Archive for September 27th, 2013


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A jury deciding a negligence lawsuit filed against a concert promoter after the death of Michael Jackson has recessed for a long weekend without reaching a verdict.
85th Annual Academy Awards - Fan Arrivals
A new study suggests the proliferation of LGBT characters in film and TV has not prevented LGBT actors from experiencing discrimination. Read the full study here.
Student Nursing
We spoke with Dr. Monica Soni, assistant professor of clinical medicine at USC, about who should get vaccinated and why you should do it now.
Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks
Cuban defectors now in the major leagues include Yasiel Puig, who signed a $42 million, seven-year contract with the L.A. Dodgers and had a sensational rookie season.

UN Security Council approves resolution on Syria's chemical weapons

The Security Council unanimously approved the resolution, calling for Syria to surrender its nuclear weapons and allow access to international chemical-weapons experts.
President Clinton shakes hands with House Speaker Newt Gingrich prior to giving his State of the Union address in January 1996.

Government shutdown politics, Bill Clinton-style

In 1996, President Clinton sought to highlight the impact of a government shutdown by telling the story of one heroic federal worker.
A Vial of Prescription Drugs

New laws will address prescription drug overdoses

The governor signed two bills that address abuse of prescription drugs, but vetoed another that would require county coroners to report drug overdose deaths.

Free art walk display takes off at LAX this weekend (Photos)

The public showcase, featuring area artists, offers travelers a new way to pass the time during long layovers. The exhibit is free, but parking is not.
Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants
San Francisco police say a second suspect has been released in connection with the fatal stabbing of a Los Angeles Dodgers fan. See our Dodgers/Giants rivalry timeline.
Budget Battle
Still unclear is whether a compromise bill with the Republican-run House will happen in time to get it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

New Jersey judge rules state must allow gay couples to marry

The judge said that the state's current system of civil unions still leads to unequal treatment, which runs afoul the state constitution's guarantee of equal protection. The state is expected to appeal.
California State Sen. Darrell Steinberg applauded the governor for signing the legislation, saying that it gives minors "common sense protections" online.

This California law wants to save teens' reputations, but won't

By 2015, Facebook and other social networking sites will have to allow California minors to delete embarrassing posts. But the law is riddled with loopholes.
Western Wildfires Yosemite Destruction

Rim Fire: Forest recovery begins, but tough decisions lie ahead

Whether foresters will replant what they've described as a moonscape — or allow it to regenerate as shrubby chaparral is just one of the many decisions that will be made.
Dorner Roadblock
A judge Friday dismissed part of a lawsuit brought by Richard Heltebrake, who says he helped police find ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner. He still has cases against two cities.
Danielle Goldey was attending a Dodgers game 13 years ago with her then-girlfriend when they were kicked out of the stadium by nine security guards for kissing in public.

Syrian arsenal inspections to begin by Tuesday

Members of the U.N. Security Council reached an agreement Thursday on a resolution to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons. Arsenal inspections will begin by Tuesday.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said at its first public information meeting on the closing of the San Onofre nuclear plant the process could take decades.

How recycling bias affects what you toss where

New research suggests consumers are more likely to throw away recyclables in the garbage. It all has to do with how people perceive a product's utility.

IPCC report: It's clear humans are changing world's climate

A study by an international panel of scientists shows that the researchers are confident about the links between human activity, global warming and climate change.
Young and Uninsured in LA

'Young Invincibles' a key to success of Obamacare

Getting the young and healthy to buy health insurance is essential to the success of the Affordable Care Act, many believe.

Watch 'Breaking Bad' at the bar and 5 other cheap things to do this weekend

"Breaking Bad" fan or not, there's a slew of fun and cheap things happening around L.A. this weekend: glow-in-the-dark exhibitions, outdoor yoga and more.


With less than 72 hours before the world at east learns of Walter White's fate, Craigslist resellers have thrown their black pork pie hats into the ring.
Domestic Worker Rally
Immigration reform efforts haven't moved forward since summer, but new proposals are still taking shape in the House. Meanwhile, states are weighing their own measures. This and more.
Los Angeles City Councilman Curren D. Price

Maven's Morning Coffee: Curren Price hires a lobbyist

Today is Friday, Sept. 27 and headlines include Councilman Price's decision to hire a lobbyist, Mayor Eric Garcetti's film czar, and the newest state senator.
Halloween Theme Park
Knott's Berry Farm kicked off one of the first Halloween scare fests. Now the theme park competition is on, to deliver the most "boo" for your buck.


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Episode: Filmweek (09/27/13): Don Jon, Wolf Children, Inequality for All and more

Filmweek (09/27/13): Don Jon, Wolf Children, Inequality for All and more

Guest host Patt Morrison is joined by KPCC critics Tim Cogshell, Andy Klein and Charles Solomon to review this week’s releases including Don Jon, Wolf Children, Inequality for All and more! TGI-FilmWeek!


Episode: Filmweek (09/27/13): Don Jon, Baggage Claim, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 and more
Guest host Patt Morrison is joined by KPCC critics Tim Cogshell, Andy Klein and Charles Solomon to review this week’s releases including Don Jon, Baggage Claim, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 and more! TGI-FilmWeek!

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for September 27, 2013
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What's behind Mexico City's odor problem?

If you've traveled to Mexico City lately and landed at the airport, you probably noticed an unfortunate stench. AP Reporter Olga Rodriguez wrote about the persistent odor earlier this week and says that it "wafts from the manholes and leaves the morning air smelling fresh as a septic tank."

Drought spurs native farmers to use non-traditional irrigation methods

Severe drought has been gripping much of the southwest for years and New Mexico has gotten the worst of it. The lack of water is forcing many native farmers to consider more non-traditional methods of irrigation.
Proud Bird

Proud Bird restaurant at LAX to close at end of year

Travelers often began their adventures with a meal at a restaurant called the Proud Bird. We were sad to learn this morning that the Proud Bird will be closing by the end of the year.
President Obama Speaks on Climate Change

IPCC report shows humans are changing Earth's climate

A report released by scientists for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change today says that it is "extremely likely" that humans are changing the Earth's climate.
Halloween Theme Park

SoCal theme parks prepare for Halloween battle

Knott's Berry Farm kicked off one of the first Halloween scare fests. Now the theme park competition is on, to deliver the most "boo" for your buck.
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Why do sports sometimes spur violence among rival fans?

What is it about sports that compels fans to get so heated that it can sometimes lead to violence?

New research shows fear memories can be reduced through sleep

Perhaps you're afraid of things like centipedes or you're set on edge by the fear of falling. New research from Northwestern University has some promise for you.
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419-million-year-old fish fossil shows origin of modern jawbone

An old fish is usually a bad thing, but one 419 million-year-old fish is proving to be very helpful. A new fossil that was recently discovered in China might completely change the way scientists understand how humans evolved.
March For Jobs Protests Illegal Immigration, Lack Of Jobs
In this week's Friday Flashback, our weekly analysis of the news, we'll chew on the reality and absurdity behind the Congressional battle over the budget and the national debt.
Los Angeles Dodgers v Minnesota Twins
The morning of June 22, the Dodgers were in last place in the National League West. Their record of 30-42 was not what fans were expecting from a team with a robust payroll of over $200 million.

The latest on the fatal stabbing of Dodgers fan Jonathan Denver

The stabbing appears to have stemmed from an argument surrounding fans of the two teams, although the stabbing occurred four blocks from where the game was being played.
Hospital Toddler Check Up

ACA enrollment tools delayed for small businesses, Spanish language

Starting October 1, individuals can pre-enroll for health insurance in the marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act. Federal officials say some online tools wont be ready by then, and this will impact states like Arizona and Texas that are using the federally-run marketplaces.

LA Beer Week celebrates LA's thriving suds scene

If you want to catch the final days of L.A.'s Beer Week festivities you'd better start planning. It wraps up this Sunday and there are only a handful of events left to hit.
Jackson V AEG Rebuttal Arguments

Decision in Jackson-AEG trial now in jury's hands

At long last, a negligence lawsuit by Michael Jackson's mother against concert promoter AEG is in the hands of a jury.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: This theory of how early humans made art will surprise you

This theory of how early humans made art will surprise you

Is this prehistoric cave painting's "smoking" gun?


Episode: AirTalk for September 27, 2013
An Appalachian County's Community Bonds Help Overcome Challenge Of Poverty
An increasingly popular London-based atheist church announced recently that it will be going on a “global missionary tour” over the next couple months as cities across the nation have apparently been requesting information on how they can set up their own branches.
Barilla Feeds Thousands Of New Yorkers Free Pasta Dinners As Part Of Its Summer Of Italy Celebration; Donates $20,000 To Food Bank For New York City

Barilla Pasta in hot water after anti-gay comments

Guido Barilla, chairman of the Italy-based pasta brand Barilla, stated in an Italian radio interview that the company would never display gay families in their ads. This led to a firestorm on Twitter by gay rights activists sounding the call to boycott Barilla productions, including pastas, cookies and bread.
Sequoias And Coastal Redwoods Appear To Flourish Despite Climate Change
After five years of silence, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a summary today stating they are 95 percent sure global warming is caused by “human influence.”
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'Escape from Tomorrow' showcases DIY film advances

"Escape from Tomorrow" showcases DIY film advances: A feature film shot surreptitiously at Disney World - featuring Epcot Center, pretty princesses and It’s a Small World - is somehow escaping litigation and coming to a handful of theaters and video-on-demand October 11
McDonalds Offers Real Life Choices Diet In New York City
McDonald’s has announced that it would no longer market junk food to kids and it’s going to include more fruits and vegetables in on its adult menu. The move came after another fast food joint, Burger King, rolled out the lower-calorie French fries it has dubbed “Satisfries.” Apparently, they are 20% healthier but “taste the same.”
What is Sherak’s plan for keeping production in the area?

Meet Tom Sherak, Los Angeles’ first film czar

Mayor Eric Garcetti appointed the Hollywood veteran to be the city’s first film czar and head up the new Entertainment Industry and Production Office. The office is designed to make it easier to film movies and television shows in the city and to lobby for money to boost the California’s film incentive program. Sherak is a familiar face around Hollywood.

Take Two Evenings

Episode: Take Two Evenings for September 26, 2013


Proud Bird
But now, the Torrance Daily Breeze reports that come November the restaurant will be shut its doors for good--a rent dispute is to blame.

The Hollywood sign turns 90, but how did it get here?

Marc Wanamaker is a historian and lover of all things Hollywood—he talks about the landmark with Patt Morrison at the W Hotel in Hollywood.

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