Archive for June 14th, 2013

News

Iran Presidential Election LA - 2
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

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.
Daddy's birthday cake
A production company is challenging a Santa Monica music licensing business's claim to ownership of the song "Happy Birthday to You."
Ouya
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.
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.
Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

VIDEO: 5 Dodgers suspended in Diamondbacks brawl (photos)

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

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

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.
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 Near Colorado Springs Continues To Burn
Firefighters near Colorado Springs temporarily battled to a "draw" Friday with the Black Forest Fire, which has killed two people and destroyed 379 homes.
Anthem Blue Cross Rate Hike
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.
Pasadena Chalk Festival

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

Explore the streets of downtown L.A., celebrate Irish culture or enjoy free outdoor concerts. Take a look at our list of free events.
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Weekend Traffic: I-5 lanes to close, new bus schedules, more

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.
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.
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.

Blogs

Echo Park Lake
Echo Park Lake has been "unwrapped," as sections of green construction screen come down in advance of Saturday's grand re-opening.
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.
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.
Stephen Winkler
The Saugus school board censured one of its own for allegedly posting racially offensive comments on social media. He said his account was hacked.
California Budget Education
Both houses approved AB110 on party-line votes: 28-10 in the Senate and 54-25 in the Assembly.
Mercer 3383
The L.A. congresswoman says the high court's refusal to regulate truck traffic will make life tough for people living near the ports.
"PUNK: Chaos To Couture" Costume Institute Gala
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.
parking space
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.
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…
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.
Eric Garcetti Los Angeles Mayor
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.
Miami Health Care Clinic Treats Patients
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 Fund
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"
Walmart Strawberry Supply Chain
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
New consoles mean more video game sales, analysts said. At E3, Southern California game developers touted their new games for Xbox One and PS4.

Programs

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for June 14, 2013
SYRIA-CONFLICT
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?
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.
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.
Man Of Steel - UK Premiere - Red Carpet Arrivals
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!

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for June 14, 2013
Plastic bag ban
Residents and community activist gathered last night to protest the scheduled closure of the Ralph's at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Western Avenue.
Walmart Strawberry Supply Chain

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

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.
Bureau Of Land Management Rounds Up Wild Horses
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'

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."
Leading Video Game Companies Hold News Conferences To Open E3

The state of women in the video game world

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.
Should President Obama consult Congress before any action against Syria?
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.
Demonstrators hold signs supporting Edward Snowden in New York's Union Square Park, on Monday. Snowden, who says he worked as a contractor at the National Security Agency and the CIA, gave classified documents to reporters, making public two sweeping U.S.

Friday Flashback: NSA, Snowden, Murdoch split and more

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.
Gov. Brown Signs Legislation At Google HQ That Allows Testing Of Autonomous Vehicles

California lawmakers to vote on $96 billion budget

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 Fund

LA Unified philanthropy helps students and superintendent

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"
Job Fair Held In New York
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.
Leonard Kleinrock, a computer science pr
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.
Big Bear Ski Scene Feature
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.

FilmWeek Marquee

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!

Off-Ramp

Filmmaker Pedro Almodovar arrives at the premiere of Sony Pictures Classics "I'm So Excited!" during the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival

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

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.
Maria the Goose Mario
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.

FilmWeek

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.

The Loh Down On Science

Do women prefer high or low male voices?

Learning from Africa's Hadza people.

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