Archive for July 18th, 2013


UC President Napolitano

Janet Napolitano appointed UC president amid protests

Despite objections to her record on immigration former Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, was appointed president of the University of California system.
Mountain Fire In Southern California Grows In Strength
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

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
George Zimmerman Protests Los Angeles Trayvon Martin LAPD

In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, what sort of conversations are you having?

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?
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning
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.
Sun sets on San Onofre nuclear plant
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.
Protests over George Zimmerman's acquittal led to 17 arrests in Victorville Wednesday and criminal charges against three people in Oakland.
Malibu tickets
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.
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.
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.


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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.
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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.
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.
Attn. Gen. Holder Announces Sweeping Federal Consent Decree To Reform New Orleans' Police Department
Newly-confirmed U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez has a lengthy career history in civil rights and a background in immigrant advocacy.
65th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations
Did your favorite actor or television series fall short of potential envelope status?
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Mayor Garcetti names appointments to Metro board

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.
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.
XpressWest high speed rail

Proposed high speed train to Vegas going nowhere fast

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.
Artist's Concept of Mars 2020 Rover, Annotated

House committee restores money for JPL's Mars programs

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

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

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.
Graffiti Artist
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)

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


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Why and when we clap

Why and when we clap

When it comes to applause, people are like sheep

Take Two Evenings

Episode: Take Two Evenings for July 18, 2013


Episode: AirTalk for July 18, 2013
Nasser al-Awlaki says a US drone killed his grandson.
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.
Bruce Forman, a jazz guitarist and educator, is hitting the streets for a unique music festival.
Should California get digital license plates?
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.
Do you give cash as a wedding gift?
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

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.
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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

Episode: Take Two for July 18, 2013
Janet Napolitano
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.
Koi Tuna
"It's like Thai hick food," says Night + Market chef Kris Yenbamroong about his favorite summer dish, koi tuna.
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.
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 tickets

Malibu volunteers to begin issuing parking tickets Thursday (poll)

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.
San Diego Prepares For Comic-Con International 2013

Hollywood hopes to court Latino market at Comic-Con

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.
El Monte Pharmacy
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.
65th Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations

What is the true value of an Emmy?

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?
George Zimmerman Protests Los Angeles Trayvon Martin LAPD

Protesters call for change to Stand Your Ground laws

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

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.
British national execution in Georgia
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.
Bumble Bee

Rare Western bumble bee spotted in Seattle

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.
Egg Donation

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

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


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

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