Archive for October 21st, 2013


Oceanside Oarfish

Cause of Oceanside oarfish death remains a mystery

Two dead oarfish surfaced in Southern California last week, and scientists around the globe are scrambling for a piece of them. Little is known about the deepwater fish.
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Police arrested them on suspicion of negligently discharging a firearm and carrying a handgun without a concealed-carry permit.
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A Southern California hospital chain is urging patients to check their credit reports after thieves stole two laptop computers containing Social Security numbers.
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)
After the fire department sent a hazmat crew into the building to conduct an air analysis, authorities ordered the evacuation around noon.
The FDA is expected to determine if e-cigarettes should be regulated like tobacco products later this month.

It's back to the future for e-cigarette ads, at least for now

The lack of regulation means manufacturers have tremendous leeway over how they advertise their products. But, that may change soon.
Fans at this GWAR show from the Roseland Ballroom seem to have no problem with the volume.

Question of the week: Are concerts too loud?

NPR's All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen just got back from seeing more than 60 shows at the CMJ Music Marathon in New York, and his ears are still ringing.
Pacific Storm Brings High Surf To Southern California

Should surfboard ban at Newport's Wedge be dumped?

The public gets a chance to weigh in on rules regulating surfboards at "the Wedge," an iconic Newport spot known for it's 30-foot swells.
High Rise Fire

Residents returning after LA high-rise fire

Dozens of residents are being allowed back into a Los Angeles high-rise after a fire that displaced as many as 150 people. Two floors remain uninhabitable.

Oakland uses 'Dear John' letters to deter prostitution

Last year, the East Bay city became the first California city to send notes to suspected solicitors. Could such a program work for LA's prostitution problem?
Illegal activity? Men destroy rock formation in Goblin Valley, Utah

Boy Scouts eject leaders who toppled ancient rock (Video)

The video uploaded by the Scouts went viral and the men may also face criminal charges. The organization said the actions showed a disregard for natural surroundings.

Service to be held for 'healing' pastor Edward Dufresne

The traveling minister, said to have healing hands, will be remembered at a service Oct. 30. He died in a plane crash Friday morning
Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers

Tired of Dodgers indecision, Mattingly says he may not return

“I love it here," Mattingly told reporters. "But I don’t want to be anywhere you’re not wanted.” The Dodgers manager is in the final year of his three-year contract.
Middle School Shooting
Family members have identified the staff member killed in a school shooting in Reno as Michael Landsberry, a math teacher and former military veteran who tried to intervene.
Corcoran State Prison - KPCC Post

Update: Calif. prison crowding deadline extended 1 month

Monday was the original deadline for a report on negotiations over how to reduce California's prison population without sending inmates out of state.
2013 Summer TCA Tour - Day 4
Prosecutors have charged musician Cee Lo Green with illegally giving a woman ecstasy while at a dinner in Los Angeles last year.
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Rudy Aguirre Jr. was sentenced to 25 years in federal prison Monday after admitting to taking part in two murders in Northeast L.A.
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)

Trial set for US man arrested in terror probe

A trial was set for Dec. 3 in the case against 24-year-old Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen of Garden Grove, who was charged with attempting to join al-Qaida.
President Obama Discusses Affordable Care Act

Obama: 'No excuse' for health care signup problems (Updated)

Nearly three weeks into open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act, the number of people signing up appears to be lagging. Technical issues have been a big factor.
BART Strike

BART strike has commuters facing gridlock

Commuters in the San Francisco Bay Area are facing gridlock during the fourth day of a major transit strike.
Le Monde has the scoop on allegations about NSA spying on French phone calls.

France, Mexico latest nations reportedly spied on by U.S.

New documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden allege that the U.S. collected information from millions of French phone calls and tapped into the emails of Mexico's president.
APTOPIX Gay Marriage NJ

UPDATE: Christie withdraws appeal, NJ has 1st gay marriages

The ceremonies joined couples that have been together years, and in some cases decades, in hastily arranged ceremonies that remained in doubt until Friday.
Women's moods can change based on the phases of their menstrual cycle. But does that mean they have a psychiatric disorder?

Should severe premenstrual symptoms be a mental disorder?

Earlier this year premenstrual dysphoric disorder, or PMDD, became a recognized mental disorder. But not everyone is convinced that's a good idea.
Eric Garcetti Crawford Family Forum

VIDEO: What's next for Mayor Garcetti? Watch live from KPCC

Mayor Eric Garcetti joined KPCC's Frank Stoltze live at the forum to discuss his goals and the challenges that lie ahead for L.A. Watch the archived video.


California Children's Academy Budget Cuts Preschool Education
Advocates say one in five children is obese by age six. A healthy eating and physical activity campaign aims to fix that by training day care providers.
iPads in Schools
School board member Monica Ratliff is requesting public comment before iPad project moves forward. She's inviting parents to ask questions.
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A similar proposal to ask outside agencies to bid on taking over fire service failed two weeks ago, but the resignation of a council member may change the vote.
Adult Education Rally
L.A. Unified, business leaders and others want to compete for state grants to improve adult education - which has been cut by 70 percent over four years.
Immigrant advocates are putting renewed pressure on House GOP leaders to act on an immigration overhaul, but the odds aren't in their favor as the year draws to an end.
Councilman Huizar
Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar kicks off his 2015 campaign Tuesday with a downtown fundraiser and one very important ally.


The Loh Life

Episode: The kids are all right-ish, part 3: Breaking Bad tiger mother

The kids are all right-ish, part 3: Breaking Bad tiger mother

Do not tell Sandra Tsing Loh about the Breaking Bad finale.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for October 21, 2013
Alt 98.7 Presents Lorde in an Exclusive Live Performance
From jazz to pop, Take Two music critics review some of the best new songs out this month. Have a listen, and tell us: Will you be adding them to your playlist?

More Americans open to online dating, Pew says

A new Pew study finds that online dating in the US has tripled in five years, and that people are increasingly viewing online dating as a good way to meet people.
Elliott Smith

10 years later: Remembering musician Elliot Smith

Ten years ago today, musician Elliott Smith died violently at his home in Echo Park.
IZOD IndyCar Series Future Car Strategy Announcement

Where did all the big-city Republican mayors go?

The website Politico recently pointed out that in 2000, Republican mayors governed half of the nation's dozen most populous cities. Today, the biggest city with a Republican mayor is Indianapolis.
Almond Farm Bees - 1

Guerrilla beekeeping in LA

Commercial honeybee colonies around the world are collapsing, and scientists are trying to figure out why. The good news? Bees are thriving in urban areas.

Toyota recalls more than 850,000 cars due to spiders

Toyota has issued a recall that affects more than 870,000 cars on the road.
The Fifth Estate
Time for On The Lot, our weekly look at the business of entertainment with Nicole Sperling of the LA Times.

Obama says there's 'no excuse' for glitches in ACA websites

Since the healthcare exchanges opened up on October first, there have been a lot of complaints about the many glitches people have encountered trying to check out healthcare options on the government run website. The president acknowledged that the technical side of things hasn't exactly been up to snuff.
Los Angeles Dodgers v San Diego Padres

LA Dodgers management looks ahead to next season

KPCC Business Reporter Ben Bergman talks about how the Dodgers did off the field this season, and their prospects for next season.
The Group Of Senators Dubbed The "Gang Of 8" Hold News Conference On Immigration Legislation

What is the status of the House's immigration reform effort?

House Republicans decided to tackle smaller pieces of immigration legislation, and the House's so-called "Gang of Eight" congresspeople working on legislation has dwindled to just five members.
In the new film adaptation of Twelve Years A Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Solomon Northup, a black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841.

How depictions of slavery in film have evolved

"12 Years A Slave" is the latest cinematic representation of one of the most shameful chapters in our nation's past. For more on the history of slavery in film and the effect it has on our cultural understanding of the subject, we're joined by Brenda Stevenson, professor of history at UCLA.
Bay Area Climate Change

How climate change may transform the Bay Area's landscape

KQED Science reporter Lauren Sommer says scientists and land managers are grappling with how to plan for a Bay Area that one day could look more like Southern California.
BART Strike Hampers Bay Area Monday Morning Commute

Bay Area BART strike enters its fourth day

The two sides involved in the transit strike have mostly agreed on economic issues but have reached an impasse over work rules.
California Capitol generic

Charles Phoenix uncovers retro gems in Sacramento

Our state capitol is a town known for politics, but according to the King of Kitsch Charles Phoenix, there's plenty of fun to be had there, too.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: A handy new way to handle toxic substances

A handy new way to handle toxic substances

You've heard of Blue Man Group; meet blue hand group.


Episode: Airtalk for Monday October 21, 2013

Is the whopping $13-billion JPMorgan settlement fair?

JPMorgan Chase & Co., the largest bank in the U.S., has tentatively agreed to pay $13 billion to settle Department of Justice allegations that it had sold bad home mortgages to investors in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis.

Will ACA enrollment glitches be overcome?

President Barack Obama today said there is "no excuse" for technical glitches delaying some people from signing up for "Obamacare" on-line. After the website healthcare.
Monolingual Hispanic Students Learn English

Should students be separated by their English proficiency?

The Los Angeles Unified School District is moving toward enforcing a policy of grouping students with similar language ability in the same classes. Last week parents got together in protest, asking that their English-learning students be taught in the same way.
NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals

Dodgers post-mortem: the lessons of 2013

A 9-0 loss in Game 6 Friday night eliminated the Dodgers from the playoffs, meaning no World Series in Los Angeles this year. But what do the Dodgers have to look forward to next year?
Oakland Police Dept. Holds News Conference On Chief Howard Jordan's Abrupt Step Down

LA officials consider 'Dear John' letters to curb prostitution

In an effort to dissuade johns who solicit sex workers,Oakland Police Department has been mailing letters to men suspected of cruising for prostitutes.
Scott Adams explores the benefits of failure in his new book, “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big.” The creator and author of the popular comic series, Dilbert, Adams knows about failure. Adams has been a full time cartoonist since 1995, but prior to that career he worked in technology.

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