Archive for October 28th, 2013


Crime Scene
Los Angeles police have arrested two men they believe lured a man to his death with a Craigslist ad — gunning him down in front of his son.
Eva Hu-Stiles virtually interacts with her grandmother. iPad assist by Elise Hu-Stiles.

What you need to know about babies, toddlers and screen time

Researchers are still learning about the effects of touch-screens on kids. But, scientists say that certain kinds of screen time can help youngsters learn.
People dressed up as zombies during a Ha

Halloween: 10 events to get you spooked

The best parties, pumpkin patches, and pub crawls — some rated R, some PG-13— in the ultimate countdown to this horrifying holiday. How will you be celebrating?
Fed up with what they see as a lack of representation at the California Capitol and overregulation, supervisors in the far Northern California county of Siskiyou, which includes Yreka, have voted in favor of secession.

Take this state and shove it: The new secession movement

Voters in 11 Colorado counties may approve secession resolutions next month. It's largely a symbolic gesture, but the idea of splitting off is taking root all over the country.
A restaurant customer tries out the Aptito app on a digital menu.
Digital menus may help diners make more informed choices about restaurants' food and drink options. And they may boost restaurant profits, too.
An Orange County transportation agency is considering adding toll lanes on a stretch of the I-405 Freeway as a way to relieve congestion.
Demonstrators who are critical of the Catholic Church and favor abortion rights take part in a protest in Rio de Janeiro during Pope Francis' visit to Brazil on July 27. Abortion is illegal in Brazil with rare exceptions. Some lawmakers are attempting to

Brazil's restrictions on abortion may get more restrictive

Many countries in Latin America have a total ban on abortion. In Brazil, abortion is illegal, but there are some exceptions. A new bill is trying to roll those exceptions back.
Senate Intelligence Committee ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) during a hearing in September on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Feinstein: 'Total review' of NSA activities needed

The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee says short of hostilities or an "emergency need" for surveillance, the U.S. shouldn't be spying on foreign leaders.

Syrian hackers hit social media accounts linked to president

The group of hackers working in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed responsibility for the brief attack that hijacked links on the @BarackObama Twitter feed.
Crime Stock Photo (police caution tape)

Human remains found at LA County facility

This is the second time in three days that remains have been discovered in a county sanitation facility.

Judge rules Texas abortion restrictions unconstitutional

The ruling says some provisions in a new state law prevent doctors from acting in their patients' interests, and would unreasonably restrict women from accessing abortion clinics. The state is expected to appeal, and the case could end up at the U.S. Supreme Court.
care harbor dental
The large-scale free clinic returns for a third consecutive year to provide medical services to uninsured and underserved people in LA County.
2007 BET Awards - Arrivals
Rapper 50 Cent has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to vandalism in a case filed earlier this year.
Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez Appears In Court

County Assessor pleads not guilty to new corruption charges

John Noguez, who was elected assessor in 2010, has been on leave since he was arrested Oct. 17, 2012, in a probe of his office.
Behind The Wheel 2014 Audi Q5 TDI

Lexus, Toyota top auto reliability survey

Three Japanese vehicle brands earned top spots in this year's Consumer Reports survey. The brands include Lexus, Toyota and Acura.
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., after being sentenced in his child sex abuse case in October of last year.

Penn State: 26 young men get $59.7M over Sandusky

The school said 23 deals are fully signed over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
freeway cones closed

710 Freeway: All lanes reopened after fiery truck crash

All lanes on the 710 and 5 freeways were reopened Monday after a fiery tanker crash that left the driver badly burned, guard rails destroyed and storm drains filled with crude oil.
Social media companies like Facebook won't talk about who can access face-tagging data. That silence is a problem, privacy advocates say.

A look into Facebook's potential to recognize anybody's face

Some big challenges stand in the way of what you might call "universal facial recognition." But those problems are being solved by all of us.
Faster delivery is the new frontier of Internet competition.

Moving in with manufacturers, Amazon delivers a new approach

Amazon has been quietly making inroads into a new approach to retail, partnering with manufacturers to ship products directly from the warehouse to consumers.
Illustration by Katherine Streeter

The recipe for strong teenage bones: Exercise, calcium and D

Many teenagers shun milk and reach for the energy drinks. That doesn't bode well for their bones, since most of the adult skeleton is built between ages 9 and 14.
NSA Surveillance Diplomacy

Report: Add 60 million Spanish phone calls to NSA's list

Documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden continue to expose secrets.
Michael Jackson HIStory World Tour
Conrad Murray was released from a downtown Los Angeles jail at 12:01 a.m. after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence, according to the sheriff's office.

The LA Aqueduct 100 years later

For one week, KPCC takes a look at the history of the legendary civil engineering project that brought water over 300 miles to help grow modern Southern California.


Immigration Rally
Hopes for an immigration overhaul are revived after California Republican, Jeff Denham offers to co-sponsor a House Democratic immigration reform bill.
Inaugural Gala Of LA Plaza De Cultura Y Artes

LA's top budget official to stay at City Hall

The decision to leave CAO Miguel Santana in his current position comes as Mayor Eric Garcetti is reviewing all top managers.
Public health experts say obesity-related disorders like diabetes, hypertension and joint disease can strike Asian-Americans at lower weight levels.
Activists March Through Miami Demanding Immigration Reform
A Republican co-sponsor has signed on to a Democratic House immigration reform bill. Does it mean better chances for an immigration overhaul this year? This and more.
Eric Garcetti DWP City Hall

Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti goes to Washington

Today is Monday, Oct. 28 and headlines include the mayor's trip to DC, Wendy Greuel's new job, and rethinking the state's initiative system.
student hand with ipad
KPCC put the software's trumpeted interactive features under a microscope with the help of a tech whiz kid. Will he love it — or get bored?
LA River
L.A.'s mayor is in Washington for a couple of days. His agenda includes lobbying for an extensive restoration of the Los Angeles River ecosystems.
The front page of the October 31, 1938 New York Daily News.
How KPCC decided to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the most famous radio broadcast of all time, Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre production of "The War of the Worlds."


The Loh Life

Episode: The kids are all right-ish, part 4: the future, maybe

The kids are all right-ish, part four: the future, maybe

Why Sandra Tsing Loh is becoming a PTA mom... again.

Take Two

Episode: Take Two for October 28, 2013
"Nubs, the True Story of a Mutt a Marine and a Miracle

'Nubs' children's book wins California Young Reader award

"Nubs, the True Story of a Mutt a Marine and a Miracle" is a children's book that shares the journey of a dog who finds himself in the company of compassionate Marine. The New York Times best seller is the winner of multiple awards, including most recently, the California Young Reader Medal.
Las Vegas Schools

Las Vegas school district scrambles to make space for more students

Las Vegas is part of the Clark County School District, one of the biggest and fastest growing in the country. The district added over 3,000 new students this year, as well as a new program to boost English Language Learners.
Lazards Merchant Bank Issues Report On Time Warner

Investor Carl Icahn pushes for changes at Apple

Since Apple sold more than 9 million new iPhones on the weekend of their release, you might think the Cupertino based company would be beloved by Wall Street.
Headwater Owens River
KPCC's Meghan McCarty travels to the Eastern Sierras to trace the origin of LA's water and to explain how it makes it from a natural spring to your tap.
Terry McMillan

Author Terry McMillan on her new novel 'Who Asked You?'

Writer Terry McMillan made a name for herself in 1992 with the novel 'Waiting to Exhale,' which spent months on the New York Times Best seller list.
Looking for something particularly horrifying to get in the Halloween spirit this year? You might wanna check out a film series hosted by the Cinefamily theater on Fairfax.
Urban Teens Exploring Technology

Test driving LA Unified's iPad educational software

KPCC put the software's trumpeted interactive features under a microscope with the help of a tech-whiz kid. Will he love it — or get bored?
Water Issues in the Coachella Valley

The history of Coachella's iconic dates

While dates aren't native to the Coachella Valley, they've given this region an identity, and have also become a top moneymaking crop. For the California Report, Lisa Morehouse has more.

Can a little inflation actually be good for the economy?

For several years now, some economists have been arguing that a little inflation is just what the economy needs. Here to explain, Binyamin Applebaum, finance and economics reporter for The New York Times.
Immigration Rally
California Congressman Jeff Denham became the first House Republican to join Democrats in co-sponsoring a broad immigration overhaul bill that would provide a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants.
Dapper Cadaver

Odd Hollywood Jobs: The spookiest prop house in showbiz

The horror prop house Dapper Cadaver supplies severed heads, fake blood and other less gory objects to Hollywood. Hosts of Halloween shindigs -- including the White House -- also rely on the shop for all their fright fest needs.

The image and influence of California's organized labor

In many ways, organized labor is the most the powerful political force in deeply Democratic California. But the bitter Bay Area transit strike that ended last week revealed a few cracks in the armor.
Do you think Hollywood is becoming more gay-friendly?

On The Lot: drama, biopics and more

Time for On The Lot, our weekly look at the business of entertainment with Nicole Sperling of the LA Times.

Why building the LA Aqueduct was the city's 'original sin'

UCLA historian Jon Christensen explains how crucial the LA Aqueduct was in building the city's identity, but that it was also done at a great cost to the Owens River Valley and its residents.

The Loh Down On Science

Episode: Why a theory about positive thinking that seems right is really wrong

Why a theory that seems right is really wrong

Think positive—but not too positive! Oh, nevermind.


Episode: AirTalk for October 28, 2013
World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

Are clutch athletes just a figment of our imagination?

The stats say they don’t exist, but do athletes who consistently deliver in clutch situations really belong in the same category as, say, unicorns? Dick Cramer's 1977 study found that statistically there really is no such thing as a clutch player in baseball, and subsequent studies of the stats haven’t been able to prove otherwise.
The Olivier Awards 2012 - Orchestra Rehearsals
The Pasadena Symphony is set to open its 2013-14 season with its new music director. David Lockington, music director of the Grand Rapids Symphony in Michigan will serve as the Pasadena Symphony’s first music director since 2010.
Bill Keller, op-ed writer for the New York Times, and Journalist Glenn Greenwald engaged in a lengthy debate in a New York Times piece on wheter journalists can be impartial. Keller believes reporters should be objective, and not put their personal opinions into their reports.
Obama Holds Education Town Hall In DC School

Univision reaches out to young Latinos with Fusion

The Spanish-language network Univision Communications is launching a channel today that it hopes will appeal to young Latinos. Fusion is the new channel created as a joint initiative between Disney and ABC Television that’s expected to get Latino millennials more interested in the news.
An automated robot arm picks up a bottle

FDA wants to restrict access to addictive painkillers

Prescription drugs account for about three-quarters of all overdose deaths in the United States and some experts say easy access to narcotics is contributing to the high number. On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration announced new proposals to restrict access to some of the most commonly used narcotics.
Degen - Presentation - Spring 2013 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

Women ISO a good online dating experience

Dating websites are so 2005. Today, more and more people looking for love, a date, or a no strings attached hook up are turning to their smartphones. One app that a lot of people are talking about is Tinder.

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