Archive for September 20th, 2013

GOP food stamp bill would cut off 350,000 Californians

Local | | September 20 2013, 7:09 PM

In Los Angeles County alone, more than 1.1 million people receive benefits from CalFresh. Many will lose benefits if the GOP bill becomes law.

Millennium foes step up push for probe of LA Building chief (Video)

Local | | September 20 2013, 5:49 PM

The project's critics produce a video in which they say the Building and Safety chief "lies" about the timing of his involvement with Millennium.

UPDATE: Suspect arrested after Paramount schools go on lockdown

Crime & Justice | | September 20 2013, 5:25 PM

Three schools in the city of Paramount were placed on lockdown while authorities searched for a man who was reportedly carrying a gun nearby.

Gov. Brown signs bill establishing rules for fracking

Environment & Science | | September 20 2013, 5:04 PM

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation to establish California's first rules for how oil drillers use a technique known as fracking.

Emmys 2013: Win or lose, Netflix has changed the TV game

Arts & Entertainment | | September 20 2013, 4:04 PM

Hardly anyone noticed five years ago, when rules for the Emmy’s changed to allow Internet entries. Now new distribution platforms are making waves.

After previewing big loss, BlackBerry to cut 4,500 workers | | September 20 2013, 3:39 PM

BlackBerry said Friday that it will lay off 4,500 employees, or 40 percent of its global workforce, as it reports a nearly $1 billion second-quarter loss a week earlier than the results were expected.

California seeks answers on questionable prison sterilizations

Local | | September 20 2013, 3:27 PM

State lawmakers are demanding an audit into the legally questionable sterilization procedures in California prisons between 1997 and 2010, to find out if coercion was involved.

Food stamp fight: great for GOP base but not for outreach

Politics | | September 20 2013, 2:50 PM

Former president George W. Bush isn't fondly remembered by progressives for much, but anti-hunger advocates credit him for his strong support of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Testimony ends in civil trial over Jackson's death

Local | | September 20 2013, 2:50 PM

Testimony has ended in a negligence lawsuit against the promoter of Michael Jackson's planned comeback concerts.

Disney, Bruckheimer to end longtime partnership

Arts & Entertainment | | September 20 2013, 2:39 PM

The Walt Disney Co. has announced that it would not renew its first-look deal with producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

How many die from medical mistakes in US hospitals?

Health | | September 20 2013, 2:16 PM

The number of people who die each year because of medical errors in hospitals may be twice as high as previously estimated. An analysis suggest that 210,000 or more people may suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death.

Deep Impact comet mission comes to an end (Photos, Video)

Environment & Science | | September 20 2013, 2:01 PM

The Deep Impact spacecraft smashed a comet with a projectile in 2005 to give scientists a peek of the interior.

Fight erupts in iPhone line at Pasadena Apple store (video)

Crime & Justice | | September 20 2013, 11:37 AM

Police detained three people after a fight erupted outside a Pasadena Apple Store where a crowd waited overnight for release of the new iPhone.

Weekend Traffic: 405 closed between Long Beach and OC

Local | | September 20 2013, 11:11 AM

Find out when and where the 405 will be closed this weekend, along with other planned closures happening throughout Southern California.

Trafficking case against Saudi princess dismissed

Crime & Justice | | September 20 2013, 10:41 AM

Meshael Alayban, a Saudi princess who lives in Irvine, had been accused of taking her Kenyan maid's passport and forcing her to work long hours for meager pay.

House votes to derail Obamacare, fund government

Politics | | September 20 2013, 8:55 AM

The House has passed a temporary funding measure after a 230-189 vote coupled with a tea party-backed measure to block President Obama's new health care law.

13 people shot in Chicago; 3-year-old most seriously wounded

US & World | | September 20 2013, 7:55 AM

13 people, including a 3-year-old child, were shot in a neighborhood known as the Back of the Yards in Chicago's South Side.

Death toll near 100, and likely to rise, from storms in Mexico

US & World | | September 20 2013, 7:44 AM

Twin disasters — hurricanes that this week struck both sides of the nation — have been devastating. Authorities say 97 people have died in the flooding.

Behind the curtain on 'Wizard of Oz,' remastered in IMAX 3D

Arts & Entertainment | | September 20 2013, 7:18 AM

It took 14 painstaking months to bring the beloved classic to a new dimension. On screens for one week only, it was set to open Friday at the newly renovated Chinese Theater.

MAP: The most dangerous intersections in Los Angeles | | September 20 2013, 6:00 AM

We've asked our readers to identify dangerous areas for pedestrians in L.A. and have mapped those locations alongside intersections that the city considers dangerous.

Downey hopes to highlight its role in space history

Environment & Science | | September 20 2013, 6:00 AM

The city of Downey was once a hub of America's efforts to explore space, but few in the community southeast of Los Angeles remember those glory days.

Free weekend? Here are 6 cheap ways to get #LostinLA

Local | | September 20 2013, 6:00 AM

Did we mention it's beer week? It's true, and we're totally there. You should be too. Here's everything you need to know.

Mexico Hurricanes: Find loved ones, donate, volunteer (FAQ)

US & World | | September 20 2013, 6:00 AM

Two powerful tropical storms — Manuel and Ingrid — wreaked havoc on both of Mexico's coasts Tuesday. As the country struggles to recover from the damage, here's a list of resources.

#KPCCforum: 5 events you don't want to miss

Local | | September 20 2013, 6:00 AM

If you're a fan of smart and engaging conversations (think TED Talks), then KPCC's Crawford Family Forum is the place for you.

'The Graduates:' Documentary looks at obstacles and triumphs of Latino students

Education | | September 20 2013, 1:29 PM

With one foot in San Diego's gangs and another on the road to college, Eduardo Corona's life is the quintessential story of a low-income high school student.

'Breaking Bad' auction: Walter White's undies net $9,900 (photos)

Without A Net | | September 20 2013, 4:51 PM

Bidding has ended on the "Breaking Bad" memorabilia auction to some rather surprising results.

With 'Gang of 7' defections, is immigration reform dead?

Multi-American | | September 20 2013, 3:24 PM

Some immigration reform proponents see it as a blow - others as a silver lining, as two more Republicans leave the House 'Gang of Seven' bipartisan coalition.

Mayor Eric Garcetti sets up shop — in a parking spot

Represent! | | September 20 2013, 1:20 PM

Mayor Eric Garcetti spent Friday morning meeting with Angelenos in a temporary office erected in two parking spots in Boyle Heights. Really.

Learn about SoCal’s own ‘Never Built’ theme park

Off-Ramp | | September 20 2013, 11:15 AM

As part of its "Never Built: Los Angeles" exhibit, the museum of Architecture and Design will host a screening of the "Bible Storyland" documentary on September 28.

Ballet lessons for your kids? One dad says sewing is better

Pass / Fail | | September 20 2013, 11:14 AM

In an article in "New Republic," father and writer Mark Oppenheimer argues that ballet and classical instrument lessons teach kids the wrong lessons.

California adds jobs in August, but unemployment rate rises

The Breakdown | | September 20 2013, 10:02 AM

Job gains were in areas like leisure and hospitality, construction and financial services. California's unemployment rate is still higher than the nation's.

In immigration news: 'Gang of 7' bill appears dead, use of force on border, House GOP leader talks 'earned' citizenship for youths, more

Multi-American | | September 20 2013, 9:55 AM

A member of the bipartisan House 'Gang of Seven' working on an immigration reform plan acknowledges the proposal isn't going anywhere. This and more.

KPCC DIGEST AM (Sep. 20)—Mexico's killer storms, Downey's space history, Wizard of Oz's IMAX 3D makeover, Emmy shenanigans

The Latest | | September 20 2013, 8:56 AM

Catch up quick with our express news digest.

Maven's Morning Coffee: DWP spending questioned

Represent! | | September 20 2013, 8:24 AM

Today is Friday, Sept. 20 and headlines include questionable spending at the DWP, new rules for political bloggers, and the future of Public Health in LA.

Troubled Inglewood schools get turnaround expert

Pass / Fail | | September 20 2013, 8:01 AM

A state-appointed trustee hopes to turn around student and academic decline at Inglewood Unified School District.

Emmys 2013: Ballots, bingo, drinking games for your viewing party

The Latest | | September 20 2013, 6:00 AM

Add into the mix some printable bingo cards, and you've got yourself an exciting night... -ish. You can also print out your own Emmys ballot right here.

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Filmweek (09/20/13): Rush, Prisoners, Enough Said and more

| September 20 2013, 1:22 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Claudia Puig and Wade Major to review this week’s releases including Enough Said, Prisoners, Rush and more! TGI-FilmWeek!


Filmweek (09/20/13): Rush, Prisoners, Enough Said and more

| September 20 2013, 1:20 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Claudia Puig and Wade Major to review this week’s releases including Enough Said, Prisoners, Rush and more! And later, actor Daniel Bruhl is here to talk about his leading role in Rush. TGI-FilmWeek!

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Wrapping up the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards

| September 20 2013, 3:08 PM

The 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards are always full of glamor and glitz, but what do people really want to know? Who brought home the most gold statues!

Dinner Party Download: Self-healing polymer, sad yuppies and more

| September 20 2013, 10:38 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.

Texas Reps. Johnson, Carter resign from House 'Gang of Seven'

| September 20 2013, 10:29 AM

The bipartisan Gang of Seven in the House has lost two more members. Republican representatives Sam Johnson and John Carter - both of Texas - announced they were resigning from the group.

Where is the debris from the Japanese tsunami?

| September 20 2013, 10:03 AM

All up and down California, an estimated 70,000 people will join together this Saturday for the state's annual coastal cleanup, picking up trash on beaches, near creeks and in rivers.

New doc celebrates the life of reclusive writer JD Salinger

| September 20 2013, 9:56 AM

His work has been banned, glorified and enshrined in high school reading lists around the world. Now the reclusive writer J.D. Salinger is the subject of documentary and companion book exploring his career and personal life.

Google may stop using 'cookies' for ad tracking

| September 20 2013, 9:42 AM

A Martinez talks to USA Today's Senior Technology Reporter, Alistair Barr, about the possibility that Google will stop using cookies and instead, introduce a new web tracking system that could change advertising on the internet.

Sen. Feinstein faces off against Obama on tribal casino plans

| September 20 2013, 9:29 AM

California is currently home to about 50 Indian casinos. If Senator Dianne Feinstein has her way, there won't be another one built here any time soon.

Recent deluge in Colorado a drop in the bucket

| September 20 2013, 9:15 AM

As Colorado evacuees return home after the flood, water managers along rivers downstream are watching reservoirs rise. From the Fronteras Desk, Laurel Morales maps out where the water went.

Dodgers come back to snag early spot in the playoffs

| September 20 2013, 9:10 AM

It was all joy and smiles in Dodgers stadium, last night — the team won the NL West division title —with a 7-to-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. That makes them the first major league team this year to clinch their spot in the playoffs.

Friday Flashback: Federal budget, Obamacare and more

| September 20 2013, 9:08 AM

Time now for the harvest moon edition of the Friday Flashback, our weekly analysis of some of the big stories making news. Happy to be joined again today by Nancy Cook of National Journal and by James Rainey of the L.A. Times.

Severe flooding in Mexico leaves dozens missing

| September 20 2013, 9:07 AM

Mexico has been battered by twin storms this week. While Hurricane Ingrid hit the eastern Gulf Coast, tropical storm Manuel drenched the Pacific coast, bringing floods and devastation to the resort city of Acapulco and surrounding areas.

'Generation Iron': The modern-day bodybuilder's quest for Mr. Olympia

| September 20 2013, 9:07 AM

"Generation Iron", directed by Vlad Yudin, follows a new generation of bodybuilders in their quest to be crowned Mr. Olympia.

Professor IDs slave woman who wrote 'A Bondwoman's Narrative'

Arts & Entertainment | | September 20 2013, 9:07 AM

Who was Hannah Crafts? Was she really a former slave? This week, an English Professor from a small university in Rock Hill, South Carolina thinks he may have found the answer.

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How fatherhood affects CEOs will surprise you!

| September 20 2013, 6:00 AM

Thank heaven for little girls! (And little boys.)


The Girl: A life in the shadow of Roman Polanski

| September 20 2013, 3:16 PM

Samantha Geimer speaks about for the first time about her life changing encounter with Roman Polanski as a child. In her book she delves into the repercussions, and how her life was impacted by the events.

Actor Daniel Bruhl on new film 'Rush'

| September 20 2013, 10:26 AM

The film “Rush” portrays the mid-70’s rivalry between Formula 1 racecar drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda during racing's heyday. Bruhl’s most recent and perhaps most well-known role came in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds,” in which he plays the German war hero Fredrick Zoller.

In 12,000-word interview, Pope Francis says the Church needs to change direction

| September 20 2013, 10:16 AM

It's clear right from the start that Pope Francis' views on social issues are markedly different from his predecessors, John Paul II and Benedict XVI. In an lengthy interview in La Civiltà Cattolica, a Jesuit magazine, the pontiff has laid out his vision and priorities for the Catholic Church.

Rosy employment numbers predicted for California

| September 20 2013, 9:38 AM

California has an average jobless rate of 8.9 percent this year. Its gross domestic product is 2.7 percent. But if economists at the University of Pacific are right, the Golden State is about to experience a bit of dramatic growth.


What fish barotrauma is, why it's bad, and how to stop it.

Environment & Science | | September 20 2013, 1:50 PM

Off-Ramp host John Rabe talks with marine biologist Milton Love about a cheap, simple solution for barotrauma, which affects rockfish caught by sport anglers.

San Pedro set to get weird for the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival

| September 20 2013, 12:51 PM

The weirder, goofier literary successor to Poe, HP Lovecraft's short horror stories have given rise to a film festival in their honor.