Archive for September 30th, 2013


Inside the Capitol, lawmakers are battling over health care and the budget. Outside, many government services may come to a stop at midnight.

Obama addresses government shutdown; Senate rejects House bill

President Obama spoke about the possibility of partial government shutdown after the Democratic-led Senate rejected the latest plan from the Republican-led House Monday.
Congress Meets As Government Shutdown Looms

Government shuts down; Obama focuses on military

President Barack Obama is telling the U.S. military he'll push Congress to re-open the government as soon as possible.
City of Palmdale

Judge: Palmdale can't hold City Council election

A judge who said Palmdale's method of choosing its leaders discriminates against minorities has halted the Nov. 5 City Council election.

Counselors, police added to school safety plans

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation asking schools to include guidelines for counselors and officers to create a positive school climate and promote school safety.
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Smoke could be seen rising from the vault and rescue workers were waiting for Edison to turn off power to the vault before entering.

Public hearing on Gray Wolf listing set for Wednesday

The federal government is proposing to take the Gray Wolf off the list of threatened and endangered species. A public hearing on the issue will be held Wednesday.
USC students memorial
The men accused of murdering two USC graduate students from China last year appeared in court Monday to hear evidence against them.

Obama on the GOP: 'I shouldn't have to offer anything'

The president spoke to NPR's Steve Inskeep on Monday afternoon at the White House, but down the street, a momentous battle is happening on Capitol Hill.

Trial date set for ex-cops in beating death of homeless man (graphic image)

An Orange County judge Monday set a November trial date for two ex-Fullerton police officers in the beating death of Kelly Thomas.
Mouth's eye view

Sandwich Monday: McDonald's mighty wings

For this week's Sandwich Monday, we try McDonald's new "Mighty Wings," which are basically McNuggets with a bone in them.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives Monday at the White House to meet with President Obama. The two are expected to discuss Iran's nuclear program, Syria's civil war, and peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

Obama and Netanyahu discuss Iran and Syria at White House

Before leaving for the U.S. on Sunday, the Israeli leader promised to warn officials in Washington that they should maintain pressure on Iran and its nuclear program.

A doctor's 9 predictions about the 'Obamacare era'

The traditional doctor-patient relationship in which a single doctor gets to know you over years will become a luxury, predicts John Henning Schumann.
Jet Crash
Accident investigators said it could take the rest of the day to determine how many people were on a plane that crashed at Santa Monica Airport, though no one was killed on the ground.

Poll: Voters wishy-washy on water proposal, lukewarm on Brown

A new survey finds support for the state's ambitious water plan dries up when the talk turns to money and that only half of voters think Gov. Jerry Brown is doing a good job in office.
Bryan Cranston wrapped up his run Sunday night as Walter White in Breaking Bad.
The finale of "Breaking Bad" on Sunday night gave Walter White a great degree of closure and control over the unfolding of events.
UN General Assembly Syria

Syria says 'terrorists' eat human hearts

Syria's foreign minister claims his nation is fighting a war against al-Qaida-linked militants who perpetrate human rights abuses.
A student gets vaccinated against pertussis at a Los Angeles middle school in 2012. The state required that students be immunized to halt an epidemic of whooping cough.

Vaccine refusals fueled California's whooping cough epidemic

A study finds that neighborhoods where more parents filed for vaccination exemptions for their children had higher rates of infection during the 2010 pertussis outbreak.
With President Jimmy Carter watching, Benjamin Civiletti is sworn in by Chief Justice Warren Burger as U.S. attorney general on Aug. 16, 1979. The following year, Civiletti issued a legal opinion saying that federal work cannot go on until Congress agrees

A short history of government shutdowns

Drawn-out fights over spending bills are nothing new for Congress. But before a 1980 ruling by President Carter's attorney general, the rest of the country barely noticed.
Lee Thornton.

Remembering Lee Thornton, who broke barriers in journalism

The first African-American woman to cover the White House for a major news network, Thornton was also the first black host of NPR's "All Things Considered". She died last week at the age of 71.
Women's Marathon Olympic Trials

LA bids to host marathon trials for 2016 Olympics in Brazil

USA Track and Field officials are in Los Angeles. City officials, business owners and stakeholders have a few days to convince them LA is the best choice to host the event.

California's health insurance marketplace poised to open Tuesday

The head of Covered California predicts some glitches and delays, but says that overall the online health insurance marketplace is ready to go live on Tuesday.
Covered California certified educator

Obamacare outreach blitz days before health exchanges open

Covered California has awarded $40 million to community organizations and clinics to educate the public on the Affordable Care Act.


Healthcare Stock
The complaint says the AIDS Healthcare Foundation plan to create a city health department would “immediately disrupt critical public health services.”

Panel extends design deadline for key Grand Avenue project

The parcel is the last undeveloped property along a cultural corridor that includes the Music Center, Disney Hall and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
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Garcetti announces appointments to Planning Commission

The commission plays a key role in the approval process for major building projects and real estate developments in the city.
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California Attorney General Kamala Harris said more prosecutors need to get involved in student attendance boards and state needs to improve truancy data.
Options Head Start - 8
Children are currently the direct and indirect beneficiaries of less than 8 percent of the federal budget — and that figure has been shrinking for years.
Tesco To Sell It's U.S. Venture, Fresh And Easy Stores

Fresh & Easy files for bankruptcy protection

Fresh & Easy leased property when rental prices were high, then failed to generate enough sales. Analysts say the chain will try to cancel some of those leases.

CA family tries to make sense of government shutdown

Tourists visiting DC suggest that members of Congress visit the 'conflict and compromise' exhibit currently on display in the U.S. Capitol.
There’s just one problem with new Mayor Garcetti’s appointments to the city’s Board of Library Commissioners. Most of them have nothing to do with books. Or learning. Marc proposes his own board members.
Immigration reform advocates plan to stage marches around the country next Saturday, Oct. 5 in an attempt to get Congress to act on an overhaul. This and more.
Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky

Maven's Morning Coffee: LA County workers consider protest

Today is Monday, Sept. 30 and headlines include a protest by LA County workers, a city councilwoman's fight against prostitution, and a possible government shutdown.
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A former Guatemalan soldier, accused of wartime atrocities, is on trial in Riverside County facing charges of making false statements on his U.S. citizenship application.
Competitive Yoga
Loyola Marymount University begins masters degree in yoga studies. Students will learn comparative religion, Sanskrit, and the anatomy of yoga.


The Loh Life

Episode: The Heat, Part Four: Breaking Bad, Goodbye

The Heat, Part Four: Breaking Bad, Goodbye

Sandra Tsing Loh misses the big finale.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for September 30, 2013
Congress Meets As Government Shutdown Looms

How the government shutdown will affect the average US citizen

Last night, Congress couldn't come to an agreement on a new budget and refused to extend the current one. No money means no government, and this morning, various government agencies began taking steps to scale back.
Students at Tenth Street Elementary out on the playground.

Report: CA's school truancy level could cost state billions

According to a report issues by state Attorney General Kamala Harris today, about a million elementary school students in California were truant during the past school year.
War Play Book
These days, basic training isn’t all about doing push-ups and pull-ups, training also includes playing video games.
Best of Craigslist show

'Best of Craigslist' show turns online classified ads into art

Ever read those wants ads on Craigslist? One enterprising band of entertainers in L.A. has now built a live show around the ads and all the actors do is read them aloud.
Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers
Cuba has produced some of Major League Baseball's hottest stars, like the Dodgers own Yasiel Puig. But to get to America, players like him have had to defect before they can suit up. A new policy in Cuba, however, could open up the country's ranks to recruiting.

Epilepsy study reveals the brain in action

People with serious epilepsy are debilitated by seizures. Surgery can cure the problem, but only after doctors learn exactly where and how seizures are triggered. That requires watching the human brain in action.
An aerial tanker drops fire retardant on a wildfire threatening homes near Yarnell, Ariz., on July 1. An elite crew of firefighters was overtaken by the out-of-control blaze on June 30, killing 19 members as they tried to protect themselves from the flame

Lessons learned from the Yarnell Hill fire investigation

The investigation into the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona’s Yarnell Hill Fire concluded with several recommendations. Many hope that the report released Saturday leads to wildland firefighting policy changes.
nevada unemployment

Nevada unemployment woes shed light on federal neglect

Five years into the recession, Nevada’s unemployment rate remains stubbornly high at 9.5 percent, making it the highest in the nation.
Peter Lee

California's Obamacare insurance marketplace poised to launch Tuesday

The head of Covered California predicts some glitches and delays, but says that overall the online health insurance marketplace is ready to go live on Tuesday.
Congress Meets As Government Shutdown Looms
Imagine if Congress passed a budget, there was no argument over increasing the debt ceiling, and the President signed a farm bill, an immigration reform package and a plan to give businesses incentives to hire new employees. What would the economy look like in this rose-colored scenario?
Whittier Oil Drilling

Judge's ruling could open conservation land to oil drilling in Whittier

Activists say what happens in a courtroom, and in Whittier, could have ripple effects for open space and land conservation well beyond this small 30-acre patch.
 The Last Bookstore

LA's Last Bookstore looks to keep the page in the digital age

Downtown's Gallery Row district is an example of how downtown is changing: New restaurants, luxury lofts and art galleries. This business is at the heart of it all.

On The Lot: LGBT actors, female directors, and 'Gravity'

Time for On The Lot, our weekly look at the business of entertainment with Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times
James Plannette

Odd Hollywood Jobs: Gaffer

You've probably seen the word gaffer scrolling by on movie credits, but what exactly does a gaffer do?
Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Constitutionality Of Health Care Law

Why America's national health care efforts are so contentious

The heated debate over health care is nothing new, going all the way back to when president Truman first proposed national health insurance.
Congress Meets As Government Shutdown Looms

Fact checking the congressional budget talk headlines

As the possibility of a government shutdown looms larger, listeners should beware headlines with phrases like "budget standoff," "showdown," "failure of leadership," or "partisan gridlock."

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Research into how our hearts affect what we perceive will facinate you!

Groundbreaking research into how our hearts affect what we see

Fear really can strike your heart!

Take Two Evenings

Episode: Take Two Evenings for September 30, 2013


Episode: AirTalk for September 30, 2013

LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy on the iPad program fiasco

Since it began the first phase of its roll out, the LAUSD’s $1-billion iPad program has been plagued with issues. First, some 300 students figured out how to unlock the security feature on the devices so they could use them to surf prohibited websites, which led the district to ban kids from taking their iPads home. A couple days later, school district officials said that about 70 iPads – out of about 14,000 issued so far – had gone missing.
Congress Races To Hammer Out Deal For Bailout Legislation

The 11th hour approaches in government shutdown debate

In the likely event that Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on a spending bill to keep the government running by midnight, all non essential government services will stop tomorrow. The Senate is scheduled to vote on a bill this morning passed by House Republicans that would continue to fund the government, but delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

California elementary school truancy at “crisis” point

A report released today by California Attorney Kamala D. Harris finds that nearly 1 million California elementary school students are truant each year – that’s one out of every four pupils. School districts receive education dollars based on student attendance. Between 2010-2011, Los Angeles County lost $340 million, the report said, because of kids skipping school.
Israeli PM Holds Press Conference

In White House meeting, Netanyahu to warn Obama about Iran

A week after President Obama declared in an United Nations meeting that the U.S. will pursue a diplomatic path with Iran to keep it from creating nuclear weapons, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to visit the White House today to dissuade the administration from doing such a thing.

Competing Obamacare commercials battle for hearts & heads

The marketing blitz about the Affordable Care Act is in heavy rotation ahead of tomorrow's launch of the health exchanges. State-run exchanges in California, Minnesota and Washington, to name a few, have tried ads that are upbeat, folksy, and funny to win insurance shoppers. And in a fight that isn't exactly Pepsi vs. Coke, there are negative ads slamming Obamacare in hopes young Americans won't sign up and choose to live with fines instead.
Mo Rocca Signs His Book "All The President's Pets" At Barnes & Noble Union Square

Wait, Wait…Mo Rocca has a cooking show?!

Mo Rocca is discovering classic family recipes from grandparents across the country in a new Cooking Channel Series, “My Grandmother’s Ravioli.” Growing up, Rocca cherished Sunday dinner at his grandmother’s house and her special meals like ravioli.

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