Archive for October 11th, 2013

Government shutdown day 11: More talk — but no deal

US & World | | October 11 2013, 6:54 PM

President Obama and Senate Republicans met Friday, but there was no breakthrough to reopen the government and keep the country from defaulting on its debts.

Syrians are widely critical of Nobel Peace Prize decision

US & World | | October 11 2013, 4:52 PM

Many say the award fails to recognize the victims in the country's war. Some even call it a present to President Bashar Assad for agreeing to give up chemical weapons.

What humans can learn from a simple kiss

US & World | | October 11 2013, 4:52 PM

Why is kissing found in practically every culture? A kiss can convey passion, love and, perhaps subconsciously, a veritable catalog of information about the worthiness of a potential mate.

Worst since Nixon? Report slams White House leak policy

US & World | | October 11 2013, 4:20 PM

The Committee to Protect Journalists delivers a sharp critique of the Obama administration's "war on leaks and other efforts to control information."

Brown vetoes bill banning some semi-automatic rifles

Local | | October 11 2013, 1:15 PM

The governor announced signing other gun-related legislation but rejected the centerpiece bill, which he called too far-reaching. It would have imposed the nation's toughest restrictions on gun ownership.

Top US missile commander Michael Carey fired

US & World | | October 11 2013, 12:16 PM

Maj. Gen. Michael Carey, who led the 20th Air Force, was relieved of his command over an issue concerning his behavior while on temporary assignment.

Dodgers vs Cardinals FAQ: What you need to know about the NLCS

Local | | October 11 2013, 11:10 AM

Friends are wearing more blue and using terms like "ERA." Why? The Dodgers are playing for a championship again. Here's what you should know to jump on the blue bandwagon.

Report: Syrian rebels executed pro-regime villagers

US & World | | October 11 2013, 10:29 AM

Human Rights Watch says that Jihadist-led rebels killed and kidnapped hundreds of villagers belonging to the minority Alawite sect.

California trains helpers to meet demand for health insurance

US & World | | October 11 2013, 10:25 AM

Service Employees International Union has received a grant from Covered California to educate people about receiving health insurance.

Weekend Traffic: Freeway closures in Riverside, Los Alamitos

Local | | October 11 2013, 8:18 AM

Caltrans is scheduled to close multiple freeways this weekend, all of which are part of longterm, multi-million dollar projects.

Chemical weapons watchdog gets Nobel Peace Prize

US & World | | October 11 2013, 7:25 AM

The organization currently overseeing Syria's dismantling of its chemical weapons stockpile won for having "defined the use of chemical weapons as a taboo under international law."

Jury: Toyota not liable for death of Calif. woman

US & World | | October 11 2013, 7:17 AM

Jurors concluded that vehicle design didn't contribute to the death of Noriko Uno, who died in August 2009 when her car struck a telephone pole and tree.

Highland Park gallery celebrates Día de los Muertos

Arts & Entertainment | | October 11 2013, 6:00 AM

Avenue 50 Studio will host the "Honoring Fallen Heroes in Our Lives: Altars and Artwork in Celebration of Día De Los Muertos" exhibition in Highland Park.

Free weekend? Here are 6 cheap ways to get #LostinLA

Local | | October 11 2013, 6:00 AM

Catch a flick with your furry friend, see a live NPR show or chill with modern artists at a former PBR brewery. This weekend's list of local events is promising.

New UC President meets privately with UCLA students, faculty

Pass / Fail | | October 11 2013, 8:24 PM

Janet Napolitano sat down with UCLA faculty, students, and staff as part of her 10 campus listening tour. She started the job September 30.

Diversity on TV may be good for the ratings

Multi-American | | October 11 2013, 5:40 PM

A UCLA analysis of 67 scripted cable and broadcast shows found that those with more diverse cast members posted above-average ratings.

City Attorney's office goes after illegal pot shops

Represent! | | October 11 2013, 2:57 PM

More than 40 medical marijuana clinics have voluntarily closed since the city's new pot shop regulations took effect in July, according to City Attorney Mike Feuer.

Hollywood feels the federal shutdown pinch on location (Photos)

The Breakdown | | October 11 2013, 2:26 PM

The closure of national parks and forests means some film, television and commercial projects must find alternative locations, while the government loses revenue.

Schools back out, networks fail in LA Unified iPad project

Pass / Fail | | October 11 2013, 11:42 AM

All pilot schools were slated to receive their iPads by the end of the month, but deployment has hit several snags. Some have backed out, others say WiFi is glitchy.

LA as Subject presents the 8th annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

Off-Ramp | | October 11 2013, 11:29 AM

Hosted by L.A. as Subject (an association of archives and collections hosted by the USC Libraries) the Archives Bazaar is like Disneyland for local history buffs.

In immigration news: GOP makes Latino push in California, Illinois driver's licenses, 'unskilled' workers and the economy, more

Multi-American | | October 11 2013, 9:49 AM

The GOP is launching an effort to win over Latino voters in California and other key states, part of a $10 million effort by the Republican National Party. This and more.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Fire Chief out at LAFD

Represent! | | October 11 2013, 7:48 AM

Today is Friday, Oct. 11 and headlines include the firing of Fire Chief Brian Cummings, Mural Day in Los Angeles, and a makeover for the LA River.

New Republican outreach strategy woos California Latinos

Multi-American | | October 11 2013, 6:01 AM

Republicans hire their first-ever Hispanic state director in California and announce a new strategy to court the Latino vote in strategic areas across the country.

New standardized test promises to curtail cheating

Pass / Fail | | October 11 2013, 6:00 AM

Tests will be taken on computer and the programs provide different questions to different students. Is this enough to prevent student — and teacher — cheating?

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Finding humor in Supreme Court oral arguments

| October 11 2013, 9:41 AM

Trial consultant Ryan Malphurs reviews Supreme Court oral arguments and parses them for instances of humor.

Users of 'Silk Road' online drug market targeted after arrest of site founder

| October 11 2013, 9:31 AM

All over the world buyers and sellers who were using The Silk Road are now being arrested. Joining the show to talk about the aftermath of this bust is Bridget Carey from CNET.

Musician Richard Buckner on his new album 'Surrounded'

| October 11 2013, 9:18 AM

Richard Buckner has been making incredible, critically-acclaimed albums for more than a decade now, but you can still find him working odd jobs during the day.

Dinner Party Download: iSlouch, digital war crimes and slow TV in Norway

| October 11 2013, 9:17 AM

Every week we get your weekend conversation starters with Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, the hosts of the Dinner Party Download podcast and radio show.

Friday Flashback: Paul Ryan, John Boehner's approval rating and more

| October 11 2013, 9:17 AM

It's time for our Friday Flashback, a look back and analysis of the week's biggest news stories. Today, we've got our "A-team" in today.

DC budget battle turns off the tap on craft brewers

| October 11 2013, 9:16 AM

A small federal agency which approves the labels on beer bottles and kegs is shut down, and that means dozens of craft breweries are in limbo, unable to legally distribute their product.

'Escape From Tomorrow' director talks filming under Disney's nose

Arts & Entertainment | | October 11 2013, 9:16 AM

Director Randy Moore joins the show to talk about how he managed to film a feature-length horror film right under Disney's nose.

The latest bills to be signed by Gov. Jerry Brown

| October 11 2013, 9:16 AM

California Governor Jerry Brown recently broke a new record as the longest serving governor of California. Lately he's been a pretty busy governor, too. For more on what he's up to, we're joined by John Myers.


Filmweek (10/10/13): Captain Phillips, CBGB, Muscle Shoals and more

| October 11 2013, 1:19 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Tim Cogshell, Wade Major and Charles Solomon to review this week's releases, including Captain Phillips, CBGB, Muscle Shoals and more! TGI-Filmweek!

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Filmweek (10/10/13): Captain Phillips, CBGB, Muscle Shoals, A Touch of Sin and more

| October 11 2013, 1:19 PM

Larry is joined by KPCC critics Tim Cogshell and Wade Major to review this week's releases, including Captain Phillips, CBGB, Muscle Shoals, A Touch of Sin and more! TGI-Filmweek!

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Were the moon landings faked? A new way to tell!

| October 11 2013, 6:00 AM

One giant leap for forensic photography


Flight of the Butterflies unlocks mystery of the monarchs

| October 11 2013, 2:19 PM

Monarch butterflies may be a common sight much of the year for those living in the U.S. and Canada, but where do they disappear to in the winter? That’s the question the late scientist Fred Urquhart spent much of his life trying to answer.

Remembering Astronaut Scott Carpenter's dramatic NASA career

| October 11 2013, 10:39 AM

M. Scott Carpenter, whose 1962 spaceflight nearly ended in disaster, died at age 88 yesterday [THURS] in Denver. Carpenter was the second American to orbit the Earth - after John Glenn - in a mission that suffered technical glitches and an uncertain landing 250 miles off target.

California Attorney General files lawsuit against for-profit colleges

| October 11 2013, 10:25 AM

California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a lawsuit against Corinthian Colleges, Inc and its subsidiaries, which run a number of for-profit colleges across the country, claiming that they lied to students and investors about job-placement prospects, as well as illegally using military seals in their ads to attract veteran students.

Maine becomes first state in nation to allow prescription drug imports; should California follow?

| October 11 2013, 9:34 AM

Maine became the first state in the country to enact a law that lets residents purchase mail-order drugs from some pharmacies in Canada, the U.K., New Zealand and Australia. Michael Brennan, mayor of Portland, the largest city in Maine, told the Wall Street Journal that the practice saved the city over $3 million between 2004 and 2012 for employees’ drugs.


Help science find new species of geckos in your backyard

Local | | October 11 2013, 11:07 AM

Natural History Museum curator Greg Pauly wants to know what's in your backyard. He's interested in geckos, and your own porch might be the home of a new species.