Archive for October 4th, 2013

Government shutdown day 4: When 'winning' isn't everything

US & World | | October 04 2013, 7:09 PM

The day centered on a quote attributed to an unnamed source. But one thing President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner could agree on: Nobody's winning in Washington.

Bill to simplify California food stamp eligibility signed

Politics | | October 04 2013, 6:23 PM

Assembly member Mark Stone said that until now only half of eligible Californians participated in the food stamp program because of the complex paperwork.

What we know so far about woman killed in Capitol Hill chase

US & World | | October 04 2013, 5:46 PM

Law enforcement authorities say the woman was Miriam Carey, a dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn. The car she drove rammed a security barrier at the White House.

How Snowden's email provider tried to foil the FBI using tiny font

US & World | | October 04 2013, 4:04 PM

Newly unsealed documents detail the usually secret process of a national security request made to technology companies. It also details a fascinating fight against a government request.

Cheech Marin's 6 favorite art galleries in SoCal

Arts & Entertainment | | October 04 2013, 4:00 PM

Marin recently published a book on Chicano art, and he'll be at KPCC Tuesday to discuss it. In the meantime, we asked where he goes to see the best art in town.

Man sets himself on fire at the National Mall

US & World | | October 04 2013, 3:47 PM

The man has been airlifted to the hospital, police and fire officials said Friday afternoon. Passing joggers took off their shirts in an effort to help douse the flames.

Coliseum commission violated state's open meeting law

Local | | October 04 2013, 2:24 PM

The L.A. Times and Californians Aware accused the L.A. Memorial Coliseum Commission of violating the state's open meeting law, known as the Brown Act. A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge agreed.

Shutdown: NRC cancels meetings on San Onofre nuclear waste storage

Local | | October 04 2013, 1:27 PM

Cancellation of the public meetings is related to the ongoing shutdown of the federal government in a congressional standoff over Obamacare.

Actors with disabilities in big roles? 'We don't have a chance'

US & World | | October 04 2013, 1:25 PM

Blair Underwood stars in the 2013 version of Ironside. He's the latest in a long list of actors who portray characters with disabilities without being disabled.

Echo Park residents seek to stop LA's gang injunction

Crime & Justice | | October 04 2013, 1:22 PM

Some Echo Park residents are asking a judge to temporarily block the city's newly granted gang injunction, claiming it unfairly includes people not involved in gangs.

Despite many warnings, antibiotics are still overprescribed

Health | | October 04 2013, 11:52 AM

For decades, public health officials have tried to stop doctors from overprescribing. A new study says antibiotics are still being prescribed when they don't help.

Legendary Vietnam Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap dies at 102

US & World | | October 04 2013, 11:22 AM

Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap, who led a ragtag army of guerrillas to victory in Vietnam over first the French and then the Americans, was a national hero.

Santa Monica crash: Irvine woman identified as victim

Local | | October 04 2013, 11:04 AM

The county coroner's office confirmed that one of the victims of the jet plane crash at Santa Monica Airport included a 28-year-old Irvine woman.

Shutdown: A soldier's story of lost pay and canceled training drills

Local | | October 04 2013, 10:25 AM

North Hollywood Army reservist George Zepeda is managing to stay calm, despite missing a weekend training drill and losing a paycheck to the federal shutdown.

UPDATE: Weekend Traffic: CicLAvia, Dodgers game – a crowded downtown

Local | | October 04 2013, 9:38 AM

CicLAvia is back, and this time it's taking place in the heart of Los Angeles. The downtown event may bring traffic woes if you're not planning to go car-free.

Shutdown: Can't go to a national park? Try these state parks

Local | | October 04 2013, 6:00 AM

The government shutdown closed the Golden State's nine national parks, including Yosemite, Sequoia and Joshua Tree. But there are state park alternatives.

Free weekend? Here are 6 ways to celebrate October | | October 04 2013, 6:00 AM

Costumes, pumpkins, fall fashions and more. The hot temps may be here to stay, but that doesn't mean you can't still get your autumn fix. Check out these 6 L.A. events.

Congressional district offices: Who is open for business?

Politics | | October 04 2013, 5:23 PM

The federal government is shut down. What about the office of your member of Congress?

Advice for for women in tech from Girl Geeks

Business & Economy | | October 04 2013, 6:00 AM

In a panel at KPCC's Crawford Family Forum, technologists drew on their personal experiences to offer suggestions for women interested in careers in science and tech. Among their suggestions: Don't play it safe, prep questions, and start doing.

Port of LA's top executive will retire at the end of year

The Breakdown | | October 04 2013, 5:52 PM

The Port of L.A.'s top executive, Geraldine Knatz will retire at end of year. That announcement from Mayor Garcetti's office surprised one harbor commissioner.

Charter school operator sentenced to prison

Pass / Fail | | October 04 2013, 5:12 PM

Former head of a charter school sentenced to prison for stealing money from the school - but the California Charter School Association argues he acted properly.

Jazz legend Tootie Heath to perform at Angel City Jazz Festival on Oct. 6

Off-Ramp | | October 04 2013, 2:58 PM

Angel City Jazz Festival performers include the Richard Sears Trio and special guest jazz legend Tootie Heath

In immigration news: Weekend reform rallies, California driver licenses, record deportations, more

Multi-American | | October 04 2013, 10:01 AM

Immigration reform rallies and other actions are planned in 150 cities around the country this Saturday, as immigrant advocates push to get Congress to act on an overhaul. This and more.

Shutdown: Why Congress still gets paid; which Calif. lawmakers are declining?

Represent! | | October 04 2013, 7:55 AM

Hundreds of millions of federal employees are scrambling without a paycheck. Not Congress. It's in the Constitution. Is your representative foregoing pay? We have a list.

Latin America gets its own 'Breaking Bad,' starring Walter Blanco

Without A Net | | October 04 2013, 6:00 AM

While we're still mourning the end of AMC's "Breaking Bad," it's a little comforting to know that a spinoff is on its way to Spanish-language TV.

Does tiny Maywood need three private water companies?

Represent! | | October 04 2013, 6:00 AM

After years of complaints about Maywood's water, a bill on the governor's desk could provide money to clean up the city’s water – and water politics.

Schools: Latino achievement gap threatens state’s future

Pass / Fail | | October 04 2013, 6:00 AM

As a group, California Latinos scored 56 points below the statewide goal on the Academic Performance Index. Educators hope new Common Core standards will help.

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Tenacious D brings A-list comics together for first-ever Festival Supreme

| October 04 2013, 10:40 AM

Later this month, some of the greatest names in modern comedy, including Zach Galifianakis, Adam Sandler and Sarah Silverman will take to the stage in Santa Monica. It's the first-ever Festival Supreme, a celebration of music and comedy, that’s put together by Jack Black and Kyle Gass, otherwise known as Tenacious D. T

Calif. health exchange chief Peter Lee defends rollout, downplays confusion

Health | | October 04 2013, 9:42 AM

Covered California's health insurance exchange opened for business on Tuesday, and chief Peter Lee defends the agency's performance amid widespread criticism and scrutiny.

Government shutdown: Where to go if your National Park vacation is ruined

| October 04 2013, 9:20 AM

Tourists are already at a bit of a loss, and the stalemate could also negatively affect the economies of towns near the parks. Here to explain what's happening and offer alternatives to would-be visitors is KPCC's environment reporter, Molly Peterson.

NYT sets off a New York-Los Angeles taco showdown

| October 04 2013, 9:09 AM

We've got something of a beef to settle...or you might say carne asada. Yesterday, the New York Times published a special taco issue of the food section. Their food writer Ligaya Mishan made a provocative claim:

Friday Flashback: Government shutdown edition

| October 04 2013, 9:07 AM

Time for the government shutdown edition of the Friday Flashback, our weekly analysis of stories in the news. Here with us in the studio, James Rainey of the LA Times, and joining us from the DC, Nancy Cook of National Journal.

What do foreigners think about the US government shutdown?

| October 04 2013, 9:06 AM

Plenty of Americans think our lawmakers are backwards this week, but how is the rest of the world reacting to the partial shutdown of the U.S. Government?

'League of Legends' video game championship comes to LA

Arts & Entertainment | | October 04 2013, 9:06 AM

KPCC's Jacob Margolis attended a semi-final match last weekend to get an idea for what all of the fuss was about.

'Parkland': The search for the truth behind the JFK assassination

| October 04 2013, 8:50 AM

The new film, "Parkland," takes an intimate look at the characters surrounding this tumultuous time.


Filmweek (10/4/13): Gravity, Runner Runner, A.C.O.D. and more

| October 04 2013, 1:37 PM

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

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Filmweek (10/4/13): Gravity, A.C.O.D., After Tiller, The Big Parade and more

| October 04 2013, 1:33 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Henry Sheehan and Claudia Puig to review this week’s releases including Gravity, A.C.O.D., After Tiller, The Big Parade and more! TGI-Filmweek!

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These babies watch out for each other

| October 04 2013, 6:00 AM

When Big Brother is one of the good guys.


Command and Control: Strategies behind nuclear weapons

| October 04 2013, 3:30 PM

Eric Schlosser’s book “Command and Control” examines every aspect of nuclear weapons and risks. Schlosser dives into the potential problems with the command and control that were supposed to provide Presidents with essential information against potential strikes.

When does our right to flee danger trump the safety of others?

| October 04 2013, 10:46 AM

Police are still trying to identify some of the 30 bikers believed to have been involved in a road rage incident in New York on Sunday. A viral video filmed from one of the biker’s helmet camera shows much of the event.