Archive for September 13th, 2013


Colorado Flooding

Colorado Flooding: Stranded residents plucked from floodwaters

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.
Watts Senior center groundbreaking
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.
Fire Tracker Fallback Photo
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.
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.
US director Woody Allen poses on the red
The organizers of the Golden Globe Awards say they will honor Woody Allen for his contributions to filmmaking.
This file picture taken on January 2, 2013 shows shark fins drying on the roof of a factory building in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong bans shark fin at official functions

Hong Kong represents 50 percent of the shark fin trade. China hopes the policy would raise public awareness about sustainability.
Earthquake Detection Technology Showcased At LA Conf

Bill would create California quake warning system

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.
Piles of cash
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.
Twitter announced by tweet Thursday that it plans to go public.

Tech Week: Brogrammers, new iPhones, Twitter IPO

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
Officials say the Clover Fire in Shasta County was 80 percent contained Friday morning. Nearly 70 homes have been destroyed in rural Northern California.
The United Nations And OMEGA Present Planet Ocean In The Presence Of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, Environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand

UN: Report will show chemical weapons use in Syria

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.
"Beer goggles" supposedly make the wearer look better too. Hmmm.

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

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.
John Hernandez of Kailua, Hawaii and owner of John's Fresh Fish, is shown on Thursday. In the background at right is a container ship owned by Matson. A pipe  maintained by the company cracked and caused the molasses spill.

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

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

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.
Jonathan Trappe lifted off Thursday from Caribou, Maine. He had to give up his trans-Atlantic trip about 350 miles later.

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

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.
Major Floods Inundate Boulder, Colorado

Colo. flooding leads to thousands more evacuations

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.
Should all wine bottles have an ingredients label?

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

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.
Unemployment Insurance Set To Expire For Millions Of Jobless
View Los Angeles County employment data since 2003 by economic sector and see which industries were hardest hit by the recession.


Gov. Jerry Brown
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.
Los Angeles Fire Department Engine

New fire commissioners confirmed by LA City Council

The council confirmed four new members to the Board of Fire Commission Friday, including Mayor Eric Garcetti's former physician.
L.A. Unified iPads
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 drivers
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 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.
Last night we wrapped up our season at the Hollywood Bowl by watching what I hope is a career-making performance.
U.S. Foreclosure Rates Rise As Bank Repossessions Soar
Even though job growth in California is outpacing many states in the nation, the recovery has been uneven, according to some local economists.
Los Angeles Traffic
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.
Supervisor Gloria Molina

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

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.
Los Angeles Vies For Grant To Add Toll Lanes To Freeway System
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 education
Penn State researchers now believe multiple languages in fluent bilinguals are always “on". Research showing benefits of bilingualism grows.


FilmWeek Marquee

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


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

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Understanding how animals made the transition from water to land

Understanding how animals made the transition from water to land

How species handle literal pressure to adapt.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for September 13, 2013
About six years ago an amateur fossil collector in the dusty badlands of Montana made the find of a lifetime.
little mermaid

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

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.
Uni-Ball pen
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.
2013 Stagecoach California's Country Music Festival - Day 3

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

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 Benicia

Valero rail project fuels tar sands speculation in Bay Area

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.
A woman uses her smart phone to acces Fa

Can you catch an illness through Facebook?

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
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.
All American High
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

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.
Bernanke Testifies At Senate Hearing On Semiannual Monetary Report To Congress

Who will Obama appoint as new Federal Reserve chair?

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


Episode: AirTalk for September 13, 2013
Lehman Brothers Put Their Artworks Up For Auction
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

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.
Premiere Of Paramount Pictures' "Star Trek Into Darkness" - Arrivals

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

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.
House Votes To Cut Funding Of National Public Radio

Russ Stanton on NPR cuts and how they will affect KPCC

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?
People gathered outside a Wendy's restaurant in New York City on Monday as part of a one-day strike calling for higher wages for fast-food workers.
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.


Mercer 18148
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.
Soboroff typewriter

Please help identify Karen's 'typewriter bird'

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.

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