Archive for October 4th, 2013


House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, at a Friday news conference.

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

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.
Is Governor's Jerry Brown's plan the best way to reduce the prison population in California?

Bill to simplify California food stamp eligibility signed

Assembly member Mark Stone said that until now only half of eligible Californians participated in the food stamp program because of the complex paperwork.
An officer stands just outside police tape Thursday as authorities investigate a car chase that began at the White House and ended near the Capitol.

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

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.
A scan of the printed SSL key handed over by Lavabit owner Ladar Levison.

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

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.
Artwork at Koplin Del Rio
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.
National Mall

Man sets himself on fire at the National Mall

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.
salute to the olympic games

Coliseum commission violated state's open meeting law

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.
Nuclear Plant Problems
Cancellation of the public meetings is related to the ongoing shutdown of the federal government in a congressional standoff over Obamacare.
The original Ironside starred Raymond Burr as a detective who became a paraplegic after being shot in the line of duty.

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

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

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.
Unless it's strep throat, antibiotics are unlikely to help you get over a sore throat.

Despite many warnings, antibiotics are still overprescribed

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.
Xuan Hieu (L), 78, a Dien Bien Phu veter

Legendary Vietnam Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap dies at 102

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.
Jet Crash

Santa Monica crash: Irvine woman identified as victim

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.
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.
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

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

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?

The federal government is shut down. What about the office of your member of Congress?
Binary code in woman's eye

Advice for for women in tech from Girl Geeks

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.


Geraldine Knatz
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.
People vs. Selivanov and Berkovich
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.
Angel City Jazz Festival performers include the Richard Sears Trio and special guest jazz legend Tootie Heath
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.
Madison $5,000 bill
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.
Diego Trujillo as Walter Blanco
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.
Maywood Water - 5

Does tiny Maywood need three private water companies?

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.
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.


Take Two®

Episode: Take Two for October 4, 2013
Spike TV's 10th Annual Video Game Awards - Show
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
Peter Lee
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.
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.
Google And T-Mobile Celebrate The Launch Of Google Music At Mr. Brainwash Studio In Los Angeles - Inside

NYT sets off a New York-Los Angeles taco showdown

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:
Pork and Politics

Friday Flashback: Government shutdown edition

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?

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
KPCC's Jacob Margolis attended a semi-final match last weekend to get an idea for what all of the fuss was about.
The new film, "Parkland," takes an intimate look at the characters surrounding this tumultuous time.


Episode: Filmweek (10/4/13): 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, Runner Runner, A.C.O.D. and more! TGI-Filmweek!

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

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: These babies watch out for their littler siblings!

These babies watch out for each other

When Big Brother is one of the good guys.


Episode: AirTalk for October 4, 2013

Command and Control: Strategies behind nuclear weapons

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.
Screenshot of the motorcyclist right before it hits the SUV
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.

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