Archive for August 29th, 2013


Yosemite National Park Remains Open As Rim Fire Continues In Burn On Park's Western Edge
The huge Sierra Nevada wildfire and its smoke plume have caused some tourists to opt out of plans for the last big travel weekend of the summer.
Founding of the Planetary Society
Bruce Murray co-founded the Planetary Society with long-time friends and colleagues, Carl Sagan and Louis Friedman in 1979.
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Obamacare: California exchange to unveil $80M ad campaign on Labor Day

The 15-month-long campaign of television and radio commercials is aimed at California's uninsured residents.
Strong Thunderstorms Return To Southern California

Powerful storms hit inland Southern California

The National Weather Service has posted flash flood warnings through 6 p.m. Thursday for southwestern San Bernardino County and northwestern Riverside County.
Bay Area Sets Up DUI Checkpoints For Holiday Season

Weekend Traffic: DUI checkpoints, freeway closures and more

The 5 freeway will be reduced to three lanes this weekend. Police agencies are planning to up their patrol this weekend to counter drunken driving.
The Houses of Parliament are silhouetted against a setting sun as members of Parliament took part in a debate about possible British military action against Syria.

British Parliament rejects Syria intervention in symbolic vote

Britain was a key piece of the international coalition President Obama was counting on, if he chose to launch a strike on Syria.
The Justice Department said Thursday that states can let people use the drug, license people to grow it and even allow adults to stroll into stores and buy it.
California Budget
Democratic leaders in the state Senate and Assembly have been sparred over numerous pieces of important legislation.
Losia Nyankale helps daughter Jonessa and son Juliean learn the alphabet. Nyankale, who works in a restaurant in Washington, D.C., says she needs food stamps and child-care subsidies to make ends meet.

For restaurant workers, a struggle to put food on the table

Fast food and restaurant work used to be seen as an entry point for the young. Today, the average such employee is 29, and nearly a quarter are parents.

Update: Hundreds still without power in Venice, Marina del Rey

An Edison spokeswoman said power has been restored for some customers after an outage at 8:20 a.m, but it was still unclear what caused it.

IRS will recognize all legal same-sex marriages

The IRS says couples can begin filing taxes as married in 2013, and generally, same-sex couples could file amended returns for 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Beginning in October, Blue Shield of California won't cover proton beam treatment for early-stage prostate cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Graffiti (Off Ramp)
Authorities have arrested nearly three dozen people in a crackdown on a Southern California street gang believed involved in a string of home invasion robberies.
Western Wildfire Yosemite
Fire commanders said they would maintain use of a Predator drone to give them early views of any new flare-ups across the remote and rugged landscape.
Truck pollution

Woman struck, killed by cars on 210 freeway

Authorities say a woman has been killed on a Southern California freeway after she fell, jumped or was pushed from a car.
Gay Therapy Ban
A federal appeals court has upheld a first-of-its-kind law in California prohibiting health practitioners from offering psychotherapy aimed at making gay youth straight.
Junior Seau, seen here playing for the New England Patriots toward the end of his career. He had sustained many concussions during his career and suffered from a degenerative brain disease when he killed himself in May 2012.

NFL, retirees reach $765M settlement on concussions suits

More than 4,500 retired players had been part of the lawsuits. They claimed the league hadn't properly protected them over the years. In the settlement, the NFL does not admit any liability.
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday as he left 10 Downing Street in London.

Assad is to blame for chemical weapons attack, British say

Echoing previous comments by the Obama administration, British intelligence officials have now also said there's no other logical conclusion. Read their report.
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Thursday marks the 25th birthday of the satirical paper, founded by two Wisconsin college students "intended mainly to ... sell pizza coupons."
Fast Food Worker Strike

Some LA fast-food workers join nationwide call for higher pay

Fast-food protests are under way in cities including Los Angeles and New York, with organizers planning for the biggest walkouts yet in a push for higher wages.
Newcomers from California are helping to shake up the politics in the Mountain West.

How California is turning the rest of the West blue

California used to attract millions of newcomers, but now more people are moving away — and with them goes a more progressive strain of politics.

US economy grew at 2.5 percent rate in spring

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate from April through June, much faster than previously estimated, largely due to an improvement in the trade deficit.
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California schools' API test results: Browse our database

Search our database to see how schools in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties performed according to state API numbers.


Split over Syria action not along party lines

California members of Congress are among those who want to debate military action over Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons. Read a letter to Obama signed by 13 California Dems here.
Lou Dantzler Preparatory Middle School
Scores out Thursday show only about half of L.A. Unified charter schools meet the state's performance goal. Some have struggled for years, but remain open.
Fast Food Worker Strike
Labor historians say even though the total number of protesters is relatively small, it could be the start of a significant moment for the estimated 181,000 fast-food workers in L.A.
Deasy walks campus
California schools are doing slightly worse than last year, but the L.A. Unified School District gained three points on the latest Academic Performance Index report.
As one White House official cites mid-autumn as a target for movement on immigration reform, some advocates plan to push for executive action to stop deportations if an overhaul fails. This and more.
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Today is Thursday, Aug. 29 and headlines include the trial of Robert Rizzo, San Bernardino's bankruptcy, and a rejection of the governor's prison plan.

LADWP to retool Scattergood Generating Station

DWP crews will replace an old steam boiler unit with smaller, more efficient generating units that will cut air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Families throughout Southern California’s Egyptian American community have been receiving disturbing news as violence in Egypt continues.


The Loh Down On Science

Episode: How starfish keep their cool out of water

How starfish keep their cool out of water

A strategy that costs an arm or a leg.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for August 29, 2013
Sprayable Energy
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.
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POM Wonderful, makers of a variety of pomegranate juice products, is locked in a legal battle with the Federal Trade Commission over its ads. The case involving the California-based company could set an important precedent in false advertising litigation.
Downtown San Diego

California TRUST Act moving toward passage

The TRUST Act seeks to curtail the federal Secure Communities program by prohibiting local sheriff's departments from detaining arrested immigrants so that federal immigration agents can take them into custody.
Highway 134, 210 Traffic

LA drivers second most accident-prone in US, says Allstate

The insurance giant Allstate says LA drivers are the second worst the best in the nation, at least in terms of avoiding collisions.
Mexico Drug War
Earlier this month, Rafael Caro Quintero was released early from prison on a legal technicality. It was seen as a slap in the face to the U.S., and officials here vowed to pursue charges against him stateside. But Caro Quintero has disappeared.
The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is accused of launching a large-scale chemical weapons attack against civilians. While the Obama administration has yet to say how the U.S. will respond to the attacks, it has indicated the strong possibility of punitive military strikes.
Fast Food Workers Aim To Put Spotlight On Industry Over Low Wages And Lack Of Worker Rights
This morning, fast food workers across the country have been staging protests, calling for an increase in wages. These demonstrations began in New York last fall. Today marks the first time such an event is being held in southern California.
Rio Grande

Low water deliveries from Mexico hurt Texas farmers

The Rio Grande River is the lifeblood of south Texas. A 70-year-old treaty between the U.S. and Mexico is supposed to keep the river's water flowing, but Mexico has fallen behind on its end of the deal.

How technology makes it easier to get caught in a lie

When's the last time you told a lie? If you can't remember, you might be shocked to learn the answer because it's probably more recent than you think, thanks to technology.
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California communities take part in push to get kids reading

A lot of 9-year-olds struggle with reading, even with books that are aimed at their age group. But across California, nearly 20 communities are taking part in a national campaign to enchant children with the magic of reading.
Ask Emily

Ask Emily On Take Two: What happens when you turn 26?

Now it's time for our regular explainer "Ask Emily," about the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Chances are, many of you may have questions about how exactly the new law will affect you.
Is Governor's Jerry Brown's plan the best way to reduce the prison population in California?
Its time for State of Affairs, our look at politics throughout California with KPCC's political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.
Wal-Mart Lowers Earnings Estimate After Weak Second Quarter
This week, Wal-Mart announced big changes to its health insurance policies. The mega retailer will offer benefits to its employees' domestic partners, including those of the same sex.

Take Two Evenings

Episode: Take Two Evenings for August 29, 2013


Episode: AirTalk for August 29, 2013
Warner Bros. Pictures Presents The Premiere Of "Getaway" - Arrivals

Filmweek: Getaway, Closed Circuit, Passion and more

Larry and KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Andy Klein review this week’s releases, including Getaway, Closed Circuit, Passion and more. Which movies should you catch this Labor Day weekend? Also, film critic Peter Rainer is at the Montreal World Film Festival. TGI-Filmweek!
What could have prevented the hackers from accessing the sites?

New York Times hack shows web security vulnerability

The New York Times website was down this week for nearly two days thanks to a “malicious external attack” by group of hackers believed to be the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA). The NYT breach was the latest in a series of attacks on news and social media websites—including the Washington Post, the Huffington Post, CNN and Twitter—that exposes some vulnerabilities in internet security.
Will a post-college test help recent graduates land jobs?
High school students who want to sell themselves to the college of their dreams aim for high SAT scores and nosebleed-level grade-point averages. What about ambitious college students who want to land the job of their dreams?

How the ‘sports gene’ could be better than doping

Sometimes we can’t help but think that some people would be genetically predisposed to particular abilities. For example, very tall men often hear that they should play basketball, bulky young boys are chided to try out football, and the long-legged are encouraged to take a go at track and field.
A variety of  .electronic cigarette flavors are viewed for sale at Vape New York. Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are battery powered devices that vaporizes a nicotine laced liquid solution into an aerosol mist which simulates the act of tobacco s

What’s the appeal of e-cigarettes?

Leonardo DiCaprio is doing it. And he’s not the only A-list celeb making electronic cigarettes look cool. The faux smokes are showing up in movies and television shows and enthusiasts known as “Vapers” even have their own convention called VapeFest, coming to Vegas this September.


Echo Park Los Angeles gang injunction
Erika Aguilar updates us on the gang injunction proposed for Echo Park, the rapidly gentrifying LA neighborhood.

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