Archive for July 18th, 2013

Janet Napolitano appointed UC president amid protests

Local | | July 18 2013, 6:39 PM

Despite objections to her record on immigration former Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, was appointed president of the University of California system.

Mountain Fire: Riverside County declares emergency; cause probed (photos)

Local | | July 18 2013, 3:57 PM

Evacuation orders remain in effect for the town of Idyllwild Thursday night as the Mountain Fire surged to 22,800 acres and began burning toward towns.

Once-mighty Detroit files for bankruptcy

US & World | | July 18 2013, 1:55 PM

Detroit on Thursday became the largest city in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy, as the state-appointed emergency manager filed for Chapter 9 protection

In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, what sort of conversations are you having? | | July 18 2013, 11:25 AM

In light of the acquittal of George Zimmermann, KPCC wants to know: What sort of conversations are you having with your kids or your friends?

Judge won't dismiss serious charge in Manning case

US & World | | July 18 2013, 8:20 AM

A military judge refused Thursday to dismiss the most serious charge against Bradley Manning, the Army private who gave reams of classified information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Edison said Thursday it blames Mitsubishi for San Onofre nuclear plant closure

Local | | July 18 2013, 7:32 AM

Southern California Edison is seeking to hold Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. and Mitsubishi Nuclear Energy Systems liable for defective steam generators that forced the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

Zimmerman acquittal protests lead to 17 arrests in Victorville

Local | | July 18 2013, 7:15 AM

Protests over George Zimmerman's acquittal led to 17 arrests in Victorville Wednesday and criminal charges against three people in Oakland.

Malibu volunteers to begin issuing parking tickets Thursday (poll)

Local | | July 18 2013, 7:00 AM

The city says the program could save them tens of thousands of dollars, save their sheriffs valuable time and resources, and enforce new parking restrictions.

Emmys 2013: 'House of Cards' makes history; 'Thrones,' 'Horror' get nods (poll, video)

Arts & Entertainment | | July 18 2013, 6:06 AM

The political intrigue saga received a best drama series nomination, the first top Emmy nod for a program delivered online. Check out the full list of nominees here.

Labor Dept. Thursday reports drop in unemployment benefit applications

Business & Economy | | July 18 2013, 5:53 AM

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell 24,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 334,000, a sign that steady job gains should continue.

Who is monitoring California's response to the prison strike?

Represent! | | July 18 2013, 7:11 PM

Prison officials have isolated the strike leaders and banned one of their attorneys from the facilities. Advocates for hunger strikers say the state has no right to take such action.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation asks judge to delay LA county audit

Represent! | | July 18 2013, 6:55 PM

The court fight over the audit is the latest chapter in an ongoing battle between the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the LA County Department of Public Health.

Long Beach hosts effort to draft a national ocean exploration plan

Pacific Swell | | July 18 2013, 5:54 PM

In a bid to raise undersea exploration's profile, experts will draft a proposed national plan for ocean exploration that they can present to President Obama.

New labor secretary has immigrant advocacy background

Multi-American | | July 18 2013, 5:34 PM

Newly-confirmed U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez has a lengthy career history in civil rights and a background in immigrant advocacy.

Emmys 2013: The 6 biggest snubs, starting with minorities

The Latest | | July 18 2013, 5:13 PM

Did your favorite actor or television series fall short of potential envelope status?

Mayor Garcetti names appointments to Metro board

Represent! | | July 18 2013, 4:18 PM

One of the perks that comes with being the mayor of Los Angeles is a seat on the Metro Board of Directors -- and another three appointments to the transit agency.

California's June unemployment rate drops to 8.5 percent

The Breakdown | | July 18 2013, 4:02 PM

State employers added thousands of new jobs, which helped drop the unemployment rate. Strong job gains were seen in the areas of leisure and hospitality.

Proposed high speed train to Vegas going nowhere fast

Represent! | | July 18 2013, 3:57 PM

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation put the XpressWest project on pause because the company couldn't come up with enough U.S. manufacturers for rail cars and tracks.

House committee restores money for JPL's Mars programs

Represent! | | July 18 2013, 3:41 PM

Congress is fighting with the White House about funding for NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The House wants more money for planetary exploration.

'Bob and Ray, Keener than Most Persons,' by David Pollock

Off-Ramp | | July 18 2013, 12:23 PM

No one figured out exactly why they were so funny. Pollock says they only tried to please one another, and calls their partnership a “fortuitous intersection of serendipity and happenstance.”

In immigration news: Obama says no reform bill before fall, activists 'self deport' to test policies, Vietnamese nail salons, more

Multi-American | | July 18 2013, 10:41 AM

President Obama says in a televised interview that while he'd hoped for a comprehensive immigration bill to be ready by August, it's not happening. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: a profile of Compton's new mayor

Represent! | | July 18 2013, 8:03 AM

Today is Thursday, July 18 and headlines include a profile of Compton Mayor Aja Brown, an Assemblyman's proposed boycott of Florida, and LA's voter apathy.

Early lesson plan? LA street art glossary and guides

Pass / Fail | | July 18 2013, 5:34 AM

What's the difference between a tag and a roller? New online guide to street art sorts out graffiti lingo. And local guides lead you to key art. Field trip, anyone?

How can Los Angeles get its voters to the polls? (map)

Represent! | | July 18 2013, 5:33 AM

Fewer than one in four Angelenos participated in the city's most recent election. Concerned parties are looking at how to boost voter interest.

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Why and when we clap

| July 18 2013, 9:00 AM

When it comes to applause, people are like sheep

Take Two Evenings

Nasser Al-Awlaki wants answers in drone strike killing of American grandson in Yemen

| July 18 2013, 11:33 AM

On the eve of his court case commencing against the U.S. government, Nasser al-Awlaki makes an emotional plea in today's New York Times. He explains why he's suing over the drone strike killing of his son, Anwar, and his grandson, Abdulrahman.

Route 66 music tour kicks off as USC musicians criss-cross the country

| July 18 2013, 11:02 AM

Bruce Forman, a jazz guitarist and educator, is hitting the streets for a unique music festival.

Bill paves the way for digital license plates in California

| July 18 2013, 10:17 AM

Technology has made a lot of things work a lot better, faster and easier. If Senate Bill 806 gets the blessings of Sacramento lawmakers, California license plates might also get a digital upgrade.

A blender...or cash: What are you getting your friends as a wedding gift?

| July 18 2013, 10:16 AM

What are you getting your friends as a wedding gift? As wedding season kicks into high gear there is the topic that everyone loves to hate – the wedding gift.

Bisexuals hesitant to let their Pride flag fly

| July 18 2013, 10:09 AM

With massive legal and political victories recently for gays and lesbians, American society seems much more accepting of homosexual orientation. Yet, while the queer pride movement was meant to advocate on behalf of myriad sexualities, one particular group is still very much "closeted," according to new research.

Is Rolling Stone giving Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the rock star treatment? (Poll)

Arts & Entertainment | | July 18 2013, 10:05 AM

Rolling Stone's new cover story about the alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is causing some outrage over its use of the photo, which was snapped by Tsarnaev himself.

Take Two®

Why is Janet Napolitano's hiring as UC president controversial?

| July 18 2013, 11:41 AM

The UC Regents are currently meeting, and they're expected to confirm the appointment of former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as the new President of the UC system.

Summer Dish: How to make northern Thai 'hick food' aka Thai ceviche

Arts & Entertainment | | July 18 2013, 10:03 AM

"It's like Thai hick food," says Night + Market chef Kris Yenbamroong about his favorite summer dish, koi tuna.

State of Affairs: Eric Garcetti's first real test and more

| July 18 2013, 9:54 AM

KPCC's political reporters, Frank Stoltze and Alice Walton, discuss Eric Garcetti's first real test of leadership and more in this week's discussion.

Dinner Party Download: AC, palm plastic surgery, and detecting sarcasm

| July 18 2013, 9:50 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.

Malibu volunteers to begin issuing parking tickets Thursday (poll)

| July 18 2013, 9:48 AM

The city says the program could save them tens of thousands of dollars, save their sheriffs valuable time and resources, and enforce new parking restrictions.

Hollywood hopes to court Latino market at Comic-Con

| July 18 2013, 9:41 AM

Fanboys and fangirls from around the world will spend the next 96 or so hours buzzing about comics, movies, TV, and more. It's a big industry event for Hollywood, and one of the groups they'll be trying to tap is the Latino market.

What you need to know about the California health care exchange

Health | | July 18 2013, 9:06 AM

California is launching a new way for people to buy health insurance, and many folks have a lot of questions. KPCC's Stephanie O'Neill has some answers.

What is the true value of an Emmy?

Arts & Entertainment | | July 18 2013, 9:05 AM

Emmy nominations are out. But can winning an award help a struggling TV show, or propel an actor to new heights? Is the Emmy the new Oscar?

Protesters call for change to Stand Your Ground laws

| July 18 2013, 9:04 AM

For the 5th straight night, demonstrators continued to protest the George Zimmerman verdict throughout southern California, resulting in 17 protesters arrested in Victorville, California last night.

The power of 'Black Twitter' to effect change

| July 18 2013, 9:03 AM

Black Twitter users showed their collective might after it was announced that a juror in the George Zimmerman trial had received a book deal. Public outrage over social media prompted the juror's book agent to back off.

Why are the origins of Georgia's lethal injection drugs a secret?

| July 18 2013, 9:02 AM

The state of Georgia forbids the release of information about the origins of the lethal injection, which has become increasingly hard to come by as companies shy away from producing the drugs.

Rare Western bumble bee spotted in Seattle

| July 18 2013, 9:02 AM

The rare Western bumble bee has been sighted near Seattle, Washington. It's an event so rare it's almost like catching a glimpse of Sasquatch or some other mythical animal.

California bill would lift ban on paying women for eggs used in research

| July 18 2013, 9:02 AM

A bill on Governor Jerry Brown's desk would allow women in California to be paid for donating their eggs to science. The legislation won unanimous support from Democrats, but it has attracted a varied group of opponents.

Residents, camp-goers evacuated due to Mountain fire in Riverside County

| July 18 2013, 9:01 AM

Some 6,000 residents remain under mandatory evacuation orders and the Red Cross says approximately 950 evacuees are at three shelters in the area. Many are kids who had been attending area summer camps before being evacuated.

'Difficult Men' traces rise of quality TV from Tony Soprano to Walter White

Arts & Entertainment | | July 18 2013, 8:01 AM

Walter White is part of a growing number of antiheroes populating the TV universe since the late 1990s, from Tony Soprano to Don Draper.


OCMA Triennial: Artist Shaun Gladwell takes dancing, beats outside the box

| July 18 2013, 2:52 PM

Gladwell's video work, called Broken Dance, is a two channel installation that imagines beat boxing and urban dance in a completely different context.