Archive for October 28th, 2013

2 arrests made in Los Angeles Craigslist killing

Crime & Justice | | October 28 2013, 6:52 PM

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.

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

Health | | October 28 2013, 5:42 PM

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.

Halloween: 10 events to get you spooked

Local | | October 28 2013, 5:39 PM

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?

Take this state and shove it: The new secession movement

Politics | | October 28 2013, 4:27 PM

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.

Goodbye paper menus? Restaurants test the water for tablets

Arts & Entertainment | | October 28 2013, 4:00 PM

Digital menus may help diners make more informed choices about restaurants' food and drink options. And they may boost restaurant profits, too.

Idea of adding toll lanes on I-405 in Orange County back on the map

Local | | October 28 2013, 3:53 PM

An Orange County transportation agency is considering adding toll lanes on a stretch of the I-405 Freeway as a way to relieve congestion.

Brazil's restrictions on abortion may get more restrictive

US & World | | October 28 2013, 3:48 PM

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.

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

US & World | | October 28 2013, 3:42 PM

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

US & World | | October 28 2013, 3:42 PM

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.

Human remains found at LA County facility

Local | | October 28 2013, 3:12 PM

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

Judge rules Texas abortion restrictions unconstitutional

US & World | | October 28 2013, 3:01 PM

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.

Thousands line up for upcoming free medical clinic

Local | | October 28 2013, 2:17 PM

The large-scale free clinic returns for a third consecutive year to provide medical services to uninsured and underserved people in LA County.

Rapper 50 Cent pleads no contest to vandalism

Crime & Justice | | October 28 2013, 1:50 PM

Rapper 50 Cent has been sentenced to three years of probation after pleading no contest to vandalism in a case filed earlier this year.

County Assessor pleads not guilty to new corruption charges

Local | | October 28 2013, 12:22 PM

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.

Lexus, Toyota top auto reliability survey

US & World | | October 28 2013, 11:41 AM

Three Japanese vehicle brands earned top spots in this year's Consumer Reports survey. The brands include Lexus, Toyota and Acura.

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

US & World | | October 28 2013, 11:03 AM

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

710 Freeway: All lanes reopened after fiery truck crash

Local | | October 28 2013, 8:05 AM

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.

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

US & World | | October 28 2013, 7:49 AM

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.

Moving in with manufacturers, Amazon delivers a new approach

US & World | | October 28 2013, 7:34 AM

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

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

Health | | October 28 2013, 7:31 AM

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.

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

US & World | | October 28 2013, 6:54 AM

Documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden continue to expose secrets.

Michael Jackson's doctor released from jail after 2 years

Crime & Justice | | October 28 2013, 6:21 AM

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

Local | | October 28 2013, 6:00 AM

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.

Republican to co-sponsor Democratic immigration reform bill

Multi-American | | October 28 2013, 6:29 PM

Hopes for an immigration overhaul are revived after California Republican, Jeff Denham offers to co-sponsor a House Democratic immigration reform bill.

LA's top budget official to stay at City Hall

Represent! | | October 28 2013, 4:35 PM

The decision to leave CAO Miguel Santana in his current position comes as Mayor Eric Garcetti is reviewing all top managers.

Asian-Americans may need different body mass standards to measure health

Multi-American | | October 28 2013, 1:03 PM

Public health experts say obesity-related disorders like diabetes, hypertension and joint disease can strike Asian-Americans at lower weight levels.

In immigration news: House bill gets GOP support, chances for reform, Latino political donors, more

Multi-American | | October 28 2013, 11:52 AM

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.

Maven's Morning Coffee: Mayor Garcetti goes to Washington

Represent! | | October 28 2013, 7:59 AM

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.

Tech-savvy teen test-drives LA schools' iPad software

Pass / Fail | | October 28 2013, 6:00 AM

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?

Mayor Garcetti heads to DC seeking public transit, river funding

Represent! | | October 28 2013, 6:00 AM

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.

How KPCC got the rights to 'The War of the Worlds'

Off-Ramp | | October 28 2013, 6:00 AM

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."

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The Loh Life

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

| October 28 2013, 11:41 AM

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

Take Two®

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

| October 28 2013, 10:46 AM

"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 school district scrambles to make space for more students

| October 28 2013, 10:28 AM

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.

Investor Carl Icahn pushes for changes at Apple

| October 28 2013, 10:23 AM

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.

How LA's water gets from the Eastern Sierras to your cup

Local | | October 28 2013, 10:19 AM

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.

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

| October 28 2013, 9:54 AM

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.

Cinefamily theatre hosts 'United States of Horror' film series

| October 28 2013, 9:42 AM

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.

Test driving LA Unified's iPad educational software

| October 28 2013, 9:14 AM

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?

The history of Coachella's iconic dates

| October 28 2013, 9:09 AM

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?

| October 28 2013, 9:09 AM

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.

Latino political donors push GOP to move on immigration reform

| October 28 2013, 9:09 AM

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.

Odd Hollywood Jobs: The spookiest prop house in showbiz

| October 28 2013, 9:09 AM

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

| October 28 2013, 9:08 AM

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.

On The Lot: Deadline.com drama, biopics and more

| October 28 2013, 9:08 AM

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'

Local | | October 28 2013, 8:32 AM

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

Why a theory that seems right is really wrong

| October 28 2013, 6:00 AM

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

AirTalk®

Are clutch athletes just a figment of our imagination?

| October 28 2013, 3:23 PM

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.

New Pasadena Symphony conductor promises diverse and contemporary picks

| October 28 2013, 10:51 AM

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.

Are activist journalists like Glenn Greenwald the future of the news?

| October 28 2013, 10:42 AM

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.

Univision reaches out to young Latinos with Fusion

| October 28 2013, 10:25 AM

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.

FDA wants to restrict access to addictive painkillers

| October 28 2013, 10:05 AM

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.

Women ISO a good online dating experience

| October 28 2013, 9:55 AM

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.