Archive for October 3rd, 2013

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What we learned when Twitter filed for its IPO

Twitter has filed to go public, and it will sell shares under the name TWTR. The IPO will initially seek to raise up to $1 billion. Here's what else the IPO tells us.
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. (from left), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., head for a news conference Thursday on Capitol Hill.

Government shutdown day 3: More talk, little action

The GOP-led House passed a bill to temporarily fund the National Guard and Reserve as they try to shift blame for the shutdown to Democrats. The Senate, controlled by Dems, rebuffed it.
Covered California kickoff event group shot
Under the new law, California's state-run insurance marketplace is subject to the same public disclosure laws as other state agencies.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
The prime minister maintained Israel's bottom line of "full dismantlement" of Iran's enrichment program and called the new rhetoric from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "hogwash."
You could do all that brain work. Or you could make it up.

Some online journals will publish fake science, for a fee

When a journalist sent an obviously faked paper, dozens of open-access journals said they'd be happy to publish it, for a fee.
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A harrowing vehicle chase began at the White House and ended near the Capitol in Washington, resulting in a gunfight that left a woman dead.
A convoy of inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons crosses into Syria at the Lebanese border crossing point of Masnaa on Tuesday.

Weapons inspectors report progress in Syria

The international team says it hopes to begin onsite inspections and the initial disabling of equipment within Syria by next week.
California GOP Rove
California Republicans will spend the weekend trying to figure out how to become more competitive in a state dominated by Democrats.
WINDY WINDS WEATHER VANE
Forecasters now say Santa Ana winds could bring gusts up to 70 mph — together with hot, dry conditions, that spells extreme fire danger.
Knowledge the elderly gain over the course of their lives helps offset the reduced ability to learn and process information.
Budget Battle-Air Shows

Government shutdown: Miramar air show cancelled

The latest local casualty of the federal government's shutdown: the Marine Corps' popular (and free) two-day air show.
Heavy Internet traffic and system problems plagued the launch of the new health insurance exchanges on Tuesday.

Calif. health exchange site had fewer hits

Officials now say the Covered California site received 645,000 hits on Tuesday, well below the 5 million initially reported.
Unemployment Insurance Set To Expire For Millions Of Jobless

Jobless claims stay near six-year low

A scant increase last week is another sign that the labor market is on the mend, economists say. There were 308,000 first-time claims for unemployment insurance, up 1,000 from the week before.
Angeles National Forest Government Shutdown

National parks close as other public lands stay open

From Acadia in Maine to Zion in Utah to the North Cascades in Washington, America's 401 National Park areas have gates blocking entrance roads.
Legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully
Vin Scully tells KPCC that – with only rare exceptions – he’s never listened to anyone else call a game. "I’d be watering my wine,” he said.
El Monte Pharmacy

Ask Emily: Subsidies? Provider networks? What Obamacare terms mean

As Covered California begins enrolling applicants, the devil is in the details. Ask Emily unravels some of the hidden perils of the state's health exchange.

Are you a die-hard Dodgers fan?

Do you bleed blue? Tell us about how you're planning to watch the postseason, your favorite traditions or superstitions, and where you were in '88.

Timeline: A look back at Vin Scully's career

Vin Scully joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950. Though he's taken on network assignments and even hosted game shows, he's always been the voice of The Dodgers. View some other notable dates in Scully's life and career in broadcasting.

Blogs

OFA @ Federal Building
What will happen to Southern Californians as the government shutdown drags on and agencies that rely on federal funds see their money dry up.

El Cid's 'Night of Noir' looks at LA's comics ban of 1948

This Sunday, Captured Aural Phantasy Theater will present a show that brings banned comics to life in the style of an old radio show.
City Corruption
If called, Rizzo would testify at trial of his onetime assistant. He faces 10 to 12 years in prison when sentenced in March.
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Furloughed SSA attorney, Alisa Wayne says she's concerned about paying bills, but also worried that applicants appealing benefit decisions may have to wait during the federal shutdown.
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California joins a growing list of states that allow unauthorized immigrants apply for driver's licenses. This and more.
Eric Garcetti DWP City Hall
Today is Thursday, Oct. 3 and headlines include Mayor Garcetti's relationship with the business community, Gov. Brown's bill signing, and LAUSD's iPad problem.
Weekend Traffic
Governor Brown signs a landmark bill allowing unauthorized immigrants to apply for California driver's licenses. But there's still much to be decided before the law takes effect.
Colorado Rockies v Los Angeles Dodgers
Each year, they come out of the woodwork: the die-hard Dodgers fans who don't really like baseball much. I am one of them.

Programs

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for October 3, 2013
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The Take Two Comment Box for Oct. 3

Now it's time to dip into the Comment Box, our chance to hear what you have to say about the work we're doing.

State of Affairs: Grand Ave. project, LA River and more

It's Thursday and that means it's time for State of Affairs, our look at politics and government throughout California. To help us with that we're joined in studio now by KPCC political reporter Alice Walton and editor Oscar Garza.
Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers
KPCC's Ben Bergman joins the show to talk about his interview with Dodgers announcer Vin Scully and the possibility that he'll retire after the 2014 season.
Blizzident 3-D printed toothbrush
Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party podcast and radio show.
Bedrock L.A. 1
Alex profiles the 5-year-old space that has hosted the likes of Beck, Divine Fits, and Janelle Monáe, in addition to many working musicians in L.A.
Brunch
Here to help us strategize our Sunday is Lesley Bargar-Suter, dine editor for Los Angeles Magazine, who recently published a guide to LA brunches.
Dori's Tea Cottage
Many government workers aren't going to work this morning because of the continued federal shutdown. Besides those employees, the shutdown is hitting a lot of peripheral businesses.
Silk Road

Silk Road online drug market seized by the FBI

The underground website, The Silk Road, was known as the Amazon of illegal drugs. Yesterday, the FBI arrested the alleged founder of the Silk Road, a 29-year-old named Ross William Ulbricht.
Congress Still Divided As Government Shutdown Enters Third Day
With many Congressional aides furloughed, and not much happening at the Capitol, some lawmakers are taking constituent calls personally; calls that would usually be answered by staffers.
Jackson V. AEG Verdict
The verdict yesterday that AEG was not responsible for Michael Jackson's death was met with outcry from fans.

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for October 3, 2013
"Gravity" New York Premiere - Outside Arrivals

Filmweek: Gravity, Runner Runner, A.C.O.D. and more

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Henry Sheehan and Claudia Puig to review this week’s releases including Gravity, A.C.O.D., Runner, Runner and more! TGI-Filmweek!
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BREAKING: Shots fired at US Capitol

The U.S. Capitol was put on lockdown for about half an hour this morning after gunshots were fired near the building. According to law enforcement officials, the shooting was related to the driver of a vehicle that tried to ram into a security barricade.
The Silicon Roundabout In Old Street

When is it appropriate to swear at work?

It’s being reported that Al Jazeera reprimanded an employee for dropping an “F-bomb” on the floor of the newsroom. Swearing is not part of the Al Jazeera culture, the employee was reportedly told by management. Most company managers would likely agree, but aren’t there moments where swearing aloud in the office is acceptable?
Supreme Court "Obamacare" Ruling
Obamacare, Affordable Care Act, healthcare reform — would a rose by any other name be as controversial?
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It was supposed to put an iPad in the hands of every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District, but the $1 billion program has seen nothing but problems since it debuted about 2 weeks ago. Now the district has asked students at three high schools to hand back their tablets for an indefinite period of time.
[You Can Never Have Too Many Albums To Listen To]
If all this polarization has gotten you down, you’re not alone. In an effort to bring a little levity to the situation, Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza asked Twitter followers to suggest songs for a shutdown playlist.
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If your electricity or gas bill is getting you down, then take a trip to Irvine this week for a glimpse at solar-powered "net zero" homes of the future. The biennial Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate affordable, attractive and energy-efficient homes.

Off-Ramp

Nate Silver and Patt Morrison
Nate Silver has returned to the world of sports stats at ESPN, but he’s not giving up the political game either.
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Father Boyle and Rabbi Gross fundraise for KPCC

Two men who know something about guilt and redemption, Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries and Rabbi Marv Gross of Union Station Homeless Services, talk about giving to KPCC.

The Voice of the Dodgers talks with Ben Bergman

KPCC's Ben Bergman sat down to talk with Dodger legend Vin Scully about his life and career.

The Loh Down On Science

A potential downside of living in a major metropolis

An American study about Canadian cities.

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