Archive for October 22nd, 2013

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A contract to send 512 Los Angeles county jail inmates to a facility in Taft in the Central Valley may be killed as early as next week, after the discovery of legal hurdles.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was named by 5 percent of respondents as "the most important Hispanic leader in the country today."
When asked to name "the most important Hispanic leader in the country today," 71 percent said no one or that they didn't know. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was mentioned by 5 percent of respondents.
Jackie Robinson Stadium
A judge has refused to overturn his ruling that UCLA must give up its baseball stadium that is leased on land from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
This editorial cartoon from a January 1879 edition of Harper's Weekly pokes fun at the use of literacy tests for blacks as voting qualifications.

The racial history of the 'grandfather clause'

Companies and individuals are considered grandfathered and exempt from new sets of regulations all the time. But, the term and the concept date from the era of segregation that followed the Civil War.
Christopher Lee Brown, a.k.a. Allen Marcous
Police are searching for Christopher Lee Brown, whose ex-girlfriend used to work at the office where the laptops were stolen.
Flight Delays Feared As Sequester Forces Air Traffic Controller Furloughs
The second worker charged with setting a series of dry-ice bombs at Los Angeles International Airport has pleaded not guilty.
A warmer than usual October is extending mosquito season, prompting health officials to urge take precautions against West Nile virus.
An ATM sits next to a rack of marijuana clone plants that are used to grow medical marijuana on Wednesday at The Joint, a medical marijuana cooperative in Seattle. Last week Washington became the second U.S. state to adopt rules for the recreational sale

Public support for marijuana legalization hits record high

In November 2012, Gallup found that 48 percent of Americans favored marijuana legalization. Now that figure is at 58 percent.
Sony announced U.S. and European prices for its new PlayStation 4 at a news conference this summer. The game system will cost some $1,845 in Brazil, angering fans.

Sony explains why its PlayStation 4 costs $1,845 in Brazil

The steep cost isn't a case of price-gouging, the company says, but a sign of Brazil's heavy taxes and fees on imported electronics.
Opening Hearing For Bell City Administrators

Opening statements Wednesday in latest Bell corruption trial

Attorneys on Wednesday are expected to deliver opening statements in the public corruption case against former Bell Ass't City Manager Angela Spaccia. Robert Rizzo, her former boss and ex-City Manager, is expected to testify.
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IRS delays start of tax season because of shutdown

The shutdown delayed the updating and testing of some of the IRS' systems. The original start date of tax season was Jan. 21. now it'll start no earlier than Jan. 28 and no later than Feb. 4.
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A former principal of a Hawaii public charter school is being held in Los Angeles on charges of stealing and laundering more than $100,000 in school funds.
A rendering of the scaffold system that will surround the Capitol Dome during the restoration.

Capitol Dome set to receive $60 million facelift

From afar, it looks magnificent, but look closer and you'll find a rusting dome with more than 1,000 cracks. Construction begins in November.
It all seemed so easy then. Back in June, the Supreme Court declared the Affordable Care Act constitutional. Waiting for that decision may have cost the administration precious time.

How politics set the stage for the Obamacare website meltdown

The Obama administration lost valuable time waiting for a Supreme Court decision, a presidential election and state health exchange plans.
LA Streetcar

Report: Staffers kept mum on LA streetcar problems

Records that show aides to Councilman Jose Huizar were reluctant to incorporate higher estimates into public discussions.
Very few girls get the recommended 60 minutes of exercise daily. But it could help with school, a study says.
A British study finds that children who were most active at age 11 did better academically through the teenage years. Active girls did particularly well in science.
Gay Marriage West Hollywood

Former Mayor Villaraigosa joins global PR firm Edelman

The job at Edelman is one of many new roles the former mayor has taken on since leaving office. In his new role, he will help clients navigate a variety of public policy challenges.
Missed it by that much: Amazon has raised its minimum price for free shipping to $35, meaning that horse masks — a popular item among reviewers — are subject to a shipping fee.

Amazon raises minimum purchase for free shipping by $10

As the busy holiday shopping season looms, the giant retailer raised its minimum order size from $25 to $35. The change took effect Monday, the company says.
Beijing Olympics Painted Protest

Calif. pastor to be sent home after Iran protest

Pastor Eddie Romero broke away from a tourist group last Thursday and reappeared Monday at Evin Prison in Tehran, chanting "Let my people go."
School Shooting In Nevada Leaves Two Dead, Two Critically Injured

Nevada middle school shooter got gun from home, police say

Washoe Co. School District Police said they are still working to trace where the gun was bought after a middle school student shot at classmates and then took his own life.
A woman takes a call at Greek charity The Smile of the Child, which is caring for a girl who police say was abducted by a Roma couple. Officials are trying to find her biological parents.

Roma couple charged with abducting girl; missing child tips pour in

Greek officials have received thousands of calls about a young blonde girl found living in a Roma settlement. Some callers offer information; others say the girl may be their child.
17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards - Show
Sandra Bullock, Matthew McConaughey, Harrison Ford, Jerry Weintraub and Lee Daniels received top honors at the 17th annual Hollywood Film Awards Gala on Monday.
A gay rights activist waves a rainbow flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in June, a day before the ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.

Getting federal benefits to gay couples: It's complicated

A Supreme Court ruling paved the way for same-sex married couples to receive federal benefits. Now, lawyers are working to make it happen.
Ready to go back into service: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train cars at a station in Oakland.

Trains running again in San Francisco as BART strike ends

A late-night deal has ended a walkout that began on Friday. Workers had objected to management's effort to change work and safety rules.
People looking for work were filling out applications earlier this month at a career fair in Emeryville, Calif.

Fewer jobs than expected in Sept., but jobless rate fell

Though only 148,000 more people were on employers' payrolls, the unemployment rate still dipped to 7.2 percent from 7.3 percent a month earlier.
Unless it's strep throat, antibiotics are unlikely to help you get over a sore throat.

Ask Emily: Death, taxes and … Obamacare?

This week's installment of a biweekly column by Emily Bazar, senior writer with the California HealthCare Foundation's Center for Health Reporting, deals with the definition of "family."
Canyonlands Diptych - 1
One of the last open spaces in Orange County is under development pressure. Residents of the county's "canyon lands" have banded together to preserve the rural character of the area.

Blogs

iPads in Schools
For the first time, a school board committee called into question whether the iPad project would continue. Officials said there is no Plan B to administer state tests.
Port of Los Angeles Strike
The five-member commission oversees the Port of Los Angeles — one of the busiest in the world — and its $1.1 billion budget.
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Between a looming deadline and the threat of a veto from Mayor Garcetti, the City Council may have waited too long to challenge the alternative-taxi industry.
The California Arts Council awarded more than $2.8 million in grants across the state. In OC and LA, more than $290,000 went to support teaching artists.
Tech industry leaders are preparing to push immigration reform with a series of events, including a "hackathon" next month for young immigrants. This and more.
Garcetti Forum
Today is Tuesday, Oct. 22 and headlines include Mayor Eric Garcetti's appearance at KPCC, the increasing cost of a streetcar, and more harassment allegations at City Hall.
Garcetti Forum
Speaking at the KPCC Crawford Family Forum, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he'd like to see support from Washington for transportation and LA River projects.
San Bernardino City Council
The bankrupt city is looking for ways to save money, but a proposal from a city council member didn't get enough votes to proceed.

Programs

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for October 22, 2013
Drought Forces Water Cutbacks To Southern California Farms

Fight for water access in Coachella Valley continues

Lawyers for the group say the Coachella Valley Water District is unfairly denying water and sewage services to the poorer, eastern side of the valley.

Curbing downtown LA's dogs

More people moving into downtown Los Angeles also means more dogs. But where are our canine friends welcome to do their business?
Walking Dead
Judging by what we've been seeing in the theaters lately, Americans like to be frightened, and that suits Hollywood just fine. Scary movies can be a lot cheaper to make and tend to do very well at the box office.
Illegal activity? Men destroy rock formation in Goblin Valley, Utah

Calculating the cost of vandalism in National Parks

Earlier this month, three Boy Scout leaders videotaped themselves destroying a 170-million-year-old rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park in Utah. It raises a question about the costs of these types of incidents, and what can be done to prevent them.
Fronteras Hopi Anti-Torture

Hopi Foundation gives anti-torture award

On the Hopi Lands in Northern Arizona, an international group of health care workers gathered recently to honor the latest recipient of the Barbara Chester Award, given by the Hopi Foundation to those who work with torture victims
Canyonlands Diptych - 1

Orange County's rural canyon residents fight development

One of the last open spaces in Orange County is under development pressure. Residents of the county's "canyon lands" have banded together to preserve the rural character of the area.
Back To Normal
It's every parent's nightmare to hear that his or her child has a mental illness. But is a diagnosis from a doctor really a life-long sentence of drugs and therapy? Or might normal childhood behavior be mistaken for a mental disorder?
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According to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics, human breast milk bought online very often had high amounts of bad bacteria that can be harmful to babies.
Activists Protest House Farm Bill Plan To Cut Food Assistance Program

Families on food stamps face cuts to benefits on November 1

A major deadline is looming next week that will strip $5 billion for the fiscal year from the nation's food stamp program.

California's newest cities face extinction

For the California Report, Alex Schmidt reports from Riverside County, four of California's youngest cities may die an early death because of changes to the state's funding formula that governs who gets what.
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Lisa-Ann Gershwin, author of "Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean," joins the show to talk about the riding numbers of jellyfish and how they can affect human and sea life.

Getting to know the mountain lions that live in LA's hills

The mountain lion has many names, among them, puma, cougar and ghost cat. Mike Kessler followed the history of the large feline to present day for his story in Los Angeles Magazine and joins us to talk about it.

AirTalk

Episode: AirTalk for October 22, 2013
F.B.I. Issues Warning Of Possible Terror Attacks Against Buses And Trains

BART strike renews calls to ban public transit walkouts

California currently forbids strikes by police and firefighters from going on strike. States like New York and Oregon prohibits their public transit workers from striking. Should California do the same?
Garcetti Forum
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti sat down with KPCC political reporter Frank Stoltze last night at the KPCC Crawford Family Forum to discuss future plans for the city. On the agenda is a restoration of the LA River. Garcetti said he supports a $1 billion plan to restore the river’s ecosystem.
Don't deny you have documents about drones, court tells the CIA.

Amnesty International: US drone strikes are 'unlawful'

Human rights group, Amnesty International, is calling on the U.S. to disclose the breadth and consequences of its drone strikes on Pakistani soil.
There’s a lot that listening to the police scanner can tell you about your city.
Apple's Updated iPad Goes On Sale

Is Apple officially out of ideas?

Apple is hosting a special event today in San Francisco. Folks in the know are expecting the Cupertino-based company to debut its latest versions of the iPad and iPad mini. In the last couple years, though, the only truly new products out of Apple have been just iterations of the same old thing.
Largest Bike Share Program In US Underway In New York City
More Californians are giving the car the slip and hopping on bicycles for their daily commutes. Next month, a summit in the Bay area will explore the implications of the mainstreaming of cycling in California. What are the legal implications? What would it mean for urban planning?

Business Update with Mark Lacter

Chicken contamination at Foster Farms sheds light on food regulation

The contamination of Foster Farms chickens has provided insight into food regulation.

The Loh Down On Science

Why men should train to be dads

Building better baby brains

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