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Huntington Beach Fire Pits - 9

Social media reacts ahead of AQMD vote on fire pits (poll)

We saw an overwhelming plume of support for the fire pits when we asked folks on social media. Where do you stand on the issue?
Saudi Princess, Human Trafficking

Saudi princess in trafficking case posts $5M bail

A Saudi princess charged with human trafficking has posted $5 million bail a day after her arrest in Orange County.
Moreno Valley, 60 Freeway, Nason Street

Weekend Traffic: Pomona Freeway, Ocean Boulevard to close

The 60 Freeway will close as crews work to restore pavement in the area. Ocean Boulevard will close as crews demolish an overpass this weekend.
Bob Filner
In a video statement released Thursday, the mayor apologized over sexual harassment allegations but remained silent on calls for his resignation.
A judge said there is far more work that needs to be done to improve the treatment of mentally ill inmates in state prisons.
California Budget
The governor initially sought to eliminate the state's $750 million enterprise zone program but later agreed to revamp the program after pushback from businesses.
NTSB tweeted a photo Thursday that showed debris from the accident and announced that the runway where the crash happened had reopened.
Should fire pits be banned along certain Southern California beaches? A regional regulatory agency is scheduled to weigh in on the issue Friday. Share your thoughts in our poll.

Missing Menifee boy's father: His alleged murder 'didn't come as a surprise'

The boy's father said his son feared his 16-year-old half brother, whom he said had anger issues. "It didn't come as a surprise with his past," Smith said.
Authorities say the diary of a Southern California teacher's aide reveals her sexual relationship with an underage student and that she gave birth to the boy's baby.
Hulu produces the TV series "East Los High"

'East Los High': A Los Angeles telenovela

Sexting, teen pregnancy — its just another day at "East Los High." With the help of an all-Latino cast, it's a modern-day telenovela centering on L.A. teens at risk.

Scattered rain showers hit Southern California

Southern California weather reports show a few more scattered rain showers through Thursday night, but things are expected to dry up — and heat up.
Southern California Deals With Aftermath Of Deadly Train Crash

Riverside commuter rail extension back on track after settlement

A Riverside County environmental group agreed to drop a legal fight against a 24-mile commuter rail extension project.
Taos Pueblo
A northern New Mexico American Indian tribe is scheduled to honor the late President Richard Nixon Friday for his efforts to help tribes.
U.S. unemployment benefit applications rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 360,000, although the level remains consistent with steady hiring.

Blogs

The Public Utilities Commission has decided to put a stretch of high-voltage transmission lines underground through a densely-populated stretch of Chino Hills.
Los Angeles and Mammoth Lakes said Thursday they have ended a lengthy legal battle over water rights in the eastern Sierra.
An illustration of Two, 7-Eleven Slurpee
There's nothing like a free cup of clumpy sugar-stew to bring out the creepy in people.
UTLA president Warren Fletcher layoff hearings
In teacher survey, 85% rate Superintendent John Deasy's performance as below average or poor. Union to send results to L.A. Unified board.
Prisoner Hunger Strike
The number of participating inmates dropped from 29,000 to 12,000, but state officials still have a lot on their hands to ensure prisoners' wellbeing.
Google Screenshot
What exasperates people about Los Angeles? Let's look at the Google AutoSuggest results of “why is [city name] so…” for the United States’ 50 largest cities.
Both John Boehner and Xavier Becerra say there needs to be a bipartisan approach to immigration. But it's highly unlikely in the House.

Digitizing Northeast LA's community newspapers

A new grant will allow the continued digital archiving of small community papers that cover Northeast Los Angeles.
The grammar was fine, but former English teacher and first-term Congressman gives GOP colleagues a failing grade for immigration letter.
heatwave egg sidewalk street
Park officials are cracking down on the "leave no trace" policy after an egg cooking video sent people into a sidewalk frying frenzy.
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10 South LA clinics get $1.6 million for patient outreach

The federal funding is meant to be used to teach patients about their expanded insurance options under the Affordable Care Act.
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As expected, the Senate's immigration reform plan has hit resistance in the House, where GOP members are split and some are pitching scaled-back alternatives. This and more.
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Today is Thursday, July 11 and headlines include the impact of at-large districts in Whittier, Malibu's building regulations, and ice cream trucks in Long Beach.
Actor Andrew Garfield arrives for the pr
“What if MJ is a dude?" Garfield said. "Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? … So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”
Thomas Saenz
A local group sets a July 17 deadline for the city to change its at-large elections to a district format or face a lawsuit under the California Voting Rights Act.
Grace Sutherland report card (1896-1897)
The Los Angeles Unified School District collects artifacts from its more than 150 years - including report cards from the 1800s.

Programs

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Here's what gives insect GPS a boost!

Here's what gives insect GPS a boost!

What's sweeter than honey, for bees?

Take Two Evenings

Episode: Take Two Evenings for July 11, 2013

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for July 11, 2013
Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures And Legendary Pictures' "Pacific Rim" - Arrivals

Filmweek: Pacific Rim, Grown Ups 2, The Hunt and more

Larry and KPCC critics Tim Cogshell and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including Pacific Rim, Grown Ups 2, The Hunt and more. TGI-Filmweek!
The roles of credit unions in the U.S. are growing, as is their customer base. Big banks have been losing their customers to credit unions because of frustration over rising banks fees. Now those big banks are pushing to abolish credit unions' tax exempt status.
Female detainees
The Center for Investigative Reporting found that doctors with the California Department of Corrections sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without the required approvals. The report found that state doctors were paid nearly $150,000 to perform tubal ligations on inmates.

Unclear fate for Immigration Reform bill in Congress

President Obama may not see an immigration bill on his desk anytime soon. Despite the Senate’s 68 to 32 vote on its comprehensive immigration bill, the House is in no rush to provide a pathway to citizenship.
Third Week Of George Zimmerman Trial Continues

Zimmerman trial enters final phase

Closing arguments could begin today for the George Zimmerman trial. The neighborhood watch volunteer pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, claiming he killed the Florida teen in self-defense on Feb. 26, 2012. Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder.
Garcetti Inauguration
Mayor Eric Garcetti told all of Los Angeles’ department chiefs that they need to reapply for their jobs. The mayor wants to hear from city managers on how they can better incorporate the use of technology and how to ensure the channels of communication between residents and government departments are open. Larry checks in with Mayor Garcetti on those topics and more.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for July 11, 2013
Thomas Saenz
In KPCC's new series, "Project Citizen," we're pursuing stories that look at the responsibilities, traditions, and privileges that citizenship entails.
Super Bowl XLVII - Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers

California moves to close workers comp loophole for athletes

For years, professional athletes have been filing workers comp claims in California, even if they only played one game in the state their entire career and even if it wasn't for a team based in the state.
Transitional Kindergarten

Chicago teachers to rally against Teach for America

This weekend in Chicago, there will be a rally protesting the Teach For America organization, comprised of teachers and former Teach for America alumni.

Report: More Americans exercising, but not losing weight

A new study out this week from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation shows that Americans are exercising more than ever, but we aren't losing much weight.
Bob Filner
Former San Diego City councilwoman Donna Frye held a press conference earlier this hour calling for his resignation over allegations that he sexually harassed several women.
Bobcats

Southern California bobcats dying from mange

Bobcats can be found all over SoCal, but over the last decades researchers have noticed a disturbing trend. More and more bobcats seem to be dying from mange.
Mayoral Election Held In Los Angeles
Time for our look at politics here in Southern California with KPCC political reporters Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton.
newborn baby infant
Birthdays determine a variety of things, such as your horoscope and when you begin formal education. But more importantly, birthdays might also determine your health as a baby.
Pelican Bay Hunger Strike

Behind the Special Security Unit of Pelican Bay Prison

The action is being led by inmates at Pelican Bay prison in Crescent City who are protesting conditions in special security units. One issue in particular is driving the action — controversial criteria used by corrections officials to hold men in isolation, sometimes for decades.
California Prisons Layoffs

Day 4: Update on the California prison hunger strike

Today, a hunger strike continues at Pelican Bay State Prison, as close to 30,000 inmates protest solitary confinement, among other issues. This protest is the largest in the state's history.
4th of July Muscle Beach Pageant
This edition looks into the hoarding of menthol cigarettes, a disturbing trend going on in UK McDonald's, and the history of a vital piece of LA summer wear.
Protesters In Texas Statehouse Block Texas Lawmakers From Passing Abortion Bill

Texas laws spur increase in 'flea-market' abortions

For many low income women in Texas, dangerous and unhealthy alternatives to clinical abortion are an ongoing reality.
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UN Report: Mexico surpasses US as most obese country

Mexico has overtaken the U.S. as the world's most obese country, according to a new United Nations report out this week.
El Monte Pharmacy
Every year, more Latinos die from cardiovascular disease in America than any other ailment, and the National Institutes of Health is trying to find out why.
US-DEFENSE-BUDGET-ODIERNO

Pentagon may reduce danger pay for nearly 56,000 troops

The Associated Press is reporting that the Defense Department may drop danger pay for roughly 56,000 troops.

Off-Ramp

No computers for writer Harlan Ellison. He uses this old Olympia, and keeps spare ribbons in the refrigerator.
The celebrated author of comes out of retirement this weekend for a book signing and, as expected, speaks his mind.
David Kipen and Realtor Crosby Doe at Frank Lloyd Wright's Millard House in Pasadena. It's mentioned on p. 248 of "California in the 1930s, the WPA Guide to the Golden State."
'John Steinbeck navigated by these guides and called them "the most comprehensive account of the United States ever got together, and nothing since has even approached it."'

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