 1969.

UCLA: Climate change will cut snow 40 percent by mid-century

Environment & Science | | June 14 2013, 7:10 AM

A UCLA used global climate models to project huge drops in the LA region’s snowfall on low-elevation mountains within 30 years, whether humans cut carbon or not.

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R.H. Greene on LA Film Festival Almodovar premiere: 'I'm So Excited!'

Arts & Entertainment | | June 14 2013, 11:41 AM

Whether it's a cranky dominatrix, a lovelorn hit man, a gay pilot passing for straight or a criminal financial mastermind in the grip of scandal, Almodovar believes passionately in every person's right to screw up.

Why Maria the Goose won't return to Echo Park Lake (photos, video)

Local | | June 14 2013, 11:26 AM

This Saturday, June 15, Angelenos celebrate the return of lotus flowers, joggers, and picnickers to Echo Park Lake--but one famous, feathered resident won't be back.