Archive for August 29th, 2013

Rim Fire: Sierra fire puts some Labor Day tourists in quandary (MAP)

Local | | August 29 2013, 6:59 PM

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.

Ex-JPL director Bruce Murray, co-founder of Planetary Society, dies at 81

Environment & Science | | August 29 2013, 6:04 PM

Bruce Murray co-founded the Planetary Society with long-time friends and colleagues, Carl Sagan and Louis Friedman in 1979.

Obamacare: California exchange to unveil $80M ad campaign on Labor Day

Health | | August 29 2013, 5:35 PM

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

Powerful storms hit inland Southern California

Local | | August 29 2013, 5:06 PM

The National Weather Service has posted flash flood warnings through 6 p.m. Thursday for southwestern San Bernardino County and northwestern Riverside County.

Weekend Traffic: DUI checkpoints, freeway closures and more

Local | | August 29 2013, 4:33 PM

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.

British Parliament rejects Syria intervention in symbolic vote

US & World | | August 29 2013, 3:59 PM

Britain was a key piece of the international coalition President Obama was counting on, if he chose to launch a strike on Syria.

Feds won't sue to stop marijuana use legalized by states

Crime & Justice | | August 29 2013, 3:02 PM

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.

Prison plans expose rift with key Calif. Democrats

Local | | August 29 2013, 3:00 PM

Democratic leaders in the state Senate and Assembly have been sparred over numerous pieces of important legislation.

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

US & World | | August 29 2013, 1:57 PM

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

Local | | August 29 2013, 1:35 PM

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 | | August 29 2013, 1:11 PM

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.

Blue Shield won't pay for proton cancer treatment

Local | | August 29 2013, 12:55 PM

Beginning in October, Blue Shield of California won't cover proton beam treatment for early-stage prostate cancer, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Reputed Rollin' 30s Harlem Crips gang members arrested (PHOTOS)

Crime & Justice | | August 29 2013, 12:52 PM

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.

Rim Fire: Yosemite blaze is 6th largest in California; time-lapse video (map, photos)

Local | | August 29 2013, 12:52 PM

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.

Woman struck, killed by cars on 210 freeway

Local | | August 29 2013, 12:50 PM

Authorities say a woman has been killed on a Southern California freeway after she fell, jumped or was pushed from a car.

California ban on gay-to-straight therapy for minors upheld

Local | | August 29 2013, 11:28 AM

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.

NFL, retirees reach $765M settlement on concussions suits

US & World | | August 29 2013, 11:20 AM

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.

Assad is to blame for chemical weapons attack, British say

US & World | | August 29 2013, 8:06 AM

Echoing previous comments by the Obama administration, British intelligence officials have now also said there's no other logical conclusion. Read their report.

The Onion at 25: Area man realizes he's been reading fake news for years

US & World | | August 29 2013, 8:01 AM

Thursday marks the 25th birthday of the satirical paper, founded by two Wisconsin college students "intended mainly to ... sell pizza coupons."

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

Business & Economy | | August 29 2013, 7:42 AM

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.

How California is turning the rest of the West blue

Politics | | August 29 2013, 7:14 AM

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

Business & Economy | | August 29 2013, 6:38 AM

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.

California schools' API test results: Browse our database

Education | | August 29 2013, 5:19 PM

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

Represent! | | August 29 2013, 5:01 PM

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.

API scores: Only about half of LA Unified charters on course

Pass / Fail | | August 29 2013, 4:20 PM

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.

What can LA fast-food workers achieve with a walk out?

The Breakdown | | August 29 2013, 4:18 PM

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.

API results: LA Unified schools improved, bucking state trend

Pass / Fail | | August 29 2013, 2:05 PM

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.

In immigration news: Reform prospects for fall, a 'Plan B' that targets deportations, noncitizen poll workers (and possibly jurors), more

Multi-American | | August 29 2013, 10:43 AM

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.

KPCC DIGEST A.M. (Aug. 29) — Fast food fight, Playa power, California exodus, fanfare for the 'Area Man'

The Latest | | August 29 2013, 8:45 AM

Catch up quick with our express news digest.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Bell's Robert Rizzo stays in LA County

Represent! | | August 29 2013, 8:01 AM

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

Pacific Swell | | August 29 2013, 6:00 AM

DWP crews will replace an old steam boiler unit with smaller, more efficient generating units that will cut air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

Egypt's violent upheaval hits home in Southern California

Multi-American | | August 29 2013, 6:00 AM

Families throughout Southern California’s Egyptian American community have been receiving disturbing news as violence in Egypt continues.

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How starfish keep their cool out of water

| August 29 2013, 9:00 AM

A strategy that costs an arm or a leg.

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Dinner Party Download: Spray-on caffeine, teen driving, Cold War hotline

| August 29 2013, 10:43 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.

POM Wonderful on defense in one court case, on offense in another

| August 29 2013, 10:27 AM

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.

California TRUST Act moving toward passage

Local | | August 29 2013, 9:50 AM

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.

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

| August 29 2013, 9:36 AM

The insurance giant Allstate says LA drivers are the second worst the best in the nation, at least in terms of avoiding collisions.

Whereabouts of freed Mexican drug lord Rafael Caro Quintero unknown

| August 29 2013, 9:18 AM

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.

Why Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons is spurring US action

| August 29 2013, 9:07 AM

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 unite in nationwide protest for higher wages

| August 29 2013, 9:07 AM

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.

Low water deliveries from Mexico hurt Texas farmers

| August 29 2013, 9:06 AM

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

| August 29 2013, 9:06 AM

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.

California communities take part in push to get kids reading

| August 29 2013, 9:06 AM

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 On Take Two: What happens when you turn 26?

| August 29 2013, 9:06 AM

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.

State Of Affairs: Prison realignment, Garcetti appointment, murals and more

| August 29 2013, 9:06 AM

Its time for State of Affairs, our look at politics throughout California with KPCC's political reporters Alice Walton and Frank Stoltze.

Wal-Mart to extend insurance benefits to employees' domestic partners

| August 29 2013, 9:05 AM

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.

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Filmweek: Getaway, Closed Circuit, Passion and more

| August 29 2013, 1:52 PM

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!

New York Times hack shows web security vulnerability

| August 29 2013, 10:11 AM

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.

What's the best way to judge college grads' real value to potential employers?

| August 29 2013, 10:10 AM

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

| August 29 2013, 10:09 AM

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.

What’s the appeal of e-cigarettes?

| August 29 2013, 10:05 AM

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's neighborhood council rejects proposed gang injunction; will it sway the judge?

| August 29 2013, 10:17 AM

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