Archive for September 13th, 2013

Colorado Flooding: Stranded residents plucked from floodwaters

US & World | | September 13 2013, 6:30 PM

Authorities aimed to evacuate 2,500 people from the isolated mountain community of Lyons by the end of the day, either by National Guard convoys or airlifts.

AltaMed breaks ground on Watts health center for frail seniors

Health | | September 13 2013, 6:22 PM

The center will provide a variety of outpatient services for between 300 and 350 seniors who otherwise might have ended up in a nursing home.

UPDATED: Canyon Fire: Firefighters close to containing brush fire near foothill homes (Map)

Local | | September 13 2013, 4:56 PM

The fire erupted in the community along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains shortly before 1 p.m. Friday and grew to about eight acres.

11 miles of the LA River may soon go from concrete to green

Environment & Science | | September 13 2013, 4:31 PM

A stretch from Griffith Park to downtown Los Angeles is poised for a makeover that would include more vegetation and green space. The question is which plan and at what cost.

Golden Globes to honor Woody Allen's career (Videos)

Arts & Entertainment | | September 13 2013, 3:58 PM

The organizers of the Golden Globe Awards say they will honor Woody Allen for his contributions to filmmaking.

Hong Kong bans shark fin at official functions | | September 13 2013, 3:35 PM

Hong Kong represents 50 percent of the shark fin trade. China hopes the policy would raise public awareness about sustainability.

Bill would create California quake warning system

Local | | September 13 2013, 3:33 PM

California could join Japan, Mexico and other earthquake-prone countries that alert residents to the approach of powerful shaking under a bill awaiting approval from Gov. Jerry Brown.

$10-an-hour minimum wage bill headed to Gov. Brown's desk (Chart)

Business & Economy | | September 13 2013, 2:42 PM

Under a bill approved by the legislature, California's minimum wage would rise to $10 an hour within three years, giving the state one of the highest rates in the nation.

Tech Week: Brogrammers, new iPhones, Twitter IPO

Arts & Entertainment | | September 13 2013, 2:14 PM

Between Apple's announcement, Twitter's announcement and the sexist pronouncements at an industry conference, there's plenty of tech news to catch up on.

Clover Fire: Containment of Northern Calif. wildfire up to 80 percent

Local | | September 13 2013, 12:54 PM

Officials say the Clover Fire in Shasta County was 80 percent contained Friday morning. Nearly 70 homes have been destroyed in rural Northern California.

UN: Report will show chemical weapons use in Syria

US & World | | September 13 2013, 11:02 AM

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he believes there will be "an overwhelming report" from U.N. inspectors that chemical weapons were used in an attack in Syria on Aug. 21.

An 'Ig Nobel' For Proving 'Beer Goggles' Work Both Ways

US & World | | September 13 2013, 10:37 AM

Researchers who came to the conclusion that "beer goggles" make you think you're better looking are among this year's winners of the "Ig Nobel" awards.

Hawaii: 'Let nature take its course' on molasses spill

US & World | | September 13 2013, 10:31 AM

Authorities say the sweet slick has suffocated thousands of fish and could lead to an increase in predator species in the area.

NPR to cut staff 10 percent, names SoCal businessman interim CEO

Business & Economy | | September 13 2013, 9:53 AM

The network will offer voluntary buyouts to reduce its staff and cut deficits. Interim CEO Paul Haaga will replace outgoing chief Gary Knell.

4 men given death sentences in India gang rape

US & World | | September 13 2013, 7:36 AM

Four men held culpable for the gang rape and murder of a New Delhi woman were sentenced to death by an Indian court on Friday.

He's down, not up: Trans-Atlantic balloonist forced to land

US & World | | September 13 2013, 7:19 AM

Jonathan Trappe was trying to be the first to fly across the ocean using a "cluster balloon" rig. But after less than a day he was forced to land in Newfoundland.

Colo. flooding leads to thousands more evacuations

US & World | | September 13 2013, 6:53 AM

With rain still falling and the flood threat still real, authorities called on thousands more people in the inundated city of Boulder and nearby towns to evacuate.

Free Weekend? Here are 5 cheap ways to get #LostinLA

Local | | September 13 2013, 6:31 AM

Get out and enjoy all that La La Land has to offer. From roller derby in Long Beach to star gazing in Loz Feliz, we've got your weekend plans covered.

L.A. County health care jobs growing, construction and retail rebounding

Local | | September 13 2013, 10:30 AM

View Los Angeles County employment data since 2003 by economic sector and see which industries were hardest hit by the recession.

Four immigrant-related bills head to Brown's desk: Why now?

Multi-American | | September 13 2013, 6:25 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown now has four bills relating to immigrants to weigh before Oct. 13. How they got there is part political sea change and part good timing.

New fire commissioners confirmed by LA City Council

Represent! | | September 13 2013, 3:20 PM

The council confirmed four new members to the Board of Fire Commission Friday, including Mayor Eric Garcetti's former physician.

Top school official resigns amid turn to new teaching standard

Pass / Fail | | September 13 2013, 2:24 PM

Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Jaime Aquino has notified the Los Angeles Unified School District that he plans to resign from his post at the end of the year, a district spokesman said.

Undocumented immigrants cheer CA drivers license bill

Represent! | | September 13 2013, 1:42 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown has indicated he will sign the legislation. Opponents argue a driver’s license should be a privilege reserved for people in the country legally.

LA County man accused of anti-Muslim film set to be released

The Latest | | September 13 2013, 1:37 PM

The man accused of making an anti-Muslim film and who was imprisoned for probation violations after the attacks on the US Consulate in Libya will be free at the end of the month.

Simon Trpčeski kills at the Hollywood Bowl. Or, if you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.

Off-Ramp | | September 13 2013, 12:34 PM

Last night we wrapped up our season at the Hollywood Bowl by watching what I hope is a career-making performance.

Financial crash 5 years later: L.A.'s economy still recouping losses

The Breakdown | | September 13 2013, 10:38 AM

Even though job growth in California is outpacing many states in the nation, the recovery has been uneven, according to some local economists.

In immigration news: CA driver license bill could become law, women protest for reform in DC, border sheriffs and the 'surge', more

Multi-American | | September 13 2013, 9:34 AM

California is closer than it has been in years to letting unauthorized immigrants have driver's licenses, after a bill that appeared dead Thursday morning was revived and ultimately approved by both legislative houses the same night. Gov. Jerry Brown has suggested he'll sign it.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Understanding LA County's redistricting

Represent! | | September 13 2013, 8:10 AM

Today is Friday, Sept. 13 and headlines include a look at creating a new district for the Board of Supervisors, a new fire station in the Valley, and a ban on wild animals in West Hollywood.

Immigrant driver's license bill could become law in California

Multi-American | | September 13 2013, 6:48 AM

California is closer than it's been in years to letting unauthorized immigrants have driver's licenses as a bill that nearly stalled heads to the governor's desk.

Bilingual brain doesn't switch, languages are always on

Pass / Fail | | September 13 2013, 6:01 AM

Penn State researchers now believe multiple languages in fluent bilinguals are always “on". Research showing benefits of bilingualism grows.

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Filmweek (09/13/13): The Family, Jayne Mansfield's Car, Informant, Sample This and more

| September 13 2013, 1:22 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Andy Klein to review this week’s releases, including The Family, Jayne Mansfield's Car, Informant, Sample This and more. TGI-FilmWeek!


Filmweek (09/13/13): The Family, Insidious: Chapter 2, Jayne Mansfield's Car and more

| September 13 2013, 1:19 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan and Andy Klein to review this week’s releases, including Insidious: Chapter 2, The Family, Wadjda and more. And KPCC critic Peter Rainer joins us over the phone from Toronto to discuss some of the highlights from the Toronto Film Festival. TGI-FilmWeek!

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Understanding how animals made the transition from water to land

| September 13 2013, 8:15 AM

How species handle literal pressure to adapt.

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'Dueling Dinosaurs' fossil up for auction to chagrin of scientists

Arts & Entertainment | | September 13 2013, 10:33 AM

About six years ago an amateur fossil collector in the dusty badlands of Montana made the find of a lifetime.

Disney welcomes iPad use in theatres for 'The Little Mermaid'

| September 13 2013, 10:16 AM

Disney will host special screenings of the film that encourage the audience to watch the movie while they're also interacting with a "The Little Mermaid" app on their iPads.

What makes one pen superior to another?

Arts & Entertainment | | September 13 2013, 10:07 AM

Brad Dowdy has reviewed more than 700 pens on his website The Pen He joins the show to tell us what makes one pen better than another.

Actress Katey Sagal has classic tunes 'Covered' in new album

| September 13 2013, 9:53 AM

Most people know actress Katey Sagal from her roles in "Married With Children" and "Sons Of Anarchy," but she actually got her start in show biz as a singer and songwriter.

Valero rail project fuels tar sands speculation in Bay Area

| September 13 2013, 9:40 AM

Now the nation's largest refiner of oil wants to start using trains to bring that crude oil to its refinery in the San Francisco Bay Area. That's raising concerns about safety and air pollution in the East Bay city of Benicia.

Can you catch an illness through Facebook?

| September 13 2013, 9:26 AM

Parents complain that kids waste a lot of time on Facebook when they should be doing homework. Now there's speculation that Facebook and other social media sites might actually make people sick.

Wet Electric dance party in Huntington beach to go on despite outcry

| September 13 2013, 9:17 AM

Tomorrow, Huntington Beach will host a 9-hour electronic dance party. Last week, the city filed a restraining order hoping to stop the festival known as Wet Electric.

Revisiting the 'All American High' doc a generation later

Arts & Entertainment | | September 13 2013, 9:07 AM

A documentary, shot in 1984 about life at Torrance High School, is being screened in LA this weekend. It reveals how much life for high school kids has changed.

Friday Flashback: Vladimir Putin, Syria weapons, and more

| September 13 2013, 9:06 AM

Time now for the Friday Flashback, our weekly analysis of the stories in the news. Joining us from Washington DC today is David Gura of Marketplace, and in the studio, James Rainey of the LA Times.

Who will Obama appoint as new Federal Reserve chair?

| September 13 2013, 9:06 AM

Current Chair Ben Bernanke will step down soon, and his potential successors are current vice chair Janet Yellen and former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers.


Five years after the Lehman collapse, is the financial system safer?

| September 13 2013, 4:53 PM

The bankruptcy of investment bank Lehman Brothers is typically seen as the beginning of the unraveling of the U.S. financial system that ultimately ushered in a period of economic contraction not felt since the Great Depression. Five years after the start of the financial crisis, the question we at AirTalk want to ask is: are we safer going forward?

Sound Pioneer Ray Dolby Dies

| September 13 2013, 12:44 PM

Ray Dolby died Thursday at the age of 80 after suffering from the Alzheimer Disease and leukemia. Dolby was a sound pioneer, and took out the hiss in sound recordings. He founded Dolby Laboratories in 1965, and he revolutionized the movie theater sound with films like Stars Wars and A Clockwork Orange.

Hollywood’s new A-listers (and their C-list salaries)

| September 13 2013, 10:56 AM

Actor Chris Pine may have the leading-man looks, even the leading-man roles such as the most recent "Star Trek," but he is not commanding paydays of yesteryear's stars. As The Hollywood Reporter explains, the new batch of A-listers can only expect the rare $10-million deal.

Russ Stanton on NPR cuts and how they will affect KPCC

Local | | September 13 2013, 10:25 AM

NPR announced this morning that it needs to cut its staff of 840 in order to balance its budget. What will the cuts mean for KPCC's audience?

New minimum wage, potential driver’s licenses for undocumented Californians, and more

| September 13 2013, 9:45 AM

California lawmakers finished their final session of the year by approving bills to raise California’s minimum wage to the highest in the nation, addressing issues of environmental protection, teacher misconduct, and allowing illegal Immigrant in the state to obtain driver licenses.


Five years after Lehman, an LA couple starts a new life

Business & Economy | | September 13 2013, 1:26 PM

Off-Ramp is looking at life five years after the recession started, following up with Kai Schmoll and Monty Phillips, who were fighting foreclosure two years ago.

Please help identify Karen's 'typewriter bird'

Environment & Science | | September 13 2013, 12:49 PM

The first time we heard the typewriter bird we thought it was our whacky neighbor, a restaurateur, working on his own Kitchen Confidential. But it was a bird that worked diligently right outside our window.